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Bishop Tribe Primary Election results

Top 5 advance to July 14 General Election

The Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Primary election was held Tuesday.  Tribal members cast 458 votes advancing five candidates to the July 14th General Election.  The five candidates will now compete for two seats on the tribal council.  Those seats are currently held  by Earleen Hess-Williams and Kristopher Hohag.

Vote Totals
1. Deston Rogers, 263.
2. William Vega, 237.
3. Kristopher Hohag, 206.
4. James V. Hess, 195.
5. Deborah Vega, 183.

6. Richard Napoles, 182.
7. Thomas Mitchell, 160.
8. Jack Williams, Jr, 134.
9. Michael Rogers, 157.
10. Paul Chavez, 125.
11. Brandon Decker, 115.

All eligible voters of the Bishop Paiute Tribe are encouraged to participate in July’s General Election.  The Bishop Paiute Tribe is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located on the 879 acre Bishop Paiute Reservation in Inyo County, California.  For more information visit their website at www.bishoppaiutetribe.com


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AltaOne Honoring Scholar Athletes

Thursday Event Honors BUHS Student Athletes

The AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Bishop member service center is hosting a Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony.  The Thursday evening event marks the completion of the first year of the AltaOne Scholar Athlete Award program.  KIBS/KBOV radio is partnering with AltaOne and Bishop Union High School in honoring top student athletes.

Coaches at Bishop Union High School were asked to nominate one athlete from every 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. A shortlist for each season was selected by an independent judging panel.

Winners of the Scholar Athlete Award will be announced at the award ceremony Thursday, June 11. The ceremony will begin at 6pm in the AltaOne member service center, Bishop. Each of the 3 season winners will receive a $500 scholarship check, with an overall winner out of the 3 receiving an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Fall Athletes
Staci Sonke, volleyball.
Miranda Barnes, cross country.
Tessa Wright, Tennis.
Thomas Sills, cross country.
Woodrow Reynolds, football

Winter Athletes
Joe Griego, soccer.
Tamia Shoshone, basketball.
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.
Collin Batchelder, track and field.
Katherine Desbrosses, track and field.
Sean Mitton, golf.

The community is encouraged to attend the ceremony Thursday evening beginning at 6pm at the AltaOne member service center on north main street, Bishop.

Cover Photo by Gary Young.  Baseball nominee Colton Riesen

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Bishop Tribal Election Today

Polls Open for Bishop Tribes Primary Election

Eleven candidates are vying for five spots in the July General election.  The top five will advance to the July election to fill 2 spots on the Bishop Tribal Council.  Polls are now open and will stay open until 7pm.  Voting takes place at the Bishop Paiute Tribal Chambers at 50 Tu Su Lane.  All Eligible voters of the Bishop Paiute Tribe are encouraged to participate.

The following individuals are running for two (2) seats on the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council, for three year terms:
Paul Chavez
Brandon Decker
James V. Hess
4.      Kristopher Hohag (incumbent)
5.      Thomas Mitchell
6.      Richard Napoles
7.      Deston Rogers
8.      Michael Rogers
9.      Deborah Vega
10.  William Vega
11.  Jack Williams, Jr.

The top five (5) candidates receiving the highest votes will proceed to the General Election on July 14, 2015.  The seats up for election are currently held by Earleen Hess-Williams and Kristopher Hohag.

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Bishop Chamber elects leadership

Bishop Chamber selects Board members

submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently conducted an election to select new members to serve on its Board of Directors.

Newly elected, re-elected and appointed members include:
David Bhakta, representing Holiday Inn Express
Kamal Bhakta, representing Days Inn and La Quinta
Pete Korngiebel, representing Community Printing & Publishing
Corinna Korpi, representing Alta One Federal Credit Union
Sam Patel, representing Vagabond Inn
Scott Piercey, representing High Country Lumber
Chris Plakos, individual member
Sally Symons, representing the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds

Continuing Board Members include:
Julie Faber, representing Mountain Studio and Coso Operating Company
Todd Lembke, representing New-Cali Landscapes
Jennifer Roeser, representing McGee Creek Pack Station
Cheryl Underhill, representing VFW, Lions, Altrusa, ESBCA and Elks Lodge
Debi Yerkes, representing Alex Printing

Greg Allen, Rohit Bhakta and Manny Singh will be retiring from the Board when the new members take office on July 1st. “We so appreciate the dedicated service and we’ll definitely miss them,” states current Board President Julie Faber. “They’ve all agreed to continue to help out as needed and that’s awesome,” added Faber.

