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The Bishop Broncos traveled to Kern Valley Friday night and completely dominated the Kern Valley Broncs with the final score 54-0.

The first half was one of the strangest we have seen. The Kern Valley Broncs were doing their best to cheap shot the Broncos, to throw them off their game and it seemed to be working for a while. There were multiple personal fouls on both sides. There was one KV player finally ejected for collecting a few personal fouls by himself. It looked like it took the Bishop boys a ton of self restraint to not let the foul play of KV to get the best of them. The Broncos went into halftime with a 18-0 lead.

Then the second half started.

Coach Palu and the staff made sure their team knew that these cheap tactics would not work and the Broncos responded with one of the best defensive effort of the season. Kern Valleys offense never got going…all game!

The entire Bishop defense was on point. 7 sacks and 2 interceptions for the Bronco defense. The defensive line dominated KV all night. Cheap shots and hostile territory didn’t faze these boys. KV never had good field position during the entire game with many drives going backwards. That would allow the Bishop offense some of the best field position all year.

Senior QB Jakob Redmond was solid completing 15 of 20 passes for 322 yards with 5 touchdowns. Kruger, Frigerio (2), Omohundro and Arndal all catching TD’s from Redmond. Bishop Broncos and an excellent passing game just sounds so strange! Years of just pounding the football is what Bishop does and now they have both passing and running.

It’s a great day to be a Bronco fan!!!

Bronco stats at Maxpreps!!


Next up, Rosamond comes to Bishop for Homecoming

Friday, October 22nd at 7pm.


Photos courtesy of Gary Young Photography

Caltrans Announces Projects For Smaller, Local Contractors

In support of Caltran’s ongoing effort statewide to utilize small businesses, contracts of less than $333,000 may be awarded to local contractors.

Small business owners interested in working for Caltrans through the “Minor B” program should visit Caltrans District 9’s website, or contact the District’s Small Business Liaison: jessica.klemencic@dot.ca.gov, or 760-874-8853.



Bishop Bakery Patriarch Erick Schat Dies at 79

Erick Schat, the owner of Schat’s Bakery in Bishop has passed away, early in the morning on Monday [October 4] at Reno’s St. Mary’s Hospital

With the clousure yesterday [October 4] of the bakery and related businesses, Tawni Thomson, executive director of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, released this statement . . . “[Erick Schat] was a generous icon who invested heavily in the community. “He gave a lot and helped with events,” Thomson said. “He left a legacy that we hope goes on for another 100 years. It’s a sad day.”

The Schat family goes back to 1893 with a line of bakers from Holland. The original Bishop bakery was opened in the early 1900s.  Local Basque sheepherders convinced the family to build a stone oven to bake the sheepherder bread, known to stay fresh while they were out with their flocks.

Erick, carried on that tradition and certainly helped put Bishop on the map, as a must-stop place for fresh baked goods and meals.

KIBS/KBOV News learned of Schat’s passing Monday morning but purposefully held the story, in honor of his much-beloved family and their great involvement and support to the Eastern Sierra communities. . We will of course announce a more formal obituary once issued by the family. Hugs to all of the several family-owned businesses’ employees and their families.

“Wolfie” Spotted Again

California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife has received three reports of a gray wolf with a purple tracking collar in Ventura County. Officials were able to confirm wolf tracks in the vicinity.

The endangered gray wolf, officially known has OR-93, had traveled at least 1,000 miles from his  Oregon release site, to California’s Central Coast, traveling through northern Mono County, before his tracking collar stopped giving signals in the spring.

Last month CDFW found, what appeared to be the grey wolf, picked up on a Kern County rancher’s watering trough video. , Unfortunately the hard drive of the night vision camera is only checked every three months. Arial flights over the area unsuccessfully failed to re-boot the wolf’s tracking device.

The young male who was fitted with a purple tracking collar by federal wildlife officials in Oregon in June 2020, indicated he entered California early this year, passing through the Sierra Nevada and the San Joaquin Valley before reaching San Luis Obispo County, where officials received the last signal on April 5.

“Though historically all of California is wolf habitat, this is the farthest south in California that any gray wolf has been documented since one was captured in San Bernardino County in 1922,” CDFW said in a statement.

“We’re thrilled to hear that OR-93 is likely alive and exploring Ventura County after not hearing from him for months,” said officials.

KIBS/KBOV News named OR-93 “Wolfie ” because he looks so cute.  CDFW cautioned in giving wild animals human-type names.

Go Wolfie!


Kelli Davis In As NIHD CEO

Almost In As CEO . . . Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Board of Directors will offer Kelli Davis the permanent position of the healthcare district’s Chief Executive Officer.

During a special meeting Thursday [Sept. 30], the Board gave direction to proceed with negotiations for final terms of Davis’ contract.

A longtime Bishop resident, Davis has been with NIHD for more than 10 years. She most recently served as NIHD’s COO from 2016 to the present, and as NIHD’s Interim CEO since February 2020.

In giving this direction, the board recognizes that Davis has successfully led the NIHD team through difficult waters in the past year and a half. Davis postively navigated a worldwide pandemic with numerous impacts on the healthcare district’s patients and staff.

“Kelli has proven herself time and time again in her role as Interim CEO,” says NIHD Board Chair Robert Sharp. “One might say she has been interviewing for this position for 18 months as she has led our teams to success. Repeatedly she has showcased the ability to create procedures to streamline workflows, and created infrastructure, and to serve as guideposts for quality and equity, amid novel circumstances.”

Davis represents the fourth-generation of her family to call the Owens Valley home. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Healthcare Management.

She currently serves on the boards of Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging and Pioneer Home Health Care.

(Photo Courtesy of NIHD)

A Big Win For Mono Lake

From Geoffrey McQuilkin, Executive Director of the Mono Lake Committee . . . .

“It’s a bright new day for streams and wildlife in the Mono Basin!

Yesterday evening [October 4] the California State Water Resources Control Board issued Order WR 2021-0086 EXEC, which amends the Mono Basin water rights of the City of Los Angeles to make sure that 20 miles of Mono Lake’s tributary streams, riparian forests, and fish habitat will be restored to health.

This is truly a landmark moment for the streams, and cause for celebration. Head to our blog for more on this exciting news.

Years of hard work by all of us who care about this special place have gone into this achievement. Mono Lake Committee supporters know well that persistence and collaboration are essential ingredients for healing Mono Lake and its tributary streams. This State Water Board action shows that those lengthy efforts can lead to positive results.

As the yellows and oranges of fall tinge the aspens and cottonwoods, the creeks now flow to Mono Lake alive with the promise of a healthier, sustainable future.

Long Live Mono Lake’s tributaries!

Geoffrey McQuilkin
Executive Director

Deceased Local Firefighter Honored by Nat’l Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Peter Hein,  a previous employee of the Inyo National Forest, CAL FIRE, and the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, was honored at the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, October 2 and 3. This event is sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

Peter Hein was a much-loved community member of Big Pine and the Eastern Sierra, and he is dearly missed.

Please see the remembrance attached for a touching tribute to Peter. Video from the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend can be viewed here. https://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/. Peter is honored at approximately 45 minutes into the video.

Hein passed away in 2020.

(Photo Courtesy of Inyo National Forest)