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Campbell and Eddy Step in during Emergency

Locals help during Medical Emergency

by Arnie Palu
April 13, 2016

Two locals residents were at the right place at the right time Tuesday Morning.  Bishop area CHP public information officer Dennis Cleland is crediting the quick reaction of Jim Campbell and Nicole Eddy.

The scene played out just prior to 7am on Barlow Lane near the Sundland Indian Cemetery.  According to Cleland, a Bishop area resident drove his vehicle off the roadway, through a nearby fence.  The drivers name is being withheld.  While the incident remains under investigation, Cleland indicates the driver appeared to experience a medical ailment leading to the crash.

Cleland reports that Jim Campbell rushed to the scene and started CPR on the unconscious driver.  Nicole Eddy also rushed to help, assisting with CPR until EMS and Bishop Fire Department personnel arrived with a defibrillator.   The victim was transported to Bishop’s Northern Inyo Hospital and ultimately air lifted to Reno.

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Bishop Police Department hires a new Lieutenant

Bishop PD names Ellsworth Lieutenant

Submitted by Jessica Scida, Bishop Police Department
April 8, 2016

The Bishop Police Department recently held an open and competitive recruitment for the open position of Police Lieutenant. Applications were received from candidates statewide. After a lengthy process, Sergeant Joshua Ellsworth with the Beaumont Police Department was selected for the position.

Lieutenant Ellsworth, a veteran of the United States Army Reserve’s, began his career with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office in 1996. While there, Ellsworth worked patrol out of the Victorville area and as a motor officer in Yucaipa. Ellsworth then spent 7 years working for the Beaumont Police Department as a patrol officer before promoting through the ranks to a Corporal, and then Sergeant, the rank he held prior to accepting the Lieutenant’s position in Bishop.

Lieutenant Ellsworth, his wife Stephanie and their 2 young children have now relocated to the Bishop area.


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Bishop PD arrests 2

Bishop Police Make Arrests

April 1, 2016
submitted by Jessica Scida, Public Information Officer

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at approximately 6:30 PM units from the Bishop Police Department conducted a probation search at a residence located in the 300 block of Clark Street.

At the residence, Bishop Police Officers made contact with Alberto Verdugo Flores, a 32 year old Bishop resident. During search of the residence, officers located a large amount of stolen property connected to a series of burglaries in the Bishop area. As a result of the investigation, Flores was placed under arrest and transported to the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: Penal Code Section 496(a) – Possession of Stolen Property over $900.00; Penal Code Section 1203.2 – Violation of Probation; and Health and Safety Code Section 11377(a) – Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Bishop Police Officers also contacted Kevin Douglas Elliott, a 26 year old Big Pine resident inside the house. Elliott was found to be in possession of approximately a half ounce of methamphetamine. Elliott was placed under arrest and transported to the Inyo County Jail on the following charges: Health and Safety Code Section 11378 – Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales; Health and Safety Code Section 11364 – Possession of Controlled Substance Paraphernalia.

The investigation is continuing at this time, and anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department at (760) 873-5866.

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Big Pine woman arrested following Sunday Crash

CHP arrests Big Pine resident after Sunday Crash south of Bishop

By Arnie Palu
March 14, 2016

A 41 year old Big Pine woman, Sara Vance, was placed under arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence following a Sunday traffic collision.  According to the California Highway Patrols Collision report, Big Pine resident Sara Vance was behind the wheel of a northbound 2013 Toyota when it collided with a traffic sign on Highway 395 at Collins Road.  The collision occurred at 12:30 Sunday afternoon.  Vance sustained what were described as minor injuries including cuts to her right arm.  The California Highway Patrols report indicates, “Upon arrival on scene the driver was evaluated, found to have minor injuries, and subsequently placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.  The collision is still under investigation.”

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Bishop 14 year old arrested for Felony DUI

Six Bishop Youth involved in Tuesday Crash

By Arnie Palu
January 20, 2016

The California Highway patrol is continuing their investigation into a single vehicle traffic collision Tuesday night.  The CHP’s collision report indicates a 14 year old Bishop boy was behind the wheel of a 2003 Buick Rendevouz that crashed just west of Barlow Lane.  The 14 year old was arrested for several potential charges including felony DUI.  In addition to the underage driver, there were an additional 5 juveniles in the vehicle, all suffering injuries.  Due to the fact that all involved are juveniles, their names will not be released.

