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Bishop Mathletes at Kern Valley

BUHS Mathletes finish 2nd at rival Kern Valley

The Bishop Varsity Mathletes had another strong finish at their December 3rd meet in Kern Valley.  Taking home second place with a total score of 26 points, the Broncos were just two points behind first place winner, Tehachapi.  The students compete by individually answering challenging math problems in a timed setting to earn points for their team, and there were nine teams with 61 students.  Juniors David Chavez and Jamie Shultz were the high point scorers for the Broncos with seven points each, and also the high point scorers in the overall meet.  Colton Riesen was close behind with a score of six points and a second place in the overall meet.  Also contributing points for the Broncos were Olivia Grah, Robby Moore, William Moore, Hannah Murray, Carson Reid, and Logan Stephensen.

Coach DeeDee Buchholz describes this team as very hard working and is proud of how they represent BUHS by always showing great respect for the other schools and players.  The next Varsity meet is January 28th in Silver Valley.

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Wild Iris offering Transitional Housing

WILD IRIS TO PROVIDE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN EASTERN SIERRA

INYO AND MONO COUNTIES, CA. – Wild Iris will be able to provide a safe space for survivors of domestic violence and their children to grow and gain independent living skills through a new transitional housing program. This is a long awaited program and Wild Iris is so grateful to the many community partners that have made this possible. The Gimme Shelter Carnival, planned by Mammoth Lakes resident Donna Richards, provided the funds needed to get the process started. Wild Iris has since applied for and received a grant from the Berger North Foundation that will continue to fund the fledgling program for the next three years.

Wild Iris will be working to provide program participants with basic necessities such as food, housing, and toiletries, but also services such as counseling, support groups, and case management. During their time in the program, clients will have the opportunity to work, volunteer, or go to school, receive education on topics such as parenting skills, computer literacy, financial management, credit-repair, and basic life skills.

Housing will be provided in individual housing sites scattered throughout Inyo and Mono Counties to allow clients and their children to continue to work and attend school in a safe environment. In order to furnish these individual housing units, Wild Iris is seeking donations of household items. We are in need of everything from food pantry items and small appliances to bedding, furniture, and monetary donations. Our hope is that at the end of their stay, clients will leave the transitional housing program as self-sufficient individuals who have the ability to successfully meet their own goals.
For more information, please visit www.wild-iris.org.

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Graffiti in Chalfant

Vandalism reported in Chalfant

On Monday, December 8th, 2014, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received calls from citizens of Chalfant regarding several buildings throughout the community that had been vandalized.

Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to several locations throughout the Chalfant community to find walls, buildings and equipment vandalized by graffiti. Graffiti was found: on the Chalfant Community Center on the largest wall facing Valley Road; on the men’s room door at the community park; at the Chalfant Fire Department on vehicles used for training; and on a large box trailer parked on Hunter Ave.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance to identify the individual (s) responsible for the graffiti. If you have any information, please contact the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 932-7549 ext. 7.

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Coats for Kids at Suddenlink

11th Annual Coats for Kids Drive

Join the KIBS/KBOV team this Friday, December 12th at Suddenlink for a live broadcast.  The not to be missed event will run from 10am to 12 noon this Friday.  Stop by and drop off a new or gently used coat.  All coats will be distributed to those in need.  The Salvation Army is once again handling the coat distribution.   When you make a donation you will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle Fire, courtesy of Suddenlink (no purchase necessary).  The Chevy will be broadcasting live from 10am to noon at Suddenlink located at 201 east line street in Bishop.

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Mammoth names new Police Chief

TOWN MANAGER SELECTS NEW POLICE CHIEF FOR MAMMOTH LAKES

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Town Manager Dan Holler is in the process of hiring a new Police Chief for Mammoth Lakes. Holler is finalizing employment negotiations and background checks with Allen L. Davis (Al) to fill the Chief position. Mr. Davis is currently a Commander with the City of Ventura Police Department, where he started his career in 1982. Al has been engaged in a number of community-based programs, including grant writing and management, oversight of special units, and worked at all levels as he advanced through ranks of the department. He brings a diversity of skills, abilities and experiences that will greatly benefit the Town of Mammoth Lakes. He is an avid outdoors man, and enjoys hiking, fishing, biking and skiing. Al is not new to the Eastern Sierra’s as he has often recreated in the area.

