CHINA LAKE AIR SHOW TAKES FLIGHT IN MARCH.
By Seth Conners
The worlds most famous jet team, The Blue Angels, will headline the 2017 China Lake Air Show. Several of the team’s aviators met with officials during a visit to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station on January 9th, in advance of the upcoming air show. The Blue Angels will be the featured performers at the air show, set to take place on March 18th and 19th. The much anticipated event will be the first air show at the China Lake base in 23 years.
The Blue Angels are known for their precision formation flying and are a crowd favorite throughout the world. At the show, they will be flying their six, distinctive, blue and gold FA-18 Hornets.
Details about other show performers, static displays and additional features are being announced soon. Event general admission and parking are free. Also, there are a limited amount of premium seating options available, including box seats and a Flight Line Club where spectators enjoy the most exclusive seating, private amenities, and the best view of the show. High-resolution images and b-roll of the Blue Angels are available from the Blue Angels website.
WINTER SAFETY TIPS
In light of the snow and rain accumulation that has occurred within the Town of Mammoth Lakes during the last week, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department wishes to remind residents of several life saving items. These include the accumulation of large amounts of snow/ice sitting on roofs, the blocking of vents by snow accumulations, maintaining clear emergency egress doors and windows, the maintenance needed to safely use propane in snow country, and request for residents in own to keep hydrants available for use.
With the large accumulations of snow, especially very wet snow, the roofs in the local community are supporting a tremendous load. Occupants need to determine if the weight of the snow that is resting on their roofs should be dealt with. Also, when temperatures increase, roofs are going to experience sliding or icicle buildup. Tremendous amounts of weight can come cascading off of a roof without any warning. The public is advised to avoid areas of roof deposition and falling icicles when walking and carefully chose your parking spots.
Also, with the increasing snowbanks around town, be very careful with where children play, as the snow slides off the steep banks and snow removal equipment will be working the streets and may not see children playing in the banks. Also, intersections are becoming difficult to see approaching vehicles and pedestrians, please proceed with caution at each intersection.
The Fire Department wishes to remind everyone the Fire Code requires all bedrooms to have two means of exiting. If you own a complex or live in a rental/commercial unit, the owner is responsible to keep these exits open. The Fire Department will also be looking for infractions of this code violation. For those homeowners that use propane, keep the top of the tank dug out to allow quick access to the shutoff valve, make sure that vents are clear and able to function properly, and if you should smell propane, immediately evacuate the structure and call 911.
Lastly, there are fire hydrants located throughout town that are used by the fire department in the event of a fire. The fire department is requesting interested individuals to routinely shovel out the hydrant nearest to their homes to help out. If you would like any additional information on these topics, please feel free to call the Fire Station at any time at 934-2300.
CITY SUBMITS LETTER TO LADWP
By Seth Conners
City Leaders met Monday night in Bishop. At the meeting, the City Council approved sending a letter to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commissioners, outlining some needs and concerns regarding lease agreements in the Owens Valley, and specifically, the town of Bishop. For the last twelve months, the City of Bishop has acted as an informal Liaison between DWP and local lease holders, concerning the lack of lease transfer-ability and a desire from locals to purchase properties owned but not being used by DWP and Los Angeles. It’s felt by many in the community that longstanding agreement practices between LADWP and locals in Bishop have worked well in the past, but are now being tossed aside because they’re considered to be at odds with competitive bidding requirements in the Los Angeles City Charter. The letter addresses and outlines several key issues deemed crucial by locals to help develop more comprehensive land use policies that support the people of the Owens Valley and the economy of Inyo County moving forward. To view a draft of the letter, click on the link below.
New Years day service will be closed except in Mammoth Lakes.
By Seth Conners
According to Jill Batchelder at ESTA, Eastern Sierra Transit will be offering “Night Rider” service in Bishop on New Years weekend, Friday and Saturday nights. Night Rider service will be in operation until 2 am for a fare of $4.20 within the Bishop area. Call 760 872 1901 extension 22 to schedule a ride.