According to the CHP collision report, at approximately 6:30pm Tuesday, a 14 year old juvenile was driving a 2003 Buick Rendevouz eastbound on Bir Road just west of Barlow Lane with five juvenile passengers, one of which was seated in the rear/truck of the vehicle.  The report notes:

“While the juvenile was driving and texting on his cellular phone, he failed to maneuver through a curve in the road.  The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a large boulder, causing the vehicle to roll several times.  The vehicle came to rest on it’s roof within the roadway of Bir road.  The driver and all passengers left the collision scene without notifying law enforcement authorities.  Approximately one hour after the collision, CHP was notified of several parties that checked themselves into Northern Inyo Hospital.  The driver was contacted by the CHP at Northern Inyo Hospital and during the course of a DUI investigation, the juvenile driver was placed under arrest for Felony DUI, Felony hit and run, and Felony Child Endangerment.”

The 14 year old driver was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries.

A 14 year old male passenger wearing a seat belt sustained minor injures.

A second 14 year old male passenger was not wearing a seat belt sustaining unknown injuries.

A pair of 14 year old female passengers were not wearing seat belts and suffered moderate and minor injuries.

The sixth occupant in the vehicle, a 12 year old female, who was seated in the rear of the SUV suffered major injuries.

The Collision remains under investigation.  In addition to the CHP, the Bishop fire department was also called to the scene Tuesday night to secure a fuel leak.

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Northern Inyo Hospital Board Vacancy

Healthcare District filling Dr. Clark’s seat

Dr. Scott Clark recently stepped down from the Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIH Board) creating a vacancy in Zone 4.  Those interested in serving on the Northern Inyo Hospital Board must apply by November 30th.  Current board members include President (zone 5) M.C. Hubbard (term expires November of 2018), Vice President (zone 2) Denise Hayden (term expires November of 2016), Treasure (zone 3) Peter Watercott (term expires November 2018), and (zone 1) Dr. John Ungersma (term expires November 2016).
Northern Inyo Hospital released the following notice:

Northern Inyo Healthcare District has declared a vacancy on its Board of Directors. The term of office would run through the first Friday in December of 2016. Requirements for this office are being a registered voter living in the District and a resident of Zone 4 NIHD service boundaries, which consist of the following:

Precinct 30: City of Bishop, West Line St. to South end of City, West of Main Street

Precinct 44: Highland, Sunset, Watterson

Precinct 45: North of Sierra Vista Way, Irene Way

Precinct 46: South of Sierra Vista Way, Underwood

Precinct 47: Reservation, West of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 48: Reservation, East of Barlow, North of West Line Street

Precinct 50: South of West Line St., Barlow to Main St.

An Ad Hoc Committee of the current District Board of Directors will conduct interviews to fill this vacancy. To be considered for appointment to this vacancy, please provide the following:

Letter or Statement of Interest

Resume/curriculum vitae, including any public service background (optional)

Interested persons are also asked to complete an Application for Appointment to a Special District Vacancy, and a Conflict of Interest Form (California Form 700) which are available in the Administration Office or in the front lobby of Northern Inyo Hospital, located at 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop CA; and on the Northern Inyo Hospital website, www.nih.org; or they may be obtained by calling (760) 873-2838.

To be considered for an appointment to the Board of Directors, your letter of interest, resume, application, and Form 700 must be received by Sandy Blumberg, Clerk of the Board, Northern Inyo Healthcare District, 150 Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514 and/or by email to: sandy.blumberg@nih.org and/or by fax at (760) 872-5802 by November 30, 2015.

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Bishop Union JV Mathletes

Bishop Union High School JV Mathletes compete

The Bronco’s JV Mathletes team traveled to Tehachapi on October 7th for its first meet of the year, and brought home third place for the team and several individual honors.  Desert High School won first place with 29 points, Tehachapi won second with 26 points, and Bishop won third with 24 points.  Eight schools and 60 students competed in the meet, with the students on the teams individually completing difficult math problems in a timed setting.

