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BUHS Pride Night

Bishop Union HS Pride Night is Wednesday

On Wednesday, March 25 at 5:30 PM, Bishop Union High School will be holding its annual BRONCO PRIDE NIGHT.  ALL incoming freshmen (the CLASS OF 2019!) and their parents are invited to attend!  BUHS will be showcasing exciting activities, clubs, athletic teams and special programs being offered to all BRONCOS!

The evening will begin in the Bishop Union High School Auditorium at 5:30 with brief introductions and important information for the CLASS OF 2019.  Afterward everyone will be directed to the campus mall to visit over 25 booths that will be providing valuable  information and there will even be food for purchase!

BUHS is hoping to see all the members of the CLASS OF 2019 and their parents!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office or the Guidance Office.  BUHS main office number is 760-873-4275.

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Arrest in Mammoth Marijuana break in

Arrest made in the Mammoth marijuana dispensary burglary

Submitted by The Mammoth Police Department

On Wednesday March 18th, at about 9:45 p.m., Justin Alan PLATT, an 18 year old Mammoth Lakes resident was brought to the Mammoth Lakes Police Department by his father, to turn himself in for the Burglary at Mammoth Lakes Wellness.

Mammoth Lakes Police Officers have been diligently working on this case since it was reported during the early morning hours of March 9th, 2015. Platt was eventually identified as one of the suspects and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Platt has been out of the area, but was in contact with Officers to negotiate his surrender. Although Platt was taken into custody, the investigation into the burglary and subsequent threats to the employee continues and additional arrests are possible.

Platt was processed at the Mammoth Lakes police station, and then booked into the Mono County jail. His charges are 459 PC/ Burglary and 422 PC/Criminal Threats and bail has been set at $50,000. Additional charges of conspiracy to commit burglary may be considered by the District Attorney’s office based on the investigation

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department would like to thank the community for being so involved in this investigation and for providing numerous tips, some of which ultimately led to a successful conclusion.

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Bishop Warren Street Update

Warren Street Construction Update

Submitted by the City of Bishop, Public Works department.

Concrete work was almost completed on Church Street this week. Concrete construction is expected to wrap up on Church Street and continue on Academy Avenue next week. After that, concrete work is expected to progress on Warren Street north to Pine Street and then jump to South Warren.  Most of the remaining storm drain construction was completed this week. Construction of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project started in late January and is expected to continue into May.  The project is improving Warren Street between Line Street and Pine Street, including the blocks of Church Street and Academy Avenue between Warren and Main, and is planned to include additional work on South Warren between Line and Lagoon.  Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways.  Access is still available to businesses in the area but, in most cases, it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business.  Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and driveways and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway.  The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.

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Packed House at NIH meeting

Full room, tough talk at NIH board meeting

The great room at the Jill Kinmont Boothe school was full for last nights meeting of the Northern Inyo Hospital Board. The regular meeting was moved to the JKBS school this moth to provide adequate seating, something that was lacking at the boards prior meeting. Long time board member Pete Watercott apologized for not having enough capacity at the prior meeting.

This months meeting opened with a strong statement by Dr. Mike Phillips.  The emergency room doctor opened the public comment period by describing a splintered staff, that has broken into separate camps. Dr. Phillips also strongly criticized Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s performance, noting a “lack of leadership, failure to do her job, and ruling with fear”.

Several other spoke during the public comment period expressing concern over the work environment.  Dr. Michael Dillon called for an establishment of a  working group to help face the current issues at Northern Inyo.

In regards to action at the meeting, the board listened to a long discussion about the Employee Complaints and Grievance Process Policy.  After a long discussion, the policy was tabled for further review, and will be back for potential action at next months meeting.

Dr. Thomas Boo, chief of staff announced he was stepping down as chief of staff. In giving a reason for stepping down, Dr Boo said, “Due to a dysfunctional relationship with administration.”

Chief Executive Officer Victoria Alexander Lane’s report included a positive update in regards to physician recruitment.  Alexander Lane noted the hiring of a new pediatrician who will be arriving from Massachusetts and also announced the hiring of Dr Felix Karp as a hospitalist.

Alexander Lane also updated the board on the hospitals strategic plan, detailing a wide variety of strategies for improvement, ranging from service prices to community outreach.

