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Bishop Woman Arrested

Victim treated at NIH, Woman Arrested

April 14, 2016
by Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs Department has issued a statement detailing Tuesday nights events that led to the arrest of a Bishop woman.  The victim was treated and released.

Statement from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department:

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at about 10:50 PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual about a victim being stabbed at an apartment complex outside the city of Bishop.  Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel from Symon’s Ambulance arrived  on scene to find a male subject with a defensive wound to his hand from a knife.

The suspect, 28 year old Yvette Fimbres, was in an argument with her estranged boyfriend; the boyfriend attempted to gather items to leave the residence when he was confronted by Fimbres who was holding a knife.  The boyfriend attempted to disarm the knife from Fimbres, in doing so he sustained a knife wound to his hand.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Northern Inyo Hospital where he was treated and released.

Fimbres was arrested and booked at the Inyo County Jail for Felony Domestic Battery and Felony Assault with a deadly weapon; bail is set at $25,000.00.

Photo Courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs Department
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BLM Proposing Campground Fee Increases

BLM Proposes Fee Increases at Eastern Sierra Campgrounds

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office is seeking public comment on proposed fee increases at campgrounds in the eastern Sierra.

 The BLM is proposing to change the fee strategy and initially increase fees for the Tuttle Creek, Goodale Creek, Horton Creek and Pleasant Valley Pit campgrounds in Inyo County and the Crowley Lake campground in Mono County.

 The proposed changes would take effect in 2016 and initially increase fees from $5/night to $8/night at the Tuttle Creek, Horton Creek and Crowley Lake campgrounds, all of which now have drinking water.

 The fee at the Pleasant Valley Pit campground would initially increase from $2/vehicle to $5/site per night. This would bring the permit cost at PV Pit into alignment with the fee currently charged at the Goodale Creek campground, both of which do not have drinking water.

 The proposal would also change the duration and fees for long-term camping permits. The current fee structure allows for up to an eight-month permit, which far exceeds other long-term camping options offered in the eastern Sierra.

 Under the proposed structure, long-term camping permits would be offered for a maximum of three months at the Tuttle Creek, Horton Creek, Goodale Creek and Crowley Lake campgrounds. The fee for this three-month permit would remain at the current rate of $300.

 The existing 30-day permit option would be expanded to include use of the PV Pit campground at a rate of $120/month. PV Pit is not eligible for the three-month permit because it is such a popular campground during the winter months and is often at full occupancy, especially during weekends and holidays.

 “Fee revenue will be used to maintain the quality of our campgrounds, which now include new amenities such as drinking water that were part of recent campground upgrades” said Steve Nelson, Bishop Field Manager. “Between 2010 and 2012 we invested approximately $3.6 million in campground upgrades to improve the quality of our campgrounds here in the eastern Sierra. The fee structure we have proposed will help us provide a quality camping experience for visitors to our area. Our proposal also allows us the flexibility to either increase or decrease fees as needed to address occupancy, operating costs or resource management challenges.”

 A market assessment of fees charged at other area campgrounds found that all five BLM campgrounds in the eastern Sierra are priced well below other area campgrounds. The current campground fees were established in 2005 and have not changed in ten years.

 After the initial change in fees in 2016, campground fees at all five campgrounds would be set by the field manager at a rate between $5 and $10 per campsite. The field manager would make fee adjustments based on the occupancy rate at each campground, the cost of maintaining or improving the campgrounds, and/or the impacts that dispersed camping outside of the campgrounds is having on the area’s natural and cultural resources.

 To ensure that comments will be considered, the BLM must receive written comments on the proposal to change the fee structure at campgrounds managed by the Bishop Field Office by Jan. 22. Effective 6 months after the publication of this notice, the Bishop Field Office would initiate changes in fee collection at these five developed campgrounds unless the BLM publishes a Federal Register notice to the contrary.

 You may submit comments on this fee collection proposal by any of the following methods:

 ·         E-mail: blm_ca_bishop_public_comment@blm.gov. Please include “Fee Proposal” in the subject line of your e-mail.

·         Mail: Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office, Attn: Jeff Starosta, 351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100 Bishop, CA  93514

 Copies of the fee proposal are available in the Bishop Field Office at the above address and online at http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bishop.html

 For further information contact the Bishop Field Office at (760) 872-5032 or at the address above.

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Marsh Pleads Guilty

Delores Marsh Pleads Guilty

By Arnie Palu

Bishop Resident Dolores Kay “Lola” Marsh plead guilty today (Thursday, November 19th) to two felony counts. Terms of the agreement require Marsh to pay $322,000 in restitution and spend 2 years in Jail.

