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Bishop Varsity Romp Sierra

Broncos Cruise to Victory Heading Into Mountain Desert League Play

Bishop CA– The Bishop Broncos football team impressed mightily against Sierra, winning 61-0 for their largest margin of victory this season.

In the first half, Broncos quarterback, Luke McClean was the standout player. McClean hooked up with receiver, Jayden Braithwaite for a touchdown on the team’s second possession.

On the next drive, the Junior quarterback was able to score by bursting up field though multiple Chieftain defenders for a 30 yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of Bishop. McClean ended up finishing his night with 125 total yard and two touchdowns.

The team’s ground attack was headed by Steven Paco, who had 127 yards on 12 carries, as well as 3 touchdowns. Head coach, Arnie Palu said that Paco had a “breakout performance” and was impressed with the way the young ball-carrier handled a sizable workload.

Defensively, the Broncos looked just as good as they did on the other side of the ball. Bishop were able to get into the backfield regularly, disrupting the team’s timing of the Sierra offense.

The great defensive line play helped Mark Mayhugh wreak havoc in the secondary. Mayhugh had 4 interceptions, returning one of them to the house for a 30 yard pick-six.

The Broncos improved to 4-2 in the regular season, and are on a three game winning streak, which is the first time Bishop Union have been able to accomplish such a feat under Arnie Palu.

League play begins next Friday at Kern Valley next week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM.

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

Bronco’s Offense Explodes at Home Against Whittier Christian

The Bishop Bronco Varsity Football Team lit up the scoreboard on Friday as the played host to the Whitttier Christian Heralds. The Broncos didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard as Jayden Braithwait would rush it from 46 yards on, on the Broncos first play of the game.

The Point After by Christian Morales was good and the Broncos had the early lead 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

Then on their next possession, Clay Omohundro would connect with Luke Mclean from 26 yards out the Broncos would add another six. The PAT was good and the Broncos increased their early lead 14-0.

With the first quarter at 2:53, MCClean would connect with Manny Talavera, on a five yard pass, on Talavera would rush it in from about 40 yards out and the Bronco scoring continued. Morales would make good on the PAT and the Broncos would increase their lead to 21-0.

Keeping the first quarter scoring going, Luke McClean would rush in from 23 yards to add to the Bronco lead. Morales would continue with his good PAT’s and at the end of the first qaurter the Broncos led 28-0.

In the second quarter, the Heralds were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a 35 yard field goal to make the score 28-3.

 

With just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Mclean would hand off Jayden Braithwait would rush to the end zone from 43 yards out. That set up Morales for another point after attempt. With a low snap, Morales picked up the ball and was able to make it to the get to the end zone, untouched for a two point conversion.

Going to the third quarter, with 11:08 remaining, McClean would rush it in on a quarterback keeper to score another Bronco touchdown. Again, Morales would make good on the point after and the score was 43-3. With 6:30 left in the third, Morales would add another three on a field goal from 23 yards out and the Broncos lead was 46-3.

Finally, with 5:49 remaining in the game, Omohundro would find Mark Mayhugh from 11 yards out to add another six points. Morales would add the final point for the Broncos on a good Point after and the Broncos went on to route the Whittier Christian Heralds 53-9.

 

Clay Omohundro passed for 79 yards and Luke McClean connected for 62 yards. On the ground, the Broncos were led by McClean who rushed for 95 yards, Jayden Braithwait added 46 and Clay Omohundro 21. Through the air, the Broncos were led by Jayden Braithwait who caught for 46 yards and Mark Mayhugh caught for 42. Defensively, Manny Talavera had 7 tackles, Ian Murphy 6 and Darren Dondero, Jon Torres and Hunter Beal each added 5.

The Broncos will hit the road this Friday to Ridgecrest to take on the Burroughs Burros. We will have the Varsity game for you on 1230AM, KBOV, with Rock Baker calling all the action. Pre-game aire time 6:50 and kick is set for 7pm.

Broncos Come Up Short Against Rim of the World

The Bishop Broncos played host to the Rim of the World Scots on Friday evening. IN the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos JV Team continues to dominate.

The Broncos defeated the Scots 36-6 to pick up their 3 win and go 3-0 in the early season. The Broncos scored their first 21 points in the first half of play.

