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Mineral County Traffic Stops Yields $1.2 Million in Marijuana

On February 17, 2024, at approximately 2023 hrs, the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a White Chrysler Pacifica bearing Arizona CWT5245 on US95 within Mineral County. The stop occurred approximately 10 miles south of Hawthorne.
During the traffic stop, deputies became suspicious of the driver’s travel. K9 Rex was requested and showed a positive alert to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed 298 lbs of Marijuana concealed in 6 large black duffle bags. The approximate street value is $1.2 million, according to the DEA website.
The driver was identified as Tatiana Ruiz of Houston, Texas. Ruiz was booked into the Mineral County Detention Center for:
1. Trafficking Marijuana
2. Obtain/Possess Credit/Debit Card of another
3. Basic Speed 1-10 mph over

2024 BLAKE JONES TROUT DERBY

The 2024 Blake Jones Trout Derby is set for Saturday, March 23rd in Bishop, CA. Since 1968, the event has been a favorite Eastern Sierra tradition for anglers of all ages.

Last year, the event had to be rescheduled several times due to severe winter weather, then record setting runoff from the melting snow. This year, the event is back to its traditional date in March. Event organizers are busy now gathering prizes, arranging for supplemental fish planting and other details to make sure this year’s event is a huge success. New for this year – discounted registration fees for seniors and military personnel – and kids 10 & under are FREE!

Online registration is now open, and the chamber is expecting hundreds of participants will take home about $10K worth of prizes including float tubes, Yeti coolers, barbecues, rod & reel combos and tons of other great gear provided by the event’s ever-generous co-sponsors.

The derby is popular with visitors as well as locals. “We want to make sure that it’s sustainable so upcoming generations can enjoy the fishing fun. We’ve added a category for catch & release and a special raffle prize for those who pick up trash while they are out fishing. And we always purchase and plant far more fish than are usually caught at the derby,” explains Bishop Chamber of Commerce Event Coordinator April Kress.

The Blake Jones derby is a blind bogey format with categories for adults and kids of all ages. In addition to the blind bogey awards, there will be prizes for early bird registrations, farthest travel, biggest fish, even prizes for those who don’t catch any fish or choose to catch & release.

Registration, weigh-in, and awards ceremony will be at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair & Event Center in downtown Bishop. Fishing locations include Pleasant Valley Reservoir and the Owens River. California Department of Fish and Wildlife plants Rainbow Trout year-round in these locations and the Bishop Chamber will arrange for supplemental stocking of fish purchased from Wright’s Rainbows prior to the derby.

“The derby is a real family-friendly fishing event. In addition to the fishing contest, we’ll have information booths, educational displays, kids’ casting games, music, activities, food & beverage vendors and more,” Kress added.

Registration for the derby is now open. Sign up online at www.bishopvisitor.com or drop by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, 690 North Main Street.

The Blake Jones Trout Derby is co-sponsored by Inyo County and the City of Bishop, plus many other generous sponsors. For more information, contact the Bishop Chamber at (760)873-8405.

Rep. Kevin Kiley Helps Pass College Cost Reduction Act

Last week, Representative Kevin Kiley, who represents Inyo, Mono and Alpine Counties, helped pass the College Cost Reduction Act through the Education and Workforce Committee. The cost of a university education has continued to increase in California and across the country.

This legislation takes a number of important steps to get costs under control by requiring transparency, limiting tuition increases, and holding universities accountable for the value of their degrees.

Bishop Lady Broncos Soccer Team Advances to Quarterfinals-Hosts Reedley

On Tuesday the Bishop lady Broncos hosted the Tehachapi Warriors in the first round of CIF division 4 Girls Soccer playoffs. Tehachapi Warriors scored from a direct kick that resulted from a handball in the first half. This was the first time the lady Broncos had to play behind in goals during any game this season.

The Bishop Lady Broncos rallied when Jillian Veenker crossed the ball and Ellie Crall was able to find the back of the net. At half time the score was 1-1.

The Bishop lady Broncos came out in the second half when Alyssa Buchholz was able to find the back of the net with the go ahead goal.

The Bishop Lady Broncos defense was able to hold off the Tehachapi Warriors for the remainder of the game. The Lady Broncos advance to the quarterfinals of CIF playoffs with a home-field game against the Reedley Pirates on Thursday, February 15 at 6pm as of now.

The Bishop Lady Broncos want to thank the community for their support and especially Back Alley Bowl and Grill for hosting this home game team dinner. Back Alley Bowl and Grill donated hamburgers fries and salad to the girls soccer team. The food was incredible.

Coach Bill Dailey stated “the win was an entire team effort against a very fast and talented team. Many players stepped up and had one of their best games of the season”.

Head on out and support the Bishop lady Broncos this Thursday at John swab field for the quarterfinal CIF division 4 playoff game.

