KIBS/KBOV Announcements

Child Pornography Arrest-Bishop Police Department

A local man is in custody after being arrested on Child Pornography charges on Thursday, June 15th. According to the Bishop Police Department, the 25 year old, local male, identified as Caleb Joshua Metcalf was taken into custody after a joint operation with the Fresno Division of the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

Mr. Metcalf was located and arrested at around 9:19 am on North Main and Yaney Streets, Thursday morning. Mr. Metcalf was booked into the Inyo County Jail on Felony Charges relating to Child Pornography. Mr. Metcalf is being held on $150,000 bail. When we have more information we will pass it onto you.

ESMF Pays Tribute To Service Members

Eastern Sierra Music Festival seeks photos of local active duty and retired service members to share during its second annual July 21-22 music festival.

The photos will be part of a video montage aired on a large screen overlooking the event stage. The video will play between artists each night of the July 21-22 festival held in Bishop.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival is looking for either a copy of the member’s service photograph; an action shot of the service member, or photograph of him or her in uniform with their family.
Please include a few sentences about the person you want to honor such as where they serve(d), rank, and years of service.

Questions or photo submissions can be sent to lisa@wwmusicfest.org. Deadline for submissions is July 1st.

For more information about the Eastern Sierra Music Festival, please visit http://www.esmusicfest.org or visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival benefits The National Wounded Warrior Center set to be built in Mammoth Lakes by Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

 

GRADUATIONS-PROMOTIONS AREA SCHOOLS

Here are area schools 2017 Graduation and Promotion Schedules
Coleville High School Graduation: June 1 at 6pm

Lee Vining High School Graduation: Friday, June 2 at 6pm

Home Street Middle School 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday June 8th at 7pm

Lo-Inyo 8th Grade Promotion: Thursday June 8th at 7pm

Palisades Glacier High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 9:30am

Bishop Union High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 7pm

Lone Pine High School Graduation: Friday June 9th at 7pm

Big Pine 8th Grade and High School: Thursday June 8th at 6:30pm

Rape Suspect Arrested-Bishop PD

May 30, 2017

On Sunday, May 28th the Bishop Police Department made an arrest of a Rape Suspect. According to the Bishop Police Department Dispatch, 23 year old Lawerence Hall was arrested after the Police Department was contacted by the rape victim Sunday morning at 6:05am.  The rape was reported to have occurred at the Vagabond Inn, on North Main St. in Bishop.  Lawerence Hall was located and arrested in the Vons/KMART parking lot. Mr. Hall was charged with one count of California Penal Code 261 A 4-Rape While Victim Was Unconscious During The Act.

Mr. Hall is currently being held at the Inyo County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The case is still under investigation by the Bishop City Police Department.

CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY-CALTRANS TO BEGIN RESURFACING STATE ROUTE 58

KERN COUNTY- The California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) is preparing to begin a highway resurfacing project on State Route (SR) 58 from Tehachapi Creek bridge to Cache Creek bridge which is near Tehachapi, Ca in Kern County.

The project will remove the existing pavement and will place a new asphalt surface.

Work is scheduled to begin May 31, 2017 and be completed in December 2017.

Traffic will be directed into one lane 24 hours a day during the construction week, Monday through Friday.

This $13.4 million project has been awarded to Pave-Tech, Inc of Vista, CA.

Work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

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For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

Spring Season Melting Conditions – Mammoth Lakes Fire Department

Spring Season Melting Conditions

As the long winter ends, there are several conditions that visitors and locals in the Sierras need to be aware of. The creeks are rising fast, backcountry trails are covered with snow, and weak ice conditions prevail on most snow-covered lakes. Extreme caution is necessary to make your time in the Sierras enjoyable and without incident.

The creeks in the Eastern Sierras are beginning to rise because of the warmer temperatures and the melting snow pack. The creeks are going to fill to their banks, the temperature of the water will be cold, and the swiftness of the water will make for very dangerous conditions. Be watchful of children, pets, and the closeness of anyone in your party to the stream channel. Respect the velocity and strength of the streams, recognize that being in the water has the potential of being life threatening, enjoy the beauty from a distance, and stay safe.

Trails throughout the Sierras are going to take much longer to become snow free this year. What may start out as a dry trail, may become snow-covered and impossible to follow and cause you to get disoriented. Be careful of voids below the snow that you may fall through, slick surface conditions that may cause you to slide into unwanted areas or into rocks resting just below the snow surface, and a range of hiking conditions from icy conditions in the morning and slushy conditions in the afternoon. Be extra careful hiking this time of the year.

