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OVC Annual Event Set

Owens Valley Committee Annual Event

The Owens Valley Committee invites you to its annual social event, lecture, and fundraiser on Sunday, April 26, 2015. The gathering will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Light Gallery, 106 Main Street in Bishop.
Special guest Bruce Embrey of the Manzanar Committee will be speaking on this year’s theme, “Partnering to Protect Owens Valley.” The event will include live music, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. There will also be a silent auction featuring artwork and crafts by local artists and artisans and much more. A suggested donation of $10 at the door is appreciated.
The Owens Valley Committee is a non-profit organization dedicated to seeking just and sustainable management of Owens Valley land and water resources. OVC envisions a valley in which existing open space is protected, historic uses sustained, and depleted ground water reserves and surface water flows are restored as Los Angeles phases out its dependence on Owens Valley water.
Please join the OVC for an evening of conversation, music, and partnership, set amidst Galen and Barbara Rowell’s stunning photographs of the Owens Valley and beyond.

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Bishop vs. Rosamond Gallery

Bishop Rosamond Baseball Gallery

All Photos by Gary Young.  Taken during Bishop and Rosamond’s marathon 13 inning classic played on April 10th.

pregame huddle


11 Aaron Chinzi and Coach Connelly

10 Patrick Mitton and Coach Connelly


game huddle

bronco fans


Jake Traynor


Jake Traynor


Jake Traynor

22 Justin Hollowell
55 Brodie Maloney


55 Brodie Maloney
7 Colton Riesen
55 Brodie Maloney
13 Jake Traynor
55 Brodie Maloney
2 Jeremy Fie
2 Jeremy Fie


7 Colton Riesen

55 Brodie Maloney
11 Aaron Chinzi


1 Clyde McCoy


11 Aaron Chinzi


7 Colton Riesen


2 Jeremy Fie, 11 Aaron Chinzi


12 Alex Sipes


10 Patrick Mitton


2 Jeremy Fie


2 Jeremy Fie


22 Justin Hollowell, 7 Colton Riesen


7 Colton Riesen


7 Riesen and 13 Tranor


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inyo forest

Forest Campgrounds Opening

Inyo National Forest Campgrounds, Schulman Grove Visitor Center Scheduled to Open

The Inyo National Forest is planning to open recreation facilities on the White Mountain and Mt. Whitney Ranger Districts in the upcoming weeks.

On the White Mountain District, Grandview Campground in the White Mountains is currently open; this is a dry campground with no water. The Schulman Grove Visitor Center is scheduled to open on April 24th and will be open four days a week, Friday – Monday. The summer schedule, open seven days a week, is expected to start in mid-May.

In the Big Pine drainage, Sage Flat, Upper Sage Flat, and Big Pine campgrounds are scheduled to open by April 22nd.

In Bishop Creek, the Bitterbrush Campground is open and the Bishop Park, Forks, Intake 2, Big Trees, and Four Jeffrey campgrounds are scheduled to open by April 22nd.  The Sabrina, Table Mountain, Mountain Glenn, Willow, and North Lake campgrounds are scheduled to open at a later date, dependent on weather.

Along Rock Creek, the Holiday Campground (a winter service campground) is open, but will close on April 23rd when French Camp and Tuff campgrounds open. Iris and Big Meadow Campgrounds are projected to open on May 8th, East Fork is projected to open on May 15th, and Upper and Lower Pine Grove and Rock Creek Lake campgrounds are projected to open on May 22nd. Please be aware that there is road construction going on the Rock Creek Road; expect 30 minute delays and limited parking. The McGee Campground will be open by April 23rd.

On the Mt. Whitney District, Upper and Lower Grays Meadow and Lone Pine campgrounds are currently open. Whitney Portal Campground is working to open April 18th, but will definitely be open by April 23rd. Onion Valley Campground will open by April 23rd as well. The Horseshoe Meadow Road and the Horseshoe Meadow campgrounds will open on April 24th. Please note that fishing will not be open in Cottonwood Creek until July 1st.

Forest Service campgrounds can be reserved at Many other camping opportunities exist in Bureau of Land Management campgrounds and various Inyo County, Mono County and private campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra.

