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Ribbon Cut on Bishop’s Warren Street

Bishop Celebrates Warren Street

City of Bishop officials cut the ribbon on the 2.1 million dollar Warren Street Improvement project Wednesday morning.  The effort was funded through state of California gas tax revenues.  Public works director Dave Grah was joined by three of the five city council members as the ribbon was cut at the intersection of Warren and Academy.  The public works director thanked many for their efforts on the project especially public works staff, including Deston Dishion. Grah thanked members of the “Warren Street Focus Group” who guided the design.  That group includes Beth Himelhoch, Dave Metcalf, Ray Finch, Pete Korrgiebel, Tawni Thomson, Janice Kabala, Martin West, Pam Mitchell, Jerry Gabriel, Ed Morse, Elaine Kabala, Dick Distel, Karol Tong, Diana Pietrasanta, Gail Swain, Skandar Reid, and Charles Milligan.

Advanced Asphalt of Truckee served as the construction contractor, and the main subcontractor was V and C Construction from Minden.  The effort was designed by Triad Holmes Associates of Bishop.

City Council Members Laura Smith, Joe Pecsi and Karen Schwartz spoke at the ribbon cutting.  Mayor Pro-tem Smith encourages folks to shop local in support of the businesses that were inconvenienced during construction.  Councilman Pecsi thanked the focus group for their effort and commitment.  Councilwoman Schwartz thanked the focus group and praised the projects pedestrian friendly features.  Bishop Chamber of commerce and visitors bureau Executive Director Tawni Thomson praised Grah and city staff for reaching out to the community for input.

Left to right, Deston Dishion, Joe Pecsi, Laura Smith and granddaughter Mia, Dave Grah, Karen Schwartz

According to Dave Grah, this first phase of the Warren Street project improved North Warren Street and part of South Warren Street with new pavement, curb,sidewalk, street trees, street lights, pocket parks, seating areas, platforms for performances, and colored concrete with designs. The blocks of Church, Academy, and Pine streets between Warren and Main were also improved as part of the project. Other features such as sculpture, banners, archways, bike racks, and a public restroom are also planned. In addition to addressing serious pavement deterioration, poor sidewalks, and drainage issues, the project was intended to make the area more attractive to pedestrians to stroll, stop, shop, eat, and to see a show. Future phases of the project in the next several years are planned to extend improvements to the full length of the street.

photos by Arnie Palu

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AltaOne Honoring Scholar Athletes

Thursday Event Honors BUHS Student Athletes

The AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Bishop member service center is hosting a Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony.  The Thursday evening event marks the completion of the first year of the AltaOne Scholar Athlete Award program.  KIBS/KBOV radio is partnering with AltaOne and Bishop Union High School in honoring top student athletes.

Coaches at Bishop Union High School were asked to nominate one athlete from every sports team for the award, based on their academic performance and team leadership. Each of the students were also asked to write an essay on their future aspirations. A shortlist for each season was selected by an independent judging panel.

Winners of the Scholar Athlete Award will be announced at the award ceremony Thursday, June 11. The ceremony will begin at 6pm in the AltaOne member service center, Bishop. Each of the 3 season winners will receive a $500 scholarship check, with an overall winner out of the 3 receiving an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Fall Athletes
Staci Sonke, volleyball.
Miranda Barnes, cross country.
Tessa Wright, Tennis.
Thomas Sills, cross country.
Woodrow Reynolds, football

Winter Athletes
Joe Griego, soccer.
Tamia Shoshone, basketball.
Jake Traynor, basketball.
Luke Olson, snowboarding.
Alicia Campos, soccer.
Hannah Neer, ski team.

Spring Athletes
Frankie Harvey, swimming.
Colton Riesen, baseball.
Sam Riesen, softball.
Keirsten Andersen, swimming.
Collin Batchelder, track and field.
Katherine Desbrosses, track and field.
Sean Mitton, golf.

The community is encouraged to attend the ceremony Thursday evening beginning at 6pm at the AltaOne member service center on north main street, Bishop.

Cover Photo by Gary Young.  Baseball nominee Colton Riesen

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Fatal Crash near Bridgeport

Tuesday Head On collision kills one

Highway 395 north of Bridgeport was closed in both directions Tuesday after a fatal crash.  While the investigation continues, the California Highway Patrols initial report is showing the head on collision was the result of a southbound 2015 Nissan Versa crossing the center line into the northbound lane.  The crash remains under investigation.

