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Drug Arrest In Bishop

63 year old Bishop man arrested on Drug charges

Statement from the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team:

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street in the City of Bishop.  At the residence, Agents seized just over an ounce of methamphetamine, scales, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.
The primary suspect of the investigation was not present during the service of the search warrant but was notified by Agents via cellphone of the findings. The primary suspect, Russell Kent Graves (age 63) of Bishop, turned himself in to agents later in the day. He was placed under arrest without further incident.
Graves was booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.

Russell Graves.  Photo courtesy of INET
Russell Graves. Photo courtesy of INET
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MHS hosting Dinner for Round Fire Victims

Mammoth High School hosting Free Dinner for Swall Meadows

Hosted by: Mammoth High School Culinary Arts
On March 6, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Mammoth High School will be hosting a free chili dinner, with a vegetarian option, for residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire.   MHS is inviting all residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire to a Chili Dinner hosted by their Culinary Arts classes.  It would be their pleasure to have folks join them for some good food and fellowship with neighbors. The dinner will be held in the Mammoth High School MPR on March 6 from 5:30-7:30.  Staff and students will be serving and staff will be providing tasty, homemade desserts. Please join them at whatever time is convenient for you and your family.   They can also arrange for take home plates if you prefer.
For specific dietary restrictions or requests, please contact Trish Qualls at (760)934-8541 ext. 298 or email at

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Winning Lotto Ticket Sold in Lee Vining

Winning Ticket Sold at Mono Market

The winner has not yet be identified.

UPDATED: Powerball® Draw Results for California

  SACRAMENTO – We have updated information regarding last night’s thrilling Powerball drawing, which includes news of multiple winners in our state. We were playing for an (revised) estimated $564.1 million. While no California ticket hit the jackpot, three tickets sold in our state did match five numbers, missing only the Powerball number. That has resulted in three new millionaires in California! That’s because each of these 2nd place tickets won an impressive $1.4 million apiece.

 These winning tickets matched the numbers 11-13-25-39-54, missing only the Powerball number 19. The winning tickets were sold at the following locations:

 ·         Pop Top Market & Liquor, which is located at 14817 East 14th Street in San Leandro (Alameda County);

·         Mono Market, which is located at 51303 Highway 395 in Lee Vining (Mono County); and

·         The 7-Eleven located at 4502 East Lincoln Avenue in Cypress (Orange County).

They aren’t the only winners.  Listen to this: A total of 677,042 tickets sold in California alone won prizes of varying amounts in this drawing. The retailers who sold the three lucky tickets listed above are winners too. Each of these retailers will receive a $7,000 selling bonus! There is even more good news for them. This retailer selling bonus is separate and is NOT pulled from the winner’s prize amount. Therefore, these businesses will receive that bonus without having to wait for the winners to claim their tickets. These retailers have also earned a spot on the California Lottery’s list of Lucky Retailers.

 In California, a Powerball jackpot winner would have one year from the date of the draw to claim. All other winners must claim within 180 days of the drawing. We strongly encourage any Lottery winners to immediately SIGN THE BACK OF THEIR TICKETS IN INK and claim them at the nearest California Lottery District Office location.

 A total of three lucky tickets did hit the jackpot in this multi-state drawing last night. Those tickets were sold in North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico. They will split what is now the 5th largest jackpot won in U.S. history. There is more winning to be had. The Powerball jackpot has now reset to its starting point of $40 million for Saturday’s drawing.  

 Powerball is a multistate game played in California (as well as 43 other states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Draw times are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:59 p.m. PST. Tickets sales are suspended from 7:00 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the day of the draw. Tickets are $2 and can be purchased from any of the more than 21,000 California Lottery retailers or one of the more than 4,000 Lottery Lucky Retailers. Please visit the California Lottery’s Powerball site for more information on how to play.

 The excitement triggered by this lengthy jackpot roll also resulted in strong sales, which translates to even more money generated for California public schools. Powerball is just one element in the Lottery’s vast portfolio of games which helps us continue our legacy of providing much-needed dollars to classrooms across the state. Fiscal Year 2013-14 marks the 14th consecutive year the Lottery has provided more than $1 billion in supplemental funds to California schools. This is an impressive, yet modest amount, because we must always remember that this larger figure is then divided between every public school district across the state. This link will allow you to See Where The Money Goes in your area.

An Australian and a Canadian walk into a bar…

Duo Arrested in Mammoth Tuesday Night

So if a good friend will bail you out of jail, and a great friend will be with you in jail, what do you call a person who “urinates on you while in the back of the police car”?

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department handled the call this past Tuesday Night.  According to the Mammoth Police department at approximately  10:20pm, MLPD officers responded to a call for service at the Rafter’s bar. The called reported a disturbance that was becoming physical. Officers were met outside by security personnel employed by the bar. Security told the officers that two subjects had been inside the bar causing a disturbance with other bar patrons. One of the subjects allegedly exposed himself to several female patrons in the bar. When security asked them to leave, they began to physically resist. Once outside the subjects were seen allegedly urinating on a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon officers’ arrival, they observed the subject running from the scene. MLPD officers chased the subjects on foot and eventually caught them, taking them into custody without further incident. Allan William Holt, 25, an Australian national and Carter Stephan Campbell, 25, from Alberta, Canada were charged with public intoxication and urinating in public and Holt was also charged with indecent exposure.  According to the Mammoth Police Department Campbell’s blood alcohol level was .27 and Holt’s was .26. Both were driven to the Mono County jail.  The arrest report indicating that while en-route to jail, Holt managed to again expose himself, and urinated on his associate while in the back of the police car.

