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Bishop Man Arrested for Vandalizing Tri-County Fairgrounds

On January 2, 2020, the California Highway Patrol received a call about an individual who was vandalizing property at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. CHP Officer, Adam Otten arrived on to the scene, and saw signs of multiple break-ins around the property.

After inspecting the damage to the buildings, Officer Otten located the suspect’s backpack, bicycle, drug paraphernalia, and methamphetamine. The alleged vandal had abandoned his items, and was found hiding in a nearby bathroom at the Tri-County Fair.

At the same time the property crime was occurring, the highway patrolman was called to another emergency in the area, and had to leave the suspect in order to respond. When CHP returned to the scene, officers located the suspect hiding in the RV storage area of the fairgrounds.

After locating the individual, Otten observed signs that the homeless suspect was living in multiple trailers without the consent of the owners.

The suspect was identified as 29 year old male, Thomas Burkins. He was arrested on the charges of felony burglary, vandalism, possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violation of probation.

Burkins was previously arrested on similar charges relating to burglary, vandalism, and possession of drugs in the middle of December 2019.

4-H Auction in Bishop Sees $114,000 Increase From Last Year

The 4-H Junior Livestock Auction was quite a success for both the youth organization and the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds. There was a substantial improvement in funds raised this year, with the sales amount reaching $412,458. This number is up from the 2018 sales, which reached $304,937. 

Add-on money donations also saw an increase from $17,357 from last year, to $23,905 this year. 

The total increase of sales for this year's auction reached $114,069. CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds Jen McGuire, gave her thoughts as to why there was such a substantial increase in sales saying, “It goes to show that advertising, working with the kids, educating the public, and changing the atmosphere by moving the bar makes a difference.” 

The 4-H  is a U.S.-based network of youth organizations whose mission is to  "engage youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development". 

Tri-County Fairgrounds Win Bid to Continue Hosting High School Rodeo Finals

Last week, a trio consisting of Tri-County Fairgound’s CEO, Jen McGuire, Bishop City Mayor Jim Ellis, and Toggery Manager Justin Snyder ventured out to Plymouth, California to secure the rights to host the California High School State Rodeo Finals.

The group attended the annual Challenge of Champions Rodeo, where they subsequently plead their case to decision makers as to why Bishop is the perfect town to host the event.

At the event, Jen McGuire explained why she believes the city in the Eastern Sierra is the right place to host the contest. “Bishop is not only the best possible area for the event to take place, it’s the best possible experience.” Said the newly appointed CEO. “This town also provides visitors with an opportunity to go on a vacation.”

Decision-makers voted unanimously to approve Bishop as host of the High School Rodeo Finals until the year 2022.

The challenging city who also bid to host the event was Red Bluff, CA.

Red Bluff is a town in Tehama County with a population of 14,076. Before Bishop became the host of the contest, Red Bluff was the host city approximately ten years ago.

James “Jim” Tatum (1958-2019) Obituary

James “Jim” Tatum, age 60, passed away on January 27th. He was surrounded by family at his home in Bishop as he concluded his courageous battle with cancer.

Jim, a lifetime Bishop resident, was an incredible husband, father, brother, and community contributor. His love of the local community was evident in all of his professional and personal endeavors where he always went above and beyond to do for others. His accomplishments were numerous across his career: as a rancher, in his 20-year tenure as the CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, as the Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director, and most recently as the Bishop City Administrator. His generous and make-it-happen spirit could also be seen in his roles as a Bishop Little League and Bishop Union High School Baseball Coach, a member of the local school board, and the beloved “tractor man” at the California High School Rodeo State Finals and other fair arena events. He was also known for his witty and playful sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that unmistakeable whistle while he walked. His impact on the community will be enduring, but his presence will be sorely missed.

Jim’s loving family will continue to carry forward his memory, values, and commitment to community. They include his wife, Donna Tatum; daughter and son-in-law Kelsie Tatum Martinez and Jaime Martinez; son and future daughter-in-law Keith Tatum and Sara Galligher; brother and sister-in-law Von and Jayne Tatum; brother Lee Tatum; his family in-love, Polly, Larry, and Robert Renfro and Linda Holcomb; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Tatum of Bishop.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim on Sunday, February 10th at 1pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation in Jim’s memory to either the Bishop Union High School Jim Tatum Memorial Scholarship (301 North Fowler Street, Bishop, CA 93514) or the Friends of the Tri-County Fair Jim Tatum Memorial Fund (PO Box 607, Bishop, CA 93515).