2015/2016 Chamber Board President will be Cheryl Underhill and offices of Vice President and Treasurer will be selected at the June 18th Board Meeting. The all-volunteer board meets monthly to provide leadership, oversight and direction to BACCVB staff. Meetings are always on the third Thursday of the month and follow the networking luncheons. Meetings are open to all members, guests and interested community members.

“Our community is extremely fortunate to have such a terrific group of individuals serving as Board Members for the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau,” states Tawni Thomson, Chamber Executive Director. “This group represents a wide variety of interests and they possess a vast array of talents. We truly appreciate their commitment and spirit of volunteerism. Congratulations to all and thanks for serving.”

cover photo provided by the Chamber, left to right, Harry Bhakta, Julie Faber, Cheryl Underhill

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Inyo Jury finds Bencoma Guilty

Bishop Resident Steven Bencoma Convicted on Felony Criminal Threats Charge

According to Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy, on Thursday, May 28, following a three day jury trial held in the Superior Court of California, County of Inyo, Bishop area resident Steven Bencoma was convicted of a felony charge of making criminal threats. After the jury verdict, Assigned Superior Court Judge Christopher Yeager made “true findings” that Mr. Bencoma had previously served a term in prison, and that he had previously suffered a prior “strike” conviction. The jury deliberated for approximately one hour before returning its verdict. The case is now set for sentencing in Independence on June 16, 2015. Bencoma is facing up to seven years in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Dee Shepherd following an investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

cover photo by Gary Young, (Inyo County Courthouse, Independence)

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Inyo Register responds to McAteer comments

Inyo Register Responds

Inyo County Superintendent of schools Dr. Terry McAteer conducted an interview with KIBS/KBOV radio Thursday.  The full interview is available through a link on the home page. Dr. McAteer details what he calls, “bullying” behavior by the Inyo Register. The Inyo Register’s Managing Editor Darcy Ellis and Publisher Rena Mlodecki submitted the following response.

The Inyo Register’s official comment regarding Dr. McAteer’s allegations:

“McAteer’s belief that this is small group of people wanting answers is  off base. The real issue here is the superintendent’s and the Board of Education’s refusal to answer simple questions about the use of taxpayer money. What could have and probably would have been an open-and-shut story has ballooned into what we are facing today: elected officials demonizing a news organization because they were offended by its audacity to question them. Had they simply cooperated months ago, the matter probably would be settled by now. Instead, Dr. McAteer and the Board of Education have tried to make this about The Inyo Register, about former employees and about a lack of trust – but it’s not. It’s our job to hold public officials accountable and ask the tough questions – whatever the answers may be. Their refusal to cooperate or answer questions not only demonstrates a clear lack of respect for taxpayers and constituents, but has inflamed the situation.”

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Bishop officials choose sidewalks

Bishop Proposes Sidewalk in Back of Park

The City of Bishop public works department held meetings this month to prioritize improvement projects.  City officials are looking specificly at funding opportunities that target “active transportation”.  Public works at the city of Bishop issued the following statement:
This month the City of Bishop will propose a sidewalk and bike lane project in the back of the City Park for state Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding. The $1 million project, called the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks project, would construct sidewalks and bike lanes on portions of Spruce Street, East Yaney Street, and Hanby Avenue in and near the east portion of the Bishop City Park, near the Bishop Senior Center. This sidewalk and bike lane project is proposed for funding even though it was not the most popular project at a recent series of public meetings held by the city. The most popular projects at these meetings were bike path and residential sidewalk projects. Because of difficulties with the most popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects, the relative ease, and substantial benefits of the Spruce, Hanby, Yaney Sidewalks
project, this project in the back of the park will be proposed for the current ATP funding opportunity. The more popular projects face difficulties in the form of resistance from the City of Los Angeles
Department of Water and Power (DWP, the landowner) in the case
of the bike path projects, and from residents and citizens concerned about sidewalk construction and tree removal in the case of the sidewalk projects. The city looks forward to working with DWP and with residents on future funding opportunities for the popular bike path and residential sidewalk projects.
The state’s ATP is intended to promote public health and safety by encouraging active forms of transportation such as walking, biking, and skateboarding to get to school, work, or every day activities.
The City of Bishop appreciates the public’s involvement identifying the best projects for ATP funding. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us  or 760-873-8458.
cover photo by Arnie Palu, sidewalk work on Warren St.
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Bishop City Council Meets

