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Does Your Veteran Need Help?

Are you a Veteran in crisis, or more than likely – a friend or family member of a Vet and you have concerns.

The Inyo/Mono County Veteran’s Service stands ready to help.

Most recently, returning Vets from Afghanistan, seeing the images of the withdrawal, are having a particularly rough time.

Family members and friends of Vets should be aware that their loved ones may not reach out for support, thinking they may be taking away resources from Vets that need it more. FALSE. All Vets earned the services available.

Reach out to Gorden Greene, Veterans Service Officer,, or 760-873-7850.

Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255 – Option 1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Or text to 838255, or online chat.

877-WAR-VETS Vet Center focusing on discussions with other Vets. – free mental health services to Vets.

Iraq and Afghanistan Vets of America (IAVA) 24/7/365, 855-91RAPID.

Inyo County Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline 800-841-5011

Also, Officer Greene is available to help with VA benefits, along with flags and Honor Guard services for memorials.

VETS . . . THANK YOU   for your service!




Punxsutawney Phil-Schmil – We’ve Got Our Own Groundhog

A 44-year-old desert tortoise, a resident at the Living Desert Zoo in Palm Desert is the unofficial “groundhog” for the California Deserts, including the high desert areas of the Owens Valley.

“Mojave Maxine” starts her hibernation each Winter around Thanksgiving. When Maxine wakes up and emerges from her burrow, Winter is unofficially over and Spring is beginning to be sprung. No shadow mumbo jumbo is needed.

Mojave Maxine emerged on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 3:11 PM, wrapping up the contest for another year. With Owens Valley temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s for this week, Maxine is not far off, even though the Spring equinox is still six weeks away.

In 2021, Maxine emerged earlier than normal, on January 18th, and the Spring and Summer turned out to be record-setting hot and dry.

Dr. James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation for the Zoo noted, “Maxine is an indicator for wild tortoise behaviors as well, so we are glad to see her emerge at a more reasonable time this year.”


Bishop High Mathletes Are Adding Up Wins

(STORY UPDATE 2-9-22 @ 1:00 PM) The BUHS Mathletes are competing in their last match at Boran High School today.)

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BUHS Mathletes are at the halfway point in their competitive season and are HOT, HOT, HOT! Both teams are in first place leading the league in team victories and individual ribbon accomplishments. 

The JV team is led by captains Ashley Fitt and Alyssa Buchholz and is made up of Freshman Cooper Beard, Elias Downard, and Sydney Norcross and Sophomores Kate Anderson, Anwyn Benson, Audrey Cokeley, and Sam Wilson.

First place Bishop JV team currently has 109 points crushing second-place Tehachapi trailing with 59 points and third place Rosamond with 55 points.

BUHS Varsity is led by captains Lyndsey Rowan and Rose Bracken and is made up of Juniors Branden Gardea, Will Hennarty, Kyle Schaniel, Will Twomey and Seniors Kai Cokeley, Ethan Fahey, Abbey Gabriel, Mav Gaudet, Braeden McGrail, Richard Rubalcaba Garret Wesling, and Nathan Wesling.

The Mathletes League is made up of 4 JV Meets and 6 Varsity meets. The Bishop Varsity team is gripping first place tightly with 92 points followed by Tehachapi with 81 points and Rosamond with 72 points. 

Coach DeeDee Buchholz said,  “I’m so proud of these Mathletes and all students who place academics as a top priority. There are eight schools in our league, some three times the size of BUHS, which makes our many victories that much sweeter! I love coaching these kids, I really do have the best job ever. They work hard, love to compete, enjoy a good challenge, love winning but most importantly, are kind human beings.” 

Way to go Bishop Mathletes!

Nevada Donor Day Honoring NHP Trooper Micah May

Valentines Day, February 14,  is also Nevada Donor Network Day honoring fallen Nevada State Police Trooper Micah May.

Trooper May, who died in the line of duty in July 2021, saved the lives of three people through the gift of organ donation.

The day also serves as a reminder that 597 Nevadans are waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

While there are live special events in Reno and Las Vegas, every Nevada resident may celebrate by signing up to be a life-saving donor at and registering to become an organ, eye, and tissue donor, or by checking ‘YES’ to the organ donation question at a local Nevada DMV office.

