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Affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Company Complete Transactions to Combine Three Major Resort Companies-Mammoth/June Mountains

Denver, Colorado, July 31, 2017 –The new joint venture formed by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”) and Henry Crown and Company (“HCC”) today announced the completion of their previously announced acquisition of Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SNOW) (“Intrawest”) and Mammoth Resorts.

Through these transactions, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings (“SVSH”), previously owned by affiliates of KSL, Intrawest and Mammoth Resorts are now combined as one company. This new entity boasts 12 four-season mountain resorts with approximately six million skier visits, 20,000 skiable acres and significant land available for real estate development, as well as Canadian Mountain Holidays, the world’s leading heli-ski operator, plus comprehensive aviation and real estate businesses. Its mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain in California; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia.

The companies also announced leadership changes effective upon the close of the transaction. KSL’s Bryan Traficanti became interim Chief Executive Officer, while a comprehensive search for a new chief executive officer is completed. Executive search firm Spencer Stuart has been retained to assist with the selection of a new Chief Executive Officer. Effective as of closing, Thomas Marano, Intrawest’s Chief Executive Officer, resigned his position; Rusty Gregory, Mammoth Resort’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, is an investor in the new company and will serve on the Board, and become Senior Strategic Advisor to the new company; and Andy Wirth, President and Chief Executive Officer of SVSH, will become President and Chief Operating Officer of SVSH.

“This transaction marks a significant milestone for our company, our guests, and our communities, and we are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as a result of combining Intrawest, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, and Mammoth Resorts,” said Mr. Traficanti. “We believe that each resort brings something different to the company, and our goal is to preserve the unique character and culture of each while also building something greater. Supported by affiliates of KSL and HCC, this new organization is well positioned not only for continued growth, but also to bring more value to our guests, more opportunities for our employees, and more investment into our local communities.”

The company is pleased to announce the following slate of resort leaders:
– Andy Wirth, President and Chief Operating Officer, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings
– Mark Brownlie, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mammoth Resorts (newly appointed)
– Wade Reeser, General Manager, Big Bear Resort (reporting to Mark Brownlie)
– Rob Perlman, President and Chief Operating Officer, Steamboat Ski & Resort
– Sky Foulkes, President and Chief Operating Officer, Winter Park Resort
– Patrice Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer, Mont Tremblant Resort
– Dan Skelton, President and Chief Operating Officer, Blue Mountain Ski Resort
– Bill Nupp, President and Chief Operating Officer, Stratton Mountain Resort
– Frank DeBerry, President and Chief Operating Officer, Snowshoe Mountain Resort
– Jeremy Levitt, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Mountain Holidays
– Jeff Denomme, President, Alpine Aerotech

Season Passes
For the full 2017-18 winter season, the new company will continue to honor the existing pass products that are currently on sale, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass +, the M.A.X. Pass, and the Mountain Collective. The new company expects to launch a new name and brand prior to the 2017/2018 ski season.

About the Transactions
Under the terms of the previously announced Intrawest merger agreement, Intrawest stockholders will receive $23.75 in cash for each share of Intrawest common stock, representing a total valuation of approximately $1.5 billion. As a result of the closing of this acquisition, Intrawest will cease trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Under a separate previously announced purchase agreement, Mammoth Resorts is also being purchased by the new KSL and HCC joint venture effective today. Additionally, SVSH is being rolled into the new venture. The terms of both Mammoth Resorts and SVSH transactions have not been disclosed.

About Squaw Valley Ski Holdings
Squaw Valley Ski Holdings (“SVSH”), an affiliate of KSL, is the parent company of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are internationally renowned mountain resorts in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres and receive an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days. The resorts feature slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year round with nonstop events and over 50 bars, restaurants and boutiques. For more information visit

About Mammoth Resorts
Mammoth Resorts, the leading four-season mountain resort operator in California, is now part of the new organization. At closing, Mammoth Resorts owns and operates a variety of recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail enterprises. This includes Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain, and June Mountain. Mammoth Resorts is also the owner-operator of Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Mountain Inn, Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park, Snow Summit Bike Park, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Sierra Star Golf Course, and Bear Mountain Golf Course. For more information visit

About Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc.
Intrawest is a North American mountain resort and adventure company, delivering distinctive vacation and travel experiences to its customers for over three decades. At closing, Intrawest owns and/or operates 6 four-season mountain resorts – Steamboat Ski & Resort, Winter Park Resort, Mont Tremblant Resort, Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Stratton Mountain Resort, and Snowshoe Mountain Resort – with approximately 8,000 skiable acres and over 1,100 acres of land available for real estate development. Intrawest’s mountain resorts are geographically diversified across most of North America’s major ski regions, including the Eastern United States, the Rocky Mountains, and Canada. The Company also operates an adventure travel business, the cornerstone of which is Canadian Mountain Holidays, a leading heli-skiing adventure company in North America. Additionally, the Company operates a comprehensive real estate business through which it manages condominium hotel properties and sells and markets residential real estate. Prior to closing, Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc. common stock was traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SNOW). For more information, visit

About KSL Capital Partners, LLC
KSL Capital Partners, LLC is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure enterprises in five primary sectors: hospitality, recreation, clubs, real estate, and travel services. KSL has offices in Denver, Colorado; Stamford, Connecticut; and London. Since 2005, KSL has raised approximately $7.5 billion in equity capital commitments. KSL’s current portfolio includes some of the premier properties in travel and leisure. For more information, please visit

About Henry Crown and Company
Henry Crown and Company, through a newly formed affiliate, is a minority investor in the new joint venture. Henry Crown and Company dates back to the early 1900’s when Henry Crown and his brothers started Material Service Corporation, which was later merged into General Dynamics. Today, the Crown’s family assets fall into four broadly defined categories, including publicly traded securities, real estate, investment funds, and privately held operating companies, including Aspen Skiing Company, L.L.C. Aspen Skiing Company owns and operates the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk – as well hospitality properties The Little Nell, Residences at The Little Nell, Limelight Aspen, and Limelight Ketchum in Ketchum, Idaho. In addition, Aspen Skiing Company owns and operates numerous retail and rental locations through the resort and the Roaring Fork Valley. For more information, visit Aspen Skiing Company’s resorts and hospitality properties will remain separate from the new entity.


The Bishop Broncos host Boron, tonight, for their home opener at John Schwab Field. There is no JV game. Kick-off is set for 7pm and all the action can be heard on 1230AM KBOV, with Deston Rogers and Rock Baker.

Out of the area? Listen online at

The Broncos come into the game 1-0 after winning at Yerington on August 25th!

Here is a list of the remainng scheduled games to be aired on KBOV 1230 AM:

September 8th: @ home vs. Boron
September 15th: @ Ontario Christian
September 22nd: @ home vs. Silver Valley
September 29th: @ home vs. Yosemite
October 6th: @ home vs. Kern Valley
October 13th: @ Rosamond*
October 20th: @ Vasquez*
October 27th @ Cal City*

Nov 3rd: @ Kennedy High School (Delano)


*Denotes HDL Games*
**Games subject to change**

Lane Closure Report for the week of 8/21/17 – 8/25/17

Lane Closure Report for the week of 8/21/17 – 8/25/17

Inyo, Mono & Eastern Kern Counties – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to alert the traveling public to be careful of workers on the Highway, to Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over where possible. The scheduled lane closures for the week of August 21st through August 25th, 2017 are as follows:

Mono County:
Walker CAPM Project – On US Highway 395 from Walker to the Nevada State line, construction crews are grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Mammoth Lakes Sidewalk & Safety Project – On State Route 203 in Mammoth Lakes between Minaret Road and Mountain Boulevard crews are constructing sidewalks on the north side.
There will be daily lane closures that should not impact traffic. Construction is Monday thru Thursday
108 Digout Project – On State Route 108 f

rom the Toulumne County Line to 5.3 miles west of Hwy 395, construction crews are grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Inyo County:
Mill Creek Thin Blanket Project – On US Highway 395 north of Bishop, construction crews are grinding and paving the highway. There will be daily lane closures that should not impact traffic. Construction is Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

168 Delineator Replacement Project – On State Route 168 from the east junction of US Hwy 395 to the junction of State Route 266. Construction crews will be removing old delineators and installing new ones. Delineators are posts placed on the side of the roadway that are retroreflective and used for the purpose of traffic guidance. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Crystal Geyser Water Plant Project – On US Highway 395 north of Olancha, construction crews are widening the highway. There will be daily lane closures that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Kern County:
Freeman Gulch 4-Lane Project – On State Route 14 north of the junction of State Route 178, construction crews are converting the 2-lane highway into a 4-lane expressway. Travelers will encounter a dirt detour off of State Route 178 east of the intersection with State Route 14. There will be daily lane closures on State Route 14 that may delay traffic up to 20 minutes Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, and on Friday from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Tehachapi CAPM Project – On State Route 58 near Tehachapi from the Tehachapi Creek Bridge to the Cache Creek Bridge, construction crews are grinding the existing pavement and resurfacing the roadbed. There will be daily lane closures that will slow down traveling through this section. Lane closures are Monday – Friday, 24 hours a day.