Today’s Preliminary hearing in Independence was scheduled to begin at 10am but was delayed until nearly noon. Once the proceedings began, a proposed settlement was announced. Marsh admitted to a felony count of grand theft, and a felony count of forgery. Terms of the plea agreement require Marsh to pay $322,000 in restitution to Inyo Mono Body Shop. The agreement requires Marsh to pay $100,000 at sentencing and set up a schedule of payment for the remaining balance. While announcing the terms, Marsh’s attorney Victoria Campbell indicated that Marsh will list her home for sale. Marsh also agreed to two years in Inyo County Jail.

Sentencing is set for Wednesday, January 20th at 1:30 in Inyo County Court, Bishop. Judge Brian Lamb will preside. At today’s hearing Judge Lamb instructed Marsh to “Have your affairs in order” for sentencing on January 20th.

Marsh remains free on $50,000 bail.

The Case was prosecuted by the office of the Attorney General, with Edward Skelly speaking for the people today. The Bishop Police Department handled the investigation with Dave Jepson present at today’s hearing.

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Tri-County Fair Entry Forms Available

Local Rodeo, ATV Rodeo, IMA Idol and Horse Show entries being accepted

Entry forms are now available online and in the Fair office for several Tri-County Fair events. In addition to the regular exhibit entries and contests contained in the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, forms are now available for the IMA Idol Singing contest, the ATV Rodeo, the Local Rodeo and the Fair Horse show. They can be found online at www.tricountyfair.com or in the main office on the Fairgrounds.

The IMA Idol contest has a few new twists this year. Competitors in this event are not subject to an age limit, and can have instrumental accompaniment (within the rules) should they choose. “The biggest change to the IMA Idol contest is that there will be a preliminary contest on Saturday, August 22 that is free to the public to watch, and the top five performers from the preliminaries will go on to compete as the openers for the Austin Webb Concert during the fair,” stated Fair CEO Sally Symons. Cash and fair ticket packages are the prizes for the IMA Idol Contest that is proudly sponsored by The Sound Shoppe and Sierra Wave Media.

We have also changed up the ATV Rodeo a bit this year,” commented Symons. “Last year’s first time go at it was a great success, but ran a little long. We have tightened up the events, added a time trial/ qualifier day, and the great guys from Bishop MotoCross are going to run it for us. This should help to make the show even more entertaining and fast paced for our guests.” There will also be an FMX stunt show prior to the ATV Rodeo featuring locally grown rider Dustin Nowak of Thrashed Kids, Inc. Last year’s participants had a great time and the winners took home cash prizes that were sponsored by Honda Motorsports, which is sponsoring again this year.

The Local Rodeo and Broncs & Bulls is another Fair favorite with entries now open. In addition to the traditional favorites, there have been a few additions to the Junior Rodeo Line-up, and the prize money for the rough stock has been doubled, which should make for a deeper field of competitors.

A popular day-time event during the fair is the Horse Show featuring English, Western, Halter, Hunter /Jumpers, trail and new this year a Versatility Ranch Horse division. Entry booklets for the Horse Show will be available at the Fair Office, Wye Road Feed and Sierra Saddlery. Anyone interested in sponsoring horse show classes can also contact the Fair office at 760-873-3588.

Any questions regarding entry into these events should be directed to the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 760-873-3588 or by emailing ceo@tricountyfair.com

cover photo courtesy of the Tri-County Fair

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Bishop Family involved in a Crash near Mojave

California City Woman Arrested following Tuesday crash

A two vehicle traffic accident Tuesday afternoon on highway 14 south of Mojave sent several to the hospital. Recent Bishop Union High School graduate, 19 year old Irving Perez was behind the wheel of a northbound 2003 GMC with three passengers including his parents Alejandro and Adela Perez and an 11 year old brother. According to the California Highway Patrol accident report, 32 year old California City resident Rebecca Hallman was driving a 1998 Dodge southbound with two passengers, including a 7 year old boy and 6 year old girl. The report indicates that Hallman “allowed the Dodge to cross into the northbound lanes of traffic directly in the path of Perez’s GMC”.  Hallman and the 7 year old boy suffered minor injures and the 6 year old girl received moderate injuries. All were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Bishop resident Irving Perez suffered what were described as major injuries. Passengers Alejandro Perez and the 11 year old boy suffered minor injuries and were transported to Antelope Valley Hospital. Adela Perez was not injured. The California Highway Patrol notes that the collision remains under investigation.  The Mojave Area CHP office indicates that Rebecca Hallman was evaluated for driving under the influence and was subsequently arrested for Driving Under the Influence causing injury and child endangerment.

