Community News



Eastern Sierra Transit has announced their Thanksgiving Schedule. All ESTA services will be closed on Thanksgiving day except for the services within the town of Mammoth Lakes. Eastern Sierra Transit will be operating on a reduced schedule on the day after Thanksgiving as well.

The following routes will operate:

  • 395 Route North to Reno and South to Lancaster
  • Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15a.m. & 5:00 p.m.
  • Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
  • Bishop to Mammoth 6:50 a.m. & 6:10 p.m.
  • Mammoth to Bishop 7:50 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
  • Bishop Dial-A-Ride will also be in service throughout the weekend offering limited service with priority given to seniors and disabled.
  • Nite Rider in Bishop will run as usual.



Residents of Lone Pine are still dealing with smoke from fires in the Sierra over the weekend. According to the US Forest Service, the Hidden Fire, burning along the eastside of Mountain Home Demonstration State Forest, and inside the Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest grew by over 1,500 acres yesterday. The current fire size is approximately 2,739 acres. The fire began on October 29th due to lightning.

Firefighters conducted aerial ignition in the upper end of the Burro Creek drainage yesterday. They monitored previously ignited areas in the Silver Creek and Tule River drainages to ensure they backed down the slope evenly. Burning conditions and smoke dispersal remained favorable throughout the day yesterday, ahead of the approaching storm system.

Depending upon the amount of precipitation the fire area received last night and this morning, aerial ignitions may continue to help establish a low intensity backing fire in the Burro Sequoia Grove. Overall, a major reduction in smoke production is expected over the next several days. Up to ¼ inch of precipitation was forecast over the fire area last night. There are currently 85 personal assigned to the fire.

The Forest Service and CAL FIRE are working together to confine and contain the Hidden Fire to a designated area across both jurisdictions while ensuring firefighter and public safety.

Fire officials are working daily with air quality specialists to monitor particulate matter from smoke and share that information with the public, as well as advise them of precautions they can take to reduce their exposure.



By Seth Conners

Applications for IMACA’s Wish Tree Program are available. The Wish Tree Program provides holiday gifts to children age 13 and under who are in low income households throughout Inyo County and Chalfant Valley. Applications are available in Bishop Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m. at IMACA’s Mains Office on South Street or the IMACA Head Start Office on Clarke Street or online on the IMACA Website. All applications must be completed and returned by Monday November 21st.

Also, IMACA Holiday Basket Applications are available at the same locations. Basket quantities for this program are limited and approval is subject to eligibility and based on income, vulnerable population, and federal income guide lines. Completed applications for 2016 Holiday Baskets must be completed and returned by Monday November 28th.



The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is continuing its “Know Your Limit” drunk and impaired driving prevention program. On Saturday, November 26th, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in partnership with Mono County Behavioral Health and Mammoth Taxi, will be conducting a “Know Your Limit” event at Rafter’s.

Know Your Limit” is designed to help potentially impaired drivers make informed decisions as to whether or not they are capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Officers will be present in front of Rafter’s (202 Old Mammoth Road) with PAS  test, also known as a breath test. The results will be provided to the citizen, along with information on driving under the influence and a token for a free taxi ride provided by Mammoth Taxi. The tokens have been paid for by Mono County Behavioral Health and can be used the night of this event or any other night for a ride home provided that the ride is within the town limits. If the taxi ride is outside of town limits (i.e., Main Lodge, the Bluffs, or Crowley Lake), the token is only good for the face value of $5.

The educational program offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about alcohol consumption and its effect on their breath alcohol content. MLPD hopes that by providing citizens with a better understanding of their own limits on alcohol consumption that they will choose not to drive of they are above the legal limit.



On Friday November 18th at Suddenlink from 8-10 a.m. the 13th annual Coats for Kids donation will take place. KIBS/KBOV Radio  and Kmart will once again team up with the Salvation Army for this popular event. Mike Cheuvront from KIBS/KBOV will be hosting a live radio broadcast during the donation drive. We are asking that the public help the “Coats for Kids” campaign start strong. Bishop Suddenlink Office, Bishop Nursery, and Carl’s Jr. in Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes are among some of the other drop off locations. For more information call the Salvation Army at 760-872-2124.

Iceberg Lake Recovery

Iceberg Lake Recovery

Tradedy Struck at Mt. Whitney this week. According to Carma Roper at Inyo County Sheriff Office, at approximately 3:00pm Tuesday afternoon Inyo Sheriff’s Dispatch was notified of a fall victim near Iceberg Lake below Mt. Whitney. According to the reporting party and hiking companion, the victim was a 37-year old female from Torrance, CA. The reporting party said that the four-person hiking group summited Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer’s Route, and that the victim lost her footing while descending and slid between 600-800 feet down a steep chute.
Three Inyo Search and Rescue members hiked to the reported location Tuesday evening where they were able to assess that the fall victim was deceased. Inyo Sheriff’s Office initially requested CHP helicopter H-40 out of Fresno to transport the victim to the Lone Pine Airport; however, due to heavy wind conditions the mission had to be aborted. Aerial assistance was also attempted by the Naval Air Station Search and Rescue out of Lemoore, but the high winds made the mission too risky to complete.
On Wednesday morning a Chinook helicopter provided by the Army National Guard out of Stockton, was able to insert a ground team from China Lake Mountain Rescue Group near Iceberg Lake. The ground team located the victim and she was successfully transported to the Lone Pine Airport where they were met by the Inyo County Coroner.

Inyo Sheriff would like to extend their appreciation to the following agencies: China Lake Mountain Rescue Group, CHP – Central Division Air Operations, Naval Air Station, Lemoore, Inyo Search and Rescue and Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department.

