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Mammoth Museum Awarded Digital Archive Grant

Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin has been awarded a grant from the California State Library to gather historical slides, negatives, photos, VHS cassettes, film, and maps.

Old memorabilia is welcomed, to have them converted to a digital file format. Specifically the museum is looking for old family vacation film and historically significant objects.

The grant must be used by August 1. Please contact Diana Chesterman 760-902-1346. or info@mammothmuseum.org

Congressman Obernolte Seeks Federal Recognition for Mono Lake’s Kutzadika Tribe

U.S. Congressman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia) introduced House Resolution # 3649, the Mono Lake Kutadika’a Paiute Tribal Recognition Act, on June 8. The bill will grant federal recognition to the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a tribe as a distinct Native American Tribe.

The legislation, originally introduced by former Rep. Paul Cook in the 116th Congress, addresses the tribe’s decades-long struggle for indigenous sovereignty and would afford them the services, benefits, and rights provided to federally recognized tribes.

“The Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe has a long history of advocating on their behalf with the federal government, helping to preserve and conserve Mono Lake as the center of their culture and history and protecting their traditional hunting and gathering lands by working alongside the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, both of whom already recognize the Kutzadika’a Tribe as a political entity,” said Rep. Obernolte. “It is past time that the federal government formally recognize this tribe’s sovereignty and provide the rights, services and benefits extended to federally recognized tribes.”


c. 1924 -Kutzadika Mother

The Mono Lake Kutadika’a tribe, the southernmost band of the Numu, are the indigenous people of the Mono Basin in east central California and adjacent Nevada. They have functioned as a tribal community since long before trappers, miners, and other white settlers came to California beginning in the early to mid-1800s, and have overcome significant challenges to remain a distinct community, both politically and culturally.

The tribe maintains its unique traditions, including harvesting the alkali fly pupae from Mono Lake as a traditional food source from which the tribe derives its name: Kutzadika’a, roughly translated, means “fly eaters.”

As a federally recognized tribe, the Mono Lake Kutadika’a would be granted an official government-to-government relationship with the United States and possess the inherent rights of self-government and tribal sovereignty. The tribe would also be entitled to receive certain federal benefits, services, and protections because of their special relationship with the United States, including grants of hunting and fishing rights on all federal lands within its aboriginal land area, access to the Indian Health Services, and the ability to request certain land in Mono County, California be taken into trust for the benefit of the tribe.

The Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe has strong local support and is recognized as a political entity by both local government and local divisions of the Forest Service and National Park Service in California’s 8th Congressional District.

Neighboring tribes also support the recognition of the Mono Lake Kutzadika’a Tribe, including the Benton Paiute Tribe, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Bishop-Paiute Tribe, Big Pine Paiute Tribe of Owens Valley, Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe, Forth Independence Indian Tribe, Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribe, North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, and Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation. Other supporters of the tribe’s federal recognition include the Mono County Board of Supervisors, Mono Lake Committee, Sierra Club, Town of Bishop, Friends of Inyo, Department of the Interior at Yosemite National Park, California State University, Chico – Department of Anthropology, and California Indian Manpower Consortium.

(Photos courtesy of Yosemite National Park and Mono Lake Committee)

$35 Million “Eradicated”

An estimate marijuana seizure worth $35 million in street value occurred on May 27, of marijuana was siezed on May 27 in Charleston View, between Tecopa and Pahrump, NV.

On March10, the Inyo County Agricultural Office was notified of a large illegal marijuana cultivation operation.  The operation had no county or state permits to cultivate marijuana.

Inyo County Sheriff’s personnel conducted surveillance at the locations and determined there were three active illegal marijuana cultivations operating.  Investigators obtained search warrants.

On May 27, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the DEA, CDFW, BLM,  and Inyo County Agricultural Commission, along with personnel from the Cal Cannabis and Habitat Conservation Unit, served the warrants at each of the locations.

During the service of the search warrants, 15 cultivators were detained, identified, interviewed and released at the scene. Additionally five handguns and one rifle were seized.

Approximately 17,450 plants were eradicated from 31 grow structures from the three separate sites. The estimated street value of the seized marijuana was $34,900,000.00.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will be requesting that charges be filed with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

(Photo courtesy of Inyo County Sheriff’s Office)

Darn Kids!

Not kids this time, but a full scale demo of the old cinderblock house on Highway 395 in McGee Creek.