With the win, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 77-6.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle for the Broncos. Rim of the World came out, on fire, in the first quarter scoring their first touchdown on the second play, from the Scots first possession, as Running Back Debendictis, would rush in to the end zone from about 60 yards out to the Scots the early lead.

The point after attempt was good and it was 7-0 Rim of the World.

From then on, it was a defensive battle for the most of the first half. However, with just under two minutes remaining in the first half, the Broncos would recover a Rim of the World fumble. That would lead to an interception by Rim of the World. Then, the second turnover by the Scots, would be recovered by the Broncos at the 18 yard line.

Quarterback, Clay Omohundro would come into the game and after pushing the Broncos close to the goal line would set up one last play. With the clock at 5.1 seconds Omohundro would bring the Broncos to the line and drop back for a pass and connect with Steven Paco in the back of the end zone. The point after attempt was good by kicker Christian Morales and we would go into half time tied at 7.

The game would remain tied going into the fourth quarter until Rim of the World would get a rushing touchdown, from about 5 yards out, to give the Scots the win. The Broncos drop to 1-2 in the early season.

Clay Omohundro would pass for 83 yards on the night. Luke McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 8 carries for 26 yards and Steven Paco would carry 3 times for 13 yards. Through the air, the Broncos were led by McClean with 38 yards, Jayden Braithwaite 31 yards, Luis Esparza 26 and Paco had 16 with the Broncos sole touchdown.

Defensively, Darren Dondero had 15 tackles on the night, Tristan Valle had 12, Kade Edminston 11 and Manny Talaveras and Wesley Pettet each added 9.

Coach Palu said, “Great effort by the Broncos. RIM is a very good, physical team and we battled them to the finish. I’m really proud of our effort. We have another tough game this week as Whittier Christian come to town”.

Since Whittier doesn’t have a JV team this year, the JV’s will be heading to Delano on Thursday to pick up a game. So, there will only be a Varsity game this Friday night at 7pm.

*Photos by Gary Young*

Bronco Varsity Football Falls To Yerington in Three Overtimes!

The Bishop Broncos hosted the Yerington Lions, on Friday, in football action. In the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos improved their early season record to 2-0 as they would,once again, dominate the game. The Bronco JV squad logged 21 unanswered points, all in the second quarter, in their rout of the Lions. In their two early season games the Bronco JV Team has scored 47 points while opponents have yet to score any.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle by both teams. The game was scoreless until just under nine minutes remaining in regulation when Luke McClean would run it in, from about 3 yards out giving the Broncos the lead 6-0. Kicker Christian Morales would make good on the point after and the Broncos led 7-0.

 

 

With just over six minutes remaining in the game, Lions Dante Reviglio would recover on a Broncos offensive turnover and rush it in. The point after attempt was good and the game would end in regulation tied at 7.

That set up overtime. Neither team was able to score in the first two overtimes and led to overtime number three. The Broncos would have the ball, first, with an opportunity to score from 25 yards out. However, the Lions defense was stubborn and held the Broncos scoreless, in overtime.

The Lions were able to work their way towards the end zone and Running Back Steven Keats would get the game winning score rushing it in from about 4 yards out.

Coach Arnie Palu said “ Another outstanding defensive effort, but Yerington managed a defensive score of their own in the 4th quarter to force overtime. We played 3 overtimes with the Lions breaking through for the win. I’m proud of my kids effort.”

Luke McClean would lead the Broncos with 60 yards rushing and Wesley Pettet contributed 56 yards. McClean also led the Broncos with 65 yards through the air and Clay Omohundro had 13 yards.

 

Wesley Pettet, also, led the Broncos with 12 tackles and Senior Patrick Flanigan had one sack on the night.

The Broncos will have a bye this week and get ready to host Rim Of The World on Friday, September 7th.

Rescue on Mount Ritter-Mono County Sheriff’s Office

On August 12, 2018, at approximately 12:13 pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was contacted by a pair of hikers in the Mount Ritter area. The female had lost her footing and slid 50 to 100 feet down a glacier on the south side of the mountain, colliding with the rocks below. She sustained head and facial injuries as well as lacerations to her extremities. All information was relayed to Madera County Sheriff’s Office as Mount Ritter is approximately 7.7 miles into Madera County. Madera advised that they would be using a helicopter resource to aid the victim. The victim and her partner were at approximately 12,200’ elevation on the south side of Mount Ritter.

