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 www.inyocounty.us/ecmuseum.
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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Big Pine Baseball bests Baker
Big Pine High School baseball made the trek to Baker Valley High School this past Friday winning both games of a Hi-Lo League double header. Jacob Bacoch was the star, pitching in both games of the twin bill. Big Pine won game one 12-1 and took game two 10-3.
Big Pine 12
Baker Valley 1
Jacob Bacock, 5 innings pitched, 14 strikeouts. Triple/double, 3RBI.
Dominic Santiago, double, 2RBI, 3 runs.
Juan Meza, RBI, 2 runs.
Devon William, 2RBI.
Big Pine 10
Baker Valley 3
Dominic Santiago, 2 innings pitched, allowing 2 runs. RBI, 2Runs.
Jacob Bacoch, 3 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts. HR, triple, 4RBI.
Juan Meza, 2 for 2, single, double, RBI, 3 Runs.
Mo Davis, Run.
Anthony Gutierrez, Run.
Devon Williams, Run.
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Bishop teen awarded for inspiring art
Top Photo, Contest winner Naomi Hawkins (middle) with Wild Iris Director of Programs (L) and Wild Iris Executive Director Lisa Reel (r)Submitted by Wild Iris
In a nation where one in four teens experiences dating abuse1, teens in the Eastern Sierra are using their voices and creativity to highlight healthy relationships. For Teen Dating Violence Month teens submitted poetry and art on what a healthy, happy relationship means to them. The Wild Iris board members struggled to pick a winner out of all of the impressive entries. Finally, a powerful piece by Naomi Hawkins has been selected as the winner. Naomi earned a $200 visa gift card as the official contest winner. When asked what she was going to do with the money, Naomi replied, “I’m going to buy books.” The two runners-up, Joana Hernandez and Salma Rodriguez, also entered inspiring and creative pieces. Wild Iris’s Youth Violence Prevention team has been working with teens in Inyo and Mono Counties helping them to identify warning signs of unhealthy relationships and teaching important aspects of healthy relationships. Wild Iris is a member of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, and engaged teens, parents and educators in a social campaign entitled “:) #relationshipsfeel” during the month of February. Weekly themes included the need for relationships to feel supportive, respectful, trusting and fun.
For more information, visit wild-iris.org
Wild Iris, a community-based non-profit agency, is committed to promoting, providing, and sustaining programs of education and prevention, crisis intervention, advocacy and support for those affected by domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Our vision is for non-violent relationships based on dignity, respect, compassion, and equality. Services are confidential and provided free of charge. Wild Iris 24- Hour Crisis Line: 877-873-7384.
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Eastern Sierra Land Trust Event
Bring Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden This Spring
Sign Up Today to Receive Free Native Plants for Your Pollinator Garden
Have you considered creating a pollinator-friendly garden blooming with native plants, but don’t know where to start? Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are teaming up to help 20 local gardeners create habitat for bees, butterflies and more by giving away up to $200 per garden in free native plants.
To take part in this opportunity, participants must attend ESLT’s Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop on Saturday, March 28th from 10am-12pm at ESLT’s office at 250 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. Gardeners must also agree to certify their pollinator habitats with ESLT by October 2015. New pollinator gardens, as well as those already certified at the Silver level but not yet Gold, are eligible to receive up to $200 in native plants. Free plants only go to the first 20 people to sign up for the workshop, so contact ESLT’s Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps member, Sara Kokkelenberg at (760) 873-4554 to RSVP today!
Since last April, ESLT’s Eastside Pollinator Garden Project has been working to bring butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to backyards throughout Inyo and Mono Counties. Last summer, ESLT certified over 35 individual and community garden spaces throughout the region as pollinator-friendly habitat. This spring, with the support of USFWS and the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), 20 more gardeners will get to see their backyards come to life with native plants and pollinators.
ESLT’s Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop on March 28th will feature several speakers who will talk about pollinator habitat, share resources for getting started on a new pollinator-friendly garden, and discuss deadlines and required forms for getting certified. In addition, ESLT will host a taste-test of a variety of honeys to whet your pollinator garden imagination.
ESLT is committed to keeping the Eastern Sierra community up-to-date on upcoming workshops, events, and citizen science projects. Anyone interested in signing up for the Native Plant and Pollinator Workshop or in certifying a garden as pollinator-friendly habitat is encouraged to visit www.eslt.org to learn more, or contact Sara Kokkelenberg at (760) 873-4554.
ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT’s goal is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses that can be sustained forever, ensuring both a strong local economy and environment. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit our website at www.eslt.org.
CHP Details the crash that kills an LA man
Just after 11:30 Thursday morning a southbound Dodge Ram attempting a pass collided with a northbound motor-home resulting in the death of 48-year old Los Angeles man Niquizlticoatl. Niquiztlicoatl was behind the wheel of the Dodge.
According to the California Highway Patrols accident report Niquiztlicoal was driving southbound on highway 395 outside of Cartago, just south of Lone Willow Dip. 66-year old Sylmar resident Rockwell Barnes was driving a 2007 motor-home northbound. The report notes that Niquiztlicoal “pulled out across a solid yellow line to make a pass, pulling out directly in front of the motor-home.”
Niquiztlicoal was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine with major injuries and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Rockwell Barnes sustained very minor injuries in the collision and refused medical care. His passenger, 70-year old Margaret Barnes was first transported to Southern Inyo Hospital with major injuries and was ultimately flow by Mercy Air to Antelope Valley Hospital.
