Community News

Woman Arrested for Fleeing from Police While Driving Under the Influence

On December 3rd, Nye County Sheriffs received information of a possible drunk driver leaving the Super 7 Gas station in Tonopah, NV.

The vehicle was promptly located traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 95, traveling northbound passing Depot Road. Nye County Sheriffs attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver would not obey the pursing officer’s commands to yield. The alleged drunk driver ended up maneuvering through parking lots, until eventually continuing on to Highway 95.

Eventually, the vehicle came to a stop at the Sierra Vista Apartment Complex. Heather Thomas, a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah surrendered herself to authorities, exiting the vehicle with her hands held high in the air. Thomas was subdued by pursuing police officers and booked on charges of driving with an out of state suspended drivers license, driving under the influence, disobeying a peace officer while driving under the influence, and speeding 25 or more miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

Bishop Community Comes Together for 15th Annual Coats for Kids Event

The 15th annual “Coats For Kids” drive and remote broadcast was a huge success Saturday with loads of coats donated to children in need. Approximately seventy coats were provided to less fortunate kids across the Eastern Sierra.

Claiborne Mitchell of KIBS/KBOV Radio hosted the live remote broadcast and interviewed key members of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, Salvation Army, and K-Mart.

General Manager of K-Mart, Jarrett Chytka helped ring in the holiday spirit by donating a kid’s bicycle, which will be given away Monday, December 17. Chytka also provided peppermints and candy for the crowd gathered around the KIBS/KBOV tent.

Administrative Specialist, Dawn Vidal was in attendance to collect food for the E.S.T.A. Stuff-A-Bus event, and said that she was extremely impressed with community turnout to the event. The bus was packed with non-perishable items such as soups, cereals, canned veggies, and canned fruit.

The Salvation Army’s efforts in this event did not go unnoticed. Lt. Sherry Hooper brought chocolate milk, donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee for those who donated coats and food. When interviewed by Claiborne Mitchell, Lt. Hooper remarked how pleased she was with the donations of food and coats for needy children.

There will be another opportunity to donate to the “Coats For Kids” drive this Saturday at Carl’s Jr. in Bishop. Join News and Sports Director, Bradford Evans for a live remote broadcast from 12 P.M. To 2 P.M. Donations will be accepted throughout the entirety of the event.

Bishop Broncos Volleyball Banquet Recap

The BUHS Volleyball team wrapped up their 2018 Season with a celebratory banquet.

Many Broncos were recognized for their successes as stellar student-athletes throughout a great 2018 season.

-20 of the 24 players were recognized as Scholar Athletes, maintaining a 3.5 or higher GPA throughout the entire season!

-BUHS AWARD RECIPIENTS were as follows: (listed JV/Varsity):

The Bronco Award:  Averly Haye/Sydney Frigerio

The Golden Horseshoe Award:  Dakota Reynolds/Danica Thornburg

Coaches Award:  Clara Place/ Sophia Gutierrez and Sadie Dishion

Offensive MVP:  Lillian Russell/Sydney Frigerio

Defensive MVP:  Maddy Morrison/Cassidy Mann


Honorable Mention:  Hana Hogan

Second Team:  Haven del Giudice

Second Team:  Cassidy Mann

First Team:  Danica Thornburg

All League All Academic:  Sydney Frigerio

All League MVP:  Sydney Frigerio

The Bronco Volleyball program has had three All League MVPs in the last 7 years,  and is proud to have yet another one join this exceptional group! Thank you for everyone’s support!


Multiple Lone Pine Residents Win National FFA Awards

Brenda Lacey the FFA Advisor of the Lone Pine High School FFA Chapter. Was recently awarded the Honorary American FFA Degree at the 2018 National Convention & Expo during an onstage ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. Lacey received a certificate and medal, and their name will be permanently recorded at the National FFA Center.

This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well being of the nation.

Also receiving National FFA Awards where Katie Lacey a 2016 Lone Pine High Graduate who is currently a junior at Oklahoma State University studying Agricultural Business/Pre-Law. Katie was recognized as the California FFA Star American Farmer receiving a Gold Medal along with her American FFA Degree. Tinh LeTrung a 2017 Lone Pine High Graduate a sophomore at Cerro Coso Community College received his American FFA Degree.

As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.

Recipients received a certificate and the American FFA Degree key in honor of their accomplishments and dedication to FFA.

