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Broncos Smash Scorpions in High Desert League Play

The Bishop Broncos Baseball team cruised to an easy victory on Thursday, beating Desert 19-3 over a span of 5 innings. Bishop got off to a hot start, scoring 12 runs in the first inning.

Senior, Austin Thomas pitched for three innings, and had quite the game. Thomas surrendered just one hit against the seventeen batters he faced. The pitcher also struck out five batters and walked three. The one hit he gave up allowed for three runs to score.

Junior Austin Chinzi had a successful debut on the mound, when he threw in relief of Thomas. Over two innings, Chinzi took on six batters and struck out three of them. Additionally, no runners got on base while the Junior was on the mound.

Bishop’s pitching wasn’t the only impressive facet of the game for the Broncos. The team’s bats came alive.

Star infielder, Michael Kubiak had another multi-hit game. The senior went 4-4, hitting two doubles, and 3 RBI.

As for three-sport athlete Mark Mayhugh, he had perhaps one of his best games of the season offensively. Mayhugh went 3-4 with 2 RBI. Additionally, power-hitter Cal Omohundro went 2-3 with 2 RBI.

The Broncos have now won four out of their last five games. After dropping crucial games against Boron and Rosamond earlier in the season, the team will need to win all of their league games to have a chance of winning the High Desert League.


Up next for the Broncos, a home game against Nevada’s Mineral County for a non-league match-up.

Alois Benedict Coufal Obituary

Alois Benedict Coufal, age 91, resident of Bishop for 28 years, was born in Brainard Nebraska on April 12, 1927. He passed away peacefully in his sleep early on the morning of March 5, 2019 at Northern Inyo Hospital. He was surrounded by his highest earthly priority, his family.

Al, as most people knew him, was born and raised on a farm in southeastern Nebraska. After a tour of duty in the Army in the Korean War, he returned home to meet his wife-to-be, Phyllis Potter at a church dance and was married shortly thereafter on April 24, 1950. They started their family on their farm near Seward Nebraska, before moving to Southern California in January 1956. They lived in Anaheim from 1960 until they moved to Bishop in 1991.

Besides his family and his church, he loved fishing, his flower garden, and polkas. No matter the need or activity he always had time for his kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

He was professionally an auto mechanic and could do anything with his hands. He owned his own gasoline station in LA before going to work for the City of Anaheim. He had a 28-year career with the City of Anaheim as a Fleet Repairman and ultimately as a Shop Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years. He is survived by his 7 children, daughter Irene Miller of Bishop, son Gene (Nancy) Coufal of Bishop, daughter Charlene Coufal (Bruce Burton) of Anaheim, CA, son Mike (Theresa) Coufal of Sun City, CA, son Leon Coufal of Bishop, son Marvin (Kim) Coufal of Norco CA, daughter Judy (Ken) Delu of Lodi, CA; 10 grandchildren, Thomas Miller of New York, NY, Megan Miller (Levi) of Huntington Beach, CA, Emily (Derrick) Johnson of Mammoth Lakes, CA, Liz Coufal of Buena Park, CA, Chas Coufal (Amy) of Bishop, Celiese Yawman of Idyllwild, CA, Jessica (Sean) Gray of Biloxi MS, Amanda and Ashley Delu of Lodi, and Austin Coufal of Norco; and 5 great grandchildren, Maxwell Osendorf, Kyla, Wesley and Lily Johnson, and Devin Yawman.

A Rosary Service and Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial took place at the Line St Cemetery on Friday, March 8.

People Are Stealing Donations From IMAH Sierra Thrift Mall. Seriously?

News and Sports Director, Bradford Evans sits down with Executive Director of Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped, Beth Himelhoch to interview her about the problem of residents of Bishop stealing donations.  You can find the interview in the link below.

Customer Water Leaks Identified by MCWD’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure

During the summer of 2014, the Mammoth Community Water District (District) upgraded to new meters that wirelessly transmit data using remote collectors. This advanced technology allows the District to see hourly usage of all water meters on the distribution system. Utilizing software developed by WaterSmart, a data analytics company, the District is able to run a report that details leaks and alert customers accordingly.

“We are thrilled to have the ability to help our customers protect their property and save an exorbitant amount of water,” said Irene Yamashita, Principal Analyst. “It has been a learning experience to determine what size leaks should be flagged, what patterns are associated with various sources of leaks and how to best introduce the information to the customers.”

Typically, the District calls two to five customers or property managers a day with leaks ranging from 15 to 1,500 gallons per hour. “About 80 percent of leaks we call on are caused by toilets. Customers are usually surprised to learn that leaking toilets can waste 600+ gallons per hour (over 14,000 gallons per day), ” described Betty Hylton, Administrative Analyst. “In winter, we find a number of leaks caused by shedding snow that turns on or breaks hose bibs and frozen pipes that break. Despite the cause of the leak, customers are generally very grateful that we have this capability and take the time to notify them.”

