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Earth Day 2015

Bishop Waste Hosts Green Talks and Trash Triathlon

Earth Day inspires communities to help make our planet a better place now, and for future generations. Why not plan to get involved this year? Here are ways you can…
“One of the best things we can do for our environment is to be informed citizens,” said Rick Vahl, director of Bishop Waste and Mammoth Disposal.  Bishop Waste will be offering “Green Talks” at Earth Day in the Bishop City Park on April 18th to help educate residents about a variety of topics, including curbside recycling, starting a recycling program at your workplace and a big-picture view of how waste is managed locally. This free event is the perfect opportunity to learn the ins and outs and dos and don’ts of garbage, recycling and yard waste once it leaves your curb.
“We are pleased to be hosting the first annual Trash Triathlon from 3:00-4:00 PM in the front of the Bishop City Park. Teams of six will compete in a recycle relay, trash toss and recycle puzzle. It’s meant to be fun and draw some attention to promoting a clean, responsible way to deal with trash,” said Rick Vahl. To get involved, please contact Bishop Waste at 760-872-6561.
Rick also said, “It’s important to remember, the trash can is not the place for all trash.”  Bishop Waste is giving the community a chance to dispose of household hazardous waste properly and for free. Residents can bring household batteries and drop them in a special bin at the Bishop Waste Booth. A majority of Eastern Sierra residents throw their recyclables and household hazardous waste in their trash, which is filling up our landfill. Bishop Waste will give residents an opportunity to bundle trash and recycling services to alleviate this eminent concern.
Come celebrate “Earth Day” on Saturday, April 18th from 10am to 4pm at the Bishop City Park.

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Dannie Marie visits KIBS

Budding Artist Dannie Marie says Hello

San Diego area recording artist Dannie Marie dropped into the KIBS/KBOV studio Monday treating listeners to a live version of her song, “Countin’ Down Summertime”.  Dannie Marie, a singer-songwriter, made Bishop and KIBS/KBOV a stop on her tour promoting her CD, “Anything I Wanna be”.

dannie-marieDannie Marie, KIBS host Gary Young, and Dannie’s Brother Nick.

Find out more about Dannie Marie at her web site. http://www.danniemarie.com/home

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17 year old Jailed following pursuit

Sunday pursuit ends in crash, arrest

A 17-year old Bishop boy was taken to jail Sunday following a vehicle pursuit that ended with a crash near the Mt. Whitney fish hatchery.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the Bishop police department took a stolen vehicle report just prior to 3pm Sunday.  The vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was reportedly stolen from the Bishop Union High School parking lot.  Just after 3pm, the Inyo County Sheriffs department reported they had located the vehicle being driven in Big Pine.  The report notes that the vehicle traveled southbound on highway 395.  Near fish spring road the CHP and Inyo County deputies attempted to make an enforcement stop, however the vehicle failed to yield continuing southbound, “in a reckless manner.”

According to the highway patrols reports, “spike strips were deployed to end the pursuit and the driver made a sudden turn in an attempt to avoid driving over the spike strips.”  The vehicle overturned several times.  The 17-year old juvenile suffered minor injuries, and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital.  The highway patrol indicates the driver was then arrested for Felony Auto Theft, Felony Eluding, Driving under the Influence, and driving without a valid drivers license.  The juvenile was taken to the Inyo County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Inyo Forest Road, Campground Update

Inyo National Forest planning for early road, campground openings

The Inyo National Forest is planning to open recreation facilities on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts early this year based upon warm, dry conditions throughout the winter months.

The forest is coordinating with the Town of Mammoth Lakes, National Park Service, Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, Cal Trans, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Inyo Recreation, and other valued partners to open roads, campgrounds, recreation facilities, and services in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and Reds Meadow Valley for the upcoming fishing season and Memorial Day holiday.

For Fishing Opener – Most lakes below 9000 feet are currently free of ice.  Weather dependent, roads in the Mammoth Lakes Basin will be open prior to the 2015 Fishing Opener, with a tentative opening date of Saturday, April 18th.  Convict Lake, Sherwin Creek, Mammoth RV Park, Oh Ridge, June Lake, Gull Lake, Silver Lake, Big Springs, and Lower Lee Vining campgrounds will be open by April 24th.

Restrooms in the Mammoth Lakes Basin on water systems are not designed to function during winter conditions, including night-time freezing cycles.  The Town of Mammoth Lakes is working with the Forest Service to provide temporary restroom facilities and trash service until normal summer services are established.

For Memorial Day – The road into the Reds Meadow Valley will open prior to Memorial Day, with a targeted opening date of Saturday, May 16th.  The Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will operate the mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle bus system Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day weekend. Normal operations will begin Saturday, June 13th and continue through Labor Day.  Twin Lakes and New Shady Campgrounds are scheduled to open on May 8th. Lake Mary, Reds Meadow, High Sierra Camp, Glass Creek, Deadman, Hartley, Aspen, Big Bend, Junction, Tioga, and Ellery campgrounds should be open by May 22nd.

