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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.

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.