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Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr

Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr. 1933-2015

Douglas Jerome Butler, Sr.March 21, 1933 –November 18, 2015
Born in Los Angeles, CA went to the Lord in Ridgecrest, CA at the age of 82.
Upon graduating from Burroughs, he served in the Army and received an Honorable Discharge.
Because of his love of cars, he went from being a top salesman, several times, to owning and running a Ford Lincoln Mercury Dealership with Rosie, the love of his life. Doug had a real passion for races, from the horses to cars. When he had the dealership, he also had a 1966 stock car, Lil Red, that won both the Winter and Spring Nationals.
After he retired, 19 years ago, both he and Rosie moved to Crowley Lake, CA due to their love of the mountains and his love of fishing. Within a few years, he started DB’s Hardwood and DB’s Fishing Guide Service, where he was well respected and liked by all. He soon gained a reputation for his honesty and warm personality and his word of mouth business was booming. Doug had a gift of making everyone feel comfortable, if you just met him, you would have thought you’d known him for years. He was a friend to everyone, to know Doug was to love Doug.
He took great pride in helping others, and was a big supporter of Disabled Sports. He would take ‘Wounded Warriors’ fishing, even if he wasn’t feeling so hot, he’d say “it wasn’t about him-it was about them! And if he could bring them a little bit of joy, then dadgum, he was going to do it!”
Doug is survived by his beautiful bride of 56 years Rosie; Children Doug Jr., Janet (husband Ken), Michele (husband Michael), Mark and fiancée Teresa. Grandchildren Katie, Tanner, MacKinzie, and Mason. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Marti, and brother Dan.
Doug may not be here in his physical form, but he will always be with us and in our hearts.
If you would like to tell stories about the way Doug touched your life, please email Janet at or Michele at
Services will be held on Dec. 2nd at 1:00pm at Brune Mortuary 325 W. Elm St. Bishop, CA 93514
Casual Attire, please dress comfortably.

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Bishop Chamber supports Small Business Saturday

Bishop Chamber of Commerce promotes Small Business Saturday

Submitted by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce

Shop With Us On Small Business Saturday – November 28th
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities.

The small, locally owned businesses in our community need our support.  And likewise, our community needs these businesses!

Some things to consider….
Small businesses contribute millions of dollars to local programs including our schools, ICARE, ESBCA, Salvation Army, IMACA, IMAH, 4H, FFA…you name it, these businesses are tirelessly supportive of our community!

A dollar spent in an independent locally-owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. These dollars are used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home.

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and also create more stable employment in small communities.
Sales Tax matters.  It’s not just what you buy, but where you buy it that counts! Sales tax collected locally helps to support many things we often take for granted – police & fire protection, parks & recreation programs, streets & sidewalks.  When you pay your sales tax at a store in the Owens Valley, you are doing your part to maintain many essential programs & services!

The Shop Small program was initiated by American Express a few years ago and it is really gaining momentum.  We hope you’ll join in our efforts to support local commerce this Saturday and throughout the year.  Visit to learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite small businesses.

Thank you for supporting the Bishop Chamber and our efforts to sustain and improve the local economy!

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Ron Napoles wins BLM Excellence in Interpretation Award

Bishop Park Ranger Receives BLM Excellence in Interpretation Award

Bishop Calif. – Ron Napoles, Recreation Park Ranger for the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Bishop Field Office, has received this year’s national award for contributions in the field of interpretation.

Ron was recognized for developing and designing a set of interpretive panels in collaboration with the fourth through seventh grade classes at Round Valley Elementary School in Bishop. The panels are being used on a nature trail at the Horton Creek Campground, managed by the Bishop Field Office.

In the fall and winter of 2014-2015, staff from the Bishop Field Office joined multiple partners to provide a series of classroom lessons to the fourth through seventh grade classes at the school. The classroom workshops taught students about local wildlife and plants, the Paiute people and the geology and ecology of the Eastern Sierra. Students also did their own research on the Sierra Nevada. As part of their lessons, they wrote text, drew and colored pictures, and created maps and images about what they learned.

“Ron took the text and illustrations made by the students and made a set of beautiful and creative interpretive signs for the nature trail,” said Jeff Starosta, Acting Supervisory Resource Management Specialist. “By engaging local school kids in creating the panel content, the Bishop Field Office, Ron in particular, helped to realize the primary goal of BLM’s Recreation Strategy: to connect with communities.”

Nominees for the award were evaluated on the basis of their success in enhancing the public’s understanding of the cultural and natural resources of our public lands, supporting BLM goals and objectives, helping the public to recognize their connection to public lands, creating programs that are accessible to diverse audiences, involving partners and developing strong working relationships with local communities.

