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Shelby J. Jordan

Shelby J. Jordan, 1970-2016

A Celebration of Life for Shelby Jordan will be held Saturday, January 30th, 2016.  All are welcome to attend and share stories.
The Celebration of Life will take place at the Bishop Elks Lodge, starting at 4pm.


Tom “Pete” Peters

Tom  “Pete” Peters, 1925-2016

Tom “Pete” Peters, 90, passed away at home on January 13, 2016.  He was a resident of Bishop for 61 years having been born in Los Angeles CA on September 17, 1925.

Tom and his late wife Pauline along with their family moved to Bishop in 1955, from Reseda, California, where he started Peters Gardening Service.  Tom was a Sunday School Superintendent, Youth Director and a Monitor of the Church at Calvary Baptist Church since arriving in Bishop.  Tom also was a half time announcer (KIBS) for Bishop Union High School Football for 8 years.  He also coached the first Powderpuff Football Game in 1970 and continued 5 years with the Juniors and 6 years with the Seniors.  He volunteered with the Bishop Union High School snack shack where he made hot dogs for 15 years as well as spending his lunch hours at the Home Street School as a yard aid for 49 years.

In Tom’s younger years he made all City Baseball and Football in Los Angeles and went to University High in Los Angeles. Tom served in the United States Navy after high school during World War II he was a Seaman First Class and worked on the PBY’s as a mechanic. When he returned from the Navy he became a Pro Baseball player for 5 years with various organizations. After that adventure he was a scout for the San Francisco Giants for 10 years.

After his retirement he worked in his Santa’s Village (as we called it) at the Calvary Baptist Church doing his crafts for Christmas decorations for people and military servicemen. Enjoyed the Hawaii trips every year at Christmas with his wife. Tom enjoyed spending time with his wife watching Cowboys and Baseball games.

Tom is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Tom Peters Jr. and Rebecca; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Steven Swaner;  seven grandchildren, Phillip Peters and wife Angel, Joshua Peters, Wesley Swaner and wife Marie, Aaron Swaner and wife Tasha, Brent Swaner, Heather Shubert and husband James, Kristin Swaner; fourteen great-grandchildren, Rachel Payne and husband Tom, Deion, Austin, Paige, Sterling and Tiffany Peters, Wyatt Lawrence, Gage Gray, Rilegh, Dravien and Rhett Swaner, Dillon and Drew Shubert, Cole and Bayden Swaner; two great-great grandchildren Haig and Mazzie Gray;  his brother and wife John and Ann Peters and his nieces Pam Peters and Wendy and her husband Bill and their family; Beth Holmes sister-in-law; nephews Maurice Holmes, his wife Lujean and family, Roger Holmes; two brother-in-law’s Stephen Holmes and Keith Holmes and step mother-in-law Angela Holmes and husband Sam.

Please send donations in honor of Tom “Pete” to:
BUHS Athletic Program
301 N. Fowler St.
Bishop, Ca. 93514
Attn: Stephanie

Service will be at 1/30/16 at 4:00 p.m.

Calvary Baptist Church
1100 W. Line St.
Bishop, Ca. 93514
(760) 872-8136
Pastor Rick Klug

Inyo County Spelling Bee Results

Inyo County Spelling Bee Results

Submitted by Ilissa Twomey, Spelling Bee Coordinator
January, 28, 2016

Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer is pleased to announce that Rose Bracken from Bishop Elementary School won first place in the Inyo County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Altrusa. Twenty-five students from local elementary and middle schools participated in the 2015-16 countywide Spelling Bee last week at Jill Kinmont Boothe School. Sixteen students made it to the final rounds. The winners of the competition were: 1st Place Rose Bracken Bishop Elementary 2nd Place Mahdi Ayman Home Street 3rd Place Lyndsey Rowan Home Street After much fierce competition with words like desuetude, obeisance and exuviae, the winning word was: punchy. The spelling contestants included: Rainah Dewey, Ashley Fitt, Rocko Moore and Bodie Steinwand from Big Pine; Dev Bhakta, Graciela Gutierrez, Korina Isidro, and Jenna McGuire of Lone Pine; Sarah Faircloth, Erik Martinez, Mark McAlister and Orion Nash of Owens Valley; Branden Gardea from Bishop schools; Rylee Arcularius, Jilly Maurice, Braeden McGrale and Alex Morales from Round Valley. Several students also joined the preliminary competition as alternates to get practice for next year: Paul Rodriguez from LoInyo, Carlos Roriguez-Gonzales from Bishop, Dante Allen and Julian Carter from Owens Valley, and Greg Tordoff from Round Valley. Thank you to coaches Melinda Dardenne-Ankringa, Megan Fuchs, Carmen London, Victoria Hamilton, Rory Winzenread, Bryan Mack, Gemma Arana and Lidia Rubio for working with their students to prepare them for the bee. The local Altrusa chapter sponsored the competition. Margee Neer, Sarah Sheehan and Vi Tripp were on hand to distribute awards to students and judge the competition. Lynne Almeida of Spellbinder Books graciously accepted the position as the Pronouncer for this year’s competition. The Round Valley PTO donated $5 to the “last person standing” from each of the five districts competing. The recipients of those awards were: Clarissa Castro – Owens Valley Hana Hogan – Round Valley Tyler Mahlum-Hambleton – Big Pine Angelica Mendoza – Lo-Inyo Ace Selters – Bishop Representing Inyo County at the Elementary State Bee in April will be Lyndsey Rowan and Rose Bracken. Ace Selters and Mahdi Ayman will represent Inyo county at the Junior High State Bee in May. Congratulations to all the student participants.

