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Round Valley Student Alexandra Morales Wins Inyo County Speech Contest

Inyo County Office of Education is pleased to announce that Alexandra Morales from Round Valley Joint Elementary School won first place at the 59 th annual Inyo County Speech Contest, for her speech: Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Enough! The second place winner was Paige Makris from Owens Valley Elementary School with her speech: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities. The third place winner was Kyle Schaniel from Seventh Day Adventist with the topic: Nuclear Fission. Also representing their schools were: Willam Young, Will Hennarty, Luis Leon, Marlene Castro, Jade Scott, and Harlee Bardonnex.

The Speech Contest was sponsored by Bishop Real Estate and held on April 11 th at the Jill Kinmont Boothe School. Students from Big Pine, Home Street Middle School, Owens Valley, Round Valley, and Seventh Day Adventist participated in the event. The topic was: How could lessons learned from historical examples of tragedy and triumph be applied to decisions we make every day? Audience members were impressed by the insightful and inspiring speeches from creative middle-schoolers striving to make our world a better place.

All speeches were evaluated on content and delivery by a panel of three community judges: Gerald Howard, Maggie Kingsbury, and Chris Langley. Inyo County Office of Education thanks these judges for their time and expertise.

In addition, ICOE would like to thank Bishop Real Estate Rasmuson & Associates for sponsoring the contest and providing the winners with trophies and cash prizes.

ICOE would also like to express gratitude to the school coaches for their time, effort and support for our students. The coaches were Tim Steele of Big Pine School, Mark DesRochers of Home Street Middle School, Vivian Hanson of Owens Valley School, Jennifer Morales of Round Valley School, and Sandy Burns for Seventh Day Adventist School.

Congratulations to all the participants!


Mountain lion seen roaming near Line Street in Bishop.

July 26th
by Seth Conners

California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Inyo Count Sheriff’s Office have recently been notified  of mountain lion sightings in the West Bishop Area located near Line Street.  According to calls received by CDFW and Inyo Sheriff’s Department the mountain lion has not yet displayed aggressive behavior.  Mountain lions are native to the region and are sighted periodically in and around the Bishop area.  CDFW Biologists and Game Wardens are monitoring the mountain lions activities.
An estimated 4 to 6 thousand mountain lions live in California.  Typically they avoid interaction with humans and will move from the area in a couple of weeks.  CDFW has a non-lethal policy concerning mountain lions whenever possible and in some rare occasions will relocate the animal.  But public safety is the main priority in the event of an attack or any threat to humans.
CDFW is advising residence in the area not to take matters in their own hands.  To report a mountain lion sighting call Bishop CDFW at 760 872 1171 or Inyo County Sheriff’s office at 760 878 0383.

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Northern Inyo Hospital’s Employees give big

Northern Inyo Healthcare District Employees’ surpass Holiday Gift Drive goal

submitted by Northern Inyo Hospital

They made their lists. They checked them twice. When all was said and done, the employees of Northern Inyo Healthcare District surpassed the100-person goal set for their 2015 Holiday Gift Drive.
Enough gifts were gathered to provide holiday gift packages to all Bishop Care Center patients, all those NIHD adopted from Airway Medical’s Wish Upon a Star tree, plus all Southern Inyo Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility patients.


Shown here with the delivery-ready gifts, clockwise from top left, are NIHD’s Wendy Runley, Quality And Performance Improvement Coordinator; Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, Interim Chief Executive Officer; Kristen Bernasconi, Quality Improvement Analyst; and Barbara Laughon, Strategic Communications Specialist.
Photo by Steve Tordoff/ Northern Inyo Healthcare District

About Northern Inyo Healthcare District: Founded in 1946, Northern Inyo Healthcare District features a 25-bed critical access hospital, a 24-hour emergency department, a primary care rural health clinic, a diagnostic imaging center, and clinics specializing in women’s health, orthopedics and neurology, pediatrics and allergies and general surgery. Continually striving to improve the health outcomes of those who rely on its services, Northern Inyo Healthcare District aims to improve our communities one life at a time. One team, one goal, your health.

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$hort Bishop City Council Meeting

Bishop City Council Meets in Special Session

by Arnie Palu

Three Bishop Police Department items were on the agenda for today’s special meeting of the Bishop City Council. The City Council took action to approve former Chief Chris Carter as short term interim chief. City Administrator Jim Tatum noted that Carter will serve as interim police chief on an as needed basis at a rate of $54.52 per hour. The short term agreement has Carter on board through the month of October. Tatum noted that the department is hoping to have a Lieutenant in place October 26th. Tatum indicated that the new Lieutenant would then serve as interim chief while the 4 to 5 month search for a Police Chief is finalized.

