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Multiple Lone Pine Residents Win National FFA Awards

Brenda Lacey the FFA Advisor of the Lone Pine High School FFA Chapter. Was recently awarded the Honorary American FFA Degree at the 2018 National Convention & Expo during an onstage ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. Lacey received a certificate and medal, and their name will be permanently recorded at the National FFA Center.

This award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. The National FFA Organization works to enhance the lives of youth through agricultural education. Without the efforts of highly dedicated individuals, thousands of young people would not be able to achieve the success that, in turn, contributes directly to the overall well being of the nation.

Also receiving National FFA Awards where Katie Lacey a 2016 Lone Pine High Graduate who is currently a junior at Oklahoma State University studying Agricultural Business/Pre-Law. Katie was recognized as the California FFA Star American Farmer receiving a Gold Medal along with her American FFA Degree. Tinh LeTrung a 2017 Lone Pine High Graduate a sophomore at Cerro Coso Community College received his American FFA Degree.

As the highest degree achievable in the National FFA Organization, the American FFA degree shows an FFA member’s dedication to his or her chapter and state FFA association. American FFA Degree recipients show promise for the future and have gone above and beyond to achieve excellence.

Recipients received a certificate and the American FFA Degree key in honor of their accomplishments and dedication to FFA.

The Lone Pine FFA Chapter had six current members in attendance at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo, which drew a record 69,944 attendees to Indianapolis for this year’s themed convention “Just One”. Jessica McGuire, Kaili Hykes, Jaye Eaton, Luke Sullivan, Daniel Miller, and Fernando Rodriguez were in attendance for all of the leadership sessions, keynote speakers, and the National FFA Expo. In addition the students spent time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, toured Purdue University, and explored the beautiful city of Indianapolis.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 669,989 student members who belong to one of 8,630 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Bergin Islands. The national FFA Organization is the premier youth organization dedicated to preparing members for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA members are the future food industry’s premier human capital, and they are all driven by the organization’s foundational motto: Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve.

Ella Scott Calkins Obituary

Ella Scott Calkins 1919 – 2018

Ella “Bobbie” Calkins, 99, born April 29, 1919 in New Zealand and passed away in Bishop, CA on November 27, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Don Calkins, and she is survived by her daughter; Gail Arcularius and her husband Will of Cedar City, Utah, and by her son Robert Calkins  of Wellington, Nevada, and Grandchildren; Gregory August, Bob August, Tina Mosey and Angie Wray,  and 3 great grandchildren; Koyl Mosey, Dimitri Wray and Axel Wray.

Bobbie became a war bride when she met & married U.S. Marine Captain Don Calkins while his unit was on maneuvers in New Zealand preparing for numerous island assaults in the Pacific.  After the war Don worked for his family’s newspaper syndicate in the Central Valley of California and then they moved to Bishop with their daughter, Gail, in 1951.

There will be a graveside service at the East Line St. Cemetery on Saturday, December 1st at 11:00 AM.  She and her husband Don will be together again side by side.

Dos Palos Routs the Broncos

The Bishop Broncos season has come to a close. Arnie Palu’s team were unable to advance to the second round of CIF Central Section play, losing 41-6 to the Dos Palos Broncos.

Bishop were unable to stop Dos Palos, who were big, physical, and fast. The Broncos of the Western Sierra dominated the game from start to finish.


In the first quarter, Dos Palos were able to score on their opening possession, thanks to a Ronald Johnson 50 yard run. Johnson took the ball to the right side and was surrounded by a sea of blue, but was somehow able to cut back inside and take it to the house making it 7-0.

The Merrell to Merrell connection provided Dos Palos with even more of an advantage, when quarterback, Michael Merrell found his brother, Zane Merrell for a reception inside the five yard line. The ball was placed on the one yard line, and fullback, Ryan Ramirez punched it in, giving Dos Palos a 14-0 lead.

Bishop were thrown a lifeline when it was 21-0, thanks to standout cornerback, Mark Mayhugh intercepting the ball in his own endzone for his ninth pick of the season. This accomplishment allowed Mayhugh to become the second ranked player in the state of California pertaining to interceptions.

Mayhugh get the INT

The senior defensive back finished his season just one interception away from tying state leader, Chase Jones of Mission Prep in San Luis Obisbo, who leads all players in the state with ten interceptions.

Although Mayhugh was able to cause a turnover, the Broncos were unable to capitalize. Bishop turned the ball over going the other way, after a pass was intended for Mark Mayhugh, but was intercepted after a deflection.

It wasn’t until late in the game that the Broncos were finally able to score. Sophomore quarterback, Clay Omohundro threw an arching pass right into the hands of Mayhugh, who went in for the score.

Mayhugh with the lone TD for the Broncos

After the game, Coach Palu praised the opposition’s efforts saying,Tough way to end a fine season. Hats off to Dos Palos they played well and took advantage of our miscues.” Although Palu was disappointed with the result, he heaped praise on his team’s coaching staff and players when he said. “Thank you to our seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program. Thank you to our wonderful coaching staff and their families for their time and dedication to our kids.”

