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Broncos Strong 2nd Half.. 59-24 VS Rosamond

The Broncos continued their winning ways Friday night beating Rosamond 59-24 for their fifth consecutive victory. The five straight victories mark the first time that head coach, Arnie Palu has accomplished such a feat.

Although the Broncos ended up winning comfortably, they were not team who got first blood. The Rosamond Roadrunners opened the scoring with a monster run from star running back, Charles Anthony Watson. The senior running back, cut to the outside and broke away from the Bronco secondary for an 80-yard run midway in the first quarter.

However, the Broncos soon responded with a one-yard touchdown on a Luke McClean keeper, making it 7-6 thanks to the Christian Morales extra point.

Later, running back, Wesley Pettet punched in a rushing touchdown right on the doorstep, which expanded Bishop’s lead to eight points. A few moments after the score, Christian Morales converted a 20-yard field goal, and the Broncos went up 17-6

Rosamond quarterback, Colby Adams was able to cut the deficit by throwing a strike on the far side to Davion Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown. The junior quarterback’s ability to escape the pocket and find his receiver made it 17-12.

The second half was much less competitive, mostly because the Bishop defense were suffocating their opponent with back to back scoop and scores. Mark Mayhugh was able to score his second defensive touchdown in three weeks, when a fumble was forced inside the Rosamond five-yard line, Mayhugh was there to collect the ball for the touchdown.

Bishop’s biggest run of the night came from Steven Paco, who used his vision and speed to blow by defenders for a 55-yard run. Paco’s touchdown made it 45-12 late in the third quarter.

Palu’s team ended up expanding their commanding lead, and the game ended 59-24, with Rosamond scoring a few garbage-time points in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos are on the road against Boron next week, with an opportunity to inch closer to a High Desert League title.

Missing Juvenile from Chalfant Valley Update

Update 10/16/18
The search continues for Chalfant resident Karlie Guse.
From the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, “Many have asked if there is more information on the search for Karlie Guse. Other than a confirming sighting in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance, we have no new information to report. We have deployed multiple resources, including helicopters, scent dogs, Search and Rescue teams and off-road vehicles, to thoroughly search the surrounding neighborhood and high-desert terrain.
Search team flying a grid pattern looking for Karlie.
Interviews of family and friends have been conducted, as well as a forensic investigation into her social media and electronic devices. Despite every effort, Karlie still has not been located. If you know anything that will help us find Karlie, please call 760-932-7549, option 7.
UPDATE 10/14 7 am
The search for Karlie Guse continues this morning. We are bringing in scent dogs, helicopters and ground resources. We are NOT accepting volunteers at this time. We understand and appreciate the desire to help, but please allow the professionals to do their work without interference and distraction. Thank you to everyone who shared this post. Please continue to spread the word and increase awareness of Karlie.Original Post 10/13 6 pm
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile from Chalfant. 16-year old Karlie Lain Guse was last seen in the early morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018, on Ponderosa Street near White Mountain Estate Road in Chalfant. Karlie may be disoriented and does not have any personal belongings or cell phone with her. If you have seen Karlie or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 760-932-7549, option 7.Karlie is a white female, 16 years old, 5’ 07”, 110 pounds, dark blond hair and blue eyes. We do not have a description of her clothing.




Suspect Arrested on Weapons Charges

On Tuesday evening, the Bishop Police Department set up a perimeter between Vons, Kmart, and the Vagabond Motel, after a foot pursuit of a wanted subject.

The following day, the subject who fled from the police was found and arrested. Ryan ward, age 29 was detained at 205 Collins Rd, in Bishop on weapons charges.

Ward, who was on parole was charged with felon possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of an assault weapon, and violation of parole. The following list of charges are all felonies.

Previously, Ryan Ward had been charged with Second Degree Robbery and Second Degree Commercial burglary for robbing the Bank of America in Mammoth Lakes in 2013. Ward was sentenced to three years in prison for the offense.

2018 Haunted Swamp Set for October 13th and 20th

The 2018 Haunted Swamp is on the October 13th, and 20th from 7-10 pm. Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to get ready for Halloween! The Haunted Swamp is located at the Bishop High School Farm on Sunland Road.