Learn more about the Nevada Donor Network.


Winner, Winner, Brewed Awaking Dinner . . . er . . Breakfast

Lisa Badger of Big Pine wins one of our $25 Gift Certificates given away today on the Gary Young Morning Show.

Love Is In The Air with our Cupid Contest, giving away four certificates each day to area restaurants to help celebrate with your Valentine.

Simply listen to KIBS, 6 AM – 10 AM, and be the correct numbered caller when Gary plays the love song of the hour.

All winners are entered into the Lover’s Grand Prize – a one-night stay at Convict Lake Resort and a $125 credit at The Restaurant at Convict Lake. Grand Prize winner will be drawn – on the air- on Valentine’s Day.

$25 Certificate Contest ends Friday, February 11.


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Two Bishop Bronco’s Sign Letters of Intent

Colt Matteson and Kennedy Batchelder signed their National Letter of Intent yesterday (Feb. 2)  on National College Signing Day. Both Bronco Linebackers have accepted scholarships to play football next year.

Colt Matteson (L) will play at Eastern Oregon University. He will study Nursing.

Kennedy Batchelder (R) will play at McPherson College in Kansas. He will automotive engineering.

Bronco Linebacker coach, Chris Matteson says “ I am extremely proud of both of these boys and look forward to watching their success at the next level”.

BLM and Forest Service Wants to Hear From Off-Road Users

 The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest want to hear the public’s ideas on how to ensure off-highway vehicle trails are secure and well maintained on public lands throughout the Eastern Sierra.

The public is invited to provide input during a virtual public meeting planned for Thursday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m.  This public meeting will provide off-highway vehicle users a chance to visit with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service staff to discuss changes or improvements that can help make everyone’s outdoor experience more enjoyable.

The BLM and Forest Service will use the public feedback to draft their grant applications for law enforcement, restoration, and ground operations and maintenance to be submitted to the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program.

 Please register to participate in the virtual public meeting at Comments may also be emailed to the BLM at or to Jeremy DeCell at the Inyo National Forest at 

Photo Courtesy of BLM

Inyo National Forest Seeking Snowmobiler’s Input

The Inyo National Forest announces that a series of meetings are scheduled to encourage collaborative discussion for Over Snow Vehicle operaters (OSV) planning.

There will be two virtual meetings via Zoom (sharing the same content) and three Coffee with the District Ranger meetings. The latter are designed to be an informal opportunity to look at OSV use in the field.

Tuesday, February 8th , virtual meeting, 2:00pm – 3:00pm,

Thursday, February 10th , virtual meeting, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

Both meetings use the same ZOOM link: Meeting ID: 880 6163 2023, Passcode: 785599.

Saturday, February 12th, A live meeting, Coffee with the District Ranger – 10:00 am – 11:00 am Shady Rest Park, near OSV staging area, Town of Mammoth Lakes. 11:00 am – noon, the Sherwins, propane tanks at the Sherwin Creek Rd.

Saturday, February 26th  – 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Bald Mountain Road/Deadman Summit Staging Area

Please join and share your concerns, ideas, and solutions. The Forest Service must develop an Over-Snow Vehicle Use Map (OSVUM), which identifies the roads, trails and areas where OSV use will be designated. The final product will be a map, showing where OSV use may be designated and, if appropriate, may be designated by class of vehicle and time of year.

Thanks to the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation for providing the Zoom link for the virtual meeting and for providing the coffee for the Coffee with the District Ranger.

