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Leaves are starting to fall in Bishop and the City Public Works crew will be stepping up the street sweeping effort in response. The crew needs help from people that park vehicles on city streets.

Street sweeping for leaves will start tomorrow morning between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and will continue on this schedule into December. The crew sweeps one side of the street one day and the other side the next day.

To keep out of the way of the sweeper, don’t park on the west and north sides of the streets on Wednesdays while they sweep that side of the street, which have odd number addresses.

Don’t park on the east and south sides of the streets on Thursdays while they sweep that side which has even numbered addresses.

These “don’t park” times only apply on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7-3, other times it’s still okay to park.

For more information contact the City of Bishop Public Works at or 1-760-873-8458.



The Reds Meadow  Valley Road is closed due to two mudslides, on substantial, which occurred late Sunday afternoon. The area received it’s first significant rain after a long dry summer. Several visitors needed to be assisted  out of the Reds Meadow Area.

The road will remain closed while the slides and the condition of the road are assessed. Crews will also need to complete hazard tree work along the road. Some of this work was already planned along the road due to tree mortality issues. However, hazard trees near the mudslides will need to be prioritized for safety along the road corridor.

At this time, there is not an estimate for when the road will re-open. Visitors are advised to plan alternate itineraries.


By Gary Young and his Beautiful Reporter Rochelle Young.

It was all about the Senior class of 2017 when the final whistle blew on an exciting night of Football for the ladies. Who said Football is a man’s sport? These Juniors and Seniors might be friends off the Gridiron but when this game started, the friendship’s ended.

The Seniors


The Juniors

The Seniors scored first with a great run from tailback Kali Barrett.

Kali with her TD run.
The Senior TD celebration begins… 6-0 Seniors.

The 2 point conversion failed so it was 6-0 Seniors. The feisty Juniors came right back with a score of their own and then junior Sara Voss kicked the extra point which gave the Juniors the halftime lead of 7-6.

Sara Voss running the right side all night long. Here being chased by Senior Sarah Desbrosses.

Personal stats were not available at press time but Sara Voss was in BEASTMODE for the Juniors the entire game.

When the dust settled (and a phantom whistle being blown by a ref taking away a Junior touchdown) The Senior class prevailed with a final score of 12-7.

Now to the pictures….

And there were cheerleaders……

Bringing the crowd to their feet with this riveting halftime show.

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Back to the action……….

Beth Morgan rockin the right side on this big run in the first half.
More running room for Beth Morgan.
Dani Derousseau was all over the field for the Seniors on defense.Here, she breaks up a pass from Junior QB Erika Ellis intended for Gracie Sandoval.. Sarah Desbrosses look on.
Madalyn Batchelder applies some serious Senior pressure on Junior QB Erika Ellis.
When Coach Alan Torres gives the punt signal……….
……..Senior Punter Wendy Reynolds kicks the pigskin.
The Senior Defense strikes a pose for me during halftime.
Almost a nice pass play from Erika Ellis to Sara Voss for the Juniors.
Voss again trying to shake Dani Derousseau for a big gain. Dani did not let that happen.
#15 Junior Xochilt Martinez shakes and bakes up the middle.


Junior QB Erika Ellis had her passing game going with 1 TD pass !!


Another big gain for Senior tailback Kali Barrett.
Juniors tried running up the middle… Senior Faith Manriquez was there to stop that attempt.
Junior QB trying to run the right side with Sarah Desbrosses grabbing one of her many flags for little gain.
Senior Jayda Meza chasing down the Junior powerhouse Sara Voss.
Sarah and Dani…. Defensive force for the Seniors !


Photos by Gary Young Photography




Bishop Bronco Varsity Football, If you have not had the chance to see this team in action, you are missing out BIG TIME.


Defense was excellent Friday Night

These guys are energetic, exciting, and they show up every Friday Night.

Moran West…Fearless on D
Izaak Morganstein gets the ball inside the post for a Bronco TD

The Broncos took care of business Friday Night against the Rosamond Roadrunners. The final score was 42-7.

Defense was swarming..Led by Lorenzo Parra’s pink socks !


The Bronco defense continues to play hard-nose football. The offense is loaded with weapons for QB Ryan Graves.

Ryan Graves picking up some of his 80 plus yards rushing.

Graves on this night, was on a mission !  8 for 11 passing with 189 yards and 3 TD’s. He ran for 64 yards and 2 scores.

Brown catches a pass from Graves and has plenty of room to run.

Izaak Morganstein ran a punt back 70 yards for a score.  Sean Brown was on a roll with 3 receptions for 87 yards.

Hunter Waasdorp stretches for the goal line.

It was a great game for the Bronco Team.

Again, the pink socks! Enough to scare any defender.

Coming into town for Homecoming is the Desert Scorpions. Come out and support these hard working kids on Friday Night !!!


Gary Young Photography

Bronco JV Running Wild Against the Roadrunners

The loss to KV is ancient history. The Rosamond Roadrunners came to town and the Bronco JV squad sent them packing.  Led by Freshman QB Luke McClean, the Broncos were victorious by a final score of 42-24.

231 total yards on the day for McClean
“O” line doing a stellar job of giving #12 some time to pass.

McClean passed for 84 yards and ran for 147 yards with two scores.

Quick and shifty Jayden Braithwaite picking up some great gains whenever he gets his hands on the ball.

Jayden Braithwaite carried the ball 6 times for 48 yards with one score.

