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Caltrans winter driving tips

Caltrans winter driving advice

submitted by Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter.  The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your carCheck your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition.  Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed.  Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623) or check the internet at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time  – Slow down.

 

Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel.  If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure.  If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal.  Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

 Black Ice Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces.  Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees.   Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots. 

 Be observant Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

 Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle.  Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

 ChainsAll vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control.  Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order.  Chains must be installed on drive wheels.   Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive.  Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced.  Chain installers may be available to help install your chains.  They are not Caltrans employees.  They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains.  If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number.  Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains.  When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.”  Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.  

 Chain Control Information:
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.

R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels.  Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.    

R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire.  With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”.  If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked.  Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions.  You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire. 

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions.  To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve.  During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway.  Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures.   Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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Dos Palos Routs the Broncos

The Bishop Broncos season has come to a close. Arnie Palu’s team were unable to advance to the second round of CIF Central Section play, losing 41-6 to the Dos Palos Broncos.

Bishop were unable to stop Dos Palos, who were big, physical, and fast. The Broncos of the Western Sierra dominated the game from start to finish.

 

In the first quarter, Dos Palos were able to score on their opening possession, thanks to a Ronald Johnson 50 yard run. Johnson took the ball to the right side and was surrounded by a sea of blue, but was somehow able to cut back inside and take it to the house making it 7-0.

The Merrell to Merrell connection provided Dos Palos with even more of an advantage, when quarterback, Michael Merrell found his brother, Zane Merrell for a reception inside the five yard line. The ball was placed on the one yard line, and fullback, Ryan Ramirez punched it in, giving Dos Palos a 14-0 lead.

Bishop were thrown a lifeline when it was 21-0, thanks to standout cornerback, Mark Mayhugh intercepting the ball in his own endzone for his ninth pick of the season. This accomplishment allowed Mayhugh to become the second ranked player in the state of California pertaining to interceptions.

Mayhugh get the INT

The senior defensive back finished his season just one interception away from tying state leader, Chase Jones of Mission Prep in San Luis Obisbo, who leads all players in the state with ten interceptions.

Although Mayhugh was able to cause a turnover, the Broncos were unable to capitalize. Bishop turned the ball over going the other way, after a pass was intended for Mark Mayhugh, but was intercepted after a deflection.

It wasn’t until late in the game that the Broncos were finally able to score. Sophomore quarterback, Clay Omohundro threw an arching pass right into the hands of Mayhugh, who went in for the score.

Mayhugh with the lone TD for the Broncos

After the game, Coach Palu praised the opposition’s efforts saying,Tough way to end a fine season. Hats off to Dos Palos they played well and took advantage of our miscues.” Although Palu was disappointed with the result, he heaped praise on his team’s coaching staff and players when he said. “Thank you to our seniors for their hard work and dedication to the program. Thank you to our wonderful coaching staff and their families for their time and dedication to our kids.”

The Broncos finished their season with a 7-4 record. Many key players will be returning next year, including Tristan Valle, Luke McClean, Steven Paco, and Wesley Pettet.

Broncos Strong 2nd Half.. 59-24 VS Rosamond

The Broncos continued their winning ways Friday night beating Rosamond 59-24 for their fifth consecutive victory. The five straight victories mark the first time that head coach, Arnie Palu has accomplished such a feat.

Although the Broncos ended up winning comfortably, they were not team who got first blood. The Rosamond Roadrunners opened the scoring with a monster run from star running back, Charles Anthony Watson. The senior running back, cut to the outside and broke away from the Bronco secondary for an 80-yard run midway in the first quarter.

However, the Broncos soon responded with a one-yard touchdown on a Luke McClean keeper, making it 7-6 thanks to the Christian Morales extra point.

Later, running back, Wesley Pettet punched in a rushing touchdown right on the doorstep, which expanded Bishop’s lead to eight points. A few moments after the score, Christian Morales converted a 20-yard field goal, and the Broncos went up 17-6

Rosamond quarterback, Colby Adams was able to cut the deficit by throwing a strike on the far side to Davion Jackson for a 15-yard touchdown. The junior quarterback’s ability to escape the pocket and find his receiver made it 17-12.

The second half was much less competitive, mostly because the Bishop defense were suffocating their opponent with back to back scoop and scores. Mark Mayhugh was able to score his second defensive touchdown in three weeks, when a fumble was forced inside the Rosamond five-yard line, Mayhugh was there to collect the ball for the touchdown.

Bishop’s biggest run of the night came from Steven Paco, who used his vision and speed to blow by defenders for a 55-yard run. Paco’s touchdown made it 45-12 late in the third quarter.

Palu’s team ended up expanding their commanding lead, and the game ended 59-24, with Rosamond scoring a few garbage-time points in the fourth quarter.