Several of the Broncos performed exceptionally well, with freshman Carter Silva’s eight points earning him an individual 2nd place finish, Dylan Fitt earned seven points and a 3rd place individual finish, and Jim Tomasek earned six points and a 4th place individual finish.  The team is led by JV captains Jim Tomasek and Carter Silva, and coached by BUHS math teacher Mrs. DeeDee Buchholz.  Buchholz was enthusiastic about their results, saying “The team is young but hard working.  Each player demonstrated great effort at the meet and they all have been coming to the practices.  I see a great year ahead of us for both JV and Varsity Mathletes.”

The team is already practicing for its next meet at Kern Valley on November 14.

Photo Provided: From left to right: Dylan Fitt, Joey Proeger, Jim Tomasek, Nicholas Orrill, Sam Marcinko, Jennifer Velazquez, Jeanine Lomaintewa, Jake Graves, Carter Silva
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BUHS Back to School Night

BUHS Back to School Night

The 2015 school year is underway at Bishop Union High School. Wednesday night is a great chance to meet your students teachers and find out what’s happening in 2015-2016 at Bishop Union High.

Bishop Union High School will be holding their annual BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT on Wednesday, September 2 beginning at 5:45 PM.  Parents are asked to meet on the front lawn for a welcome, announcements and directions for the event. 

 Parents will breaking into a mini bell schedule that will enable parents to follow in their student’s footsteps to visit each of their student’s schedule classes.  Each teacher will briefly review classroom and course expectations.

 ASB members will be stationed around campus to assist parents in locating classrooms.  Other staff will also be available in the mall and in the main office to help you.  While time does not permit an individual conference, do not miss this opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and better understand Bishop Union High School’s program!

 Also, immediately following Back To School Night, there will be a Senior Parent Meeting in the library to review the senior handbook, senior expectations and annual senior events!

 Please feel free to contact our main office, 760-873-4275 with any questions.

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Bishop morns death of Tattoo Artist

Harmey Bancroft found dead Wednesday

An initial autopsy is showing the noted tattoo artist died of natural causes at the age of 36.  Harmey has operated Gypsy King Tattoo on main street Bishop.

Statement from the Bishop Police Department:

On the evening of Wednesday, August 19, 2015, at approximately 4:25 PM, the Bishop Police Department received a call of an unconscious adult male subject at a Bishop area residence. Bishop Police Officers and medical personnel arrived a short time later and found Harmey Jefferson Bancroft, age 36 of Bishop, deceased in his bed.

There were no signs of trauma or anything to indicate foul play may have been involved at the time the body was discovered. On Thursday August 20, 2015 an autopsy was conducted and preliminary results would tend to indicate that Mr. Bancroft died of natural causes.

Further investigation is pending toxicology and additional lab results.

Statement from Gypsy King Tattoo facebook page:

The Gypsy King Tattoo Family is deeply saddened by the loss of Harmey Bancroft but we are gonna try our hardest to keep this shop open for him and for everyone else. The shop will be closed until Tuesday and we will be letting our clients know what is happening as we know more. Thank you for your support.

Cover Photo From Gypsy King Tattoo’s Facebook page

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Bishop PD warns of Scams

Bishop Police warn of Computer and IRS Scams

submitted by Jessica Scida, Public Information Officer, Bishop Police Department.

Recently, the Bishop Police Department dispatchers have been taking an increased number of calls from residents reporting phone scams. Our area has been the target of two popular and continuous internet and phone scams lately that we would like to warn you about.


Technical support scams are telemarketers impersonating major computer companies. They will call you or send you an email and force you into believing that your computer is riddled with viruses, spyware and other issues. These scammers may even ask you to allow them remote access to your computer in order to fix these problems. After doing so, they will “lock” your computer, and attempt to extort the owner by demanding a large payment, sometimes hundreds of dollars, in order to release the computer back to your control. These cyber crooks may direct you to obtain a cash value gift card or provide a credit card number for payment.

If you receive fraudulent tech support call, you are advised to hang up on the caller, even if they use your name or mention other personal details.

Here is what you need to know to protect yourself:

Microsoft and its partners will never phone a consumer or send a personal email warning about a virus on your computer.

