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Bishop Resident Rebecca Bragdon Pleads Guilty

Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

August 21, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s office announced today that Bishop-area resident Rebecca Bragdon has entered pleas of “guilty” to misappropriation of public funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

The pleas arose from charges that she embezzled funds from the Fairgrounds when she was employed as an office manager from July 2012 through July 2013. The matter was originally investigated by the Inland Division of the California Highway Patrol.

Ms. Bragdon plead guilty to violating Penal Code section 424, commonly known as misappropriation of public funds, and Penal Code section 470, commonly known as forgery. Both charges are felonies.

Restitution was also set in the case at $25,979.82. Sentencing has been set for October 22, 2014.

Under the terms of an agreed disposition, Ms. Bragdon may be ordered to serve up to one year in the Inyo County Jail and will be placed on five years of formal probation. Probation terms will include requirements that she pay restitution and be subject to search for stolen property, as well as any other terms as may be deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

By entering the pleas, she will also be barred from holding any public office. The term of incarceration will be determined by the court at the time of sentencing.

Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to District Attorney Tom Hardy at 760.878.0282 or 760.873.6657.

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Bragdon Enters Pleas of “Guilty” to Misappropriation of Public Funds from the Tri-County Fairgrounds – Bishop, CA

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Bishop Airport Layout Plan to be Detailed in Public Meetings

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

Three public forums to discuss Bishop Airport Layout Plan:

On August 25 and 26, Inyo County Public Works (ICPW) will be participating in a series of public meetings to present the details of the Bishop Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to interested community members.

The Bishop ALP builds upon the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan, prioritizing several key infrastructure improvements and upgrades discussed in the Master Plan.

Earlier in July, Clint Quilter, ICPW Director, discussed the potential availability of federal and state funding to develop and implement the ALP at both the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Recently, ICPW has been presenting details of the ALP to elected officials, community service providers, and other local leaders, and is now excited to offer a multimedia presentation with details of the ALP and host question and answer and open comment sessions at three public forums.

On Monday evening at the Bishop City Hall starting at 7 pm; on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence at 11:30 am; and on Tuesday evening at 5:30 pm at the Sierra Life Flight Hangar at the Bishop Airport, ICPW and Wadell Engineering Corporation, the expert airport consultant in charge of developing the ALP, will make a 20 minute presentation with slides and photos.

Afterwards, the public is welcome to ask questions, express support, and/or raise potential concerns.

“We’re are aware that people have busy schedules and wanted to give community members a few different options, in terms of time and place, to weigh in on the ALP,” said Quilter. “So far the reaction we’ve received has been very positive and we’ve received several letters of support for the project. At these public meetings we’re hoping to hear from all interested parties.”

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private.

Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados.

Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of critical, safety-related infrastructure improvements. In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with the County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles.

The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport and, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2004 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

“We’re really focused on obtaining federal and state funding for the pressing, safety-related needs at the airport,” said Quilter. “However, we’re also keeping our eye on the bigger picture as we plan these improvements. We want to keep our options open to potentially provide expanded capabilities and improved services at the airport.”

Bishop ALP Meetings Are in the Air

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SAR Aids Injured Hiker at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 15, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 14th, 2014, at approximately 2:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake.
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
A 32-year old female hiked to Arrowhead Lake were she sustained a leg fracture by striking a tree while swinging from a rope over the lake. Due to her leg fracture, she was unable to hike out. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the injured hiker.
Members from the SAR team, and personnel from Mono County Paramedics and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, hiked to her location, stabilized the fracture and transported her one and a half miles, using a wheeled litter, to the ambulance at the trailhead. The rescuers were also assisted in the carryout by a group of cross-country runners from California State University San Marcos. The injured hiker was transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for further treatment.

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

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Inyo National Forest on Revised Forest Plans

Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

 
The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling a public meeting in Bishop CA:
§  6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA.
Meetings are also scheduled for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The NOI will advise the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.
For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.
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Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

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The Reds Win 2014 D-League Softball Championship, Bishop

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

The City of Bishop Community Services Department would like to congratulate the 2014 D-league softball champions the Reds.

The Reds had a season record of 10-0, sweeping through the playoffs and the championship game.