The event is put on annually by the Bishop Union High School Future Farmers of America. Attending the Haunted Swamp will undoubtedly lead to it’s fair share thrills and chills. More importantly though, all of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a good cause that benefits the Bishop community.

The money received from this event will go to the Bishop FFA Program, which provides aspiring farmers with a chance to grow in the farming industry.

Tickets are eight dollars for adults, thirty dollars for groups of four adults, and five dollars for children under twelve years of age.

Please come out to the Haunted Swamp and support your local community!

Bronco Varsity Win in Kern Valley

Lake Isabella- The Bishop Broncos took on the Kern Valley Broncs in their first game of Desert Mountain League play on Friday.

Although the game was close for most of the game, Bishop were able to come out on top by pulling away in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 24-9.

Bishop had a difficult time getting the offense to click for most of the game, turning the ball over three times. However, as the game went on, the Broncos were able to get things going on the ground.

Running backs, Wesley Pettet and Steven Paco combined for 229 yards on the ground, as well as two touchdowns.

The Broncos are riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, with a 5-2 record on the season. Head coach, Arnie Palu’s team will host Rosamond next game on October 12th for their second game of Desert Mountain League play.

Photos by Gary Young Photography

Bishop Varsity Romp Sierra

Broncos Cruise to Victory Heading Into Mountain Desert League Play

Bishop CA– The Bishop Broncos football team impressed mightily against Sierra, winning 61-0 for their largest margin of victory this season.

In the first half, Broncos quarterback, Luke McClean was the standout player. McClean hooked up with receiver, Jayden Braithwaite for a touchdown on the team’s second possession.

On the next drive, the Junior quarterback was able to score by bursting up field though multiple Chieftain defenders for a 30 yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of Bishop. McClean ended up finishing his night with 125 total yard and two touchdowns.

The team’s ground attack was headed by Steven Paco, who had 127 yards on 12 carries, as well as 3 touchdowns. Head coach, Arnie Palu said that Paco had a “breakout performance” and was impressed with the way the young ball-carrier handled a sizable workload.

Defensively, the Broncos looked just as good as they did on the other side of the ball. Bishop were able to get into the backfield regularly, disrupting the team’s timing of the Sierra offense.

The great defensive line play helped Mark Mayhugh wreak havoc in the secondary. Mayhugh had 4 interceptions, returning one of them to the house for a 30 yard pick-six.

The Broncos improved to 4-2 in the regular season, and are on a three game winning streak, which is the first time Bishop Union have been able to accomplish such a feat under Arnie Palu.

League play begins next Friday at Kern Valley next week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM.

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

JetSuiteX Adds New Service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County

Mammoth Lakes Tourism and JetSuiteX has announced the addition of new direct flight service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA).

It’s one of several new routes to be offered this winter season, joining new daily service on United Airlines from Denver International Airport (DEN) and new United service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Combined, these new flights, along with existing service on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the JetSuiteX flight from Burbank (BUR), make Mammoth Lakes easier to get to than ever before.

Flying under the “public charter” designation, JetSuiteX flights offer travelers a semi-private flying experience. With no lines and easy parking adjacent to the private terminal, passengers can arrive minutes before departure time. Business-class legroom, free snack and beverage service and zero baggage fees on skis and snowboards all come at a price that’s very competitive with commercial airlines.

“The flying experience that JetSuiteX offers is second to none and we’re thrilled to announce the expansion of the service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County,” said John Urdi, Executive Director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “As our visitors can attest, JetSuiteX is one of those things that almost seems too good to be true until you fly it for the first time. We’re excited to give our Orange County visitors that experience this winter.”

Service to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) from both Burbank (BUR) and Orange County (SNA) will begin on December 20, 2018 and continue through April 7, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at Service will be offered on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.

“We’re thrilled to relaunch our JetSuiteX seasonal service to Mammoth Lakes this year with flights from both Orange County and Burbank,” said Alex Wilcox, Founder and CEO, JetSuite, Inc. “We created JetSuiteX to give people a fast and fun way to fly, which means that travelers to Mammoth Lakes this ski season will be spending less time in airports and more time on the slopes.”

