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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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Living With Wildlife


submitted by ESWC

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care will hold a free workshop on “Good Relations with Our Wild Neighbors” on Wednesday, May 27, at The Imagination Lab, 621 W Line St (across from Dwayne’s), Suite 204 (upstairs). The 90-minute session will begin at 6:30 PM.

Our prolonged drought is forcing an increasing number of wild animals to move closer to human habitations as they search for food and water. Most residents of the Eastern Sierra share their home territory with wild birds, mammals and/or reptiles at some times and to differing degrees; human-wildlife conflicts—such as a striped skunk digging up your lawn for earthworms and grubs or rabbits foraging in your garden—are on the increase. Problems such as birds hitting windows or getting trapped in buildings have also become more frequent.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is experienced in handling hundreds of “living with wildlife” calls annually. The workshop will give ample time for questions and discussion. Consultants from ESWC will offer humane, non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts and resolve problems, examine the impact of new state laws concerning trapping and relocation, and provide counsel for your particular problem. Learn simple, inexpensive ways to reduce unwanted visitors from your garden or save birds from dying from window strikes.
Call Cindy or Kelly at ESWC, 760-872-1487 for information or to reserve a space for the workshop.

ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans
ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans

cover photo by ESWC

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NIH honors Clara Armstrong

NIH Auxiliary pay tribute to Clara Armstrong

A memorial plaque honoring Clara Hofer Armstrong, a 22-year member of the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary, was recently unveiled at the hospital’s Healing Garden before Armstrong’s family, friends and fellow Auxiliary members.

Armstrong handled several Auxiliary jobs including maintaining the archives, serving on the auditing and bylaws committee, working disaster drills, giving hospital tours and serving as a model in a fashion luncheon. One of Armstrong’s favorite jobs was working in the Auxiliary’s gift shop.

Instrumental in raising money to help the Auxiliary purchase the ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) mammography machine, Armstrong took pride in knowing the Bishop was one of the few hospitals in the country to have this machine. In all, the Auxiliary donated $45,000 toward the machine’s purchase.

Armstrong’s vibrant personality balanced her dedication to the all-volunteer Auxiliary, and that as much as her work, cemented her place in the Auxiliary’s history and hearts. “Clara was admired by Auxiliary members and always returned the love,” said Judy Fratella, Auxiliary president. “No one ever heard a harsh word about her or from her.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 was on hand for the ceremony as well since Armstrong served as a United States Army nurse during World War II.  Armstrong died last September at the age of 97.   Members from Armstrong’s family in attendance included her daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, and their families. Armstrong’s son, James, who lives in New York, was present in spirit.

L-R: NIH Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Auxiliary members Sharon Thompson, VFW Sr. Vice Commander and NIH Auxiliary member John Underhill, Auxiliary members Sharon Moore, Adie Zaragoza, Cathy Bahm, Diane Remick, Nona Jones, Shirley Stone, Carole Harris, June Wilkins, Carole Sample and Grad Wilkins, and NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: NIH Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Auxiliary members Sharon Thompson, VFW Sr. Vice Commander and NIH Auxiliary member John Underhill, Auxiliary members Sharon Moore, Adie Zaragoza, Cathy Bahm, Diane Remick, Nona Jones, Shirley Stone, Carole Harris, June Wilkins, Carole Sample and Grad Wilkins, and NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: The family of Clara Armstrong: grandson Danny Parsons, son-in-law Chuck Parsons, daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, granddaughter-in-law Arlene Parsons and great-granddaughter, Savannah Parsons. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: The family of Clara Armstrong: grandson Danny Parsons, son-in-law Chuck Parsons, daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, granddaughter-in-law Arlene Parsons and great-granddaughter, Savannah Parsons. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
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Bishop cuts water usage, still short of Browns goal

City water usage down 20%

City of Bishop Public Works submission:

City of Bishop water customers used 20% less water in April 2015 compared to April 2013. Because of the drought, the state requires potable water users to use 25% less water in 2015 compared to 2013. Last summer, the State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures to achieve the state-required reduction in water use. Most water conservation requirements apply to outside irrigation so, with the traditional start of the irrigation system in the Owens Valley 1 April, the reduction in water use is starting to show.
Water use in 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015 is down substantially in April 2015. Although water use was down 20% in April, it wasn’t down the 25% required by the state. In December, the city will have to report to the state how well its users have conserved water. The city could be subject to $10,000 per day fines if it doesn’t meet the 25% reduction in water use.

