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Longtime Inyo County Administrator Kevin Carunchio has announced his retirement after 13 years with the County.

Carunchio, County Administrator since 2007, informed the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 12 of his intent to retire following completion of several outstanding projects, including the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 County Budget. He plans to continue living in the Owens Valley, raising his two children and devoting more time to volunteer work and other opportunities.

Noting that it is an exciting time for the County of Inyo, with several major projects in the hopper or poised on the brink of fruition, Carunchio said he plans to spend the next several weeks focusing on helping to guide those initiatives through their current phases, including consideration of the lease agreement for the Consolidated County Office Building Project, consideration of a contract for the 21st Century Obsidian Project, a State of the Parks report, and development of the Bishop Airport with an eye toward commercial air service.

“I am, and will always be grateful for the opportunity this Board has, and previous Boards of Supervisors have provided me to serve as Inyo County Administrator,” Carunchio said. “I truly love the job, the county, and our communities. Thank you with all my heart.”

The Board of Supervisors is expected to begin discussing the process for identifying Carunchio’s replacement in the coming weeks.

Carunchio has worked for the County of Inyo since May of 2005, initially serving as Deputy County Administrator who was responsible for economic development programs and budget analysis, preparation, and implementation. He also served as the interim Library/Museum Director, in addition to numerous other capacities for the County of Inyo, before being appointed to County Administrator in October of 2007.

Prior to being employed by the County of Inyo, Carunchio worked in California cities government and management.

BUHS Senior Awards Night-Over $390,000 Awarded

Bishop Union High School held their Senior Awards Night for the graduating class of 2018. Throughout the evening just under $391,000 in scholarships were awarded to BUHS Graduates from local businesses, foundations and various organizations.

AltaOne, once again, partnered with KIBS/KBOV and Sierra Wave Radio to recognize student athletes from Bishop High School.

Each year coaches are asked to nominate one athlete from their sport, based on their academic performance and team leadership. Each of the chosen students were then asked to write an essay on their future academic and athletic plans. An independent judging panel graded each nominee to establish one winner and two finalists.
The First Finalist was Carlos Laguna from the Soccer Team. Carlos had a GPA of 4.296 and will be attending Cal Poly Pomona to major in Mechanical Engineering. Carlos, also, plans to try out for the soccer team but will play intramural sports regardless. Carlos Laguna received $1000.

The Second Finalist was Mike Molina who excelled is Football, Basketball and Baseball. Mike had a GPA of 3.5 and plans to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in business administration or engineering while continuing to play football in college. Mike Molina also received $1000.

The winner was Rebekeah Riesen who’s sport was volleyball. Rebekeah has a GPA of 4.23 and plans to major in Marine Biology at a 4-year university in California and play intramural volleyball.

(Photo: Winner: Rebekeah Riesen $1750, 1st Finalist: Carols Laguna $1000, 2nd Finalist: Mike Molina $1000)

Mammoth Lakes Shooting-One Injured, One Presumed Deceased

Mono County District Attorney’s Office

At approximately 11:25 a.m. on Wednesday June 6, 2018, Mammoth Lake Police Department and the Mono County District Attorney’s Office responded to a 911 call from an individual who had been shot in his residence located on Hillside Dr. in Mammoth Lakes.

Upon arriving on scene they were met outside by the reporting party who had been shot in the stomach. The reporting party indicated that he was shot by another male in the residence but was able to wrestle control of the gun away from him and return fire. The reporting party was transported to Mammoth Hospital and stabilized for transportation to Reno.

Law Enforcement has secured the scene and is waiting for a forensic team to arrive to process the scene. The other individual remains in the residence and is presumed dead.