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Busy Day for Mammoth PD

Mammoth PD involved in Pursuit

submitted by the Mammoth Police Department

On Monday,  at about 3:40 p.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officer Doug Hornbeck while on routine patrol stopped to contact a white male adult who was panhandling near the Laurel Mountain Blvd entrance to the Gateway Mall. Beginning with a consensual encounter, the Officer Hornbeck conducted a ‘Field Interview’ or ‘F.I.’ in an effort to identify and learn more about the subject. The subject gave Officer Hornbeck different names and began acting suspiciously. Officer Hornbeck observed a knife on the subject’s belt and began to frisk the subject to secure that knife and to check for other weapons to protect both himself and the public. The subject suddenly pulled away and ran, with Officer Hornbeck giving chase and he immediately let other officers know he was in foot pursuit. MLPD Officers as well as MCSO Undersheriff Moriarty chased the subject for approximately 15 minutes, through the Shady Rest Tract forest, to Manzanita, around several apartment and condo buildings near Sierra Nevada and Chaparral, through backyards north of Sierra Nevada Rd eventually taking him into custody behind the Arrowhead Apartments at the Corner of Arrowhead and Sierra Nevada. Several citizens along the way pointed officers in the direction he had fled, which greatly assisted officers staying on the trail of the subject. The suspect, eventually identified as Cody Alan TERRELL, 22, from Irving Texas also got to meet the new police chief, Al Davis, as it was Chief Davis who ultimately caught and handcuffed him. Terrell was charged with 148(a) PC/Resisting, delaying or obstructing police officers and 148.9 PC/Giving false information to police officers. Terrell gave no explanation as to why he ran from Officer Hornbeck.

At the same time this incident was occurring, the Mono County dispatcher received a call regarding a subject who was deceased. Mammoth PD officers were still chasing Terrell, so Mammoth Fire and Mono County Paramedics responded to Sierra Manors Condos and confirmed that the subject was deceased. For some of the officers from the Mono County Sheriff’s Department and CHP who were responding from out of the area to back-up Mammoth PD, and for some listening on scanners, there was initial confusion that the two incidents were related, however they were not. The death appeared to be from natural causes, but is pending the Mono County Coroner’s report.

The Mammoth PD would like to remind the public that per the California Vehicle Code, you must pull to the right for Emergency Vehicles displaying red lights and siren. Responding officers encountered several cars that complied with this law, however there were several motorists that maintained driving in the number one lane and some actually pulled to the left. This is extremely unsafe and against the law. Emergency Personal responding with lights and sirens cannot legally pass a car on the right. The MLPD, MCSO and FIRE/EMS personnel ask for the public’s cooperation in this very important requirement. This will allow emergency personnel to respond quicker to emergency situations as well as keep motorists safe.

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Road to Schulman Grove Open

The Road to Schulman Grove is open

According to the Forest Service, due to  the warm, dry winter, road crews have been able open the road to the Schulman Grove. It had been previously closed at Sierra View. The Visitor Center remains closed. The road is gated one-half mile beyond the Schulman Grove parking lot and substantial snow still exists along Patriarch Grove Road.

Visitors should still expect snow in the shaded slopes in the Schulman Grove. Currently, the Methuselah Trail is under snow; however the sun-exposed Discovery Trail is free of snow. Please expect limited services if you travel to the grove. Lastly, although California is experiencing a serious drought, light snow pack does not mean no snowpack. Please travel prepared for winter conditions at 10,000 ft.

The road will close again in the event of a winter storm.

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2015 Blake Jones a success

48th ANNUAL BLAKE JONES TROUT DERBY BIG CROWD WITH PERFECT WEATHER!

submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce

The weather could not have been more beautiful at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, just north of Bishop this past Saturday for the 48th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau welcomed over 800 anglers to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes at this year’s event. Over 1,300 fish were caught with several lunkers weighing over 7lbs!  The secret “Blind Bogey” fish weighed in at 9 ounces, with many anglers in that category competing for the blind bogey raffle prizes.
The lucky winner of the Blind Bogey Grand Prize was Susie Carlton of Pinion Hills. She won a package including a float tube from Northfork Outdoors plus loads and loads of great tackle & gear!

Other Blind Bogey winners also received fantastic prize packages: Jackson Saivea (Buena Park), Vincent Norte (Banning), Levi Williams (Bishop), Bruce Walker (Orange County), Chet Jenkins (Bishop), Grace Henze (Irvine), Matthew Romero (Los Angeles) and Ryan Kiddo (Bishop).

