May 23rd, 2013
Firefighters contained a 15 acre wildland fire near historic Scottyâs Castle in Death Valley National Park Thursday afternoon.
Scottyâs Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. The Castle is closed until water and power are restored to the area.
Bonnie Clair Road (Scottyâs Castle Road) is closed between the junction of Big Pine Road and three miles east of the Castle. The remainder of the park remains open to visitors, including the road to Ubehebe Crater and the Racetrack.
Bobby Tanner and his 20 mules have a marketing whiz and a photograph â taken just a few years before the original mule teams were replaced by a train â to thank for the icon-status of the 20-Mule Team and its connection to Borax, a laundry product that âlifts stains and controls odors.â
With new and revamped categories, old favorites and a long and varied string of entrants, 2013 Mule Days Parade-goers can look forward to a lively lineup this weekend.
Every year, hundreds if not thousands of spectators plan ahead, placing chairs along the Main Street parade route the Friday before the parade. It will likely be standing room only by the time the VFW Color Guard heads out at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 25, as first entry, making its way along Main Street in Bishop from South to Sierra streets, then turning west to the fairgrounds.
The Bishop Broncos fell to the Malibu Sharks, the number two ranked baseball team in CIF Division 6.
Bishop made the drive down Thursday, knowing they were the underdog. The good news, though the players may not have thought so on the long drive back from the coast, was the score: 6-10. The Broncos did Bishop proud, staying in the game despite a 1-8 deficit going into the fifth inning.
Malibu retired its pitcher in the fifth, then had to sit through the final three innings wondering if the decision was wise as the Broncos methodically chipped away at the Sharksâ lead.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles Track and Field team finished its season on a high note as the athletes reached the medal podium three times at the Desert Mountain League Finals, held at Antelope Valley High School the first week in May.
Competing against nine teams, Lone Pineâs Alec Garcia took first place in the 400-meter sprint, qualifying for the CIF championship prelims.
If there were two words to sum up Mule Days events, those words would be âfunâ and âskill.â
Thatâs how Mule Days got started. In the spring of 1969 the High Sierraâs pack industry was off to a late start due to a wet winter that left the backcountry snowed in well past May. To knock the dust off the saddle and get pack teams â both equine and equestrian members â prepped for the summer pack season, local packers decided to have some fun and show off their skills.
Mule Days is reaching out to the younger generations this year by introducing a number of new events exclusively for residents and visitors in the under-25 age group.
According to organizers, those who are working behind the scenes to make Mule Days happen have been involved for a number of years â some since the beginning in 1969 â and fresh blood and fresh ideas have been harder to come by.
Jerrod Niemann, the feature at Thursday eveningâs Mule Daysâ main arena concert, is the real deal, with a ton of what he calls âdirt road cred.â
An early-morning fight in the Bishop McDonaldâs drive-thru Sunday sent one man to jail and another to the hospital.
Bishop resident Eric Carl Brooks, 24, is being charged with alleged battery causing great bodily harm and violation of misdemeanor probation and is being held at Inyo County Jail on $30,000 bail. The alleged victim, an unidentified male subject from Apple Valley, is being treated at Loma Linda Hospital with major injuries, including head trauma.
For more on this incident, see Tuesday's edition of The Inyo Register.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to stop by one of Bishop's newest businesses today, BizShip at 475 W. Line St. #A, to take part in the official grand opening celebration.
Hot dogs and light refreshments are being served, and there will be prizes handed out until 3 p.m.
BizShip is co-owned by Andy and Sherry Perkins and is the first Federal Express Ground store for the Owens Valley.