HIKER MISSING IN YOSEMITE
Deer Migration in Full Force
Bishop – As the temperature begins to rise, the deer population is moving to their summer range. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to remind motorists to remain alert for migrating deer on the highways in the Eastern Sierra.
The Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting native animals and plants, report that more than 200 people are killed in collisions with wildlife each year with an estimated 1.5 million animals hit annually in the United States.
To reduce deer/vehicle accidents Caltrans identifies known deer migration crossings on State highways with warning signs. New construction and rehabilitation projects include flattening of the slopes next to the roadway and the removal of bitter brush seed from the re-vegetation mix. Biologists from Caltrans and Department of Fish & Wildlife continue to study the habits of the deer population working to develop new technology that will improve driver safety as well as deer safety.
Ways to Prevent a Collision with a Deer:
Watch for the rest of the gang. Deer are pack animals, and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road.
Timing is everything. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn: periods when your vision is most compromised. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark.
Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision, but if the inevitable happens a seatbelt can reduce injuries.
Take a moment to reflect. First, look for the road signs. The yellow diamonds with the deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas for deer. You may also spot a
The Bishop City Council invites the community to participate in a community workshop on Wednesday, May 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Executive Conference Room in City Hall to help the City draft a values statement reflective of the Bishop community.
The City Council considered preparation of a values state at their meeting on April 10th, after several members of the community attended previous meetings requesting the Council adopt a statement in essence stating all people are welcome. The Council hopes that a workshop will be a more welcoming environment for a broader demographic of the community to give their input on a shared values statement representing the community.
The workshop will include interactive stations focusing on the importance of a values statement, major themes, and the opportunity to draft a personal version for consideration by City Council for adoption. Everyone is encouraged to come by at any time between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on May 10th to share their vision of Bishop’s values as a community.
Inyo County Emergency Services is working with local Fire Departments to provide 2,000 free sandbags to residents and business owners in Inyo County.
Free sandbags for flood preparedness are available at the following locations:
Bishop Fire Station, 209 W. Line Street, Monday – Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm (closed noon to 1:00)
Big Pine Fire Station, 181 N. Main Street, Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm
Independence Fire Station, 202 S. Jackson Street, May 10th ONLY, 6:00-8:00pm
Lone Pine Fire Station, 130 N. Jackson Street, Tuesday 6:30pm-7:00pm
Olancha Fire Station, May 13th ONLY, 9:00am-noon
Sandbags are unfilled and quantities given to any individual will be at the discretion of the local Fire Chief; additional sandbags can be purchased from local businesses.
Free sand for filling sandbags is stockpiled at the following locations:
– Site 1: Back of the Bishop City Park near the Senior Center
– Site 2: Bishop Fire Station 2, West Line Street (west of Manor Market)
– Site 3: Bishop Fire Station 3, SeeVee and U.S. Highway 395
– Site 4: Starlite Community Park
– Site 5: Mustang Mesa, Mill Creek Road
– Big Pine Fire Station
– Inyo County Sheriff’s Facility, Clay Street
– Inyo County Road Department, Mazourka Road
– Sand trap on Whitney Portal Road (west of the LA Aqueduct)
– Olancha Fire Department
Take action now to be prepared for spring 2017 runoff. Make sure you are signed up with CodeRED through the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
Campgrounds closed: Agnew Meadows (7/30), Agnew Meadows Group (7/30), Agnew Meadows Horse Campground (7/30), Brown’s Owens River (private), Coldwater (6/2), Devils Postpile (NPS), Lake George (6/2), Lake Mary (6/2), Minaret Falls (7/15), New Shady Rest (5/5), Old Shady Rest (6/2), Pine City (6/2), Pine Glen Family/Group (6/20), Pumice Flat (7/15), Pumice Flat Group (7/15), Reds Meadow (7/15), Sherwin Creek (5/15), Twin Lakes (6/1), Upper Soda Springs (7/15),
The Mammoth Welcome Center is open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.
It was a joyous affair as four beloved school teachers which collectively hold 120 years of teaching experience teaching students in Inyo County, were honored with the new Science Lab at Lo Inyo School was dedicated in their names by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Lone Pine Unified School District last Thursday. Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Lisa Fontana, hosted the event, joined by the LAPUSD Superintendent Heidi Torix and members of both board of trustees.
Many of those attending the dedication were former students, now adults, under both couples’ tutelage and clearly hold them in great affection.