At approximately 6:30 pm, Madera County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR) contacted Mono County Sheriff’s Office SAR requesting a Mutual Aid response for a high angle/high altitude capable ground team to try to access the victim. Their helicopter resource was not able to contact the victim as the altitude was too great. The only assistance they were able to offer was to drop a survival kit, as they were not prepared for overnight conditions. Madera County Sheriff’s Office had a National Guard CH-47 Chinook Helicopter on standby for 8 am the morning of August 13. Madera County Sheriff’s Office also had a ground team driving through Yosemite to the Agnew Meadows trailhead to begin the trek to the victim as Mount Ritter is easier to access from Mono County.

Mono County Sheriff’s Office SAR contacted Naval Air Station Lemoore for assistance, and they readily dispatched a Seahawk Helicopter to pick up a Mono SAR team at Mammoth Airport, with the intent to insert them as close as possible to the victim. At 9:10 pm, a team of (4) four Mono SAR personnel and gear was loaded onto the Seahawk to insert them below the victim. At 9:58 pm, the Seahawk was able to drop the SAR team at an elevation of 9,600’ approximately 1.2 miles from the victim’s location.

At 12:49 am, on August 13, 2018 after gaining 2600’ of elevation in just over a mile, Mono SAR members made contact with the victim and her partner, conducted a medical assessment and continued treatment of the victim’s injuries. Mono SAR personnel and the 2 hikers spent the rest of the night on the small rocky ledge as the Perseids Meteor Shower lined across the
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moonless night sky. Come daybreak, Mono SAR members identified a suitable extraction zone and were able to move the victim down several hundred feet to the better location.

Madera County’s ground team arrived at Mono SAR base at approximately 1:20 am and was kept there until daybreak when an assignment was determined.

At approximately 10:45 am, the CH-47 Chinook Helicopter with US Air Force Pararescue personnel onboard arrived overhead. The CH-47 conducted a rear wheels landing and loaded all 6 persons into the helicopter via the rear drop gate. The CH-47 then flew the victim to Lee Vining Airport where they rendezvoused with a Care Flight Helicopter. The victim was loaded into the Care Flight Helicopter and transported to Renown Hospital.

Mono County Sheriff’s Office SAR would like to extend a thank you to all the agencies involved including Care Flight, Naval Air Station Lemoore for the ride in and the California National Guard for the ride out.

Again, it never ceases to amaze what strangers will do for others, even in the darkest of nights. The fall victim also displayed an incredible will to survive and maintained a positive and infectiously optimistic attitude throughout her ordeal.

MONO COUNTY SEARCH & RESCUE MISSION

On June 19th, 2018 at approximately 1100 hours, Mono County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a 70-year-old female that suffered a possible dislocated hip while hiking with her husband and canine companion in Sky Meadows area near Emerald Lake (approx. 10,040’ elevation).

Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue was called out and 10 SAR team members began the hike to the victim from the Coldwater Campground trailhead. A Search and Rescue Helicopter (Lasso 04) was requested from Naval Air Station Lemoore to assist with transporting the victim from Sky Meadows to the awaiting ground ambulance at Mammoth Airport.

SAR members located the victim, provided care and readied her for helicopter pickup. Despite the pain, she was stable and in good spirits. Helicopter Lasso 04 arrived on and was able to coordinate with SAR units on the ground the best landing zone near the victim. After the victim was flown out, her husband and canine hiked back to the trailhead with the SAR team.

As it turned out, the husband was a Mono County Search and Rescue member about 30 years ago.

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360 Degrees of Adventure Featured at 3rd Annual Brand Film Festival-Mammoth Lakes

360 Degrees of Adventure, Mammoth Lakes Tourism’s Virtual Reality video was officially honored for 360, AR, VR and Emerging Tech at the 3rd annual Brand Film Festival at The Paley Center for Media on May 3, 2018.

The festival showcased the marketing industry’s most artistic, creative, and effective branded content films, selected by a high-profile jury comprising top creatives from advertising, PR, digital, production, film, and media.

