KIBS/KBOV Announcements

COMING IN HOT

On Tuesday, January 19, around 9:00 a.m., A semi-truck driver  traveling northbound on Main Street through Bishop, was notified by a passing motorist that her right rear tires on fire.

The truck pulled over into the Shell Y-Mart where the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department responded. The fire was visually extinguished by the time fire trucks arrived. Firefighters used a hand- held extinguisher insure the hot tires, wheels, and brake drums.

A quick inspection showed a brake line had ruptured, spraying flammable brake fluid over the hot brake drums and igniting.

No one was injured in the incident.

COVID VACCINE AVAILABLE NOW TO INYO/MONO RESIDENTS AGED 75+

Northern Inyo Hospital District announced that as of today, 300 vaccines are available to those residents age 75 and over.

Both Inyo and Mono Counties have moved into vaccine Tier Level 1B which includes those age 75 and over, along with frontline law enforcement, fire, EMT’s, and food service workers.  Resident’s vaccines will be handled by the hospital. Those eligible fontline worker’s vaccine’s will be administered by the county’s health department.

Appointment phone lines are open through the Rural Health Care offices, Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at 760-873-2078.

There will be an active waitlist and more vaccines are on the way. Approximately 1,700 county residents are over the age of 75 and qualify for the vaccine. Inoculations will continue until all in the age category have voluntarily received the shot, and their 21 – 28 day second dose.

Inoculations will take place inside the hospital’s lobby. One need not be a patient of the North Inyo Health Care system to receive a vaccine

TRI-COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS WIN PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

The Tri-County Fair has won the fair industry’s most coveted award, The Merrill Award, given by the Western Fairs Association (WFA) highlighting the Fair’s leadership and commitment to community excellence.

The Fair’s Drive-In and Tailgate Entertainment Venue took home the prestigious award. The Merrill Award is given to fairs that clearly demonstrate innovation, vision, creative management, excellence in marketing and commitment to community.

Jen McGuire, the Fairground’s CEO stated, “This is the Oscars of the Fair Industry. Bishop has never been nominated let alone brought home this award. It’s quite an honor. ”

The Fair also brought home the following awards in the Small Fairs Division: 1 st and 2nd place – Virtual Livestock Show 1st and 2nd place – Drive In Entertainment 1 st and 3rd place – Community Involvement

The Tri-County Fairgrounds would like to thank the community and numerous businesses that helped with the build of the Drive-In and  sponsoring the venue. The Fairgrounds will be announcing a full entertainment line-up very soon.

RECALL CAMPAIGN HEATS UP

The effort to recall Govenor Gavin Newsom is heating up in Inyo County and around the state.

Last week, the bipartisan signature gathering effort reported they have one million signatures for the recall petition, needing another 500,000 by March 10, to place the issue on the ballot. 

State organizers say this effort is nonpartisan “grassroots” and includes supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and fans of President Trump.

Cal-Tron Corp. on Dixon Lane and Alex Printing on Main St. are official petition signing locations  in Inyo County.

Locally, Inyo County voters need to file 872 registered voters signatures, of which 670 have been collected. In Mono County, where there is no active signature gathering campaign, 583 registered voter signatures are needed. 218 have been submitted online.. 

Recently, Alex from Alex Printing stated in a exclusive KIBS/KBOV interview, that the Govenor has no clue what’s entailed in running a small business. 

Actor Scott Baio hosted a live Zoom meeting last week to encourage Californians to sign the petition. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner signed the petition over the weekend and is one of the names mentioned as a challenger to Gov. Newsom. 

Fox News reported Newsom recently acknowledged the coronavirus vaccine rollout in the state is not proceeding as expeditiously as expected, while confirmed virus cases surge. 

Gov. Gray Davis, who was recalled in 2003, was the first governor recalled in the United States since 1921. Davis was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HISTORIC PHOTO 2021 CALENDARS ON SALE

The Eastern California Museum announces their 2021 historical photo calendars are now available. They’ll make great Christmas gifts for lovers of the area. Each month has a great photo of days gone by.

The January 2021 photo (above) is of the entire Hopalong Cassidy film crew posing; grips, craft services, directors, script girls, and yes . . .even actors.

