February 6th, 2012
The Broncos basketball team lost, 48-40, in Kern Valley Friday.
After a strong 3-0 start in High Desert League, the Broncos have hit a rough patch on the road.
Injuries havenâ€™t helped.Qui Barlow went out in mid-season with a knee injury and 6-foot-5 Darren Spoonhunter broke his hand in practice two days before the Kern Valley game.
Bishopâ€™s defense against KV was strong in the second half, but the teamâ€™s offense never really kicked in.
Kern Valley went ahead 15-0 with Bishopâ€™s first point, a free throw from Jerry Castillo, coming with two minutes left in the quarter.
The Big Pine Lady Warriors ended a rough season Saturday night with a 52-40 loss to the Hi-Lo League-leading Baker Braves.
The Warriors have been in every league game this season, but have had difficulty maintaining momentum through all four quarters.
The loss of Alicia Peterson to injury reduced the team to six players.
â€śIâ€™m proud of the way we played this game and others throughout the season,â€ť said coach Dave Mettam. â€śThis teamâ€™s character is to never quit in the face of adversity. They played tough, with class and good sportsmanship.â€ť
The Big Pine Warriors basketball team clinched the Hi-Lo League championship with an apocalyptic, 81-41, win over the Baker Braves Saturday night, avenging the teamâ€™s only league loss, by 2 points, early last month.
â€śWeâ€™re coming together at the right time,â€ť said coach Darrin Chirrick. â€śThe kids knew what they wanted (the league championship) and theyâ€™ve been relentless. Theyâ€™ve worked hard and given an incredible effort. Iâ€™m happy for them.â€ť
The stateâ€™s finances are in trouble, again, or, more accurately, in constant trouble. Local representative, Republican State Assemblywoman Connie Conway, has expressed her contempt for some proposals by Democratic legislators to fix the problem with another prison shift.
There are plenty of empty store fronts on Main Street and around the city with just memories left of many now-former entrepreneurial ventures in the Bishop area. There are also plenty of staples in the Bishop business community that are investing hard- earned cash into their establishments for the future.
There were several businesses that moved locations and some that have changed products and some that are being delayed by circumstances beyond any control.
Bureau of Land Managementâ€™s Bishop Field Office officials are increasing its efforts to educate climbers and campers on how to enjoy, but not abuse, the natural resources as the number of visitors grows.
Over the past decade, the Bishop Field Office said it has experienced an increase in climbing and dispersed (car) camping activity in the Volcanic Tableland north of Bishop. Damage to cultural and natural resources also has increased as more climbers and other public land users visit the tableland and camp in the area.
Billy B. Ingram
Billy B. Ingram, 83, a resident of Bishop for nine years, born in Arkansas on March 31, 1928, passed away Jan. 26, 2012 at the Bishop Care Center.
Billy was a bright, kind and funny man. He always had a smile for you. He touched many hearts and will be missed by all.
Shirley May Morey
Shirley May Morey left her earthly life on Jan. 23, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born on Dec. 25, 1925 in Stockton, Calif. Her parents were Dorothy May (Bloom) Thomas and Elmer Thomas.
Shirley is a graduate of Stockton High School. Shirley selected Bishop as her residence after retiring from the State Department of Highway (Caltrans) because of its community and surrounding nature and mountains.
The numbers have been tallied and crime statistics from 2011 are now available from the three local law enforcement agencies – the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, the Bishop Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.
Overall, crime is and has been relatively low in the city and county. In fact, the BPD figures from 2010 and 2011 are nearly identical. However, violations committed on local roads and highways have risen, with the standout being seat belt violations, up 46 percent from 2010, equalling an additional 232 citations.
In a rare communication with the media, the Inyo County District Attorneyâ€™s Office has announced that James Roy Catron will remain committed to Patton State Hospital.
Catron was involved in a shooting outside Inyo County Jail in 1984 which resulted in the severe wounding and hospitalization of two Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s deputies. Catron was found â€śnot guilty by reason of insanityâ€ť on three counts of assault with a deadly weapon and committed to Patton where he has remained since, a press release from the D.A.â€™s Office states.