Blake Shelton and The Oak Ridge Boys Get ‘Animated’ in “Doing It to Country Songs”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Oak Ridge Boys morph into animated characters in Blake Shelton’s new video “Doing It to Country Songs,” which features Blake as “Buck Shelton” and as a William Lee Golden as possum, Joe Bonsall as a beaver, Duane Allen as a fox, and Richard Sterban as a frog.

The animation portrays all of them as ““Blake Buck & the Oak Ridge Boys” at the fictitious Blake Shelton Bar & Grill on Some Beach. “Doing It to Country Songs” appears on Shelton’s 2016 album If I’m Honest. Watch here.

Currently, the Country Music Hall of Fame members are crisscrossing North America with a bevy of tour dates (see below).

Since the start of their highly decorated career, The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their cross-over brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations.

The Oak Ridge Boys have given many command performances throughout their legendary career, from performing for King Gustaf of Sweden, to Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco, to Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Great Britain and five U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

For more information, visit


Released 31 May 2017
Public Works News Release Annual Water Quality Report

The quality of City of Bishop water continues to be excellent according to the latest annual report on water quality provided by the city. The report gives information on water delivered by the city in 2016 and shows the water to be very pure and to have low levels of contaminants. The report is available on the city website ( and at City Hall.
The City of Bishop Department of Public Works provides water inside the city limits and provides the water quality report to its customers. Water customers outside the city limits should be receiving similar reports from their water providers.
In addition to information on water quality and contaminants in Bishop water, the report provides information on water sources and water usage in the city. It describes the three wells that produce the water used in the city and describes water usage in Bishop. It says that each person in Bishop uses about 300 gallons of water per day which is about 3 times the national average. This usage rate is high even for arid parts of the western states. Much of the water used in Bishop goes to irrigation during the hot dry summer months.
For over 100 years the City of Bishop Department of Public Works has provided a high quality, safe, affordable, and dependable supply of water. The Department works hard every day to carry on that tradition and to keep its customers informed about water in the city. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.

Attempted Murder-Lone Pine Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

Attempted Murder – Lone Pine

On Tuesday May 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted with a request for a deputy to conduct a welfare check on an individual who had not shown up to work. After responding to the residence on Post Street in Lone Pine, deputies discovered a male subject inside that was the victim of a shooting. The victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and later flown out for further medical care; he is currently listed in critical condition.
Evidence at the residence indicates that this was not self-inflicted. The case is being handled as an attempted murder. Sheriff’s Investigations believe the shooting took place between Monday May 22nd and Tuesday May 23rd.
Anyone with any information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

Search & Rescue Tragic End

At noon, on Tuesday, May 23rd,  Dongying “Cindy” Qiu was located by SAR, deceased at the base of a frozen waterfall near Outpost Camp on the Mt Whitney Trail west of Lone Pine. It is believed that she fell approximately 60 feet through a snow chute at the top of the waterfall (located on the southwest side of Outpost Camp, about a quarter mile off trail). Ms. Qiu went missing on Sunday, May 21st while hiking the Mt. Whitney Trail with two

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and based on the extreme
snow conditions in the backcountry, this could have happened to
anyone,” stated Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal Nick Vaughn. “The
entire search crew and the Sheriff’s Office extend their most
sincere condolences to the Qiu family and friends during this very
difficult time.”

This was the second day of searching for the missing hiker.
Support for the search was provided by Sierra Madre SAR, San
Bernardino SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue Mountain Rescue Group, Inyo SAR and aerial support provided by Army National Guard and CHP helicopter H-80.


Quarter Final Action at the City Park

The Lady Bronco’s fell short in CIF Quarterfinal action yesterday at the City Park vs a tough Firebaugh team by a final score of 4-2.

Chay Johnson pitched a strong 7 innings giving up 3 hits with 6 walks, striking out 7 Firebaugh batters.

At the plate:

Shawnau Johnson was 3 for 4

Hannah Waasdorp was 2 for 4 with a triple and a RBI

Chay Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI

Haley Hersley went 1 for 3 in the game


Chay Johnson


Peyton Tetrick


Haley Hersley


Vic Begay


Chay Johnson


Bronco infield


Hannah Waasdorp