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Future Eagle Scout to Rebuild Lone Pine Gazebo

Seth Tait, a local scout from Ridgecrest Troop 35 is on his trail to become an Eagle Scout. The Lone Pine resident is 17.

Seth will be completely replacing the aging Spainhower Park Gazebo. “The structure is falling apart, parts have been replaced and not painted. There’s deterioration of structural members, the stairs aren’t to code, and there are electrical safety problems,” said Seth.


Seth has reached out to some heavy hitters in the Valley, in donating materials, labor, and funding. Supporting the project are LADWP, Coso Geothermal Plant, Gardner’s Hardware & Lumber, the Celbridge Plant in Olancha,  county planning, and local engineers.

“Becoming an Eagle Scout requires a lot of leadership, citizenship, doing service projects that are important to the community,” said Seth.  Before applying for the top rank of Eagle Scout, among many merit badges and ranks, one has to be able to save a life, tie knots, read maps, and have camped outdoors over 50 nights with the Boy Scout program. An Eagle Scout Project is one of the last endeavors to obtain the rank, It is an honored title that is bestowed for a lifetime.

Unfortunalty Lone Pine Boy Scout Troop 82 folded a few years back. Seth’s older brother, as part of his Troop 82 Eagle Project, rebuilt the bridges across the creek in Spainhower Park.

Seth’s plans were submitted to Inyo County for approval last week. Anyone wishing to help out this project may contact Seth at: sethtait16@gmail.com

Two Young White Pelicans Saved

Earlier this month, Everett Holland, who was boating at Klondike Lake called Wildcare Eastern Sierra and reported a White Pelican stranded in the tules. Adjacent to Highway 395, between Keoughs and Big Pine, the lake is a common resting spot for migrating water birds, including white pelicans.

Wildcare staff member Leith Felgar rounded up the necessary equipment and set off to help. Leith waded waist deep out to the boat and they approached the large white bird. Leith secured the long, snapping beak and large wings, and got it into a container.

At Wildcare, it was placed in a small outdoor cage to rest and relax.

But even before Leith returned to the Center, Everett spotted a second pelican elsewhere in the tules and called us again. Staffer Danielle Manriquez prepared for a second rescue while the first one arrived and was placed in a cage. The second bird was smaller and weaker than the first.

Both were weighed and thoroughly examined. Neither was injured, but both had been without food for several days. They couldn’t stand upright and needed recovery time.

They were put in the same cage where they snuggled together happily. [When young are a few weeks old, they come together in a crèche or “pod” where their parents feed them.] Each was fed 3 times a day for a total of 3 pounds each. For the next several days, the two continued to fatten up. They grew stronger and eventually could stand up fully.

Wildcare put out the word for a volunteer to drive the two down to a Laguna Beach rescue facility. Deena Davenport drove down the five hours, where  they soon joined up with four other youngsters who were already there. Once they all grow strong enough, they will be released into a fresh water bay to feed and continue to mature.

KIBS’ Gary Young caught a migrating-south flock at a local lake this past weekend. “They took off when they smelled me coming,” says Gary

Please join KIBS/KBOV in recycling your CRV bottles and cans at Manor Market’s Buy-Back Center (Tues – Sat). They’ll reassign your recycling proceeds to Wildcare Easter Sierra. Always looking for donations and volunteers, please contact Wildcare Director Cindy Kamler at 760-872-1487.

How Are We Doing?

“How are we doing?”  . . .  Asks the Inyo National Forest and Southern California Edison.

The Inyo National Forest and Southern California Edison are gathering information about recreation opportunities related to the Bishop Creek Hydroelectric Project – specifically at Lake Sabrina, South Lake and Intake 2.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Would you like to see more fish stocking? How about more reservable campsites or better parking? How about a water management plan that allows for the reservoirs to remain full enough for boating through more of the season? How are the restroom and campground facilities?
This is a great opportunity to let SCE and USFS know what’s going well and what could be improved. Your input will help guide current and future management of recreation opportunities in Bishop Creek Canyon.




Airport’s New Rescue & Firefighting Vehicle

In advance of Bishop Airport’s welcoming of United Airlines’ regular passenger service starting this winter, the airport recently received a new Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicle. The vehicle  was purchased by a grant through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 

This vehicle replaces the 1986 ARFF truck that was purchased from the Mammoth Yosemite Airport in the early 2000’s.  The older truck does not meet the FAA’s current requirements for a  Class 1 Airport  Operating Certificate. Inyo County has been upgrading the airport for the last several years, anticating United’s arrival in December.  


The truck was built by Oshkosh Airport Products in Wisconsin and arrived at the Airport last month.  Training for airport staff is underway and includes FAA sanctioned firefighter training at the San Bernardino Regional Emergency Training Center – a week long training on the operation and maintenance of the ARFF truck provided by the manufacturer. 

Buy A Lotto Ticket – Its Your Lucky Day

From Bridgeport CHP . . . .

