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Northern Inyo Hospital Board Vacancy

Healthcare District filling Dr. Clark’s seat

Dr. Scott Clark recently stepped down from the Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIH Board) creating a vacancy in Zone 4.  Those interested in serving on the Northern Inyo Hospital Board must apply by November 30th.  Current board members include President (zone 5) M.C. Hubbard (term expires November of 2018), Vice President (zone 2) Denise Hayden (term expires November of 2016), Treasure (zone 3) Peter Watercott (term expires November 2018), and (zone 1) Dr. John Ungersma (term expires November 2016).
Northern Inyo Hospital released the following notice:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District has declared a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The term of office would run through the first Friday in December of 2016. Requirements for this office are being a registered voter living in the District and a resident of Zone 4 NIHD service boundaries, which consist of the following:

Precinct 30: City of Bishop, West Line St. to South end of City, West of Main Street

Precinct 44: Highland, Sunset, Watterson

Precinct 45: North of Sierra Vista Way, Irene Way

Precinct 46: South of Sierra Vista Way, Underwood

Precinct 47: Reservation, West of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 48: Reservation, East of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 50: South of West Line St., Barlow to Main St.

An Ad Hoc Committee of the current District Board of Directors will conduct interviews to fill this vacancy. To be considered for appointment to this vacancy, please provide the following:

Letter or Statement of Interest

Resume/curriculum vitae, including any public service background (optional)

Interested persons are also asked to complete an Application for Appointment to a Special District Vacancy, and a Conflict of Interest Form (California Form 700) which are available in the Administration Office or in the front lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital, located at 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop CA; and on the Northern Inyo Hospital website,; or they may be obtained by calling (760) 873-2838.

To be considered for an appointment to the Board of Directors, your letter of interest, resume, application, and Form 700 must be received by Sandy Blumberg, Clerk of the Board, Northern Inyo Healthcare District, 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514 and/or by email to: and/or by fax at (760) 872-5802 by November 30, 2015.

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Independence Holiday Boutique and Craft Show

Independence Holiday Boutique and Craft Show

Get into the spirit of the season on Friday November 20 by enjoying a day of fun, food & holiday shopping in beautiful and historic Independence.

The very popular Independence Holiday Boutique and Craft show kicks off the day with over 20 talented craft persons displaying their handiwork for sale at the American Legion Hall beginning at 7:45 a.m. Shoppers will find a huge selection of beautiful and one-of-a-kind hand-made items including jewelry, pottery, aprons, baskets, baked goods and much more. You’ll be sure to find just the right item for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

The show will also feature hot breakfast from 7:45 to 10 and a delicious lunch including hand-crafted soups, chili and more starting at 11. The Boutique and Craft show will be open 7:45 a.m. until 2.
Also on November 20th, the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery adds to the Independence festivities with their annual Holiday sale from 10 a.m. until 3. Come in and check out their great selection of Christmas gift ideas and Christmas decorations as well. And after shopping…enjoy a free self-guided tour of the historic Fish Hatchery, a true Owens Valley treasure.

Holiday shopping, delicious food and genuine small town charm…you’ll find all that and much more on Friday November 20th. Make a day of it and take the trip to historic Independence for a fun filled day of holiday cheer and geniality. For more information call Gayle at 760 920-2132.

cover photo, 2014 Independence Boutique and Craft Show

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Joyce Ann Piest

Joyce Ann Piest

May 25, 1933 – November 14, 2015

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
Philippians 4: 4

Joyce Ann Piest of Bishop entered into the Lord’s Glory and began her eternal life in heaven on November 14, 2015 following and extended battle with breast cancer. Born on May 25, 1933, Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Walt, 4 daughters, 8 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren and her extended family at Grace Lutheran Church. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday November 22, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church located at 711 N. Fowler Street in Bishop with Pastor Kent Puls officiating. A luncheon will follow in the Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lutheran World Relief 700 Light Street Baltimore, Maryland 21230.


For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4: 6-8

Suspect wanted for Attempted Murder arrested in Bishop

Santa Rosa suspect arrested Monday

Travelers on North Sierra Highway Monday morning were witness to a “High Risk enforcement stop”.  Several local law enforcement agencies teamed up to apprehend a suspect with a warrant for attempted murder.  Bishop Police Interim Chief Ted Stec issued the following statement following Mondays arrest.

“This morning (Monday, November 16th), Bishop Police Officers, with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Major Investigation and Narcotics Team (MINT), and the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office arrested Alfonso McCloud on a warrant charging attempted murder. McCloud is 24 years old and a resident of Santa Rosa, CA. The attempted murder charge originated out of Santa Rosa.
Information received over the past several months tended to indicate McCloud had fled to Bishop after the incident in Santa Rosa. Local officers working on tips from Santa Rosa eventually spotted McCloud in a vehicle traveling on W. Pine. St. A high-risk enforcement stop was made on Rocking W Dr. at Highway 395, where McCloud was taken into custody without incident.
McCloud was subsequently interviewed by Santa Rosa Police Detectives and booked into the County Jail. McCloud will soon be transported back to Santa Rosa. ”

Booking Photo: Alfonso McCloud, photo courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs department.
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Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics

Medicare Open Enrollment Clinics

by Arnie Palu

Medicare enrollment clinics will be held this week in Lone Pine, Mammoth and Bishop.  HICAP coordinator Cathy Kelty reminds folks that reservations are required at all three clinics.