Last Person Standing from each school district (left to right): Margee Neer of Altrusa, Angelica Mendoza of Lo-Inyo, Clarissa Castro of Owens Valley, Tyler Mahlum-Hambleton of Big Pine, Hana Hogan of Round Valley and Ace Selters of Home Street. Photo Submitted
Spelling Bee Winners (left to right): Rose Bracken (1st Place from Bishop Elementary), Mahdi Ayman (2nd Place from Home Street) and Lyndsey Rowan (3rd place from Home Street). Photo submitted
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JonPaul “Toby” Flanagan

JonPaul Flanagan, 1939-2016

JonPaul “Toby” Flanagan of Bishop CA was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on January 25, 2016 following a three-year battle with cancer; he was 76 years old. Born in Honolulu, HI June 28, 1939, to Jim and Irene Flanagan, the family moved to Vista in 1944.

Toby attended Vista High School where he excelled in sports. He lettered in track and basketball and was a football standout making the varsity squad his sophomore year (1954). Toby was chosen Avocado League Player of the Year in 1956 by the Breitbard Foundation and honored as Athlete of the year 1956-1957 upon high school graduation. He attended Palomar Junior College in San Marcos where his athletic achievements continued. He scored 32 points in the first half of the 1958 game vs Santa Barbara City College setting a single game school record for most touchdowns scored, most interception returns for touchdowns and most points scored. Those records remain unbroken. As a Palomar Comet, Toby was named South Central Conference Scoring Champion in 1958, a first for the school. He went on to be named Player of the Year in 1958 and 1959.

In 1961 Toby met Patricia Fleeup. They were married in 1962 and welcomed three children into their family.

Toby was Delivery Manager for Drue’s Appliance in Vista from 1964-1989, followed by 10 years transporting disabled veterans to the VA Hospital in La Jolla, CA.   

In 1999 Toby and Pat moved to Bishop. He worked in Maintenance at both Round Valley School and the Bishop Elementary Schools, retiring in 2009.

Toby played rocking chair softball and enjoyed many years coaching his daughters in softball, also coaching pony-colt baseball. He umpired rocking chair and girls softball. Toby’s passion was fishing, particularly the South Fork of Bishop Creek where he followed catch and release protocol alongside his dog, Duffy.

Toby volunteered at the Methodist Church Soup Kitchen. Always happy to lend a hand to friends and neighbors, he will be remembered by many as the kindest soul they ever met.

Cherishing his memory are his wife of 54 years, Pat; daughter Charlotte Files of Vista; grandson David Aguilar III and his daughter, Daphne of Anchorage AK; grandson Tyler Files and his children Xavier, Jayden and Bailey; grand-daughters Kristin Dahl and Jordan Files of Vista; daughter Katie Sanders, husband Brad and grandson Mason of Gilbert AZ; cousins Eileen Rozhon of Evergreen Park IL, Phil Guzik of Rhinelander WI; nephews Mike, Tim, Jimmy and Matt Flanagan. Toby is preceded in death by his son, JonPaul Jr. in 1969; brothers Mike and James, and his parents.

Rosary will be Friday, February 5 at 6pm followed by a Funeral Mass February 6 at 10:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father John Gracey officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall where all are welcome to attend and celebrate Toby’s life.

In lieu of flowers, it was Toby’s wish that donations be made to Witness to Life, 849 N. Home St., Bishop CA 93514


Open House for OHV Grants

Open House for USFS and BLM 2016 Off-Highway Vehicle Grants Scheduled for February 11

submitted by the Inyo National Forest

BISHOP, Calif. – The Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will hold an open house February 11 to gather public ideas for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds.

The informal open house will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop. 

The agencies plan to request grant funds from the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division to enhance and manage motorized recreation in the area. Other non-profit organizations that partner with Forest Service and BLM may also have their representatives present to discuss their proposals for future grants.

Interested citizens are invited to drop in at any time during the open house.  Representatives from the two agencies will be available to answer questions about potential grants and to receive ideas about the types of projects and other opportunities to be funded through the grants. 

Preliminary grant applications will be submitted to the OHMVR Division by March 7. The public will be able to comment on the preliminary applications from March 8 to April 4. Final applications must be submitted by May 2. For more information about the state grant process and requirements, visit the OHMVR Division website at

For more information, to submit your ideas through other means, or if you have special needs for accommodation to participate in this open house, call Forest Trails Coordinator Marty Hornick at (760) 873-2461; or BLM Supervisory Resource Manager Jeff Starosta at (760) 872-5046.

