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5 years prison for pot grower

BAKERSFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 5-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR GROWING MARIJUANA ON ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Press release from US Attorney Benjamin Wagner

FRESNO, Calif. — Cruz Soria, 29, of Bakersfield, California was sentenced today to 5 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Fay Canyon area of the Canebrake Ecological Reserve, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.  Soria was also ordered to pay $2,568.85 in restitution to the High Sierra Trail Volunteer Crew for the cost of cleaning up the grow site.
The Canebrake Ecological Reserve is located 10 miles east of Lake Isabella in northeastern Kern County.  It was first inhabited in about 1000 B.C. by the Tubatulabel culture and is currently home to numerous rare and protected plants and animals, including the federally-protected golden and bald eagles and peregrine falcon, the federally-threatened California red-legged frog and Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Soria’s sentence follows his guilty plea last year.  In pleading guilty, Soria acknowledged he was responsible for cultivating 454 marijuana plants in the ecological reserve.  Law enforcement officers arrested Soria at the grow site and seized the plants, about twelve pounds of processed marijuana, and a firearm.  The officers also found several highly toxic chemicals, including Fosfuro de Zinc or zinc phosphide, a rat poison illegal to use in the United States without a license, and Furadan, an insecticide banned by the EPA for usage on crops consumed by humans.  Dead coyote, snakes and other animals were found at the grow site.  Upon completion of his prison sentence, Soria will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 4 more years.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), California Department of Fish and Game, and Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Escobar prosecuted the case.

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Photo courtesy INYO County Sheriff

Black Sabbath Bassist arrested in Death Valley

Inyo County SO confirms the arrest of Musician Terence Butler

According to the Inyo County Sheriffs department, shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.
After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation – resulting in an individual allegedly being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.
Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation.  Terence “Geezer” Butler is the bassist for the band Black Sabbath.

Photo courtesy INYO County Sheriff
Photo courtesy INYO County Sheriff
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photo by gary young photography

Cook Introduces Alabama Hills Bill

Cook’s Bill would designate Scenic Area

Press Release:
Rep. Paul Cook Introduces Bill to Create Alabama Hills National Scenic Area
WASHINGTON –Earlier today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) introduced the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Establishment Act, legislation that would establish the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. This designation would encompass 18,610 acres of the scenic Alabama Hills and would preserve it for recreational use by the public and future generations.

This bill guarantees that all recreational activities currently taking place in the Alabama Hills will continue. This includes not only hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, but hunting, fishing, and authorized motorized vehicle use as well. Additionally, recreational prospecting (rock-hounding) will continue in the historic mining areas under this legislation.
This bill is the culmination of months of work by Rep. Paul Cook and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group to draft legislative language acceptable to all key local stakeholders. The stewardship group is dedicated to  promoting the long term vision, conservation, use, enhancement, and enjoyment of the Alabama Hills . Groups and organizations that have worked with the stewardship group include Inyo County, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, the Lone-Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, local business owners, and other key stakeholders.

Cook said, “The Alabama Hills are a natural treasure, and I’m excited to introduce this bill to help guarantee our children and grandchildren can enjoy them the same way we do. The level of local input has been incredible and should serve as an example for how land use decisions are made.

“Last year, I introduced legislation to establish the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. While it didn’t become law last year, it provided local stakeholders and conservation groups the opportunity to suggest changes to make this a better bill. I’m excited to incorporate these changes in the new version of this important legislation this year. My constituents in Inyo have been working to get this done for years, and I’m hopeful that 2015 will be the year the Alabama Hills get the protection they deserve.”

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GIRLS AT CAL CITY 2

BUHS soccer @ Cal City

Bishop High sweeps California City

The Bishop Union High School Soccer teams dominated California City Tuesday.  Both the Varsity boys and girls made the road trip to the Raven’s home pitch for High Desert League soccer.  The Boys returning home 3-1 winners and the girls dominating 7-0.