 

(Photo: Lady Broncos at Back Alley Bowl and Grill)

 

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department Seeks Public Assistance – Death of David Miller

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information and assistance from the community regarding the death of David Miller.

On February 12th, Mr. Miller was found deceased from an apparent gunshot wound near his residence. The Inyo County Investigations Unit, which is comprised of local allied agencies, has been working tirelessly to provide public safety, as well as providing a complete and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Miller’s death.

***Please contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at (760) 878-0383 if you have any information.

Homicide Investigation – Inyo County Sheriff

On Monday, February 12, 2024, at about 1509 hours, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 100 block of Shepard Lane, in Bishop for the report of a man down and bleeding. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene, and there is no additional information available at this time.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide, and the identity of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of the next of kin. More information will be provided at a later time.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Investigator Howard at 760-878-0383, option #4

ICSO Welcomes First-Ever Assistant Sheriff

On Monday, October 16, 2023. Sheriff Stephanie Rennie held a swearing in ceremony to appoint Lieutenant Tim Bachman as Inyo County Sheriff’s Office very first Assistant Sheriff! Assistant Sheriff Bachman has been employed with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office for over 16 years and has held nearly every assignment within the department.
Assistant Sheriff Bachman is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and is slated to graduate in the spring of next year. Upon completion of the educational goal, he plans to continue to further his education and obtain a Masters degree.
When not devoting his time to educational goals and the vision of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant Sheriff Bachman most enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children.
Congratulations, Assistant Sheriff Bachman on a well deserved promotion!

Inyo Welcomes Back Community Pink Day

Eastern Sierra’s community healthcare partners want to see Inyo County awash in pink this Friday, Oct. 20, as part of Community Pink Day. Northern Inyo Healthcare District, Southern Inyo Healthcare District, and Toiyabe Indian Health Project teamed up with the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance (ESCA) to join other communities nationwide to recognize this day, also known as National Mammography Day.

“We’re hoping to see Inyo County glowing in pink on Friday to show its support, not just in the name of breast cancer awareness, but in the name of all cancer awareness and prevention,” said
ESCA President Cheryl Underhill. “Many of our neighbors are battling various cancers right now, and our hearts are with each one. We hope this effort will remind people of the importance of
annual screenings as early detection can help save lives.”

Participating in Community Pink Day requires the simple act of wearing pink on Friday. In doing so, the community honors the cancer prevention and treatment work done in Inyo and Mono
counties. The gesture also pays tribute to cancer patients and survivors and, of course, to those the community has lost to the disease.

In addition to Community Pink Day, each healthcare facility will raise awareness in its own way, amid its own community, with one visible exception. With permission from Caltrans, ESCA and
other community groups hung pink ribbons along every Main Street in Inyo County. Each ribbon serves as a visual reminder to those passing by to schedule those vital screenings, be it a
mammogram, a colonoscopy, or other cancer-related exams.

ESCA offers its thanks to the Northern Inyo Hospital Foundation for, once again, purchasing the ribbons for this county-wide effort.

For NIHD, October is an opportunity to unite its team behind a good cause. For the past several years, NIHD lent its support to ESCA’s 5K Walk and Run and provided ESCA with a home for its Resource Center at the Healthcare District’s Birch Street Annex. The Resource Center is home to ESCA’s Angel Mentoring Program and serves as a location for ESCA volunteers to meet with
cancer patients seeking support and education.

Occurring during a challenging time for NIHD, the annual breast cancer screening program – Moonlight Mammograms – did return for two events, filling all available openings in short order.
By getting a yearly mammogram starting at age 40, those who may have breast cancer can have it detected while it is in its earliest, most treatable stages. NIHD continues to recognize that for
some, the biggest challenge to getting a mammogram is time constraints.

“Every year, NIHD is inspired by seeing the overall impact the awareness initiative plays in our community,” says Allison Partridge, NIHD’s Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Chief Operations
Officer. “While Moonlight Mammograms is full, we are doing our best to accommodate everyone with a convenient appointment schedule. We encourage those needing a mammogram to call us
at (760) 873-2155.”

In addition, NIHD again illuminated the Main Hospital building and the Diagnostic Imaging Center in pink light for the month. Pink ribbon flags adorn the grass area in front of the hospital. NIHD
employees and providers are wearing pink shirts frequently. NIHD also hosted screening days for Toiyabe’s patients and employee screening days for SIHD, Toiyabe, and NIHD teams.

Inyo National Forest Welcomes New Tribal Relations Program Manager

Bishop, Calif., October 16, 2023 — Inyo National Forest announces its new Tribal Relations Program Manager, Wilfred Nabahe, who officially started his position earlier this May. With nearly twenty years of environmental management experience within tribal entities in both California and Arizona, Wilfred is looking forward to serving the people and public lands of which he is originally from.

