USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014
The Ball Mountain Fire is estimated to be 25 acres this morning. The fire is burning in pinyon and brush.
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USFS Ball Mountain Fire Update: 09/24/2014
The Ball Mountain Fire is estimated to be 25 acres this morning. The fire is burning in pinyon and brush.
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Inyo County is accepting grant applications from non-profit groups and organizations in the county seeking funding for programs, projects or events taking place from the time the grants are awarded later this year to June 30, 2015.
There is $95,000 worth of grant funding available in this cycle of Inyo County Community Project Sponsorship Program grants. The Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the $95,000 in CPSP grant funding when it recently approved the fiscal year 2014-15 county budget.
Over the past seven years, Inyo County CPSP grants have provided funds to county based non-profits to help sponsor events ranging from marathons to fishing derbies, contributed to projects as diverse as web page redesign and printing of promotional brochures, and paid for advertising that promotes local and regional events and programs.
The Program Guidelines and Grant Application forms are available online at the Inyo County website, under Community Project Sponsorship Program, at www.inyocounty.us/Comm_Proj_Spon/CPSP.htm.
To be considered, three copies of the completed grant application, each with an original signature, must be received by the Office of the County Administrator by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
No postmarks or facsimile copies will be accepted. Digital grant applications, which still need original signatures, may be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Organizations or groups with questions about the grant guidelines, the application process or the program in general can call Jon Klusmire at 760-878-0258 for more information.
Grant applications being mailed should be sent to: Office of the County Administrator, Attn: Community Project Sponsorship Program, P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526. If hand delivering, deliver to: Office of the County Administrator, 224 N. Edwards Street, Independence, CA, (760) 878-0292.
Grant applications deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a Review Panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels. The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the Review Panel’s funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards toward the beginning of November.
On Sunday September 28 at 7pm, the Metabolic Studio IOU Theater invites the public to experience, “DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY,” a live radio play that was written by Ruth Woodman in 1931 and originally aired in 1955 in the “Death Valley Days” Series.
This marks the fourth play in the IOU Theatre series, which began in June 2014 with readings of radio plays about the Owens Valley and surrounding area.
Walter Scott (a.k.a. Death Valley Scotty) was a prospector, a performer with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, a raconteur, a conman, husband and father. In 1885 he met an Easterner who was told he only had a few weeks to live. Scotty helped him to recover and cemented a secretive, life long partnership. In 1905 he beat the cross- country speed record on a train from L.A. to Chicago.
Free with his stories and his cash, he quickly became one of the West’s most prominent and mysterious legends and kept reporters and the country on the edge of its seat for decades. His fabulous stories of secret gold mines and his million-dollar oasis in Death Valley (Scotty’s Castle) kept the public and newspapermen eager for the next story.
A troupe of local performers from Bishop to Keeler will read the play and perform live music and sound effects. The radio play is free to the public and will be staged at 7 p.m., Sunday September 28, the Double L Tavern, at the corner of Main and Willow, in Lone Pine.
Those under 21 can watch a live broadcast of the performance at the IOU garden next to the Double L.
Sunday with IOU espresso being served along with an offering grown in the IOU garden.
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Jan 7, 1952 – Sep. 10, 2014
Andrea was born on January 7, 1952 in Schurz, Nevada to Andrew “Andy” Garrison and Gertrude Tom-Garrison of Coleville, CA.
From a very early age Andrea was the picture of strength and determination. After recovering from childhood arthritis, she went on to lead the typical life of a child growing up on a ranch; horseback riding, playing in the fields, and keeping her siblings in line.
In adulthood, Andrea took pride in the raising of her own family. A firm believer in providing for her family, she was employed in many different capacities of office administration. She worked for Mono County, Department of interior (Office of Special Trustee), Toiyabe Indian Health Project and the Department of the Navy. For many years she served with distinction on the Toiyabe Indian Health Project Board of Directors proudly representing the Antelope Valley Indian Community. In her retirement, she enjoyed following the family and tribal tradition of irrigating the family’s agricultural fields.
Andrea’s many hobbies included; playing fast and slow pitch softball, walking/running, gardening and beading. Her absolute favorite things in life were spending time with her family which included; outdoor activities, spending time at Topaz Lake during the summer, and exploring the nearby beautiful mountains scouting for firewood, pinenuts and berries. She will be dearly missed by many, especially her family.