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Manzanar opens Barracks Exhibits


During World War II, more than 10,000 Japanese Americans coped with spartan living conditions at Manzanar. They were from cities and farms, young and old, rich and poor, extended families and single people. All were forced from their pre-war homes to live in crowded apartments in identical barracks in Manzanar.
Visitors now have the opportunity to learn more about the personal experiences of individuals, families, and communities incarcerated at Manzanar through new permanent exhibits installed in two reconstructed barracks. The exhibits feature extensive photos, documents, and quotes illustrating the challenges and changes people faced at Manzanar. Six audio stations and one video station feature a total of 42 oral history clips.
Exhibits in barracks 1 focus on the early days of Manzanar, when thousands of people arrived to an unfinished camp. Barracks 1 also includes a Block Manager’s office, featuring the papers of Block Manager Chokichi Nakano. Barracks 8 features an “improved” apartment with linoleum and wall board. A second room explores the Loyalty Questionnaire and its profound long-lasting impacts.

“We’re happy to have the new exhibits installed in time for next weekend’s annual Pilgrimage,” said Superintendent Bernadette Johnson. “The Pilgrimage is a time when people come together to share stories. The new exhibits make it possible to experience the living conditions and create personal connections for our visitors as they tour the barracks and hear stories told by incarcerees.”

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Admission is free. For further information, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit their website at, or explore their page at




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Paving Begins on Bishop’s Warren Street

Warren Street Construction Update

Pavement rehabilitation work is expected to start next week on the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project. This work will last about two weeks and will be especially disruptive because of extensive street and intersection closures.  Pavement rehabilitation will start early Monday, 20 April, with grinding and pulverizing
existing pavement on North Warren, Church, Academy, West Pine, and the city parking lot east of South Warren.
After that, the ground up pavement will be treated with cement
and graded to provide a base for the new asphalt concrete pavement. This grinding and grading work is expected to take about a week. The following week, new pavement is expected to be placed on the streets that were ground and graded the previous week. Paving is expected to take about a week.
While pavement rehabilitation work is underway, concrete work will continue on the project. Concrete work is expected to focus on South Warren and in city parking lots for the next two or three weeks. Street light installation is also expected to continue.
Although the next two weeks of work on the Warren Street project will be especially disruptive, once it is complete, inconveniences due to the remaining construction will be significantly less than it has for several months. All work on the project is expected to be complete in mid May.  Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. When signs say a road is closed, please don’t drive on it. The contract or on the project normally works 7 am to 5
pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.
For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at or 760-873-8458.
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Broncos dominate HDL

Bishop Golfers Dominate

Top golfer Sean Mitton did not play Wednesday due to illness, but Bishop Union High School had no trouble at California City.  With Mitton home sick, Freshman Nick Orrill picked up the slack leading Bishop to another High Desert League victory.

High Desert League Team Scores
Bishop 445
Kern Valley 561
Cal City 574
Rosamond No score

Individual Scores
Nick Orrill 81
Brian Jones 85
Cole Murphy 91
Ryan Kiddoo 92
Gaby Cortez 96
Charlie Boling 96
Chet Shultz 109

Next League Match Next Wednesday at rival Kern Valley

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Rainbows Unicorns and See’s Candies

Friendly Vibe at Northern Inyo Hospital Meeting

Last nights Northern Inyo Hospital board meeting was conducted in stark contrast to last months venom filled session. The March meeting opened with a public comment period featuring speakers describing division at the hospital and the drama culminated with the Chief of Staff resigning his post….last nights meeting opened with a positive report from the hospital auxiliary speaking at length about the success of their See’s Candies sales.

This months public comment period was much more pleasant with retiring, veteran nurse Martha Reynolds speaking passionately about her strong feelings for the staff and the work being done at the hospital.

Last month speakers were strictly timed during public comments, with their remarks limited to 2 minutes. No clock this week as Reynolds used her time to assure folks that good work has been done at Northern Inyo Hospital, and that will continue.

Last months hotly discussed discipline policy was passed with little fanfare.

CEO Victoria Alexander Lane’s report included good news on the physician recruitment front, noting the additions of General Surgeon Dr. Allison Robinson, a Big Pine native who is returning to the Owens Valley. Alexander Lane also noted the addition of Physician’s Assistant Sunny Sawyer who will go to work in the rural health clinic, which will begin offering same day services, designed to give patients an alternative to the emergency room.