According to Varsity Girls coach Manny Terasas the victory over the Ravens was a resounding win for the Bronco Girls.  Bishop dominated with  27 shots on goal, and zero  shots on goal from Cal City.   According to coach Manny, “Tami Anderson had an outstanding game, she played a quality game in defense.”
The scorers for Bishop were Brenda Gonzalez 2 goals, Kailyn Boxley with 2 goals and 1 assist, Evelyn Santana 1 goal, and 1 assist, Jaden Piper 1 goal, Sara Voss 1 goal, Alicia Campos 2 assists and Tami Anderson 1 assist. The Broncos will now be preparing for a very important match up against what could be their biggest competition in HDL this year, Frazier Mountain at home on Thursday.  The team is asking folks to please come out and support the Bronco Soccer players.

In the Varsity boys match, Cal City came out strong, scoring in the first ten minutes grabbing a 1-0 lead.   The Broncos kept their composure, and equalized on a goal from Alexis Barajas just as the first half ended.
After some adjustments by coach Greg Alexander at half, Bishop shut down the Ravens, who never got another shot on goal.  Senior midfielder Joey Griego provided an assist to fellow senior and leading goal scorer Elijah Alexander to put the Broncos ahead for good.  Alexander slotted home a penalty kick in the closing minutes of the game to end it 3 – 1.
In a dramatic turn of events, Rosamond boy’s varsity was found to have  played an ineligible player in their first two matches, against Bishop and Cal City. CIF rules dictate they forfeit these games, which puts Bishop on top of the High Desert league after two games. The Bronco Boys have a home match this Thursday against Frazier Mountain.  Girls varsity play at 3pm and boys varsity at 5pm.

photos by Joe Griego.

Elijah Alexander
Elijah Alexander

 

Alexis Barajas
Alexis Barajas

 

Brenda Gonzalez
Brenda Gonzalez

 

Kailyn Boxley
Kailyn Boxley

 

Tami Anderson
Tami Anderson
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Local Flu Activity on the Rise

Intense Local Flu Activity

Inyo and Mono County public health officer Dr. Richard Johnson has issued a statement indicating an uptick in local flu activity.  According to Dr. Johnson, ” All evidence points to intense local flu activity throughout Inyo and Mono County”.   Johnson notes that some schools are having the highest absentee rates he has ever seen, with day care centers have documented cases among those in the highest risk age groups.  At least one facility is on voluntary “lock-down” to protect persons from further spread.  Sierra Park Clinics are seeing influenza-like illness at epidemic levels, especially in Pediatrics, with levels approaching the highest he has ever seen.
Anecdotally, Emergency Departments are full of persons with possible influenza.  Fortunately, Dr. Johnson says he is not aware of an increase locally in hospitalizations for pneumonia or flu-like illness,  and no one has been transported out of the area, and no deaths have occurred locally associated with the flu.

Dr. Johnson’s Tips  if you get the Flu
1 – Stay at home and rest.
Most people who get the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. You should stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without using fever-reducing medication. DO NOT go to work or school if you still have had a fever in the last 24 hours.
Employers – Please encourage and enable those who are sick to stay home!! Screen arriving employees, and send home those who are sick.
2 – Avoid close contact with people.
While sick, you should limit contact with others to keep from infecting them, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away after the first use. You should wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
3 – Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids
You should drink plenty of clear fluids as soon as the first flu symptoms appear to avoid dehydration. Water is fine, but soup is better. You should eat nourishing food as well as pass on alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
4 – Treat fever and cough with over-the-counter medications
Fever reducers, antihistamines, decongestants and cough medicines could help you feel better, but those won’t help you recover any faster. Flu symptoms may last up to two weeks.
5 – Call a doctor if extremely ill.
If symptoms are severe or if you are pregnant, 65 years or older or have a chronic medical condition, you should call your doctor. The doctor might recommend antiviral drugs to treat your flu.
Millions of people avoid getting sick every year by getting a flu shot or practicing good hand-washing hygiene. Everyone six months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. The vaccine is safe and effective. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop. Although not as effective this year as it usually is, it still is the most important thing you can do to reduce your chances of getting sick.There are several flu strains circulating in the region, so if someone has already got a flu and have recovered from it, they could get sick again.