Being on your side isn’t so bad unless you are in a car and on the edge of an embankment that drops straight down 1,000+ feet. This driver was lucky to escape without injury this morning on Tioga Pass (SR 120W).

We would like to take this time to remind people to watch your downhill speed and maintain control of your vehicle at all times. This is the fourth crash within two weeks that have occurred on either Tioga Pass or Sonora Pass (SR108) where people have lost their braking power, or lost control of their vehicle due to speed. Last week on Sonora Pass to individuals jumped out of their moving vehicle because they feared it would go over the edge. The vehicle ended up going into the hillside and the driver and his passenger had minor injuries.

Please travel safely.

Photo Courtesy of Bridgeport CHP

FISH ON! Inyo National Forest to Reopen – 2 Days Early on Thursday

Forest Service Ending Regional Closure Order Two Days Early

(UPDATED 9-16 – see below)

Fishing, Lakes, Campgrounds, Hiking, & Resorts in the Eastern Sierra will open Thursday.

Welcome Back!

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region will end the regional closure order affecting National Forests in California at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 15, two days prior to the original end date of Sept. 17.

“We are constantly evaluating weather and fire conditions in California, as well as regional and national firefighting resources available to us so that we can ensure the safety of the public and our firefighters,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien. “Some factors are more favorable now, which is why I decided to end the regional closure order. I want to thank the public and our partners for their patience and understanding during these challenging times.”

Factors leading to this decision include:

  1. Anticipated increase of firefighting resource availability to California due to fire danger lessening in other areas of the country.
  2. Regional weather systems and related climate zones becoming more variable as the seasons change, leading to less uniform conditions across California. Where weather and fire danger remain high, tailored fire restrictions and closures remain in place locally and may be added where necessary.
  3. Peak summer visitation has tapered off significantly since the Labor Day holiday weekend. The public is a critical partner in mitigating risk and recreating responsibly on our National Forests.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is largely in California but is in the Intermountain Region (R4) and is not impacted by the previous closure order.

Smokey Bear now waves HELLO to visitors coming back for some Shoulder Season enjoyment in the Inyo.

However, forest-wide closures will remain in place and be extended until midnight on September 22nd on the Los Padres, Angeles, San Bernardino, and Cleveland National Forests in Southern California due to local weather and fire factors, as well as a temporary strain on firefighting resources supporting large fires in other areas of the state.

  • From Inyo National Forest

UPDATED 9/16 – Silver Lake Boat Ramp is closed indefinitely for much needed repairs and ADA replacement of approaching sidewalks.

Broncos Roll On- Beat Ridgecrest Burros

The Broncos move to 4-0 with a 68-0 win in the High Sierra Classic.
Bishop Union sprinted out to a 61-0 lead at the half over Ridgecrest Burroughs. Senior running back Zach Mojarro ran for 240 yards on just 9 carries.

Mojarro scored 4 rushing touchdowns in the first half. All of Mojarro’s rushing stats came in the first half. Ridgecrest requested a running clock in the second half.
Senior Quarterback Jakob Redmond had another strong game rushing for a touchdown and connecting with Matteson for a score. Sophomore quarterback Boden St. Marie entered the game in the second quarter and threw his first varsity touchdown pass to Cheveyo Marquez.

The Broncos defense notched their second shutout of the season scoring three times on interceptions. Senior Captain Colt Matteson, Cheveyo Marquez, and Jason Mullner all scored on interception returns. Cain Omohundro also had an interception for the Bronco Defense. Senior defensive lineman Uriah Benally had a big night with 3 tackles for a loss.
Kennedy Batchelder had 6 total tackles. Austin Van Nest, Carson Schmidt and Reese Dondero each finished the night with 5 total tackles.
Colt Matteson was named the games MVP. Colt had a touchdown reception and the pick six. Mojarro earned offensive MVP honors for his half of work. Marquez was named defensive MVP as he pulled down two interceptions and made 7 total tackles. Senior Tristan Cooper drilled 6 extra points to be named special teams MVP.


Final Score 68-0
– Courtesy of MaxPreps – Broncos Coach Arnie Palu.
Photos by KIBS’ Gary Young.
Next up for the Broncos is a bye week before hosting Rim of the World Fighting Scots from Lake Arrowhead on Friday September 24th. Game time 7:00 p.m. Rock Baker will be offering AM 1230 KBOV’s Play-by-play broadcast.





Tonopah Muckers ride the Carlin Railroaders Out Of Town

The KIBS High School Football Game of the Week saw Head Coach Duffy Otteson and his 2021 Tonopah Football Muckers handle the Carline Railroaders 58-14.

Tonopah would find themselves in early fight with a 14-8 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. From there, Coach Otteson would unleash his defense, shutting down Carlin for the rest of the game,  allowing only six points the next three quarters.

