Category Archives: Community News


Dwight Yoakam headlines the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

July 20th,
by Seth Conners

Don’t miss grammy Award winner Dwight Yoakam live in concert at the Eastern Sierra Music Festival.  Along with Dwight Yoakam, Friday nights lineup includes Brooke Eden and The Elm Street band.
Saturdays show will be headlined by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.  Saturdays show also includes The Old Southern Moonshine Revival and The Elm Street Band.
The Eastern Sierra Music Festival is a fundraiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes.
Enjoy all day live local music throughout the fairgrounds with great food and great vendors available.
Tickets are available at Diane Corsaro Insurance, The VFW Post 8988, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, or on line at   For on site RV parking and additional information, call 760 683 9801.



Annual blood drive set to kick off in Bishop and Mammoth.

July 15
by Seth Conners

Bishop and Mammoth Lakes will be hosting their annual blood drives next week.  The bishop blood drive will kick off Tuesday, July 19th,  from 12pm to 6pm and will run through Wednesday from 8am to 2pm.  Both will be held at the Elks Lodge at 151 East Line Street.
The Mammoth Lakes Community Blood Drive is Thursday, July 21st, from 9am to 3pm.  It will be held at Mammoth Fire Station #1 located at 3150 Main Street.
One Lucky donor will win a 2016 Toyota Corolla.


Small Fire Puts East Bishop On Alert

Bishop Fire Department makes quick work of fire in East Bishop

July 15th
by Seth Conners

Thursday afternoon, in Bishop, a small brush fire broke out shortly after 1 o’clock.  It was located between the airport and the canal just North of Line Street.  As a result, Line Street was closed for about an hour.


No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.  Cal-Fire, Bishop Fire Department, and The Inyo National Forest Service responded to the fire which has been 100% contained at just over half an acre.


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2 Found dead in Bishop home

July 8th
by Seth Conners

The Bishop Police Department responded to the 400 block of Hammond Street on Tuesday July 5th regarding two deceased people found inside their residence.  The preliminary investigation seemed to show a strained relationship between husband and wife that,sadly, ended in tragedy.
The decedents have now been identified as Dan and Dee Dean, a married couple who resided in Bishop for many years.  The couple was experiencing marital problems with divorce papers having been recently served.
The investigation revealed that Mr. Dean intentionally shot Mrs. Dean and then took his own life.  This was a planned event with no evidence of a protracted struggle.  Bishop Police Department urges the public to continue the kind and supportive thoughts to help those affected by this tragedy.

If anyone has information about the incident please call Bishop PD at 1 760 873 5866.



Former NIH doctor will undergo psychological evaluation

July 6th
by Seth Conners

According to District Attorney Tom Hardy, former Northern Inyo Hospital employee Dr. Anthony Schapera was appointed a psychologist on June 30th to determine whether he understands the proceedings against him, and to determine if he can cooperate in his defence.
The Bishop Police Department recently developed information showing that Schapera was in violation of a previous gun and ammunition restraining order.  The subsequent search by city and county law enforcement officers led to the seizure of various types of guns and ammunition.  Dr. Schapera was arrested and charged with manufacturing/importing/possessing/and sales of a zip gun…commission of a crime while on bail…and violating a gun violence restraining order.  He’ll be returning shortly to court to review his status as determined by the appointed psychologist, and to set future court dates.



California Health Care Foundation list Northern Inyo as a high performing hospital.

July 5th
by Seth Conners

The California Health Care Foundation recently notified the hospital leadership and staff at Northern Inyo Hospital of their recognition by the State of California as a “High Performing Hospital” based on maternity measures.
The recent recognition of NIH as one of the best 33 hospitals in the state is the result of an evaluation based on low cesarean section and episiotomy rates, and a high rate of exclusively breastfeeding mothers.
After hearing the news, Hospital CEO Dr. Kevin Flanigan was proud to know that out of 260 hospitals in California (some of them thought to be among the best in the world), NIH was in the top 33.  He notes that “it’s gratifying to see that NIH is therefore listed among the best anywhere”.
Acting Chief Nursing Officer Tracy Aspel praised the Obstetrical Team, including both physicians and nurses, for achieving this status.