The abandoned, pink-graffiti-painted-over house has sat vacant for years, all by itself, next to Highway 395, overlooking Crowley Lake. Only after everything of value, such as copper wiring and fixtures had been  stripped out by vandals, was the house put up for sale. No takers in the last decade.


It’s Open, Open, Open!

Tioga Pass, Highway 120, is now open into Yosemite National Park. The gate opened around 8:00 a.m. today.

Caltrans had cleared the highway up to the park entrance weeks ago, and anglers had access to Lee Vining Creek and the three lakes in the area. But because of the higher elevation of the pass , and length of the roadway within the park, National Park crews took longer to clear and open.

Lee Vining businesses are rejoicing, and reopening, now able  to welcome visitors from the westside into the Eastern Sierra.

YARTS transit buses will start running on June 15 from the east side into Yosemite and into the San Joaquin Valley.

Reminder: To control the crowds under COVID restrictions, a Day Use Pass, known as an “Entry Reservation” will be required to enter the park. There is no additional cost for the day pass, other than the normal park entry fee. Find out more at Recreation.gov.

Photo Courtesy of Randy Walker/Caltrans

It’s Mule Music Mania Time

Welcome Back Bishop Mule Days Fans!

Every morning, 6:00 to 10:00 a.m., KIBS’ morning personality Gary Young, plays Mule Music Mania for gift certificates from The Toggery.

Listen for the mule “whinny”, call in, and ID the previous songs’ title and artist.  Winners are put into a drawing for the grand prize, a $150 gift certificate from The Toggery

(Photo of KIBS’ own mule mascots, Waylon and Willie. Come say hi at Mule Days.)

100’s of Historic Scotty’s Castle Photographs Now Online 

The National Park Service has posted 568 historic Scotty’s Castle photos online. The website, NPGallery.nps.gov/deva, includes snapshots that chronicle the desert escapades of Walter “Death Valley Scotty” Scott, Albert Johnson, Bessie Johnson, their friends, and their families. The collection includes series of photographs taken from the same location over time that chronicles the nine years of construction in the 1920s.

The project was the brainchild of NPS Scotty’s Castle curator Gretchen Voeks, who said, “Digitizing accomplishes two goals; because we now have electronic copies to use for research, the original photographs are less susceptible to damage from use and wear, and the online publication makes it possible for many more people to access the materials.” The project was co-managed by Emily Field, of Great Basin Institute.

Volunteers contributed over 3,000 hours in a “labor of love” to share these photos with the world. Dwight Pennebaker, Christine Ford, Terry Eddington, Pam Krajnick, and Leigh McLendon scanned delicate historic photos, researched to verify copyrights, described the photos, and uploaded them to the site.

Scotty’s Castle is temporarily closed to the public due to damage from a flash flood in 2015. Further tragedy struck on April 22, when the partially-repaired visitor center burned to the ground. Repairs will resume shortly, and the NPS plans to reopen Scotty’s Castle in 2023.

(1927 Photo Courtesy of the NPS)

Eastern Sierra Land Trust Secures 1,424 Acre Ullman Ranch

In the heart of scenic Huntoon Valley north of Bridgeport, the water, wildlife, and sustainable cattle ranching of the last 90 years will be preserved  through a conservation easement by rancher George “Corky” Ullman and Eastern Sierra Land Trust.

At the foot of the Sweetwater Mountains, a shining creek curves through three miles of bright green meadows in Huntoon Valley. This seasonal cattle ranch, along the historic stagecoach route between Bridgeport and Devil’s Gate, produces beef cattle on irrigated pastureland and sagebrush steppe.

Ullman Ranch also protects habitat for Bi-State sage-grouse, which raise their chicks in the ranch’s wet meadows.  Mr. Ullman is preserving a critical migration route for mule deer and securing habitat for a variety of wide-ranging wildlife such as the American badger, eagles, and songbirds.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) worked with Corky Ullman to create the conservation easement, and secured the federal, state, and local funding needed to complete the project.

Kay Ogden, Executive Director/CEO of ESLT, said “Mr. Ullman’s generosity meant that ESLT was able to acquire the conservation easement at a reduced purchase price.”

Rancher Corky Ullman comments, “I was fortunate to preserve the ranch. I didn’t want to develop the ranch. This agricultural conservation easement allowed me to preserve the ranch forever.”

The Numa (People), or Northern Paiute groups, were hunter-gatherers in the region prior to the arrival of John C. Frémont and Kit Carson, exploring the Huntoon Valley, passing through the ranch during their travels in Bridgeport in 1844.

