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Bronco Hoops downs Liberty

BUHS Boys Basketball clips the Hawks

The Bronco Boys basketball teams wrapped up a two year home and away series with Liberty Madera High School with a pair of home wins Friday.  The Broncos won two very tight games last year in Madera, and wrapped up the series with two big wins at Gus Klekas gymnasium Friday afternoon.  The JV shot the lights out in the early game, while the varsity used a late rally to win.

In the varsity match up Bishop won by a final score of 76-71.  The Broncos trailed after a high scoring first quarter 22-19.  Liberty led 40-33 at the half.  The Liberty Hawks led 59-53 after 3.  Bishop coach Mark Olsen says, “The Broncos played hard and outlasted Liberty in the forth and final quarter.  Out scoring Liberty 23-12 in the 4th.”

Individual Stats for the Bishop Varsity:
Thomas Montoya 26 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists
Ty Tucker 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 5 assists
Druw Allen 11 points, 3 rebounds,  2 assists
River Mallory 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist
Daniel Olsen 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal 2 assist
Ryan Lent 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists
Jake Traynor 4 points  1 rebound
Sean Brown 6 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist

The Bronco JV used excellent outside shooting and great team speed winning 74-48.   Freshman Trace Sapp scored several baskets in transition and fellow freshman Tommy Ruelas dazzled at the point guard position.   Ruelas, a remarkable ball handler, commands the high scoring JV offense with a calm demeanor rarely seen in a 9th grader.  Ruelas scored 11 points in the win while freshman Mike Molina added 14.  Sophomore Anthony Vega chipped in with 14 including a couple long range 3-point baskets.  Freshman Moran West added 10 points and great hustle while Kelby Cherrick came of the bench with 5 points.  Kanyon Martinez added 3 points for the JV.

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Bronco Wrestling vs Kern Valley

Bishop Bronco Wrestling

On Thursday, January 8th, the Bishop Bronco Wrestling team hosted Kern Valley for their first home dual meet of the season. The Bronco team consisted of:
Freshman Nolan Conway at 106 lbs
Sophomore Joseph Mayhugh at 145 lbs
Junior Angel Santana at 160 lbs
Junior Tyler Cox at 170 lbs
Junior Orlando Ruelas at 182 lbs
The meet started with junior Orlando Ruelas at 182 pounds receiving a forfeit.
Next up was freshman Nolan Conway wrestling at 106 lbs in his first ever match. Nolan wrestled enthusiastically, but made a crucial error and got caught and pinned.
Sophomore Joseph Mayhugh wrestled at 145 lbs against the same wrestler that pinned him in last year’s dual meet in Kern Valley. Joe was not feeling well and was able to wrestle the entire 6 minutes, but lost on points.
Junior Angel Santana, wrestling at 160 lbs had his hands full against a senior wrestler with 4 years of experience. Angel was not intimidated and took his opponent down in the first period.
It was a close match until the 3rd period when Angel got two 3‐point near falls and won the match with a 10‐5 decision.
The next match was at 170 pounds where junior Tyler Cox got pinned by a wrestler with a few years of experience.
Coach Joseph said, “It’s always hard when you lose at home, but 4 out our 5 wrestlers are first year wrestlers and it is hard to compete against teams with wrestlers that have 3 or 4 years of experience.”
The Bronco with the best record this season is Junior Angel Santana with a record of 7 ‐ 1 with 6 pins.
The next dual meet will be another home meet, this time against Rosamond on January 22nd.

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Eastern Sierra Flu Update

Flu activity is up

Inyo and Mono County Public heath officer, Dr. Richard Johnson is offering an update of flu activity, stressing the importance of early treatment for those at high risk of complications….Over the last month, seasonal influenza has spread rapidly across the United States in epidemic proportions. Evidence also points to a dramatic rise in cases seen last week at Sierra Park Clinics and Mammoth Hospital’s Emergency Department in Mammoth Lakes.
Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Many people use “stomach flu” to describe illness with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Many different viruses, bacteria, or parasites can cause these symptoms. While the flu can sometimes cause vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea—more commonly in children than adults — these problems are rarely the main symptoms of the flu. The flu is a respiratory disease and not a stomach or intestinal disease.
Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. It typically starts in late fall, and peaks in mid-February, although it looks like the peak will be in mid-January this year. Nevada has been hit hard, and cases in California are increasing rapidly.
Most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
Some groups are more likely to experience complications from the seasonal flu, including:
Seniors (those age 65 and older)
Children (especially those younger than 2)
People with chronic health conditions
If you believe you have the flu, and especially if you are in one of the categories at high risk for complications, please contact your health care provider early, as antiviral medication may be indicated to prevent serious illness or complications for you.