The ICOE Board of Trustees approved $200,000 to the project last October, which was first proposed by former Inyo County Superintendent Dr. Terry McAteer.
The Langleys, Sandy and Chris, met while working in the Peace Corps in rural Iran. Afterwards they move to Lone Pine where they taught several subjects at Lo-Inyo School including English and Social Studies for 30 years.
Nancy and Mike Prather began their teaching careers in Death Valley before joining the Lo-Inyo staff in the early 1980’s. Nancy taught primary grades until 2004 along with stating thee primary computer lab. Mike taught middle school science along with creating the annual Catalina trip until 2002. Both remain very active in the community.
The plaque to be posted in the new Science Lab reads, in part:
Both the Langleys and Prathers were actively involved in tutoring and assisting local tribal youth throughout their teaching careers. Moreover, the Langleys and Prathers continued in the working careers and in retirement to give back to the Lone Pine community through a variety of interests.
GROUP PHOTO: (L to R)
Cheryl Howerton. LPUSD Board member
LeeAnn Rasmuson, Inyo County Office of Education Board member
Mary Kemp, Inyo County Office of Education Board member
Dr. Lisa Fontana, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools
Chris Langley, Honoree
Mike Prather, Honoree
Nancy Prather, Honoree (with granddaughter Kestral)
Marjianne Yonge, LPUSD Board member
Heidi Torix, LPUSD Superintendent
Scott Kemp, LPUSD Board member
California’s Fishing Licenses could become valid for a full calender year after the passing of SB-187
Posted by Seth Conners
General Trout Season opens on Saturday
Posted by Seth Conners
Town announces details of new commercial airline terminal
Posted by Seth Conners
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is pleased to announce the next step in the process to design and construct a new Commercial Airline Terminal and Aircraft Apron at Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
“We have been working closely with Federal Aviation Administration staff to finalize passenger forecast data and a terminal area development plan,” stated Public Works Director Grady Dutton. “The next step is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental documentation process for the proposed project, including the required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation that the Town will concurrently complete.”
The proposed project description includes a three-gate, approximately 40,000 square foot commercial airline terminal and an aircraft apron that will include aircraft parking for three commercial aircraft. These new facilities are to be located immediately east of the existing terminal.
As an initial step, in May, the Town will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a qualified Architecture and Engineering (A & E) Consultant Team. The selection process is anticipated to take four to five months from inception through execution of a consultant agreement. The selected team will be charged with preparing a preliminary design in support of the NEPA and CEQA processes. The design will include sufficient detail to identify potential environmental impacts of the project.
In June, the Town expects to issue an RFQ for an environmental consultant. That consultant will work with the A & E Team to identify and mitigate potential environmental impacts during the design process. The environmental consultant will be charged with preparing the NEPA and CEQA documentation.
Once the preliminary design and NEPA/CEQA processes are underway, a preliminary cost estimate and an overall preliminary schedule through construction will be developed. Although there will be a local share, the majority of the environmental, design and construction funds will be provided by FAA entitlement and discretionary Airport Improvement Program Grant funds.
Visitor spending supports 7883 jobs in local economy
Posted by Seth Conners
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5,028,868 visitors to Yosemite National Park in 2016 spent $520,629,100 in communities near the park. That spending supported 7883 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $686,339,500.
According to a press release from NPS “Yosemite National Park welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning more than $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”
Gateway communities along the Highway 120, Highway 140, and Highway 41 corridors provide a wide variety of recreational opportunities and services to help meet the diverse interests and needs of the over 5 million visitors who travel to Yosemite National Park. “We are a proud partner of the Yosemite Gateway communities and the many small businesses that provide services for visitors traveling to Yosemite National Park throughout the year.”
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas of the U.S. Geological Survey and Lynne Koontz of the National Park Service. The report shows $18.4 billion of direct spending by 331 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 318,000 jobs nationally; 271,544 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $34.9 billion.
According to the 2016 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (31.2 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.2 percent), gas and oil (11.7 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent), souvenirs and other expenses (9.7 percent), local transportation (7.4 percent), and camping fees (2.5%).
Report authors this year produced an interactive tool. Users can explore current year visitor spending, jobs, labor income, value added, and output effects by sector for national, state, and local economies. Users can also view year-by-year trend data. The interactive tool and report are available at the NPS Social Science Program webpage: go.nps.gov/vse.
The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in California and how the National Park Service works with California communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/california.