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Bishop Community Comes Together for 15th Annual Coats for Kids Event

The 15th annual “Coats For Kids” drive and remote broadcast was a huge success Saturday with loads of coats donated to children in need. Approximately seventy coats were provided to less fortunate kids across the Eastern Sierra.

Claiborne Mitchell of KIBS/KBOV Radio hosted the live remote broadcast and interviewed key members of the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, Salvation Army, and K-Mart.

General Manager of K-Mart, Jarrett Chytka helped ring in the holiday spirit by donating a kid’s bicycle, which will be given away Monday, December 17. Chytka also provided peppermints and candy for the crowd gathered around the KIBS/KBOV tent.

Administrative Specialist, Dawn Vidal was in attendance to collect food for the E.S.T.A. Stuff-A-Bus event, and said that she was extremely impressed with community turnout to the event. The bus was packed with non-perishable items such as soups, cereals, canned veggies, and canned fruit.

The Salvation Army’s efforts in this event did not go unnoticed. Lt. Sherry Hooper brought chocolate milk, donuts, hot chocolate, and coffee for those who donated coats and food. When interviewed by Claiborne Mitchell, Lt. Hooper remarked how pleased she was with the donations of food and coats for needy children.

There will be another opportunity to donate to the “Coats For Kids” drive this Saturday at Carl’s Jr. in Bishop. Join News and Sports Director, Bradford Evans for a live remote broadcast from 12 P.M. To 2 P.M. Donations will be accepted throughout the entirety of the event.

Wellness Center and Progress House Food Drive Starts Tomorrow

Don’t forget! Tomorrow, the Wellness Center and Progress house are going to be having a food collection event for The Salvation Army’s food pantry.

Make sure your food bags are placed on your porch or doorstep. The event will take place in neighborhoods between South Barlow to West Bishop/Manor Area the morning of Friday, Nov 2nd and collected the morning of November 5th.

Make sure to put you bags next to your mailbox, to make it easier on those picking up the food.

If you have questions, contact the Wellness Center at 760-873-8039

Excess Round Fire donations will be sold this weekend

A Benefit Sale for Round Fire Relief Efforts is this Weekend

Organizers will give victims one last chance to pick up donated items before the sale Saturday and Sunday.

According to the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, the morning after the Round Fire generous donors began dropping off donations of clothing, shoes, bedding, toiletries and other items to aid those displaced from Paradise and Swall Meadows.   The fire claimed one home in Paradise and numerous homes in Swall Meadows.

The Salvation Army, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Bishop Chamber and many devoted volunteers have been working diligently for weeks to sort and display the items. Dozens of families have picked up items and expressed true gratitude.

The outpouring of support has been phenomenal – so much so that more items have been collected than can possibly be used by the fire families.

Organizers will hold a “Community Benefit” sale with the remaining items this weekend at the Home Economics Building, Tri-County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the sale will benefit both the local Salvation Army and the Round Fire Relief Fund. Hours for the Community Benefit Sale will be Saturday, March 7th, 9am until 6pm and Sunday, March 8th, 12noon until 4pm.  Only cash and checks will be accepted.

Organizers indicate that the sale will feature an amazing selection of clothing for men, women & children; shoes of all sizes and so much more! All proceeds will benefit both the Salvation Army and the Round Fire Relief Fund.

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Round Fire Update

Round Fire Update

Sunday, February 8th, 12:30 pm Update

The containment percentage is holding at 65, however officials at cal fire are hopeful that number will increase significantly as work continues today.  Over 500 firefighters remain committed to the effort.  The mandatory evacuation of swall meadows and paradise remains in place due to hazards in the area.   Cal Fire spokespersons Bennett Milloy said that fire damaged trees are a major safety concern along with 50 plus utility poles that Southern California Edison is working to stabilize.  Milloy said that erratic winds are also a major concern.  The spokesman for Cal fire said that getting residents back to their homes is a priority, but the area must be secured.

In regards to donations, Tawni Thomson at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce indicates that the community has donated items in almost overwhelming fashion.  Thomson says that right now the best way to give is to donate gift cards to local businesses.  The donation center at the patio building at the tri-county fair continues to receive donations of basic items, but right now the best way to give is to donate gift cards.  Thomson says the need go give will be ongoing, and a better assessment of what is needed will be clear in coming days.  Thomson also urges those who need assistance to please come to the patio building to receive what the community has so generously donated.   Those who would like to donate money can do so through alta one federal credit union  on north main street Bishop.

Sunday, February 8th, 7:45am

Official update from Cal Fire on the Round Fire as of the morning briefing:

Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Acreage: 7,000 acres
Containment: 65% (estimating full containment on Tuesday)
Injuries: 3 firefighters (minor injuries)
Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Destroyed: 40 residences destroyed / 5 damaged
Current structures threatened: No immediate threats
Total personnel assigned: 500+

Current situation: downed powered lines make re-entry for homeowners hazardous and unsafe. A re-population plan is being created and we will provide that information as soon as it is available. Until the area is safe, no homeowners will be allowed entry into their homes.

Evacuation Center: Crowley Lake Community Center. Red Cross will also be at the community center today to help with immediate financial aid for any homeowner who lost their home.

Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire (lead), Inyo National Forest, Paradise Fire, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Caltrans

Verizon update: There was a fiber optic line that was burned in the area of Swall Meadows. Verizon crews are working cooperatively with fire personnel to get the line fixed. Please be patient as Verizon crews work to restore cell phone service in the midst of this fire.

Fire Information Line: (909) 881-6949

From the Salvation Army,

Any Victims of the Round Fire – this includes any and all people that have lost their homes in the Swallow Meadows and Paradise areas: We can help you. We have been working with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce along with the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds and we have emergency shelter, clothing, bedding, toiletries and food. There are other things we can help with, please call us. We can even help you with your livestock if need be. Please give us a call at 760-872-2124 or come by to our office at 621 W. Line Street, in Bishop.

For those wanting to donate – donations of clothing, bedding, dog/cat food and toiletries (anything that you can think of that you may need if you were in this situation) can be taken to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds Patio Building. Any donations of food, please bring to The Salvation Army at 621 W. Line Street. After Sunday, February 8th, all donations can be dropped of at The Salvation Army at 621 W. Line Street. For more information how you can help, please give us a call at 760-872-2124.

The Bishop Vet hospital, pampered pooches and relaxing fur kennels are offering pet boarding for those in need.

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Photos by Gary Young

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