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August Hess Obituary

August Hess (October 25, 1914 – October 20, 2018)

The time has sadly come to say goodbye to August Hess,

Avid skier, baseball player, musician, golfer, historian, friend, family man and who was one of the best.

Augie was born, October 25th, 1914, at Mono Mills,

He walked, hunted, skied and loved the surrounding snowcapped mountains and hills.

Living 104 years, he had many adventures, travels and history he shared,

Of places, friends and his loving family that cared.

Of his parents, Gus and Lula, who came together because of the Bodie mining,

And of being a young lad raised on the banks of Rush Creek and the new town of Lee Vining,

His education started in a one room school on the west side of Mono Lake,

Then to Lee Vining, Bishop, Seattle and onto Pasadena College for goodness sake.

As a young boy in Lee Vining he traveled with the local team,

He learned how to place his fingers just so, on that baseball seam.

Baseball became his passion throughout the years,

Oh, how he loved all the glory and cheers!

Pitching for the town team, college and trying out for the pros,

Entertaining the troops in WWII, oh how he could throw!

Music was another love, playing his trumpet, in college bands and keeping the beat…

And playing with his family in the Hess Orchestra, for everyone who heard them, it was such a treat.

But returning to Lee Vining after the war, he was swept away…

By a new love, Harriett Rae.

With Harriett’s children, Rachel and Delbert, Augie had a ready-made family,

And they soon added his “girls” Vineca and Heidi, very happily…

Being successful business owners and with an active family of four,

You could say life was an adventure and sometimes a chore!

But they found time to travel and play,

Belonging to many organizations and adding friends along the way.

Augie was proud of his family and loved his wife, but another passion was awakened and made him stand tall…

GOLF, that darn little white ball!

You could find him by Mono Lake, practicing and preparing for that hole-in-one!

Soon he was traveling to Bishop, through snow, wind and the blazing sun.

When Harriett passed, he realized that Bishop was the place for his new home,

So he moved for the golfing and the sun that shone.

Augie wrote a book from all his notes and letters, “The Kid from Mono Mills,”

Which told of Mono Basin history, his life, adventures and thrills.

On October 20th, 2018, at home with family, he answered the call,

                And was peacefully taken to heaven on a beautiful day in the Fall!

Survived by his two daughters Vineca and Heidi, grandchildren, great grandchildren,

great-great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews,

A void in all our lives and hearts – Augie will be missed by more than a few!

Augie lived a good, full life, was loved by many and thankful for that…so don’t be sad and cry,

He would say, “Tee it high and let it fly”!

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 17th, 2:00 pm at the Bishop Country Club,

Appetizers and drinks will be served, so come and join us for drinks and the excellent grub!

In lieu of flowers, we would like to donate to the Junior Golf Club.  Please contact Steve Shibley at Bishop Country Club (760) 873-5828.  Thank you.

Play Golf and Support Bronco Football

Bronco Football Golf Event

This Saturday (August 22nd) you can enjoy a round of golf while supporting the Bishop Union High School Bronco Football Program. The tournament is a Four-Person Scramble with awards for the first, second and third place teams, as well as prizes for “closest to the hole” and “longest drive”. The day will feature great raffle prizes and beverages to keep you hydrated. A continental breakfast before play begins and a good old-fashioned western BBQ following the tournament is included! Every golfer will have a member of the Football Team as his or her own caddy.
Registration opens at 7:30AM at Bishop Country Club, at 8:30 it’s time to tee off.
The cost to walk the course with a football player caddy is $25.00 per person for Country Club members ($50 w/cart) and $50.00 for non-members ($65 w/cart). You may pre-register your four-person team at Bishop County Club (873-5828) or register the day of the event. All proceeds go to the Bishop Union High School Broncos Football program. Any questions or offers of tax-deductible sponsorship should be directed to Bronco Head Coach Bill Egan at (760) 873-9270.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Fall Courses at Cerro Coso College

Art, Golf, and Spanish being offered

Fall Classes at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes begin August 24, 2015. the college has openings in two dimensional design and golf 1 and 2 being offered in bishop and Spanish 101 offered at the mammoth lakes campus.

Art 111 – two dimension design will meet with Lori Michelon on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15 to 12:25 p.m. in room 126 on the bishop campus. a combined lecture and studio approach provides students with the opportunity to develop a visual vocabulary for creative expression.

Phed c109 & c110 – golf 1 & 2 will meet with instructor Richard Frey on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:10 to 9:20 p.m. at the bishop golf course. these courses provide golf instruction and practice in the fundamentals of grip, stance, alignment, backswing, and downswing. topics also include principles of warm-up, golf club selection and use, player guidelines, scoring, game etiquette, and safety procedures. the course includes extensive practice and play at the local golf course.