On Sunday all services will be closed except for those within the town of mammoth lakes. And on Monday January 2nd Eastern sierra transit will be operating on a reduced schedule with the following routes in operation:
395 route North to Reno and South to Lancaster
Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15 am and 5:00 pm
Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15 pm and 6:30 pm
Bishop to Mammoth 6:50 am and 6:10 pm
Mammoth to Bishop 7:50 am and 7:00 pm
And Bishop Dial a Ride will offer limited service 8 am and 5:30 pm with priority given to Seniors and Disabled Persons. All services in the town of Mammoth lakes will be in operation on Monday January 2nd.
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COATS FOR KIDS DRIVE – BISHOP KMART!
Join our very own Claiborne at Bishop Kmart this Saturday from 10:00 – 12 noon! KIBS and KBOV Radio and the Bishop Kmart are once again teaming up with the Salvation Army for the 13th Annual “Coats for Kids” donation drive! Please donate both new or gently used coats for kids of all ages at the Bishop Kmart. With each donation, enter free drawings, no purchase necessary. Other coat drop offs include the Suddenlink office, Bishop Nursery, and Carl’s Jr. in Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes. No child should suffer from the cold…please donate to the 13th annual KIBS-KBOV Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” drive today!
Silver Lake Boat Launch Closure for Construction
The Inyo National Forest, under a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways, will begin the re-construction of the Silver Lake Boat Launch.
Crews will demolish existing concrete left over from the old dock and replace it for a new low free board boarding float, which will be installed in the spring of 2017.
This area will re-open for recreationists after the work this fall is completed.
BISHOP RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY
Yesterday morning law enforcement officers with the Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant at the office of Karl Chang – Massage Therapy and Acupuncture – on High School St. in Bishop.
The investigation and search warrant was in response to allegations by more than one patient of inappropriate conduct during scheduled therapy sessions. Mr. Chang was subsequently arrested and booked into the Inyo County Jail charged with multiple counts of sexual battery (243.4 PC). The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about these allegations or this investigation is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department in person or by telephoning (760) 873-5866.
ESTA ROUTE EXPANSION & FARE REDUCTION
Eastern Sierra Transit is making travel between Lone Pine and Bishop a little easier. According to Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, starting Monday, October 31st, there will be an additional run on the Lone Pine Express route to accommodate those who wish to spend a half a day in Bishop. Three days per week, (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) the bus will depart Lone Pine McDonalds at 11:45 a.m. with stops in Independence at 12:00 p.m., Big Pine at 12:35 p.m. and arriving in Bishop at 12:55 p.m.
There are now four departure times from McDonalds in Lone pine north to Bishop:
Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:45 a.m.
There will be three departure times from Vons/Kmart in Bishop south to Lone Pine:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Commuting with EST is very economical with 50% off the 10 punch pass. The 10 punch passes have one rate for all passengers including adults, senior, youth, and disabled. The new pass price will go into effect October 31st, through June 30th, 2017.
Smoke continues to come across the Sierra Crest into Lone Pine. It’s due to the Jacobson fire which was discovered on Thursday, October, 20th at 5 p.m. As of last night, the Jacobson fire located in Sequoia National Forrest, in the Golden Trout wilderness, had burned nearly 1300 acres and is still at 0% containment.
Fire managers continue to evaluate the best fire suppression management tactics while ensuring firefighter and public safety. Crews plan to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), using old burn areas, rock outcroppings, existing trails, and open areas of sparse fuels to confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.
To protect Forest visitors, The Sequoia National Forest has issued a Closure Order for trails in the immediate area of the Jacobson Fire.
- Trails south of Wet Meadows and Coyote Pass
- The Summit Trail (31E14) is closed from Summit trailhead to Sheep Mtn.
- The area north of the Wilderness boundary is closed between the Summit trailhead and just west of Trout Meadows.
- The trail that leads west of Trout Meadow to Coyote Lake is also closed
Backpackers who plan to obtain a wilderness permit for an overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness north of Summit Trailhead should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) for assistance.