Fundraiser: Standing Rock Event

LIVE Entertainment (tentative lineup): Jesse Lynch, Harry Andreas Band, Lava Moon, Sage Romero and Sandy and the High Country. Indian Taco Sale, Raffles and 50/50 tickets will be for sale and this is an opportunity to bring your donations for the Donation Drop.


  • Firewood (preferably oak, maple, ash)
  • tipis/tipi poles/tipi liners for winter
  • pick-up truck w/ 4 wheel drive
  • trailers/campers (for winter shelters)
  • snow tires - various sizes;
  • tire chains
  • gas cards
  • wall tents with woodstoves and poles
  • sleeping bags for subzero temperatures (inc. Military style)


  • banners sheets (we love it when you make banners and send them to us!)
  • battery packs for charging phones
  • canvas - heavy duty only please
  • car ports
  • carts and wheelbarrows for hauling wood
  • cigarettes-marlboro reds and camels
  • come alongs
  • firewood (preferably oak, maple, ash) <<< this is one of our biggest winter needs
  • fire extinguishers
  • propane
  • fur blankets
  • tesoro gas cards
  • gas generators
  • gift cards - amazon, verizon, gas
  • insulated carhartt type coveralls, overalls, coats
  • lighters
  • material for tobacco ties (all colors)
  • money
  • paint (inc. Spray paint)
  • pick up trucks (in good condition to handle winter)
  • power inverter
  • propane heaters (small)
  • ropes, tie downs
  • shipping container 20 ft
  • sleeping bags (for -10 degrees f and lower - please no warm weather bags at this time)
  • snowmobiles
  • snow tires (inquire for sizes)
  • solar chargers for electronic devices
  • solar panels, inverter
  • storage bins - heavy duty - all sizes
  • tarps - heavy duty only
  • tire chains tents (that can stand up to high winds, snow, subzero temps)
  • thermal bed rolls
  • tipis and tipi poles
  • tipi liners for winter
  • tow straps
  • walkie talkies with long range, cb radios
  • water buffalo (tank)
  • water tank with heater
  • winter salt for roads
  • wood stoves (mostly small ones for tipis)
  • young warriors!!

If you want to donate direction, there is an amazon wish list page set-up for direct donations: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/196PVIWRDX1M4


Standing Rock Fundraiser
When: Sat., Dec. 3 (9am-4pm)
Owens Valley Cultural Center, 2300 W. Line St., Bishop, CA

ESPC: December Meeting

Photographers share their current works, share the latest in photo techniques, talk about new and exciting areas to photograph, plan outings and are there to help newer photographers expand their knowledge of using their photographic equipment and creative abilities.

The topic will be Getting Started With Photoshop CC. A demonstration of before and after images will be presented. Bring your own photos to share as well.

The public is always welcome to attend the meetings.

When: Thursday, Dec. 7 (7 pm)
Where: Astorga's Mexican Restaurant
Questions: Lynn 937-7736


Bishop Chamber: Fun Festive Holiday Events

The Bishop Chamber of Commerce is planning several fun and festive holiday events for our community. Everyone is encouraged to participate and keep safety in mind.

Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting and Street of Lights
When: Saturday evening, Dec. 3 (4:30pm)

The parade will run south to north, beginning at 4:30 pm at High Country Lumber and ending at the Bishop City Park. The Rotary Club’s Santa Mile Run will begin at 4:15 at the Bishop Chamber. Please note that Main Street/Highway 395 will be closed to traffic in all directions from 4:00 until approximately 6:00 pm. A detour will be available – Mandich Street on south end and Sierra Street on north end of the parade route. Also note starting at noon on Saturday, and continuing until the end of the parade closure, there will be no parking on South Main Street between Line Street and South Street.

It is very important that everyone comply with the detour for the safety and continued success of this important holiday tradition. It is also important to note that Main Street/Highway 395 will re-open to vehicle traffic after the parade. Shoppers for the Street of Lights must stay on the sidewalks. If you are walking to town, please use caution on the side streets. A big crowd is expected, so plan to arrive early to enjoy the parade and all the festivities. We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation!

Following the parade, there will be a brief tree lighting ceremony at the front of Bishop City Park. After the tree lighting, stroll downtown for the Street of Lights party. Have your map stamped at six of the participating merchants to qualify for the huge raffle at Mountain Rambler parking lot at 9pm.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits at the corner of Main and Line, next to Country Glass from 6:00 until 8:30 pm on Saturday night.

The second annual “Railroad Express” at Laws Museum on Saturday, December 10th will feature train rides, live entertainment, kid’s crafts and activities, refreshments, plus visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It’s going to be a magical time for children and families so don’t miss it! Tickets are just $15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 & under. Get tickets at the Bishop Chamber by December 1st for $1 dollar discount on each ticket.

