February 7th, 2012
A conservation project in the west Chalfant area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managementâ€™s Bishop Field Office is nearing completion.
The project involves converting BLM motorized routes to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use and constructing a new motorized route to maintain recreational access.
BLM Recreation Planner Richard Williams said the agency is eliminating some redundant motorized routes to create other recreational opportunities without preventing OHV users from accessing the area.
Families at the Marine Warfare Training Center outside of Coleville are recovering after a deadly explosion late last week that claimed the life of one resident and sent two others to the hospital.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding an explosion and a residential structure that was on fire at the MWTC off-base housing.
It was later reported that the fire started after an explosion caused by a propane leak in the residential area of the MWTC.
County leaders will be returning to business today after a two-week hiatus in late January.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss three requests from department heads to hire new employees, a waste tire amnesty event and a new planning ordinance.
The board is also scheduled to discuss potential uses for funding that is available through the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districtâ€™s Clean Air Projects program.
The Bishop Lady Broncos basketball squad had a spectacular first half against the Kern Valley Broncs on the road Friday, but fell in the final quarter, losing by 2 points.
Bishop pulled out to an 18-14 lead in the first quarter, then extended the lead 35-25 by the half.
The Broncos cooled off in the third, letting Kern Valley back in the game. KV seriously outscored Bishop, 9-18, to draw to within 1 point going into the final quarter.
The Broncos and the Broncs exchanged the lead through the fourth.
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.