The District recommends that customers (or property managers) look and listen for the leak first. If unable to identify where the water is leaking, then call a plumber. The District has offered two Leak Detection courses for plumbers and property managers to learn the most efficient process for leak detection and maintains a supply of coloring dye tabs to check for toilet leaks.

The Mammoth Lakes community is limited to local surface and groundwater resources in our basin. The leak detection program conserves water that would otherwise be wasted and develops positive relationships with our customers. The District is proud to have this advanced capability, however customers remain responsible for identifying water leaks at their property. An online customer portal is available to provide customers the ability to look at their hourly water use from their computer, and receive high usage alerts by signing up for WaterSmart here:

OVGA requests Statements of Interest from groups who wish to participate in groundwater sustainability planning

The OVGA is currently soliciting Statements of Interest from local individuals, entities or groups interested in participating as an “Interested Party,” which has a voting interest in the OVGA Board. The OVGA was created to comply with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requirement that local agencies sustainably manage groundwater in the Owens Valley Groundwater Basin. The basin includes the Owens, Round, Chalfant, Hammil, and Benton Valleys as well as Fish Slough.

An OVGA “Interested Party” may be comprised of an individual, entity, group, or combination thereof. Statement of Interest forms are available online at or from the Inyo County Water Department, P.O. Box 337, 135 S. Jackson St., Independence CA. The Statement of Interest forms include instructions and request necessary information for the OVGA to assess the interest and desired level of participation of local groups. The deadline to submit a Statement of Interest form is February 28, 2019. Completing the forms does not constitute an application for Interested Party status. The OVGA may request and consider formal applications at a later time.

Specific information regarding the OVGA joint powers agreement that describes the roles and responsibilities of Interested Parties is available on the Inyo County Water Department website ( or by contacting the Inyo County Water Department (, 760-878-0001).

Rosemarie Martha Thornton Obituary

Rosemarie Martha Thornton 1931-2019

Rosemarie Martha Thornton 87, of Big Pine passed on January 3, 2019 of a massive stroke .

Rose as her friends knew her was born to Joseph J. and Catherine Mayer on January 21, 1931 in Los Angeles Ca.

She was married to Charles ( Chuck ) Thornton on February 4, 1949 . Chuck and Rose spent 30 years in Norwalk CA. before moving to Big Pine CA. in 1988 .

Rose was preceded in death by her husband Charles Thornton on March 5, 2001 .

She is survived by her daughter Lisa and husband Patrick Perkins of Bishop where Rose spent her last year of her life.

She is also survived by her grandson Jason Perkins of Carson City NV., and Alex and wife Jordan Perkins and two great-granddaughters Madison 8 and Kielei 6 of Virginia.

She is survived by her brother Steve, twin sisters Barbra and Beatrice and many nieces and nephews.

A luncheon will be held at the United Methodist Church in Big Pine on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 am, followed by a graveside service at 1:00 pm at Big Pine Cemetery 600 West Crocker Ave. Big Pine CA. 93513

Mary Mae Kilpatrick to lead NIHD Board of Directors in 2019

The Northern Inyo Healthcare District Board of Directors named its 2019 slate of officers during its December board meeting. Long-time Bishop area educator and school administrator Mary Mae Kilpatrick was elected Board President with retired county Heath and Human Services Director Jean Turner being named Vice President.

Kilpatrick represents Zone IV of the Healthcare District, covering the greater West Bishop area. A 61-year resident of Bishop, Kilpatrick also serves on the NIH Foundation Board of Directors.

“I am honored to work alongside everyone at NIHD,” Kilpatrick said. “We have such an outstanding group of people at the District. Our staff’s continuing priority is to always put our patient’s care and safety first. On top of that, they are compassionate in the care they provide, and they are also a very giving team who do their best to live up to NIHD’s mission of ‘improving our communities, one life at a time.”

Turner represents Zone II, which covers the Northern Bishop area. Her experience includes extensive administrative oversight of various health and human service programs providing care to children, adults, families and senior citizens.

Robert Sharp, who represents Zone III, which covers a large portion of the downtown Bishop area, will serve as Board Secretary. As Vice President of Eastern Sierra Community Bank, Sharp manages and develops the Bishop, Mammoth Lakes, and Bridgeport branches.

Local attorney Peter Tracy, Zone I representative, will serve as Board Treasurer. Tracy, perhaps best known for his 33-years of service as legal counsel to the City of Bishop, represents the West Bishop, McLaren Lane, Rocking K, Starlight, and Aspendell areas.