Complications from the flu include:
Bacterial pneumonia
Ear or sinus infections
Worsening of chronic health conditions
Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications, and more than 25,000 die each year, including dozens of children, some with no pre-existing conditions.
Most people who get the flu feel much better within one or two weeks. Most healthy adults can infect others one day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after symptoms appear. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be contagious for a longer period.
We will continue to monitor flu activity in our community over the next few months. We do this by tabulating positive laboratory tests, school absenteeism rates, hospitalizations and deaths, and clinic and Emergency Department visits for flu-like illness.
During this season, we ask you to:
1. Get your flu vaccine from your healthcare provider, pharmacy, or health department!! The best protection against seasonal flu is the flu vaccine. Although not a perfect match this year, getting a vaccine is still the single most important thing you can do to prevent illness. It is late – but not too late!
2. Stay away from people who are sick as much as possible.
3. Stay home if you are sick.
4. Follow the everyday steps such as washing your hands frequently and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
5. Seek medical care early if you are at risk for complications.

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Inyo National Forest Recreation

Winter Recreation on the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts

The Inyo National Forest provides the following information to help visitors pursue winter recreation activities on their national forests safely and responsibly.

Maps: The Town of Mammoth Lakes and the Inyo National Forest have produced a new and free Eastern Sierra Winter Recreation Map.  Pick up your copy at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center, obtain it online or download to your mobile device using the Avenza map app (www.pdf-maps.com).  A waterproof version of the map can be purchased at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center.

Know Before You Go: Winter recreationists must plan their adventure considering the current conditions, the weather forecast, the terrain and geography that will be traveled, and the equipment needs of their party.  Even when visiting one of the maintained ski resorts, planning ahead and knowing what to expect will make your winter visit safer much more enjoyable.

Anyone who may be traveling in potential avalanche terrain is encouraged to seek education and training resources; travel with a shovel, beacon, and probe; and have the knowledge required to use these tools. Visit the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center website for the most recent information on snowpack and conditions www.esavalanche.org.

Play with Your Pet Responsibly:  Forest regulations require that all dogs travel on a leash in all developed recreation sites, including ALL groomed trails.  Within the Town of Mammoth Lakes, all dogs must be on a leash.  Dogs are prohibited on groomed trails in the Mammoth Lakes Basin and are required to be on leash if traveling through the Lakes Basin off groomed trails. Leaving pet waste behind on a groomed trail or in a developed recreation area is littering.  Please pick up after your dog and throw it away in the trash. By doing so, you’ll help improve water quality and make everyone else’s recreation experience more enjoyable. 

Nordic Opportunities: Visitors can pursue Nordic recreation in several locations. The Shady Rest Nordic Trails are open, but grooming will not resume until there is additional snowfall.  All Nordic users should access the trail system by parking at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and using the trail portal in the Welcome Center Plaza.  The Forest Service asks that Nordic users refrain from parking at Shady Rest Park; the park is a primary snowmobile staging area and parking is limited. 

At this time, the Obsidian Dome trails do not have enough snow to allow for grooming, but are open and in use by skiers and snowshoers. Grooming will begin after the next significant snowfall.

The Miracle Mile from Mammoth Inn to Minaret Vista is open and groomed. Parking at the Main Lodge is limited and visitors are encouraged to ride the bus from town.

Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center is open and offering rentals, lessons, and tours to its patrons.  All users of the groomed trail system at Tamarack must possess of a valid ski pass. To access the Mammoth Lakes Basin without a pass, users must travel on the un-groomed roads and trails on the forest. 

