Bishop councilman seriously injured


Councilman Ellis is expected to fully recover.

According to City officials, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis took a fall from an electric car while on a trip to Laughlin, Nevada, and suffered a serious head injury.  City officials confirmed that Ellis was flown via helicopter from Laughlin to the Intensive Care Unit of a Las Vegas Hospital.

Police Chief Chris Carter was present during this trip, along with Police Sergeant Dan Nolan.  Chief Carter issued this statement with approval from the Ellis family:

“On Friday, February 3rd at about 5 PM, Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis was injured in an accident while out of town.  Councilman Ellis was on an annual fishing trip in Arizona with some friends which included Police Chief Chris Carter, Police Sergeant Dan Nolan and several other friends.

“Ellis was riding in the rear-facing seat of an electric car, and was returning from a short trip to the local market.  As the vehicle approached the home where he was staying and began to slow down, Councilman Ellis stepped off the vehicle before it came to a complete stop.  Witnesses said that it appeared that he misjudged the speed of the vehicle and lost his footing, causing him to fall and strike his head.

“Ellis was knocked unconscious by the fall and an ambulance was immediately called.  Ellis was transported to the local Hospital where it was determined that his injuries were potentially serious and he was transferred by helicopter to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.  Chief Carter and Sgt. Nolan followed Ellis to Las Vegas and were joined there by his family.

Although Ellis was initially placed in the Intensive Care Unit, his condition quickly improved and he was transferred out of ICU late Sunday evening.  Councilman Ellis is currently resting comfortably and his condition continues to improve.  Chief Carter said that Councilman Ellis’ family wanted everyone to know that Jim’s prognosis is good and they appreciate everyone’s support.

Chief Carter said family members have asked that we all keep Jim in our thoughts and prayers during this time of his recovery.  Carter added that he and Ellis have been friends for several years and he knows that Jim Ellis is “one tough cookie” and will come through just fine.  Carter said the family will continue to keep us informed of Jim’s progress as he prepares to get back to serving the Citizens of his community.”

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29 Responses to Bishop councilman seriously injured

  1. Dani February 11, 2012 at 12:13 am #

    @”Joe Relism” (not sure if that was a poor attempt at “Realism” or not…):

    There IS a lot of talk about alcohol going on here, but some of us KNOW the truth. And, obviously, “less” leads to “more”: more conjecture from people who were not there and, obviously, do not know the people involved, because, if you did, you would not be making such assumtions. Nobody’s job “could be in danger,” as there was nothing illegal going on.
    Somebody suffered a major head injury as the result of an accidental fall. Can you just let it drop and wish Jim and his family well without putting false accusations out there? What is the problem with you people?

    I’m done, because you can’t have a intelligent debate with an unarmed person! Wise up, “Joe!”(…and read more: it will improve your ability to spell!)

  2. JJ February 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Dan I”m glad you replied to this. Maybe people will think twice before taking another cheap shot .

  3. Terry February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Reading posts on this and other websites is usually a frustrating experience with people like “Wilfred S” and a few others who contribute absolutely nothing of value except promote rumors, lies or attempt to exhibit their perceived superiority. If peole have to throw their thoughts out there, why can’t they simply state in this case, “Sorry to hear of the accident, hope you get better soon.”?

  4. Dan Nolan February 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    Joe Relism I was there and there was no alcohol involved. Little Tip “Joe make up Stuff ” Shouldnt open your mouth without facts, accusations and such, you wouldnt like it if I did that to you. Im done now with this whole article.

  5. joe relism February 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    There’s a lot of talk about the alcohol going on here folks. We’ll never know the truth so we have to take everyone at their word. But there is plenty of reason NOT to want the alcohol angle followed up on as one or more jobs could be in danger – remember at the Mammoth Lakes guys? And all that involved was a bloody nose. Just a little tip to Dan Nolan and “Dani” – sometimes LESS IS MORE.

    One thing we can ALL agree on I hope is that Jim gets better fast.

  6. Dani February 10, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    @Wilfred: I’m told not to read these things because there are so many ignorant people (such as yourself) out there who comment on things they know nothing about. Wish I would have listened..but I didn’t and have to respond.

    Is there something in this article that lends any credence to your statement that they were “out behaving like frat boys?” It was an accident that DID NOT involve alcohol. I guess he COULD have broken his arm if he’d fallen on it, but he didn’t. He stepped out of a rear-facing seat as the vehicle was traveling SLOWLY forward, propelling him backward, causing him to strike his head on the pavement. Having suffered a head injury myself (again, no alcohol involved), I have been there and know how easily it can happen.

    “Wilfred S”: it frightens me to know that people like you vote.