Junior Josh Reid would cause havoc on the opposing QB with two  sacks, eight  tackles and one punt block. Sophomore Cody Pippen showed great lockdown defense at the corner picking off the Carlin QB two times on the night to go with six tackles. Eric Reid would play solid on both sides of the ball with pass protection, three tackles and one sack, Thomas Newell also chipped in with 26 receiving yards and three tackles. Anthony Gromis would play lights out on both sides of the ball starting on defense with a game high 11 tackles and one sack.

Head Coach Duffy Otteson’s offense would capitalize on several fumbled center-to-quarterback exchanges helping the Muckers

Out scoring Carlin 44-6 over the final three quarters, the young gunner senior QB Anthony Gromis would lead the offense going 10-13 for 112 yards and two TD passes.

Gromis would add 107 yards on the ground and three TDs for a total of five touchdowns on the night.

  • Adam Gonalez – KIBS Tonopah Sports

The next KIBS Game of the Week will be The Mucker Bowl – Tonopah, NV Muckers vs. Virginia City, NV Muckers. Adam Gonzalez will being doing the play-by-play on KIBS 101.7.

Bishop & Mammoth Domino’s Pizza Closed/Sold

Starting last Friday night (8-10-21) on-line chatter was reporting that customers of the Bishop Domino’s Pizza had their orders accepted, either on line or in the app, but no pizza every showed up. Those going to the front door of the store reported a sign advising a closure.

A call to the Mammoth location Sunday night indicated they were closed as well, with a “Voice Mail Full” message during normal business hours.

After a request for information from KIBS/KBOV, Domino’s Corporate Communications Officer Jenny Fouracra-Petko, responded by email . . .   “These stores are currently not taking orders, as they have temporally closed and will reopen soon under new ownership.”

Reportedly the Bishop location charged the credit cards of those placing orders on line or through the app. No word on if those charges were processed, or would Domino;’s Inc. help former customers get their money back.

Stay Tuned!

Destruction Derby Delights, Dings Up, and Destroy’s

Sunday nights close out event of the Tri County Fair was a “smashing” success. The Destruction Derby’s sold-out crowd cheered every time a “connection” was made by the car participants.


Heat # 1 Winner – Car # 00 Joe David

Heat # 2 Winner – Car # 6E Doug Emery

Mini- Car Winner – Car #8 Arron Pation

Lance Chance Winner (Wild card entry into main event) – Car #95 Robert Vance

Powder Puff Winner – Car # 95 Rylie Cotteriez

Main Event Winners – 1st Place Car # 6E Doug Emery, 2nd Place Car # 01 Bret Metcalf, 3rd Place Car #00 Joe David, 4th Place Car #2 Cap Aubrey

Hooligan Run – an all out grudge smash ’em and bash ’em match – the last car standing . . . Winner Car # 6E Doug Emery.

Hosted each year by the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, the Derby’s 50/50 Opportunity Drawing netted one lucky fan $9,042 take home, and BVFD drew an extra $200 and $100 winning tickets. Kammi Ellis, winner of the $200 draw donated hers back to the BVFD.




Bridgeport CHP Hipsters

(Word for word from Bridgeport CHP office)

“Not a good idea to be doing hot laps on SR-158 while hitting the pookie (smoking Meth) the residents don’t appreciate it and….it’s illegal.

Thank you to the concerned citizen who called this dangerous driver in. Suspect arrested for DUI drugs, possession of methamphetamine and an outstanding arrest warrant from Kern County. #Nah.he.tweakin”

Photo courtesy of Bridgeport CHP

Happy National Chicken Boy Day

As part of our daily news, the National Day Of . . .  has become a big hit with listeners Monday – Friday.  Each day offers a usually humorous look at an officially proclaimed day. 

On September 1, National Chicken Boy Day honored the birthday of an interesting statue in California. I have a special connection to the statue, too good to not post. 

Chicken Boy stands 22 feet tall and holds a bucket of chicken. The fiberglass statue of a boy with a chicken head can now be seen along Route 66. But he formally stood for almost 25 years atop the  Chicken Boy Restaurant on Broadway Street in L.A. (Part of old Route 66.)

Also known as the “Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles,” he joins other notable highway food characters, such as Big Boy, Ronald McDonald, and Muffler Man.

The iconic statue remained in place at the restaurant until the owner died in 1984. At that time, Chicken Boy was given to Los Angeles art director, Amy Inouye. For a time, the statue remained cooped up in storage. However, over 20 years later Chicken Boy flew the coop. He now graces the property of Inouye’s design firm.

The entire community came together to make the restoration of Chicken Boy possible. His restoration and display are partly due to the catalog of items Inouye offered for purchase Chicken Boy-themed items for fans to enjoy. 

In 2010, then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger,  recognized Chicken Boy with the Govenor’s Historic Preservation Award. 

My very close, lifelong friend,Kevin Hockenberry’s dad made the Chicken Boy head at their former Art n’ Fiberglass shop in Corona, where they used to make fiberglass characters for McDonalds, Knott’s Berry Farm and miniature golf courses.

Tune in every Monday – Friday during our 2nd news segment during our hourlong newscasts at 7am, 12 noon AND 5:00PM for the National Day Of . . .