ESMF Announces Trip Winner

Eastern Sierra Music Festival announces raffle winner

Submitted by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival
February 17, 2016

Penny Bordokas paying trip forward

Eastern Sierra Music Festival extends its congratulations to Penny Bordokas of Mammoth Lakes for winning the festival’s recent drawing for a seven-day trip to Mexico.

Mrs. Bordokas was selected Sunday as the winner during a Valentine’s Day drawing at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 in Bishop.

In the true pay-it-forward fashion surrounding this festival, Mrs. Bordokas told organizers she will not be taking the trip herself. Rather, she is donating the trip to Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports. It is her hope that Eastern Sierra Disabled Sports will hold a drawing among its hardworking staff and volunteers, and that the winner will be taking a well-earned break in the Mexican sunshine sometime soon.

Tickets for the July 22-23 Eastern Sierra Music Festival are on sale at the event’s website, WWMusicFest.org. As previously announced, country singer-songwriter Dwight Yoakam and the legendary Gatlin Brothers will headline the two-day event. Additional artists will include Old Southern Moonshine Revival and a host of local bands.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the construction of the National Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes.

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Eastern Sierra Music Fest Tickets are Available

Tickets for ESMF now on sale

submitted by Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Tickets for the July 22-­‐23 Eastern Sierra Music Festival are now on sale at the event’s website, WWMusicFest.org. As previously announced, county singer-­‐songwriter Dwight Yoakam and the legendary Gatlin Brothers will headline the two day-­‐event.

All ticket sales will be made via the festival’s website and its ticketing partner, Vendini.

Tickets sold cover both days of the festival and range in price from $80 for General Admission, to $95 for Reserved Grandstand seating. Two ticket packages are also available. Each features exclusive seating, party tent access, food, drinks, designated parking and admission to each evening’s After Party in the Charles Brown Auditorium. Ticket package prices are $399 for the Patriot Club and $225 for the VIP package. There are a limited number of ticket packages available, so please act quickly.

RV space reservations are also available through the website. Electrical hookups are $150 and dry camp is $95.

All event credentials, i.e. wristbands, will be mailed to concert-­‐goers a month before the festival. Additional email correspondence regarding the shipment will be sent at a later date.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Wounded Warrior Center, set to be built in Mammoth Lakes.

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Dwight Yoakam signs on with ESMF

Dwight One!

submitted by the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Dwight Yoakam signs on for Eastern Sierra Music Festival

Organizers urge   ‘save date’  for event  benefiting  Wounded
Warrior  Center, Mammoth

Eastern Sierra Music Festival organizers are pleased to
announce  that  Grammy-­‐award  winning  singer-­‐songwriter
Dwight  Yoakam  will  be  a  part  of  the  inaugural  Eastern  Sierra
Music  Festival.

The  July  22-­‐23  festival  will  be  held  right  here  at
Bishop’s  Tri-­‐County  Fairgrounds.  Yoakam  will  headline
Friday  night  at  the  festival,  with  the  legendary  Gatlin
Brothers  heading  up  Saturday   night.  Organizers  will
announce  additional  artists  as  participation  is  confirmed.

Tickets  for  the  Eastern  Sierra  Music  Festival  will  go  on
sale  in  the  next  few  weeks.  To  keep  up-­‐ to-­‐date  on
festival  news,  visit  the  event’s  website,  WWMusicFest.org,

or  follow  the  Eastern   Sierra  Music  Festival  on  Facebook
and  Twitter.

The  Eastern  Sierra  Music  Festival  benefits  the  National  Wounded  Warrior  Center.     Yoakam  has  recorded  more  than  21  albums,  charted  more  than  22  top  20  singles,  and  sold  more  than  25  million  records.  He  has  recorded  five  #1  albums,  12  gold  albums,  and  nine   platinum  albums,  including  the  triple  platinum,  This  Time.

Among  his  best-­‐known  songs  are  A  Thousand  Miles  from  Nowhere,  Ain’t  That  Lonely  Yet,   Guitars  and  Cadillacs,  Honky  Tonk  Man,  Fast  as  You,  and  Streets  of  Bakersfield,  his  duet  with  the  late  great  Buck  Owens.

In  addition  to  his  many  achievements  in  the  performing  arts,  he  is  also  the  most  frequent   musical  guest  in  the  history  of  The  Tonight  Show.


cover photo provided by ESMF

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