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Destruction Derby in Jeopardy

Tri-County Fair Destruction Derby needs Drivers

Statement from the Tri-County Fair

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department’s Destruction Derby for 2015 is in jeopardy. This long standing crowd favorite is a mainstay of the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair, and it needs the support of the Eastern Sierra Communities. “As of Friday, July 10 there were not enough entries to have a Destruction Derby this year. So, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and the Tri-County Fair are pulling together and asking the fans to help save the event,” commented Fair CEO Sally Symons.

“For some reason entries are down, and several regular drivers lost sponsorship this year. We know this is a crowd favorite, and are asking the communities of the Eastern Sierra to help out. Consider entering a car or even helping to sponsor one,” said Symons.

Besides being the highlight of the Fair for many, the Destruction Derby is a huge fundraiser for the Fire Department and the Fair as well. Symons continued, “By providing this great night of all-American entertainment to the fans, both organizations benefit financially, helping to make their year round services and activities available.” In 2014 the Fire Department’s portion of the proceeds was $34,000.00 and the Fair received just under that amount at $30,000.00.

Those interested in entering the Derby or getting in touch with a driver to help sponsor a car should contact the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department at 760-873-5485.

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Paul Cook’s Staff coming to Bishop

Rep. Paul Cook To Host Mobile Office Hours in Inyo County

WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) announced today (July 8th) that his office will conduct mobile office hours in Inyo County on Monday, July 13. Rep. Cook’s staff will be at the Inyo County Government Building located at 163 May St., Bishop, California from 1:00PM to 4:00PM in the County Administrative Officer Conference Room.

Rep. Cook’s staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide casework assistance to constituents with issues pertaining to federal agencies, such as Veterans Affairs, Social Security, and Internal Revenue Service. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Rep. Cook’s Apple Valley District Office at (760)247-1815. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Who: Office of Congressman Paul Cook
What: Mobile Office Hours
When: July 13, 2015 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM
Where: CAO Conference Room at the Inyo County Government Building, 163 May St., Bishop, CA 93514

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Heart.

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July 4th Accident

Benton woman injured, arrested

The California Highway Patrol has released details from a July 4th traffic accident north of Bishop.  The report indicates the single vehicle crash occurred at approximately 10am this past Saturday with 31 year old Benton resident Crystal Lawrence behind the wheel of a 2001 Dodge neon.  According to the accident report, “On Saturday, at approximately 10:00 AM, Crystal Lawrence was driving a 2001 Dodge Neon westbound on Five Bridges Road near Fish Slough Road.  The vehicle collided with a guard rail.  Lawrence fled the scene after the collision and failed to notify authorities of the collision.  During the course of the investigation, Lawrence was located at a residence in Benton,  and she was found to have sustained major injuries from the accident and she also exhibited signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol.  Lawrence was transported to Mammoth Lakes Hospital and she was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and for Hit and Run.”

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Big Day in the Bishop City Park

Celebrate July 4th at the Bishop City Park

Free swimming, Baseball, pie and ice cream! America!

The City of Bishop will be hosting their Annual “Big Day at the Park” on Saturday, July 4th. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a day at the City Park to celebrate the Fourth of July with activities starting at 11:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM.

Starting at 11 AM – For the spectator, come and watch an exciting Exhibition Baseball Game at Diamond Four; For some exercise, bring your tennis rackets and balls and play on the city tennis courts or check in at the City Pool Office to check out a bocce ball set or a volleyball to get started on a game of bocce ball or get some digs in this summer in our volleyball sand courts!

To cool off – come and join us at the City Pool free of charge from 11 AM to 4 PM! Live music will begin at 2:00 PM and FREE watermelon, ice cream, and pie will be served from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Don’t miss out on the fun! If you need more information please call Bishop City Hall at (760) 873-5863.

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Bowling for Scholarships

Caltrans employees set bowl-a-thon

Saturday, July 11th the third edition of the Caltrans district 9  bowl-a-thon will be held at Bishop’s Back Alley Bowling lanes.  The event is a way to raise money for the Caltrans scholarship program. Jessica Klemencic, District 9 Scholarship Committee Chair, indicates the scholarship program has granted 80 scholarships to graduating seniors.  Since 2003, their efforts have awarded over 70 thousand dollars to further the education of graduating seniors in the Caltrans District 9 area.  Klemencic credits Caltrans employee Patty Cano with creating the bowl-a-thon.   This years event will be their third bowl-a-thon, the first year they raised $1,256.  Last year they raised $2,225.  The bowl-a-thon will be Saturday, July 11, 3:30 – 5:30 at the Back Alley bowling lanes, Bishop.  There will be a 50/50 drawing during the bowl-a-thon, and prizes will be raffled as well.  This year they will be hold a pot luck dinner at Izaak Walton Park after bowling.  Klemencic encourages members of the public to come and cheer on the bowlers, and join the pot luck too!

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