The selection process went very well with 14 applications being received and five individuals interviewed by a panel of law enforcement professionals and a community/agency panel. Both panels identified the same top two candidates who were each invited to a second round interview process with the Town Manager, meeting with two Council members and a meeting with Police Department employees. “I was very impressed with the process, the candidates and believe we have a great person in Mr. Davis to serve as Mammoth Lakes new Police Chief” stated Holler. “The Police Chief is a key management position in the Town’s organization and in our work within the community.” Retiring Chief Dan Watson has served the Town well and is handing over an effective and committed group of sworn and non-sworn personnel that continue to focus on meeting the needs of the public. Having a new Chief in place this December was a Council Priority noted Mayor Jo Bacon and “I am pleased to see that this will be achieved and that we had two very qualified top individuals to select from. I also want to say thank you to those who assisted in the interview process.”

Holler is looking to bring Mr. Davis on by the end of December to allow some time with Chief Watson as part of the transition and to experience the busy holiday season. Final employment terms are not yet complete and the Town will finalize a formal background check along with the required medical and psychological evaluation, prior to Mr. Davis’ start date.

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Weak Ice Conditions

Weak Ice Conditions in Mammoth Lakes,

In the past two weeks there have been three incidents due to poor ice conditions within the Town of Mammoth Lakes.  Two if the incidents involved humans while the other appears to have involved a bear.  The emergency responders of Mammoth Lakes want to advise all visitors and locals that the ice conditions currently are questionable at best and to use extreme caution in and around all ice covered water bodies at this time.

While the ice may appear to look solid, the warm daytime temperatures have not permitted the ice to thicken to adequately support significant weight.  As a result persons may obtain a false sense of security when looking at an ice covered lake and first venturing out onto the ice.  Due to the lack of ice thickness, weak spots have resulted in the three incidents.

With the holidays quickly approaching, emergency responders want to ensure that the word is out there this may not be the year to venture out on ice covered lakes, at least not at this point in the winter season.  Please be extra careful around our lakes and be very observant of children and pets.

If you would like more information on this or any other fire safety related matter, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at (760) 934-2300.

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Reds Meadow Pile Burning

Reds Meadow Pile Burning

Update, December 9th.

The pile burning at Red’s Meadow has been postponed. Crews are looking for more snow coverage in the area and will re-evaluate after the storm passes. Crews are going to shift their attention to the Sawmill Piles along Highway 203 and the Scenic Loop above Mammoth Lakes (near Wooley’s Play Area and then leading east and down the Scenic Loop Road). This project will start Wednesday, December 10th, weather and air quality conditions permitting.

Fire crews will start ignitions on the Reds Meadow piles, weather and air quality conditions permitting. Forty-one acres are planned for today (Tuesday, December 9th)  and additional units may be completed in the next few days before the forecast storm. Expect smoke visible from Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain, and Devils Postpile.  According to officials at the Inyo National Forest, this continues the ongoing and substantial work to reduce fuel loads and restore natural habitat in the wake of the Reds Meadow wind event that caused extensive tree blow down.

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Flu Update

Eastern Sierra Flu Update

Inyo and Mono County public information officer Dr. Richard Johnson is urging folks to gear up for flu season.  Dr. Johnson has submitted the following report.

