Community News


Released 31 May 2017
Public Works News Release Annual Water Quality Report

The quality of City of Bishop water continues to be excellent according to the latest annual report on water quality provided by the city. The report gives information on water delivered by the city in 2016 and shows the water to be very pure and to have low levels of contaminants. The report is available on the city website ( and at City Hall.
The City of Bishop Department of Public Works provides water inside the city limits and provides the water quality report to its customers. Water customers outside the city limits should be receiving similar reports from their water providers.
In addition to information on water quality and contaminants in Bishop water, the report provides information on water sources and water usage in the city. It describes the three wells that produce the water used in the city and describes water usage in Bishop. It says that each person in Bishop uses about 300 gallons of water per day which is about 3 times the national average. This usage rate is high even for arid parts of the western states. Much of the water used in Bishop goes to irrigation during the hot dry summer months.
For over 100 years the City of Bishop Department of Public Works has provided a high quality, safe, affordable, and dependable supply of water. The Department works hard every day to carry on that tradition and to keep its customers informed about water in the city. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.


Here are area schools 2017 Graduation and Promotion Schedules
Coleville High School Graduation: June 1 at 6pm

Lee Vining High School Graduation: Friday, June 2 at 6pm

Home Street Middle School 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday June 8th at 7pm

Lo-Inyo 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday June 8th at 7pm

Palisades Glacier High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 9:30am

Bishop Union High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 7pm

Lone Pine High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 7pm

Big Pine 8th Grade and High School: Thursday June 8th at 6:30pm

Rape Suspect Arrested-Bishop PD

May 30, 2017

On Sunday, May 28th the Bishop Police Department made an arrest of a Rape Suspect. According to the Bishop Police Department Dispatch, 23 year old Lawerence Hall was arrested after the Police Department was contacted by the rape victim Sunday morning at 6:05am.  The rape was reported to have occurred at the Vagabond Inn, on North Main St. in Bishop.  Lawerence Hall was located and arrested in the Vons/KMART parking lot. Mr. Hall was charged with one count of California Penal Code 261 A 4-Rape While Victim Was Unconscious During The Act.

Mr. Hall is currently being held at the Inyo County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The case is still under investigation by the Bishop City Police Department.


KERN COUNTY- The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) is preparing to begin a highway resurfacing project on State Route (SR) 58 from Tehachapi Creek bridge to Cache Creek bridge which is near Tehachapi, Ca in Kern County.

The project will remove the existing pavement and will place a new asphalt surface.

Work is scheduled to begin May 31, 2017 and be completed in December 2017.

Traffic will be directed into one lane 24 hours a day during the construction week, Monday through Friday.

This $13.4 million project has been awarded to Pave-Tech, Inc of Vista, CA.

Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.


For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

Spring Season Melting Conditions – Mammoth Lakes Fire Department

Spring Season Melting Conditions

As the long winter ends, there are several conditions that visitors and locals in the Sierras need to be aware of. The creeks are rising fast, backcountry trails are covered with snow, and weak ice conditions prevail on most snow-covered lakes. Extreme caution is necessary to make your time in the Sierras enjoyable and without incident.

The creeks in the Eastern Sierras are beginning to rise because of the warmer temperatures and the melting snow pack. The creeks are going to fill to their banks, the temperature of the water will be cold, and the swiftness of the water will make for very dangerous conditions. Be watchful of children, pets, and the closeness of anyone in your party to the stream channel. Respect the velocity and strength of the streams, recognize that being in the water has the potential of being life threatening, enjoy the beauty from a distance, and stay safe.

Trails throughout the Sierras are going to take much longer to become snow free this year. What may start out as a dry trail, may become snow-covered and impossible to follow and cause you to get disoriented. Be careful of voids below the snow that you may fall through, slick surface conditions that may cause you to slide into unwanted areas or into rocks resting just below the snow surface, and a range of hiking conditions from icy conditions in the morning and slushy conditions in the afternoon. Be extra careful hiking this time of the year.