The original stagecoach stop, built in the 1800s, is still in use at the ranch as the “Big Red Barn” and can be seen on Highway 395.

Funding for this project was provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the California Strategic Growth Council’s Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program.

An agricultural easement property continues to provide economic benefits for the region in the form of jobs, productivity, and property taxes, while protecting specific conservation values such as water and wildlife habitat. Conservation easements are individually tailored to meet a landowner’s goals and the conservation values of the land.

“Because of Corky’s vision, this scenic valley with a rich history will remain as it is today,” says Kay Ogden, Executive Director/CEO of Eastern Sierra Land Trust.

Photo Courtesy of ESLT

Lady Broncos Fall to the Scorpions

The Bronco Varsity Softball team took on the Desert Scorpions yesterday at the city park. The final score was a  Scorpion victory  5-1.

According to Head Coach Stacy Van Nest “We just couldn’t string our hits together to score more runs. Defensively we executed excellent bunt coverage and got the out every time. We have ended our regular season play as 5-3 in league and 5-5 overall. We are not sure what is next for the Broncos. Play off intent forms need to be turned in May 28 and the play off bracket will be released June 5. We are unsure if we will go for the play offs as of yet. And since we had to reschedule Boron, we do not know how we will finish in league as others teams have more league games to play. ”

Jasmyn Dondero pitched 7 innings and had 7 K’s and 7 hits.

Lauren Allen was 2 for 3 with a double.
Sadie Dishion was 1 for 2 with a double.
Jayda Jackson was 1 for 3 with a double.

Kayla Jackson was 1 for 2 and
MaNeSe Braithwaite was 1 for 4 at the plate.

Van Nest added “We would like to thank our seniors Lauren Allen, MaNeSe Braithwaite, Sadie Dishion, Jessica Doll, Jazmyn Dondero, and Kayla Rodriguez. We would also like to thank the City Park for great facilities and the parents for their support.”

As Stacy Van Nest mentioned, we will just have to wait and see if more softball is in the future for our Lady Broncos.

Hawthorne’s Vacant Property Owners Will Pay Higher Fees

The Hawthorne, NV Utilities District announced that under an ordinance passed in 2006, homes and business owners that haven’t used  water or sewer services in the last seven years, will have to install up-to-date water and sewer connections in order to re-activate their property. And they’ll be paying higher, current rates.

Contact the Hawthorne Utilities District: www.minerialcountynv.us

Thank you Hawthorne for listening to KIBS on 102.3 FM.


Bronco Baseball’s “Ace” Heading to UCLA

After a 7-4 win over the Mammoth Huskies on May 17, at the closing ceremony of league-play for the COVID-shortened season of the Bishop Broncos, 1st baseman, Ace Selters, made a special announcement.

Ace announced, to the cheers of fans, that he’s heading to UCLA  after graduation. Although he’s not part of the school’s baseball program . . .  yet . . .  Ace hopes to get a walk-on try-out once he settles in as a Bruin.

AM1230 KBOV’s play-by-play announcer, Rock Baker,  noted “Ace” is a great name for a baseball player.  Congratulations Ace.

The school, and fans, were just as proud of two other seniors. Pitcher Landon Kruse will be a Warrior at Indiana Tech. Catcher Breaden Gillem will become a Titan at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, IN. Both boys will be playing in their school’s baseball program.

A great group of senior athletes! Bishop Proud!

The Broncos have two more non-league games remaining – Thursday, May 20 @ the Rosamond Roadrunners, and Tuesday, June 1 vs. the Boron Bobcats. The June 1 game will be broadcast live on AM 1230 KBOV. Game time 3:15 p.m.

(Photo Courtesy of Gary Young Photography)



Inyo County Is A Big Zero!

As of 4:00 p.m. May 18, Inyo County’s Health and Human Services Department reports, for the first time in over 14 months . . . . .

ZERO positive COVID cases in the county. Zero new positive cases in the last two weeks. Zero current hospitalizations. Zero deaths from COVID in over six weeks.

However the county remains in the Orange Tier level as of yesterday’s reassessment of the last reporting week ending May 8.  Only Orange County moved into the less restrictive Yellow Tier yesterday, joining L.A. and Mono Counties in the SoCal, Central Coast, and southern San Joaquin Valley areas.

The colored tier levels of California’s Blue Print for a Safer Economy ends June 15. In Nevada, COVID restrictions ends on June 1. Masks and social distancing are still required by both states until then.