KIBS/KBOV Announcements


With heavy hearts, the KIBS/KBOV family is sad to announce the passing of our News Director, Ken Harrison. Ken left this world early on the morning of July 21st, holding the hand of the love of his life and devoted partner, Sonya Hernandez. Ken leaves behind, sons Johnny Harrison and Trevor Harrison; sister Brenda Robinson; niece’s Cheri Noel, Kandi Archibald, and nephew Greg Kennedy. 

As well as Sonya and her son, Chase.
We are devastated by his passing, and relieved his suffering is over.
Ken lived his life to the brim in service to others. He will be forever remembered for his work in Unity Church, involvement and commitment to his home town community and in the community of Bishop,  where he found a second chance to live his best life in a place he had always loved, with a job and partner he adored.
Always ready to lend a hand to inform, entertain and connect with others, he lived several lives in his one lifetime. Truly making  a lasting and profound difference in the lives of so many. Ken wore many hats and touched many lives – as a father, partner, writer, broadcaster, DJ, comedian, angler and mentor to the masses.

Ken Harrison was a good man.


We will remember our friend Ken with love and affection.

In lieu of flowers, donations to help Sonya with Ken’s final expenses can be sent to Sonya Hernandez, care of KIBS.

Fairview Fire Update from the BVFD

At 2:45 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2022, the Bishop Fire Department was dispatched to Fairview Circle for a

structure fire. When the first unit arrived at the scene, three structures were already fully engulfed, with

fire rapidly spreading into the nearby brush and neighboring residences due to windy, dry conditions.

Seeing the magnitude of the incident, Bishop Fire requested mutual aid from throughout the region.

Southern California Edison cut electricity to the surrounding area, and CalFire immediately directed their

units towards the spreading vegetation fire to protect nearby neighborhoods.

Friday’s high winds, along with narrow access areas, propane tank involvement, and a lack of nearby fire

hydrants severely hampered firefighting efforts. Firefighters were forced to withdraw from Fairview

Circle and had to fight the fire from Watterson Road. Seventeen water tenders made multiple trips to

draft sites and fire hydrants to provide enough water to suppress the blaze.

Tumbleweed Lane and Indian Creek Drive were evacuated as the fire spread. These evacuation orders

were lifted later in the evening once forward progression of the fire was stopped. The Watterson Road

area remained evacuated until mid-afternoon on Saturday as fire crews continued mop-up efforts.

Firefighting resources remained at the scene throughout the night Friday, all day Saturday, and continue

to patrol the area as needed.

Nine residences and approximately 20 outbuildings were destroyed in the fire. Four additional

residences were damaged. The cause of the incident remains under investigation, and is believed to be

accidental in nature.

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation during the Fairview incident. The firefighter was transported

to Northern Inyo Hospital by Symons Emergency Services and was released later Friday night after

treatment. One civilian was injured.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who lost their homes and were displaced by this fire,”

said Bishop Fire Chief Joe Dell. “We are extremely grateful to everyone who stepped up to help fight this

fire, and to everyone who continues to help those affected.”

The Bishop Fire Department would like to extend a huge thank-you to the numerous agencies that

responded from throughout the Eastern Sierra to help fight the Fairview Fire, including Big Pine,

Independence, Lone Pine, White Mountain, Chalfant Valley, June Lake, Antelope Valley, Wheeler Crest,

Mammoth Lakes, Long Valley, CalFire and the Inyo National Forest. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office,

Symons Emergency Services, Reach Air Medical Services, the Bishop Police Department, Inyo County

Health and Human Services, Mountain Warfare Training Center (Pickel Meadows), the Los Angeles

Department of Water and Power, Indian Creek Mutual Water Company, Bishop Public Works and the

American Red Cross also provided assistance during and after the fire.

Additional thanks go to Two Brothers from Italy in Big Pine, who shut down their restaurant to make

pizzas that they then donated to the firefighters, Vons of Bishop, which donated sandwiches, snacks and

water, and the countless other groups and individuals who came forward to support the firefighting and

recovery efforts.






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Bronco Baseball Season Ends

Round one of the CIF D4 playoffs did not go as planned for the Bishop Broncos losing to Garces Memorial by a final score of 8-2.

