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The Bishop Lions Club continues to support the victims of the Mountain View Fire in Walker that occurred on November 17, 2020.

Lion’s Club members recently received a check from Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for $2,805 earmarked for the clubs continuing effort to raise support funds.  All but $500 of the large donation was raised locally from DWP employees. $500 was kicked in by DWP officials in Los Angeles.

The Bishop Lions Club had already raised $10,000 from their national organization, several hundreds of dollars were given previously from club members in the form of gift cards through the Bishop Volunteer Fire Departments efforts in December. The club also gathered donations from  other Lions Clubs from Ridgecrest to Walker.

Four members of the Walker Lions Club lost their homes in the fire.


(From the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, Febuary 24 @ 9:30 a.m.)

“The Nye County Sheriff’s Office received information of a vague bomb threat to an non-specific Tonopah school. The threat was received via email.  At this time, the threat does not appear to be valid however, every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of the public. Staff and students are working and attending remotely as a precaution and bomb detection dogs are being brought in to search the schools.  The nye county sheriff’s office is investigation the source of the threat. No additional information is known at this time. If additional information becomes available, we will update you.”


(UPDATED 2-23-21)

The deceased have been identified as Elizabeth Ann Copeland, 58, of Benton. In custody, arrested on suspicion of homicide is William Ralph Wilson, 65, of Benton.

(From Mono County Sheriff’s Office 2-20-21)

“On February 19, 2021, at 9:33 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Dispatch received a call regarding a Domestic Violence in the Benton area. MCSO deputies and California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop officers quickly responded to the residence, where they found evidence of forced entry and a struggle.

However, no one was inside the residence or on the property. After an extensive search of the surrounding area, law enforcement located the male suspect’s vehicle at a residence in Hammil Valley.

The female victim was located in the vehicle, clearly deceased. The suspect barricaded himself in a motorhome on the property.

The Inyo/Mono Special Enforcement Detail (SED) responded, along with assistance from CHP-Bishop and their H-40 Helicopter, Inyo Sheriff’s Office, and Bishop Police Department. Mono County Paramedics and White Mountain Fire Medic 4 staged at a safe distance for any potential injuries.

Entry was made into the motorhome by the SED Tactical Team, where they located the suspect attempting to conceal himself. The suspect was arrested without incident and is now in custody in the Mono County Jail.

The names of the victim and the suspect will not be released until the victim’s next of kin have been notified. This is an open and active investigation. Additional details will be released as they become available, provided the investigation will not be compromised.”


Bishop Union High School students have an upcoming opportunity to join a trap shooter’s club. An informational meeting will be held for potential student members and an attending parent on Tuesday, February 23, at 6:00 p.m. in Room 403 on campus.

It will be the second year that Bishop Union High School has produced a team to compete in a statewide school league.

“It’s a hybrid club,” said one of the advisors, metal and wood shop teacher Tim Wickersheim, meaning not only is it a school sponsored club, meeting after school, but the group will be able to complete with other schools. Trap shooting is not a recognized CIF sport for high schools.

Due to COVID, there will be no traveling to other schools for meets. Once the season begins on March 29, the club will shoot at the Bishop Gun Club. Weekly scores will be recorded in the league’s database.

During the six-week season, students will each shoot up to 50 rounds a week at the launched clay traps. A minimum of 25 per week is required for scoring.

Last year, the school team placed second in a 15-school competition. Now a Bishop High senior, Owen Hildebrand, was able to place third last year in his individual effort, hitting 24 out of 25 traps in the statewide competition.

Safety and having fun is first and most with club members. The students learn and practice the three rules of gun safety; never point a gun at someone, always assume its loaded, and don’t walk around with your finger on the trigger.

Advisor Wickersheim stated that students interested need not go out and buy shotguns or ammunition. The club advisors have plenty to share, although ammo has been in very short supply around Eastern Sierra gun shops.

Should COVID restrictions be lifted, a statewide season-closing competition will take place over in the San Joaquin Valley, in Kingsburg, on the weekend of May 22.




Wildcare Eastern Sierra, with approval from Inyo County, is now offering outdoor programs at their Keough Hot Spring Care Center. Attendance will be limited to small groups of 10 or less.

Small groups of 10 or less can meet our Wildlife Ambassadors Spirit and Bullitt (Red-tailed Hawks), Razzle-Dazzle (Common Raven), Ms. Walter (domestic pigeon) and Harvey (milksnake), with of course Safe distancing, masking, and other safety measures

There will be exhibits of bird nests, eggs and feathers, animal bones and antlers, turtle and tortoise shells, and more. Educational handouts will be available to take home.

The hour-long programs can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, or Sundays between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm and held in the front yard of the Center.

For further information or to schedule a program, call Wildcare at 760-872-1487.

Donations are always welcomed. One may support the work of Wildcare Eastern Sierra by recycling their CRV cans and bottles at Manor Market and asking them to donate the proceeds to Wildcare, as we do here at KIBS/KBOV.


You’ve seen it by now, the new Laws Railroad Museum’s sign at the Tri-County Fairgrounds on North Sierra Highway that was installed a few weeks ago.

“The old sign was about 20 years out of date,” said Museum volunteer Jay Smart, of the fading and dilapidated old sign. Smart  is main organizer of the new sign program.

The non-profit organization raised about $13,000 for the new sign, with the help of a matching grant from the Death Valley Conservancy.

The two-man crew from the sign’s designers, Wesco, came up from Los Angeles to install the large signs.

We reported on KIBS/KBOV the day the sign was installed, that it will certainly attract more visitors to the museum, once reopened after the COVID situation.

But next time you drive by, notice some design features – the steam engine with Mt Tom behind, is almost an exact perspective of what waiting passengers at the station would have seen as the train pulled in. Also the 20-Mule Borax Team is an homage to the Death Valley group that help fund the project.


Here’s the information to get your COVID-19 vaccine in the Eastern Sierra and Western Nevada ( updated 2-15-21):

Open now to front line public workers, law enforcement, medical, restaurant workers, food handlers and residents over a certain age (see county policy)

INYO COUNTY (Purple Tier) Register for Inyo County Health Dept.-given vaccine (through NIH, SIH, or VONS):  vaccine-info@inyocounty.us or by phone voice mail 760-873-3232. Ages 65+

MONO COUNTY (Purple Tier) Register for Mono County Health Dept.-given vaccine (community locations throughout Mono County or Mammoth Hospital)  COVID19help@mono.ca.gov  or by phone voice mail 760-924-1830. Ages 65+, 55+ with underlying health conditions.

NYE COUNTY, NV (Tonopah) Age 70+, Administered by pharmacy at Raley’s 775-482-6711.

MINERAL COUNTY, NV (Hawthorne) Safeway. Age 70+ 775-945-3045.

Senior age 65+ through Mineral County Community Health 775-945-3657, or Mt. Grant Medical Clinic (referred by primary health care provider) 775-945-3668

Vaccines in California only available to permanent residents of each county. ID will be required. No guests, visitors, skiers, or 2nd homeowners.