KIBS/KBOV Announcements

Longest Night Service @ Methodist Church

Longest Night Service at Bishop First United Methodist Church

Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  On this longest night of the year, anyone in the eastern Sierra is invited to a simple time of Worship on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary of Bishop First United Methodist Church.  Whether we are grieving a loss, struggling economically, overwhelmed with personal and family situations, it is good to remember that the first Christmas was difficult also and that the light of Christ “shines in the darkness.”  Perhaps we may feel very alone in the midst of all the Christmas celebrations. We need to know God’s presence with us during this season.
Bishop United Methodist Church is located at 205 N. Fowler – next to Bishop Union High School.
The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st  is actually the longest night of the year, with the most hours of darkness at the Winter Solstice.   But the name, “Longest Night”, also describes the feelings that a number of us have during this season.  In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present loss and situations can become overwhelming.  For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult.  For others, it is Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or the beginning of another year.  Join with us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness and sing music that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle, and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness.  Everyone is welcome

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Lone Pine and Bishop battle in hoops

Lone Pine hosts Bishop Basketball

The Lone Pine Golden Eagles hosted the Bishop Broncos Wednesday, December 17th.  The two schools split the 4 game set with Lone Pine claiming victory in Boys Varsity and Girls JV, while the Broncos made the drive home on highway 395 with wins in the Varsity Girls and JV boys games.

Varsity Boys
BUHS          67
Lone Pine 82
(Lone Pine) Brad Greene 27 points, 19 rebounds, 4 blocks.  Garrett Sullivan 25 points, 5 assists, 2 steals.  Ryan Cappello 20 points, 13 rebounds 6 assists.
(Bishop) Thomas Montoya 25 points, Sean Brown 16 points, Ty Tucker 8 points, River Mallory 7 points.

Varsity Girls
BUHS         58
Lone Pine 27
(Bishop) Little Eva Lent 15 points, Topah Scherer 11, Sabrina Barlow 10, Maria Jimenez 10, Tamia Shoshone 6.
(Lone Pine) Jessiane Joiner 8 points, Niki Martinez 6, Shayann Padilla 4, Lena Cariou 4.

JV Boys
BUHS          72
Lone Pine 44
(Bishop) Trace Sapp 16 points, Anthony Vega 11, Mike Molina 10, Moran West 10, Edward Piper 6, Kelby Cherrick 5, Gene Dondero 4, Sam Moose 2.

JV Girls
BUHS     19
Lone Pine 32
(Bishop) Julie Cepeda 7 points, Kassidie Ducky 4, Faith Manriquez 4, Michelle Toledo 2, Darline Haro 2.

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Adventure Trails Hearing Re-Scheduled

The Inyo Adventure Trails Public Hearing has been set

The Public Hearing for the Adventure Trails project currently scheduled for December 30, 2014, in Independence has been rescheduled to January 22, 2015, at 10 a.m. in Independence. Due to threats of litigation surrounding the project, the postponement is necessary to provide more time for the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (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.
Originally scheduled for December 2nd, the Public Hearing was cancelled and re-scheduled for December 30th when a recent Fair Political Practices  Commission (FPPC) regulation governing conflict of interest determinations for elected officials created uncertainty about the ability of members of the Board of Supervisors to vote on the Adventure Trails project. Out of an abundance of caution, the County cancelled the meeting and rescheduled the Hearing to allow time for the FPPC to provide a legal opinion.
Last Friday, Inyo County Counsel Marge Kemp-Williams was  contacted by an FPPC representative who indicated that FPPC’s due date for providing the County with a ruling is January 12, 2015.
Based on this information, Ms. Kemp-Williams advised that it would be prudent to wait for FPPC guidance. Ms. Kemp-Williams explained that, without a ruling from the FPPC, each member of the Board of Supervisors will need to make an individual decision about their ability to participate in the vote.  If more than two Supervisors declare a conflict and recuse themselves from the decision making
process, in order to ensure a quorum of the Board exists to make the legally required decision, those Supervisors declaring a conflict would have to draw straws to determine which of the disqualified
Supervisors will be selected to create a quorum to participate in the decision despite their declared conflict. The same process will be employed if the FPPC opines that three or more Supervisors cannot vote in the process. As a matter of law, if only three members of the Board of Supervisors – a quorum – are available to vote on a decision, then the decision must be approved by all three
“If it turns out only three members of the Board of Supervisors are able to vote on the Adventure trails project, it will require a unanimous vote, instead of a majority vote,” said County
Administrator Kevin Carunchio. “There is an overriding need to use every opportunity to ensure that each member of Board of Supervisors has the best possible information on which to determine their ability to participate in the decision making process and maintain the integrity of the Adventure Trails project.”
Carunchio acknowledged that nobody was pleased with the need to cancel the December 2nd meeting, and some people did not agree with the decision to schedule the hearing on December 30th.
He also recognizes that there may be others who may not be happy with the need to reschedule the meeting.

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Shop With a Cop

Fourth Annual Eastern Sierra Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 13, approximately 50 families from the Eastern Sierra had an early Christmas thanks to Shop-with-a-Cop. Children from the families were identified by local law enforcement and picked up by their partner for the day in a police vehicle and taken to breakfast at the Bishop Country Club. After a hearty breakfast, the law enforcement personnel and children slowly drove Code 3 from the golf course to the Bishop Country Club where each child had $220 to shop for Christmas gifts for family members. After the officers and their young partner finished shopping, volunteers wrapped the gifts, photos were taken with Santa, and they returned to their homes for an early family Christmas.