Inyo County Sheriff
Jeff Hollowell: 1,239
Joshua Nicholson: 763
Total Votes 2,002
Unresolved Write In: 11

Supervisor 1st Districts
Dan Totheroh: 298
Lynne Greer: 236
Total Votes: 534

Governor-Top Five Only
John Cox: 562
Gavin Newsom: 549
Travis Allen: 384
John Chiang: 160
Antonio Villaraigosa: 153

Lt. Governor-Top Five Only
Cole Harris: 443
David Fennel: 335
Eleni Kounalakis: 330
Ed Hernandez: 289
Lydia Ortega: 175

Secretary of State-Top Three Only
Mark Meuser: 816
Alex Padilla: 735
Paul Rodriguez Jr.: 201

Betty Yee: 949
Konstantinos Roditis: 934
Mary Lou Finley: 106

Treasurer-Top Three Only
Greg Conlon: 603
Fiona Ma: 570
Jack Guerrero: 512

Attorney General-Top Three Only
Steven Bailey: 763
Xavier Becerra: 738
Eric Early: 344

Insurance Commissioner-Top Three Only
Steve Poizner: 908
Ricardo Lara: 557
Asif Mahmood: 229

Board of Equalization-Top Three Only
Tom Hallinan: 712
Connie Conway: 540
Ted Gaines: 508

US Senator-Top Three Only
Dianne Feinstein: 578
James Bradley: 247
Paul Taylor: 197

US Representative 8th District-Top Three Only
Paul Cook: 735
Marjorie “Marge” Doyle: 704
Tim Donnelly: 438

State Senator 8th District-Top Three Only
Andreas Borgeas: 1042
Paulina Miranda: 473
Tom Pratt: 329

Member of the Assembly 26th District-Top Three Only
Jose Sigala: 738
Devon Mathis: 507
Warren Gubler: 427

State Superintendent of Public Education-Top Three Only
Marshall Tuck: 598
Tony Thurmond: 518
Steven Ireland: 351

Proposition 68: Natural Resources Bond



Proposition 69: Transportation Revenue: Restrictions and Limits

Proposition 70: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Reserve Fund

Proposition 71: Ballot Measures: Effective Date

Proposition 72: Property Tax New Construction Rain-Capture

Measure K-Lone Pine Unified School District $6 Million in Bonds for Schools: FAILED

Measure L-Owens Valley School District $4.8 Million in Bonds for Schools: FAILED

All non-reported were uncontested races

Full Inyo County Results can be found here:

Statewide Results can be found here


The 37th Annual Sober Grad Night will take place on Friday, June 8th, at the Charles Brown Auditorium and runs from 10pm-3am. The reason the Sober Grad Night has been a huge success is due to the great community support.

Your donations help to keep the cost of the tickets at $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door and allows this event to continue for years to come. There will be music from a DJ, free photos by Lori Warta, food, drinks, games and amazing raffle prizes.

Sober Grad Night requires many man hours and a large team of volunteers to pull together along with your support. Without your donations this event would not succeed. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation please send to Sober Grad Night 2018 c/o Calvary Baptist Church P O Box 636 93515.

Or, if you have a raffle prize that you would like to donate please call 760-872-8136

Broncos Dominate Semi-Final Game-Championship Game Next!

In front of a huge home crowd, the Bishop Bronco Varsity Baseball Team hosted the Riverdale Cowboys in the semi-final game of the Central Section CIF Les Schwab Boys Baseball Championships Division 6. The Riverdale Cowboy went ino the game ranked #5 and the Broncos the #1 ranked team.

Lorenzo Parra

After the Cowboys were retired, in order in the top of the first inning, the Broncos would score twice in the bottom half of the inning. Justin Yates would start off by getting a walk, followed by Mike Kubiak getting on base. With two outs, Lorenzo Parra would get a single allowing Yates to come around and score the first run of the game. Next up was Cal Omohundro who would hit a double to center bringing Kubiak around to score. At the end of the first inning, the Broncos had the lead 2-0.

Cal Omohundro

After being retired, in order in the second inning, the Broncos would explode at the plate scoring an incredible 12 runs in the third. Justin Yates would get another walk to lead off the Broncos. Mike Kubiak stepped up and hit a double to deep left center, scoring Yates. Brody Maloney, who had five hits in the victory against Kern Valley in the second round game, continued with his hitting ways by smacking a double to the opposite field, which allowed Kubiak to cross the plate. Lorenzo Parra would get his second hit of the game, with a single to center, and Maloney came home.

Yates rounding third

After Cal Omohundro singled, advancing Parra to third base, Mike Molina would get a walk to load the bases for the Broncos. Jalen Watterson would get the first of his three hits, in the game, with a single to left center which brought Parra home. Hunter Beal followed with a single and Molina scored. After Yates struck out, in his second plate appearance of the inning, Mike Kubiak would step up to the plate.