Tuesday November 17th
Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic in Lone Pine
On Tuesday November 17th HICAP of Inyo and Mono counties is holding a free Medicare Open Enrollment event at Statham Hall, 183 N. Jackson St in Lone Pine, beginning at 11:00 AM. HICAP counselors help you compare, select and enroll in the 2016 Part D plan that best fits your needs. Reservations required. Call 760-267-1191 to schedule your appointment.

Wednesday November 18th
Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic
HICAP of Inyo and Mono Counties is holding a free Medicare Open Enrollment event at the Mammoth Lakes Library, Wednesday November 18th at 4:00 PM. HICAP counselors help you compare, select and enroll in the 2016 Part D plan that best fits your needs. Reservations required. Call 760-267-1191 to schedule your appointment.

Thursday November 19th
Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic in Bishop
On Thursday November 19th HICAP of Inyo and Mono counties is holding a free Medicare Open Enrollment event at the Bishop Senior Center, beginning at 9:00 AM. HICAP counselors help you compare, select and enroll in the 2016 Part D plan that best fits your needs. Reservations required. Call 760-267-1191 to schedule your appointment.

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Monte Williams

Lewis Monte Williams, 1931 – 2015

Lewis Monte Williams, 84, passed away on November 8th, 2015 at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, CA surrounded by his family.
Monte was born at home on October 29th, 1931, to Howard and Mary Williams in Ventura, CA. He was the youngest of 4 boys; his brothers were Herb, Gerald, and Ron. He spent his early education years in Ventura until the 11th Grade, then his Senior year he
transferred to Nordhoff High School in Ojai, CA where he graduated in 1950. During Monte’s senior year of high school, his mother  passed away and eventually his father married Beulah.  While Monte attended high school, he started his grocery career at Ojai Valley Grocery. After spending many years in the grocery business Monte was drafted into the United States Army where he served as a front line cook in the Korean War. When he was honorable discharged,
Monte returned to Ojai, CA where he continued his grocery career at Ojai Valley Grocery. As a hobby, he was an avid drag racer with his corvette in Santa Maria, CA. Monte owned the first corvette in Ventura in 1955. He was part of the Williams Brothers racing team, who, in 1954 set a world land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats for B/Roadsters. Monte was absent, having just returned from Korea with no desire to camp out for a week on the salt flat.

While living in Ojai, he met the love of his life, Cora, while she worked at Bank of America in Ojai. Monte and Cora married after a year long courtship on October 13th in Las Vegas, NV at The Little Chapel Around the Corner. After Monte and Cora were married, he
continued his grocery career working for Nason Tobey at Tobey’s Market. Monte and Cora raised their five children: Marty, Lorie, Larry, Lisa, & Mona in Ojai. In 1969, Tobey offered Monte an opportunity to further his career by moving to Bishop, CA to work at Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market. Monte decided to relocate his family to Bishop, one of the family’s favorite vacationing spots. Monte worked as a grocery clerk for Tobey until he and Cora purchased Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market in May 1976. Over the course of their ownership, all five children, most of the children’s spouses, and most of the grandchildren have worked at the market.

Monte was a generous supporter and constantly giving to the local community. He attended the Jr. Livestock Auction and was always a top buyer. He donated to various organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Bishop Little League, Eastern Sierra Softball,
AYSO, the local schools, the Boys & Girls Scouts of America, charity runs/walks, 4-H & FFA, The Elks Club and the NIH Ladies Auxiliary. Monte also really enjoyed his corvettes and driving in the Bishop Homecoming ceremonies at Bishop Union High School.

Monte lived a full and abundant life. He and Cora enjoyed camping, dancing, going on many cruises, some of which included with Unified Grocers Members, and trips. One of Monte’s favorite yearly trips included going to Reno for Hot August Nights, he loved seeing all the
different classic cars. Monte also looked forward to his one day off a week, Sundays, to relax at home and enjoy brunch on his back patio with Cora, his Dolly. Monte instilled the importance of family, honesty, trust, hard work, and lived that to his fullest until the day he passed. Monte was a loving husband, father, father-in-law,  grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend.