The CHP accident report.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at approximately 10:13 P.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communication Center received a report  of a head on traffic collision on US-395, north of Bridgeport. Upon Arrival, CHP officers located a Nissan Versa, Ford Fusion, and Freightliner box truck blocking both northbound and southbound traffic lanes of US-395.

The driver of the Nissan (Wesley Chen, 26, of Monterey Park) sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision. The two passengers in the Nissan(both age 26 of San Diego, and Fremont CA) received major injuries, and were transported via Care Flight to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.

The driver of the Freightliner box truck (46 year old Ronnie Varela of Carson City) sustained minor injuries and will seek his own medical care. The driver and passenger of the Ford Fusion (85 year old Kenneth Bryant, 77 year old Esther Bryant of Gardnerville) were uninjured.

Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Paramedics and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) all responded to the scene to provide assistance. Preliminary information indicates the Nissan Versa crossed the center line of the roadway into the northbound lane, colliding with the Freightliner box truck. The exact sequence of the events and the cause of the collision remain under investigation by the CHP. The Mono County Sheriff-Corner Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Bishop Tribal Election Today

Polls Open for Bishop Tribes Primary Election

Eleven candidates are vying for five spots in the July General election.  The top five will advance to the July election to fill 2 spots on the Bishop Tribal Council.  Polls are now open and will stay open until 7pm.  Voting takes place at the Bishop Paiute Tribal Chambers at 50 Tu Su Lane.  All Eligible voters of the Bishop Paiute Tribe are encouraged to participate.

The following individuals are running for two (2) seats on the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council, for three year terms:
1.     
Paul Chavez
2.     
Brandon Decker
3.     
James V. Hess
4.      Kristopher Hohag (incumbent)
5.      Thomas Mitchell
6.      Richard Napoles
7.      Deston Rogers
8.      Michael Rogers
9.      Deborah Vega
10.  William Vega
11.  Jack Williams, Jr.

The top five (5) candidates receiving the highest votes will proceed to the General Election on July 14, 2015.  The seats up for election are currently held by Earleen Hess-Williams and Kristopher Hohag.

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Warren Street Photo Gallery

Bishop’s Warren Street

Ribbon Cutting for the Warren Street Project will be held Wednesday, June 10th, 11am.  The ceremony will take place at Warren and Academy.

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Warren and Academy
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Warren and Academy, with stone bench by Skandar.
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Warren and Academy, view from the Bishop Library
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Warren and Academy, facing north
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Warren and Academy parking lot
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Warren and Church, behind Josephs market
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Warren and Church
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Warren and Church, facing east
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Church Street tracks
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Warren and Church, behind Bishop Police Department
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concrete design near Bishop Library
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Tracks below the mural on Bishop Library
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mule tracks near Warren and Academy
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Design at Talmage Park, Main and Academy
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Academy and Main
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South Warren behind JC Penney
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South Warren Parking lot

Photos By Arnie Palu

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Bishop Celebrating Warren Street

Warren Street Ribbon Cutting Wednesday

City of Bishop Public Works News Release
A brief ribbon cutting is planned for the recently-completed Warren Street Improvements project. The ribbon cutting will be at 11 am, Wednesday 10 June, on Warren Street at the Bishop Library near Academy Avenue.
The first phase of the Warren Street project improved North Warren Street and part of South Warren Street with new pavement, curb, sidewalk, street trees, street lights, pocket parks, seating areas, platforms for performances, and colored concrete with designs. The blocks of Church, Academy, and Pine streets between Warren and Main were also improved as part of the project.  Other features such as sculpture, banners, archways, bike racks, and a public restroom are also planned. In addition to addressing serious pavement deterioration, poor sidewalks, and drainage issues, the project was intended to make the area more attractive to  pedestrians to stroll, stop, shop, eat, and to see a show.
Future phases of the project in the next several years are planned to
extend improvements to the full length of the street.
The $2.1 million project was funded by state gas tax funds.
The construction contractor was Advanced Asphalt from Truckee,
and the main subcontractor was V and C Construction from Minden. The project was designed by Triad Holmes Associates from Bishop. Most of the design of the project was guided by a capable and dedicated group of volunteers from the Bishop community know as the Warren Street Focus Group.
The ribbon cutting will celebrate the completion of the first phase of improvements and acknowledge those that contributed to the project.
cover photo, Warren Street under construction
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Sunday Fatal Crash

Fatal Crash on Laurel Canyon Road

The Mono County Sheriffs department is confirming the identity of the man killed Sunday in a single vehicle accident.  The Crash occurred on Sunday just minutes after 6pm claiming the life of Mark Jacoby, of Fresno.

