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BRONCOS TRIUMPH OVER EAGLES 76-13

BRONCOS TRIUMPH OVER EAGLES 76-13

By Seth Conners

In high school basketball, the 5-0 Bishop Broncos were in Lone Pine last night to face the Golden Eagles. The red hot Broncos throttled the Eagles, 76-13. Sean Brown and Trace Sapp led the way with 17 points each. The teams leading scorer of the season Andrew Allen had 16. Sam Moose had 7, Anthony Vega had 6, Tommy Ruelas scored 3 points and Izaak Morgenstein, Kanyon Martinez, and Hunter Waasdorp rounded out the scoring with 2 points each. Bishop, now 6-0 to start the season, will compete in the McFarland tournament this weekend. That tournament starts Friday evening. Lone Pine will compete in the Whittell Tournament starting tomorrow.

Coroner’s Investigation: Shepherd Hot Spring

 Coroner’s Investigation: Shepherd Hot Spring

According to Amber Weller, Public Information Officer, for Mono County Sheriff’s Office, on Saturday, December 03, 2016, at approximately 3:19 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies and a California Highway Patrol Officer responded to reports of an occupied white van parked next to the hot tub. The reporting party indicated that the person inside the vehicle was not responding to their contact attempts.

Upon arrival, a male subject was found lying on the back seat of the vehicle. The Deputy made several failed attempts to make contact with the subject before gaining access into the vehicle. Once inside the vehicle, it was determined that the subject was deceased. The decedent has been identified as 29-year old Gerardo Espitia Godinez of Mammoth Lakes. The family has been notified of the death, no foul play is suspected, and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Racing for a Good Cause

Racing for a Good Cause

According to the Rotary’s Pat Nahin, Bishop ran its 6th annual Bishop Rotary Santa Mile Saturday, December 3rd and attracted runners of all ages – including babies in strollers.  The starting line was at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce at the front of Bishop City Park.  All proceeds from the Santa Mile go to Polio Plus which helps fund Rotary’s joint effort with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.
The winners:
  • Dylan Fitt, fastest runner with a time of 5:51, winner of the adult male category
  • Fachel Fitt, second place runner and the female adult winner with a time of 6:28
  • Ashley Fitt, female child winner with a time of 8:15
  • Caleb Fitt, male child winner with a time of 9:00
Congratulations to the Fitt family!

CITY OF BISHOP OPEN HOUSE

CITY OF BISHOP OPEN HOUSE

The City of Bishop will hold an open house on December 15th, 2016, to discuss a new city project. The project is known as the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney, Sidewalks project and is proposed to construct sidewalks and bike lanes on streets in and near the back of the Bishop City Park. The meeting is intended to provide provide project information and to gather public input.

The 1.2 million dollar project would construct sidewalks and bike lanes on Spruce Street, Hanby Avenue, and East Yaney Street in and adjacent to the City Park. In addition to sidewalks and bike lanes, the project would extend the existing paved path near the community  garden (the Pine to Park Path) to the new sidewalk proposed for Hanby Avenue. The project is funded through the state with gas tax funds.

The open house will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the conference room in City Hall, 377 West Line Street in Bishop. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and give their input. The city invites any and all feedback now when there is the best chance to impact the final project. For more information contact the City of Bishop Public Works at 760-873-8458.

WINTER ROAD CLOSURES

WINTER ROAD CLOSURES

According to a press release from Caltrans, State Route 89 ( Monitor Pass), State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), and State Route 270 (Bodie Road) are closed for the winter as of Wednesday, November 30.  Also, according to Yosemite’s Jamie Richards, Tioga and Glacier Point Roads are also now officially closed for the winter. The recent storms, and accumulation of snow, make the seasonal closure necessary for the safety of motorists and Caltrans crews. The weather conditions on the pass and subsequent road conditions are among the determining factors in the decision to make the seasonal closure. Once the pass is closed for the winter, it will not be reopened until conditions warrant. Motorists should expect the worst conditions and be prepared when traveling in areas subject to hazardous conditions. All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive or snow tires should, additionally, carry chains when traveling during snowy weather. While driving in Yosemite during winter months, drivers also must carry chains regardless of what type of vehicle they are driving.