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Adventure Trails Meeting Today

Inyo County Supervisors to hold Adventure Trails meeting Thursday

FPPC Clears Board For Adventure Trails Vote January 22nd
Independence – Inyo County’s County Counsel, Marge Kemp Williams, hereby announces she received an Advice Opinion from the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) an Advice Opinion in which Commission staff concluded the Board of Supervisors’ decisions required to be made as part of the Board’s consideration of the Adventure Trails project “will not have a reasonably foreseeable material financial effect on any of the supervisors’ interests.”
According to Kemp-Williams, “The FPPC’s ruling clears the way for each member of the Board of Supervisors to participate in the decision making process regarding the Adventure Trails project, if he so chooses.”
Last month, the County rescheduled the Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project to allow time for the FPPC to provide the County with guidance about the ability of all five members of the Board of Supervisors to participate in the decision making process.
The Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project is now scheduled for Thursday, January 22, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Independence at the Independence Legion Hall. The meeting location was moved from the Board of Supervisors Chambers to the Legion Hall to accommodate what is expected to be an overflow crowd.

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Bodie in the summer time

Bodie in Winter

Special Program on Bodie set for February 2nd

The Mono Basin Historical Society presents: “Bodie in Winter – Living and Working in the Coldest Place in the Far West”.  Monday, February 2, 2015, at the Lee Vining Community Center. Business meeting and potluck dinner at 6pm, Program at 7pm. Free! Presented by Jack Shipley, aka “Bodie Jack”, retired State Park Ranger. 

For more information: 760-647-6644.
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Sean Brown vs. Lone Pine

Broncos vs Muckers

Bishop Basketball travels to Tonopah

The Bishop Union High School Basketball teams traveled to Tonopah Nevada Monday night (January 12th) for a full set of games with the Muckers.  Bishop returns home with three wins picking up victories in both boys games and girls varsity.

The Varsity Boys used a great second half defensive effort winning 60-41.  Head Coach Mark Olsen indicates the Broncos led 16-9, after the 1st quarter and 35-23 at the half.   Olsen says, ” The Bronco defense came together out scoring the Muckers 17-4 in the 3rd quarter taking a 52-27 lead heading into the 4th quarter.  All eleven Broncos that made the trip saw playing time.”

Individual Scoring for Bishop
Sean Brown 17 points
Druw Allen 13 points
Thomas Montoya 9 points
Ryan Lent 8 points,
River Mallory 5 points
Anthony Miller 4 points,
Daniel Olsen 3 points
Jake Traynor 2 points
Ty Tucker 2 points

The Bishop JV boys notched another impressive win 69-27.

Individual scoring for the JV boys
Trace Sapp 13
Moran West 10
Tommy Ruelas 10
Mike Molena 10
Anthony Vega 10
Carson Eldridge 7
Gene Dondero  4
Kanyon Martinez 4
Ed Piper and Sam Moose 1

The Bishop Girls Varsity won 51-19.  The Bronco girls opened up a 37-14 halftime lead and cruised to victory.

Individual stats for the varsity Girls
Maria Jimenez 10points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals
Tamia Shoshone 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
Little Eva Lent 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks
Sabrina Barlow 9 points, 3 assists
Cienna Martinez 5 points
Topah Scherer 5 points, 3 rebounds
Rosalind Cardenas and Sophia Thomas 2 points

The Bronco JV girls fell to Tonopah 36-18.

Individual scoring for the Bishop JV girls
Kassidie Duckey 6 points
Julie Cepeda 6 points
Gracie Soto 4 points
Faith Manriquez 2 points

Photo Courtesy Gary Young Photogrphy
Sean Brown vs. Lone Pine during the Christmas Classic

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Fatal Traffic Accident in Mono

Crash in Mono County claims Bridgeport Resident

The California Highway Patrol is passing along details from a single vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Bridgeport resident.   Press Release from the Bridgeport office of the Highway Patrol:

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at approximately 5:27 P.M., Mrs. Stephanie Migliore, age 51 of Bridgeport, California, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Savannah, westbound on Twin Lakes Road at an unknown speed. Mrs. Migliore, for unknown reasons allowed her vehicle to drift off of the roadway and onto the dirt shoulder. Once on the shoulder her vehicle overturned and landed on its left side. Mrs. Migliore sustained fatal injuries due to the collision. Rescue personnel from Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue (Medic 7) and personnel from California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area responded to the scene. The California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Area are currently investigating the cause of this collision.

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