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Check or Credit Card Only at CDFW


Cash will no longer be accepted at many California Department of Fish and Wildlife branches.  As of January 1st, 2017 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s License and Revenue branch, and regional license counters will no longer accept cash as payment for new CDFW issued licenses.  Payments may still be made by check, money order, or any credit or debit card with the Visa or Mastercard logo.  Cash transactions will, however, continue to be accepted through authorized local sales agents.

Also, according to CDFW, the deadline for deer tag reporting will pass with the start of the new year.  Tag holders who fail to report will be charged a non-reporting fee of $21.60, which will be added to their first deer application or tag purchase for the 2017-2018 season.  To submit a harvest report go to the website at  Next, select the appropriate item to report.  Submission of your harvest report may require a document number which is located under the bar code on your tag or report card.  To avoid errors, answer the questions in the order that they appear on the page.  After you submit the report you must record the confirmation number and retain it as proof of reporting.


ESTA Modifies Schedule for New Years Weekend

New Years day service will be closed except in Mammoth Lakes.

By Seth Conners

According to Jill Batchelder  at ESTA, Eastern Sierra Transit will be offering “Night Rider” service in Bishop on New Years weekend, Friday and Saturday nights.  Night Rider service will be in operation until 2 am for a fare of $4.20 within the Bishop area.  Call 760 872 1901 extension 22 to schedule a ride.

On Sunday all services will be closed except for those within the town of mammoth lakes.  And on Monday January 2nd Eastern sierra transit will be operating on a reduced schedule with the following routes in operation:

395 route North to Reno and South to Lancaster

Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15 am and 5:00 pm

Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15 pm and 6:30 pm

Bishop to Mammoth 6:50 am and 6:10 pm

Mammoth to Bishop 7:50 am and 7:00 pm

And Bishop Dial a Ride will offer limited service 8 am and 5:30 pm with priority given to Seniors and Disabled Persons.  All services in the town of Mammoth lakes will be in operation on Monday January 2nd.

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Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Annual Awards Dinner

Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Annual Awards Dinner

Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue recently held their Annual Awards Dinner. Four members were honored for their individual excellence and public service. Barbara Barnum was awarded the 2016 Pete Schoerner Rescue Member of the Year Award. Barnum is a member of the Board of Directors, Operations Leader, Team Secretary, and active volunteer member of Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue. Viren Perumal was awarded the 2016 Rick Mosher Candidate Member of the Year Award. Perumal joined Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue in April of 2016 and brings expertise in medical and technical wilderness skills. Dan Corning was awarded for ten years of volunteer service with Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue. Don Deck was recognized for putting together the history of Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue through his role as Webmaster, record keeper, and historian. Barnum, Perumal, and Corning each received a wood plaque and Deck was given a copy of the recently published history book.

Reported by: Amber Weller, Public Information Officer

NIHD Employees Spread Christmas Cheer

NIHD Employees Spread Christmas Cheer

Once again, the employees of Northern Inyo Healthcare District united to make the holidays a little brighter for others.

The 2016 Holiday Gift Drive saw NIHD employees donating more than 82 gifts, including warm blankets, mittens, slippers, puzzle books and toiletries. The employees’ generosity ensures a holiday gift for each patient of the Bishop Care Center, plus Christmas Day patients of the Medical Surgical floor at Northern Inyo Hospital.

NIHD employees and friends volunteered to wrap the gifts after work hours. Those volunteering their time included NIHD team members Maria Sirois, Michelle Garcia, Kristen Bernasconi, Dianne Picken, Reuben Morgenstein, Barbara Laughon, and NIHD friends Diana Garcia and Peter Bernasconi.

NIHD employees also worked to sell ghost and spider “Candygrams” during Halloween. These sales allowed the employees to purchase four of the five requested Inyo Register subscriptions for patients at the Bishop Care Center. Inyo Register Publisher Mike Gervais generously donated a fifth subscription on behalf of the newspaper’s staff.

The gift drive and the Candygram sales were organized by NIHD’s Performance Improvement Department, headed by Chief Performance Excellence Officer Maria Sirois. Rounding out the team are Wendy Runley, Kristen Bernasconi and Michelle Garcia.

2016 is the second year the NIHD employees held a gift drive. Last year, the NIHD team provided gifts for more than 100 patients at the Bishop Care Center and Southern Inyo Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility. Last month, NIHD employees donated more than 50 turkeys to area groups hosting Thanksgiving dinners for the community.


Bishop Welcomes Deputy Sheriff Trainee

Bishop Welcomes Deputy Sheriff Trainee

According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Bill Lutze, held a swearing in ceremony for our new Deputy Sheriff trainee, Ryan Cuthbert. Ryan is originally from the Antelope Valley area and has a BA in psychology from California State University Northridge. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department is happy to welcome Deputy Cuthbert to their team.