Snow covered lakes pose a big problem during the spring as the lake appears snow-covered, but the ice below may not be structurally sound. Many high elevation lakes still have snow covering them and the lakes will become more dangerous as the warmer temperatures increase during the next several weeks. Ice conditions are questionable at best and use extreme caution in and around all ice-covered water bodies.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire safety related matter, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

Attempted Murder-Lone Pine Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

Attempted Murder – Lone Pine

On Tuesday May 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted with a request for a deputy to conduct a welfare check on an individual who had not shown up to work. After responding to the residence on Post Street in Lone Pine, deputies discovered a male subject inside that was the victim of a shooting. The victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and later flown out for further medical care; he is currently listed in critical condition.
Evidence at the residence indicates that this was not self-inflicted. The case is being handled as an attempted murder. Sheriff’s Investigations believe the shooting took place between Monday May 22nd and Tuesday May 23rd.
Anyone with any information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

Search & Rescue Tragic End

At noon, on Tuesday, May 23rd,  Dongying “Cindy” Qiu was located by SAR, deceased at the base of a frozen waterfall near Outpost Camp on the Mt Whitney Trail west of Lone Pine. It is believed that she fell approximately 60 feet through a snow chute at the top of the waterfall (located on the southwest side of Outpost Camp, about a quarter mile off trail). Ms. Qiu went missing on Sunday, May 21st while hiking the Mt. Whitney Trail with two

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and based on the extreme
snow conditions in the backcountry, this could have happened to
anyone,” stated Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal Nick Vaughn. “The
entire search crew and the Sheriff’s Office extend their most
sincere condolences to the Qiu family and friends during this very
difficult time.”

This was the second day of searching for the missing hiker.
Support for the search was provided by Sierra Madre SAR, San
Bernardino SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue Mountain Rescue Group, Inyo SAR and aerial support provided by Army National Guard and CHP helicopter H-80.


Quarter Final Action at the City Park

The Lady Bronco’s fell short in CIF Quarterfinal action yesterday at the City Park vs a tough Firebaugh team by a final score of 4-2.

Chay Johnson pitched a strong 7 innings giving up 3 hits with 6 walks, striking out 7 Firebaugh batters.

At the plate:

Shawnau Johnson was 3 for 4

Hannah Waasdorp was 2 for 4 with a triple and a RBI

Chay Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI

Haley Hersley went 1 for 3 in the game


Chay Johnson


Peyton Tetrick


Haley Hersley


Vic Begay


Chay Johnson


Bronco infield


Hannah Waasdorp



Do you have excess veggies and fruit trees that produce more that you can handle?? Ever thought of selling it at the Farmers Market??


The Eastern Sierra Farmers Market typically begins the end of June and runs into October depending on the weather and the growing season. It’s a good way to get rid of some of your excess and make a little money. The Market is held behind City Hall in the comfort of the shade and grass. It’s not expensive to get a membership with the Farmers Market group to sell your wares. And… it’s not just fruits and vegetables, so long as you follow the guidelines you can sell fresh eggs, jams and jellies, dried herbs and flowers! Check out this link for more information : mginyomono/Local_Food_ Resources/Farmers_Markets/How_ to_Sell_Your_Homegrown_Goods/


If you are an artist, crafter, wood worker and the like, you can also sell as a non-agricultural vendor. You can get more information from Inyo Council of the Arts, 760-873-8014.


Upper Main Street Project

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is pleased to announce the start of construction of the Upper Main Street Project. Construction is anticipated to begin the week of May 15 with minor activity outside the paved area. This much-needed improvement will result in a six-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of Main Street/State Route 203 from Mountain Boulevard to Minaret Road. Also included are street lights, a new retaining wall and transit shelter. Southern California Edison (SCE) will also be will be working in the area removing the last of the utility poles.


The Public is advised to take extra care in the area throughout the construction period, expected to run from mid-May through early September. Once work begins, there will be traffic control and no street lighting for most of the 1,600 foot section. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and adhere to traffic control measures. Pedestrians are advised to use the south side of Main Street, taking extra caution as there is no sidewalk on that side.


The project is funded by a combination of State Transportation Improvement Program funds (STIP), the Town of Mammoth Lakes including the developer of the future Mammoth View Project. Mono County Local Transportation Commission was a critical partner in obtaining the Federal STIP funds. Special thanks are extended to SCE, Mono County and the Mammoth View developer for working together to complete the project to underground the utilities through the area. The $3 million project is being constructed by Spiess Construction with day to day monitoring by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and oversight by Caltrans District 9.