COATS FOR KIDS & STUFF A BUS DRIVE

COATS FOR KIDS & STUFF A BUS DRIVE

Join our very own Claiborne for a live broadcast on Saturday, December 3rd, from 10-12 noon at Bishop Kmart! Don’t forget cans of food and coats to donate to those in need. KIBS and KBOV Radio and the Bishop Kmart are once again teaming up with the Salvation Army for the 13th Annual “Coats for Kids” donation drive! Please donate both new or gently used coats for kids of all ages at the Bishop Kmart. With each donation, enter free drawings, no purchase necessary. Other coat drop offs include the Suddenlink office, Bishop Nursery, and Carl’s Jr. in Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes. No child should suffer from the cold…please donate to the 13th annual KIBS-KBOV Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” drive today!

CITY OF BISHOP WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR KIDS

CITY OF BISHOP WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR KIDS

The  City’s Parks & Rec Department has scheduled a holiday kids night out, for December 16th. With Christmas just around the corner, some parents might need a break to do some Christmas shopping or maybe just a much needed night out. On the 16th, the Parks & Rec staff will feed your kids a nice dinner and entertain them for 3 hours. That’s 5:30-8:30 p.m. The kids night out event is for kids aged 6-12 and the cost is $12 per child. Early registration is required on or before Thursday, December 15th, to ensure a correct dinner order. For more information, or to register, contact Karey, at the City of Bishop, 377 West Line Street, or call 760-873-5863.

TPO ISSUED AGAINST TRIBAL FAMILY

TPO ISSUED AGAINST TRIBAL FAMILY

By Seth Conners

      According to a press release form Ron Napoles, in compliance with a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) issued by the Bishop Tribal Court on Nov. 22, 2016 against five members of the Warlie family they have removed their livestock fence and property from land assignment Block 3 Lots 6 and 7 on North Pa Ha Lane. The TPO also prohibits them from entering the Lots and subjects them to arrest by any local law enforcement and prosecution on federal charges. Entering the land and compiling additional citations/ fines and being arrested would do nothing to advance their purpose. Our removal of property is a necessary step in the continuing their legal fight. The family will be back in court on Dec. 20. They believe the Temporary Protection Order to be invalid and will seek a legal recourse. On advice of their lawyer they decided to avoid other legal charges diverting resources and taking focus off the real issues.
      Napoles also stated that, first, in 2013 Bishop Paiute Tribal members voted against expanding the Paiute Palace Casino. Therefore, the Tribal Council has no authority to commit any tribal resources to casino expansion. The Tribal Council must be accountable to the General Council (Tribal Members) and all expansion plans immediately stopped. Second, in 2014 the Tribal Council cited the family for trespass for being on our Family land and then took possession by force. In consecutive losses over a two-year period in the Tribal Court of Appeals, the Tribal Council failed to prove it had any right to the land and our trespass charges were reversed. Upon Remand to the lower Bishop Tribal Court, the Council opted to Dismiss with Prejudice leaving our trespass reversed, and forfeiting its right to cite us again.
      Napoles concluded that they have proven their right to the land in court. Now the Tribal Council is trying to re-litigate the case outside of court and through the media. Absent any legal standing the Tribal Council is attempting to claim sole authority over all legal decisions and reservation land in contradiction to long-standing customs and law.

INYO NATIONAL FOREST PRESCRIBED BURNING

INYO NATIONAL FOREST PRESCRIBED BURNING

Prescribed burning continued in the Inyo National Forest yesterday. Thanks to the areas recent snowfall, fire crews were able to begin pile burning near Smokey Bear Flats yesterday afternoon. Crews are working with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and want to take advantage of favorable wind dispersal. Crews were hoping to complete up to 20 acres depending on hoe the smoke disperses along Highway 395.

Since the burn unit is so close to the highway, motorists should plan to see smoke in the area and should slow down for fir fighters along the road corridor.

INYO COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES

INYO COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES

By Seth Conners

Inyo County Property Taxes are due next week. According to a press release from Alisha McMurtrie, the first installment of the 2016-2017 secured property tax bills will become delinquent, if unpaid by 5p.m. on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. Property tax payments remitted by mail should be post marked on or before Monday, December 12th, 2016.

Payments may also be made at the tax collectors office in the Inyo County Courthouse in Independence. Pursuant to the law, a 10% penalty must be added to all delinquent property tax payments. The county is proud of the fact that delinquent payments are rare in Inyo County. Any questions regarding secured property tax bill should be directed to the Inyo County Tax Collectors Office at 760-878-0312.