The Broncos finished their season with a 7-4 record. Many key players will be returning next year, including Tristan Valle, Luke McClean, Steven Paco, and Wesley Pettet.

August Hess Obituary

August Hess (October 25, 1914 – October 20, 2018)

The time has sadly come to say goodbye to August Hess,

Avid skier, baseball player, musician, golfer, historian, friend, family man and who was one of the best.

Augie was born, October 25th, 1914, at Mono Mills,

He walked, hunted, skied and loved the surrounding snowcapped mountains and hills.

Living 104 years, he had many adventures, travels and history he shared,

Of places, friends and his loving family that cared.

Of his parents, Gus and Lula, who came together because of the Bodie mining,

And of being a young lad raised on the banks of Rush Creek and the new town of Lee Vining,

His education started in a one room school on the west side of Mono Lake,

Then to Lee Vining, Bishop, Seattle and onto Pasadena College for goodness sake.

As a young boy in Lee Vining he traveled with the local team,

He learned how to place his fingers just so, on that baseball seam.

Baseball became his passion throughout the years,

Oh, how he loved all the glory and cheers!

Pitching for the town team, college and trying out for the pros,

Entertaining the troops in WWII, oh how he could throw!

Music was another love, playing his trumpet, in college bands and keeping the beat…

And playing with his family in the Hess Orchestra, for everyone who heard them, it was such a treat.

But returning to Lee Vining after the war, he was swept away…

By a new love, Harriett Rae.

With Harriett’s children, Rachel and Delbert, Augie had a ready-made family,

And they soon added his “girls” Vineca and Heidi, very happily…

Being successful business owners and with an active family of four,

You could say life was an adventure and sometimes a chore!

But they found time to travel and play,

Belonging to many organizations and adding friends along the way.

Augie was proud of his family and loved his wife, but another passion was awakened and made him stand tall…

GOLF, that darn little white ball!

You could find him by Mono Lake, practicing and preparing for that hole-in-one!

Soon he was traveling to Bishop, through snow, wind and the blazing sun.

When Harriett passed, he realized that Bishop was the place for his new home,

So he moved for the golfing and the sun that shone.

Augie wrote a book from all his notes and letters, “The Kid from Mono Mills,”

Which told of Mono Basin history, his life, adventures and thrills.

On October 20th, 2018, at home with family, he answered the call,

                And was peacefully taken to heaven on a beautiful day in the Fall!

Survived by his two daughters Vineca and Heidi, grandchildren, great grandchildren,

great-great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews,

A void in all our lives and hearts – Augie will be missed by more than a few!

Augie lived a good, full life, was loved by many and thankful for that…so don’t be sad and cry,

He would say, “Tee it high and let it fly”!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2:00 pm at the Bishop Country Club,

Appetizers and drinks will be served, so come and join us for drinks and the excellent grub!

In lieu of flowers, we would like to donate to the Junior Golf Club.  Please contact Steve Shibley at Bishop Country Club (760) 873-5828.  Thank you.

Wellness Center and Progress House Food Drive Starts Tomorrow

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, the Wellness Center and Progress house are going to be having a food collection event for The Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Make sure your food bags are placed on your porch or doorstep. The event will take place in neighborhoods between South Barlow to West Bishop/Manor Area the morning of Friday, Nov 2nd and collected the morning of November 5th.

Make sure to put you bags next to your mailbox, to make it easier on those picking up the food.

If you have questions, contact the Wellness Center at 760-873-8039

Christmas Tree Permits Available for Purchase on Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts

SPARKS, NV., Oct. 29, 2018 – Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Carson and Bridgeport Ranger Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, Nov. 1. The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree Program is designed for families, businesses, and institutions wishing to cut their own trees for decorating. 

Christmas tree permits must be purchased in person and are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 each, with a limit of two trees per household. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 25, 2018. The Ranger Districts have a limited amount of Christmas tree permits available, and once those allotted permits are sold, no more will be available.

Each Christmas tree permit is valid for the cutting of one tree on lands managed by the Ranger District for which the permit was purchased. A map and cutting rules and regulations will be included with the permit. The permit does not authorize cutting on private, state, or other federal lands. Christmas trees also cannot be harvested within developed campgrounds, administrative sites, or designated wilderness areas.  Although the entire Carson Ranger District is open to cutting, access may be limited due to seasonal road closures.

The topping of Christmas trees has created problems in previous years by leaving behind high tree stumps. Please ensure that the maximum height of the stump left behind is no taller than six inches above bare soil with no live branches left on the stump. REMEMBER TOPPING TREES IS NOT PERMITTED! Also attach the Christmas tree permit securely to the tree so it is visible during transportation.

Keep your family and your own safety in mind as you head out to look for a Christmas tree on National Forest lands,” said Vegetation Program Manager, Duncan Leao. “Dress warmly and bring along a saw, shovel, map, snacks, and water.  Also, make sure relatives or friends know where you are going and when to expect you home.”

