Community News

Bishop Family involved in a Crash near Mojave

California City Woman Arrested following Tuesday crash

A two vehicle traffic accident Tuesday afternoon on highway 14 south of Mojave sent several to the hospital. Recent Bishop Union High School graduate, 19 year old Irving Perez was behind the wheel of a northbound 2003 GMC with three passengers including his parents Alejandro and Adela Perez and an 11 year old brother. According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, 32 year old California City resident Rebecca Hallman was driving a 1998 Dodge southbound with two passengers, including a 7 year old boy and 6 year old girl. The report indicates that Hallman “allowed the Dodge to cross into the northbound lanes of traffic directly in the path of Perez’s GMC”.  Hallman and the 7 year old boy suffered minor injures and the 6 year old girl received moderate injuries. All were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Bishop resident Irving Perez suffered what were described as major injuries. Passengers Alejandro Perez and the 11 year old boy suffered minor injuries and were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Adela Perez was not injured. The California Highway Patrol notes that the collision remains under investigation.  The Mojave Area CHP office indicates that Rebecca Hallman was evaluated for driving under the influence and was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence causing injury and child endangerment.

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Arrest in Beatty

Beatty Man Arrested

The Nye County Sheriffs department is confirming the arrest of 55 year old Beatty Nevada resident Frank Montgomery Goodson.  According to Nye County officials, Goodson was arrested this week for allegedly commuting a lewd act on a child under the age of 14.

Arrest details provided by the Nye County Sheriffs department

For approximately the past month the Nye County Sheriffs Office has been investigating a report of lewdness with a child under 14 that occurred in Beatty, NV between October 2014 and January 2015. The victim, a 4 year old female, disclosed that a man she knew as “Monty” had touched her inappropriately.
After a thorough investigation, Detectives eventually identified and interviewed Frank Montgomery Goodson, aka “Monty”. During the interview Goodson confessed to touching the victim for the purpose of sexual gratification on 2-3 occasions. He was arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center in Pahrump.
Detectives are following up on several leads. The public is encouraged to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office with any information regarding this case at 775-751-7000 or Det. Tippetts at

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City Extends Comment Period for Subdivision

City of Bishop Gives Public time to comment on proposed development

Several residents voiced concerns with a proposed development during a public hearing Monday night at the Bishop city council meeting. The proposed Kingston Subdivision would be located on Home Street at the current site of Bishop Nursery. The 2.75 acre parcel would be subdivided into 15 residential parcels at 785 home street. Monday night, residents voiced a wide range of concerns including the proposed projects density. Residents of Rome Drive and Home Street also questioned the depth of the environmental review including questioning the projects impact on wildlife. There were also concerns raised about a potential for increased traffic in the area.  Prior to opening the Public hearing Monday evening Mayor Gardner announced that the public comment period on the project has been extended. The deadline, which was set for Monday has been extended 30 days and will now expire on August 15th. The council encouraged comments and questions to be directed to Public works, noting the Environmental Initial Study may be reviewed at the City of Bishop’s web site, and also at the City’s main office.

Kingston Subdivision information,

The property is owned by Bob Kingston who confirmed the fact that the Bishop Nursery will remain open as the proposed development moves forward.  As proposed, the development would remove the current nursery building and associated improvements and subdivide the 2.75 acre parcel into 15 residential parcels ranging in size from 5,104 and 8,232 square feet.

During staff reports Police Chief Chris Carter made a statement that he is preparing his retirement papers. Chief Carter told the City Council that he is considering stepping down as soon as the end of September.

In other police business, the City Council approved the purchase of a radar trailer. The hope is to have the trailer in place prior to the start of the school year.

Fire Chief Ray Seguine thanked the VFW for manning the wye road entrance at the 4th of July fireworks show. Seguine says that the totals are still being tabulated in regards to funds received during the fireworks show. The Chief also encouraged drivers to sign up for the destruction derby, noting a deadline of August 1st.

The next meeting of the bishop city council is set for July 27th.

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Medical Equipment Donation Drive

Bishop VFW gathering donations

The VFW has proudly been offering temporary use of medical equipment to the public since 2008.  Some of the equipment includes wheelchairs, portable commodes, walkers, crutches, shower chairs and much more.  The VFW is asking the public for any medical equipment that can be donated for this cause.  They are asking that the equipment be in good condition which is safe to patient use. Monetary donations are also welcomed as any charitable funds can be used for the purchase of additional equipment. Please contact the VFW at (760) 873-5770 or VFW Auxiliary President, Cheryl Underhill at (760) 920-0106. Equipment or monetary donations can be dropped off at the VFW Post at 484 Short Street in Bishop.   They thank you for your generous contributions!

