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Mono Names Interim Administrator

Lynda Salcido to Serve Again as Interim Mono County Administrator

 Mono County, Calif. – On Tuesday, May 12th, the Mono County Board of Supervisors announced its selection of Lynda Salcido to serve as Interim County Administrator, effective when current County Administrator Jim Leddy leaves the post later this month.  Leddy informed Mono County in April that he would be leaving his position for personal reasons and intended to relocate to his former home in Sonoma County.  A long-term County employee, Ms. Salcido is also Mono County’s Director of Public Health/EMS, a position she has held for 15 years.  Notably, she previously served as Interim County Administrator in 2013 after the departure of then-County Administrator James Arkens.  As in 2013, Ms. Salcido will serve as Interim while the County recruits for a permanent County Administrator and until the individual ultimately hired as permanent County Administrator takes office.  This process is estimated to take approximately four months.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Fesko commented, “Lynda did an outstanding job previously as Interim County Administrator, and the Board greatly appreciates her willingness to serve the County again in that capacity.”  Until she officially takes over as Interim County Administrator, Ms. Salcido will be meeting with Jim Leddy and other department heads in order to fully acquaint herself with pending issues and to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.

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Passes Closing In advance of Storm

Sonora and Tioga Passes Closing today

Caltrans will be closing State Route 108, Sonora Pass at 4pm today (Wednesday, May 13th).  Caltans officials indicate this closure is due to a incoming storm.  In addition, Yosemite National Park will close State Route 120, Tioga Pass at 8pm tonight in advance of expected adverse weather.

Caltrans reminds folks that as is often the case this time of year, closure of mountain passes occur due to weather conditions.  Caltrans notes that crews closely monitor highways to determine if it is safe for the traveling public.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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Mammoth Man rescued

Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team rescues an injured hiker near Pyramid Peak

On the evening of Monday, May 11th, 2015, at approximately 9:30pm, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding an injured hiker near Pyramid Peak.
A male hiker, age 56, of Mammoth Lakes, began a hike to Pyramid Peak in the Sherwin Range. At about4:00pm, as he was descending a rocky area, his right foot slipped on the snow between two boulders and the fall pinned his leg between the boulders. He was unable to extricate his leg for several hours. During this time, he lost his jacket in high winds and his headlamp fell down a crack and was lost. As darkness fell, he was able to free his leg and called 911 for assistance as he was wet, cold and had no light source to continue down the mountain.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to rescue the injured hiker. Twelve team members staged at the Mammoth Lakes SAR facility and dispatched two field teams. They were able to access the area and hike to the subject’s location. Following an EMT assessment, it was determined the hiker would be able to hike slowly down the mountainside with aid from the SAR team rescuers. Upon reaching the trailhead, an additional patient assessment was conducted and the subject signed a medical care release form. He was transported to his vehicle to seek his own treatment.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team wants to remind everyone how unexpected problems can arise while recreating in our mountains and backcountry. Remember to always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return. Always bring the proper equipment for the terrain and area, as well as being prepared to spend the night outdoors.
Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
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Ungersma Honored

Ungersma named Trustee of Year

John Ungersma, MD, was named Healthcare District Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) during the group’s annual conference last week in Monterey, Calif.

Dr. Ungersma has served on the Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) Board of Trustees for 12 years. During that time he has held the positions of President, Vice President and Director at Large.  In his tenure on the board, Dr. Ungersma has led or participated in:

  • Planning, financing and construction oversight of a new 25-bed Critical Access Hospital
  • Recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer for the District
  • Increasing physician recruitment to assure access to both primary and specialty care
  • Establishing the Hospital’s Community Action Committee

Understanding that finances are frequently a barrier to educational advancement, Dr. Ungersma has personally — and quietly — provided college scholarship support for graduating high school seniors annually for the past 30 years.

Dr. Ungersma served as a Naval Flight Surgeon and Senior Surgeon with the First Marine Division in Desert Shield as well as Desert Storm; his military career spans 48 years, 21 years of active duty and 27 in active reserve in the Marine Corps as well as the Navy. A pioneer in many ways, Dr. Ungersma was the first Orthopedic Surgeon to establish a practice in Bishop.

Dr. Ungersma received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and he completed his Orthopedic Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco.  Dr. Ungersma is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland; his orthopedic career includes participating in the training of 45 orthopedic residents, two of which have become Professors of Orthopedic Surgery.

In addition to his work locally, Dr. Ungersma has served on the ACHD Executive Board for the past few years.  He has served as Treasurer and this past year as Vice President.  While he has termed out for the ACHD board, he will remain active with the organization, working with its various committees.

Dr. Ungersma was nominated for this honor by NIH Board President MC Hubbard.

