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Bishop Businessman Sentenced

Jiminez Sentenced on Felony Embezzlement Charges

Statement from Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy.

At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, June 18, 2015 local businessman Jose “Jay” Jiminez was placed on five years of formal felony probation and ordered to serve 240 days in the Inyo County Jail for embezzling from a now-deceased client who had given him a power of attorney. He must serve an actual 90 days, and may apply for electronic monitoring for the balance of his sentence. The court set restitution in the amount of $79,449.76. He is also forbidden from acting as a fiduciary and from managing money or property on behalf of other individuals during the term of his probation, and may not engage in the tax preparation business.

The case began in August, 2012, when the Ombudsman’s Office received a complaint on behalf of the victim and a criminal investigation was initiated by the Bishop Police Department. The investigation discovered that in November, 2011 Jiminez was granted power of attorney by the victim in the case. This gave Jimenez access to the victim’s bank and credit card accounts. Jimenez used the power of attorney to pay bills for victim; but he also used the accounts to fund his businesses, Jimenez Tax Service and Petite Pantry, as well as pay personal bills. In March, 2012, Jimenez also sold victim’s mobile home for forty thousand dollars ($40,000.00). Jimenez received seventeen thousand dollars cash ($17,000.00) and a 2004 Hummer valued at approximately twenty-three thousand dollars ($23,000.00). Jimenez apparently pocketed the cash – records indicate it was not deposited into any account owned by the victim – and took possession of the Hummer.

Mr. Jiminez had previously entered a “no contest” plea to a felony embezzlement charge.

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CHSRA State Finals Rodeo

Wednesday Night at the CHSRA
State Finals

Just two nights remain.  The California High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo in Bishop wraps up with evening rodeos in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena tonight (Thursday, 7pm) and Friday (6pm queen coronation followed by the Rodeo).  Admission is just $6 for adults, kids under the age of 10 get in free.  There is a rodeo tonight at 5pm for children with  special needs.  That event will take place on the front lawn of the Home Economics Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  All are welcome to attend.

Photos by Gary Young.

District 9 rookie Ali Inderbieten of Bishop.
District 6, Karson Montijo.
District 7, Tucker Allen
District 3, Mason Mardesich
District 9 Amanda Bauerle and Hannah Waldvogel.
District 3 Enrique Sanchez
District 2, rookie Junior Liufau
District 7 rookie Gage White
District 3, Vinny Shroyer
District 8, Denny Ritarita.
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State Finals Rodeo

CHSRA State Finals Rodeo

The California High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo is underway this week at Bishop’s Tri-County Fairgrounds.  The States best are competing for scholarships, awards and a spot on the California National Team.  There is nightly rodeo action beginning tonight, June 16th, with the Opening Ceremony at 7pm.  The Tuesday Rodeo kicks off the themed nights with Patriotic night.  All are invited to wear their red, white and blue.  Wednesday, June 17th is Family night with the 7pm rodeo performance.  A family discount makes the Wednesday night rodeo a can’t miss for local rodeo fans.  $20 will get your entire family admission.  Thursday, June 18th is Cancer Awareness Night.  The high school rodeo asks you, “Are you tough enough to wear pink?”   Thursday night at the rodeo is also a chance for those with special needs to participate in a rodeo at 5pm on the lawn near the home economics building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  The 7pm rodeo will mark the end of the 2nd go, along with the Senior Introductions and Farewell.  Friday, June 19th is Senior Citizen Night.  At 6pm there will be a crowning of a new state Rodeo Queen followed by the final rodeo performance, the short go, with the top 15 in action.

The Queens with KIBS/KBOV’s Gary Young (center) and Steve Miller.
The 2015 District Queens include Tucker Hammons, district 1, Gracie Pachie, district 2, Jesse Plechaty, district 3, Ashley Galdos, district 4, Katie Serpa, district 5, Corinne Whitney, district 6, Rileigh Wullbrandt, district 7, Marie Livermore, district 8, and Katie DeMott, district 9.

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Wild Iris Fundraisers

Wine Walks for Wild Iris

Wild Iris is having two GREAT fundraisers this weekend!  They hope you can join them at one or both, and help support the work they do!