“As a member of the Lone Paiute-Shoshone Tribe descending from the Western Shoshone/ Paiute/Mono people(s) I bring a unique perspective and knowledge of the area and of affected Tribes due to relationship building over the past couple of decades working for Tribes along with my previous federal agency work,” he said. “I look forward to improving our government-to-government relationship with Tribes.”

During his career, Wilfred served two terms as the Tribal Co-Chair of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9’s Regional Tribal Operations Committee, was Chairman of the National Tribal Air Association, and is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps where he attained the goal of becoming a special warfare operator with the elite 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company/FMFLANT (Fleet Marine Force Atlantic).

Wilfred also worked in Operations Management for the United Parcel Service, and administered tribal liaison work with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain District, which comprises both the Mount Lewis Field and Tonopah Field Office.

“We are excited to welcome Wilfred to the forest,” said Forest Supervisor Lesley Yen. “All of us here are very much looking forward to strengthening our relationships with tribes to further the important work of stewarding their ancestral lands.”

 

Overview of the Inyo150 Mural

Written by Vincent Neal – Artist

The Inyo 150 Mural is located in Lone Pine on NAPA auto parts owned by Dave Mull. The mural’s official title is “The Social History of Inyo County” and depicts the 150 years from when Inyo county was first established in 1866 thru 2016. The 76 by 16 foot wall is about two thirds complete at this time.

I started the Inyo 150 mural in 2016 after proposing that I create a mural about Inyo county at a courthouse meeting. At the time I had no idea what I would do but I was mostly interested because it would give me a chance to learn all about the history of Inyo County. I quickly learned that the real challenge was I needed to create a single image that portrays the history all over Inyo covering a span of 150 years! YIKES!

Before I got too deep into the challenge I had to know how big my canvas was going to be. At the time I don’t think I was well known as an Artist even though I had been painting around town and having shows for a couple of years. I had recently painted the “Social Media Mural” on Bonanza Mexican Restaurant. One of my favorite art shows was “The Art of the Flyer” where I printed pictures of my paintings and photography on flyers and posted them all over town. I also had flyers with pull tabs explaining that there is a free art show going on in the town of Lone Pine. The pull tabs just said “look for it”. I might have been more known than I realize. With that I began to ask different business if I could paint their wall.

All I had was an idea, no sketch and nothing to show. Napa auto parts was the second place I went into to pitch my idea. I saw that Dave Mull had donated to a mural I helped work on on the bank next to his building so I figured there’s a good chance he’s familiar with my work. He was but still looked at me skeptically as I made my pitch. “Sounds great” he said “who’s paying for it?”. I knew the question was coming and I was going to sound crazy but I said “I will be”. Dave didn’t just give me permission he gave me freedom. He said he trusted that I would do a good job and didn’t require me to make a mock up of how the mural would look before actually painting it. I’m still grateful for this as I still haven’t finished working it out. It’s really an organic work in progress. Dave did have one stipulation that I include engine 18 a narrow gauge train engine he helped restore, the Slim Princess, and is now at the Eastern California Museum in Independence. I whole heartedly agreed. I hired a contractor to resurface the 76 by 16 foot wall and began figuring out how to compose my mural.

As an Artist I also enjoy diving into the history of art and I remembered how Artist Thomas Hart Benton beautifully depicted “The Social History of Indiana”. After researching Benton’s mural I decided my mural would be composed in a similar way. The upper part of the mural is a series of landscapes all on the same horizon line, giving the illusion of taking a long drive rather that having a collage feel to it. I decided the story of Inyo would be told in 8 chapters. Each chapter would be a main plot line with subplots sprinkled in. The chapters would have a visual separation of some kind not only to separate each chapter but to also make each one have it’s own mini composition within the larger scheme.

Mining is what brought people from the east and those people eventually established the county of Inyo. The first chapter is “The Miners” and the smoke of engine 18 divides it from chapter two “The Pioneers”. After the pioneers I use the Owens River and Winneduma not only to divide chapter two from three “The Paiute / Shoeshone” but as segway that begins the water story. Chapter three and four “The Ranchers” share the same landscape showing both the Eastern Sierra and the Inyo/ Whites mountain ranges. These two chapters have a division below the landscape where the water story continues. Having the one large landscape here I thought would show all the people in the Owens Valley living together in the valley. From the ranching chapter Father Crowley, “The Desert Padre”, stands larger than life looking over the whole water situation he was instrumental in mediating. Holding the water agreement in hand he separates the ranchers from chapter five “The Movie Makers”.

This is where I’m at currently. I still have work to do in this chapter but the division here is a pole with the Anchor Ranch wooden sculpture of their brand hanging from it. Anchor Ranch was where the movie makers went for props and movie scenes. From here I’ll be painting the last three chapters: “Manzanar”, “The Tourist”, and “Inyo County Today”.