Wesley Pettet stretches for one of his two rushing TD’s.
Again Pettet barrels through a Rosamond defender.

Other Broncos putting points on the board were Jon Torres with a rushing TD and Wesley Pettet had two rushing touchdowns.

One that got away… Roadrunner Ronald Thompson gets behind the Bishop secondary for a sweet TD catch.

Next up – Desert coming to town for Homecoming.

Moonlight Mammograms Event A Success

Moonlight Mammograms Event A Success

According to Barbara Laughon, Northern Inyo Healthcare District officials are hailing the hospital’s first-ever Moonlight Mammograms event an enormous success. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities, NIHD held its first-ever Moonlight Mammograms on Wednesday evening at the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Center. Moonlight Mammograms was designed to offer after-hours digital mammography in hopes of making the cancer screening process more convenient for women.

Eighteen women came to the facility for screening. Of those, 16 were screened using the hospital’s advanced 3D mammography system.To make the evening less stressful, educational, and more enjoyable, NIHD arranged for some pampering and education while women waited for their mammograms.

Dr. Shruti Ramakrishna, one of NIH’s three newest physicians, gave a compelling talk about how breast cancer touched her family. Dr. Ramakrishna then demonstrated how women could do monthly breast self-examinations in the privacy of their own homes.Physical Therapist William Blake and Physical Therapist Assistant Steve Messmore of NIHD’s Rehabilitative Services joined forces with Dawn Briggs and Michael Schweitzer of Vitality Wellness Center to provide massage therapy for the participants.

Local musicians, including Darcie Khanukayev, NIHD Board of Directors member Pete Watercott and NIH nurse Sue Tonelli, provided relaxing violin music throughout the evening. Refreshments were provided by NIHD’s Dietary Department.Each woman left with a goodie bag, stuffed with Breast Cancer Awareness materials as well as some fun, pampering items.

NIHD CEO, Kevin S. Flanigan, MD, who was present for part of the evening, described the event as a resounding success. Dr. Flanigan said how grateful he was that the Breast Health Center, which was made possible through a generous donation on behalf of the District nurses, has allowed the District to expand access to the incredible array of technology services NIHD offers.

Moonlight Mammograms is part of NIHD’s ongoing effort to make preventative health care easily accessible to Northern Inyo County residents.



The future of Edna Beaman School was on the agenda last night in Benton. Eastern Sierra Unified School District held a school board meeting last night at Benton’s Edna Beaman Elementary School. The top topic for the 31 people in attendance was the possible reduction of the Elementary School from a K – 5 school down to a K – 3 school. Superintendent Don Clark made a proposal last week that would relocate a teacher from Edna Beaman to Antelope Elementary in Coleville to help alleviate overcrowding in the schools classroom. The proposal was met with substantial opposition from Tri-County residents, as a result, Dr. Clark proposed another plan that would divert $38,000 in the title one funds for technology at Antelope Elementary and combining it with funds that would be made available by eliminating an aid position at Edna Beaman, to hire an additional teacher at Antelope Elementary. Dr. Clark said there was a third plan to take funds from a special reserve that is put away for one time emergency use. This plan, however, was not recommended by the superintendent.



According to Mono County Sheriff’s Office, on Sunday, October 09, 2016, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department responded to reports of gunshots in the area of 200 Azimuth in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Officers arrived on scene and located a male victim who appeared to have sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Mono County paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased.

The Mono County Sheriff-Coroner confirmed next of kin notification late yesterday morning. The decedent has been identified as 35 year-old Omar Jose Hernandez Sanchez, a Mammoth Lakes resident. No additional information will be forthcoming pending the investigation by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.



Monitor Pass has been closed due to an asphalt spill. On Sunday, October 9th, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Peter Sevillano, from Jurupa Valley, was driving a truck tractor and tanker trailer combination carrying hot liquid asphalt. The driver was traveling south bound on SR-89 approximately 1 mile west of US-395, at an unknown speed. As the driver traveled southbound, for unknown reasons, he made an unsafe turning movement causing the vehicle to overturn on its left side. As a result of the collision and efforts to remove the vehicle from the roadway, approximately 3,000 gallons of liquid asphalt was spilled onto the east shoulder of the roadway creating a Hazardous Materials incident. The California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area responded to the scene and is currently investigating the collision. The driver sustained major injuries and was transported by CareFlight to RENOWN Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. The trucking company has contacted with a hazardous material contractor to clean up the spill and scene. The California Highway Patrol along with CalTrans is monitoring the cleanup. The SR-89 from SR-4 and US-395 will remain closed until the cleanup has been completed.



There’s going to be a lot of dual sport bikes in Bishop this weekend. The 10th annual Ventura County Motorcycle Clubs fall ride will bring hundreds of riders to Bishop over the weekend. They’ll start rolling in tonight attempting to get a jump on crowds for tomorrow mornings 7:30 a.m. sign-ups at the Tri-County Fair Grounds. They’ve been working closely with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce in promoting the event. The group comes here every year to enjoy off-roading on local GPS trails of varied technical difficulty, over 800 miles in all. They’ll be attending events put on by the VCMC including tomorrow nights chili dinner and Saturday’s BBQ. One reason the group really enjoys the area is the level of comfort that they feel here, and it shows in their interaction with the community. For more information about the rally call the Bishop Chamber of Commerce at 760-873-8405.