City of Bishop: Back to School Safety


News Release Back to School Safety Tips Reminder Today starts the second week of the new school year for Bishop public schools. The Bishop Police Department and the Bishop Unified School District offer these tips to make traveling to and from school as safe and healthy as possible:

Tips for Parents:

  • Whether children walk, bike, ride the bus, or travel by car, parents should talk with them about safely getting to and from school.
  • Parents of children who walk or bike should make sure they take the safest routes to school. The safest routes are shown on the attached map.
  • Small children should be able to recite their name, address and phone number as well as the names of their parents.
  • Parents should insure that school records accurately reflect current contact information.
  • Help reduce traffic congestion around schools and improve health by encouraging your children to walk, bike, bus, or car pool to school if they can.

Tips for Drivers:

  • Traffic around the schools at the start and end of the school day is heavy. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Even if you are late, don’t rush near the schools.
  • Obey speed limits, especially near schools.
  • Pay attention and concentrate on driving safely. Don’t multitask while driving. Don’t text. Don’t even talk on the phone around schools.
  • Stop for school buses loading and unloading children.
  • Obey crossing guards.
  • Everyone wears seat belts or sits in car seats.
  • Young and new drivers should be especially cautious.

Tips for Children Walking:

  • Walk to school with an adult or older child if you aren’t ready to walk by yourself.
  • Take a safe route to school.
  • Only cross Main Street and Line Street at traffic signals.
  • Only cross Home Street where there is a crossing guard.
  • Walk with friends.
  • Pay attention to things and people around you.
  • Wear bright clothes so drivers will see you better.
  • Obey crossing guards. Tell them if you need help.
  • Walk don’t run, especially in crosswalks and around cars.

Tips for Children on Bikes:

  • Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short the ride. The law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet.
  • Ride on the right; in the same direction as traffic.
  • Obey traffic lights and stop signs.
  • Walk bikes in crosswalks.
  • Wear bright clothes so drivers will see you better.

The Bishop Police Department will conduct ongoing enforcement in and around school zones for all traffic violations, particularly speeding, cell phone violations, and failing to follow instructions of the crossing guards. For more information contact the Bishop Police Department at 760-873-5823 and the Bishop Unified School District at 760-872-3680.

Foundation for Excellence: Halloween Wine Spooktacular


We are pleased to present the first annual Wine & Beer Spooktacular fund raising dinner on October 7, 2017. The Wine Spooktacular is a unique experience on a spooky trail to six haunted wine stations. The Wine Spooktacular will be held at the exclusive and picturesque BUHS Farm. This event benefits Bishop Union High School through the Foundation For Excellence, a volunteer support group of business and community leaders. We hope you will join us for an exquisite evening while raising funds to enhance the BUHS Farm and Agricul- tural Education in Bishop.

You and your wine come highly recommended. For your participation and donation, you will receive local advertisement including radio, television and newspaper. If you are unable to attend in person but would like to donate bottles for tasting or a Silent Auction item , we will provide a wine-knowledgeable pourer to present your wines. You graciously have supported us in the past.

Please request the response coupon by August 29, 2017 to reserve your wine tasting station. As we get closer to the event, we will contact you for your wine description and any needed accommodations. We look forward to seeing you.

Foundation For Excellence 301 N. Fowler Street Bishop, CA 93514
Phone: 760-872-4431 Fax: 760-872-3591 Email:

Bishop Chamber: Local Vintage Film Showings


Bishop and Lone Pine Showcase Local Vintage Films:

Bishop Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Lone Pine Museum of Western Film History to host two vintage movie screenings August 26 & 27. The films will offer a trip back in time with subjects including Owens Valley history, culture, mining, events, and tourism. Film dates range from 1919 to the mid 1980’s.

Through the “California Revealed” project, sponsored by California Preservation Program, the Bishop Chamber has submitted many old films for digitization that are now living in perpetuity on the internet. A handful of these movies will be shown on the big screens in Bishop and Lone Pine.
The films originated from old media such as 16 mm films, 8 mm films, VHS and Beta video tapes. Many old home movies and documentaries sit in storage gathering dust because movie projectors and VCRs are obsolete. This showing is designed to help others learn how California Revealed can assist with preserving old film & audio recordings. “We know local agencies, churches, businesses and even families have priceless memories and important history stowed away in garages and attics that should be preserved and shared,” notes Tawni Thomson of the Bishop Chamber.

Four movies will be screened each day including:

 “The Film of All Ages”
 “Mule Days with Slim Pickens
 “Champion Spark Plug Mine”
 “This is Bishop”

Bishop Twin Theatre
When: .Sat., Aug. 26 (12noon – 2pm)

Museum of Western Film History, Lone Pine
When: Sun., Aug. 27 (1pm – 3pm)

Local history experts Roberta Harlan and Dave Woodruff will be on hand at both events to introduce the films and answer questions.

California Revealed Workshop
When: Mon., Aug. 28 (10am-2pm)
 Bishop Library

Pamela Vadakan of “California Revealed” will hold a workshop to help those interested in submitting old video and audio files for digitization.

The project is sponsored in part by Inyo County’s CPSP grant program. All events are free; however any donations to help offset costs would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, contact Tawni Thomson or Joe Pollini at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce. 760-873-8405 or email