Local law enforcement officials partnered up with dozens of local youngsters Saturday to help the kids shop for Christmas presents for their families. Law enforcement agencies from virtually every community in the Eastern Sierra, using money from their own Peace Officersâ Associations, provided $200 to each youngster participating in the annual Shop With a Cop event at Kmart in Bishop. The morning kicked off with breakfast at Whiskey Creek in Bishop before the youngsters got to go on a ride-along, with lights and sirens blazing, down Main Street.
New recruits will be fighting a live brush fire in Bishop as part of a training exercised designed to give the volunteers some much-needed experience.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said the volunteer fire department is planning to ignite a fire in the vacant lot on the northwest corner of the intersection Yaney and Spruce streets to simulate a wildland fire, something the new recruits will likely experience this spring.
Seguine said a wildland fire experience cannot be simulated at the departmentâs training facility on East Line Street.
As the nation comes to grips with Fridayâs deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., local law enforcement is showing a more visible presence at school campuses.
On Monday, uniformed personnel from the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol were making their presence known as students arrived at and left school campuses from Bishop to Lone Pine.
The public is invited to enjoy a hearty holiday Christmas Day menu, complimented by heaping helpings of caroling and conviviality at the 23rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner, hosted by the United Methodist Social Services Soup Kitchen.
Soup Kitchen Supervisor Laura Smith said everyone is invited to dinner from 12:30-3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Bishop United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler St. Need is not an issue, she added. âWe just want everyone who wants to come to have the opportunity to be there.â
The Bishop Broncos basketball teams laid waste to the Tonopah Muckers Friday night. The Lady Broncos ran away with a 54-26 win while the Broncos battled to a 61-59 victory.
The first quarter of the Lady Broncos game was close, ending with a 9-4 lead by Bishop. Once the team warmed up, the Broncos hit nearly 50 percent of their second-half shots to pull away from the Muckers.
âIt was another night of unselfish play,â said coach Brian Pennington. âThe ladies dished out 15 assists for the 25 baskets made from the field.â
For the boysâ team, Cy Scott led the scoring effort with 31 points.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles corralled the Vasquez Mustangs Friday night with a 85-61 win.
The Eagles basketball team is now 2-0 in Desert Mountain League play, hoping to go 3-0 tonight at home against the Mammoth Huskies.
Mike Cappello led the Eagles with 30 points, followed by the Greene brothers, Seth and Brad, with 18 each.
Kishan Bhakta: 2 pts.
Ryan Cappello: 7 pts.
Mike Cappello: 30 pts.
Alec Garcia: 8 pts.
Brad Greene: 18 pts.
Greg Greene: 18 pts.
Garrett Sullivan: 2 pts.
Lowthorp Orthodontics 7
Gannon Daugherty and Marty Tiernan, 40 saves of 44
Dufort Construction 4
Dustin Waasdorp, 30/37
Troy Cauldwell Paint & Stucco 4
Owen Richman, 28/29
Eric Richman Optometry 1
Daniel Klemincic, 45/49
Sierra Auto Body 8
Lane Frechette, 14/21
Bill Carter DDS 7
Chase Cortez, 28/37
Mountain Apparel 12
Harrison Greer, 22/30
Hunter Allen, 24/36
Skip Wise Home Services 5
Michael Bragdon, 25/27
Nora Cimino, 23/28
Pee Wee Division
Mahogany Smoked Meats 8
Nora Cinimo 20/25
Each of these colored, paper âbulbsâ represents the Christmas wishes of a local child in need, and because there are still plenty hanging from the 10 Wish Trees located throughout the county (including The Inyo Register, above), Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action has extended the deadline to Monday, Dec. 17 in order to give residents additional time to participate in the program. Participants are asked to select a bulb off of any Wish Tree, then do a little Christmas shopping for the youngster and return the new, unwrapped gifts to the IMACA Office, 224 S. Main St. in Bishop, by Monday.
Monitoring of the Lower Owens River Project has given Inyo County, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and residents an insight into how habitats on the project are developing.
Both LADWP and Inyo County Water Department officials said LORP goals were met this past year, despite dry conditions, and, over all, coordinated team-work between the LADPW and Inyo County, as well as consultants, has led to a growing habitat along the river.
Owners of the Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop are looking to the community for input on the future of the shopping center as local contractors continue renovations on the buildings.
After years of legal debates that stalled efforts to re-open the plaza, then the death of an owner earlier this year, the Denman family has gotten the ball rolling on internal improvements intended to bring Cottonwoodâs buildings up to code and attract businesses to the long-vacant complex.