KIBS/KBOV Announcements

FEMA/Rural Nevada Mobile COVID Vaccines – Beatty, Tonopah, Round Mountain, Dyer

FEMA and the State of Nevada have coordinated to bring field  COVID vaccination clinics into western Nevada’s rural area.

8,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines to be administered. No appointment necessary.  Age 18 and up. (ID may be required to prove at least age 18.) First come, first served.

April 12 – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Beatty EMS Station # 31

April 16 – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tonopah EMC Station #11

April 18 – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Round Mountain Hadley Fire Station  #21

April 29 – 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m. Dyer Library/Rodeo Grounds


Pre-Opener Crowley Lake Boat Inspections

LADWP is hosting required Quaggle Mussel boat inspections for Crowley Lake prior to Merry Fishmas Opening Day.

Wednesday, April 21 – 6:45am – 7:00pm – Bishop Vons

Wednesday, April 21 – 9am – 4pm – Crowley Lake Fish Camp

Thursday, April 22 – 6:45am – 7:00pm – Bishop Vons

Thursday, April 22 – 9am – 4pm – Crowley Lake Fish Camp

Friday, April 23 – 6:45am – 10pm – Bishop Vons

Friday, April 23 – 6:45am – Dark – Crowley Lake Fish Camp

Saturday, April 24 – Opening Day – 4am – 8pm – Crowley Lake Fish Camp

For further information: 760-972-1104

Caltrans Has A New, Helpful App

Caltrans has released a new app, the Caltrans QuickMap. The comprehensive app posts everything in one’s area from road closures, location of moving snow plows, real-time traffic or highway cameras, electronic message boards, chain restrictions, CHP incidents, and road work delays.

The app is available in one’s smart phone app store. And its free to download. Stop by the Caltrans office in Bishop if you need help downloading. They’ll happy to help.

Online computer users may download at:




Listeners to the Gary Young Morning Show on 100.7 FM KIBS radio have noticed a new addition to the 8:15 a.m. “Chick Block” Hosted by KIBS account executive Sonya Hernandez, the segment presents three songs in a row by some of country music’s greatest female artists.

Sponsored by the Bishop KFC, the female segment now plays personalized promotional “liners” by none other than the Colonel himself.

Voiced by popular L.A.-based actor Jim Meskimen, a long-time master impressionist who voices the Colonel on KFC’s TV commercials.

Jim Meskimen gets silly . . .often.

While having worked in the business for decades, Meskimen rose to YouTube fame nine years ago with his rendition of Clarence’s speech from William Shakespeare’s Richard III, as a number of different celebrities, from George Clooney, Dr. Phil, to Droopy Dog.

His funny YouTube videos have garnered millions of views. Appearing on the eighth season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, he placed into the live semi-finals at Radio City Music Hall. His live one-man show entitled Jimpressions, has taken him around the world. Australian TV’s Today Show labeled Meskimen “The World’s Greatest Impressionist.”

Ken Harrison, KIBS’ news director, first met the actor when he reached out to Meskimen to see if he would consider doing his impressionist show in Encinitas, at the historic 1928 La Paloma Theater. Meskimen quickly responded yes. He was very familiar with the La Paloma. Meskimen visited the area often. His mom, actress Marion Ross, has a home in Encinitas, also Harrison’s hometown.

Jim Meskimen and mom Mrs. C – Marion Ross.

“Jim asked me to get up and do some stand up comedy, opening the show for him,“ said Harrison.

Harrison had stayed in touch with Meskimen over the years. “He is very creative, talented, and deserves all of his success,” said Harrison. “We really are honored to have such a talent do some liners for us.”

“He makes us want to head out the door to KFC after the show,” said Hernandez.



(From the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, Febuary 24 @ 9:30 a.m.)

“The Nye County Sheriff’s Office received information of a vague bomb threat to an non-specific Tonopah school. The threat was received via email.  At this time, the threat does not appear to be valid however, every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of the public. Staff and students are working and attending remotely as a precaution and bomb detection dogs are being brought in to search the schools.  The nye county sheriff’s office is investigation the source of the threat. No additional information is known at this time. If additional information becomes available, we will update you.”


Wildcare Eastern Sierra, with approval from Inyo County, is now offering outdoor programs at their Keough Hot Spring Care Center. Attendance will be limited to small groups of 10 or less.

Small groups of 10 or less can meet our Wildlife Ambassadors Spirit and Bullitt (Red-tailed Hawks), Razzle-Dazzle (Common Raven), Ms. Walter (domestic pigeon) and Harvey (milksnake), with of course Safe distancing, masking, and other safety measures

There will be exhibits of bird nests, eggs and feathers, animal bones and antlers, turtle and tortoise shells, and more. Educational handouts will be available to take home.

The hour-long programs can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and held in the front yard of the Center.

For further information or to schedule a program, call Wildcare at 760-872-1487.

Donations are always welcomed. One may support the work of Wildcare Eastern Sierra by recycling their CRV cans and bottles at Manor Market and asking them to donate the proceeds to Wildcare, as we do here at KIBS/KBOV.


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 were cooled.

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.

(STORY UPDATE: A reader on 1-26-21 advised semi-trucks do not use brake fluid. They have air brakes on the trailers. She is correct. Thanks – KH)


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


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.


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.


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 ( for $13.00, includes tax and shipping. Or purchased directly at Dwayne’s Friendly Pharmacy, Spellbinder Books, and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce.


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!