  7. Wilfred S. February 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    “Bennett why was this comment not censored? It has no relevant meaning to the story at hand”

    Because when booze is involved in an accident, it’s always an overblown issue with law enforcement and the pillars of community (e.g., church community, M.A.D.D., etc.), except when it involves one of their own. I personally could not care less, but feel the need to point out hypocrisy when it rears it’s ugly head.

    When a councilmen and local law enforcement are out behaving like frat boys, I think it’s relevant because I vote for these people, and pay their salary as a taxpayer. And if Mr. Ellis had simply broken an arm, I’d have moved on to the next story. But that’s not the case, and this man is in serious condition. How is that different from an accident involving a drunk driver?

    • Big AL February 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

      Were you there Wilfred, did you see them drinking, or are you …. making assumptions?

    • Dan Nolan February 10, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      What are you talking about read the reply above yours, there was no alcohol involved. I also have a hard time understanding that just because a government employee gets paid from taxes, tax payers have a responsiblity to dictated what that person does in their own time off the clock? This is crazy. Wilfred S, the constitution protects us, the government employees as well, we are allowed to live normal lives off duty! But again and I reiterate ALCOHOL WAS NOT INVOLVED for whatever its worth. Acting like frat boys, are you kidding me, it was a fishing trip to the Colorado River. Its different from an accident involving a drunk driver becuase there was no intoxication, difficult to have drunk driving with no booze. You need focus on whats important here Wilfred, and that is Jims recovery.

    • Harry February 10, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Some accuse Benett & KSRW of censoring, not true. Some want censoring, not good. Keep up the good work Benett.

    • InyoAlias February 10, 2012 at 11:54 am #

      Way to speculate! You know absolutely nothing yet have made up an entire scenario from your imagination. You should write fiction.

      • InyoAlias February 10, 2012 at 11:55 am #

        I am referring to Wilfred S. post.

  8. Dan Nolan February 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow Amazing, thanks to all the people on here who truly care that someone was hurt really bad and that his wife and kids are having to pull through with him. The rest of you with this crazy debate about alcohol, give me a break. Any time Law Enforcement is mentioned you automatically assume that its some crazy above the law breaking party, GIVE ME A BREAK. Jim was seriously hurt, he gives his time as a City Councilman and has a family and a huge Bishop extended family and all you sick people can think of is, “were the cops drinking”. WOW amazing. And even though its no ones business, no we were not drinking, the accident happened prior to any of us being able to kick back and have a few beers. There you have it END OF DEBATE, now lets concentrate on whats important here and thats Jim’s recovery and helping his family through this.

    • Big AL February 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

      Amen Dan

  9. BishopOldie February 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Feel better, Jim! Love and hugs to you and your family!

    • Big AL February 9, 2012 at 3:01 am #

      Amen Bishop Oldie, I add my prayers for them as well.

  10. Wilfred S. February 8, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Was alcohol involved? Normally, this would be addressed but for the fact that off-duty cops were involved.

    • Bishop Dude February 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm #

      Bennett why was this comment not censored? It has no relevant meaning to the story at hand. My thoughts and Prayers go to the Ellis family and hope to see him back in Church soon.

    • Rob February 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      Electric cart accidents “at the river” always involve alcohol.

      I wish him well and hope for a full recovery.

      • JJ February 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

        Rob you are assuming and accusing with zero proof. I don’t drink when I go fishing. But I do drink and I do go fishing. Hope I don’t fall off a golf cart someday with you around.

    • JJ February 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      wilfred- what are you a cop? He was in a golf cart on vacation. Who cares?

    • Honestly February 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Really? The poor guy was injured while on vacation and you want to assert that there was probably alcohol involved and that it won’t be mentioned because he was w/cops? Really??? How ’bout we assume that you’ve had a few run-ins with law enforcement based on your statement? Seems fair.

      • Big AL February 9, 2012 at 3:00 am #

        Right on Honestly. Good one Rob and Wilfred, always involve assumptions when posting replies.

        I’ll make an assumption here, I think you two might turn over a new leaf on being so miserable contribute something better here. There’s always hope.

        • Rob February 9, 2012 at 10:17 am #

          Geez, some of us are way too up tight. I’m sorry he was hurt, and really don’t care if he was drinking or not.

          It’s just a common assumption when someone falls off an electric cart at the river, booze is involved, or at least it should be.

          I hope everyone that went had one heck of a time. Everyone deserves to get out of town from time to time. And I’ll be the first to recommend a few drinks.

          Sorry for getting ya’ll so riled up.

          • upthecreek February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

            Don’t worry Rob,, People can’t handle the truth..
            I am sure if we heard the real STORY.. we would all be shocked.


          • Big AL February 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

            Rob I have to apologize for my comment, I totally read that wrong in my comment toward you. I totally blew that one, not enough sleep. I’m sorry.

  11. JJ February 8, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    hope you get better soon. catch any fish?

    • Rob February 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      Catch any fish? They drank like fish instead.

      Come on people lighten up! 🙂


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