When: Friday 6/19, 6-9pm
Where: The Village, Mammoth Lakes
What: Summer Solstice Wine Walk & free music!
Tickets available at www.gimmeshelterfund.org

When: Saturday 6/20, 6-9pm
Where: Hidden Creeks Ranch, 85 Reata Rd., Bishop
What: Wine Walk, Music & Spanish Tapas
Tickets available at www.bishopwinewalk.com

Wine Walk Poster

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Inderbietens on the sports round up

Bishop Rodeo finalists on the sport show

Sisters Kayla and Allison Inderbieten were guests this past Saturday on the Sports Round up.  Kayla (Bishop Union High School graduate) and Allison (a sophomore at BUHS) both qualified for the California State Finals Rodeo.  Kayla and Allison will be competing with the states top Barrel Racers this week.  Listen to the show by clicking on the sports show link on the home page.

Cover photo, Allison and Kayla Inderbieten in the KIBS studio.  Photo by Allie Wilder

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Bishop Park Pool Happenings

Visit the Bishop Park Pool to beat the Heat

The City of Bishop Park Pool has a full list of events to help you beat the heat.

Swim Lessons:
The City of Bishop Swim School still has openings for this summer. Sign up at the Bishop Park Pool Tuesdays 10:45-6:00, Wednesday-Friday 10:45-4:30, and Saturday & Sunday 12:30-4:30. The Swim School offers:
Group lessons- $45 for 8 classes
Private lessons- $80 for 4 classes
First session starts June 16. Come down and sign up or call the park pool for more information at 872-7201.

Water Fitness Classes:
Looking for a cooler way to exercise throughout this hot summer? The Bishop Park pool has new times and a new instructor for water fitness.
The pool now offers:
Morning classes Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:15-9:15.
Evening classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.
Admission-$5 or buy a 14 punch pass for $60.

Night Swim:
The Bishop Park Pool will be open for Night Swim Wednesday, June 17th from7-9pm.
Adult admission- $4
Child admission- $2
Have your family come enjoy a nice cool swim after the hot summer day!

Dive In Movie:
Dive In Movie at the Bishop Park Pool is back!! First movie will be held on Friday, June 26th at 7pm. The movie will start approximately 7:45pm.
Adult admission- $5
Child admission- $3
Call the Bishop Park Pool for more information at 872-7201, or visit the city of Bishop Park Pool link on the City’s website
, http://www.ca-bishop.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/city-pool/

cover photo courtesy of the city of Bishop, 2013 lifeguards.

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Summer Time Reading Fun

Summer Reading at the Inyo County Free Library

Excitement and fun await those who journey to their local Inyo County Free Library and participate in the 2015 summer reading program: Read to the Rhythm! In addition to reading great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs designed to introduce youngsters to the world of music, instruments, dance, rhythm, and movement.

Bishop Library
The Bishop Library will be hosting StoryTime every other Friday from 10:30-11:30.The next meeting will be on Friday, June 19th and will feature a performance by the High Sierra Chorus, who will be teaching our young patrons all about a capella singing. Kids of all ages are welcome to attend this free event!

For school-age patrons, join us at the Bishop Library every Friday this summer from 3:30-4:30 for our Elementary Reading Group. During the month of June we will be reading Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. It’s about Rescue, a time-traveling search-and-rescue dog who is transported to the year 1850 where he meets a family migrating west on the Oregon Trail. The journey to California is long and dangerous, and it is Rescue’s duty to keep his new friends safe!

Big Pine Library
The Big Pine Library welcomes children in preschool through 6th grade to read all summer long and earn Book Bucks. Young readers can purchase prizes, and even ice cream cones, with Book Bucks! The program goes through August 8th, and ends with a big party. Parents, sign your kids up with Lydia the Librarian at the Big Pine Library – 760-938-2420.

Independence and Lone Pine Libraries
Summer reading starts in Independence on June 25th with weekly story time from 3:30 – 4:30 PM, through July 30. Meet at the Eastern California Museum located 3 blocks west of the Courthouse.
In Lone Pine, children should gather at the Lone Pine Library at the corner of Bush and Washington Streets beginning Wednesday, June 24th from 10:30 – 11:30 AM, and going through July 29th.

In both towns, the program is geared to children grades 2-5, but all are welcome to attend. There will be prizes and lots of fun centered around reading and rhythm.
Lone Pine and Independence adults who hanker to read more this summer can also participate. For every book read, a ticket will be entered in a weekly drawing for fabulous prizes!

And if reading great books isn’t rewarding enough on its own, several local businesses generously donated prizes for kids participating in this year’s summer reading program. The Library is incredibly grateful for the strong community support to promote reading and literacy.