Andrea joins her daughter Angela Fredericks, father Andy Garrison, mother Gertrude Tom-Garrison, and brother Antone Garrison, who preceded her in passing. She is survived by husband Joel Erickson, son John Fredericks and daughter in law Christine Hunt-Fredericks, son Jerome Fredericks and daughter in law Tavoosee Eddy-Fredericks, son Jacob Erickson, and grandchildren Hai-wee and Sai-yah Fredericks, and her sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A traditional Paiute Cry Dance will be held on Friday September 19, 2014 at the Garrison Ranch beginning at dusk. Funeral services will be commenced at the Coleville Methodist Church at noon on Saturday September 20, 2014 with burial to proceed after at the Antelope Valley Cemetery in Coleville. Fellowship will follow and be held at the Walker Community Center in Walker, CA.
1,240 Acres of Ranch Land and Important Wildlife Habitat Preserved Forever
ESLT is thrilled to announce the permanent protection of Sinnamon Meadows, a stunning expanse of historic ranchland in northern Mono County. The 1,240-acre property’s working lands, extensive wetlands, natural springs, and vital animal habitat are now protected forever with an agricultural conservation easement held by ESLT. Thanks to the foresight of the property’s landowners, the efforts of ESLT, and the assistance of important funding partners, Sinnamon Meadows’ spectacular, High Sierra working ranch lands will continue to inspire generations to come.
At the base of Dunderberg Peak just south of Bridgeport, Sinnamon Meadows has been a high priority for ESLT and agency partners for several years. This is due to its historic agricultural value and the critical wildlife habitat it provides. Almost entirely surrounded by public lands, this unique property includes mountain meadows, aspen groves, coniferous forest, springs, and significant reaches of two creeks. “Sinnamon Meadows is simply a spectacular and special place. To know that people living 100 years from now will be able to enjoy these same vistas as you and I can admire today – that’s what really makes our success here meaningful,” commented ESLT Executive Director, Kay Ogden.
“My children are 4th generation cattle ranchers, and keeping our family and our land in the ranching business is very important to me,” said Bryan Masini, current property owner of Sinnamon Meadows. In 2012, Mr. Masini and his business partner approached ESLT to learn more about how they could permanently protect their land’s natural qualities, while retaining the ability to use the property for grazing as it has been for more than a century. “With the completion of this conservation easement with ESLT, we are excited that we will be able to continue to work our land for many years to come,” he added. “The experience and professional manner with which ESLT staff completed this complex project has continuously impressed my partner and me.”
Agricultural conservation easements on working farms and ranches such as Sinnamon Meadows provide a win-win situation for both landowners and the local community. Because the land remains in private ownership, it contributes to the local economy and tax base. Landowners are compensated for keeping their land in rural, low-intensity uses compatible with surrounding natural resources.
Situated above 8,000 feet in elevation, Sinnamon Meadows’ high-elevation irrigated pastures serve as critical habitat for many notable wildlife species, including the iconic and elusive Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep. Comprised of over 40 animals, the Mt. Warren herd unit congregates on the south-facing slopes of Lundy Canyon in the summer months. Another species of particular conservation concern is the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse, which depends on pastures where irrigation and sustainable grazing provide essential late summer habitat for raising their young. With its open spaces and working ranch land, Sinnamon Meadows provides an ideal environment for this ground-nesting bird which is currently under consideration for Threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act.
“The ranch – with its many meadows and healthy stands of sagebrush – provides just what sage grouse need to forage, hide from predators, nest, and raise their young. It’s no wonder a healthy population of the imperiled Bi-State population of the birds remains on the ranch. The easement includes a plan to continue wise management practices that allow livestock and wildlife to happily coexist,” says Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist for NRCS in California. “That’s an awesome outcome and one we are happy to help facilitate.”
Sinnamon Meadows’ rich cultural heritage also makes the preservation of this property particularly vital to the Eastern Sierra region. The area was used on Native American trade routes, and later became the location of the historic Dunderberg Mill and town of Munckton. It has been used as summer pasture since it was originally claimed under the Homestead Act by early prospectors – including the property’s namesake, early Mono County pioneer James Sinnamon – in the late 1850’s. Numerous historic Basque carvings dating back 100 years or more can still be found on the property. Sinnamon Meadows was even the setting of a western film, “Belle Starr’s Daughter,” made in the late 1940’s!