Do not be fooled if a computer hacker posing a computer tech support has your personal information including your name and address or knows the operating system of your computer. This information is obtained by these individuals through public phone directories, and they may be guessing your operating system by suggesting popular ones.

Do not follow directions in an unsolicited phone call or email to download anything onto your computer. Do not click on links listed in messages to websites, provide usernames and passwords, or agree to any kind of security subscription services. Legitimate computer tech support companies will never ask you for passwords, or access to online banking information.

If you believe that you have already been the victim of this type of computer crime, please contact a reputable computer repair company to resolve the issue and remove any program that the computer hackers may have tricked you into installing.


Another scam that is continuing to circulate in the area is the IRS impersonation scam. With this scam, a caller may angrily demand immediate payment over the phone for an outstanding tax bill that you never actually received. The caller will threaten to bring in local police, often mentioning the Bishop Police Department, and claim that you will arrested for not paying the amount owed.

Here is what you need to know, from the IRS website:

The IRS will never call you and demand payment over the phone, and they will not call you about taxes owed without first having mailed a bill to you.

The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes without providing you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount that you owe.

The IRS will never require you to use a specific payment method, like a prepaid cash gift or debit card.

The IRS will never ask you for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

If you have been target by this scam, contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their FTC Complaint Assistant at FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

The Bishop Police Department would like to remind you to be vigilant against phone and email scams. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Bishop Police Department at (760) 873-5866.

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Downtown Bishop Parking Discussion

Improving Downtown Bishop Parking

The City of Bishop is looking for your input on how to improve downtown parking.  Now is the time to speak up.  Have an creative idea or concern?  Be sure to share your perspective.
city of bishop statement:
The City of Bishop will hold an open house from 3 to 7 pm on August 27th to discuss how to improve parking in downtown. The open house will be in the conference room in City Hall, 377 West Line Street. Community members are invited to drop in anytime during these hours to learn about and provide ideas on how to make downtown parking better. Anyone concerned about downtown Bishop should attend.
The open house will have maps that show the current parking situation and other maps and sheets for input on how the parking situation could be changed. Ways that parking could be changed include changing the hours that parking is allowed and changing parking configurations, among other things.
The main focus of the open house will be the downtown core, essentially one block either side of Main Street from Clarke and Lagoon Streets in the south to Academy Avenue and May Street in the north. Other parts of downtown can be discussed as well.
Parking in downtown Bishop must balance the needs of businesses, residents, visitors, and employees while meeting all legal and municipal requirements. Because of this, it will be especially helpful to hear from all of these groups during the open house. Public participation is important to make the most of this process and the open house on August 27th in City Hall will be one of the best chances to have your voice heard in the process. If you can’t make it to the open house, come by City Hall to see the maps and provide input.  Input is welcome by phone and email as well. The open house will be followed by at least one workshop with City Council before changes are implemented.
Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information about parking in downtown Bishop and the open house August 27th.
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NIH goes Green and gets the green light on patient improvement plan