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Iranian Scientist Visit Owens Lake

Iranian Scientists Visit Owens Lake

Information provided by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District. July 13, 2015; Keeler, California

A State Department-sponsored tour brought a delegation of twelve scientists to the US from Iran to consult with their counterparts on issues related to water shortages in the southwest US. Researchers from Iranian universities with backgrounds in civil engineering, hydrology, geochemistry and environmental sciences were hosted by staff from the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and LA Department of Water and Power for a tour and workshop at Owens Lake.
Water that once flowed to Lake Urmia in Iran has been diverted to support agriculture and urban populations that have a water demand larger than can be sustained by the available resources. This has caused the drying up of Lake Urmia, a terminal lake with no outlet that once covered 2,000 square miles. It now contains only about 5% of its former volume. Like Owens Lake, the lake bed is exposed to wind erosion causing enormous dust storms.
Lake Urmia dust storms have caused extremely high air pollution levels affecting the health of over 65 million people. The Iranian scientists were highly impressed with the air district’s automated air monitoring instruments and modeling system at Owens Lake, which has been acknowledged by researchers as the most advanced system used anywhere in the world. They were also very interested in DWP’s dust control measures at Owens Lake, because some of these methods could be utilized at Lake Urmia. Dust mitigation efforts at Owens Lake have been implemented over the last 15 years and are now about 95% complete, while dust control efforts at Lake Urmia have not been initiated.
Air Pollution Control Officer, Phill Kiddoo said, “At almost 20 times the size of Owens Lake, the health risk associated with wind-blown dust from the recently dried Lake Urmia, poses a significant health risk to millions of Iranians.  Sharing the information and knowledge gained from decades of research, air quality monitoring and operation of the District’s Owens Lake Dust Identification Program in conjunction with showing DWP’s successful dust control projects, provided powerful insight to the visiting scientists who are seeking feasible solutions to solve similar water shortage and dust problems at Lake Urmia.”

To help them understand the water shortage problems in the US, the Iranian delegation also met with experts at the Salton Sea, Mono Lake, and the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Most of them were making their first trip to the US. While in the Eastern Sierra they stayed three nights in Bishop for the tour that took place in late June.

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Nik Barbieri explains the operation of the air district’s Owens Lake dust monitoring program to the visiting Iranian scientists.
Gillies at Keeler Dunes
Dr. Jack Gillies from the Desert Research Institute describes how dust from the Keeler Dunes is controlled using straw bales to reduce the wind until planted native shrubs reach maturity.
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Inyo Exhibit at the State Fair

Inyo’s Best on Display at the State Fair

Inyo County received a silver award at this year’s California State Fair.  The State Fair opened Friday, July 10.  The exhibit features popular events that take place throughout the year.  New contributors to the exhibit are the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center, Inyo Council for the Arts, Tri County Fair, and Death Valley 49’ers.  Banners often seen at town entrances are hanging on the exhibit walls to encourage fair visitors to visit Inyo County and enjoy its many activities.  Events featured also include Mule Days, High School Rodeo Finals, Owens Lake Bird Festival, Manzanar Pilgrimage, Concert in the Rocks, fishing derbies and other community events from Bishop to Shoshone.  The exhibit is staffed daily by residents from Furnace Creek, Darwin, Lone Pine, Independence, and Bishop.  The Fair runs through Sunday, July 26, 11-10 weekdays, and 10-10 weekends.  Rich and Kathy White designed and constructed the exhibit and will have it set up at the Tri County Fair for those who are unable to see it in Sacramento.

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Photo submitted by Rich and Kathy White
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Destruction Derby in Jeopardy

Tri-County Fair Destruction Derby needs Drivers

Statement from the Tri-County Fair

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department’s Destruction Derby for 2015 is in jeopardy. This long standing crowd favorite is a mainstay of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair, and it needs the support of the Eastern Sierra Communities. “As of Friday, July 10 there were not enough entries to have a Destruction Derby this year. So, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and the Tri-County Fair are pulling together and asking the fans to help save the event,” commented Fair CEO Sally Symons.

“For some reason entries are down, and several regular drivers lost sponsorship this year. We know this is a crowd favorite, and are asking the communities of the Eastern Sierra to help out. Consider entering a car or even helping to sponsor one,” said Symons.