In the picture from Left to right:

Darren Spoonhunter, Jon Frankson , Willie Falck, Jordan Frankson, Dena Mason, Hannah Frankson, Cienna Martinez, Earl Lent 3rd, Teehena Duckey, Wade Williams, Lisa Weaver, James Napoles

2014 Softball Champions

 

City of Bishop Congratulates 2014 D-League Softball Champions, the Reds

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SAR Team Aids Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 13, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to lost hikers near Red’s Meadow
On the evening of Tuesday, August 12th, 2014, at approximately 5:30pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding two lost hikers out of Red’s Meadow.
Two hikers were on a day hike from Red’s Meadow to Rainbow Falls. On the return trip from Rainbow Falls to Red’s Meadow, the hikers took the wrong trail and became lost. One of the hikers was diabetic and did not bring any medication on the day hike.  The hiker was beginning to feel chilled and other negative effects of the diabetes, and since they were lost, wasn’t sure how far they could continue hiking. The other hiker had cell phone reception and was able to call 911 and give their location near Pond Lily Lake, about 5 miles south of Red’s Meadow.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the lost hikers. Six SAR team members staged at Minaret Vista. Due to the medical circumstance, and the hikers remote location, attempts were made to get air support for the rescue. A 551 helicopter from Yosemite National Park was available to assist the SAR team. The helicopter crew was able to fly to the hikers location, land and transport them to the SAR base at Minaret Vista. The diabetic hiker was assessed by Mono County Paramedics and required no further medical treatment. The hikers were taken to their vehicle parked near Mammoth Mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team reminds anyone traveling in the backcountry, even if just for a day hike, to always be prepared and carry adequate supplies, including any medications. It is important to be aware that is might take search and rescue teams time to come to your aid if you are lost, injured or ill.
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Search & Rescue Team Operation: Aid to Lost Hikers Near Red’s Meadow

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City of Bishop v. David Buckingham Reach Settlement

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

The city of Bishop and David Buckingham have reached a settlement agreement. Buckingham was a finalist for the city manager position, a position that eventually went to local resident Jim Tatum.
The Agreement indicates that the city considered hiring Buckingham as its administrator, but ultimately decided to hire another individual. Buckingham claims he was employed by the city, disputing the cities right to hire the other individual and not hire him.
In the agreement, the city agrees to pay Buckingham $ 38,000.
The agreement indicates that the city and Buckingham agree to not make statements to the media.
The settlement agreement was finalized Monday.

Buckingham Agrees to Settlement in Suit Against City, Bishop

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Baseball History, World War II & Kerry Yo Nakagawa at Manzanar This Month

The Hidden Legacy of Japanese American Cultural Ambassadors—on the Baseball Diamond.

Four generations of Japanese Americans broke down racial and cultural barriers in California by playing baseball.

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Behind the barbed wire of concentration camps during World War II, baseball became a tonic of spiritual renewal for disenfranchised Japanese Americans who played America’s pastime while illegally imprisoned.
Later, it helped heal resettlement wounds in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Central Valley and elsewhere.
Today, the names of Japanese American ballplayers still resonate as their legacy continues. Mike Lum was the first Japanese American player in the Major Leagues in 1967, Lenn Sakata the first in the World Series in 1983 and Don Wakamatsu the first manager in 2008.
Join Kerry Yo Nakagawa in this update of his 2001 classic as he chronicles sporting achievements that doubled as cultural benchmarks.
Kerry Yo Nakagawa is founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP). His earlier works include the book Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball and the film American Pastime.
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Baseball, and sports in general, have been a large part of Kerry Yo
Nakagawa’s family legacy. In 1993, Kerry swam from Alcatraz prison
to San Francisco, and in 1994, he played as an all-star for the national
champion Fresno Bandit semipro team.
He is also a black belt in the martial arts and an advanced tennis player. His athletic family history includes his dad, who was a semipro football player and sumo champion, and his uncles—Johnny, Lefty and Mas—who competed with Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Lefty O’Doul, Jackie Robinson and the all-stars of the Negro League.
His dedication to the NBRP project is well respected and has
morphed into a educational organization to bring awareness and
education about Japanese American concentration camps through theprism of baseball and its many multimedia projects.
The NBRP exhibit “Diamonds in the Rough” has achieved international status and has been shown in such locations as the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in Tokyo. Kerry’s other visions to communicate this story include a documentary with Pat Morita entitled Diamonds in the Rough: Zeni and the Legacy of Japanese American Baseball and the Telly Award–winning educational documentary Site to
Patriotism.
He produced and acted in the award-winning film American Pastime, which is still educating and entertaining teachers and students through its dramatic narrative and specific curriculum.
He is an author, filmmaker, actor, historian, husband and father of two spectacular professional kids.

Kerry Yo Nakagawa at Manzanar

August 30-31Talks: 10 am & 3 pm Saturday, Aug. 30 & 11 am Sunday, Aug. 31

Nakagawa will be available to sign his book in the Manzanar store before and after his programs.
Manzanar National Historic Site5001 U.S. Hwy. 395
Independence, CA 93526

Tel. 760-878-2194 ext. 3310

The Hidden Legacy of Japanese American Cultural Ambassadors—on the Baseball Diamond.

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