Snowmobiling: The Inyo National Forest is waiting for additional snow accumulations to begin grooming the California Department of Parks and Recreation funded snowmobile trail system. With a shallow, low density snowpack, snowmobilers should use caution and refrain from traveling in areas where snow depths are minimal or vegetation or soil may be damaged.  Snowmobile users are responsible for knowing all regulations and understanding closure area boundaries. The Eastern Sierra Recreation Map is a helpful tool and all snowmobilers are encouraged to obtain and read a copy in advance of their snowmobile outing.

Snowplay and other Winter Activities: The only designated snowplay area on the Inyo National Forest is Woolly’s Tube Park on Hwy 203 above the North Village en route to Main Lodge.  More information can be obtained at www.mammothmountain.com.  There are several areas on the national forest where visitors find it convenient and fun to play in the snow, although these sites are not maintained for these activities.  Additional information is available at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center and at www.mammothtrails.org.

Snow bikes or “fat tire bicycles” and all vehicles with wheels are prohibited from using groomed trails.  Those wanting to ride bicycles on the snow may do so on any trail or road that is not maintained for Nordic skiing or snowmobiles and where bicycle riding is not otherwise prohibited.

The Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center is an excellent resource for winter recreation information, maps, and guidebooks.  The center is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm and can be reached at 760-924-5500.  The Inyo National Forest and Mammoth Lakes Trail System websites are also excellent sources of information.  Visit www.fs.usda.gov/inyo and www.mammothtrails.org.

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Photo by Gary Young

Bishop Warren Street Update

Next Phase of Work set for Warren Street

Public Works News Release
Construction of Warren Street Improvements Starts Soon.  As work on the water and sewer improvements along Warren Street draws to a close, construction of street improvements on Warren Street
is about to begin. Construction of the first phase of the Warren Street Improvements project is expected to begin 20 January and to
continue into May. The first phase of the Warren Street project will improve Warren Street from Line Street to Pine Street with new pavement, curb, sidewalk, street trees, street lights, and other improvements.
The blocks of Church Street, Academy Avenue, and most of Pine Street between Warren and Main are also included in the first phase of the project.  The project includes pocket parks, seating areas, colored concrete with designs, large boulders, and shade trees. Other items such as sculpture, banners, archways, flower baskets hanging from street lights, bike racks, landscaping, and a public restrooms will be added to the project later with separate funding.
Construction of the Warren Street Improvements project is expected to start with storm drain and concrete sidewalk construction. Storm drain will be constructed along the east side of
Warren Street between Lagoon Street and Pine Street. Storm drain construction is expected to take about one month. Concrete construction is expected to continue through March.
Continuing construction in downtown Bishop impacts traffic on city streets west of Main Street and will cause inconvenience and delays. Closures required for the construction include full street and intersection closures during the dayti
me. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards will require attention, even when work is not underway. Businesses will still be open to serve you during construction. All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize project impacts and restrictions, but drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.
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Cerro Coso Winter Recess

Cerro Coso Closing for Winter Recess

All offices and classrooms at all Cerro Coso community college campuses will be closing for winter recess from Wednesday, December 24th, through Friday, January 2nd, 2015.  This includes both the Bishop and Mammoth Campuses of Cerro Coso.
College officials note that online registration will be available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day through the college website, www.cerrocoso.edu.
The College will reopen on Monday, January 5th, 2015.  The spring semester officially starts on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

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Sunday Accident on 395

Single Vehicle Accident Sunday

2014 Bishop Union High School graduate David Gratz suffered major injuries in a Sunday morning accident. The accident occurred just north of Bishop on highway 395.

According to the California Highway Patrols accident report Gratz was traveling northbound on US-395 just south of Sawmill Road. For an unknown reason, Gratz caused or allowed his vehicle to drift to the left, across the center divider and southbound lanes of US-395. The vehicle continued down a dirt embankment where it collided with a barbed wire fence and then into a large tree. Due to the damage sustained to the vehicle during the collision, the roof of the vehicle was removed to assist with extricating Gratz. Gratz was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital where it was determined he would be flown to Renown Medical Center due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The CHP report indicates that personnel from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Symons Ambulance, Caltrans, and the California Highway Patrol responded to the collision scene and assisted with the incident.

Gratz, age 18, just finished his first semester at California Maritime Academy located in Vallejo, CA.

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