Bishop Rotary’s New Members

Bishop Rotary’s New Members

Bishop Rotary has some new members. President DeEtte Johnston, of the Rotary Club of Bishop proudly inducted two new members: Colin Vaughan, sponsored by his stepfather Robert Atlee, and Lisa Fontana, sponsored by Nancy Lowthorp.
Colin has lived in Bishop 11 years.  He is a sales representative for Style Eyes and a Distributor for Sierra Maps.  He plans on continuing his education in environmental engineering and plans on attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Colin said he was attracted to Rotary because of the important role Rotary plays in service to the community and abroad. Colin also said he received a honorable discharge from the Marines after serving 4 years as a Tactical switch board operator.  President DeEtte feels Colin’s energy, youth and enthusiasm is a great benefit to the club.  He was a great help in organizing and running the club’s annual Ducky Derby.
The Club is gaining another outstanding professional and community leader, Lisa Fontana, Ph.D.  Lisa has only lived in Bishop for 5 months and came here for her position as Superintendent of Schools for Inyo County and to enjoy the wonderful outdoor opportunities of hiking, fishing, 4-wheeling and gardening in our great Eastern Sierra area.  Lisa is married to David Fontana.  They have 2 grown children, Troy and Tyra, and have 4 grandchildren.   She is ready to help in all areas related to children and family, education, literacy, college and careers.  President DeEtte is very excited to have Lisa’s help in the club’s financial literacy program for 5th grade students, along with the club’s many programs involving the local schools such as sponsoring the Bishop Union High School Interact Club, senior scholarships, RYLA and reading to elementary students.
Both Lisa and Collin believe Rotary is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in the community.  They are anxious to become part of an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.
The Rotary Club of Bishop meets every Tuesday at noon at Astorga’s Restaurant.  Visitors are always welcome to enjoy  their programs, fellowship and fun!  Lunch is $12.00.
Pictured:  Robert Atlee, Colin Vaughan, Dr.  Lisa Fontana, Nancy Lowthorp, and DeEtte Johnston


Maybe it was the energizing long bus ride. Maybe Coach Palu has found something for these kids to rally on. Either way, the Bishop Bronco’s traveled to the “other side of the mountain” and put a  Central Cal team in their place last Thursday night.

Molina,Rennie. Can’t keep a good horse down.

Forget common opponents, means nothing. All the Broncos have to do is get on the bus, drive for hours and beat a team that we have no experience with. Sounds easy enough right?

Jerry Mendez has been a SOLID kicker all year.

When the dust settled, the Bronco’s got back on that energizing bus with a big win over Caruthers 49-16.

Senior leader and QB Ryan Graves played out of his mind. Ryan likes long bus rides.  Passing, Graves went 8 for 9 with 176 yards. And when Graves wasn’t passing the ball, he was shredding the Caruthers defense for 170 yards and 3 TD’s on the ground.

Graves with daylight.

Izaak Morganstein is playing his last season too. He’s logged a few miles on a bus. Bring it on! Izaak caught 143 yards worth of real estate with 2 TD’s.

Smothering defense works.

#18 Arturo Lemus is fun to watch. And we get to watch him for a couple more years. Lemus is a Sophomore. Lemus ran for a TD, and on “D” he had an interception and 9 total tackles.

Sophomore Arturo Lemas was all over the field on offense and defense.

The Bronco defense deserves credit. They’ve played through diversity. They play tough,Bronco defense like the good ole days. Double digit tackles in this playoff game goes to Mike Molina(12) and Lorenzo Parra (11). We shall call them Horses.

A small group from the stable. Molina, Rennie, Parra and Martinez.
Freshman Luke McClean got the call up from JV. I would say he enjoyed the bus ride.
JR Sam Moose getting the tackle.

With the Bronco’s ranking of 11th, we will get back on that energizing bus, we will wave to Caruthers as we pass that school on Highway 99 and head to Firebaugh. Common opponents ? Who cares, just keep the bus rolling.


Stellar Photography by Lorenzo Parra





Coming off Saturday’s sold out Harvest Hoedown fundraiser, the Eastern Sierra Music Festival is delighted to announce its 2017 concert lineup.

Headlining will be the Grammy-award winning blues band, Blues Traveler, and chart-topping country band, Lonestar. Opening acts including country duo, SmithField, and singer-songwriter Steve Moakler.

The festival is set for July 21-22 in Bishop at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. This year, the festival will be held the weekend before Yerington’s Night in The Country event.

Tickets for the 2017 Eastern Sierra Music Festival are expected to go on sale this Thursday, at As a thank-you for the support given to ESMF’s first event, organizers will be offering 2017 tickets at 2016 prices through December 31st.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival will once again support its chosen charity, the National Wounded Warrior Center, set to be built in Mammoth Lakes by Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

The festival is currently seeking sponsors an donors for the concert series. Those interested in helping bring artists like there to the Eastern Sierra may contact ESMF through its website at



The 10th Annual Stuff-A-Bus Holiday Food Drive is almost here, which means it’s time again for the generous people in the Eastern Sierra to clear out their pantries and give a little to those in need this holiday season. Come out and visit ESTA Staff and bring your food donation to the KIBS/KBOV live remote in front of the Bishop Kmart  on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

For any groups or businesses, who have group food collections, Eastern Sierra Transit will pick up donations at no charge and deliver them to the Salvation Army between Monday, November 21st, and December 5th. Call 760-872-1901 to schedule your donation pick up.