June 24th, 2011
South Fork Bishop Creek
Reduced flows have really improved the water conditions on the creek. The fishing has remained excellent along most of stretches of the creek with some solid fish in the 2 - to 3-pound range.
Most folks are really doing well in the slower moving pools and deep pockets. More solid 2-pound plus rainbows along with plenty of pan sized stockers are filling stringers. Thomas Bouyants, worms, mini-jigs, Panther Martins and Thomas Bouyants are producing best.
With the backdrop of the Eastern Sierra, still covered in snow, and the citizens of Bishop wearing “Welcome Home” T-shirts, the California High School Rodeo Association held its State Finals June 13-17.
Fast runs were made, champions were named and the entire week was a huge success. Behind the scenes, many people worked hard to see that success happen.
Gerald Paul Benson
Gerald “Jerry” Benson passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife, Joan, at his side.
Born to Rodney and Mae Benson in Passaic, N.J., Jerry moved to the San Fernando Valley with his family when he was 14 years old. He graduated from Notre Dame H.S. and married his high school sweetheart. After serving in the Armed Forces for two years, Jerry spent more than 35 years as a Shell Service Station owner. He loved fast cars.
Legislators of the Golden State have yet to pass a budget and now these elected officials will not get paid for each day it continues to go unbalanced and unsigned by the governor.
State Controller John Chiang decided this week to enforce two separate voter-approved measures: one that requires a balanced budget and one that holds lawmakers accountable for failing to meet the first mandate.
Inyoâ€™s county seat of Independence is not only appropriately named for Fourth of July celebrations, but the residents there work overtime to make sure the Southern Inyo town is the place to celebrate Americaâ€™s birthday.
That extra effort results each year in patriotic and otherwise July 4-themed action from morning through the night with a flag-raising, parade, barbecue, kids games, arts and crafts fair, a marathon and a pyrotechnics display at the Independence Airport.
In a county where only 2 percent of the land is owned by private citizens, finding a large parcel of property for development can be a difficult task.
Grace Speakman raced her way into first place in the Youth Womenâ€™s Overall division at The 100â€™s MC Classic dirt bike race May 28 in Spangler Hills. The Bishop 13-year-old comes from a long line of desert racers and has been competing for two years. Her 2010-11 seasons include top fives in every race she entered.
Itâ€™s not too late to sign up for this weekendâ€™s One-Pitch Tournament held at Bishop City Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Proceeds from the tournament will go towards memberships at the Bishop Bullpen for underprivileged athletes.
The format on Saturday is a round robin. Sunday is a single-elimination run for tournament champion. Each team is guaranteed four shots at the gold.
Play starts at 8 a.m. each day. Saturday ends at midnight; Sunday action will go until 2 or 3 p.m.
Teams interested in participating, call Willy Pasquel at (760) 937-2019.
Families turned out in droves for the annual Independence Fishing Derby last Saturday.
The day started on the water and ended in Dehy Park for the weigh-in, a silent auction and music, followed by prizes for big trout and bigger stringers.
1st â€“ Matt Sanchez (El Cajon), 3 lbs.
2nd â€“ Schuyler Gingrich (Covina), 2 lbs., 9 ozs.
3rd â€“ Tracey Dallarosa (Coronado), 2 lbs., 5 oz.
1st â€“ Shane Hansen, 2 lbs., 14 oz.
2nd â€“ Mitch Mandic (Moorpark), 1lb., 11 oz.
The game may not have counted, but that didnâ€™t stop Bad Company and Red Thunder from going at it Tuesday night in the City of Bishop Softball League, Co-ed B Division.
Red Thunder forfeited the game for lack of enough women in the line-up. According to protocol, there was no winner. But, unofficially, Thunder rained on Bad Companyâ€™s parade with a strong comeback in the open seventh inning.
Bad Company jumped out to an early lead when Mike McDonald hit a 2 RBI single off Red Thunder pitcher Rodney Barlow.