Alexander Lane’s report did include a brief update on the nurses unionization process. Alexander Lane noted the process is moving very slowly, and that legal expenses for the hospital have reached 40 thousand dollars.

The financial report for February included good news, with a reported 8% increase in revenue, without a price increase for services.

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Norman Clyde--UNK 840

Norman Clyde Birthday Bash

Schedule set for Norman Clyde Birthday Bash

Bluegrass music, free food and cake, a “Pack With Legs” fun walk, vintage climbing exhibits, and guest speakers will all be part of the second annual Norman Clyde Birthday Bash, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to whenever the band stops playing, at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.
The event honors pioneering mountaineer Norman Clyde, who recorded 100 first ascents in the Sierra in the 1920s and 1930s, and was a fixture in the Sierra Club’s High Trips, which introduced hundreds of people to the High Sierra. Clyde lived in Independence and Big Pine when he was not roaming the Sierra for weeks at a time, carrying his legendary 80-pound pack. Clyde would have been 130 years old this year.
The day will start at 11 a.m. with an informal Pack With Legs fun walk, open to everyone. Participants are encouraged to carry a pack for the moderate walk along Independence Creek and through town. Those carrying the heaviest packs will be rewarded with a prize, and everyone will get a replica “Norma Clyde Campaign Hat.”
Local bluegrass band Idle Hands will start entertaining around noon, and free hot dogs and beans will be available, with birthday cake for dessert. Beverages, beer and wine will also be provided. Donations will be appreciated.
Starting at 2 p.m. several speakers will recall The Life of Clyde. Giving brief talks will be Andy Selters, Phil Pister and Wynne Benti. Dennis Kruska.
There will be displays of vintage climbing gear by SP Parker, Howie Schwartz and Neil Satterfield, in addition to the Museum’s Permanent Exhibit featuring Clyde and his exploits.
Memorial Norman Clyde t-shirts will be on sale.
The Eastern California Museum is located at 151 N. Grant St. in Independence. For more information, call 760-878-0258, or check the Museum’s Facebook page or

Cover Photo: Norman Clyde with his trademark campaign hat, ice axe, pistol and back-breaking pack. Photo courtesy the Eastern California Museum.

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mono sheriff

Mt Pass update

Tioga pass opening to the park gate today (4/15)

Provided by Mono County Sheriffs Department.

We have had some inquiries on the opening dates of our local mountain passes.

The lower section of Tioga Pass, Hwy 120 West, will open from Lee Vining to park entrance gate today (4/15) by 5:00pm. Tioga Pass from the park entrance gate into Yosemite National Park remains closed as plowing and winter debris removal continues. As soon as we get updates on the full opening, we will ensure to pass the information along.

Sonora Pass, Hwy 108, is scheduled to tentatively open on Friday, 4/17. This opening is weather permitting.

Weather conditions can change at an instant throughout the Eastern Sierra. Please remember to check our local road conditions before heading out on your traveling journey! Happy and Safe Travels! – Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

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Robert Van Thom

Robert Van Thom 1928 – 2015

Robert Van Thom 86; resident of Bishop for 31 years, born in Florida on December 7, 1928, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2015 at his residence with his grandson Robert by his side.
Robert moved to California in 1942. He graduated from Narbonne High School the summer of 1946, from there went on to Compton J.C. (Junior College)
Robert served in the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers from Sept. 1950 until discharged April 1952 as a combat medic. He earned the rank of Staff Sgt. and was shipped to Korea. He distinguished himself by Gallantry in action near Chung-Bang-P’yong, Korea on the 18th of February 1952 and was awarded the Silver Star.
After his discharge from the service he was employed by Long Beach Oil Development Company. There he stayed for 34 years and retired as Chief Accountant in Material Control. Shortly after retirement, Robert and his loving wife Thora, a marriage of 42 years moved to Bishop in 1986. Thora passed away Feb. 24, 1988.
Robert is survived by Grandson Robert Thom and wife Holly from Templeton, CA, Grandson William Newton Thom of Templeton CA, Sister Adoree Suran and Husband Richard from La Palma, CA


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