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BAKERSFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 5-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR GROWING MARIJUANA ON ECOLOGICAL RESERVE
Press release from US Attorney Benjamin Wagner
FRESNO, Calif. — Cruz Soria, 29, of Bakersfield, California was sentenced today to 5 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Fay Canyon area of the Canebrake Ecological Reserve, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Soria was also ordered to pay $2,568.85 in restitution to the High Sierra Trail Volunteer Crew for the cost of cleaning up the grow site.
The Canebrake Ecological Reserve is located 10 miles east of Lake Isabella in northeastern Kern County. It was first inhabited in about 1000 B.C. by the Tubatulabel culture and is currently home to numerous rare and protected plants and animals, including the federally-protected golden and bald eagles and peregrine falcon, the federally-threatened California red-legged frog and Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Soria’s sentence follows his guilty plea last year. In pleading guilty, Soria acknowledged he was responsible for cultivating 454 marijuana plants in the ecological reserve. Law enforcement officers arrested Soria at the grow site and seized the plants, about twelve pounds of processed marijuana, and a firearm. The officers also found several highly toxic chemicals, including Fosfuro de Zinc or zinc phosphide, a rat poison illegal to use in the United States without a license, and Furadan, an insecticide banned by the EPA for usage on crops consumed by humans. Dead coyote, snakes and other animals were found at the grow site. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Soria will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 4 more years.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), California Department of Fish and Game, and Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Escobar prosecuted the case.
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Inyo County SO confirms the arrest of Musician Terence Butler
According to the Inyo County Sheriffs department, shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park.
After the Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation – resulting in an individual allegedly being struck, and a broken window. Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism.
Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation. Terence “Geezer” Butler is the bassist for the band Black Sabbath.
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Cook’s Bill would designate Scenic Area
Rep. Paul Cook Introduces Bill to Create Alabama Hills National Scenic Area
WASHINGTON –Earlier today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) introduced the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area Establishment Act, legislation that would establish the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. This designation would encompass 18,610 acres of the scenic Alabama Hills and would preserve it for recreational use by the public and future generations.
This bill guarantees that all recreational activities currently taking place in the Alabama Hills will continue. This includes not only hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, but hunting, fishing, and authorized motorized vehicle use as well. Additionally, recreational prospecting (rock-hounding) will continue in the historic mining areas under this legislation.
This bill is the culmination of months of work by Rep. Paul Cook and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group to draft legislative language acceptable to all key local stakeholders. The stewardship group is dedicated to promoting the long term vision, conservation, use, enhancement, and enjoyment of the Alabama Hills . Groups and organizations that have worked with the stewardship group include Inyo County, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, the Lone-Pine Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, local business owners, and other key stakeholders.
Cook said, “The Alabama Hills are a natural treasure, and I’m excited to introduce this bill to help guarantee our children and grandchildren can enjoy them the same way we do. The level of local input has been incredible and should serve as an example for how land use decisions are made.
“Last year, I introduced legislation to establish the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area. While it didn’t become law last year, it provided local stakeholders and conservation groups the opportunity to suggest changes to make this a better bill. I’m excited to incorporate these changes in the new version of this important legislation this year. My constituents in Inyo have been working to get this done for years, and I’m hopeful that 2015 will be the year the Alabama Hills get the protection they deserve.”
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Bishop High sweeps California City
The Bishop Union High School Soccer teams dominated California City Tuesday. Both the Varsity boys and girls made the road trip to the Raven’s home pitch for High Desert League soccer. The Boys returning home 3-1 winners and the girls dominating 7-0.
According to Varsity Girls coach Manny Terasas the victory over the Ravens was a resounding win for the Bronco Girls. Bishop dominated with 27 shots on goal, and zero shots on goal from Cal City. According to coach Manny, “Tami Anderson had an outstanding game, she played a quality game in defense.”
The scorers for Bishop were Brenda Gonzalez 2 goals, Kailyn Boxley with 2 goals and 1 assist, Evelyn Santana 1 goal, and 1 assist, Jaden Piper 1 goal, Sara Voss 1 goal, Alicia Campos 2 assists and Tami Anderson 1 assist. The Broncos will now be preparing for a very important match up against what could be their biggest competition in HDL this year, Frazier Mountain at home on Thursday. The team is asking folks to please come out and support the Bronco Soccer players.
In the Varsity boys match, Cal City came out strong, scoring in the first ten minutes grabbing a 1-0 lead. The Broncos kept their composure, and equalized on a goal from Alexis Barajas just as the first half ended.
After some adjustments by coach Greg Alexander at half, Bishop shut down the Ravens, who never got another shot on goal. Senior midfielder Joey Griego provided an assist to fellow senior and leading goal scorer Elijah Alexander to put the Broncos ahead for good. Alexander slotted home a penalty kick in the closing minutes of the game to end it 3 – 1.
In a dramatic turn of events, Rosamond boy’s varsity was found to have played an ineligible player in their first two matches, against Bishop and Cal City. CIF rules dictate they forfeit these games, which puts Bishop on top of the High Desert league after two games. The Bronco Boys have a home match this Thursday against Frazier Mountain. Girls varsity play at 3pm and boys varsity at 5pm.
photos by Joe Griego.