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 Safer lobby hours at NIH go into effect July 10th.

by Seth Conners

As a continued effort to provide safety for hospital staff and members of the public, Northern Inyo Hospital has announced it’s new lobby hours to become effective on Sunday July 10th.
The new schedule will see the hospitals lobby open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays.  People who require lab services during the week  are advised to arrive no later than 5:30 p.m., with the weekend lab hours remaining at 7:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.
Visitors after 6 p.m. will now be asked to enter through the Emergency Department entrance at the rear of the hospital where security will be posted.
These changes will reduce Main Lobby hours but will improve security by limiting access points to the healthcare facility during overnight hours.

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Heavy traffic expected in Yosemite this weekend

June 30, 2016
by Seth Conners

If travelers arrive at any of the Yosemite National  Park entrances this weekend they can expect delays of up to two hours.  According to park officials parking and traffic are expected to be especially challenging this weekend and travelers in the park should plan accordingly.  The park has added 300 new parking space to suppress some of the problems experienced in the past, however delays are still expected during peak hours.  The park strongly urges travelers to arrive very early to avoid some of the problems created by excessive traffic.
Park visitors are strongly encouraged to utilized the free shuttle busses in Yosemite Valley that has been recently expanded to reach as far El Capitan Meadow and Bridleveil Falls.  These busses use HOV transit lanes which are far more efficient than normal traffic lanes.

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High winds and lightning pose potential problem for firefighters.

June 28
by Seth Conners

Although they are not out of the woods yet the areas surrounding Lee Vining are beginning to see the light at the end of the Marina Fire tunnel.  Acreage burned has remained at 654 acres since late sunday night and the fire is now 75 percent contained.  However, thunderstorms in the area could produce dry lightning and outflow winds up to 50 miles per hour.  This has firefighters worried because of the increased potential for new fires to flare up and spread rapidly.

As the containment line continues to increase unnecessary firefighting resources will be released accordingly.  This demobilization process will allow equipment and personnel to return to their home units or reassigned to other fires.

The investigation to determine the exact cause and origin of the fire is ongoing.

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Town of Mammoth gets new Phones

New Phone System introduced in the town of Mammoth

June 23, 2016
submitted by the town of Mammoth


Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Town of Mammoth Lakes is excited to announce that the aging old analog phone system has been upgraded to a new digital Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system. The introduction of Digital 395 into our community allowed the Town to benefit from a robust fiber-optic network which provides connectivity between Town facilities. The network provides the opportunity to leverage Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based communication to replace the aging phone system, which not only offers better connectivity in a modern and maintained system, but also reduces costs. 

 The new phone system will offer a significant improvement in functionality and ease of use for Town staff while providing more efficient integration between all seven of the Town’s facilities, offering staff the ability to call any employee at any location simply by dialing the extension. Additionally, the system will provide a variety of options for call handling and routing, voicemail, auto-attendant/phone tree options, and mobility. All of these enhancements will greatly help Town staff with their day-to-day responsibilities of serving the public and providing high quality customer service. Improved access to Town Departments and employees and connectivity between Town operations will enhance public access and Town responsiveness.

 As a result of these improvements, all of the Town’s phone numbers will be changing, effective Thursday, June 23, 2016. Each department will have its own direct phone line and each employee will have a new extension number. 

 Below is a list of the new department phone numbers:

Administration (760) 965-3600
irport (760) 965-3620
Community and Economic Development (760) 965-3630
Engineering (760) 965-3650
Finance (760) 965-3660
Public Works Yard (760) 965-3680
Parks and Recreation (760) 965-3690
Police Department (760) 965-3700

The new VoIP system will replace the Town’s 20-year old Nortel analog phone system which is no longer supported, difficult to maintain, and not interconnected between Town locations. The new system furthers the Town Council’s goal of using enhanced technology to improve Town operations, enhance customer service, and reduce costs.

Please be patient with us while we transition to our new system.  For a full list of employee phone numbers, please visit our website

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