According to the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport office, on Sunday, June 7th,  at approximately 6:03 pm, a 2007 Toyota 4Runner was traveling eastbound from Laurel Lakes on an unimproved U.S. Forest Service dirt road.  The road at this location is steep, narrow, and has multiple sharp turns.  For an unknown reason, the Toyota traveled off of the road and down a steep, rocky mountain side, where it overturned several times.  The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and as a result, he was ejected from the vehicle. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Two dogs were in the vehicle.  One dog survived and was transported by Mono County Animal Control for treatment. Personnel from the California Highway Patrol, Mono County Medic 3 , Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Search and Rescue, and Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene.  Officers from the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area office are handling the collision investigation.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

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Reba Mae Sullivan

Reba Mae Sullivan, 1915-2015

Reba Mae Sullivan (nee: Morgan) was born December 13, 1915 and passed away June 4, 2015, just six months shy of a grand 100 years old. She was born in Southwest Missouri and moved to California where she spent her happiest days fishing with her husband Paul and partying with her second husband Harold. Reba did not have any children, but she did have a beloved nephew Kenneth Magruder who was like a son to her.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul Hughes, her husband Harold Sullivan and her nephew Kenneth Magruder. Her surviving great-nieces are Kathleen Magruder, Heather Thiess and Jeanie Finney. She has several great-great nieces and nephews and one great-great-great nephew.

She was a woman who saw many changes in the world throughout her long life. She was a survivor and adapter to most every situation she found herself in. She often said, “When I die, don’t cry for me because I had a very good, long life.”

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 12th at 11:00 AM at East Line Street cemetery, 2000 Poleta RD. Bishop, CA.

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Bakersfield woman dies in Saturday crash

Motorcycle Crash claims Bakersfield woman

The Bishop area office of the California Highway Patrol is confirming the death of 48-year old Deann Marie Dodd.  According to the CHP accident report, Dodd was riding a 2013 Harley Davidson Switchback on state route 168 Saturday afternoon when she failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway leading to the fatal crash.

The CHP accident report indicates that just minutes after 3pm Saturday Dodd was traveling eastbound on state route 168 east of Death Valley road traveling at an estimated 50 to 60 miles per hour.  The report notes, “For an unknown reason Dodd failed to negotiate the left curve in the roadway.  Dodd made an unsafe turning movement and allowed the motorcycle to travel off the south edge of 168.  The motorcycle overturned, Dodd was ejected.”

48-year old Deann Marie Dodd was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital by the Big Pine Fire department, she was pronounced dead at 5:56pm.

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DWP issues post-standing committee statement

DWP issues statement

The June 4th Inyo/LA standing committee meeting was dominated by a shared sense of cooperation between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.  Working through another year of drought the two parties agreed to reduce water to the McNalley enhancement/mitigation project and Warren Lake while securing irrigation water through July.

In response to the June 4, 2015 Inyo County/Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has issued the following statement:

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is pleased with the outcome of the June 4 Standing Committee meeting. In these times of unprecedented drought, we are encouraged by the collaboration exercised by the Inyo County community. This shared sacrifice by all, including the City of Los Angeles who itself is receiving an 85 percent reduction in LA Aqueduct water this runoff year, will allow local ranchers the ability to irrigate their lands through July. LADWP and the other MOU parties are working toward finalizing an agreement (hopefully by early THIS week) that will save up to 4,000 AF of water toward additional irrigation in the Owens Valley. If additional water savings are realized on Owens Lake this Fall and are agreed by Great Basin, State Lands, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, then more water can be made available for continuing irrigation into August and later into the irrigation season.  We look forward to continued constructive collaboration with the community and more positive outcomes from future negotiations.”

The next Inyo/LA standing committee meeting is set for July 24th in Los Angeles.

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