With a 2-0 count, Kubiak would blow the game wide open when he hit a grand slam home run that landed on the top of the old Library building. With that hit, the Broncos lead was 12-0. The Broncos would add two more runs in the inning and go to the fourth inning leading 14-0.

Kubiak’s post grand slam mauling

In the Top of the fourth inning, the Cowboys would get three hits and score their only run of the game.

Going to the bottom of the fifth inning, with the score 14-0, the Broncos would add two more runs. With one out, Mike Molina would get a single and bring to the plate Jalen Watterson. Watterson, facing a 1-3 count, smacked his next pitch over the fence in right field, scoring him and Molina.

Jalen Watterson going deep

Justin Yates started on the mound for the Broncos with a strong performance striking out 5 batters, no walks and giving up just 4 hits. Austin Thomas would come in to close the game in the top of the 6th inning. He would face 8 batters, striking out 4, and giving up just three hits, ending the game with a strike out to give the Broncos the golden ticket to the Championship game.

Justin solid on the mound

The Bishop Broncos will face the Lindsay Cardinals, the number two ranked team, for the Championship on Saturday in Visalia. Lindsay defeated Roosevelt, Tuesday, 15-2.

Lindsay enters the championship game with an over all record of 18-12 and finished league 11-4. The Broncos go into the game 15-5-1 over all and 8-2 in league.

The victory dance

We will broadcast the game for you on 1230AM KBOV and online at Game time is yet to be determined.

Alaska Airlines To Discontinue Air Service To Mammoth Yosemite Airport

Mammoth Lakes, Calif (May 19, 2018) – On Thursday, May 17th officials from Alaska Airlines informed Mammoth Lakes Tourism that they would be discontinuing air service to Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH). Current daily non-stop air service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will continue through November 30, 2018.

Airline officials cited retirement of the Q400 aircraft as well as a nationwide pilot shortage as reasons for ending the service that has been in place for Mammoth Lakes since 2009. Other Alaska Airlines markets impacted by these service cuts include Sun Valley, ID; Bellingham, WA; Pasco, WA; and Eugene, OR.

According to Air Planners CEO Kent Myers; “The pilot shortage is having a major impact on air service across the country.” Myers went on to say, “No domestic airline is escaping the pilot shortage; all the legacy and regional carriers have been impacted.”

Mammoth Lakes Tourism is in discussions with other major airlines to not only replace the discontinued Alaska Airlines service from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Diego (SAN) for winter 2018-19, but to possibly expand into new markets as well.

New winter 2018-19 service announcements will be made as soon as they are finalized.

Bronco Varsity Baseball Dominates in Second Round CIF Playoffs

On a perfect weather day, the Bishop Broncos Varsity Baseball Team advanced to the Semi-Finals of the Central Section CIF Les Schwab Boys Baseball Championships (Division 6), by defeating the Kern Valley Broncos, at home 17-1.

Landon Kruse

The Broncs would get on the scoreboard in the first inning and take a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the first. After Justin Yates walked, Mike Kubiak would hit a monster fly ball that would be ruled a ground rule double to left field.

Kubiak after his double

Brodie Maloney would follow with a double to center field that brought Yates and Kubiak around to score to take the lead 2-1.

Maloney after his double. Apparently its a “thing”

Next up was Cal Omohundro who would hit the second double of the inning bringing Maloney home. Going to the top of the second the Broncos had the lead 3-1.

Cal after HIS double

From that point on, it was all Bishop Broncos as they would hold Kern Valley scoreless the rest of the game.

Molina and Parra
Parra waving to his fans

In the Bottom of the second Lukas Di Angelo would reach first on an error. With two outs, Kubiak would hit a ground ball to left. That would bring Maloney to the plate.

Kubiak rounding third

With a 1-1 count, Maloney would get the games only home run as he would hit rocket that landed on the boys locker room roof and make the score 6-1.

Maloney’s home run face
And then the trot

Lorenzo Parra would follow Maloney with a triple. Omohundro came to the plate and a single to the opposite field, scoring Parra.

