Community News


Cal-Fire continues working the Moffat Fire (originally referred to as the spillway Fire) that broke out around 11 this morning, 7 mi. North of Lone Pine near Highway 395 and Moffat Ranch Road. As of 3:45 this afternoon the fire had burned 300 acres, fueled by winds out of the North 15-20 mph, moving towards the South.

Full wildland response including local government and & Federal response continue to work the fire. The fire is burning in the Owens River bottom and no structures are currently threatened. However, there are concerns about the High Tension Power Lines in the area.

There is no containment at this time.

The California Department of Transportation had conducted a full closure of U.S. Highway 395 from Manzanar to Lone Pine due to the Moffat Fire in both directions, but, Highway 395 was reopened just after 5pm.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans Quickmap site at or call the Road Conditions Hotline at 800-427-7623.


The Bishop Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring two informative public Candidate’s Forums to be held on May 7, 2018 and May 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM each night at the Cerro Coso Community College, Bishop Campus. Candidates for District One of the Inyo County Board of Supervisors will participate on May 7 and candidates for Inyo County Sheriff will participate on May 8.

For each night’s forum, candidates for these important elected offices will have been provided questions to which they will respond during the first half of the program. After a brief intermission, the candidates will answer questions generated by the audience. Light refreshments will be available. The Bishop Campus of the Cerro Coso Community College is located at 4090 W. Line Street, Bishop.

The Rotary Club and Cerro Coso Community College are hosting these events to encourage civic engagement, which is a cornerstone of our representative form of government. All are encouraged to attend these two Candidate’s Forums.


Monday, May 7, 2018. Candidates for the Board of Supervisors for the First District will give brief opening remarks and respond to questions related to current issues and the future of the County of Inyo. Time: 6:00-8:00 PM. Location: Bishop Campus, Cerro Coso Community College, Community Room.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Candidates for Inyo County Sheriff will give brief opening remarks and respond to questions related to current issues and challenges of the Sheriff’s Department. Time: 6:00-8:00 PM. Location: Bishop Campus, Cerro Coso Community College, Room 176-7.

Inyo County Sheriff’s Office Arrest-Recover Stolen Trailer

On Friday, April 13, 2018, at about 2:00pm, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received information from Bishop Police Department on a possible location of a stolen lawn maintenance trailer.  The stolen trailer was located along with a stolen lawn mower at a residence on North Pa Ha Lane.
The Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Bishop Tribal Police and California Highway Patrol stood by and secured the location until Investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence.
Upon executing the search warrant two occupants walked out, one of the occupants was 26 year old William Taylor; Taylor had two outstanding local warrants.  No other stolen property was located.  Several people on the property were questioned about the stolen property and then released.  Taylor was transported and booked at the Inyo County Jail. Bail has been set at $35,000.00.


INDEPENDENCE, CA—Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in a weekend of special events in conjunction with the Manzanar Committee’s 49th Annual Pilgrimage. All are welcome and the events are free. This year’s Pilgrimage coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided redress to Japanese Americans though a presidential apology and individual payment to all surviving former incarcerees.

Pilgrimage Weekend 2018 events begin Friday, April 27, with a public reception hosted by the Friends of Eastern California Museum from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 Grant Street in Independence. It features exhibits including Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life, and exhibits on other facets of local and regional history. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. On Saturday, April 28 only, the center will extend hours to 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It features extensive exhibits and an award-winning film. A special art exhibit, Looking Back, Seeing Ahead by New Jersey artist Steve Cavallo is on display through late May.

Just outside the Visitor Center, Block 14 features two reconstructed barracks and a women’s latrine, as well as a restored World War II-era mess hall. The barracks exhibits offer an in-depth exploration of the challenges and changes people faced in their daily lives at Manzanar. The mess hall exhibits highlight the logistics and politics of food in Manzanar. The women’s latrine powerfully evokes the humiliation people endured during private moments in public spaces.