Prizes in the “Big Fish” category were awarded to: Thomas Nieto (Newbury Park) – 12 lbs. 8oz; Sam Blum (Bishop) – 10 lbs. 12oz., and Lianne Parker (Glendora) – 7lbs. 12oz.

Many prizes were also awarded to children. Kids’ 1st Place Winner was Ethan Williams, Jr. (Bishop). Ethan took home a loaded fishing package including a rod & reel combo, bait, tackle & great gift certificates.

Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has proven to be a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The derby is organized by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with the help of dozens of sponsors and a small army of dedicated volunteers. “We would never be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our community and generous prize donors,” states April Leeson, Chamber Events Coordinator. “Inyo County provides financial assistance through the Community Project Sponsorship Program and we are very grateful to the City of Bishop Parks & Recreation Crew for help with the heavy lifting,” adds Tawni Thomson.

Sponsors of the 2015 Blake Jones Trout Derby Include: Alpine Signs/395 Store, Adventure in Camping, Alta One Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture, Bee Gee Beauty Supply, Berkley, Bishop Creek Lodge, Bishop Nursery, Bishop Twin Theater, Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Bishop Village Motel, Bite-On, Blakemore TTI, Body & Soul, Brown’s Supply/ Brown’s Town, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife, CDF/Owens Valley Camp, City of Bishop, Comfort Inn, County of Inyo, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Davidson Taxidermy, Desert Springs Trout Farm, Double Eagle Resort, Dr. Slick, Eagle Claw, Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Fish Story Lori, Fish Taco Chronicles, Fisherman’s Landing, Gillespie Distributing, Gypsy King Tattoo, Hendrix, High Country Lumber, High Sierra Containers/West Coast Barns & Sheds, High Sierra Distributing, Holy Smoke Texas BBQ, Home Lumber, Imperial Gourmet, Inland Aquaculture, Inyo Mono Title, Jack in the Box, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market, Keough’s Hot Springs, Kmart, La Casita, Lake Mary Marina, LaQuinta, Looney Bean, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, Macs Sporting Goods, Main Street Trading Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Manor Market, McDonald’s , McMurry’s, Meadow Farms Smokehouse, Mountain Title Company, Mule Days Celebration, New Cali Landscapes, Northern Inyo Hospital, Northfork Outdoors, Paiute Palace Casino, The Petite Pantry, Pizza 395, Preferred Septic & Disposal, Protroll, Rainbow Pack Outfit, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Rite Way Pool & Spa, Rusty’s, Sage to Summit, Save-On, Sierra Black Diamond Limo, Suddenlink, The Toggery, Tom’s Place, The Trees Motel, Turner’s Outdoors, The Video Place, Western Nevada Supply and Wright & McGill.

The Bishop Chamber extends extra thanks to Harold Reuter and the fish weighing crew, Burt Brown and Steve Ivey for running the shuttle truck, announcer Chuck Kilpatrick, Inyo County Probation Community Service Workers, Shannon Romero of Mountain Apparel, Ray Robles of Berkley and everyone else who helped and participated in the derby. “We’re already looking forward to 2016!” notes April Leeson.

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Mono Controlled Burn

Prescribed Fire in Mono County

Crews plan to continue ignitions on the Aqueduct Prescribed Fire, weather and air quality conditions permitting, on Tuesday, March 17th. Ignitions should take one day to complete.

This 125-acre project in the Jeffrey pine forest is east of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain (northeast of Deadman Summit).

Smoke from this project will be visible from Highway 395, Highway 158, Highway 120 East, June Mountain Ski Area, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the Bald Mountain Road.

Prescribed fires are conducted when weather and fuel moisture conditions are within prescription to safely accomplish the project objectives. By prescribing the fire under optimum weather conditions, managers simulate the natural role of fire. This reduces forest competition, opens gaps in the forest canopy for sunlight to shine through, and recycles nutrients to the soil for re-growth. Fire was a frequent event in the Jeffrey pine forest, occurring naturally every 10-15 years.