If you are interested in participating in the summer reading program, the Library is looking for Story Time volunteer readers, further donations for prizes, and musicians who would be willing to do demonstrations for the kids. Please contact Heather Todd at the Bishop Library (760-873-5115) or Lone Pine/Independence Coordinator Esther Hampton, at 760-876-5035 if you would like to get involved.

cover photo, “Make Tracks to the Library” The New Warren St. improvements at the Bishop Library

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Jury Trial ends with conviction

Inyo Jury Finds Chavez Guilty

Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy is announcing an Inyo County Jury has found Tashina Chavez Guilty of assault. According to Hardy, the jury found Bishop area resident Tashina Chavez guilty of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury. The jury also found to be “true” a special allegation that Ms. Chavez personally inflicted great bodily injury. The verdicts followed a four day jury trial that commenced on June 8, 2015. The offense occurred on June 9, 2014. The case is now set for sentencing in Independence on July 7, 2015. Chavez is facing up to seven years in state prison. Hardy notes that the case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Michael Turner following an investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

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Nurses Union Files charges, NIH responds

Nurses File Charges Against Northern Inyo

Statement from the Negotiating Committee:

Northern Inyo Hospital Nurses represented  by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have filed Unfair Practice Charges with the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), demanding that the Hospital District bargain in good faith over Grievance and Progressive Discipline. Registered Nurses have repeatedly stated that their primary goal is to re-­‐establish a fair and supportive environment for caregivers.
“We are doing this to maintain  the are and safety of our patients, to
retain experienced staff and nurture new nurses in a safe culture, to
be involved in NIH’s financial stability, and to support the  other
employees at the hospital who are part of our team,” explains the
Organizing Committee’s initial statement. After filing with PERB on
February 2, the Nurses’ Union was formally recognized on March
17, held Negotiating Committee elections on March 26, began
collecting Bargaining Surveys,  and engaged in the formal bargaining
process by initially meeting with the District on March 31. Bargaining Surveys showed overwhelmingly that a fair Grievance Procedure and the District’s Medical Leave Policies are of great
concern to nurses.  These  policies are linked because of the District’s practice of terminating sick employees after just 16
weeks of Leave. Most employers, and particularly Hospitals,
give significantly longer unpaid leaves, enabling employees
to return to their positions upon recovery.
“One nurse gave over 25 years of service to this hospital, got cancer and was separated,” explains Laurie Archer, a Recovery Room Nurse and member of the Nurse Negotiating Team. “The District’s current Medical Leave policy is inhumane, unrealistic, and does not support the retention of skilled caregivers for this community. ”
In April, the Hospital District’s Board of Directors changed  the Hospital’s Grievance policy by eliminating the Board of Directors
as the final decision makers in any termination appeal, and delegating the final determination to Hospital CEO Victoria Lane.
Since during bargaining it is unlawful for the  District to make changes for Registered Nurses without first bargaining with the
Union, Nurses understood this change would not apply to them.
Nurses attended the Board meeting, however, to support unrepresented employees, and, along with other employees, called
on the Board of Directors not to proceed with this change. After the
Board passed the policy in spite of these appeals, NIH Administration informed Union leaders  that it would be implemented for all employees, including Registered Nurses. Nurses
informed the District  that this change was unlawful during the  bargaining process. The Union did not decide to file charges, however, until the District went even further, informing the Nurse
Negotiating Committee on May 22 that it would not be bargaining
over Grievance or Discipline in Union Negotiations. Since just cause
discipline and a fair  grievance procedure are among the most important elements  of any Union contract, it’s difficult to imagine a
more flagrant sign of bad faith. The PERB Charge also asserts  that NIH has been unlawfully removing Union notices from hospital break rooms while leaving other non-­‐work related notices up on bulletin boards. This is the second set of PERB Unfair Practice Charges nurses have had to file against Northern Inyo Hospital. The
first Charge was filed while they were completing the organizing process in early  February, after CEO Victoria Alexander-­‐Lane
sent an email to employees alerting them to language in their
Retirement Plan that could  exclude unionized employees from
the Plan. The Union asserted that  the email, and  the Plan itself,
were threatening and discriminatory,  making them unlawful under
California Labor Law. In response to the Charge, the Hospital District amended its Plan to make it possible for Union employees
to bargain the Plan into their contract, and notified NIH Employees
that it had done so. Since  the Hospital District  had only recently settled the retirement related charges, nurses were shocked that
the District almost immediately proceeded to commit further violations, potentially triggering another expensive legal battle.
“We’re concerned that the District may be using valuable public resources to fight its Registered Nurses, when we should all be working together to resolve these  issues and focus on continuing
to provide the best possible patient care to our community,” says
Nurse Negotiator and 2013 Daisy Award Winner Chris Hanley,
“We call on the District to demonstrate its good faith, by agreeing
to a fair contract with its nurses.”