All other national forest campgrounds will open by June 13th and Devil’s Postpile Campground (NPS) will open in mid-June.

All established opening dates are subject to change pending weather conditions.

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Bishop’s Warren Street Project

Pavement work is next on Warren Street

Next week the focus of work on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project is expected to continue on concrete but the following week the focus of work is expected to shift to pavement rehabilitation.  Concrete work is expected to be complete on Academy Avenue next week. When concrete on Academy is done, the concrete operation is expected to move to the east side of South Warren between Line and Lagoon at the city parking lot there.   At the same time, curbs around new planters in other parking lots may be constructed.

Starting as early as the week of 20 April, grinding of the existing pavement and grading in preparation for paving is expected. Paving is expected the week following grading. The streets affected by the pavement rehabilitation are Warren from Line to Pine, Church and Academy from Main to Warren, and Pine between Main and the alley half way between Warren and Hammond. Pavement work will be very disruptive to traffic on the affected streets, so driving on these streets during this time should be avoided.

The new sidewalks will be open to pedestrians, however, so you still can easily get to your favorite local businesses. All work on the project is expected to be complete in mid May.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway.  When signs say a road is closed, please don’t drive on it.  The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.

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Mono Search and Rescue

Successful Mono County Search and Rescue

On the morning of Wednesday, April 8th, 2015, at approximately 10:00AM, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a stranded backpacker near Glass Creek.

A male backpacker, age 43, from Ramona, CA, began a two week backpack trip. The backpacker started his trip at Dead Man Creek and was hiking to Yost Lake. On day four of the trip, while near Glass Creek, the backpacker twisted his ankle and camped at his location to recover. During this time, a storm moved into the Eastern Sierra and the area received 18” to 2 ½ feet of fresh new snow over the dry landscape. The backpacker was unsuccessful in keeping his equipment dry. He became wet and cold with numb feet. On Wednesday, April 8th, he called 911 via his cellphone and requested rescue/extrication.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was dispatched to rescue the stranded backpacker. SAR team members staged at June Mountain Ski Area. The ground teams accessed Glass Creek through the ski area and the trailhead at Hartley Springs. The teams were able to locate the stranded backpacker, conduct an EMT patient assessment, and assist in re-warming the backpacker’s extremities. The backpacker was given snow shoes, and with the teams’ assistance, was able to hike back to the trailhead. Once back at the rescue base, the backpacker signed a medical release to seek his own further medical treatment. He was given a ride to his family members in the Mammoth Lakes area.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team wants to remind all the hikers and backpackers who enjoy our Eastern Sierra trails, to research your route prior to starting on your journey, bring the proper equipment for the terrain and area, and always check the weather report for the time you will be enjoying the backcountry. We want all our hikers and backpackers to have a fun but safe adventure throughout the many Eastern Sierra trails.

 Written and reported by: Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

Staging at June Mt
Staging at June Mt

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Kiddoo is Named Air Pollution Control Officer

Air District Appoints Phillip L. Kiddoo as Its New Air Pollution Control Officer

The Governing Board of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Phillip L. Kiddoo as its Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) effective April 8, 2015. The District is a joint agency of Alpine, Mono and Inyo Counties responsible for all federal and state air quality standards to protect the health and welfare of its residents and the environment. The APCO is the chief executive for the District. Mr. Kiddoo succeeds Theodore Schade who retired as APCO at the end of 2014.

Mr. Kiddoo began his career with the District over a decade ago as a Research Systems Analyst and spent the last five years as its Senior Research and Systems Analyst. His work included sophisticated air monitoring and development of data analyses of dust pollution from the dried Owens Lake bed. Mr. Kiddoo previously worked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the University of California White Mountain Research Station. He was born in Bishop, raised in Mammoth Lakes and Bishop and is married to wife Brenda. Their sons, Reymond and Dezert Sky are students at Bishop Union High School.

“I am honored to be the Air Pollution Control Officer and grateful for the talents and resources of District staff,” said Mr. Kiddoo. “We have a long history of protecting our residents from the harmful effects of air pollution. I look forward to listening and working with our community who shares our goals to preserve our environment and the health of our families.”