Flu Season May Be Severe
It’s time to turn our attention away from Ebola for a moment, and focus on influenza. Two people have died from Ebola so far in the United States, but many thousands are expected to die from influenza infections and complications this winter.
Current Situation
The flu season has begun earlier than last year, with high levels of illness being reported from states in the southeast. Five pediatric deaths have been reported so far. Over 500 hospitalizations have been reported nationally. Southern California is reporting increased flu activity, with an outbreak in a long-term care facility occurring already. Only sporadic activity has been reported in the Eastern Sierra so far.
Two additional facts are cause for concern:
Influenza A (H3N2) viruses are most common so far (91% of 1,200 specimens tested). Seasons in which this strain predominates are associated with more severe illness and death, especially in older people and young children.
More than half of the specimens analyzed so far indicate that the virus circulating in the community has mutated. This means that the vaccine will not be as effective as it usually is.
What Should You Do?
1.Get your flu vaccination from you healthcare provider, pharmacy, or health department. This is still the single most important thing you can do to prevent serious illness or death from the flu. Getting a vaccine that provides at least partial protection may be more important than ever. Even though there may be decreased protection against the drifted strains, cross protection may reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. The time to act is NOW, since the vaccine takes effect after 2 weeks. This means you have little time to get vaccinated before seeing grandma or the grand-kids during the holiday season. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for all persons aged >6 months, and is particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu, including:
a.all children aged 6 months through 5 years of age and persons >64 years of age
b.anyone who has chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, hepatitis, neurological, or metabolic disorders
c.persons who have suppressed immune systems due to disease or medication
d.women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
e.children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy
f.residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
g.American Indians/Alaska Natives
h.Persons who are morbidly obese (BMI>39)

2.As always, but even more important this year, people at high risk for serious flu complications should see a health care professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated. There are 2 prescription drugs that can be used to treat the flu or to prevent infection with flu viruses following exposure. Treatment with these antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of the illness. They can make your illness milder and shorter, and can lessen the risk of being hospitalized or dying from the flu. They are effective across all age and risk groups.

3.And, of course, take everyday preventive actions to prevent infection with and spread of infections:

a.Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or elbow
b.Stay away from sick people
c.Stay home from work or school if you are sick
d.Wash your hands often

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Utility work on Barlow Lane

SCE announces construction on Bishop’s Barlow Lane.

Beginning December 9th through December 12th and then again on December 15th through December 18th Southern California Edison will have their contractor, ILB, closing one lane of traffic on south Barlow, 400 yards south of Line St. to 75 yards north of Sunset. The lane closure will be from 7:00  am until 4:00 pm daily.
According to Southern California Edison, the contractor  will be relocating and upgrading facilities.  SCE appreciates the public’s patience and understanding during this time and apologizes for the inconvenience.

Joe Bragdon Arrested

Joe Bragdon Arrested

From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife..
California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) officers arrested a poacher today (Friday, December 5th) in Inyo County for allegedly illegally killing a trophy 3×3 deer in the G-3 zone. Joseph Eugene Bragdon, 37, of Bishop was taken into custody without incident at his workplace after a $15,000 arrest warrant was issued by the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

“We are grateful to the Inyo County DA’s Office for recognizing the importance of resource protection and that wildlife poaching is a serious crime,” said Lt. Bill Dailey of CDFW’s Law Enforcement Division. “Ethical hunters prize the G-3 tag for the incredible landscape and quantity of large deer. With only 35 tags issued every year, hunters can apply for years and never draw this zone.”

CDFW wildlife officers received a tip, through the CalTIP hotline, that on Nov. 1 Bragdon took his juvenile son to Division Creek in the trophy G-3 hunting zone and killed a large mule deer buck using a D-7 deer zone tag. With the assistance of the investigating warden’s tracking dog, Sieger, they located a dead deer with only the antlers and part of the edible meat removed. Most of the animal was left to waste.

Poaching a deer, cutting the head off and wasting edible meat is illegal and an egregious violation of ethical hunting standards. Wildlife officers took DNA samples and seized ballistic evidence.

The G-3 deer season runs only from Dec. 6-21. This area is considered a trophy deer hunt when high country mule deer bucks enter the area to escape the high country winter storms.

In November 2012, Bragdon was convicted of two misdemeanor hunting violations in Nevada, including hunting big game in a closed season and hunting big game without a tag. He was fined and had demerit points added to his Nevada hunting license.

Bragdon faces possible charges for several violations of the Fish and Game Code, including taking a deer without a license, tag or permit, failure to fill out tags, waste of game, failure to have a tag in possession and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. If convicted, Bragdon could face revocation of his hunting license, fines, probation and/or jail time.

CalTIP (Californians Turn In Poachers and Polluters) is a confidential secret witness program that encourages the public to provide CDFW with factual information leading to the arrest of poachers and polluters. Ethical hunters and anglers are the most common contributors to the CalTIP hotline. The toll-free hotline number is (888) 334-2258.

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