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

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Sharon Ann Rubio

Sharon Ann Rubio  1949 – 2015

Sharon Ann Rubio, age 65, resident of Bishop, California for 42 years, born in Des Moines , Iowa on September 16, 1949 Passed away on May 3, 2015 at 1:05PM at home with family.
Sharon grew up in southern California graduated from Kennedy High School in 1967. Met Robert Rubio in 1969 and married in 1970. They moved to Bishop in 1973. Started driving school bus for Inyo County in 1975 and drove for over 30 years with Bishop and Round Valley schools. She loved being a bus driver and even learned sign language to be able to communicate with all of the children.
Sharon loved camping and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include Robert Rubio, husband of 45 years. Her son, Jeremy Rubio and his wife Annie Rubio and her two grandchildren Travis and Cecelia Rubio. She is also survived by her daughter Sara West and her husband Scott West and her grandson Mason West plus extended family.
Memorial service will be held Saturday June 27, 2015 at Brune mortuary chapel at 11:00 AM officiating Chris Costello.


Mountain Passes open

Caltrans reopens mountain passes

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have removed the snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to reopen SR 89 (Monitor Pass), SR 108 (Sonora Pass), and SR 120 (Tioga Pass) as of Monday, May 11, 2015. A weather system closed all three passes this past Thursday, May 7th.  As is often the case this time of year, opening and closing of mountain passes is dependent on favorable weather conditions. Caltrans crews closely monitor these highways to determine if it is safe for the traveling public.  For up to date road conditions, please check local highway conditions by calling 1-800-427-7623 or by going online to: before you begin your travel.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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Free Equine Clinics at Mule Days


This year’s Bishop Mule Days will include something new.   They are excited to present several very accomplished equine experts to provide clinics, packing demonstrations and educational information on horse trailer safety and licensing.

Starting on Tuesday May 19 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm is Connie Lara of CR Mules in Flagstaff AZ. Known for their Youth, World and National Championships, Connie will be teaching the INS AND OUTS OF A WINNING TRAIL CLASS RUN. Mornings will focus on Training and warm up exercises. The afternoon Class will be How – To’s for specific trail obstacles.

Wednesday, May 20th at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm is Jennifer Bailey from Wild Bunch Horse and Mule Co. of Alexander Ar. The Bailey Family training methods are centered in natural horsemanship and are highlighted in their clinics. Jennifer’s topic is CONFEDENCE: THE KEY TO A SUCCISSFUL RIDE. The Baileys will accept problem scenarios prior to clinic start times and welcome questions during their clinics. The AM class will focus on Arena work / Groundwork Instruction and the PM class will feature Saddle Time Demonstrations.

Thursday May 21 the line up will begin at 9:00 am and will be repeated on Sunday at 4:00 pm with JoDe Collins and “THOSE AMAZING DONKEYS.” JoDe has been a donkey enthusiast for the better part of 40 years. She owns, trains, breeds, competes but most of all, adores donkeys. She will be open to topic request and will touch on many training techniques that will encourage a content, willing and obedient working donkey.

Thursday afternoon, May 21 AT 12:30 PM will feature CHP officer Lou Moore Jacobsen on THE POWER OF PROPER POSITION where she will discuss proper riding positions for Hunt Seat, Jumping, and Western riding and problems that arise from improper position. Lou has been training mules and horses for 40 years and continues to show mules as well as three day event horses. Lou is a Mule Days Hall of Fame inductee as is her Mule, Empress Josephine.

On Friday May 22 the clinics will focus on Packing topics at:



2:00 to 4:00 PM PACKING CLINIC DEMO with NON PRO AMA PACKING CHAMPION, PHILIP EASLEY.  In his packing demo, Philip will be going over handling of mules and horses as related to packing, how to break them to packing, what equipment is needed, and how to do this safely. He will go over the three most commonly used hitches, the Box Hitch, the Walker Hitch and the Diamond Hitch. He will then go into how to string mules together if you are packing more than one. Some tips on packing and balancing loads and what is needed for a simple one weekend or overnight trip into the back country.

Friday at 1:00 pm CHP officer Mural McKenzie, is here to teach
Discussion includes Rules of the Road when hauling horses and mules and Commercial Drivers Licenses as they pertain to hauling horses and mules. Officer Mural McKenzie has been a California Highway Patrol Officer since 1989. Mural is an avid equestrian. She is a former member of the California State Mounted United Cal Expo Police Mounted and California Highway Patrol Mounted Unit to name a few. Officer McKenzie has spoken about Commercial Licensing and Horse trailer safety to horse enthusiasts all over the state.

Thursday Friday and Saturday at the East Arena 1, at 5:00 pm a special demonstration of Cowboy Dressage will be presented by Eitan Beth – Halachmy. He is a world recognized Cowboy Dressage teacher, attending the 2006 world Equestrian Games in Aachem Germany & 2010 in Lexington Kentucky. Eitan will be demonstrating Cowboy Dressage, focusing on Lightness, Balance and Cadence and Carriage.

for all things Mule Days visit their website,

cover photo by Gary Young, 20 mule team at the 2014 Mule Days Celebration.