Besides being the highlight of the Fair for many, the Destruction Derby is a huge fundraiser for the Fire Department and the Fair as well. Symons continued, “By providing this great night of all-American entertainment to the fans, both organizations benefit financially, helping to make their year round services and activities available.” In 2014 the Fire Department’s portion of the proceeds was $34,000.00 and the Fair received just under that amount at $30,000.00.

Those interested in entering the Derby or getting in touch with a driver to help sponsor a car should contact the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department at 760-873-5485.

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Former Inyo Correctional officer jailed

Debra Didisee enters guilty plea, reports to jail

Former Inyo County Sheriffs Department correctional officer Debra Didisee recently plead guilty to a felony count of grand theft by embezzlement.  The guilty plea was entered on June 24th.  While sentencing is set for August 26th, Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy indicates Didisee asked to begin her term in Inyo County Jail.  Didisee was booked into Inyo County Jail on Friday, July 3rd.  According to Hardy, if Didisee pays $13,000 of restitution by sentencing, she will serve a agreed 180 days in jail and face five years of probation.  The District Attorney notes probation will include substance and alcohol abuse terms and require that she not manage money of others without permission of probation and/or the court.  Hardy is anticipating Didisee will pay the initial restitution, but if not, the court could impose up to a one year jail term.  The $13,000 restitution amount is described as an agreed minimum.

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Booking Photo, Debra Didisee. Courtesy of inyo county sheriffs department.

At the time of her initial arrest back in March, the District Attorney indicated the matter was being investigated on referral from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department.  The investigation began when the Sheriffs Department became aware of missing funds in the Inmate Welfare Account and the Inmate Commissary Account at the Inyo County Jail.

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Bishop City Council

Agenda includes a public hearing for a Proposed Development on Home Street

Monday’s Bishop City County meeting will include a public hearing for the environmental review of the Kingston Subdivision. The proposed project is located on a 2.75 acre parcel that is currently home to the Bishop Nursery. As proposed the parcel at 785 Home Street would be subdivided into 15 residential parcels ranging in size between 5,104 and 8,232 square feet. Each parcels individual building pad would cover roughly sixty to sixty-five percent of the parcel area. The project would include the removal of the existing Bishop Nursery. Project proponent Bob Kingston stresses that the Bishop Nursery will stay open as the proposed development moves forward.

The Environmental Initial Study may be reviewed at the City of Bishop’s web site, Comments made at Mondays meeting will be reviewed by staff and incorporated into the Initial Study. Final determination of the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is tentatively scheduled for the July 27th city council meeting.

Kingston Subdivision information,

Mondays city council meeting will also include a Inyo County update from 2nd district supervisor Jeff Griffiths, a Northern Inyo Hospital quarterly update from CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane, and the city council will be asked to take action to approve the purchase of a radar trailer for the Police Department.

The Monday, July 13th meeting of the Bishop City Council will begin at 5pm with a closed session and the open portion of the meeting beginning at 6pm.  

Cover photo by Gary Young.

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Road Projects Begin

Projects on  Highway 395 and 6

Crews are set to begin work on two separate highway improvement projects.  Both efforts in Mono County will begin Monday, July 13th.

Rush Creek Thin Blanket

Mono County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin the Rush Creek Thin Blanket project on July 13, 2015.  The location of the work is in Mono County, from 2 miles south of the southern junction of State Route 120 East to the northern junction of State Route 120 West (6 miles).  This project will place a hot mix asphalt overlay, place shoulder backing in various locations, fog seal shoulders, and paint traffic stripes.

Drivers should anticipate daily lane closures Mono County US Hwy 395 Monday – Thursday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Friday’s from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. Roads connecting to US Hwy 395 within the project can expect five to ten minute delays when intersections are being paved.  No delays are expected for US Hwy 395 through traffic.

This project is scheduled to be completed by September 2015.

The contractor for this $2,219,566 project is Qualcon Contractors, Inc. of Minden, Nevada.

South White Mountain Shoulder Project

Mono County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin the South White Mountain Shoulder project on July 13, 2015.  The location of the work is on US Hwy 6 in Mono County, from the Inyo-Mono county line to White Mountain Estates road just before Chalfant.  This project will widen the shoulders of US Hwy 6 and place rumble strips.

Drivers should anticipate daily lane closures Mono County US Hwy 6 Monday – Friday during the daylight hours.  One way reversing traffic control will be in effect with flaggers on each end of the project and a pilot car leading traffic through the project.  The traveling public should expect up to 20 minute delays.

This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2015.

The contractor for this $854,783 project is Granite Construction Company of Bakersfield, California.

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