Left, Ted Schade, Retired Air Pollution Control Officer Right, Phill Kiddoo, Air Pollution Control Officer
Left, Ted Schade, Retired Air Pollution Control Officer
Right, Phill Kiddoo, Air Pollution Control Officer
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3 Dead in Head on Collision

Two Vehicle Collision on 395 Kills 3

Two vehicles collided early Wednesday morning near Ridgecrest killing both drivers and one passenger.  Two additional passengers suffered major injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office the collision occurred just after midnight, at 12:15am Wednesday south of Ridgecrest on highway 395.  A southbound 2002 Volkswagen driven by a 23-year old female from Reno Nevada struck the front of a northbound 2006 Cheverolet driven by a 18-year old female from Ridgecrest.  Both drivers died along with a front seat passenger in the Cheverolet.  The age and residence of the third victim was not released.  Two additional passengers in the Cheverolet a 22-year old female from Bakersfield and a 14-year old female suffered major injuries.  The California Highway Patrol notes that the collision remains under investigation.

UPDATE (4/9/15, 6:30am)
The deceased have been identified by the Kern County Coroner.

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Taylor Kay Marie Warren
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Ridgecrest, CA          AGE: 19 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Myranda Danea Kiaha
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Ridgecrest, CA          AGE: 18 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

DECEDENT’S NAME:  Erica Leigh Greif
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Reno, NV          AGE: 23 years
TYPE OF CASE: Traffic Fatality

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Steve Bradley

Steve Aaron Bradley

Steve Aaron Bradley, 59, a nearly lifelong resident of Big Pine and Bishop, died Thursday, April 2, 2015, at his home in Big Pine. Steve was born in San Bernardino, Calif., but raised in Big Pine, his family’s longtime home. Steve attended Big Pine Schools and went on to study ornamental horticulture at CalPoly San Luis Obispo. Steve was known to many friends in the valley for his exceptional artistic abilities, especially with flowers, painting and music. For several years, Steve entertained diners with his piano at the old “Rossi’s Restaurant” in Big Pine. He had most recently been sharing his musical gift with the congregation of the Big Pine Methodist Church.
Steve was preceded in death b y many beloved relatives, especially his mother Karen (Rossi) Bradley, Father Robert Bradley, and his dear Aunt Lorena (Rossi) Olio. He will be missed by a large family. Steve is survived by his sister Jill Aldworth and her husband Jack Aldworth, and nephews Brad and Kevin Varnum, his brother Marty Bradley and nephew Reuben Bradley and his family wife Whittney, daughter’s LilyJo, Eme, and a third daughter on the way, nephew Dustin Tillemans, as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
There will be a celebration of Steve’s Life Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Big Pine Methodist Church at 11:00 am, with a potluck luncheon to follow at the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Steve’s memory to either the Big Pine Methodist Church or the
Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department will be greatly appreciated by the family.

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BUHS Mathletes Update

Season wrapping up for BUHS Mathletes

JV finish the year in 2nd place, Varsity has one meet remaining.

The Bishop Varsity Mathletes competed in Trona on March 18, 2015 and brought home a second place finish out of the 11 competing schools and over 80 students.  The Mathletes compete by individually solving ten difficult math problems in a timed setting along with one team problem.  Eleven schools from throughout the league compete, including Tehachapi, Desert, Rosamond and Kern Valley.

Bishop scored 21 points, led by six points each from senior Olivia Grah and junior Jamie Shultz.  Their scores earned them a tie for third place in the meet’s individual results.  David Chavez, Logan Stephenson, and Robbie Moore earned three points each, and Ethan Lamb, William Moore, and Hannah Murray also contributed points.

The Mathletes have one meet left in the year, which will be held at BUHS on April 29, 2015.  They are coached by BUHS math teacher Mrs. DeeDee Buchholz.

Left to right: Hannah Murray, Jamie Shultz, William Moore, Ethan Lamb, Logan Stephenson, David Chavez, Robbie Moore, Olivia Grah
Left to right: Hannah Murray, Jamie Shultz, William Moore, Ethan Lamb, Logan Stephenson, David Chavez, Robbie Moore, Olivia Grah

JV Finish the year in 2nd place

Congrats to Bishop High School JV Mathletes for earning second overall in the League.  They competed in four meets against ten schools.  Over one hundred freshman and sophomores compete at each meet where the Mathletes complete ten rigorous math problems along with one team problem.  All Mathletes show high character and are proud of representing Bishop in the “Bronco Way”.  “This is a great team” says coach DeeDee Buchholz.  “They work hard, try their best and are very bright.  These Mathletes have a great attitude and they remind me daily why I love my job!”

Top honors for the JV Mathletes include Duncan Reid who earned 1st place overall in the league for his individual score of 28 points, Sam Hess and Jim Tomasek earned 7th place for their individual scores of 17 points and Liam Grah who earned 14th place for his score of 15 points.  Zoe Anderson, Makayla McDevitt, Chet Shultz, Maddie Tomasek, Dezert Kiddoo, Dani DeRousseau, Rowan Benson, Emily Ball, Alan Torres and Dylan Fitt also contributed to the team this year.  Bishop Mathletes are a competitive bunch and are willing to work hard to bring home first place next year.  Go Broncos, we are proud of you!

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