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Inyo County needs Foster Parents

Inyo Needs Foster Parents

Inyo County Health and Human Services is holding a foster parent orientation in both Lone Pine and Bishop. Inyo County officials indicate there is a “desperate need” for both foster parents and child care providers. Inyo County Health and Human Services will be providing an orientation in both English and Spanish May 16th, 2015 at 10am in Lone Pine at 138 N. Jackson and at 1:30pm in Bishop at 162 –J Grove St. Immediately following the foster parent orientation, at 11:00 a.m. in Lone Pine and 2:30 p.m. in Bishop, Inyo County Health & Human Services will also be providing information and applications to people who are interested in becoming licensed child care providers. Reservations are required; please contact us at (760) 872-1727 to reserve a seat. Health and Human Services notes, “Foster parents play a vital role in nurturing and caring for our community’s most vulnerable children. If you would like to experience the joys of making a meaningful difference in the life of a child, then foster parenting is for you.”


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City of Bishop asks, “Whats Next?”

City of Bishop wants your input

The City of Bishop invites the public to a series of meetings over the next three weeks to gain public input on the city’s next “active” transportation projects. The meetings will  be at noon and at 5 pm on May13th and on May 20th in the conference room at City Hall.
The state’s Active Transportation Program is intended to promote public health and safety by encouraging active forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding to get to school, work, or every day activities. Active Transportation
Program funds can be used for construction projects such as sidewalks and bicycle paths, and for non-construction projects like bicycle education and safety programs.  Projects which have the potential to close “gaps” in the non-motorized route network
and the potential to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians are of particular importance to the ATP. The City of Bishop has the opportunity to apply for this funding if it can identify good projects and apply by the end of this month. Good Bishop projects
probably include sidewalks and bike paths but public input is needed to know for sure.  The city’s current list of future street projects includes 13 sidewalk and path projects.

The city needs the public’s help to identify more projects and then to figure out which ones are the best to propose for Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds. To get this public help in time for the application due this month, a series of meetings are scheduled over the next 3 weeks. Public input is invited by coming to the meetings or by contacting the City of Bishop Department of Public Works by mail, email, phone, or in person.
The first meetings are scheduled for May 13th and are intended to gather ideas for good ATP projects that might not yet be on the city’s project list. There will be two meetings that day, one at noon and one at 5 pm. Maps showing existing sidewalks and paths,
along with other information, will be available for reference. The two meetings that day will be the same so the public should feel free to come to either or both, whatever is convenient.
The second pair of meetings are scheduled for May 20th and are intended to identify the best projects out of all those identified by that time. Like the previous pair of meetings, there will be two meetings that day, one at noon and one at 5 pm. Maps and projects
lists, will be available for reference at that meeting. The two meetings will be the same so the public should feel free to come to either or both. The City of Bishop appreciates public involvement identifying the best projects to propose for Active Transportation Program funding.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.

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Harry LeRoy Wells

Harry LeRoy Wells  1921-2015

Harry and his twin brother Harold were born De. 17, 1921 in Idaho to Laurel and Florence Boor Wells. The family moved to the Bishop area in 1942, living in Sheelite, Rovana and Bishop.
Harry joined the Navy during World War II and served on the munitions supply ship, USS Shasta, as a Navy Corpsman. he and his comrades saw action in Iwo Jima, the Soloman and Marshall Islands. The USS Shasta was one of the Naval ships assigned for the testing of the H Bomb in the Bikini Atoll during the 1950s to see the effects of the bomb on vessels that were part of the testing. He continued his military career also seeing action in the Korean War and left the Navy in 1959.
Harry moved to Montery and used his GI Bill to go to school. He took a job bartending in Monterey where one of his customers was the author John Steinbeck, who he considered a friend. He moved back to Bishop in the early 1960s, working at the White Mountain Research Center. In the early 1970s he moved to Mammoth and worked as a cook at the hospital and many restaurants in the towns of Mammoth, June Lake and Bridgeport, retiring in 1995 from Annettes Mono Village in Twin Lakes and Mammoth Mountain.
Harry spent his retirement in Bishop and lived independently up until a few months before his death with the care and support of his family.
Harry was a sweet, kind man, who loved caring for his animals, fishing and gardening. Although he had no children of his own, he deeply loved all of his nieces and nephews and their families.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Laurel and Florence Wells; his sister, Mary; his twin brother, Harold Wells; and his brother, Stan Wells.
He is survived by his dog, Chico; his nieces, Sue Murray, Shirley LeBlanc and Marlene Wilson; his nephews, Frank Wells and Don Wells; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “Mammoth Family,” Raphael and Carmen Plazola and their families.
The family would like to thank Jeannie Sliger for her years of friendship and diligence as his bookkeeper, and Janice Chalmers for her care and friendship for this past few months.
There are no funeral services planned. There will be a celebration of live, to be announced later this summer.
Harry requested that his ashes be scattered over the White Mountains.