The Lone Pine FFA Chapter had six current members in attendance at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo, which drew a record 69,944 attendees to Indianapolis for this year’s themed convention “Just One”. Jessica McGuire, Kaili Hykes, Jaye Eaton, Luke Sullivan, Daniel Miller, and Fernando Rodriguez were in attendance for all of the leadership sessions, keynote speakers, and the National FFA Expo. In addition the students spent time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, toured Purdue University, and explored the beautiful city of Indianapolis.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Bergin Islands. The national FFA Organization is the premier youth organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA members are the future food industry’s premier human capital, and they are all driven by the organization’s foundational motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

Ella Scott Calkins Obituary

Ella Scott Calkins 1919 – 2018

Ella “Bobbie” Calkins, 99, born April 29, 1919 in New Zealand and passed away in Bishop, CA on November 27, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Don Calkins, and she is survived by her daughter; Gail Arcularius and her husband Will of Cedar City, Utah, and by her son Robert Calkins  of Wellington, Nevada, and Grandchildren; Gregory August, Bob August, Tina Mosey and Angie Wray,  and 3 great grandchildren; Koyl Mosey, Dimitri Wray and Axel Wray.

Bobbie became a war bride when she met & married U.S. Marine Captain Don Calkins while his unit was on maneuvers in New Zealand preparing for numerous island assaults in the Pacific.  After the war Don worked for his family’s newspaper syndicate in the Central Valley of California and then they moved to Bishop with their daughter, Gail, in 1951.

There will be a graveside service at the East Line St. Cemetery on Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 AM.  She and her husband Don will be together again side by side.

Alleged Intoxicated Man Hit by Pickup Truck

On November 26th, at approximately 5:30 PM, CHP responded to the report of a traffic collision between a pickup truck and a pedestrian along a dirt driveway on Taboose Ln in bishop. When CHP arrived on the scene, Antonio Sandoval Plata was located lying in the dirt driveway with head trauma.

Plata was treated at the scene by Bishop Volunteer Fire Personnel and Symons Ambulance. Afterwards, Plata was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital and due to his major injuries, he was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment.

A preliminary investigation indicates Antonio Sandoval Plata was intoxicated at the time he was lying in the dirt driveway. Garrett Rogers was driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra down the same driveway when he backed over Plata. Rogers related he did not see the pedestrian laying in the driveway when he backed over him.

This collision is still under investigation by Bishop CHP.

Man and Two Women Arrested for Kidnapping and False Imprisonment

On November 16, 2018, suspicious circumstances were reported at a residence on Erin Street in Pahrump, NV. Nye County Sheriffs met with a 52 year old woman and 34 year old son, who were both mentally handicapped.

The son and mother appeared to be dehydrated, malnourished, and had poor hygiene. Both victims appeared distressed, and the male victim was mentally handicapped to the point that he could not talk and needed help with walking.

The female told deputies that they were both held against their will for several weeks in an apartment. The distressed female told deputies that they were both restrained together in a small bedroom and confined by her other son, James Thatcher, age 28 of Pahrump.

The female victim had rope tied around her wrists and ankles. Additionally, James Thatcher received help from 30 year old girlfriend, Chelsea Demille, who resided in the same apartment. James confined his brother and mother to a twin mattress with ropes and cables, while allowing them limited bathroom breaks and one bottle of water per day, as well as a small amount of food. It was discovered that the victims would often have to urinate on the floor.

Thatcher placed black window tint on the window for the bedroom and installed a surveillance camera to assure that the victims tried not to escape.

Both Thatcher and Demille also received help from an accomplice, 19 year old, Sandra Wombles, who assisted in the imprisonment of James’s family.

It was discovered that the victims had been confined to the bedroom since August of 2018.

James kept his mother and brother restrained in order to exploit their social security disability checks.

Detectives were able to attain a search warrant, and found a mattress with rope and cables, indicating the abuse of the mom and brother.

The victims were transported to the hospital for assistance and medical treatment, while Thatcher and Demille were arrested on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, and elder abuse. Sandra Wombles was also arrested and charged with false imprisonment and elder abuse.

Aleta London Obituary

Aleta Friend London was born to Elmer and Florence Friend on the first day of spring in 1945 and passed on November 7th due to sudden onset respiratory failure.

She leaves behind her family in Ojai Including son Robert Kittredge (Charlotte), sister Anne Thacher (Tony), nephew George Thacher (Marcia), niece Emily Ayala (Tony). She was an outstanding great-aunt to Matthew, Andrew, Mariana, Oliver and Celeste. In Bishop she leaves stepson Craig London (Carmen) and her friends from the Rock Creek Pack Station. She fiercely loved her family and friends, always remarking how lucky we are to have one another.

Aleta’s early years were spent in Ojai where her father was a prominent citrus rancher. Growing up Aleta worked for the family ranch, running the irrigation, packing tangerines and wanting to have a horse instead of a tractor. She had fond memories of being schooled by Monica Ros through the 5th grade where she learned her love for reading and writing and made lifelong friends. Aleta attended San Antonio School and graduated from Happy Valley (now Besant Hill) School in 1963 and then attended U.C. Davis.

Aleta married Bob Kittredge in 1965 and moved to Florida where her son Robert was born. When her marriage to Bob ended, Aleta returned to Davis to finish her degree in English and subsequently returned to Ojai to work for the family business and raise her son.

