Archive - 2013 - News Article
Firefighters contained a 15 acre wildland fire near historic Scottyâ€™s Castle in Death Valley National Park Thursday afternoon.
Scottyâ€™s 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 (Scottyâ€™s 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 â€ślifts stains and controls odors.â€ť
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.
If there were two words to sum up Mule Days events, those words would be â€śfunâ€ť and â€śskill.â€ť
Thatâ€™s how Mule Days got started. In the spring of 1969 the High Sierraâ€™s 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 eveningâ€™s Mule Daysâ€™ main arena concert, is the real deal, with a ton of what he calls â€śdirt road cred.â€ť
An early-morning fight in the Bishop McDonaldâ€™s 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.
â€śI decided against it,â€ť Simpson said at Thursdayâ€™s board meeting. â€śThere werenâ€™t a whole lot of pros.â€ť
The Bishop Police Department is investigating the cause of a collision that occurred shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday morning at the intersection of Home and West Line streets.
For reasons still yet unknown, the driver of a commercial delivery truck veered from the westbound lanes of West Line into the traffic signal pole at the south end of the intersection. He was taken by ambulance to Northern Inyo Hospital.
For more, see Thursday's issue of The Inyo Register.