Parra after his triple

Heading to the third inning, the Broncos would hold on to a 7-1 lead.Both teams were held scoreless in the third inning. In the Fourth, the Broncos would add to two more runs on a hit by Parra and a sacrifice fly by Omohundro and increase the Bronco lead 9-1.

Watterson getting ready to smack it

In the fifth inning, the Broncos added four more runs and another four in the six inning.

KV tring to pick off DeAngelo for the 225th time

Justin Yates, on the mound for the Broncos, went six innings to get the win striking out six batters, one walk and allowing just four hits.

Justin Yates was solid
And determined

Austin Thomas would come in to close the game in the seventh inning facing four batters, with one walk and two strike outs.

The triple for Parra

The final score Bishop Broncos 17 runs, 17 hits and 4 errors. Kern Valley Broncs 1 run, 3 hits and 4 errors. The number one seed, Broncos, advance to the semi-final game on Tuesday. As the number one seed, the Broncos will host the Semi-Final.

Maloney safe at third

The Broncos will face the #5 seeded Team, the Riverdale Cowboys, who defeated Orange Cove 7-2. Riverdale has an overall record of 14-15 and the Broncos enter the game with an overall record of 14-5-1.

Game time on Tuesday is 3:00pm.

Story by Deston Rogers

Photos by Gary Young


Home Invasion, Highlands Mobile Home Park-Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

On Sunday, May 13th shortly after 8:00pm, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies, Bishop Police Department Officers, and California Highway Patrol Officers responded to a home invasion at a residence in the Highlands Mobile Home Park. Prior to the arrival of law enforcement, the suspects fled the scene in a silver Hyundai Elantra.

According to information that was obtained through interviews, a verbal dispute led to three suspects forcing their way inside of the residence where two victims were then assaulted. Four firearms were taken from the residence; one of the firearms was determined to belong to one of the suspects, Timothy Fossum, who is a convicted felon.

The three suspects were identified as: 46 year old Timothy Fossum from Bishop, 48 year old Henry Diaz from Bishop, and 39 year old Tianna Martinez from Bishop. Warrants for their arrests were obtained and issued for robbery, conspiracy to commit a crime, battery with serious bodily injury, elder/adult abuse, grand theft of a firearm, and burglary.

Investigators from MINT (Major Investigation and Narcotics Team) responded to the scene that evening, and assisted in the investigation. The following morning, search warrants for several locations were obtained. At one location, the suspects were located and arrested without incident. The stolen property was recovered from the location.

(Photos: Inyo County Jail Booking Photos: Henry Diaz, Tianna Martinez, Timothy Fossum)

Hoax Email Threat To Schools-Mono County Sheriff’s Office

On the evening of Monday, May 7, 2018, officials at the Eastern Sierra Unified School District received an email which stated:

Subject: Staff Notice (APS) Reply-To: APS Media <> I will make this simple. 3 PVC pipe bombs placed under school transport will explode. I will then set off the main pipe bomb hidden in the school. Pay us $5,000 USD Via paypal to and we will tell you how to remove our devices.

The threat was immediately reported to the Mono County Sheriff’s Office. It was not specific as to date, time or location. The language used in this email was nearly identical to that described in an official alert regarding hoax emails that was distributed to law enforcement earlier that day. An internet search revealed that a group called the “Apophis Squad” was claiming responsibility for the emails, which were sent to many schools. This group conducted a similar hoax in April of this year. Their goal is to disrupt schools and create havoc for law enforcement throughout the United States and United Kingdom.

Even though it was clear that this was not a credible threat, as a precaution, Sheriff’s deputies went out immediately on Monday night to check every school bus. All of the buses were found to be safe, and there was no evidence of a threat at any of the schools. Sheriff and school personnel checked school facilities again on Tuesday morning and determined the schools to be safe.

At no time were any students, staff or school visitors in any danger. In this circumstance, we were certain there was no threat. To prevent unnecessary panic or spreading of rumors, Sheriff Braun requested that the hoax be kept confidential, and Superintendent Don Clark abided by that request. Once school was in session, the existence of the hoax was disclosed by Sheriff Braun.

Both the Eastern Sierra Unified School District and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office will take every measure possible to protect the safety of students, faculty and school facilities.