Congratulations Deputy Cuthbert!



Dates have been announced for the swearing in of several newly elected officials in Inyo County. According to Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of voters Kammi Foote, there will be a ceremony on January 3rd to swear in recently elected 2nd District Supervisor Jeff Griffiths, 4th District Supervisor Mark Tillemans, and 5th District Supervisor Matt Kingsley. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon at Independence’s Historic Courthouse Courtroom, at the top floor. For more information call 760-878-0222.

NIHD Board of Directors Seats New Members

NIHD Board of Directors Seats New Members

November election winners Phil Hartz, Mary Mae Kilpatrick and Dr. John Ungersma took their seats as members of the Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Board of Directors during last Wednesday evening’s regular monthly NIHD Board meeting.

According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, this past Wednesday marked the first board meeting since they took the oath of office. Each will serve a four-year term, ending in November 2020. They join MC Hubbard and Pete Watercott to complete the five-member governing board.

At the start of the meeting Dr. Flanigan, CEO of the District, congratulated each of the three newly elected members noting how pleased he is that the District had its first competitive election in a number of years.

Phil Hartz won election as the Zone 2 director in November. Hartz is a retired social worker, counselor, and educator whose previous public service includes a term on the Inyo County Grand Jury.

Mary Mae Kilpatrick, a retired Bishop Area educator and school administrator, stood for election as the Zone 4 representative after completing an 11-month appointment to the board. She was unopposed in the election.

Dr. Ungersma, a retired Naval officer and orthopedic surgeon, won re-election as the Zone 1 director. He was named state Healthcare District Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) in 2015.



According to a press release from the EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that 25 communities across the nation will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. In California, the City of Bishop will receive assistance for identifying strategies and tools to attract redevelopment to the town’s center.

EPA will assist the city in identifying specific opportunities to update its municipal code to allow for increased residential densities and mixed use development to revitalize Bishop’s downtown. The EPA will also help explore incentives for property owners to invest in improvements, encouraging redevelopment of vacant and underutilized parcels, promoting infill, and optimize parking requirements. To support the implementation of these strategies, the City of Bishop will receive the Agency’s technical assistance, engage with the community members, meet housing needs for different ages and incomes, and fund efficient public infrastructure and operations.

Since 2011, the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program has provided assistance to 130 communities in 41 states. As a result of this assistance, community groups, local governments, and tribal governments across the nation have increased their capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, prepare for the effects of climate change, and improve overall quality of life.

Charlotte Walecke

Charlotte Walecke was born October
28th 1918 in northern Ontario Canada in the area of Monteith Iroquois Falls to Parents Dominic & Alice McAndrew who’s occupation was running the Family Farm which consisted of mostly sheep and other domestics wool was shipped out by train and spare time was knitting plus other the other working of farm life.
Her pre deceased immediate family were  her SisterEthal Renwick, brother Robert McAndrew, Sister Easter Johnson, Brother’s Patrick McAndrew, Rollande McAndrew, Charlie McAndrew. Charlotte Married her loving Husband Joesph Walecke Valentines Day 1941
In Monteith Ontario Canada eventually they set up home in Northbay Ontario started there family with Daughter’s Brenda Fischer(Jim) Diane Bailey(Mike) & Gary Walecke
They eventual moved to California around 1962 Having Joesphs oldest Brother Herman Walecki residing in California’s southern climate in the LosAngeles area, moving  to Orange California were Her Husband spent his working years with St Joesph Hospital previous working in Canada were mining and building sewer plants etc for the company Smith & Nelson. Charlotte’ workings consisted of Service work, seamstress, helping community, and later working in the Elderly care facilities. She has Grand Children Chris Bailey
& Michael Walecke. Retirement years were spent Snow birding from there home at the shore of Lake Nippissing. In NorthBay and other travels, eventually moving to the Bishop Area to be closer to Family in there older years, her husband past away in 2003 Charlotte spent her last two years with her Son at his home in Lee Vining CA pasted away peacefully in sleep on the evening of Dec 5, 2016 at home as she wished under her Sons care.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop, Tuesday, December 13, 2016.



According to Brenda Kiddoo, Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their November 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

  • Juliana Garcia
  • Jordan Pritchard
  • Shania Womack
  • Zoey Dailey
  • Izayah Fimbres
  • Annabelle Hollon
  • Jenna Kiddoo
  • Jacee Carpenter
  • Cian Smith
  • Fatima Becerra
  • Andy Jimenez
  • Cinthia Laguna
  • Beatriz Garibay-Solorio
  • Gisell Mora
  • Nelson Chavez

Congratulations Home Street Middle Schools Students of the Month!