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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.)






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.

Mammoth High Grad Makes U.S. Olympic Team

Mammoth High grad Carly Margulies has made the U.S. Winter Olympic Team in Freeski Halfpipe.

Margulies is ranked 4th in U.S. Women’s Halfpipe, and 11th in the world.

However, the U.S. ski team does not receive any government funding to support their trip. funding Now attending school at Westminster College, she’s trying to raise funds on GoFundMe for her team to attend the 2022 Olympic, which starts in 10 days. Her team relies solely on donations.

“I ain’t giving up because I have had 6 knee surgeries. That only motivates me more to come back and prove all the doubters wrong,” she recently posted on Facebook.

No, It Wasn’t A Wind-Caused Power Outage

Friday afternoon (Jan. 21) CHP received a call at 2:20 p.m.of a single-vehicle accident into a power pole on Sunland  Drive in the south Bishop area.

A white, Ford F150 blew out its right front tire. The driver tried to maintain control of the vehicle, until it hit a power pole. The collision knocked the truck across the road into Brown’s Salvage Yard where major front-end damage occurred, hitting a large, fixed, metal container.

Upon arrival at 2:43 p.m., Southern California Edison workers needed to cut the power to 322 customers to replace the pole. CHP on the scene said, “It was fortunate the power lines did not fall down. They [SCE] just had to go down the street to the nearest transformer to cut the power.”   SCE Edison’s official stated the power should be restored by 6:00 p.m.