Darcie Khanukayev will be instructing span c101 elementary Spanish 1 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:10 to 8:40 p.m. in room 209. this introductory course teaches students the basic grammar and vocabulary for speaking, reading, and writing at the beginning level as well as the culture and civilization of the Spanish – speaking world.

Complete registration and course information is available on the web at www.cerrocoso.edu or contact the bishop campus at 760-872-1565 or the mammoth campus at 760-934-2875.

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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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Bishop CC Youth Golf Schedule

Bishop Country Club Youth Dates Set

2015 Junior Golf Dates
June 22nd-24th Junior Clinic 8:30-11:30am
July 20th- 22nd Junior Clinic 8:30-11:30am
Cost: One child $40 / Family two or more $35ea.

Junior Tournaments Dates $10ea.
June 29th 5:00pm Junior Tournament
July 13th 5:00pm Junior Tournament
July 27th 5:00pm Junior Tournament
August 3rd 5:00pm Junior Tournament
August 10th 5:00pm Junior Club Championship

August 17th 5:00pm Junior Tournament 
August 23rd = Adult Junior Scramble
(Sunday 3:00pm Shot Gun Start)
Awards and Achievements to follow

Note:Parents, please fill out the proper paperwork for each event and remember early sign-ups are welcome and encouraged.  

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Sharpen Your Golf Game

Bishop Country Club May Clinics

Bishop Country Club
Free Adult Clinic Month
May 2015
Tuesday Evenings 5:30-7:30 p.m.
(5th, 12th, 19th and 26th)

This is a great way to improve your skills and learn more about the game. All players are welcome, from beginning to advance. There will be a total of 8 Hours of instruction. The Curriculum will include Rules, Etiquette, and Equipment, with skills introduction and practice in:

*        Putting                        *        Full swing mechanics
*        Chipping                     *        Bunkers Shots
*        Pitching                      *        Course management

for details, contact the pro shop at Bishop County Club.

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Golf Event for Volunteer Fire Departments

Golf Fundraiser for Wheeler Crest and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments

Bishop Country Club is hosting a Fund Raising Tournament for the
Wheeler Crest and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments.

This is a great tournament to help raise some money for these local Fire Departments. Both the Wheeler Crest and Paradise fire departments are funded by local donations and fund raising events. Please mark your calendars and round up your golfing partners for a great day of golf.  It’s a chance to raise some money for our friends and family who volunteer to help protect our local communities.

Saturday April 18th, 2015, 4-person Scramble, 9:30am Shot Gun Start.

Great Team Prizes: Gross & Blind Bogey.
Individual prizes for:  Closest to the pin and Long Drive.

Cost is $50 for members, $75 for guests.

Following play there will be a great lunch , raffle prizes, and awards presentation.

SIGN UP TODAY, CALL Bishop County Club (760)873-5828.  You can also contact the club about sponsoring a hole, $100 donation.

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Mitton Goes Low

Bishop Senior Sean Mitton shots -3 Monday

Bishop Union High School senior Sean Mitton turned in a fantastic round Monday at Bishop Country Club.  Mitton turned in the low round of the day with a sparkling 68, three under par at Bishop Country Club.  The Broncos defeated Ridgecrest Burroughs high school in a non-league dual.  Bishop turned in a team score of 427.  Mitton’s 68 was followed by teammate Brain Jones with an 80 matched by Burroughs top golfer Daryn Johnson.

The Bronco Golf team returns to high desert league play Wednesday with a trip to Rosamond.

Cover Photo, Sean Mitton after winning last years CIF central section championship.

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Shop With a Cop

Fourth Annual Eastern Sierra Shop with a Cop

On Saturday, December 13, approximately 50 families from the Eastern Sierra had an early Christmas thanks to Shop-with-a-Cop. Children from the families were identified by local law enforcement and picked up by their partner for the day in a police vehicle and taken to breakfast at the Bishop Country Club. After a hearty breakfast, the law enforcement personnel and children slowly drove Code 3 from the golf course to the Bishop Country Club where each child had $220 to shop for Christmas gifts for family members. After the officers and their young partner finished shopping, volunteers wrapped the gifts, photos were taken with Santa, and they returned to their homes for an early family Christmas.

Many of these families would not have had much of a Christmas if it wasn’t for Shop-with-a-Cop. The idea for the program was introduced to the Eastern Sierra by MLPD Sergeant Rick Moberly four years ago. Other Eastern Sierra law enforcement agencies quickly jumped on board, and the program has gotten bigger each year. The participating agencies in 2014 were:

Mammoth Lakes Police Department
Mono County Sheriff’s Office
Bishop Police Department
Inyo County Sheriff’s Office
Mono County Probation Department
Inyo County Probation Department
Bishop Paiute Tribal Police
California Highway Patrol, Bridgeport Office
California Highway Patrol, Bishop Office
United States Forest Service Law Enforcement
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Shop-with-a-Cop would not happen without the generous support of the community and the K-Mart in Bishop. Approximately $14,000 was raised through donations, mostly from individuals who heard about the program. More money than was needed was raised and the extra funds will be used for a new program, Shop-with-a-Cop–Back to School which will be held in August.