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1st place finisher Naiya Warren holding the winners plaque which has the names of the speech contest winners back to 1960. Owens Valley School will display the plaque until the 2016 speech contest

Inyo Speech Contest Winners

INYO COUNTY SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS

Inyo County Superintendent of Schools is pleased to announce that Naiya Warren of Owens Valley School won first place at the 63rd Annual Inyo County Speech Contest held on March 12th at Jill Kinmont Booth School and sponsored by Coldwell Banker.
The second place winner was Steven Mather also of Owens Valley. Third place went to Arianna Pope from Home Street Middle School.
Each participating school held their own Speech Contest where one or two winning students were selected to compete in the Inyo County Speech Contest, open to students in grades 6-8. In addition to Mather and Warren, 8th grader Shawnau Johnson also represented Owens Valley. Estreya Federman, Taylor McCormick, and Haley Yarborough represented Round Valley. At the county speech contest, students were evaluated on speech content and delivery by a panel of three judges.  These seven students representing three schools in Inyo County presented thought provoking and well-prepared speeches. “Should the National Park Service be recruiting more visitorship?” was the topic for the evening. If students took the position in favor of increased visitorship, they were required to indicate what would
increase visits from his or her age group and families. In preparation for the contest, students recalled personal experiences with National Parks and conducted research on various aspects of the National Parks including visitor statistics. Participating students took varying stances on the issue – some believing that a cap
should be placed on certain overly accessed parks while others felt that in order to preserve such treasures as Denali, Yellowstone and Yosemite the next generation needs to become familiar with the parks. Deputy Superintendent and speech contest judge Pamela Jones shared her perspective on the evening: “I found what the students were able to discover about our National Parks enlightening.” Jones and the judges were impressed with the
students’ obvious preparation, composure and content of their speeches. “The quality of the speeches this year was exceptional.”
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools would like to offer special thanks to the judges for their time and expertise: Lo-Inyo middle school teacher Bob Heist; Deputy Superintendent Pamela Jones; and retired teacher and ICSOS board member Mary Kemp. ICSOS would also like to express their gratitude to the school
coaches for all the time, effort and support they provide to our students: Meghan Fuchs, Vivian Hanson, and Jennifer Morales.

(left to right): 3rd Place Arianna Pope (HSMS), 2nd Place Steven Mather (Owens Valley), and 1st place Naiya Warren (Owens Valley) with sponsor Jake Rasmuson of Coldwell Banker
(left to right): 3rd Place Arianna Pope (HSMS), 2nd Place Steven Mather (Owens Valley), and 1st place Naiya Warren (Owens Valley) with sponsor Jake Rasmuson of Coldwell Banker
1st place finisher Naiya Warren holding the winners plaque which has the names of the speech contest winners back to 1960. Owens Valley School will display the plaque until the 2016 speech contest
1st place finisher Naiya Warren holding the winners plaque which has the names of the speech contest winners back to 1960. Owens Valley School will display the plaque until the 2016 speech contest
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Yosemite Road Work

Three Transportation Projects Underway in Yosemite National Park

The effort includes work on the Tioga Road corridor.

Yosemite National Park initiates one transportation project and concludes two others that will improve parking, road conditions, and traffic flow in the park. The projects will provide additional parking in Yosemite Valley, improve restrooms and reorganize the Tuolumne Grove parking area, and repair and maintain portions of the Tioga Road.  The projects are slated to be completed by Memorial Day, 2015.

Improvements to the parking area at Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias began in September 2014.  Currently, the grove, trail, and parking lot are open to the public.  The project entails improvements to the restrooms, new interpretive signs, a designated bus drop-off location, an improved picnic area, and better organized parking.  

In June of 2014, the park began a multi-phased maintenance project to repair the Tioga Road corridor, the park’s east-to-west highway that connects Groveland and Lee Vining.  The primary rehabilitation work involved a 15 mile segment from the Crane Flat intersection to just east of the White Wolf Campground.  The construction work includes improvements to culverts, grading, pavement resurfacing, new signage, and road striping.

This month, the park will begin the first phase of improvements to the Yosemite Lodge parking area in Yosemite Valley.  The completed project will include an expanded parking area just west of Yosemite Lodge.  The additional spaces will help to improve traffic flow in Yosemite Valley by parking vehicles west of Lower Yosemite Falls.  A future phase will include the installation of permanent bathroom facilities.

COVER PHOTO COURTESY OF YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, snow plow clearing Tioga road, file photo, clearly not this year…there is no snow this year.

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