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Mammoth Lakes PD says “Know your Limit”

Know Your Limit Before Driving Impaired

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is beginning a new educational program to reduce drunk and impaired driving. On November 28, 2015, from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in partnership with Mono County Behavioral Health and Mammoth Taxi, will be conducting a Know Your Limit event in the Village at Mammoth.

Know Your Limit is designed to help potentially impaired drivers make informed decisions as to whether or not they are capable of operating a motor vehicle safely. Officers will be present in front of Lakanuki (6201 Minaret Road) with several PAS devices and educational material. Citizens will be offered the opportunity to submit to a voluntary PAS test, also known as a breath test. The results will be provided to the citizen, along with information on driving under the influence and a token for a free taxi ride provided by Mammoth Taxi. The tokens have been paid for by Mono County Behavioral Health and can be used the night of this event or any other night for a ride home provided that the ride is within the town limits. If the taxi ride is outside town limits (i.e., Main Lodge, the Bluffs, or Crowley Lake), the token is only good for its face value of $5.

This educational program offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about alcohol consumption and its effect on their breath alcohol content. MLPD hopes that by providing citizens with a better understanding of their own limits on alcohol consumption that they will choose not to drive if they are above the legal limit.

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department will offer this informative opportunity several times throughout the year in Mammoth Lakes.

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Mono County Search and Rescue

Successful Mono County Mission on Mt. Morrison

Provided by the Mono County Sheriffs Department:

Search and Rescue Operation on Mount Morrison

On Friday, November 20, 2015, two hikers from Ventura, California, called 911 for help.  The two friends had attempted to summit Mt. Morrison just south of Mammoth Lakes, California, but reached a spot on a steep slope near the summit from where they were unable to continue either up or down.  The Mono County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team responded to the trailhead at Convict Lake and sent teams into the hikers’ location.  The Search and Rescue Teams were able to assist them down from their location and escorted them back to their campsite.

Many thanks to our Search and Rescue members, who volunteer their time and expertise to safely extricate those who are in need of assistance in the back country.

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Carol Fletcher

Carol Fletcher 1946-2015

Carol Fletcher age 69, was born in Matagorda, TX on September 23, 1946 to parents Gela Packard and Claude Stanley. Carol passed away on November 18, 2015 at Renown Hospital in Reno, NV
She married the love of her life Bud Fletcher on December 15, 1969.
Carol is survived by husband of 46 years, Bud Fletcher of Bishop, Daughter Stephanie Fletcher of Bishop and her children Jeffery Kliks and Elizabeth Kliks both of Bishop; Daughter, Michelle West of Las Vegas, NV and her two children: Dylan and Andrew West both of Las Vegas, NV.

Carol and family moved to Bishop in 1988. Carol followed her passion of art and fishing and drawing numerous photos of the Owens Valley. She loved to tie her own flies and take her grandchildren fishing whenever possible. She enjoyed traveling in the RV with Bud and taking cruises. Her love for her family had no end.


Independence Celebrates the Fruitcake!

Eleventh Annual Internationally Acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival

Fruit-A-Con, “Welcome to the Fruitcake Universe!”

submitted by Mary Roper

Superheroes and comic strip characters along with a variety of fruitcakes and eggnogs will be making an appearance on December 12th in Independence, California. This year, in the tradition of Comic Con, the Fruitcake Festival will be honoring the fact that fruitcake is, indeed, the food of Superheroes. There will be live music, fabulous prizes and interesting fruitcakes and eggnogs!
The possibilities are endless for creating a winning fruitcake. Categories include oldest, traveled the farthest, best of theme, most solids, and judges’ award. Our fruitcake judges employ mechanical, empirical and philosophical techniques to select winning fruitcakes in those categories.
There will be an opportunity for you to take the mic and brag about your fruitcake or eggnog. However, please leave your kryptonite at home. You must play nice with Superman.
Most people participate by wearing theme-oriented costumes. This is not required, but in the past we have found that a good many people like to dress up more than their fruitcakes. The Costume Contest is just the place to show off your creativity and the “Best Costume” prize is awarded to the person with the loudest applause.
No need to eat dinner before you come. The Owens Valley Growers Co-op will be serving up mac & cheese and a salad for $5. To boost your energy for the evening, coffee is available at the bar.
This is the only “internationally” acclaimed Fruitcake Festival. Such venerable periodicals as the Washington Times, Country Living Magazine, and, of course, NPR have written us up.
This is a FREE event with the caveat that you must bring a fruitcake or eggnog to gain entrance to the Festival. Homemade fruitcake or eggnog is preferred. The eggnog can be transported to the festival in a milk jug. Please label it as “leaded” or “unleaded.” We have refrigeration on site. The eggnog is always served in elegant punch cups at the bar. It is worth the trip to Independence just for that fact alone.