Special recognition must go to K-Mart and its manager, Oscar Saucedo. Each year they have gone above and beyond to support this cause. They provide an additional $20 gift card to each child, donate all the wrapping paper and bows, and provide space for the wrappers.
Shop-with-a-Cop organizer, Sergeant Rick Moberly, said, “I got the idea of Shop-with-a-Cop from San Diego PD, the second largest city in California. They hosted 320 kids this year. Our little agencies were able to take care of 50 families. I think that shows how much support we get from the people in the Eastern Sierra.”

MLPD Chief Dan Watson said, “I look forward to this each year. I asked one of our young Reserve Officers, while waiting for the gifts to be wrapped, what he thought of the program. His responded that this was about the best think he’d ever done. I believe the officers, deputies, and volunteers get as much enjoyment out of Shop-with-a-Cop as the kids and their families.”

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1st Annual KIBS/KBOV BCC Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Bringing the National Format of the “Drive Chip & Putt Championship” to Bishop, California with the 1st Annual KIBS/KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Hi, Eastern Sierra Junior Golfers & Parents!

Adam Scott congratulates Boys 10-11 winner Leo Cheng, Junior Golf Competition
Adam Scott congratulates Boys 10-11 winner Leo Cheng

Do I have your attention, yet?

(C’mon. Adam Scott,  Green Jackets, and home of the Masters Augusta National)…

That’s what I thought.

Every spring, the USGA, Masters, and PGA team up to host the Drive Chip & Putt Championship‘s National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.

Around the country, it’s all starting right now.

TIME TO DO IT LIKE THE PROS: Sunday, August 10th, we’re preparing our Junior Golfers with the SAME FORMAT as the National Competition.


Preparing you Here: Local, Sub-Regional, and Regional Qualifying is conducted in all 50 states. The Championship Final will be held on April 5, 2015 at Augusta National. Check www.drivechipandputt.com/ for all Qualifying locations.

Junior golfers will have the opportunity to participate at 256 local qualifiers around the country throughout the summer of 2014. 

Summer 2014: And, here we are!

So, get a FEEL for the real DEAL.

Sunday, August 10th:

KIBS/ KBOV Radio and Bishop Country Club are teaming up to bring the National Drive Pitch & Putt Competition Format to Bishop, California.

Bishop Country Club, Home to the 1st Annual KIBS/ KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition
Bishop Country Club, Home to the 1st Annual KIBS/ KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition

Start practicing!

CRUNCH TIME: Hit the Driving Range, and go Up and Down around the greens.

And… Have FUN on one of our area’s TOP courses.

Drive: Hit the Tee Shot that Sets you up for Success

Chip: Practice Phil Michelson’s Hinge & Hold Technique


“It is important, regardless the grip you employ, that your hands work as one.

If your alignment is poor and you have a faulty putting stroke, being a great putt reader is irrelevant.

A good putter keeps the body still and the blade square by never allowing the left wrist to break down. The putterhead never passes the left hand.

A pre-putt routine helps you stay nice and relaxed so you can make the best stroke possible.”
-Tiger Woods

Open to All Boys and Girls Ages 7 to 15

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH: Check in at 4 PM. Competition begins at 5 PM.

Come on out!


Sign up at the Bishop Country Club, or Call 760 – 873 – 5828 to Register.

Support the Eastern Sierra Junior Golf Association

Registration is $5. All proceeds go to the Eastern Sierra Junior Golf Association. Big thanks to Joe at the Bishop Country Club for his work with the talented young golfers of this program! It starts, here.


1. Each participant will compete in all three skills (Drive, Chip, and Putt).

2. Participants will accumulate points in each skill. The participant with the highest number of accumulated points will be declared the Overall Champion of his or her age category. First, second, and third place winners of each individual skill will also be recognized.

3. In the case of tie in the overall score, the putting rank will serve as the tiebreaker.

* All scoring will be based on a 25-point-per-shot basis, with each participant taking three shots per skill. Each participant will accumulate points per shot in all three skills (maximum of 75 points per skill = 25 points per shot x 3). The overall champion in each age category will be determined by the participant with the most points accumulated between all three skills (maximum of 225 points – 75 points per skill x 3).


Prizes will be awarded in each Age Bracket.

FOUR AGE CATEGORIES: 7-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15

Participants will be grouped based on their age as of the championship final on Sunday, April 5, 2015. Participants must be at least 7 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2015 and may not be older than 15 years of age on Sunday, April 5, 2015.


Bringing the National “Drive Chip & Putt Championship” Format to Bishop, California with the 1st Annual KIBS/KBOV Drive Chip & Putt Competition


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