Flower Baskets to Hard ball

The Bishop City Council had few action items on their agenda Tuesday night, but did receive a wide variety of information ranging from the placement of flower baskets to a budding adult baseball league.

The rare Tuesday night meeting opened with the council approving a proclamation recognizing the upcoming “Walk for Kids” on Sunday, June 7th.  Registration begins at 7am, with the walk starting at 8am.  The walk is being held on the 4th birthday of Bodie Ellis.  The walk is being organized by the Ellis family who became familiar with the Ronald McDonald House at Loma Linda when their son needed specialized care.  You can register for the walk at www.walkforkids.org/lomalinda

Fire Chief Ray Seguine updated the council on potential plans for remodeling fire station number 2.

Police Chief Chris Carter thanked all who helped out with the effort to close main street for the Mule Days Parade.  Carter reported no major issues during the recent celebration.

City Engineer Dave Grah reported that work on the Warren street improvement project continues.  The focus on North Warren is the instillation of concrete crosswalks.  That work is continuing this week and is expected to stretch into next week.  Grah expects the concrete crosswalks to help with stop sign and cross walk recognition, noting the goal of the design is to limit paint and signage.   Grah indicated positive feedback from a recent set of meetings held to gather public input on Active Transportation Planning.  The top requests centered on Bike transportation followed by residential sidewalk improvements.

Waylon Cleland had positive news on the parks and recreation front.  Cleland announced that the city has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the Toiyabe Indian Health Project.  Funds will be used to renovate fields 1 and 2 at the Bishop City Park.

City Manager Jim Tatum reported that the new downtown flower baskets and their watering system withstood the busy Mule Days parade.  Tatum explained that the flower basket concentration near main and line streets is due to the current availability of water.  Tatum indicates the city is hoping to expand the program with availability of infrastructure to support the watering system.  Tatum also gave an update on the “Big Day in the Park”.  The recent 4th of July tradition is taking shape and Tatum revealed plans to include a baseball game at field 4.  The game would include a collection of recent graduates who are playing or have played college baseball.  The hardball game would potentially serve as a springboard for a adult baseball league.

Bishop Camber of Commerce and visitors bureau executive director Tawni Thomson reported visitor numbers to the city park center are up.  The Month of April saw a 32% increase in visitors compared to 2014.  Thomson credited the spike in numbers to the Forest Service sharing the space and favorable weather.  Thomson reminded the council of the California high school rodeo state finals June 16th-19th.

In action items the Council voted 5-0 in support of posting “No Parking” signage at designated locations for the upcoming 4th of July celebration.  The “No Parking” signage will be posted on the morning of July 4th, and removed the following morning.  The council also approved a one year extension of the fuel supply contract with Eastern Sierra oil company/Thomas petroleum.

The next Bishop City Council meeting is set for Monday, June 8th, 6pm.

cover photo by Arnie Palu.  The Ellis Family and Kevin and Lis Mazzu address the City Council.

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Walk for Kids Sunday, June 7th

Bishop City Council Proclamation highlights upcoming walk

The Bishop City Council passed a proclamation Tuesday night shining the spotlight on a upcoming walk in the Bishop City Park.  A “Walk for Kids” benefiting the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House will take place Sunday, June 7th.  Registration begins at 7am, with the walk starting at 8am.  The walk is being held on the 4th birthday of Bodie Ellis.  The walk is being organized by the Ellis family who became familiar with the Ronald McDonald House at Loma Linda when their son needed specialized care.

photo by Arnie Palu, Left to Right, Faith, Bodie, Alix Ellis, Kevin and Lis Mazzu
photo by Arnie Palu, Left to Right, Faith, Bodie, Alix Ellis, Kevin and Lis Mazzu

Alix Ellis tells their story.