Check for more information and to get started booking a vacation to Mammoth Lakes.

McDonald’s Supports Local Law Enforcement

Coffee is more than just your favorite morning beverage; it’s a connector, a culture, and a community-builder. McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine plan to use coffee to help connect the community and law enforcement. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, McDonald’s locations in the Owen’s Valley will host “Coffee with a Cop” events in conjunction with local law enforcement. This event is an extension to the “National Coffee with a Cop” day. The local event brings Bishop Police Department officers; Inyo County Sheriff’s Office deputies; California Highway Patrol officers and the community members they serve – together over coffee – to discuss community issues, learn more about each other and build relationships in an informal, relaxed environment. All “Coffee with a Cop” attendees will receive a free small cup of McCafe® coffee, courtesy of your local McDonald’s.

As McDonald’s Owner/Operators, being involved in the community is the cornerstone of our business. And supporting our local law enforcement and first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens, is a priority for our organization”, said Kevin and Lis Mazzu, local McDonald’s owner-operators. The first local “Coffee with a Cop” event was held back in January, in conjunction with ‘National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ and proved to be an excellent opportunity to connect with Inyo County residents, answer questions, hear concerns, and provide an opportunity for citizens to meet their local law enforcement.

Area residents are invited to attend the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events on

Wednesday, October 3rd, at both McDonald’s locations in the Owens Valley:

Bishop – McDonald’s at 562 N. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol

Lone Pine – McDonald’s at 601 S. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol
  • KIBS / KBOV radio will be doing a live remote broadcast from this location

McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine will continue to work with local law enforcement throughout the year to host additional ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events with the goal of improving relationships between law enforcement and community members – one cup of coffee at a time.

Boot Fire Update

The Boot Fire is currently 6,873 acres and 3% contained. The Boot Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain approximately 9 miles southwest of Walker and 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California. There are currently 400 personnel on the fire. The incident command post is set up at Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, Coleville CA.

Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for residents and structures in the area of Fales Hot Springs, Devil’s Gate Pass and Swauger Creek, and for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Road Closures: 395 remains closed from Eastside Lane south of Walker, California to the north end of Bridgeport, California. Both towns of Bridgeport and Walker are accessible to travelers, with through traffic detoured into Smith Valley at Holbrook Junction, Nevada State Route 208 in Nevada, approximately 4 miles north of the California/Nevada state line, to assist travelers that are looking to detour around the closure. Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) is closed at the Mono Tuolumne county line to US 395. Please continue to follow Caltrans for updates

Recreation Sites Closed: Bootleg, Chris Flat, Sonora Bridge, and Leavitt Meadows Campground/Trailhead, and Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between CA SR 108 at Sonora Pass and Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass.

Values at Risk: Structures and residences along Highway 395 in area of Fales Hot Springs, Devils Gate, Swauger Creek, US Military Training Center, transportation corridor on Hwy 395 and State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), campgrounds and historical site, grazing allotments, sagegrouse habitat, watershed, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

Interagency Marijuana Grow Eradication

On September 5, 2018, Inyo National Forest, in partnership with numerous law enforcement agencies, eradicated 8,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally on forest land. In addition, 100 pounds of processed plants were also seized. The grow site was in a remote area of the Inyo Mountains.

US Forest Service Law Enforcement, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County District Attorney’s Office, and California Fish and Wildlife were involved in ensuring the grow site was safe to enter, securing the marijuana, and eradicating it in coordination with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

All agencies assisting in the eradication operation want to remind residents and visitors of the dangers that are inherent on illegal marijuana cultivation. If you become aware that you have come upon a cultivation site, leave immediately and do not attempt to engage with the growers. Once in a safe location, report as many details about the location to law enforcement.

Marijuana cultivation causes extreme damage to ecosystems. As part of the illegal cultivation process, growers are responsible for using miles of plastic tubing and diverting water from natural sources for crop irrigation.  The use of banned herbicides and pesticides is also common practice. Additionally, marijuana cultivation sites often contain large amounts of trash and create fire hazards in wildland areas.

Law enforcement officers continue to investigate the grow site. No arrests have been made at this time.