The firm completing that search had their revised contract approved today. The City Council voted 4-0 approving a professional services agreement with Ralph Andersen and Associates for the recruitment of a police chief. The agreement notes the recruitment firm will be paid an amount not to exceed $26,000.

Prior to the third action being addressed, Councilman Joe Pecsi and City Administrator Jim Tatum excused themselves from the council chambers. The third item up for action today centered on the council naming a firm to investigate the claims of a letter signed by 7 members of the Bishop Police Department. The “Letter of No Confidence in Police Chief Chris Carter” was delivered to local media and the city council on September 17th. The letter included accusations against City Administrator Jim Tatum, City Councilman Joe Pecsi, and then Police Chief Chris Carter. Accusations to be included in the investigation will include, but not be limited to, misconduct, violation of established policies, conflict of interest, compliance with a formally negotiated memorandum of understanding, misuse of government resources and violations of the Police Officers Bill of Rights. Following a short discussion the three remaining council members, Karen Schwartz, Mayor Pro-Tem Laura Smith and Mayor Patricia Gardner voted to approve the professional services agreement with Norman Traub Associates. The agreement indicates that the city of Bishop will pay the investigators from Yorba Linda $200 per hour plus expenses. Also, in the event the investigator is required to provide testimony at a post-investigation hearing, deposition or trial, the fee is $250 per hour plus expenses.

Council member Schwartz raised concerns about the expense with Acting Legal Council Peter Tracy indicating the investigation could take months to finalize. Mayor Pro-Tem Smith acknowledged the expense saying however, “This needs to be done”.  Mayor Gardner commented, “We have to look into all the allegations”.   The agreement was approved on a 3-0 vote.

There were zero members of the public at Tuesdays 11am special meeting.
Ted Carleton of the Sheet and myself were the only two in attendance.
Councilman Jim Ellis was absent and excused.
The Bishop City Council will next meet on Tuesday, October 13.

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Playhouse 395’s Murder Mystery

Playhouse 395 presents “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”

Playhouse 395 is proud to announce a special fall dinner murder mystery presentation “Eat, Drink and be Murdered”. This dinner show will be presented at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on Monday October 12th and Monday October 19th. The mystery begins at 6:30 when the McFadden’s and O’Riley’s get together to commemorate the 80th birthday of their family matriarch, Grandma Rose.

A distillery vat drowning, a secret ingredient and feuding families will make this a night to remember. Tickets are $40 each and include a delicious dinner, the theatre show and prizes awarded to the lucky dinner guest who correctly guesses the murderer and the motive.

Tickets are now available at the Mountain Rambler Brewery on South Main Street but seats are limited so be sure to purchase yours soon!

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Good Morning

October starts with a bang

KIBS/KBOV’s Gary Young captured the first sunrise of October 2015.  The national weather service is calling for a chance of showers today and a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon.  The chance of precipitation is 50%.  The forecast is calling for plenty of sunshine this weekend at the Fall Colors Car show begins.


see more of Gary’s great work at http://www.garyyoungphotography.com/

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City of Bishop Softball Champs

Bishop Softball league wraps up season

The 2015 City of Bishop slow pitch softball season closes with the crowning of two divisional champion.  The H.R.S. A and L Tire team won the Lower Division crown with the V.F.W. team winning the Upper Division.  Photos provided by the City of Bishop.

A&L Tire champions
from left to right Topah Scherer, Sam Torres, Jeremy Torres, Robert Miller, Tammy Spoonhunter, Chino Santana, Mike Molina, Ryan Lent Jr, Ann Harrison, Armando Martinez, Front Katelyn Lent, Desi Torres, Scott Vega, Cierra Temple.

The City of Bishop Community Service would like to congratulate the 2015 lower division softball champions H.R.S. A&L Tire. They had a season record of 9-2-1. Beating the first place team in the championship game. H.R.S. A&L Tire

The City of Bishop Community Service would like to congratulate the 2015 upper division softball champions V.F.W. They had a season record of 9-1 and battled through the playoffs.

2015 Upper division Champs
from left to right are VFW players Aaron Dondero, Erin Howard, Laura Turne,r Tenaya Howard, Amber Kinney, Joe Montoya, Eloy Montoya, Brad Weaver, Rafael Villa, Front row Lynn Dondero, Amara Keller, Rose Dondero, and Danyl Dondero.
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Bishop Kids head Back to School

Back to School time in Bishop

For Student in the Bishop Unified School District, summer officially ends Thursday.  Classes start Thursday, August 20th. The Bishop Unified School District and the Bishop Police Department are passing along the following safety tips.