The Broncos are on the road against Boron next week, with an opportunity to inch closer to a High Desert League title.

Missing Juvenile from Chalfant Valley Update

Update 10/16/18
The search continues for Chalfant resident Karlie Guse.
From the Mono County Sheriff’s Office, “Many have asked if there is more information on the search for Karlie Guse. Other than a confirming sighting in the area of Highway 6 and White Mountain Estates on the morning of her disappearance, we have no new information to report. We have deployed multiple resources, including helicopters, scent dogs, Search and Rescue teams and off-road vehicles, to thoroughly search the surrounding neighborhood and high-desert terrain.
Search team flying a grid pattern looking for Karlie.
Interviews of family and friends have been conducted, as well as a forensic investigation into her social media and electronic devices. Despite every effort, Karlie still has not been located. If you know anything that will help us find Karlie, please call 760-932-7549, option 7.
MISSING JUVENILE
UPDATE 10/14 7 am
The search for Karlie Guse continues this morning. We are bringing in scent dogs, helicopters and ground resources. We are NOT accepting volunteers at this time. We understand and appreciate the desire to help, but please allow the professionals to do their work without interference and distraction. Thank you to everyone who shared this post. Please continue to spread the word and increase awareness of Karlie.Original Post 10/13 6 pm
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing juvenile from Chalfant. 16-year old Karlie Lain Guse was last seen in the early morning of Saturday, October 13, 2018, on Ponderosa Street near White Mountain Estate Road in Chalfant. Karlie may be disoriented and does not have any personal belongings or cell phone with her. If you have seen Karlie or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call Mono County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 760-932-7549, option 7.Karlie is a white female, 16 years old, 5’ 07”, 110 pounds, dark blond hair and blue eyes. We do not have a description of her clothing.

 

 

#BringKarlieHome

Bronco Varsity Win in Kern Valley

Lake Isabella- The Bishop Broncos took on the Kern Valley Broncs in their first game of Desert Mountain League play on Friday.

Although the game was close for most of the game, Bishop were able to come out on top by pulling away in the fourth quarter. The final score of the game was 24-9.

Bishop had a difficult time getting the offense to click for most of the game, turning the ball over three times. However, as the game went on, the Broncos were able to get things going on the ground.

Running backs, Wesley Pettet and Steven Paco combined for 229 yards on the ground, as well as two touchdowns.

The Broncos are riding the momentum of a four-game winning streak, with a 5-2 record on the season. Head coach, Arnie Palu’s team will host Rosamond next game on October 12th for their second game of Desert Mountain League play.

Photos by Gary Young Photography

Bishop Varsity Romp Sierra

Broncos Cruise to Victory Heading Into Mountain Desert League Play

Bishop CA– The Bishop Broncos football team impressed mightily against Sierra, winning 61-0 for their largest margin of victory this season.

In the first half, Broncos quarterback, Luke McClean was the standout player. McClean hooked up with receiver, Jayden Braithwaite for a touchdown on the team’s second possession.

On the next drive, the Junior quarterback was able to score by bursting up field though multiple Chieftain defenders for a 30 yard rushing touchdown to make it 14-0 in favor of Bishop. McClean ended up finishing his night with 125 total yard and two touchdowns.

The team’s ground attack was headed by Steven Paco, who had 127 yards on 12 carries, as well as 3 touchdowns. Head coach, Arnie Palu said that Paco had a “breakout performance” and was impressed with the way the young ball-carrier handled a sizable workload.

Defensively, the Broncos looked just as good as they did on the other side of the ball. Bishop were able to get into the backfield regularly, disrupting the team’s timing of the Sierra offense.

The great defensive line play helped Mark Mayhugh wreak havoc in the secondary. Mayhugh had 4 interceptions, returning one of them to the house for a 30 yard pick-six.

The Broncos improved to 4-2 in the regular season, and are on a three game winning streak, which is the first time Bishop Union have been able to accomplish such a feat under Arnie Palu.

League play begins next Friday at Kern Valley next week. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM.

Photos by Gary Young Photography.

JetSuiteX Adds New Service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County

Mammoth Lakes Tourism and JetSuiteX has announced the addition of new direct flight service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County’s John Wayne Airport (SNA).

It’s one of several new routes to be offered this winter season, joining new daily service on United Airlines from Denver International Airport (DEN) and new United service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Combined, these new flights, along with existing service on United from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and the JetSuiteX flight from Burbank (BUR), make Mammoth Lakes easier to get to than ever before.

Flying under the “public charter” designation, JetSuiteX flights offer travelers a semi-private flying experience. With no lines and easy parking adjacent to the private terminal, passengers can arrive minutes before departure time. Business-class legroom, free snack and beverage service and zero baggage fees on skis and snowboards all come at a price that’s very competitive with commercial airlines.