Location: Legion Hall, Independence, CA
Date/Time Dec. 12, 2015 — 6 PM
Call 760-878-2046 or email for more information

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Don’t Drink and Fry

Mammoth Lakes Fire Department warns of Cooking Dangers

Three Times as Many Cooking Fires Occur on Thanksgiving as on a Typical Day

submitted by Mammoth Lakes Fire Department:

The holidays should be a time of food, fun and festivities but it is also a time for extra caution. Thousands of home fires across the nation are caused by holiday cooking activities. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment and many of these fires are caused by unsafe cooking practices.

NFPA’s latest cooking estimates shows that there were 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2014, reflecting a 210 percent increase over the daily average. Home cooking fires also spike on other major U.S. holidays, including Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Memorial Day weekend. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

While the number of cooking fires spikes on holidays, it’s also one of the leading causes of home fire year-round. Between 2009 and 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home cooking fires per year. These fires resulted in an annual average of 430 civilian fire deaths, 5,400 reported injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Be on alert and keep these tips in mind this holiday cooking celebration:
⦁ Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Regularly check on food that’s simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
⦁ Keep things that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the cooking area.
⦁ Be alert when cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
⦁ If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stovetop and decide to fight the fire: Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
⦁ If you’re cooking a turkey using a disposable aluminum pan, consider doubling up and using two pans to avoid a puncture, as dripping turkey juices can cause an oven fire.
If you have a cooking fire:
⦁ Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
⦁ Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
⦁ If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, a popular cooking method on Thanksgiving. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used. If a fryer is used, please be extra careful and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you have any questions or wish additional information, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 760 934-2300

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NICU training at Mammoth Hospital

Neonatal Intensive Care Training Held at Mammoth Hospital

submitted by Mammoth Hospital

Mammoth Hospital recently invited a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) team to Mammoth for a special training on life saving skills for newborn babies.

Neonatologist, Dr. Anand Rajani from Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno led the instruction along with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Abby Van Den Broeke and Respiratory Therapists Curt Partain and Hank Perry.

Mammoth Hospital Labor and Delivery nurses and Pediatricians, ED physicians, and respiratory therapists participated in collaboration with a team of nurses and physicians from Northern Inyo Hospital. Teams were instructed on techniques including umbilical line placement, a procedure that enables quick access to an infant’s bloodstream to deliver lifesaving medications. Also demonstrated were neonatal IV placement for the nurses and various lectures on issues relevant to the critically ill newborn.

“Living in a rural community, the nearest Children’s Hospital is many hours away,” says Pediatrician, Dr. Kristin Collins. “This training by NICU professionals allows us to continue to enhance our life-saving skills, and keep us well-informed on how to provide the best care possible for sick babies before the NICU team can arrive for transport. Maintaining an exceptional level of care is important to all of us who work in the Obstetric and Neonatal Department at Mammoth Hospital and continuing education is imperative to ensuring that happens.”

For more information on Mammoth Hospital’s Birthing Center and Obstetric Specialties, please contact (760) 924-4044 or visit

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Northern Inyo Hospital Event

NIH Reception welcomes new emergency care providers

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District will host a “Meet and Greet” reception introducing some of its newest emergency care providers to the community.

The reception is set for Monday, Nov. 23rd, 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the main lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital. The physicians spotlighted during the event include:

  • Peter Bloomfield, MD, a veteran emergency care physician, has enjoyed time abroad, offering his services as an earthquake relief worker in Haiti, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Belize, and back home again as a Pharmaceutical Assistant at a Washington, DC free clinic. Dr. Bloomfield earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He earned a Masters in Public Health and his Medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A residency at UCLA brought him west. In his off-time, Dr. Bloomfield practices yoga and meditation, and studies Kung Fu.
  • Anne Goshgarian, MD, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with Highest Honors from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. She earned her Medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Goshgarian completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Goshgarian provides voluntary medical care to many artistic festivals including Nevada’s Burning Man Festival and the Electric Daisy Carnival.
  • William “Will” Timbers, MD, hails from Vermont and grew up with a zest for outdoor living. An avid skier, accomplished high school and collegiate Lacrosse player, and climbing enthusiast, Dr. Timbers enjoys many of the outdoor activities Bishop offers and looks forward to learning more about our area. Dr. Timbers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and his Medical degree from the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. He completed his Harvard-affiliated Emergency Medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.Cover Photo by Arnie Palu