“We are truly honored to be included in this year’s list of honorees,” said Whitney Lennon, Director of Marketing for Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “This award is a true testament to what can be accomplished by a small, but passionate group of dreamers who thrive on creating a true human connection.”

This year’s jury chair was Jae Goodman, CEO of Observatory (formerly CAA Marketing), a long-term advocate of brand filmmaking as the natural evolution of interruptive advertising whose watershed moment came when he found himself fast-forwarding through one of his own ads while watching TV at home.

“Cinematic storytelling is now fundamental to brand marketing, and the Brand Film Festival celebrates the most creative films in that context,” said PRWeek VP, editorial director, Steve Barrett. “Video of all types, from short-form executions of just a few seconds to long-form documentaries of 60 minutes or more, is now a central part of the marketing playbook.”

The Brand Film Festival honors a new generation of marketing storytellers, while rewarding the brands, agencies, and craftspeople leading the way in their fields.

“The caliber of films this year was remarkably high, and competition to be selected for the festival intense,” said Barrett. “To be chosen for this year’s festival, brands really needed to show the jurors something they hadn’t seen before. This year’s honorees really do represent the best of today’s branded films.”

For more information about the 2018 Brand Film Festival and to view the films, please visit http://www.brandfilmfestival.com

ALTERRA MOUNTAIN COMPANY APPOINTS RUSTY GREGORY AS CEO

ENVER, CO, February 7, 2018Alterra Mountain Company announced the appointment of Rusty Gregory as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Gregory is an investor in the company and has been a member of the Board of Directors since the company’s inception in August 2017. Mr. Gregory is an experienced travel industry executive and proven mountain resort innovator. His career in the ski industry spans 40 years starting as a lift operator at Mammoth Mountain in California where he rose through the ranks to become an owner and the company’s Chairman and CEO for over 20 years.

Mr. Gregory will focus on establishing the newly-formed Alterra Mountain Company’s culture and developing the growth, operating and guest service strategies for its platform of mountain destinations across North America, while leading its more than 20,000 employees.

“I’m thrilled to be leading the Alterra Mountain Company team in its formative years at such a pivotal time in the mountain destination industry. This is truly the opportunity of a lifetime: to work with so many highly respected industry leaders and some of the most iconic mountain destinations in North America,” said Rusty Gregory, Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Mountain Company. “Together we will create a highly performing enterprise by focusing on what’s important – our guests, our employees, and our mountain communities. We will build our business by enhancing and enriching the lives and experiences of each.”

“Since the formation of Alterra Mountain Company, Rusty has served as a Senior Strategic Advisor and has been instrumental in creating its vision and direction. He has played a crucial role in the creation and collaboration of the Ikon Pass,” said Eric Resnick, Chief Executive Officer of KSL Capital Partners. “He is a clear leader in the industry and a natural fit to lead Alterra Mountain Company into the future as well as execute on our promise to innovate while enhancing the unique nature of each of our destinations.”

 Last month, Alterra Mountain Company launched the Ikon Pass, a new pass product for the 2018-2019 winter season that combines the company’s 12 destinations with 11 partners from

six industry leaders – Aspen Skiing Company, Alta Ski Area, Boyne Resorts, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, POWDR, and Snowbird.

“With the Ikon Pass, we have created an unrivaled platform that offers one-of-a-kind mountain experiences under one pass, by combining our portfolio of 12 destinations with 11 iconic mountain destination partners across North America,” Gregory continued.

Mr. Gregory has experience in all facets of the ski industry and resort business, including time spent as a lift operator, equipment operator, lift maintenance and construction supervisor, ski instructor, heli-ski guide, Director of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer. He founded and operated Mammoth Heli-Ski in the 1980s, Mammoth Land and Development Company in the 1990s, and became an owner of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1996. He engineered three sales of the company, increasing his ownership stake with each transaction.  Sixty percent of Mammoth Mountain was sold to Intrawest in 1996, and the entire enterprise was sold to Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group LLC and co-investors David Bonderman of TPG and Jonathan Nelson of Providence Equity in 2005.