NIH Green Committee diverts 23.2 tons from local landfill

They drive past every day — trucks pulling 53-foot hay trailers headed up and down U.S. 395. The next one that passes by, take a long, hard look at the trailer and picture it loaded with recyclables like paper, plastics and bottles. That trailer is equal to the amount of recycling diverted from the local landfill in just three months thanks to Northern Inyo Hospital’s Green Committee.
Established last year by hospital administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane and a group of ecologically-minded employees eager to cut waste, The NIH Green Committee partnered with The Sierra Conservation Project and Preferred Disposal to do as much recycling as possible. None of the committee members knew what that would mean in the long run; they just knew it was the right thing to do.
An exact answer came at the end of June, and the results were huge.
In the first quarter of the effort, April through June of this year, the hospital recycled: 22,680 lbs of mixed paper; 1,210 lbs of plastics; 302 lbs of aluminum; 6,048 lbs of glass, and; an estimated 16,164 lbs of cardboard. The grand total adds up to 46,404 lbs, or roughly 23.2 tons.
That’s right 23.2 tons. It is projected that within a year, NIH will have recycled 92.808 tons of materials.
Environmental Services Manager Richard Miears presented this information to the NIH Board of Directors during its July meeting. Miears, who has a background in trucking, was the person who realized the visual of a hay truck. He estimated that 650 bales of hay at 65 lbs each equaled 42,250 lbs — 4,000 lbs less than what NIH recycled.
“It’s a good start,” Miears said, “but we want to take this from good to great. We have plans in place to explore other areas where we can reduce waste.”
For example, the NIH Green Committee began recycling coffee grounds to the Bishop High School Future Farmers of America’s composting program. The committee is working with NIH’s Maintenance Department to explore the use of LED lighting within the hospital. Miears said if the hospital switched over completely, NIH could save up to $200,000 per year in electrical costs. Not bad, considering the hospital’s current power bill is an estimated $480,000 a year.
“The success of this program rests in small efforts as well as the larger projects,” Miears said. “Every little bit helps. Every project counts.”
So when the NIH Information Technology agreed to be the first department to use recycled paper, the Green Committee was delighted. An even bigger effort is the recycling of blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeter probes. “If the deal works out with the medically-certified recycling company we are working with, it could save the hospital $15,000 a year, and one year will pay for two-and-a-half years of our local recycling program. If that isn’t a win-win situation, then I don’t know what is,” Miears said.
Miears would especially like to thank the hospital’s Environmental Services and Dietary staffs and all the hospital employees who have participated in the recycling effort. “It’s really a team effort,” he said.
The NIH Green Committee consists of NIH employees Julie Anderson, Greg Bissonette, Andrea Daniels, Layne Durocher, Mark Gavriel, Brandi Jernigan, Karen Taketomo, Lynn Lippincott, Neil Lynch, Richard Miears, Shauna Murray, Devin Riley, Amy Stange and Cheryl Underhill.

State gives green light to NIH patient care improvements

Surveyors from the California Department of Public Health visited Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) for a licensing survey on July 21-22. The hospital can now provide the following improvements for its patients.
Swing Bed increase
The state granted NIH five additional Swing Beds, bringing its available total to 10. Medicare allows certain small rural hospitals to use its beds as needed, either for acute care or skilled care. This allows physicians to “swing” patients from one level of care to another while staying within the same bed and same facility.
A good example of a Swing Bed stay is when someone undergoes joint replacement surgery. A Swing Bed allows patients to recover in a hospital setting versus a nursing home. In the hospital, patients have easy access to nursing care and rehabilitative services including physical, occupational and speech therapy. The goal of Swing Bed programs is to help patients becoming as independent as possible before discharge.
Swing Beds also allow patients to stay closer to family and friends, reducing stress from possibly being placed outside the community and eliminating high transportation costs. It also provides the patient with continuity of care since they will be working with the same nurses and therapists they had during their surgery or illness.
RHC Exam Rooms added, Women’s Health added
The Rural Health Clinic’s (RHC) Family Practice now has three additional exam rooms. The additional exam rooms are expected to ease patient flow and should reduce patient wait times at the RHC, which experiences about 24,000 patient visits per year.
In addition, women’s health care services are now part of the RHC, housed in the adjacent building connected by a ramp/walkway. These services will include obstetrical care, well women exams and minor gynecological procedures. RHC Family Practice will continue to provide family practice/primary care, preventive care, chronic disease management and acute illness care.
Patients making appointments should call (760) 873-2602 for women’s health or (760) 873-2849 for family practice.
Infusion Center to relocate
The new NIH Infusion Center will now occupy a much larger space within the older main hospital off Pioneer Lane.
What makes the new space unique is that it offers five individual exam rooms, enhancing privacy for patients. NIH nursing staff is working to make the new location a warmer, more welcoming place for patients to undergo treatment. The Infusion Center is expected to begin operations by early Fall.
Infusion Therapy is the intravenous administration of medication and is most often used when oral medications will not work. For many people chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer is the most familiar type of Infusion Therapy. Other types include intravenous antibiotics and therapeutic infusions such as iron replacement and infusions for bone health.
Northern Inyo Hospital is a 25-bed, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital located in Bishop. Accredited by The Joint Commission, NIH has been providing health care to the Eastern Sierra since 1946.

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