Garces Memorial, which played in a higher division during league play was dropped down to Division 4 for the playoffs while Bishop was moved up to D4 because of their excellent record during league play.  These kind of things just do not make sense except for the higher-ups in the Central Section CIF office.


Senior Bronco players playing their last game were Acie Valdivia, Jake Frigerio, Kennedy Batchelder and Hector Martinez.

Frigerio had a hot bat and stole 4 bases during the game but the Bronco bats were having a hard time getting the runners in scoring position to come home due to the good pitching by Garces Memorial.

Albert Cano went 1 for 3 and scored 1 run

Riley Eropkin was 1 for 3

Jake Frigerio was 2 for 3 with 1 run scored

Kennedy Batchelder was 1 for 3 batting

Garces pitching held the Broncos to just 5 hits.

Great season for the Bishop Bronco Baseball team but we are left with a sour taste in our mouth by the selection committee in the Central Section CIF.

Big shout out to the Bronco coaching staff for doing an outstanding job all season. Linda Frigerio, Steve Omohundro, Andy Gillem, Chuck Goede and JJ Cervantes.

Photos by Gary Young


All Three Local CDFW Hatcheries Now Opened to the Public

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is pleased to announce that our local CDFW hatcheries – Black Rock and Fish Springs in Independence, and Hot Creek in Mammoth, reopened to the public on Thursday, April 7. The facilities have been closed to visitors for nearly two years during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The public is welcome again at outdoor areas including raceways and picnic spots. Hatcheries offer numerous activities including fish feeding, nature walks and educational kiosks.

“A visit to a fish hatchery is a fun-filled outing for both kids and adults – and it’s free, which is a difficult opportunity to find in today’s world,” said Ken Kundargi, CDFW’s Hatchery Program Manager. “The staff are excited to welcome the public back. The atmosphere at our hatcheries has just not been the same without visitors. Please come see us soon!”

For more information see:  Information about specific hatcheries, including locations, hours, directions and safety guidelines.


After dropping 29 runs on Lone Pine last week the Bishop Boys Varsity Team stayed hot and downed Frazier 26-4.

Acie Valdivia got the start on the mound for the Broncos and pitched 3.1 solid innings after giving up 2 runs in the top of the first inning. After that, Acie was on his game and the team gave him a ton of run support scoring 13 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.

Reece Dondero

Reece Dondero was the RBI leader of the game with 5 on 4 hits.

Jake Frigerio


Albert Cano

Jake Frigerio scored 4 runs with 2 hits and 2 RBI’s

Jake Frigerio

Riley Eropkin scored 4 runs on 2 hits and 4 RBI’s

Riley Eropkin

Acie Valdivia scored twice, had 2 hits with 1 RBI

Acie Valdivia

Reece Dondero scored three times with 4 hits and 5 RBI’s

Reece Dondero

Albert Cano scored twice, 3 hits and 4 RBI’s

Albert Cano

Cain Omohundro scored 4 times on 2 hits with 4 RBI’s

Cain Omohundro

Caleb Gillem 3 runs 3 hits with 2 RBI’s

Caleb Gillem

Kennedy Batchelder 2 runs on 2 hits with 2 RBI’s

Kennedy Batchelder


Next up in the Mammoth Huskies on Friday. We will see if the Huskies can slow down the Bronco Baseball hitting machine.

Photos by Gary Young Photography.



Winner, Winner, Plant Some Vegi’s For Dinner

Congratulations to Lucio Gonzalez of Bishop for being one of 15 winners in KIBS’ “Luck of the Irish” contest. He was the correct caller after hearing the Leprechaun announce . . .  “Call In and Win!”

Listener Lucio won a $25 Gift Card to Wye Road Feed & Supply. His name is put into the Grand Prize drawing for a $250 Gift Card from Manor Market.

The Grand Prize winner will be drawn on the Gary Young Morning Show during the 7:00 AM hour on St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday

One more day to win $25 Gift Cards – Wednesday, March 16th.

Arrested With Dynamite

On March 10, at approximately 9:30 AM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a domestic dispute inside one of the rooms of the Quality Inn Motel in Lone Pine, CA. Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies and CHP responded to the call.

Upon arrival, the male subject provide two false names but was later identified as David Iuele, a 33-year-old man from Glenwood, CO.

