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ANNUAL WATER QUALITY REPORT-CITY OF BISHOP

Released 31 May 2017
Public Works News Release Annual Water Quality Report

The quality of City of Bishop water continues to be excellent according to the latest annual report on water quality provided by the city. The report gives information on water delivered by the city in 2016 and shows the water to be very pure and to have low levels of contaminants. The report is available on the city website (http://www.cityofbishop.com/CCR2016.pdf) and at City Hall.
The City of Bishop Department of Public Works provides water inside the city limits and provides the water quality report to its customers. Water customers outside the city limits should be receiving similar reports from their water providers.
In addition to information on water quality and contaminants in Bishop water, the report provides information on water sources and water usage in the city. It describes the three wells that produce the water used in the city and describes water usage in Bishop. It says that each person in Bishop uses about 300 gallons of water per day which is about 3 times the national average. This usage rate is high even for arid parts of the western states. Much of the water used in Bishop goes to irrigation during the hot dry summer months.
For over 100 years the City of Bishop Department of Public Works has provided a high quality, safe, affordable, and dependable supply of water. The Department works hard every day to carry on that tradition and to keep its customers informed about water in the city. For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@cityofbishop.com or 760-873-8458.

Attempted Murder-Lone Pine Inyo County Sheriff’s Department

Attempted Murder – Lone Pine

On Tuesday May 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Dispatch was contacted with a request for a deputy to conduct a welfare check on an individual who had not shown up to work. After responding to the residence on Post Street in Lone Pine, deputies discovered a male subject inside that was the victim of a shooting. The victim was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital and later flown out for further medical care; he is currently listed in critical condition.
Evidence at the residence indicates that this was not self-inflicted. The case is being handled as an attempted murder. Sheriff’s Investigations believe the shooting took place between Monday May 22nd and Tuesday May 23rd.
Anyone with any information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office at 760-878-0383.

Search & Rescue Tragic End

At noon, on Tuesday, May 23rd,  Dongying “Cindy” Qiu was located by SAR, deceased at the base of a frozen waterfall near Outpost Camp on the Mt Whitney Trail west of Lone Pine. It is believed that she fell approximately 60 feet through a snow chute at the top of the waterfall (located on the southwest side of Outpost Camp, about a quarter mile off trail). Ms. Qiu went missing on Sunday, May 21st while hiking the Mt. Whitney Trail with two
companions.

“This is an incredibly tragic situation and based on the extreme
snow conditions in the backcountry, this could have happened to
anyone,” stated Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal Nick Vaughn. “The
entire search crew and the Sheriff’s Office extend their most
sincere condolences to the Qiu family and friends during this very
difficult time.”

This was the second day of searching for the missing hiker.
Support for the search was provided by Sierra Madre SAR, San
Bernardino SAR, China Lake Mountain Rescue Mountain Rescue Group, Inyo SAR and aerial support provided by Army National Guard and CHP helicopter H-80.

BRONCO GIRLS HOST FIREBAUGH IN C.I.F. SOFTBALL

Quarter Final Action at the City Park

The Lady Bronco’s fell short in CIF Quarterfinal action yesterday at the City Park vs a tough Firebaugh team by a final score of 4-2.

Chay Johnson pitched a strong 7 innings giving up 3 hits with 6 walks, striking out 7 Firebaugh batters.

At the plate:

Shawnau Johnson was 3 for 4

Hannah Waasdorp was 2 for 4 with a triple and a RBI

Chay Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI

Haley Hersley went 1 for 3 in the game

 

Chay Johnson

 

Peyton Tetrick

 

Haley Hersley

 

Vic Begay

 

Chay Johnson

 

Bronco infield

 

Hannah Waasdorp

 

FARMERS MARKET TIME !

Do you have excess veggies and fruit trees that produce more that you can handle?? Ever thought of selling it at the Farmers Market??