Mammoth Museum: Giving Tuesday

It's the perfect time to contribute to your favorite charities and non-profits and we hope you'll consider a donation to Mammoth Museum. We have some big plans for the future, plus the Hayden Cabin needs a new roof! Your generosity will help the Southern Mono Historical Society (SMHS) grow and become even more effective. To make an online PayPal donation, click on the link below, scroll down to the PayPal "Donate" button on the home page or send a check to the SMHS, PO Box 65, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.

Thank you for your support of our local history museum! http://mammothmuseum.org/


Barbara Richter Secretary/Membership/Publicity/Newsletter/Website & Facebook Mistress Southern Mono Historical Society Mammoth Museum at the Hayden Cabin PO Box 65 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Bishop Ski & Snowboard Team Fundraiser: THURSDAY NIGHT!

This event is being shown by Bishop Union High School Ski and Snowboard Teams, an Independent Promoter.

This screening of Warren Miller's "Here, There & Everywhere" is an Annual Fundraising Event for the Bishop Union High School Ski and Snowboard Teams.

All proceeds from this event will be used to support the teams.

Silent Auction items include: (4) 1 day passes to Disney Land, (4) 1-day passes to Mammoth Mountain, Adidas gear, local art by John Millerburg, Adidas gear, Swag from Footloose, Wave Rave, Adidas and more!

Tickets are available for purchase at:

  • Looney Bean Bishop,
  • Wave Radio Bishop,
  • Bronco Ski or Riders,
  • OR by calling (760) 937-2248.

This "Here, There & Everywhere" event will be introduced by competitive snowboarder and motocross athlete Jonnel Janewicz!!

When: Thurs., Dec. 1
$10 at the door
Questions: Tanya Zaleschuk, zaleschuk@hotmail.com


NIHD: Board Approves Staff Expansion for Clinics

NIHD Board approves staff expansion for clinics

Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved hiring additional support staff for the Rural Health and Pediatric clinics during its Nov. 17th regular board meeting. This expansion will improve efficiency at the clinics and allows NIHD to keep pace with recent growth at the clinics.

Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, the district’s Chief Executive Officer, said the move is an additional investment in improving patient access to health care.

“This will enhance efficiency so that people won’t be waiting days or weeks for their prescriptions to be refilled,” Dr. Flanigan said. “It provides the ability to make sure that needed labs or x-rays are done before a patient comes in for an office visit. It eliminates repetitive visits because we weren’t able to do the administrative portion of care delivery. Greater efficiency gives us the chance to ensure that people are adhering to their care plan and gives them an opportunity to see us less.”

Within the next six months, NIHD will hire up to four Medical Assistants, two Registered Nurses, plus a Front Office Coordinator for the Rural Health Clinic and an Office/Clinical Coordinator for the Northern Inyo Associates Pediatrics Clinic. “We had a growth in the number of providers, but the lack of growth among the support staff was beginning to impact our ability to deliver care,” Dr. Flanigan said.

The CEO explained that industry standards call for between two-and- three-quarters to three-and- half support staff per provider. Presently the two clinics, with a total of 13 providers, have between 20 to 24 support staff members at any given time, placing the clinics at roughly 60 percent of needed staffing.

Dr. Flanigan said not every position will be filled immediately, but the Medical Assistant roles are a priority.

“Presently, we have days where as many as eight or nine providers are scheduled to see patients, yet we only employ six Medical Assistants to fill a six-day a week schedule. Under that scenario, there is no way a patient, or for that matter the provider or the staff, is going to have a good experience on those days.” The unbudgeted annual cost for the new positions is estimated to be between $390,000 and $550,000, depending on experience of the new hires. With NIHD at the midpoint of its fiscal year, the cost for to the District for the next few months would run between $125,000 and $225,000. The move coincides with NIHD’s Strategic Plan, which calls for a focus on improving both patient and employee experience.

Board member John Ungersma, MD, agreed with Dr. Flanigan’s overview and urged his fellow directors to approve the request. “We picture NIHD as providing care, but we have to provide access as well,” Dr. Ungersma said. “Nothing amounts to any higher priority than we hire these staff members, so people do have access to care.”

In expressing his gratitude to the board, RHC Medical Director, Stacey Brown, MD, looked to the future. “We’re on the brink of another evolutionary chapter of outpatient care in this community,” he said. “To get the doctors is one thing, to get the providers is one thing, but to have support and make it that much more efficient is positioning ourselves quite well for the changes in health care that are coming down the pipeline.”

In other board news:

  • Dr. Flanigan updated the board on NIHD’s efforts to overcome a recent State Board of Pharmacy violation that could have put the hospital’s compounding pharmacy license in jeopardy. The state board renewed NIH’s license for one year after the hospital made significant efforts to bring its pharmacy into compliance with venting and paint regulations.
  • NIH's installation of a new prefabricated, modular compounding room unit should meet the Jan. 1 deadline. However, Dr. Flanigan said the state board would not be able to complete an on-site survey for three to six months due to a backlog of pending facility reviews. NIHD has requested a waiver which will allow pharmacists to continue compounding infusion treatments including chemotherapy. Other area pharmacies have indicated that they will no longer offer compounding services, making NIH the only pharmacy offering the service in the Eastern Sierra.