In the late 70’s, while vacationing in the Eastern Sierras she met the love of her life, Herbert London, who owned and ran Rock Creek Pack Station. Herb and Aleta were married in 1984 and for many years split their time between Ojai and Bishop, hauling furred and feathered friends between their two homes. Known as ‘Allie’ to those in Bishop, she and Herb enjoyed many adventures: pack trips, day rides, an extensive trip to Australia and picnics in the Eastern High Sierra and beyond.

Aleta would always state “I don’t work for Rock Creek”, yet for decades Aleta was always there for Herb and Rock Creek Pack Station. She was a great hand; taking day rides, helping with spot trips, driving guests and organizing the food service. Aleta touched many lives at the pack station and all are richer for having known her.

Aleta had many horses and mules during her life and was especially proud of her mule Joe who was trained to be a world champion green cow working mule. Aleta loved animals and would characterize people by how they treated both wild and domestic creatures around them. Some of Aleta’s happiest times were with her horses, riding in the mountains or desert or simply taking her dogs on walks.

After Herb passed in 2011, Aleta moved full time to Bishop. When not helping the pack station, she enjoyed volunteer work helping kids to learn to read, working on projects with the Hospital Auxiliary, assisting Master Gardeners’ activities and helping with Mule Days activities for youth.

Aleta was authentic, a hard worker, kind and selfless. Her great smile, a zest for life and a desire to help others characterized her life. Wherever Aleta was, she provided leadership and made things work. She was the star in the background making sure the organizations she worked with succeeded, never seeking the limelight for all she did.

Everywhere she lived, Aleta’s door was open; if you stopped in she would offer a beverage, the conversation would flow and a meal would be prepared. She could really cook. Aleta made amazing meals from findings from her garden, a nice cut of meat and parcels from her freezer or fridge. Nothing was wasted; she would keep the water from boiling potatoes to make soup stock, scraps for the chickens and dogs and everything was recycled. She always kept chickens and couldn’t understand why any sensible person would not have a coop. Sitting down at her kitchen table for a chat over a cup of coffee, cocktail(s) or a meal was a treat. If you had never had a glass of freshly squeezed OJ from Ojai she would make sure you did. What she had was to be shared, from food to books to conversation or a fierce game of Scrabble.

Aleta would not want anyone to bemoan her sudden passing. Her wishes would surely be for folks to get outside and enjoy a beautiful place, a picnic somewhere pretty or a quiet moment with a pet. In lieu of flowers she would prefer that you plant something, scatter some wildflower seeds or work in your garden. Donations on her behalf can be made to one of the organizations that she cherished: Monica Ros School, The Ojai Valley Museum, the Bishop Hospital Auxiliary or

A gathering to remember Aleta is planned for December 8th, noon, at Friend’s Stable and Orchard, 3468 Grand Ave, Ojai. For further information call 805-646-6528.

A Trail Ride and Memorial Picnic will be on April 6, 2019 at the Millpond in Bishop at noon. For further information call Craig at 760-937-0958 or email to

Tri-County Fairgrounds Hires New CEO

After an almost year-long extensive Nation-Wide search, the Tri-County Fair board has hired a CEO. Jen McGuire has accepted an offer from the Fair Board for the CEO positon. Board President Paul Dostie said “Jen McGuire was selected because of her substantial marketing and agricultural experience”. The Tri-County Fair Board began the task of hiring a new CEO in spring 2018 and it has been a comprehensive process. California Department of Fairs and Expositions has assisted the Fair Board in the daunting process. After a community-wide SWOT Analysis in July, 2018 the board began interviewing candidates in August. During the November 12, 2018 board meeting, the board went into closed session and made the offer official.

Jen McGuire’s most recent experience involves working for a National Marketing agency in Southern California. She also has years of experience working for the California Department of Fairs and Expositions, working as a Junior Livestock Auction Chairman, Compliance and Ethics Director and Youth Program Director. Jen is excited to take on the CEO role and become a part of the Bishop community.

“I am honored and excited to work with this community. I grew up in 4H and FFA and so did my kids. These organizations are near and dear to my heart. Fairs, livestock, horse shows, rodeos and events are my passion. The smell of a barn makes me happy. Marketing is what I do. To be able to put all of these things into one package is a dream for me. I can’t wait to get involved in the community and build relationships, create memories for many and work with the youth! This will be a great new chapter for all of us.” – Jen McGuire

United Blood Services Blood Drive Starts Tomorrow

Help transform and save lives at the Bishop Community Blood Drive tomorrow from 10 am to 6 pm and the following day from 8 am to 2 pm.  The event will be held at the Elk’s Hall on 151 East Line Street in Bishop.

Your blood Donations will be used for cancer treatments, emergency situations, and for people with various diseases. There is even the possibility of your blood donations helping those affected by the Woolsey Fire in Southern California and the Paradise Fire in Northern California.

You will also receive a free T-shirt for your generous donation!