Outgoing Board President and Zone V Director MC Hubbard, who represents parts of southeastern Bishop, Wilkerson, Big Pine, and Aberdeen, will serve as the Member-At-Large. Hubbard is a retired banking executive.

At the board meeting Dr. Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, the District’s Chief Executive Officer, congratulated each of the new officers. Later, he described the role of the Board as one of governance, noting they are charged with setting the strategic goals; overseeing the progress toward those goals; and, ensuring the continued access to local healthcare services for their constituents.

BLM reduces Tuttle Creek Campground winter rates in the Alabama Hills

LONE PINE, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is reducing the nightly camping fee at the Tuttle Creek Campground from $8 per night to $5 per night starting Friday, December 21. The campground fee will return to the standard $8 per night rate in April 2019.

 “Tuttle Creek Campground provides a great base camp for visitors looking to hike,climb, explore and sight see in and around the Alabama Hills Recreation and Scenic Area,” says BLM Bishop Field Manager Steve Nelson.

The Tuttle Creek Campground is located about four- and one-half miles west of Lone Pine in the southern portion of the Alabama Hills. At more than 5,000 feet elevation, the campground includes 83 recreational vehicle and tent sites that boast impressive views of Mt.Whitney, Lone Pine Peak and Mt. Williamson in the Sierra Nevada to the west. The campground also provides easy access to Movie Flat and other popular destinations in the Alabama Hills. Campground amenities include trash collection, vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings and lantern holders. No water is available during the winter. One group site and two horse corrals are available with reservations.

 The BLM is reducing the fee at Tuttle Creek Campground to encourage visitors to stay in developed campsites, while exploring the Alabama Hills. Visitor use in theAlabama Hills has nearly doubled in the last eight years. Dispersed campsites inthe Alabama Hills can be difficult to find, especially during the weekend and on holidays. Tuttle Creek Campground provides a nearby, inexpensive and environmentally responsible alternative to dispersed camping.

“By staying in the campground, visitors can do their part to minimize camping impacts and maintain the great scenery and outstanding recreational opportunities that make the hills a special place to visit,” says Nelson.

 As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in pursuit of its multiple-use mission. For more information, please visit or contact the Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.


Bishop Field Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100, Bishop, CA  93514

Mammoth Lakes Tourism Hires New Marketing Director

Mammoth Lakes Tourism Welcomes New Director of Marketing

Matt Gebo returns to Mammoth Lakes to take on role


Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2018) – Mammoth Lakes Tourism has hired a new Director of Marketing. Former Mammoth Lakes’ resident, Matt Gebo was chosen for the position from a field of more than 100 applicants. Gebo lived in Mammoth Lakes in 2010-11 and worked as Marketing Programs Director for Mammoth Mountain.


“Mammoth Lakes is truly a special place that offers so much both recreationally and professionally for me,” Gebo said. “I’m most excited to experience all the things that have changed over the last 7 years or so, getting back out on the ski and hiking trails, and connecting with friends and colleagues, old and new.”

Gebo brings a wide breadth of experience in resort towns where he has seen what works well to drive the local economy in a positive direction.

He served as Marketing Manager for American Skiing Company and Senior Marketing Manager for Colorado Ski Company. He also worked as the Director of Marketing for Park City Mountain Resort, and most recently has been running his own consulting agency, MG Marketing. Additionally Matt has been a member of the Taos Ski Valley Chamber Board of Directors, as well as the Park City Chamber Board of Directors, among many other things.

“My experience working closely with Visit Park City and Visit Taos Ski Valley, both as members of the Board of Directors and on marketing/public relations committees, gives me a unique understanding that a wider view needs to be taken in an organization like MLT,” Gebo said. “The biggest difference [between working for the ski resort and the local DMO] is having a more holistic view of all the things the town offers, not just within the resort ecosystem.

“My immediate goals are to reconnect with the community, work with the whole MLT team to define the goals for the year for Mammoth Lakes Tourism, and continue to tell the unique stories that make this place so special and drive more visitation to town in the ‘need periods,’” he added.

“Having served on the recruiting committee, I am proud to have been a part of the process in hiring Matt Gebo for MLT marketing director,” said MLT Board member Michael Ledesma. “In addition to decades of executive marketing experience, Matt’s career path has largely been in the mountain resort industry including but not limited to Taos, Park City, Mount Snow and the Canyons. Matt has lived at altitude most of his life, has worked here in Mammoth Lakes previously (MMSA) and has even crossed paths with our Executive Director John Urdi at American Ski Company back in the late 90’s. Beyond Matt’s award winning resume, he has excellent interpersonal skills and will be a great fit not only at MLT but in our community as well!”