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NIH awarded Accreditation

Northern Inyo Hospital awarded Hospital Accreditation from The Joint Commission

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital
January 26, 2016

BISHOP, CA – Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD) today announced that Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal of Approval, a registered trademark, is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

“This is a true accolade for our district and the communities it serves,” said NIHD’s Interim Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA. “Northern Inyo Hospital is now the only critical access hospital between Carson City and Lancaster to receive this specific accreditation, and that speaks volumes for our staff who continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our communities.”

NIH underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14 and 15. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, medical staff credentialing and privileging, data management, quality assurance and performance improvement, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Northern Inyo Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

About The Joint Commission: Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

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CHP Testing Dispatchers in Bishop

CHP is offering rare local dispatcher test

submitted by the California Highway Patrol

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications until February 19th, 2016, from individuals interested in a career as a CHP dispatcher in Bishop.  This is an opportunity to serve alongside and dispatch for some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state.  A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities and benefits for someone who is looking for a challenge.

The Bishop CHP Communications Center has vacant positions needing to be filled with qualified men and women from diverse backgrounds who are committed to carrying out the CHP’s mission and making a difference in their communities.

Those interested in applying, or seeking additional information, are invited to an informational meet and greet on Thursday, February 4th, 2016, at 6:00 PM at the Bishop CHP Office, 469 S. Main St.  Interested parties may contact Public Safety Dispatch Supervisor Nancy Lauber at 760-872-5909 Monday through Thursday from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM, or at  Additional information can be obtained by visiting

To be considered, candidates must be a US citizen or meet employment eligibility requirements, have no felony convictions, type no less than 40 words per minute, and meet the minimum work history requirements.  Each applicant will be required to complete a selection process including a written test, background investigation, medical evaluation and psychological evaluation. 

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Ralph Connor

Ralph Walter Connor, 1924-2016

RALPH WALTER CONNOR July 1924 – January 2016

On January 22, Ralph passed away at Northern Inyo Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lila Connor; brother, Robert; sisters: Laueerne, Edith, Norma, and Alice.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bernadine and three children: Janice, Webb, and Tom. Mike Connor and Dana, and Linda Macejunas and James; Sisters: Doris, Mildred and Judy. Seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Ralph was born in Toledo, Ohio and lived in that area until his teens and the then the family moved to Lambertville, Michigan. He enlisted in the Navy early in WWII and spent three years in the South Pacific. When he returned home on leave, he married his high school sweetheart Bernadine known to all as “Barney” Together they raised three children. They moved from Michigan to Hawthorne, CA in 1962 where Ralph worked for Zinsco Electric and later retired from United Airlines.

In 1982, Ralph and Barney retired to Big Pine and joined the Big Pine Fire Department. He helped there for fifteen years.
He loved cars. He restored a number of Model A’s and a 1965 T-Bird for his wife. He loved his family and that love was returned tenfold.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Nevada Highway Patrol Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers

Nevada Highway Patrol gearing up for Impaired Drivers

Nevada Highway Patrol Joins Forces to Crack Down on Impaired Drivers Over The Super Bowl Weekend

submitted by the Nevada Highway Patrol

Impaired Driving Enforcement Effort Jan 22 – Feb 8, 2016

Over the next two weeks, Northern Nevada residents can expect to see double or even triple the normal law enforcement presence. The Nevada Highway Patrol has joined forces with law enforcement agencies statewide to crack down on impaired driving, and has an important message for the public: if you’ll be drinking, designate a sober driver, and if you drive impaired, you will be arrested.

What seems like a small buzz can have deadly consequences when taking to the roadways. Illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines and lack of sleep can also impair your ability to drive safely. Law enforcement wants to remind motorists to always drive and ride sober or use a designated driver to reach your destinations safe.
Increasing law enforcement presence during these weeks supports the overall state goal of reaching Zero Fatalities. Northern Nevada residents can help us reach that goal by following these safety guidelines:

designate a sober driver before drinking; use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation if impaired

take advantage of local sober ride programs; call 911 if a drunk driver is spotted on the road

take the keys or assist in making other arrangements for someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired

Joining Forces enforcement is paid for by Nevada-Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

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2 Seats on Mammoth Town Council up for Election

Mammoth Voters will select two Town Council Members

submitted by the Town of Mammoth

Mammoth Voters will decide two town council seats during municipal election on June 7th, 2016

A Municipal Election will be held in the Town of Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 for the purpose of electing two members to the Town Council. The Council members presently occupying these offices are Jo Bacon and Michael Raimondo. The term of office for each seat is four years. Council members are paid $300 per month.
Candidates must be registered voters and reside within the Town. Nomination Papers will be available from the Town Clerk starting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The deadline for filing of Nomination Papers is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016. Citizens interested in running for a seat on the Town Council are encouraged to contact the Town Clerk, Jamie Gray, at (760) 934-8989, extension 267 for further information. The Town Clerk’s Office is located in Minaret Village Shopping Center, Old Mammoth Road, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, holidays excepted and Fridays by appointment only.

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