Snow covered lakes pose a big problem during the spring as the lake appears snow-covered, but the ice below may not be structurally sound. Many high elevation lakes still have snow covering them and the lakes will become more dangerous as the warmer temperatures increase during the next several weeks. Ice conditions are questionable at best and use extreme caution in and around all ice-covered water bodies.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire safety related matter, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

Attempted Murder-Lone Pine Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

Attempted Murder – Lone Pine

On Tuesday May 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted with a request for a deputy to conduct a welfare check on an individual who had not shown up to work. After responding to the residence on Post Street in Lone Pine, deputies discovered a male subject inside that was the victim of a shooting. The victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and later flown out for further medical care; he is currently listed in critical condition.
Evidence at the residence indicates that this was not self-inflicted. The case is being handled as an attempted murder. Sheriff’s Investigations believe the shooting took place between Monday May 22nd and Tuesday May 23rd.
Anyone with any information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

Search & Rescue Tragic End

At noon, on Tuesday, May 23rd,  Dongying “Cindy” Qiu was located by SAR, deceased at the base of a frozen waterfall near Outpost Camp on the Mt Whitney Trail west of Lone Pine. It is believed that she fell approximately 60 feet through a snow chute at the top of the waterfall (located on the southwest side of Outpost Camp, about a quarter mile off trail). Ms. Qiu went missing on Sunday, May 21st while hiking the Mt. Whitney Trail with two
companions.

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and based on the extreme
snow conditions in the backcountry, this could have happened to
anyone,” stated Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal Nick Vaughn. “The
entire search crew and the Sheriff’s Office extend their most
sincere condolences to the Qiu family and friends during this very
difficult time.”

This was the second day of searching for the missing hiker.
Support for the search was provided by Sierra Madre SAR, San
Bernardino SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue Mountain Rescue Group, Inyo SAR and aerial support provided by Army National Guard and CHP helicopter H-80.

Bishop Community Workshop May 10th

The Bishop City Council invites the community to participate in a community workshop on Wednesday, May 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Executive Conference Room in City Hall to help the City draft a values statement reflective of the Bishop community.
The City Council considered preparation of a values state at their meeting on April 10th, after several members of the community attended previous meetings requesting the Council adopt a statement in essence stating all people are welcome. The Council hopes that a workshop will be a more welcoming environment for a broader demographic of the community to give their input on a shared values statement representing the community.
The workshop will include interactive stations focusing on the importance of a values statement, major themes, and the opportunity to draft a personal version for consideration by City Council for adoption. Everyone is encouraged to come by at any time between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on May 10th to share their vision of Bishop’s values as a community.

LO INYO SCIENCE LAB DEDICATED

05/04/17

It was a joyous affair as four beloved school teachers which collectively hold 120 years of teaching experience teaching students in Inyo County, were honored with the new Science Lab at Lo Inyo School was dedicated in their names by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Lone Pine Unified School District last Thursday. Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lisa Fontana, hosted the event, joined by the LAPUSD Superintendent Heidi Torix and members of both board of trustees.

Many of those attending the dedication were former students, now adults, under both couples’ tutelage and clearly hold them in great affection.

The ICOE Board of Trustees approved $200,000 to the project last October, which was first proposed by former Inyo County Superintendent Dr. Terry McAteer.

The Langleys, Sandy and Chris, met while working in the Peace Corps in rural Iran. Afterwards they move to Lone Pine where they taught several subjects at Lo-Inyo School including English and Social Studies for 30 years.

Nancy and Mike Prather began their teaching careers in Death Valley before joining the Lo-Inyo staff in the early 1980’s. Nancy taught primary grades until 2004 along with stating thee primary computer lab. Mike taught middle school science along with creating the annual Catalina trip until 2002. Both remain very active in the community.

The plaque to be posted in the new Science Lab reads, in part:

Both the Langleys and Prathers were actively involved in tutoring and assisting local tribal youth throughout their teaching careers. Moreover, the Langleys and Prathers continued in the working careers and in retirement to give back to the Lone Pine community through a variety of interests.

GROUP PHOTO: (L to R)

Cheryl Howerton. LPUSD Board member

LeeAnn Rasmuson, Inyo County Office of Education Board member

Mary Kemp, Inyo County Office of Education Board member

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools

Chris Langley, Honoree

Mike Prather, Honoree

Nancy Prather, Honoree (with granddaughter Kestral)

Marjianne Yonge, LPUSD Board member

Heidi Torix, LPUSD Superintendent

Scott Kemp, LPUSD Board member