After an almost year-long extensive Nation-Wide search, the Tri-County Fair board has hired a CEO. Jen McGuire has accepted an offer from the Fair Board for the CEO positon. Board President Paul Dostie said “Jen McGuire was selected because of her substantial marketing and agricultural experience”. The Tri-County Fair Board began the task of hiring a new CEO in spring 2018 and it has been a comprehensive process. California Department of Fairs and Expositions has assisted the Fair Board in the daunting process. After a community-wide SWOT Analysis in July, 2018 the board began interviewing candidates in August. During the November 12, 2018 board meeting, the board went into closed session and made the offer official.
Jen McGuire’s most recent experience involves working for a National Marketing agency in Southern California. She also has years of experience working for the California Department of Fairs and Expositions, working as a Junior Livestock Auction Chairman, Compliance and Ethics Director and Youth Program Director. Jen is excited to take on the CEO role and become a part of the Bishop community.
“I am honored and excited to work with this community. I grew up in 4H and FFA and so did my kids. These organizations are near and dear to my heart. Fairs, livestock, horse shows, rodeos and events are my passion. The smell of a barn makes me happy. Marketing is what I do. To be able to put all of these things into one package is a dream for me. I can’t wait to get involved in the community and build relationships, create memories for many and work with the youth! This will be a great new chapter for all of us.” – Jen McGuire
Don’t forget! Tomorrow, the Wellness Center and Progress house are going to be having a food collection event for The Salvation Army’s food pantry.
Make sure your food bags are placed on your porch or doorstep. The event will take place in neighborhoods between South Barlow to West Bishop/Manor Area the morning of Friday, Nov 2nd and collected the morning of November 5th.
Make sure to put you bags next to your mailbox, to make it easier on those picking up the food.
If you have questions, contact the Wellness Center at 760-873-8039
The National Weather Service Winter Briefing hosted by CalTrans took place yesterday with representatives from Las Vegas and Reno in attendance. NWS representative, Chris Smallcomb gave a lecture which reviewed last year’s weather for winter, spring, and summer.
During the lecture, Smallcomb said that the a dry January and February followed by a precipitous March, helped provide optimal conditions for a scorched summer, because vegetation dried out later than usual. The Reno NWS representative also told attendees that July and August were the warmest months ever recorded in the Eastern Sierra, and that led to optimal conditions for fires.
ARkstorms were additionally discussed. An ARkstorm is a super-storm that brings copious amounts of water to a region causing severe flooding. To compare the effects of an ARkstorm verses a normal storm, Smallcomb said that the the entirety of effects of the 2016-2017 winter season in the Eastern Sierra would take place in just 22 days.
Smallcomb said that with the effects of climate change, there are studies and models which indicate there is a good possibility of an ARkstorm occurring in the next 40 years.
Other topics at the briefing include steps that the NWS are taking to increase radar coverage in the areas of Tonopah and Bishop by lowering the altitude on radar. This measure would possibly allow for increased range of radar and in turn, provide South Central Nevada and the Owens Valley with more accurate weather predictions.
The meeting then opened for discussion between citizens and the National Weather Service. One attendee brought up the issue of altitude weather predictions, saying that although weather forecasts are accurate at lower elevations, they often fail to foretell temperatures and wind in the higher areas of mountainous regions, which can leave hikers and campers unprepared for the shifting climate.
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, Calif. October 17, 2018 – Due to unexpected CalTrans road work on Highway 180, Cedar Grove will be closing for the season on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., three weeks earlier than planned.
Crews will be taking advantage of low water flows to shore up the embankments along the highway. The Highway 180 closure will be just east of Hume Lake Road.
The park is working to make contact with hikers, campers, and other visitors currently in the area, as well as alerting those who were planning to visit after Monday. For park information and trip-planning, please visit our website nps.gov/seki or call the main park line 559-565-3341.
For Sequoia National Forest information you can visit their website www.fs.usda.gov/main/sequoia or call 559-338-2251.
For more information about the Highway 180 closure and project, please contact Sam Yniguez, Information Officer for CalTrans District 6 via email at email@example.com or phone 559-444-2518. You may also visit their website http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.
On Tuesday evening, the Bishop Police Department set up a perimeter between Vons, Kmart, and the Vagabond Motel, after a foot pursuit of a wanted subject.
The following day, the subject who fled from the police was found and arrested. Ryan ward, age 29 was detained at 205 Collins Rd, in Bishop on weapons charges.
Ward, who was on parole was charged with felon possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of an assault weapon, and violation of parole. The following list of charges are all felonies.
Previously, Ryan Ward had been charged with Second Degree Robbery and Second Degree Commercial burglary for robbing the Bank of America in Mammoth Lakes in 2013. Ward was sentenced to three years in prison for the offense.
The 2018 Haunted Swamp is on the October 13th, and 20th from 7-10 pm. Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to get ready for Halloween! The Haunted Swamp is located at the Bishop High School Farm on Sunland Road.
The event is put on annually by the Bishop Union High School Future Farmers of America. Attending the Haunted Swamp will undoubtedly lead to it’s fair share thrills and chills. More importantly though, all of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to a good cause that benefits the Bishop community.
The money received from this event will go to the Bishop FFA Program, which provides aspiring farmers with a chance to grow in the farming industry.
Tickets are eight dollars for adults, thirty dollars for groups of four adults, and five dollars for children under twelve years of age.
Please come out to the Haunted Swamp and support your local community!
Longest Night Service at Bishop First United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 21 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. On this longest night of the year, anyone in the eastern Sierra is invited to a simple time of Worship on Sunday, December 21 at 7 pm in the Sanctuary of Bishop First United Methodist Church. Whether we are grieving a loss, struggling economically, overwhelmed with personal and family situations, it is good to remember that the first Christmas was difficult also and that the light of Christ “shines in the darkness.” Perhaps we may feel very alone in the midst of all the Christmas celebrations. We need to know God’s presence with us during this season.
Bishop United Methodist Church is located at 205 N. Fowler – next to Bishop Union High School.
The name of this service comes from the season – December 21st is actually the longest night of the year, with the most hours of darkness at the Winter Solstice. But the name, “Longest Night”, also describes the feelings that a number of us have during this season. In the long, dark winter nights, memories of past experiences and the pain of present loss and situations can become overwhelming. For some, Christmas Day is the most difficult. For others, it is Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or the beginning of another year. Join with us to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness and sing music that acknowledges that God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who grieve, for those who struggle, and that God’s Word comes to shine light into our darkness. Everyone is welcome
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Weekend Quake Strikes Bishop
The USGS is confirming a 3.3 quake struck in the Bishop area early Saturday. Just 6 minutes after 7am the 3.3 quake was detected 3 miles west northwest of Bishop. The USGS initially listed the quake at 3.6, but later downgraded it to a 3.3. No major damage or injuries were reported, however the minor quake did disrupt water service to the Highlands mobile home community due to a broken water line.
The USGS is also indicating a 3.0 quake from Saturday afternoon in Mono County. At 4:39 Saturday afternoon the 3.0 quake was detected 27 miles Northeast of Mammoth. No damage was reported.
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