Joint Statement from the Bishop Police Department and Bishop Unified School District:

Are you ready for the school year to begin? Even if you don’t have children in school, the Bishop Police Department and the schools are asking you to drive safely because the kids will be back in session starting on Thursday, August 20th. Parents are encouraged to take time to talk with their children about safety before school starts. Whether they walk, ride the bus or travel by car, teach your kids these tips to ensure they get to and from school safely.

Tips for car drivers:

Pay attention. Distracted drivers endanger lives. Cell phone use while driving is against the law. Parents in a rush to drop off children at school are often the most common violators of School Zone speed laws.

Everyone in the car should wear a seat-belt. Make sure babies and young children are in safety seats at all times, and that safety seats have been properly installed.

Remind teenagers to take extra precautions if they are driving to school or riding with another teenage driver.

Tips for pedestrians:

We encourage students within walking distance to follow stop signs and other traffic directions and pay attention to the directions of the Crossing Guards.

Never walk alone—always travel with a buddy and do not stop to talk with people you don’t know.

Walk, don’t run. Never run across streets or crosswalks.

Pay attention to the locations of the Crossing Guards and tell them if you need help.

Small children should know and be able to recite their name, address and phone number as well as the names of their parent(s). Parents should insure that school records accurately reflect current contact information.

Following these precautions can help us all get the new school year off to a safe and happy start. During this time, officers will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement in and around school zones for all traffic violations, particularly speeding and cell phone violations, as well as failing to follow instructions of the Crossing Guards.

For more information contact the Bishop Police Department at 760-873-5823.

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City Council Will Honor James Wilson

Bishop City Council honoring Wilson tonight

A moment of silence will be part of an acknowledgement by the Bishop City Council tonight.  The regular meeting of the Bishop City Council will include a time to honor the late businessman for his contributions to the community.  Wilson’s Eastside Sports has been a pillar of Main Street Bishop for decades.  The tribute to James Wilson is scheduled to take place directly after the council begins the open session portion of their meeting tonight at 6pm.  The Bishop City Council meets in their chambers at 301 west line street.

Tonight’s (Monday, July 27th) agenda includes a closed session at 5pm for labor negotiations followed by the open session.  The Inyo County Planning Department will make a presentation on the North Sierra Highway Corridor plan.  The department heads will make presentations to the council and Executive Director Tawni Thomson will present the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau update.  Under new business, the Bishop City Council will consider the approval of changing two parking spaces on East South Street from unrestricted to 24 minute parking.  The council will also be asked to approve the city’s official response to the Grand Jury Report relating to the annual inspection of the Bishop Police Department.

Following tonight’s meeting the next regular meeting of the Bishop City Council will be held on Monday, August 10th.

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Bishop Tribal Election Results

Deston Rogers and William Vega win

Five candidates were vying for two positions on the Bishop Paiute Tribal council Tuesday.  The top five candidates from June’s primary election advanced to Tuesdays general election, Deston Rogers, William Vega, Kristopher Hohag (Incumbent), James V. Hess, and Deborah Vega.  Deston Rogers was the top vote getter pulling in 226 votes.  William Vega will join Rogers on the tribal council securing 210 votes.  Incumbent Kristopher Hohag was denied a second term on the council finishing fourth.

Vote Totals.
1. Deston Rogers, 226.
2. William Vega, 210.
3. James V. Hess, 178.
4. Kristopher Hohag, 177.
5. Deborah Vega, 105.

A total of 477 votes were cast Tuesday compared to 458 during the primary election.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Night Golf at Bishop Country Club

Bishop CC hosting Moonbeam Invite

The annual Moonbeam Invitational is set for Friday, July 31st.  The 4-Person Scramble will be held at the Bishop Country club.   Club officials note, “This unique Night Time tournament demands a high level of responsibility for all who are playing, especially the cart drivers. All teams must have at least one member playing in their group. This year the tournament will be held on a full moon for maximum visibility.”

Schedule of event:

7:00pm: Team Check-In.
Music and Dinner
8:15pm: Cart Decorating Contest.
8:30pm: Shot Gun Start.

Members: $50
Non-Members: $70
This year’s tournament has been limited to the Front Nine and the first 64 players to sign up.

Carts must be in by 12:30am
Sprinklers come on at 1:00am

contact the pro shop at Bishop Country Club for details, or call 760-873-5828.

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