Northern Inyo Hospitals response

Northern Inyo Hospital remains committed to bargaining in good faith with the NIH nurses represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). NIH is making every effort to be fair to all parties involved while keeping its commitment to the community to provide quality health care at reasonable rates.
NIH reduced the rate of many services in an effort to bring a balance to health care in Inyo County, and will not apologize for placing the needs of its patients and the community it serves at the forefront. NIH’s RN pay scale range is $33.72 to $48.41/hour, or roughly $70,000 to $100,000 annually. RNs who work from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. earn an additional 8 percent shift differential, while those who work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. earn an additional 25 percent.
In the long run, NIH is looking to preserve hospital service for this community. NIH must adapt how we provide services in order to meet modern patient needs.
To date, NIH has paid $56,000 for legal consultation in regards to the unionization. It is typical for both sides of any union negotiation to have legal counsel. However, NIH would rather see this money used to improve patient services.
Specific points about NIH Medical Leave:
NIH voluntarily goes above and beyond the 12 week Federal Medical Leave Act minimum with an additional four weeks of protected leave. A 2012 U.S. Department of Labor statistics report more than 70 percent of employees taking FMLA leave were back at work within 40 days. Only women who took leave to care for a new child took longer leaves.
Additionally, NIH employees may use any Paid Time Off (PTO) they have coming, plus other available resources, including the opportunity to have co-workers donate PTO hours to the employee.
After FMLA is exhausted, the medical condition is protected under Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, the hospital has the right to not accommodate an extended medical leave because of an undue hardship to the hospital and a specific department.
In the last two years, there have been three instances where an employee was separated from NIH due to medical issues. One was separated after 23 weeks, one after 20 weeks and one after 16 weeks.
It is shameful that the RNs would accuse the District and its Board of Directors of being uncaring and inhumane. When faced with making needed changes, the Board stepped up, researched solutions and sought input from stakeholders. Their priority is the greater good of this community.
Specific points about NIH Grievance Policy:
NIH was the only District Hospital in the State of California where employees could appeal grievances to the Board of Directors. It would not be fair to non-union employees to have one grievance policy for union members, and another for everyone else. NIH is committed to a fair and just grievance procedure for all employees, and we are committed to assuring the nurses a fair process.
Northern Inyo Hospital remains committed to providing quality of care for its community. Should anyone have concerns about the quality of care received, please contact Maria Sirois, Chief Performance Excellence Officer, at (760) 873-5811 or maria.sirois@nih.org.

cover photo, Lynn Greer and Becky Taylor lead a “community meeting” discussing NIH.

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Andersen wins Scholar Athlete Award

Keirsten Andersen named top Scholar Athlete

UCLA bound Keirsten Andersen won the first AltaOne, KIBS/KBOV scholar athlete award Thursday evening.  Andersen, the salutatorian for the class of 2015 at Bishop Union High school was a standout swimmer for the Broncos.  Andersen takes home a $1,500 scholarship for being named the Scholar Athlete Award winner.  In addition to Andersen, two additional finalist receive $500 scholarships.  Tennis player Tessa Wright (ASB president at BUHS) won for fall sports, with Basketball player Tamia Shoshone winning for winter sports.  Shoshone is a hoops standout leading the Broncos to an undefeated high desert league season while picking up the league MVP.

Andersen, Wright, Shoshone. photo by arnie palu

AltaOne’s Ted Huntington, Assistant Vice President of Marketing/Business Development, served as master of ceremonies.  Huntington thanked the nominees and winners for their effort and dedication while recognizing their parents for their efforts.  Bishop Union High School Athletic Director Stacy Vannest and KIBS/KBOV owner Steve Miller were on hand to celebrate the top Student Athletes at BUHS.

Stacy Vannest, Ted Huntington, Steve Miller.

Coaches at BUHS were asked to nominate one athlete from each sports team for the award, based on their academic performance and team leadership.  Each of the students were also asked to write an essay on their future aspirations.

Fall Sports
Staci Sonke, volleyball.
Miranda Barnes, cross country.
Tessa Wright, Tennis. $500 winner
Thomas Sills, cross country.
Woodrow Reynolds, football

Winter Athletes
Joe Griego, soccer.
Tamia Shoshone, basketball. $500 winner
Jake Traynor, basketball.
Luke Olson, snowboarding.
Alicia Campos, soccer.
Hannah Neer, ski team.

Spring Athletes
Frankie Harvey, swimming.
Colton Riesen, baseball.
Sam Riesen, softball.
Keirsten Andersen, swimming. $1,500 winner
Collin Batchelder, track and field.
Katherine Desbrosses, track and field.
Sean Mitton, golf.

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