7th Annual Winter Adventure Series at Mammoth Welcome Center

The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association is hosting a weekly presentation, the  7th Annual Winter Adventure Series:

$15 entry includes a drink ticket (age 21+), a beer from a local brewery,  and a chance to win door prizes. (Free entry 18 and younger)

Held at the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center in the  USFS Auditorium. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., the program starts at 7:00 p.m. Masks required

Here’s the lineup offered every Thursday:

Thursday, Feb. 3  –  “Mountain Lions Demystified”
Phil Johnston: Mountain Lion Researcher, Professional Tracker, Outdoor Educator

Ronda Kauk
Thursday, Feb. 10 –  “A Changing Homeland” 
Ronda Kauk: Mono Lake Kutzadika Paiute

Thursday, Feb. 17 –  “Alone in the Mountains” (Two Presenters: Brooke Maushund, Jill of All Trades, Master of Fun, Snow Nerd, Ski Patroller, Member of YOSAR and Anika Ramey, Wilderness EMT, YOSAR Member, Ski Patroller)

Thursday, Feb. 24 –  “All Jokes Aside”
Eeland Stribling: Biologist, Outdoor Educator, Angler, Comedian
March 3, – Vitaliy Musiyenko: RN, Author, Explorer

Photos Courtesy of the ESIA

Two Car Major Accident in Independence

(UPDATED BY CHP – Bishop on 1-26-22)

On Tuesday, January 25,  at approximately 4:00 PM, the driver of a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, was traveling northbound on 395 in Independence, at a high rate of speed. At the same time, a driver of a Toyota Rav4 SUV was traveling northbound 395 at approximately 30 MPH.

The driver of the SUV noticed the red pickup quickly approaching from behind. The driver of the SUV swerved to the left and into oncoming traffic lanes to avoid being struck by the pickup. Despite actions taken by the driver of the SUV, the pickup sideswiped the right side of the SUV.

The pickup continued northbound on 395 at a high rate of speed before swerving to the right.  The pickup crashed into a light pole and into the long-vacant The Pines Restaurant building. The driver was trapped in the vehicle and he suffered major injuries.

Personnel from Independence Volunteer Fire Department, Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department, and Calfire extricated the driver from the wreckage. The driver was transported by Mercy Air helicopter to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment. Additional personnel from Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Caltrans, LADWP, and CHP, responded to the crash scene.

The names of the victims were not released by CHP. The speeding driver is a 41-year-old male from INdependence. The SUV driver is 31 and from Bishop.  This crash is still under investigation by Bishop CHP.

(Media Note: Law enforcement agencies ask the media to use the term “crash” when reporting these stories. The term “accident” means there wasn’t a cause for this collision.  This was not an “accident”)

Photo Courtesy of CHP – Bishop

Happy National Day Of . . . Library Selfie Day

Sharing every day on our Monday – Friday hour-long newscasts, heard at 7:00 a.m and 12 Noon, the National Day Of . . . is a popular segment on KIBS/KBOV.

Today’s (1-26) National Day Of  . . . was Library Selfie Day – posting a picture of your personal library, you at the library, or you at a bookstore.

Here are my favorite books at KIBS/KBOV – the Arcadia Series on Images of America. We have nine of them, Bishop, Cerro Gordo, Ghost Towns of Death Valley,  Location Filming in the Alabama Hills, Lone  Pine, Mount Whitney,  Owens Valley, Railroads of Death Valley, Twenty Mule Teams of Death Valley.


Written by Kendra Atleework and her father Robert Atlee.

Also of course Kendra Atleework’s Eastern Sierra Recreational Guide, the best guide of the Sierra for visitors and locals alike.

Bronco Wrestling Brings Home 5th Place From Big Tourney

Last Saturday, the Bishop Bronco Wrestling Team competed in a tournament at Arroyo High School in El Monte, where they came home with a team trophy for 5th place.

The wrestlers competing were senior Renee Ashworth and juniors Will Hennarty, Carson Schmidt, John Drew and Zayn Crockett.

Three Bronco wrestlers finished in first place in their weight class: Carson Schmidt at 132 pounds, Will Hennarty at 145 pounds, and Zayn Crockett at 195 pounds

John Drew at 126 pounds made it to the finals where he earned a second-place medal.

Head Coach Kodsart Denaro said, “I was very pleased with how well everyone on the team wrestled. The level of competition was perfect.”

Assistant Coach Mark Hodges said, “This is the first team trophy that the Broncos have brought home in many years. To finish in 5th place out of 18 teams with only five wrestlers is impressive! Their hard work in the wrestling room is paying off.”

(Photo Courtesy of Bishop Bronco Westling)