Archive - 2013
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.
Bishop Unified School District Superintendent Barry Simpson had planned on doing a PowerPoint presentation of pros and cons to help the Board of Trustees decide where Broncos athletes will go for CIF playoff games this coming school year.
âI decided against it,â Simpson said at Thursdayâs board meeting. âThere werenât a whole lot of pros.â
The Bishop Lady Broncos softball team fell, 3-13, to the Shadow Hills Knights Thursday afternoon in the first round of CIF Division 6 playoffs.
âUnfortunately the score does not reflect what a good game it was,â said coach Stacy Van Nest. âWe came ready to play but were out-hit and had some defensive errors. But we never gave up. The game was not out of reach until the bottom of the sixth. Iâm proud of every girl on this team for an outstanding season.â