“The flying experience that JetSuiteX offers is second to none and we’re thrilled to announce the expansion of the service to Mammoth Lakes from Orange County,” said John Urdi, Executive Director of Mammoth Lakes Tourism. “As our visitors can attest, JetSuiteX is one of those things that almost seems too good to be true until you fly it for the first time. We’re excited to give our Orange County visitors that experience this winter.”

Service to Mammoth Lakes (MMH) from both Burbank (BUR) and Orange County (SNA) will begin on December 20, 2018 and continue through April 7, 2019. Tickets are available for purchase at JetSuiteX.com. Service will be offered on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday.

“We’re thrilled to relaunch our JetSuiteX seasonal service to Mammoth Lakes this year with flights from both Orange County and Burbank,” said Alex Wilcox, Founder and CEO, JetSuite, Inc. “We created JetSuiteX to give people a fast and fun way to fly, which means that travelers to Mammoth Lakes this ski season will be spending less time in airports and more time on the slopes.”

Check http://www.visitmammoth.com/ for more information and to get started booking a vacation to Mammoth Lakes.

McDonald’s Supports Local Law Enforcement

Coffee is more than just your favorite morning beverage; it’s a connector, a culture, and a community-builder. McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine plan to use coffee to help connect the community and law enforcement. On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, McDonald’s locations in the Owen’s Valley will host “Coffee with a Cop” events in conjunction with local law enforcement. This event is an extension to the “National Coffee with a Cop” day. The local event brings Bishop Police Department officers; Inyo County Sheriff’s Office deputies; California Highway Patrol officers and the community members they serve – together over coffee – to discuss community issues, learn more about each other and build relationships in an informal, relaxed environment. All “Coffee with a Cop” attendees will receive a free small cup of McCafe® coffee, courtesy of your local McDonald’s.

As McDonald’s Owner/Operators, being involved in the community is the cornerstone of our business. And supporting our local law enforcement and first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens, is a priority for our organization”, said Kevin and Lis Mazzu, local McDonald’s owner-operators. The first local “Coffee with a Cop” event was held back in January, in conjunction with ‘National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day’ and proved to be an excellent opportunity to connect with Inyo County residents, answer questions, hear concerns, and provide an opportunity for citizens to meet their local law enforcement.

Area residents are invited to attend the ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events on

Wednesday, October 3rd, at both McDonald’s locations in the Owens Valley:

Bishop – McDonald’s at 562 N. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol

Lone Pine – McDonald’s at 601 S. Main Street – 8:00am to 10:00am

  • Representing the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol
  • KIBS / KBOV radio will be doing a live remote broadcast from this location

McDonald’s restaurants in Bishop and Lone Pine will continue to work with local law enforcement throughout the year to host additional ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events with the goal of improving relationships between law enforcement and community members – one cup of coffee at a time.

Bronco’s Offense Explodes at Home Against Whittier Christian

The Bishop Bronco Varsity Football Team lit up the scoreboard on Friday as the played host to the Whitttier Christian Heralds. The Broncos didn’t waste anytime getting on the scoreboard as Jayden Braithwait would rush it from 46 yards on, on the Broncos first play of the game.

The Point After by Christian Morales was good and the Broncos had the early lead 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.

Then on their next possession, Clay Omohundro would connect with Luke Mclean from 26 yards out the Broncos would add another six. The PAT was good and the Broncos increased their early lead 14-0.

With the first quarter at 2:53, MCClean would connect with Manny Talavera, on a five yard pass, on Talavera would rush it in from about 40 yards out and the Bronco scoring continued. Morales would make good on the PAT and the Broncos would increase their lead to 21-0.

Keeping the first quarter scoring going, Luke McClean would rush in from 23 yards to add to the Bronco lead. Morales would continue with his good PAT’s and at the end of the first qaurter the Broncos led 28-0.

In the second quarter, the Heralds were finally able to get on the scoreboard thanks to a 35 yard field goal to make the score 28-3.

 

With just under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Mclean would hand off Jayden Braithwait would rush to the end zone from 43 yards out. That set up Morales for another point after attempt. With a low snap, Morales picked up the ball and was able to make it to the get to the end zone, untouched for a two point conversion.

Going to the third quarter, with 11:08 remaining, McClean would rush it in on a quarterback keeper to score another Bronco touchdown. Again, Morales would make good on the point after and the score was 43-3. With 6:30 left in the third, Morales would add another three on a field goal from 23 yards out and the Broncos lead was 46-3.

Finally, with 5:49 remaining in the game, Omohundro would find Mark Mayhugh from 11 yards out to add another six points. Morales would add the final point for the Broncos on a good Point after and the Broncos went on to route the Whittier Christian Heralds 53-9.