Funding for this project has been provided by the California Wildlife Conservation Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), an agency of the State of California; and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Support from these critical funding sources allowed ESLT to complete a conservation easement on the property. “These working landscapes have a rich and important place in our region, so preserving that heritage is critical to our future,” said SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham. “These lands provide not only economic benefits, but substantial natural resource benefits as well. These projects will help conserve or restore land and water resources valuable to those living downstream.”
“I am proud that ESLT has completed such a significant conservation success at Sinnamon Meadows,” said Bob Gardner, President of ESLT’s Board of Directors. “With its varied and unique landscape, vital habitat, and history as a working ranch, this stunning property represents why our work in the Eastern Sierra is so critical. Protecting these special places so that my grandchildren – and their grandchildren – can appreciate their wonders is truly the legacy of our work here. Thanks to our staff and board members, past and present, and our conservation partners who helped accomplish this great victory – not just for ESLT, but for the future of the Eastern Sierra.”
ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. For more information about this and other permanent land conservation tools, visit ESLT’s website at www.eslt.org or call the ESLT office at (760) 873-4554.
This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under #73-9104-3-031. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
She departed on Monday, September 8 to join the company of her mother, father, three sisters, husband of 45 years Jim, and best friend Gayle, for what we can only assume is one hell of a good party.
Although her poofy orange curls will no longer bounce down Main Street as she makes her way to her weekly hair or nail appointment, she will always be remembered for her keen fashion sense and fabulous style. For her large, sparkly jewelry, for her outfits that matched from her socks to her handbag, and of course for her trademark full face of make up that she wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing.
And she wasn’t.
As the paramedics loaded our beloved 97-year-old grandma into the ambulance on what would be the last day she would ever see, she shouted to her daughter, “Don’t forget my makeup!” We didn’t. And as she lay in the hospital bed, surrounded by family and friends from over the years who came to wish her a fond farewell, she looked absolutely perfect.
She is survived by her three children, James Armstrong (wife Rochelle), Marjorie Parsons (husband Chuck) and Marilyn Armstrong Jackson, as well as her five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a whole bunch more step and virtually-adopted family members, who will always remember to “Stand up straight!” just as Clara constantly reminded.
We will miss her amazing warmth, hilarious dirty jokes and monkey impression, delicious pecan butter cookies, and unhealthy distaste for the Republican Party.
We will try our hardest to emulate her way of making a home feel so warm that no matter which part of the world it was located (she lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tel Aviv, Iowa, Arkansas, New York, San Diego, Long Beach and Bishop) you were ensured that friends would always gather there.
We will aim to break new ground, as she did when, as working as a nurse in World War II, she assisted in the first-ever bone graft procedure.
We will thirst for adventure like she did at age 12 when she skipped school and hopped aboard a train to join the circus with Gayle.
And we will strive to match her extraordinary sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness that resulted in everyone she loved (and there were hundreds) receiving a greeting card on every holiday. She never forgot a birthday, either.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary where Clara volunteered for the entire 21 years she lived in town and where she met some of her favorite bridge partners.
Everyone she ever met loved her. And she lived a fabulous life.
Public Works News Release
Water and sewer work is planned this fall in advance of the construction of the first phase of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project next spring.
The $500,000 water and sewer project is intended to make needed underground improvements this fall prior to paving and improving the street next spring.
The water and sewer project will make water improvements at various locations along Warren Street and on West Elm Street near Main Street. In addition, new sewer will be constructed on Academy Avenue between Main and Warren and new waterlines will be
constructed along South Street and Academy Avenue between Main and Fowler Streets.
Work is expected to begin in early October and last through November. The contractor is Marzano and Sons of June Lake.
This construction in downtown Bishop will impact traffic on city streets west of Main Street. Traffic can be heavy so the work will cause inconvenience and delays.
Equipment, workers, and uneven pavement will require attention. All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize the impacts and restrictions, but drivers and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.
For more information, contact City of Bishop Public Works at email@example.com or 760-873-8458.
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Our own Inyo Hotshots are among the USFS firefighters assigned to the #MeadowFire in Yosemite.