Getting your tree early before the snow falls usually means better access on Forest roads. High-clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicles, and traction devices are recommended when driving on mountain roads at this time of year. Vehicles with inadequate tires and/or no chains have caused extensive problems in the past, blocking roads and preventing other drivers from being able to enter or leave the cutting areas. Remember, most Forest roads are not plowed in the winter. Leave early in the day to allow for maximum daylight. Be prepared for unpredictable weather, check road conditions before leaving, and always use caution when emerging onto main roads.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is also pleased to announce that all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit, while supplies last, through the Every Kid in a Park initiative. Every Kid in a Park is a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists. All fourth graders are eligible to receive a fourth-grade pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year. In support of this initiative, the Forest Service is making available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with a fourth-grade pass or paper voucher.

For additional information about the initiative and how to obtain a pass, visit To be eligible for a free Christmas tree permit from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, all fourth graders must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and present their fourth-grade pass or paper voucher.


NWS Visits the Eastern Sierra for Winter Briefing

The National Weather Service Winter Briefing hosted by CalTrans took place yesterday with representatives from Las Vegas and Reno in attendance. NWS representative, Chris Smallcomb gave a lecture which reviewed last year’s weather for winter, spring, and summer.

During the lecture, Smallcomb said that the a dry January and February followed by a precipitous March, helped provide optimal conditions for a scorched summer, because vegetation dried out later than usual. The Reno NWS representative also told attendees that July and August were the warmest months ever recorded in the Eastern Sierra, and that led to optimal conditions for fires.

ARkstorms were additionally discussed. An ARkstorm is a super-storm that brings copious amounts of water to a region causing severe flooding. To compare the effects of an ARkstorm verses a normal storm, Smallcomb said that the the entirety of effects of the 2016-2017 winter season in the Eastern Sierra would take place in just 22 days.

Smallcomb said that with the effects of climate change, there are studies and models which indicate there is a good possibility of an ARkstorm occurring in the next 40 years.

Other topics at the briefing include steps that the NWS are taking to increase radar coverage in the areas of Tonopah and Bishop by lowering the altitude on radar. This measure would possibly allow for increased range of radar and in turn, provide South Central Nevada and the Owens Valley with more accurate weather predictions.

The meeting then opened for discussion between citizens and the National Weather Service. One attendee brought up the issue of altitude weather predictions, saying that although weather forecasts are accurate at lower elevations, they often fail to foretell temperatures and wind in the higher areas of mountainous regions, which can leave hikers and campers unprepared for the shifting climate.

Cedar Grove to Close for the Season

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 17, 2018 – Due to unexpected CalTrans road work on Highway 180, Cedar Grove will be closing for the season on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., three weeks earlier than planned.

Crews will be taking advantage of low water flows to shore up the embankments along the highway. The Highway 180 closure will be just east of Hume Lake Road.

The park is working to make contact with hikers, campers, and other visitors currently in the area, as well as alerting those who were planning to visit after Monday. For park information and trip-planning, please visit our website or call the main park line 559-565-3341.

For Sequoia National Forest information you can visit their website or call 559-338-2251.

For more information about the Highway 180 closure and project, please contact Sam Yniguez, Information Officer for CalTrans District 6 via email at or phone 559-444-2518. You may also visit their website

Constance Marie Engelhardt Obituary

Constance Marie Engelhardt


Constance Marie Engelhardt passed away in Bishop, California on October 15, 2018 at the age of 73 after a many year struggle with lung cancer.  She is survived by her husband Claus, her son Christopher and his wife Blake also of Bishop, her sisters Vera Crandall of Fenton, Michigan, Jan Tarter of Fillmore Indiana and a brother Randall Crandall of Huntingburg, Indiana.

Connie was born in the small town of Huntingburg in southern Indiana. She enjoyed a happy childhood with her siblings on their family’s small farm.  She was the first in her family to attend college, majoring in education with an emphasis in business subjects at Indiana State University eventually obtaining a Master’s degree. Upon graduation she accepted a teaching position at Bakersfield High School in Bakersfield, California. She had a natural skill as a teacher and was able to gain her student’s respect and affection while motivating them to learn and excel. In 1972 she married Claus Engelhardt, petroleum geologist. In 1976 their son Christopher was born. Chris was the love of her life and under her influence has grown into a fine young man.

Connie left Bakersfield to follow her husband on various career moves, first to Brandon, Mississippi, then Anchorage, Alaska, Pleasant Hill, California, Denver, Colorado and finally back to Bakersfield. There she resumed her teaching career at Thompson Junior High instructing her new students in computer applications. In 2000 the couple retired to Bishop, California and lived there ever since. In Bishop they were able to pursue their love of nature, exploring the nearby High Sierra and desert lands that surround that community. Retirement also gave Connie the opportunity for travel and she was able to experience many wonderful places in the United States and abroad. Connie led a very full and productive life, was dearly loved and will always be remembered by her family and many friends.

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.