Monte is survived by his wife Cora. Son Marty & wife Marcy Williams, their two children Cory Williams & Ashley Diaz (Williams) & her husband Rene Diaz, their children Andrew, Bonnie, Isabel & another baby coming soon. Daughter Lorie & husband Mike Nelums, their two children Samantha Nelums, & Jeff Nelums & his wife Breanne Nelums. Son Larry Williams. Daughter Lisa & husband Dale Pitman, their three children Elizabeth Pitman, Dale Pitman Jr. & Heidi Taylor (Pitman) & her husband Dustin Taylor, their two
children Brooke & Austin. Daughter Mona & her husband Pedro Velazquez, their children Miranda Curtis, Connie, Abby, & Brenton Velazquez. Sister-in-law Katie Williams, Brother-in-law Bill Hamby and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a viewing on Friday, November 27th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at Brune Mortuary, 325 W. Elm St, Bishop, CA. The service is on Saturday, November 28th at 11:00am at The First United Methodist Church, 205 N Fowler, Bishop, CA with a grave side at East Line Street Cemetery with a Celebration of Life to follow. The family thanks you for your attendance. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in honor of Monte to Northern &
Southern Inyo Hospitals Ladies Auxiliary’s Equipment fund.


Missing Person: UCLA student Michael Meyers

UCLA grad student Michael Meyers is missing

by Arnie Palu

Michael Meyers is a graduate student at UCLA.  His mother Catherine contacted KIBS/KBOV radio in an effort to located her son.  According to Catherine, Michael went hiking in the Mt. Russell/Mt Whitney area on Friday, November 6th.  Meyers was expected back at UCLA on Monday, November 9th.  Meyers and his 2002 gray Dodge Durango remain missing.  Catherine is assuming Michael left for his hike from Whitney Portal.  The gray Dodge Durango has California license plates, 7DIB540.  If you have any information on Meyers or the vehicle, please contact local law enforcement.

Michael Meyers, photo provided by Catherine Meyers.

Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze indicates that local officers checked the Whitney Portal and Onion Valley trail heads and Meyers’ vehicle was not found.

Meyers is a native of St. Cloud Minnesota.

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Preliminary Hearing set for Bishop Embezzlement case

“Lola” Marsh set to appear in Inyo County Court

by Arnie Palu

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday, November 19th for Dolores Kay “Lola” Marsh. According to a spokesperson from the Office of the Attorney General, Marsh is charged with 5 counts of grand theft and 5 counts of falsifying records. The Preliminary hearing is set for 10am in Independence.

The California Attorney Generals Office is handling prosecution of the Marsh case, not the Inyo County District Attorney’s office and current DA Tom Hardy. The case is not being handled locally due to the fact that prior to being appointed as District Attorney, Tom Hardy had represented Marsh during her preliminary investigation.

The Bishop Police Department reported the initial arrest of Marsh in February.  At that time the Bishop Police Department released the following statement:
“On Thursday, February 5th, 2015 after an almost 2 year investigation, the Bishop Police Department arrested Dolores Kay Marsh for a felony warrant. The Bishop Police Department investigated back in April of 2013, a complaint from Inyo Mono Body Shop, where suspected funds had been stolen from the business. The investigation was handled within the police department and turned over to the Office of the Attorney General-State of California for further investigation into the missing funds. As a result of the completed investigation, the Office of the Attorney General determined; Dolores Kay Marsh should be charged with stealing in excess of $300,000.00 from Inyo Mono Body Shop. An arrest warrant was issued by the Office of the Attorney General and Bishop Police Officers acted on the warrant and arrested March early on Thursday morning (February 5th, 2015). Marsh was transported to the Bishop Police Department, where the bail was set at $50,000.00 for the felony warrant. The listed charges within the warrant are: 5 counts of grand theft and 5 counts of forgery: altering entries in books and records. Marsh posted bail and was released with a court date.”

Cover Photo, Inyo County Courthouse. Photo by Gary Young

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Brad Greene Signs with UC Irvine

Lone Pine Star Signs with UC Irvine

by Arnie Palu

Brad Greene can’t help but stand out.  At 6 feet 11 inches the Lone Pine High School Senior is often head and shoulders above his classmates.  On the basketball court the center has dominated the Desert Mountain League drawing attention from colleges and universities nationwide.  Wednesday was the first day basketball players could sign national letters of intent, and Greene wasted no time signing on to play basketball with the University of California Irvine.

Greene took time Wednesday to speak about signing with UC Irvine…

cover photo by Gary Young. Greene vs. Bishop Union in 2014.

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Mammoth Hospital Honors No Shave November

Mammoth Hospital Honors No Shave November

Mammoth Hospital is proud to be participating in “No Shave November.” The month-long journey encourages participants to forgo shaving and grooming in order to raise cancer awareness. “For No Shave November we are honoring the memory of Dr. Tomi Bortolazzo, a longtime resident of Mono County and Mammoth Lakes, California,” said Dr. Craig Burrows, Chief Medical Officer at Mammoth Hospital. “In her career in Urology, Dr. Bortolazzo dedicated herself to the diagnosis and management of all Urologic conditions, including bladder cancer, and prostate cancer. She always went above and beyond what was required to make certain that her patients received everything they needed. It only seems fitting that we do what we can to continue her fight.”
The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Please join us in this endeavor. Don’t shave all of November and please donate to Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach fund.
Mammoth Hospital’s Cancer Outreach Program provides support, resources and financial assistance to cancer patients living and working in Mono County. Thanks to donations, we can help offset travel expenses for those receiving their cancer care out of the area.

To donate please follow the link here: For more information, please call Bubby Greene at (760)924-4128.

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