The Manzanar Committee’s 49th Annual Pilgrimage Ceremony begins at noon, Saturday, April 28, at the Manzanar Cemetery. UCLA Kyodo Taiko will kick off the event with traditional Japanese taiko drumming at 11:30 a.m., followed by the procession of camp banners at noon. The Pilgrimage program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing, after which park rangers will offer walking tours to those wishing to explore Manzanar.

The Manzanar At Dusk program begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Hwy. 395) in Lone Pine. The program offers participants opportunities for intergenerational discussions and sharing. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions of Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, and UCSD. 

At 11:00 a.m., Sunday, April 29, Life After Manzanar authors Heather Lindquist and Naomi Hirahara will share stories from their newly-published book in the West Theater of the visitor center. Manzanar History Association will host a book signing after the program.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s Manzanar At Dusk program, all events take place at Manzanar National Historic Site located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, nine miles north of Lone Pine, and approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles. There is no food service at Manzanar. Please bring a water bottle, and lunch or snacks. Wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

For more information on Manzanar, please call 760-878-2194 ext. 3310 or visit our website at Additional Pilgrimage program information is posted on the Manzanar Committee blog at

Semi-Official First Report-Measure J Southern Inyo Healthcare District

Semi-Official results, as of 8pm on Tuesday evening, are in for the Southern Inyo Healthcare District Special Election, known as Measure J. As of Tuesday night, a total of 919 votes were cast. 494 voted in favor of Measure J while 424 voted No.

This report includes all vote by mail ballots in possession, of the Inyo County Clerk’s Office, as of 5 pm Tuesday.

Ballots that were postmarked as of Tuesday and received by Friday will also be counted. We hope to have updated results Friday afternoon and final results by the end of next week.

Attempted Homicide Arrest-Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

On Tuesday, April 10 at about 11:18 am, Symon’s Ambulance was dispatched to the Tu Su Lane area regarding a male victim who reportedly accidentally stabbed himself. Inyo County Investigators and Bishop Police Officers also responded. The male victim suffered a single puncture wound to his chest and was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital.

According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s live-in girlfriend, 21-year-old Samantha Rios, stated the victim stabbed himself but she indicated she was not in the room at the time.

Rios was read her Miranda rights and questioned a second time about what occurred. Rios then admitted to stabbing the victim due to relationship issues.

Rios was transported and booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. Samantha Rios is being held on $500,000 bail.


On Friday, March 23rd at approximately 8:15pm Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Northern Inyo Hospital for a patient that was dropped off at the Emergency Room with severe head and face trauma; injuries that are consistent with being beaten by a blunt object. The patient was stabilized and later flown out for further medical care.

The case is being handled as an attempted murder. Sheriff’s Investigations believe the incident took place the evening of the 23rd near Taboose and See Vee.

The suspect, Dakota Bever – a 29 year old Big Pine man – was arrested today in Lone Pine after a brief foot pursuit. He was booked at the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: Attempted Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Bail is set at $500,000.


Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Town of Mammoth Lakes is notifying all residents and visitors to be prepared for a strong Atmospheric River event bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and potential areas of flooding to Mammoth Lakes beginning Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8, 2018. Special Weather Statement The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement, Wind Advisory and Flood Watch from Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Areas of heavy rain will develop Friday evening and continue into Saturday. Rainfall totals between 2 – 4 inches are expected along the Sierra crest. Snow levels may rise as high as 11,000 feet during the storm. A few inches of wet snow is possible for the Sierra late Saturday and Saturday evening as snow levels fall below 7,000 feet.
Rapid rises on creeks and streams, and ponding of water in fields and poorly drained urban areas are likely. If you are driving around the region, reduce speed to prevent hydroplaning on water-covered roads. Areas that experienced enhanced runoff or flooding during the last storm a couple of weeks ago should see similar or greater impacts due to the heavy rain and the expected contribution of the melting snow pack. Significant impacts are likely for high profile vehicles, boaters, and aviation due to strong winds and turbulence Friday night and Saturday. A burst of wind along the Sierra foothills to Highway 395 is possible during a break in precipitation Friday night. This sudden onset of wind may cause damage to trees where soil has become saturated. Gusts over Sierra ridges will likely exceed 90 mph.
Flooding/Sandbags Sandbags are available for residential property use at the Town Yard (299 Commerce Drive). The Town asks that you only take what you need and be respectful of others. To report areas of flooding, please call (760) 965-3681 and be prepared to leave a short, concise message. Your call will be returned in a timely manner. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.
Be Prepared! Prepare for heavy rainfall by clearing drainages and gutters of debris and snow to help mitigate flooding potential. Important – drains blocked by snow in mountain communities are a big source of unexpected flooding problems. Prepare for stronger winds by securing outdoor furniture, temporary construction structures and canopies. While “damaging” speeds are not expected, the combination of rain and wind bring an increase risk for downed trees.  Stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions. You may also consider an alternative way to heat your home; and if you have to drive, carry chains, make sure your gas tank is full, bring a charged cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags and a shovel.
Public Information The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KIBS 100.7 FM AND KBOV 1230 AM for any road closures or shelter openings.
The Town, as needed will post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 965-3612, Town e-News and In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.

N.I.H.D Fun Run Net. $2,600

Blue Ribbon Fun Run & Walk raises more than $2,600 for ESCA

Seventy runners and walkers came together for the first-ever Blue Ribbon Fun Run & Walk on March 24. The Fun Run & Walk, a community effort designed to raise awareness about Colorectal Cancer while raising funds for the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance, surpassed organizers’ expectations.

To have such an overwhelming success with 70 participants, dozens of volunteers, to raise more than $2,600 in the first year says all you need to know about Bishop, the surrounding communities, the local businesses and the people,” said Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Inyo Healthcare District, “I have lived in a lot of places, but I have never seen such enthusiasm for a cause in its first year.”

ESCA Founder and spokesperson Pat Ramirez thanked organizers for their efforts. “The funds raised for ESCA will help many community members having cancer,” Ramirez said. “Our clients need financial help with prescription co-pays, devices to help with activities of daily living, fuel/mileage reimbursement, groceries, lodging expenses when they have to travel out of town for treatments. These are some examples how the funds raised will help our community members.”

Participants had the opportunity to run, jog or walk along a 3K, 5K or 10K course that began and ended at Brown’s Town Campground. Between registration fees and donations, more than $2600 was raised to benefit ESCA’s assistance to those diagnosed with cancer.


Dr. Flanigan noted how impressed he was with the number of businesses and health agencies who came together to support the run. Sponsors of the event included Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Sage to Summit, Brown’s Town Campground and Brown’s Supply, Reach Air – Sierra Lifeflight, Kmart, Vons, McDonald’s, La Casita Mexican Restaurant, The Inyo Register, KIBS/KBOV Radio, The Sheet, and Sierra Wave Media.

For NIHD’s staff, the Fun Run & Walk capped a month-long focus on Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Since the beginning of March, NIHD offered extended evening hours at its General Surgery Clinic, allowing people to consult with Drs. Allison Robinson and Robbin Cromer-Tyler

Multi-Agency Probation Operation/Arrests

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Inyo County Probation Department, Bishop Paiute Tribal Police, and Bishop Police Department spent the morning conducting probation searches and serving arrest warrants within the Bishop area.

During their operation they arrested 24 year old Ryan Mallory for local warrants, 38 year old Erin Comeau for possession of a controlled substance, 45 year old David Martinez for possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation, 28 year old Angel Ramirez for felon in possession of ammunition and violation of probation, 38 year old Gary Mull for violation of probation, and Stephanie Nelson for possession of controlled substance paraphernalia and violation of probation.

All were booked at the Inyo County Jail.