In September 2014, Mr. Gregory led the acquisition of Southern California’s largest and most popular ski and snowboard destination, Big Bear Mountain Resort, and created Mammoth Resorts, bringing Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit under one umbrella.  He then led the July 2017 sale of Mammoth Resorts to Alterra Mountain Company.

Mr. Gregory is past Chairman of the National Ski Areas Association, Trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, and Trustee and past Vice Chairman of the Yosemite Conservancy. He was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Commissioner of the California Travel and Tourism Commission where he served as CFO and Vice Chairman. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the University of California Santa Barbara’s Valentine Reserve Environmental Research Fund.

“We are happy to welcome Rusty to the helm of Alterra Mountain Company and look forward to our continued collaboration,” said Bill Crown, Alterra Mountain Company Board Member and Partner of Henry Crown and Company. “We thank Bryan Traficanti for his service and leadership as Interim Chief Executive Officer and are pleased to have his continued guidance as a Board Member.”

Gregory will be based out of Alterra Mountain Company’s headquarters in Denver, Co. Bryan Traficanti, interim CEO, will return to KSL Capital Partners, LLC as Head of Asset Management and remain a board member of Alterra Mountain Company.

Inyo / Mono Counties Hunter Education Course

Hunter Education programs have always taught beginning outdoor enthusiast the practice of firearm and hunting safety. Today, the Hunter Education program is more than just safety and is directed at more than just hunters. The program has been expanded to produce responsible, knowledgeable, and involved citizens – young men and women who understand the importance of complying with hunting laws and behaving ethically. The program teaches young outdoor enthusiast about the importance of wildlife management, and differences between preservation vs. conservation in wildlife management practices. Hunter Education strives to instill responsibility, improve skills, and knowledge. Responsible, ethical behavior and personal involvement are both essential to the survival of ethical hunting as well as wildlife conservation.

Inyo / Mono County Fish and Wildlife Officers will be offering a Home Study/Online Hunter Education course for the residents of Inyo / Mono Counties. The Home Study/Online course consists of two stages, the online study portion and a four hour follow-up class. The Home Study course allows you to study at your own pace.

If you are interested, you just need to log on to http://www.huntercourse.com/usa/california/ and take the class. A one time course fee of $24.95 will be charged only when you pass. A voucher showing completion of the online portion of the Hunter Education course will need to be presented to one of the listed Hunter Education follow-up classes which can be found on The California Department of Fish and Wildlife web site, at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/huntered/classes-home-study.aspx.

The four hour follow-up class consists of two hours of review, one hour gun handling practical, and one hour to take the Hunter Education test. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for the four hour follow-up portion, only upon completion of the Online portion of the class. Registration cut off will be one week prior to the class. The follow-up classes offered in Inyo and Mono Counties will be as follows:

Inyo County – Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1000 AM to 2:00 PM, at the Bishop Fire Training Center 960 Poleta Rd, Bishop CA, contact Warden Shane Dishion at (760) 920-7593

RECENT WARM WEATHER AWAKENS MOSQUITOES FROM WINTER SLUMBER IN THE OWENS VALLEY

The Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program has received an increase in reports from residents seeing mosquitoes this February due to the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing. The mosquitoes are probably of the Anopheles or Culiseta variety.

These mosquitoes are special because they overwinter as adult mosquitoes” said Rob Miller, Field Operations Supervisor for the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program. “The warm weather has tricked them into coming out of their hibernation early.”

Both types of mosquitoes overwinter as adult mosquitoes that take shelter near our homes during winter months. They emerge on warm winter days and often appear sluggish, but could still try to bite you. They will return to hibernation if the weather turns cold again.

These mosquitoes are more of a nuisance biter than a health threat as they do not transmit diseases such as West Nile virus or Zika virus” explained Nate Reade, Agricultural Commissioner. The best protection is to be aware that they are out and protect yourself from being bitten by wearing insect repellant and avoiding outside activities at dusk.

No large scale treatments are planned at this time because the mosquitoes are few in number and cold temperatures will likely return. However, Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program staff is actively monitoring mosquito populations and are ready to implement control measures if numbers increase.

Please report mosquito problems to the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program by calling: (760) 873-7853.

Visit us on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OVMAP/ to get the latest information about mosquitoes in the Owens Valley.