I can practically hear the “wait a minute!” “You started in 2016!”. That’s right I’ve been working on this for 8 years so far and a few more to go. There’s two mural seasons in a year: Spring and Fall where I take a couple weeks off from being a Lineman, working on steel towers and hanging from helicopters to paint my mural. During mural season the weather is just right for painting but sometimes the weather still shuts me down for a day here and there. There was a time when I thought I might recruit art college students to help me move this along but I ended up deciding against it after having a few seasons under my belt. I really enjoy the process and all that comes with the experience of painting in public.

There’s people I only see during mural season. They come chat me up for a bit and let me get back to it. I’m often asked what I will do when I finish because the first part will be really faded by the time I’m done. I just explain how murals are perishable and I plan on taking all my pictures of the mural and patching them together to make a poster where it all looks like fresh paint and use it to tell my monumental story of Man vs. Wall. I think I’ve met nearly every artist in the Owens Valley at one time or another while painting. I’ve had lots of people from out of town passing thru stop and ask about the mural. I’ve even had people from other countries come by and tell me they follow me on social media and were glad we met in person.

It’s great to be appreciated but my real motivation is just the experience of making art. Exercising the creative process is all that really matters to me. When i’m painting I imagine the sounds I would hear like horse hooves trotting, Paiutes chanting, the train whistle blowing and when I’m painting a person I imagine how they’re feeling or how hard they’re concentrating. I see little pictures in the highlights and shadows of the things I paint that help me to paint each thing accurately. I enjoy calculating in my head how to get an exact color I want by mixing what I have. I enjoy painting in small details only the vigilant observer may find. Most of all I enjoy feeling connected in some special way to all the groups of people in the county. I know for most people murals are like wallpaper but for mural enthusiast there’s another gem just around the corner.

Clean California Awards Nearly $115 Million to Transform Neighborhoods in Underserved Communities and Beautify Transit Stations

Funds Will Support 60 Projects Statewide

 

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans today awarded nearly $115 million in Clean California grants to cities and local agencies. The grants are a key part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California initiative, which is a sweeping $1.2 billion, multiyear commitment led by Caltrans to clean up trash, create thousands of jobs and help communities beautify their public spaces.

 

With today’s announcement, Clean California grants have funded nearly 300 projects statewide to revitalize and beautify underserved communities, some of which are already complete and now sources of community pride. The projects will improve public spaces, tribal lands, parks, neighborhoods, transit centers, walking paths, streets, roadsides, recreation fields, community gathering spots, and places of cultural importance or historical interest in underserved communities.

 

The 42 Clean California local grants announced today are in addition to the nearly $300 million in grants Governor Newsom announced in March 2022 to more than 100 local Clean California projects statewide.

 

In Inyo County:

 

A $1.48 million Diaz Lake Beautification Project will bring improvements to Diaz Lake facilities on the east side of the lake to include the following:

Improve the parking area with new asphalt, striping, a transit stop and shelter for dial-a ride access, and add new solar lighting at the restroom.

Enable heat island reduction through planting drought-tolerant shade trees, also adding shade structures, a picnic area, and BBQ facilities.

Build a new ADA-compliant playground, sand volleyball court, and dog park.

Install an aeration system in Diaz Lake to improve water quality for swimming, provide tule maintenance near swimming areas, install trash and recycling receptacles, add educational signage to promote proper waste disposal, and establish bi-annual community litter abatement events.

 

Following the positive community response to this first round of grants, Governor Newsom and the state legislature approved $100 million last year for a second round of local grant projects. The local grants awarded today range from $88,000 to $5 million, and all benefit underserved communities. In addition, today’s funding announcement includes $14.5 million to support 18 projects to clean up stations and other areas around public transit systems.

 

Since launching Clean California in July 2021, Caltrans and local partners have removed an estimated 1.86 million cubic yards of litter from state highways – a trash pile that would be more than 370 times taller than Mount Whitney (14,505 feet, the state’s highest peak). The program has created more than 4,000 jobs that have helped Californians overcome barriers to employment, including 357 people experiencing homelessness, and drawn more than 10,000 volunteers to events ranging from community cleanups to large debris collections for appliances, tires and mattresses.

 

As the Clean California effort moves forward, Caltrans and local communities will continue to draw attention to the negative impact litter has on natural resources, waterways, public safety and public health to create a cultural shift of shared responsibility for clean and vibrant public spaces.

 

Caltrans is also developing a program in which communities throughout the state can earn a special Clean California Community designation by meeting criteria centered around preventing and cleaning up litter, promoting recycling and greening or beautifying neighborhoods. To find out how to volunteer with Clean California, please visit Clean California.