A little Lone PIne – Hoppy history. . . Although Lone PIne is still a hot bed on-location commercial and film production,  it is nothing like the magnitude of back in the day, as seen in the calendar’s photo.

Many of the 71 Hoppy films produced from 1935 to 1948, were shot in Lone Pine’s Alabama Hills. Hoppy’s Bar 20 Ranch House still exists south of town (although the exterior has been remodeled.) Further up the canyon, Hoppy’s cabin is still mostly standing, but has been unoccupied for years.

Actor William “Hoppy” Boyd’s story is amazing and a testament to second chances. (Photo: seated front row, 4th from left).

In 1931, on his way to becoming one of Hollywood’s leading men, his photo was mis-printed on the front page of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner when another actor, William Stage Boyd, was arrested on gambling, liquor, and under age sex charges.

His career over, Boyd spiraled into a drunken stupor. In 1935, a former producer he had worked with found him drunk on the beach in Santa Monica, and offered him a role as a new western character, Hopalong Cassidy. But Boyd had to promise to first get sober.

He did.  From that day on, Boyd never touched a drop of alcohol. For decades he exemplified and embodied the western code of the good guy, even though he wore a black hat. On screen he never started a fight. But he finished every one the bad guys started,  protecting the little guy and oppressed westerners.

Eastern California Museum calendars may be ordered through the museum by phone or email (ecmuseum@inyocounty.us) for $13.00, includes tax and shipping. Or purchased directly at Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy, Spellbinder Books, and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.

INYO SCHOOLS GIVE GENEROUSLY TO FIRE VICTIMS

Shortly after Walker’s Mountain View Fire last week, the Inyo County Office of Education put out a call to all its schools, faculty, staff, parents, and school families, asking for a donation of gift cards for the victims of the fire.

“We wanted to get something in their hands before Thanksgiving,” said district Administrative Assistant Kristen Carr.

Reportedly, the Eastern Sierra Unified School District had four employees lose their  homes and 12 families displaced.

On Tuesday, November 24, the district’s  Barry Simpson handed over $4,080 in gift cards to the Eastern Sierra schools.

And the kids aren’t even in class this week!

Christmas at Tri-County Fairgrounds

Are you tired of staying home and ready for some FUN? The Drive-In and Tailgate Concert Series is up and running at the Tri-County Fairgrounds! You can now enjoy Movies, Live Music …all from the safety of your vehicle! Please visit TriCountyFair.com for a full schedule of events.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Dec. 12 – Outdoor Christmas Crafters Market, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 – Drive -Thru  Christmas Light Display (in place of annual Main Street Parade), 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 – Elf – Drive-In Movie, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 – 5, 2021 – JUST ANNOUNCED  Tri-County Fair with Wynonna & The Big Noise (yeah . . .that Wynonna)

http://www.tricountyfair.com

SALVATION ARMY STUFFED A BUS

The Bishop Salvation Army stuffed an Eastern Sierra Transit bus with food and grocery donations last Saturday, It was their annual food drive to support families in Inyo and Mono Counties through the holidays.

The good folks of Bishop and two youth organizations brought 1,247 cans and food goods for the pantry. Six pallets of food were donated by Grocery Outlet. 

KIBS/KBOV also hosted their 17th annual “Coats for Kids” receiving numerous donations of new or slightly used coats. The Salvation Army still needs coats for teenagers, sized XL and XXL. Drop off at the Salvation Army, 621 W. Line St.

With the closure of KMart in Bishop since last Christmas, Walmart has partnered with the Salvation Army to help BIshop resident purchase toys for those less fortunate. Go to: walmartangeltree.com and enter Bishop’s zip code 93514. One will see a registry list of what toys the Salvation Army needs. Walmart will ship the toys, free of charge, to the Bishop Salvation Army.

Reminder that a complete to-go Thanksgiving Dinner will be served at the Salvation Army offices on Turkey Day from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. No advance reservations needed.

BODIE/MOUNTAIN PASSES PROBABLY CLOSED FOR WINTER

(UPDATED 11-20-2000) Bodie Road – Highway 120 has re-opened.

