Balloon release for Karlie Guse

Sierra Wave Media’s Bill Snyder was on hand as community members gathered to disperse teal balloons in the Bishop City Park, Sunday.

Balloon release 10-13-19  October 13th, marked the one year anniversary of, now seventeen year old,  Karlie Guse’s disappearance.  This gesture supports awareness in the search for Karlie and reminds everyone to spread her story. Tips can be emailed to: or online at



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20 Responses to Balloon release for Karlie Guse

  1. Earth First October 15, 2019 at 7:01 am #

    Wonderful gesture but terrible execution. Releasing balloons are terrible for the environment and can also cause wildfires. Especially Mylar balloons, they have been known to cause devastating fires when they contact power lines. Constantly in the back country we find balloons. It’s a threat to wildlife and the environment. Please find another way to “raise awareness” then littering.

    • erik simpson October 15, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

      Amen. This wasn’t a good idea.

  2. Paco October 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    Boy, talk about tone deaf. So widespread littering in someone’s memory? What is wrong with you people?

    You should volunteer at a charity for a day in her name or do something positive.

  3. Sierra Man October 15, 2019 at 8:28 pm #

    BALLOONS? What is wrong with people. They are terrible for wildlife. Thanks for killing animals and littering.

  4. Earth....second October 15, 2019 at 9:54 pm #

    Earth first must live in a hole, have no kids or a soul! Keep your granola eating comments to yourself and let the family grieve!

    • Earth First October 16, 2019 at 10:15 am #

      Try being logical instead of emotional. If they were Mylar balloons filled with helium it is actually against the law. It is proven that these balloons cause power outages and wildfires and all balloons are a threat to wildlife.

      I have both children and a soul but I’m not an irresponsible, selfish person that makes decisions based on emotion.

      Was there informative flyers attached to these balloons or was this just a feel good gesture meant to raise “awareness”?

      P.S. I prefer tofu and soy to granola and I have distributed flyers and assisted in the search for Karlie.


  5. Don't Waste Helium October 16, 2019 at 7:31 am #

    Well said Earth.

    For a few seconds of “awareness” the balloons will be fouling the landscape for years.

    Anywhere else the local people would be tuned in and no longer doing things like this.

    In retrograde Inyo County it remains normal behavior.

    And remember, if helium is gone only goners will have helium.

  6. Almost Native October 17, 2019 at 2:48 am #

    Facts are is this young lady is out there somewhere and people should be out looking for her. Don’t give up!

  7. Bob October 17, 2019 at 9:28 am #

    Someone knows where Karlie Guse is… And the only way two people keep a secret is if one of them is dead.

    • Almost Native October 18, 2019 at 2:51 am #

      Bob, that is not always true and even if it is, you shouldn’t be saying that. If you want to help, try doing something to help encourage people to keep looking for our missing neighbor!

    • Maureen Elizabeth McClain October 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

      Just because you have an opinion does not entitle you to share it. Especially when it is 100% subjective. How do yu think this makes the family feel? You should apologize.

      • Earth First October 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

        Actually, it’s 100% OBJECTIVE. It is an opinion formed on the basis of proven data, facts and history of the effects on the environment from releasing balloons.

        If anyone needs to apologize, it is karlie’s father and step mother for putting her in that situation and not calling for or taking her to get medical treatment. Now this is an SUBJECTIVE opinion. See the difference? This statement is my opinion, the previous was based on facts.

        I won’t apologize for either.

        • Earth First October 21, 2019 at 5:22 pm #

          Maureen, if your reply was to Bob and not myself I apologize for my misunderstanding. If not, my reply stands.


        • Almost Native October 21, 2019 at 5:51 pm #

          Earth First Dude, you have zero class!

  8. David Dennison October 21, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Earth First…..IMO,a LOT more to it than just that,the parents not doing enough,if that’s how you feel….IMO,more likely before she left her house that morning,a possible smart-phone call to someone,probably from that night before underage dope party the night before,to come get or pick her up…and then her leaving the house to meet….either foul play walking to and meeting her ride…or the foul play coming from her ride..Gotta think the FBI and LE checked out the cell phone records,but thanks to all the crap, family drama,dueling PI’s,Nancy Grace and Dr.Phil theories and inuindos and others that turned everything upside-down,what that all did was hurt the Law Enforcement investigation…certainly not helping it with anytype of helpful information.

  9. Limp Balloon October 22, 2019 at 7:26 am #

    Yeah why did her stepmom get up and go to bed cause she was “tired,” leaving the poor girl alone?

    That probably hurt her a lot and she felt abandoned and so ran away from home.

  10. David Dennison October 23, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

    Oh come on,Limp Balloon….a Parent can only do so much….especially when their Son or Daughter chooses to fib about where they’re going and what they’re doing and ending up at a party with drugs and underage (except for one) drinking going on,and not much truth being told after the fact…a Parent can’t and shouldn’t have to babysit a 16 or 17 year old ….let’s just all hope everyone finds the answers to what happened here with Karlie…

    • Limp Balloon October 24, 2019 at 5:47 am #

      Right Dave – it was the kid’s fault.

      According to reports, Stepmom was with her at the house then got tired and went to bed, at which point Karlie left and headed for Hwy 6.

      Stepmom should not have left her daughter’s side (or as you so smugly call it “babysit” her) until she was in a safe place emotionally.

      But maybe Dr. Phil explained that away for you.

      • David Dennison October 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

        Limp Balloon…”according to reports”..a big if what’s being said is true…coming from dueling Parents,dueling PI’s,that spokeswoman with all the tattoos,the physics,Dr.Phil….Nancy Grace…the teen-agers that fibed at the night-before party…the 21 year old at that party that furnished the alcohol and probably the drugs,something tells me he probably didn’t admit to much of that or much of anything…all involving what seems a naive 16 year old girl….and Law Enforcement and the FBI having/trying to sort it all out and get to the truth…

  11. vaguelynoble October 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm #

    Reading these bonkers comments just cost me three IQ points.


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