 

Clay Omohundro passed for 79 yards and Luke McClean connected for 62 yards. On the ground, the Broncos were led by McClean who rushed for 95 yards, Jayden Braithwait added 46 and Clay Omohundro 21. Through the air, the Broncos were led by Jayden Braithwait who caught for 46 yards and Mark Mayhugh caught for 42. Defensively, Manny Talavera had 7 tackles, Ian Murphy 6 and Darren Dondero, Jon Torres and Hunter Beal each added 5.

The Broncos will hit the road this Friday to Ridgecrest to take on the Burroughs Burros. We will have the Varsity game for you on 1230AM, KBOV, with Rock Baker calling all the action. Pre-game aire time 6:50 and kick is set for 7pm.

Broncos Come Up Short Against Rim of the World

The Bishop Broncos played host to the Rim of the World Scots on Friday evening. IN the Junior Varsity game, the Broncos JV Team continues to dominate.

The Broncos defeated the Scots 36-6 to pick up their 3 win and go 3-0 in the early season. The Broncos scored their first 21 points in the first half of play.

With the win, the Broncos have outscored their opponents 77-6.

In the Varsity game, it was another defensive battle for the Broncos. Rim of the World came out, on fire, in the first quarter scoring their first touchdown on the second play, from the Scots first possession, as Running Back Debendictis, would rush in to the end zone from about 60 yards out to the Scots the early lead.

The point after attempt was good and it was 7-0 Rim of the World.

From then on, it was a defensive battle for the most of the first half. However, with just under two minutes remaining in the first half, the Broncos would recover a Rim of the World fumble. That would lead to an interception by Rim of the World. Then, the second turnover by the Scots, would be recovered by the Broncos at the 18 yard line.

Quarterback, Clay Omohundro would come into the game and after pushing the Broncos close to the goal line would set up one last play. With the clock at 5.1 seconds Omohundro would bring the Broncos to the line and drop back for a pass and connect with Steven Paco in the back of the end zone. The point after attempt was good by kicker Christian Morales and we would go into half time tied at 7.

The game would remain tied going into the fourth quarter until Rim of the World would get a rushing touchdown, from about 5 yards out, to give the Scots the win. The Broncos drop to 1-2 in the early season.

Clay Omohundro would pass for 83 yards on the night. Luke McClean led the Broncos on the ground with 8 carries for 26 yards and Steven Paco would carry 3 times for 13 yards. Through the air, the Broncos were led by McClean with 38 yards, Jayden Braithwaite 31 yards, Luis Esparza 26 and Paco had 16 with the Broncos sole touchdown.

Defensively, Darren Dondero had 15 tackles on the night, Tristan Valle had 12, Kade Edminston 11 and Manny Talaveras and Wesley Pettet each added 9.

Coach Palu said, “Great effort by the Broncos. RIM is a very good, physical team and we battled them to the finish. I’m really proud of our effort. We have another tough game this week as Whittier Christian come to town”.

Since Whittier doesn’t have a JV team this year, the JV’s will be heading to Delano on Thursday to pick up a game. So, there will only be a Varsity game this Friday night at 7pm.

*Photos by Gary Young*

Boot Fire Update

The Boot Fire is currently 6,873 acres and 3% contained. The Boot Fire is burning in steep, rocky terrain approximately 9 miles southwest of Walker and 15 miles northwest of Bridgeport, California. There are currently 400 personnel on the fire. The incident command post is set up at Antelope Valley Volunteer Fire Station, 1166 Larson Lane, Coleville CA.

Evacuations: A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for residents and structures in the area of Fales Hot Springs, Devil’s Gate Pass and Swauger Creek, and for the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Road Closures: 395 remains closed from Eastside Lane south of Walker, California to the north end of Bridgeport, California. Both towns of Bridgeport and Walker are accessible to travelers, with through traffic detoured into Smith Valley at Holbrook Junction, Nevada State Route 208 in Nevada, approximately 4 miles north of the California/Nevada state line, to assist travelers that are looking to detour around the closure. Sonora Pass (CA SR 108) is closed at the Mono Tuolumne county line to US 395. Please continue to follow Caltrans for updates http://www.dot.ca.gov/d9/index.html.

Recreation Sites Closed: Bootleg, Chris Flat, Sonora Bridge, and Leavitt Meadows Campground/Trailhead, and Leavitt Meadows Pack Station. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between CA SR 108 at Sonora Pass and Highway 4 at Ebbetts Pass.

Values at Risk: Structures and residences along Highway 395 in area of Fales Hot Springs, Devils Gate, Swauger Creek, US Military Training Center, transportation corridor on Hwy 395 and State Route 108 (Sonora Pass), campgrounds and historical site, grazing allotments, sagegrouse habitat, watershed, and Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.