“Minutes before little Bodie’s arrival on June 7, 2011 the doctors at the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada informed us that something was wrong and the next two days seemed to go by with very little knowledge about Bodie’s condition. It appeared that his bladder was very enlarged and his kidneys were functioning poorly. The doctors were unable to determine an exact diagnosis and arrangements were made to have our sweet, delicate baby boy flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center where we were assured he would get the care he needed.Upon arriving in Loma Linda we were advised to go to the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House (LLRMH) where we would find a place to stay that was close to the hospital. For the next week and a half the LLRMH became our home. There was always a meal and always someone to talk with. I found myself sitting with other families and moms, sharing our stories and exchanging some heartfelt words of kindness and encouragement. Words that would lift each of us up and even though our struggles were different most of the time, the compassion was the same. I needed that so much and I think I cried a little less with just having that kindheartedness and understanding. The security I felt in a place I knew nothing about and being taken care of by a community that cared so much was amazing! I remember receiving a Winnie the Pooh book on the doorstep of my room. As the tears began to run down my cheek, so thankful for the gift, I placed the book in my diaper bag. I later read it to Bodie as he lay in his NICU bed, one of my favorite things to do.
I would love to tell you how much this “home” meant to our family and continues to mean so much to us without crying, but that’s hard. They mean so much. After Bodie’s diagnoses of Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and Vesicoureteral Reflux (his bladder refluxes into his kidneys) we continue to visit and stay at the LLRMH to this day. Bodie has endured three surgeries and several procedures to monitor his kidney function as well as his development including regular blood work and ultrasounds. When we travel for appointments, it’s nice to have a home to come to. Our distance from the hospital and Bodie’s doctors makes for a long drive, and we are blessed beyond words to be able to continue to experience the kind embrace and peace from the amazing caregivers at LLRMH. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough… but we keep telling them Thank you! Thank you for loving us and helping us to be emotionally complete and whole for our little one, and even though he continues to be medically fragile, we appreciate the encouragement to stand strong. You are our champions!”

The Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House (LLRMH) is dedicated to supporting the health and well-being of children by providing a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill and injured children who are receiving care in Southern California. When a child in the Bishop community needs specialized medical treatment they are often transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center and families are able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is in the hospital.

What is the WALK FOR KIDS? Walk for Kids is a non-competitive walk that is designed to raise funds and awareness for the services and programs provided by the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House.

You can register for the walk by going to www.walkforkids.org/lomalinda

cover photo by Arnie Palu.  The Ellis Family with Ronald McDonald at the Mule Days Parade

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School Days at Mule Days

Mule Days Celebration hosts School Days

The 2015 Bishop Mule Days Celebration is off and running.  Today the School Days show was held at the Main Arena.  Linda Laird of the Double L ranch showcased several youth riders and their talented mules.

Tonight the Brenn Hill Concert is set for 7pm in the Charles Brown Auditorium.  Friday the “I want to be a packer” youth activities start.  This years program includes gold panning Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 1pm.  The kids are also welcome to free fishing at the Rick Dean fish ponds Saturday from 5 to 6:30pm and Sunday from noon to 1pm.

Percheron Thunder meet their fans
Percheron Thunder meet their fans

The amazing Percheron Thunder are back at Mule Days.  The black beauties will be appearing at the five main Mule Days shows and at the Saturday Parade.

In the shadow of the mighty Percherons are the KIBS/KBOV mascots, Waylon and Willie.  Stop by and see Lauren and Steve’s best employees!

the "hardest working burros" in the business. Waylon and Willie
the “hardest working burros” in the business. Waylon and Willie

Photos from the School Days Show

Miya Roccoforte and Jared Alpers
Miya Roccoforte and Jared Alpers
great looking team
great looking team
standing tall in front of a big crowd
standing tall in front of a big crowd
heading for home in pole bending
heading for home in pole bending
Big Smiles at the School Days Show.  Branson Jernigan and Kaden Stone.
Big Smiles at the School Days Show. Branson Jernigan and Kaden Stone.
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