Caltrans temporarily closed the road to Bodie State Park – Highway 270  – for the expected weather and snowfall over the November 7 weekend, along with three other Eastern Sierra highways; Tioga Pass Hwy. 120 into Yosemite NP, Sonora Pass Hwy. 108, and Monitor Pass Hwy. 89. Yosemite NP has also closed their portion of Hwy 120 thru Tuolumne Meadows into the valley floor.

They may not reopen this year, according to Caltrans officials. They will review upcoming weather this week to decide.

State Parks Rangers hunker down, still working in Bodie through the winter. At 8,379 feet, Bodie is unprotected from weather by terrain and often posts the lowest winter temperatures in California, and sometimes for the U.S.

(Photos: Courtesy of Morgan Wright, Sierra District, California State Parks)

LAST DAYS TO HOOK ‘EM & COOK ‘ EM

This weekend, November 1,  marks the mostly total shut down of the remaining Eastern Sierra Campgrounds. (Several private and county campgrounds may stay opened year around.) Fishing continues until November 15 for most High Sierra lakes.  I went all over the eastside this past weekend. Here’s what I found:

Bridgeport – As of this coming weekend, Twins Lake will be the only Eastern Sierra  resort/campgrounds open past 11/1. They’ve elected to stay open one more week due to the COVID/smoke closures over the summer. Good air quality and clear blue skies.

Lone Pine – Whitney Portal Store closed early with smoke advisory. A few small trout left in pond. Campgrounds will close 10/31. Tuttle Creek (BLM) & Portuguese Joe & Diaz Lake (Inyo County) open year around.

Bishop Creek Lakes – South Lake boat rentals closed, water level dropped 25′ so no fishable shoreline due to steep rock face. Sabina’s been very windy, closes 10/28 . North Lake – tough access through reeds. Bitterbrush campground will remain opened, but with no host.

Crowley Lake – closes 10/31

Convict Lake – closes 11/1

Mammoth Lakes – All resorts and campgrounds closed for season due to smoke. Roads opened with access to some lakes.

June Lake – All campgrounds closed except Silver Lake, ’til 11/1

Lee Vining/Tioga Pass – All campgrounds on Tioga Pass closed. Lower Lee Vining closes 11/2. Lundy (Mono County) remains open for now.

DEATH VALLEY CAMPGROUNDS REOPEN

Beginning Thursday, October 15, the Death Valley National Park is reopening most of its campgrounds including Texas Springs, Sunset, and Stovepipe Wells Campgrounds.

The park’s 762 individual campsites are limited to no more than eight people and two vehicles. The park’s five group camps remain closed for now.

Reservations can be made for Furnace Creek Campground for October 15 through April 15. All other campgrounds are first-come, first-served only. Sunset Campground has 270 sites and rarely fills, even on holiday weekends.  Scotty’s Castle in closed for repairs until late 2021.

Good news on lodging, food, supplies, and gas. All are available within the park including at The Oasis at Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells Resort, and Panamint Springs Resort. The Natural History Association’s  bookstore at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center is also open.

(Photo courtesy of the Death Valley NP)

 

 

BANK ROBBERY UPDATE

We reported on Monday October 12 of the late Friday attempted robbery of El Dorado Savings Bank at 515 N. Main Street in Bishop. Here’s an update:

Bishop Police Chief Ted Stec reports the suspect did not have a weapon, but did pass a note to a teller. The suspect stood in the lobby after speaking with the teller. Upon arrival, law enforcement took about 10 minutes to evacuate the employees  from inside the bank, out a rear door. There were no customers inside at the time.
Upon entering the bank, the suspect was arrested without incident. He appeared unaware that the employees had been evacuated.
The suspect is under arrest in the  Inyo County jail, and has not posted his $100,000 bail as of October 13. Apparently the suspect had pre-planned his stop in Bishop to rob a bank.
The suspect was reported as missing in San Bernardino County several months ago. We’ve reached out to sheriff’s officials in that county to find a possible backstory of his disappearance, which may have led him to Bishop.
Although bank robbery is a federal crime, and the FBI was notified by Bishop PD, the agency has reportedly not responded.  Several attempts for KIBS/KBOV News to reach the FBI’s Sacramento office have been unsuccessful.