As a reminder, the current water conservation mandates that apply to City of Bishop water users are:

No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am

No outdoor irrigation such that water runs off property

No outdoor irrigation during and within 48 hours after precipitation

New landscaping must use drip irrigation or microspray

No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzleNo washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas

No decorative water features unless there is recirculation

No serving of water in commercial establishments except upon request

Hotel guests can choose to not have towels and linens washed each day

No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions

No use of potable water for construction purposes

No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety

Most water is used for outdoor irrigation so most measures address outdoor irrigation.  The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. More water conservation requirements are expected from the state as the drought continues. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water

cover photo by Gary Young.

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Ungersma Honored

Ungersma named Trustee of Year

John Ungersma, MD, was named Healthcare District Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) during the group’s annual conference last week in Monterey, Calif.

Dr. Ungersma has served on the Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) Board of Trustees for 12 years. During that time he has held the positions of President, Vice President and Director at Large.  In his tenure on the board, Dr. Ungersma has led or participated in:

  • Planning, financing and construction oversight of a new 25-bed Critical Access Hospital
  • Recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer for the District
  • Increasing physician recruitment to assure access to both primary and specialty care
  • Establishing the Hospital’s Community Action Committee

Understanding that finances are frequently a barrier to educational advancement, Dr. Ungersma has personally — and quietly — provided college scholarship support for graduating high school seniors annually for the past 30 years.

Dr. Ungersma served as a Naval Flight Surgeon and Senior Surgeon with the First Marine Division in Desert Shield as well as Desert Storm; his military career spans 48 years, 21 years of active duty and 27 in active reserve in the Marine Corps as well as the Navy. A pioneer in many ways, Dr. Ungersma was the first Orthopedic Surgeon to establish a practice in Bishop.

Dr. Ungersma received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and he completed his Orthopedic Residency at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco.  Dr. Ungersma is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine in Bethesda Maryland; his orthopedic career includes participating in the training of 45 orthopedic residents, two of which have become Professors of Orthopedic Surgery.

In addition to his work locally, Dr. Ungersma has served on the ACHD Executive Board for the past few years.  He has served as Treasurer and this past year as Vice President.  While he has termed out for the ACHD board, he will remain active with the organization, working with its various committees.

Dr. Ungersma was nominated for this honor by NIH Board President MC Hubbard.

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

dr john


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Free Equine Clinics at Mule Days


This year’s Bishop Mule Days will include something new.   They are excited to present several very accomplished equine experts to provide clinics, packing demonstrations and educational information on horse trailer safety and licensing.

Starting on Tuesday May 19 at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm is Connie Lara of CR Mules in Flagstaff AZ. Known for their Youth, World and National Championships, Connie will be teaching the INS AND OUTS OF A WINNING TRAIL CLASS RUN. Mornings will focus on Training and warm up exercises. The afternoon Class will be How – To’s for specific trail obstacles.

Wednesday, May 20th at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm is Jennifer Bailey from Wild Bunch Horse and Mule Co. of Alexander Ar. The Bailey Family training methods are centered in natural horsemanship and are highlighted in their clinics. Jennifer’s topic is CONFEDENCE: THE KEY TO A SUCCISSFUL RIDE. The Baileys will accept problem scenarios prior to clinic start times and welcome questions during their clinics. The AM class will focus on Arena work / Groundwork Instruction and the PM class will feature Saddle Time Demonstrations.

Thursday May 21 the line up will begin at 9:00 am and will be repeated on Sunday at 4:00 pm with JoDe Collins and “THOSE AMAZING DONKEYS.” JoDe has been a donkey enthusiast for the better part of 40 years. She owns, trains, breeds, competes but most of all, adores donkeys. She will be open to topic request and will touch on many training techniques that will encourage a content, willing and obedient working donkey.

Thursday afternoon, May 21 AT 12:30 PM will feature CHP officer Lou Moore Jacobsen on THE POWER OF PROPER POSITION where she will discuss proper riding positions for Hunt Seat, Jumping, and Western riding and problems that arise from improper position. Lou has been training mules and horses for 40 years and continues to show mules as well as three day event horses. Lou is a Mule Days Hall of Fame inductee as is her Mule, Empress Josephine.

On Friday May 22 the clinics will focus on Packing topics at:



2:00 to 4:00 PM PACKING CLINIC DEMO with NON PRO AMA PACKING CHAMPION, PHILIP EASLEY.  In his packing demo, Philip will be going over handling of mules and horses as related to packing, how to break them to packing, what equipment is needed, and how to do this safely. He will go over the three most commonly used hitches, the Box Hitch, the Walker Hitch and the Diamond Hitch. He will then go into how to string mules together if you are packing more than one. Some tips on packing and balancing loads and what is needed for a simple one weekend or overnight trip into the back country.