During Iuele’s interview with Sheriff’s deputies, the female subject left the room to take her dog outside near the back of the motel. A CHP officer was watching the female subject and noticed an orange wax paper-wrapped item near the back door of the motel room.

After realizing the item was a stick of dynamite, the CHP Officer placed the device in an open area approximately 10 yards from the motel.

After Ieule admitted the device was his, he was arrested and booked into the Inyo County Jail for transporting an explosive device, PC 18715(a)(2), and placing a destructive device in a public area, PC 18725 – both felony charges. Additionally, he was charged with providing false identification, PC 148.9. Bail has been set for $100,000.

The device was safely removed from the area and disposed of by the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.

Photo Courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office

New Lower Speed Limit Coming to June Lake

The Mono County Board of Supervisors, using a new state law for establishing speed limits, approved a lower speed limit for Main Street through the June Lake Village.

The new speed limit will be posted at 15 MPH. Previously, “downtown” business districts with on-street parking used to be equally posted at 25 MPH, statewide.

Specifically, AB43 authorizes local jurisdictions to find a speed limit “more than reasonable or safe,” allowing the rounding down by 5 MPH.

For decades, California Vehicle Code requires a speed survey and set the limit at 85% of vehicle vehicles June Lake’s latest speed survey tracked the average vehicle speed at 19 MPH. Under AB43, the county was allowed to round down to 15 MPH.

The rule change also allows local authorities to consider the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians, as well.

Critics say lowering limits too much can be problematic. They add those speed variances also can create more conflicts and passing maneuvers, Additionally, opponents say lowering speed limits by itself will not reduce speed. Instead, it will criminalize normal behavior and will not make streets safer.

According to Kevin Julian, the Supervisor of Roads for Mono County, ” The goal is to have the full sign package installed before the 4th of July.”  CHP is the agency that would enforce the lower speed limit.

Local Caltrans Receives Big Bucks To Get Clean

Governor Gavin Newsom’s $1.1 billion Clean California initiative, awarded $312 million for 126 beautification projects along the state highway system – including five projects in Caltrans District 9 in  Eastern Kern, Inyo, and Mono Counties.
Some of the projects located in District 9 include:

Bridgeport Main Street Banner: The Bridgeport Main Street Banner project will install a banner structure that spans scenic US Highway 395 at the intersection of the highway and Sinclair Street in the town of Bridgeport in Mono County. The banner structure will be a placemaking focal point where the community can suspend customized events and welcome banners over the historic main street.

Mono  Lake Guardrail Beautification and Safety:The Mono Lake MGS (Midwest Guardrail System) beautification and safety project will replace outdated guardrails with safer, color-treated guardrail systems that will complement the beauty of the scenic basin near the town of Lee Vining in Mono County. A beautification treatment will allow the guardrails to blend into the surrounding environment.

Four of the five Caltrans District 9 “Clean California” projects are on Highway 395.

Fort Independence Lighting: The Fort Independence Lighting project will install lighting along US Highway 395, where the highway divides the Fort Independence Indian Reservation in Inyo County.

Fort Independence Monuments:  The Fort Independence Monuments project will install gateway monuments along US Highway 395 at the northern and southern boundaries of the Fort Independence Indian Reservation in Inyo County. The monuments will serve as placemaking focal points that enhance the community space.

He’s Back – But Not Unanimously 

Big Pine Unified School District’s Principal/Superintendent Ed  Dardenne-Ankringa is back. His surprise resignation has been rescinded, and a new, three-year contract was agreed upon.

“Mr. D-A” as he’s known on campus, unexpectedly resigned last month. The teacher’s union, employee union, and several parents showed up at the following meeting to demand the reinstatement of the superintendent.

“Two board members have created a hostile working environment,” said two different parents at the time.

The “welcome back”  vote of the five-member Board of Trustees on Monday (2-7-22) was not unanimous. With the 3 -2 vote, Board Members Shelley Snoderly and  Carol Hambleton voted against the new contract.

Alison Amerg, president of the teacher’s union, the Big Pine Educators Association, stated after the meeting, “While we’re thrilled that Mr. D-A will continue to lead us, we regret that two board members are not supportive of the vast majority of the opinions of staff and teachers, many families and community members.”

Mr. D-A’s wife, Melinda, who works for the district and also resigned, was also reinstated with a new, one-year contract (with renewing options.)