 

The Eastern Sierra Farmers Market typically begins the end of June and runs into October depending on the weather and the growing season. It’s a good way to get rid of some of your excess and make a little money. The Market is held behind City Hall in the comfort of the shade and grass. It’s not expensive to get a membership with the Farmers Market group to sell your wares. And… it’s not just fruits and vegetables, so long as you follow the guidelines you can sell fresh eggs, jams and jellies, dried herbs and flowers! Check out this link for more information :

http://ucanr.edu/sites/ mginyomono/Local_Food_ Resources/Farmers_Markets/How_ to_Sell_Your_Homegrown_Goods/

 

If you are an artist, crafter, wood worker and the like, you can also sell as a non-agricultural vendor. You can get more information from Inyo Council of the Arts, 760-873-8014.

TOWN OF MAMMOTH CONSTRUCTION

Upper Main Street Project

The Town of Mammoth Lakes is pleased to announce the start of construction of the Upper Main Street Project. Construction is anticipated to begin the week of May 15 with minor activity outside the paved area. This much-needed improvement will result in a six-foot wide sidewalk on the north side of Main Street/State Route 203 from Mountain Boulevard to Minaret Road. Also included are street lights, a new retaining wall and transit shelter. Southern California Edison (SCE) will also be will be working in the area removing the last of the utility poles.

 

The Public is advised to take extra care in the area throughout the construction period, expected to run from mid-May through early September. Once work begins, there will be traffic control and no street lighting for most of the 1,600 foot section. Motorists are advised to reduce speed and adhere to traffic control measures. Pedestrians are advised to use the south side of Main Street, taking extra caution as there is no sidewalk on that side.

 

The project is funded by a combination of State Transportation Improvement Program funds (STIP), the Town of Mammoth Lakes including the developer of the future Mammoth View Project. Mono County Local Transportation Commission was a critical partner in obtaining the Federal STIP funds. Special thanks are extended to SCE, Mono County and the Mammoth View developer for working together to complete the project to underground the utilities through the area. The $3 million project is being constructed by Spiess Construction with day to day monitoring by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and oversight by Caltrans District 9.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE COLLISION IN SOUTHERN INYO

FATAL MOTORCYCLE COLLISION IN SOUTHERN INYO
On Sunday, May 7, at approximately 10:50 a.m., California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call of a motorcycle collision with an ambulance responding southbound on Panamint Valley Road one mile south of SR 190.
Karig McCloskey, age 52, of Thousand Oaks was riding a motorcycle southbound at approximately 70 mph, and Kenneth Wheeler, age 47, of Sylmar was riding a motorcycle directly behind him when Wheeler moved over into the northbound lane to pass McCloskey. For reasons unknown, McCloskey drifted into the northbound lane just as Wheeler was passing him, the two motorcycles collided ejecting both riders from their vehicles.
McCCloskey sustained a major leg injury and later succumbed to his injuries on the scene. Wheeler was transported via ambulance to Ridgecrest Regional with moderate injuries. Chp is continuing to investigate the incident.

HIKER MISSING IN YOSEMITE

HIKER MISSING IN YOSEMITE

Rescue crews with search dogs and a helicopter overhead were combing the trails of Yosemite National Park Monday for an experienced hiker and U.S. Navy serviceman who disappeared last week.
The 24-year-old hiker, Alexander Joseph Sevier, an active member of the U.S. Navy, had flown into California from his home in Virginia and entered the park alone on May 1 according to Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the National Parl Service. Sevier was scheduled to check out of a housekeeping camp on Saturday, and when housekeepers at the camp saw his belongings still there on Sunday, they sounded the alarm. Because Sevier is young and in shape from his Naval training, Gediman said they don’t suspect any physical issues befell the hiker, but noted that the Merced River has been running decptively quick and cold from the abundant snow that has swollen its banks.
National Park SAR is continuing their efforts to find Sevier today.

WATCH FOR DEER ON HIGHWAY

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  1. Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision, but if the inevitable happens a seatbelt can reduce injuries.

  2. 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