Many of these families would not have had much of a Christmas if it wasn’t for Shop-with-a-Cop. The idea for the program was introduced to the Eastern Sierra by MLPD Sergeant Rick Moberly four years ago. Other Eastern Sierra law enforcement agencies quickly jumped on board, and the program has gotten bigger each year. The participating agencies in 2014 were:

Mammoth Lakes Police Department
Mono County Sheriff’s Office
Bishop Police Department
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office
Mono County Probation Department
Inyo County Probation Department
Bishop Paiute Tribal Police
California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Office
California Highway Patrol, Bishop Office
United States Forest Service Law Enforcement
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Shop-with-a-Cop would not happen without the generous support of the community and the K-Mart in Bishop. Approximately $14,000 was raised through donations, mostly from individuals who heard about the program. More money than was needed was raised and the extra funds will be used for a new program, Shop-with-a-Cop–Back to School which will be held in August.

Special recognition must go to K-Mart and its manager, Oscar Saucedo. Each year they have gone above and beyond to support this cause. They provide an additional $20 gift card to each child, donate all the wrapping paper and bows, and provide space for the wrappers.
Shop-with-a-Cop organizer, Sergeant Rick Moberly, said, “I got the idea of Shop-with-a-Cop from San Diego PD, the second largest city in California. They hosted 320 kids this year. Our little agencies were able to take care of 50 families. I think that shows how much support we get from the people in the Eastern Sierra.”

MLPD Chief Dan Watson said, “I look forward to this each year. I asked one of our young Reserve Officers, while waiting for the gifts to be wrapped, what he thought of the program. His responded that this was about the best think he’d ever done. I believe the officers, deputies, and volunteers get as much enjoyment out of Shop-with-a-Cop as the kids and their families.”

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BUHS hoops @ Whittell

Bronco Basketball opens tourney play

The Bishop varsity boys and girls are playing in a tournament in South Tahoe.  Both Bronco teams started play Thursday, December 11th vs Whittell High School.

Boys Basketball
WHS  64

According to Coach Mark Olsen, Whittell high school’s electricity was out all day Thursday and several teams chose not to travel to the tournament due to  potential bad weather.  All the afternoon games were moved to Incline High School.  Olsen notes that Whittell’s Boys are the defending Nevada State champion in their division. Returning most of their team from last year.  The bronco got behind early and just couldn’t get closer than 14 points.  Bishop lost 64 – 46.  Bishop was led by Seniors Thomas Montoya with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Ty Tucker with 9 points.  Coach Olsen commented, “Whittell is by far the best team we have faced so far this year.  With the loss the Bronco boys continue to improve their game and prepare for league.”

Girls Basketball
WHS  32

Bronco Freshman Topah Scherer hit 3 of 6 shots from behind the arc pouring in a team high 16 points in the bronco victory.  Maria Jimenez added 11 points and 6 rebounds.  Tamia Shoshone, Little Eva Lent, and Sabrina Barlow each chipped in with 8 points.  Barlow pulled down a team high 10 boards in the win.  Shoshone had a team high 8 assists.

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Caltrans winter weather tips

Winter weather is not predictable – Be Prepared

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter. The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your car – Check your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition. Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed. Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition.

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623).

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time – Slow down.

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel. If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure. If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal. Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

Black Ice –Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces. Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees. Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots.

Be observant – Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle. Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

Chains – All vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control. Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order. Chains must be installed on drive wheels. Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive. Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced. Chain installers may be available to help install your chains. They are not Caltrans employees. They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains. If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number. Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains. When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.” Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.

Chain Control Information
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.
R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels. Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.
R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire. With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”. If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked. Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions. You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire.

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions. To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve. During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway. Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures. Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

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Bronco Hoops vs MCHS

BUHS Basketball has successful trip to MCHS

Varsity Boys
The Broncos fell behind early with a low scoring, slow down 1st half. Down 20-14 at the half the Broncos came from behind to win 42 – 34 thanks to some tough defense and a refusal to give up.  The Broncos were led by seniors Thomas Montoya with 17 points and Ty Tucker with 11 points.  Coach Mark Olsen notes the defensive standouts were River Mallory, Jake Traynor, Sean Brown, Daniel Olsen and Ryan Lent.

Varsity Girls
The Bronco girls opened up a 15-8 lead and held on for a 40-35 win.  Maria Jimenez and Cienna Martinez each poured in 11 points.  Jimenez added 10 rebounds 2 blocks and 3 steals.  Sabrina Barlow helped out with 4 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks.  Freshman Topah Scherer added 9 points. With the win the Bronco girls run their record to 3-1.

JV boys
Trace Sapp 26, Mike Molina 22, Anthony Vega, Tommy Ruelas and Sam Moose each had 6.

JV girls
Kassidie Ducky 6,  Darlene Haro 4, and Julie Cepda 3.

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BUHS Girls Soccer blanks Mojave

Bronco Girls Soccer wins 9-0

The Bishop Union High School varsity soccer team beat Mojave 9-0 Tuesday, December 9th.  The non-league match was played at BUHS.  The Broncos got two goals from Evelyn Santana, two goals from Brenda Gonzalez, a hat trick from Sophomore Kristy Dohnel. With the final two goals from Senior Alicia Campos and Sophomore Kailyn Boxley.
Assists from Kailynn Boxley, Kila Miller, Sarah Voss and two from Alicia Campos.
next up for the Broncos is finishing up the Eagles Cup tournament this Saturday in Lancaster.
Photo  of Kristy Dohnel, by Joe Griego

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