Friday at 1:00 pm CHP officer Mural McKenzie, is here to teach
Discussion includes Rules of the Road when hauling horses and mules and Commercial Drivers Licenses as they pertain to hauling horses and mules. Officer Mural McKenzie has been a California Highway Patrol Officer since 1989. Mural is an avid equestrian. She is a former member of the California State Mounted United Cal Expo Police Mounted and California Highway Patrol Mounted Unit to name a few. Officer McKenzie has spoken about Commercial Licensing and Horse trailer safety to horse enthusiasts all over the state.

Thursday Friday and Saturday at the East Arena 1, at 5:00 pm a special demonstration of Cowboy Dressage will be presented by Eitan Beth – Halachmy. He is a world recognized Cowboy Dressage teacher, attending the 2006 world Equestrian Games in Aachem Germany & 2010 in Lexington Kentucky. Eitan will be demonstrating Cowboy Dressage, focusing on Lightness, Balance and Cadence and Carriage.

for all things Mule Days visit their website, www.muledays.org

cover photo by Gary Young, 20 mule team at the 2014 Mule Days Celebration. garyyoungphotography.com

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Jr Livestock Show Sponsors needed

Tri County Fair Looking for sponsors

With the 2015 Junior Livestock Show and Auction only two months away, the Eastern Sierra Tri County Fair is looking for help from the community, specifically for award sponsors. “We are about half way to our goal for sponsorship fund for this year’s awards program. So if you are a regular donor, and just haven’t gotten to it yet, give us a call, and if you are a first time supporter, we’d love to have you,” says fair CEO Sally Symons

The Junior Livestock Show is slated for July 8-11, 2015 at the Eastern Sierra Tri County Fairgrounds.  The event provides local 4-H and FFA youth from as far south as Olancha and as far north as Gardnerville, the opportunity to exhibit their projects, what they’ve learned and compete for awards in everything from bunnies to beef cattle, and poultry to pigs. And new to the mix this year is a meat goat category. “Livestock projects teach our youth responsibility, work ethic, budgeting, the concepts of expenses, profit & loss, and gives insight into where our food comes from and how to provide for others,” continued Symons.

2014 JLS - Dohnel
Kristy Dohnel with her winning steer at the 2014 Junior Livestock Show (photo by Gerry Tanksley)

If you would like to make a donation to the sponsor fund for this year’s Junior Livestock Show please contact the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair at PO Box 608, Bishop CA 93515, or you can call 760-873-3588. Symons then concluded, “Also, if you or your organization would like to learn more about the Junior Livestock Show, we can arrange to have participating youth and/or Fair Staff meet with you.”

Cover Photo, Kara Felgar with her turkey from the 2014 Junior Livestock Auction (photo by Gerry Tanksley)

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Speak Up!

Bishop Unified School District wants to hear from you

Each year the school district is required to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).   The LCAP is a plan that aligns the District’s educational goals with financial resources.  The district welcome your input and ask that you take a few moments to complete the survey to provide the Governing Board with your priorities for educating children in Bishop Unified School District. Please go to the link provided to access the survey. Please submit your survey by May 8th, 2015 “ let your voice be heard”.


left to right, BUSD board members Josh Nicholson, Taylor Ludwick, Dr. Eric Richman, Kathy Zack, Trina Orrill. Superintendent Barry Simpson, secretary Kristin Carr, Midge Milici.

Photo by Arnie Palu, taken at the special board meeting held on Tuesday, April 28th.  Board members and staff outnumbered attendees 8 to 3.

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Taste of the Sierra

Chamber hosting Taste of the Sierra

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce will host “Taste of the Sierra” this Friday, May 1st.  Many of the area’s finest restaurants, bakeries and caterers will offer samples of delicious cuisine from 6pm until 9pm.  For only a $25 donation, you’ll enjoy unlimited samples of scrumptious food and receive two beverage tickets good for beer, wine or soda.  Fifteen exhibitors have registered, so you can count on a wonderful variety of tasty treats.  “A Taste of the Sierra” is always great fun and it’s an important fundraiser for the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.  Everyone is invited and we hope to see you there!  The “Taste” event will be held in conjunction with the first night of the Home Show, so be sure to stroll through the exhibits to see the latest & greatest products & services for your home.

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