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Marsh Arrested

“Lola” Marsh arrested for alleged embezzlement

MARSH, Dolores Kay. 53 years old, Bishop Resident.

Bishop Police Department statement:

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 after an almost 2 year investigation, the Bishop Police Department arrested Dolores Kay Marsh for a
felony warrant. The Bishop Police Department investigated back in April of 2013, a complaint from Inyo Mono Body shop, where
suspected funds had been stolen from the business. The investigation was handled within the police department and then turned over to the Office of the Attorney General-State of California for further investigation into the missing funds.

As a result of the completed investigation, the Office of the Attorney General determined; Dolores Kay Marsh should be charged with
stealing in excess of $300,000.00 from Inyo Mono Body Shop. An arrest warrant was issued by the Office of the Attorney General
and Bishop Police Officers acted on the warrant and arrested Marsh early Thursday morning.

Marsh was transported to the Bishop Police Department, where the bail was set at $50,000.00 for the felony warrant. The listed
charges within the warrant are: 5 counts of 487 PC-Grand Theft and 5 counts of 471 PC-Forgery: Altering entries in books and
records. Marsh posted bail and was released with a court date.

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Round Fire Wednesday Update

Round Fire is 98% contained


Acres: 7,000
Containment: 98%
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in Paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: No Immediate Threat
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel Assigned: 100+

Current situation: Smoking debris may be seen on the western edge of the fire. This debris does not pose a threat to residents.

Re-population of the Paradise and Swall Meadows communities began at 4:00pm on Monday. Residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows will need a valid form of identification to receive their access pass. Access passes can be obtained by the Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel at the Command Post located at Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Passes are necessary for all entry into the area. At this time, only residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows can gain entry into these communities.

Officials are asking that residents use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weaken chimneys pose a risk for injury. Remember to use gloves and a dust mask when working around fire debris.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is available in two locations to assist victims in their recovery process. A mobile unit is staged at the Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. The Red Cross is also housed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

Utilities: SCE is still in the communities working extremely hard to restore and maintain power for all residents. If for some reason you remain without power, please be patient with SCE as they work to ensure complete power is restored. They have been working literally around the clock to repair all damage in the fire areas.

Donations and resources: There are several donation centers in and around Mono and Inyo Counties. Please visit for complete information and a list of available locations. Officials sincerely THANK EVERYONE for the generosity during this very devastating fire.

Cooperative agencies that remain on scene to ensure safety of all the residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CalTrans, Cal OES.

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Banff Film Fest Returns to Bishop

Banff Mt Film Fest World Tour hits Bishop in March

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Bishop, California on March 27 & 28, 2015.

Good things come to those who wait. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Bishop! This year’s World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments.

The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe.

The 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world, with films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. From 372 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Join Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bishop, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds on March 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for each night and available at Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

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Home Street Students of the Month

HSMS January Students of the month

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their January Students of the Month.

Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students will be presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month :Kitrina Daugherty, Hunter Bealle, Jasmin McKellips, Samuel Sanders, Stacia Ginn, Wesley Pettet, Eric Montoya, Brianna Brown, Tanin Cook, Jarid Alpers, Vestna Khok, Gabriela Solis, Abigail Ball, O.Z Allmon, Viannae Fregoso, Juan Chavez, Hadley Brown, Manny Talavera, Sydney Ellis, and Thomas Zentmyer.

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Evening with William Tweed

An Evening with William Tweed

February 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Free event)
Lone Pine Film History Museum

An Evening Discussion with William Tweed on John Muir and our National Park System in the High Sierra with introductory comments by Dr. Terry McAteer, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools.
In this provocative walking meditation, writer and former park ranger William Tweed takes folks to California’s spectacular High Sierra to discover a new vision for national parks as they approach their 100th anniversary. Tweed, who worked among the Sierra Nevada’s big peaks and big trees for more than thirty years, has now hiked more than 200 miles along California’s John Muir Trail in a personal search for answers: How do we address the climate change we are seeing even now-in melting glaciers in Glacier National Park, changing rainy seasons on Mt Rainer, and more fire in the West’s iconic parks. Should we intervene where we can to preserve biodiversity? Should the parks merely become ecosystem museums that exhibit famous landscapes and species? Asking how we can make these magnificent parks relevant for the next generation, Tweed, through his journey, ultimately shows why we must do just that.
William Tweed, Chief Park Naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks before he retired in 2006, is the author, with Lauren Davis, of Death Valley and the Northern Mojave, A Visitor’s Guide and, with Lary M. Dilsaver, of Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
You are invited to join them at 7:00 PM at the Museum Theater for this inspiring conversation and dialogue with William Tweed. Approximate presentation one hour. Coffee and sweets after discussion. Admission Free. The evening is presented by the Inyo County Community Read Program, the Lone Pine Film History Museum and the Eastern California Museum.

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LADWP Water Update

The LADWP has the latest water numbers

The Los Angeles Department of water and power’s numbers show a slight increase in both snow pack and overall precipitation.  The past weekends rain and snow not only helped with the round fire, but also provided a much needed lift to gloomy precipitation conditions. The link below will take you to the LADWP’s water report.

Eastern Sierra Current Precipitation Conditions

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