YOSEMITE WAIVES PARK ENTRANCE FEES FOR CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
In Yosemite, tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s signing of the NPS Organic Act that established the National Park Service as an agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior. Yosemite National Park will celebrate the Centennial by waiving park entrance fees starting tomorrow through Sunday, August 28th. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. The park will host many special Centennial programs throughout the park on August 25th.
Special Centennial events include a hike to the top of Lembert Dome, a program on Stephen T. Mather and the Founding of the National Park Service, Horse-Drawn Stage rides, and tours of Pioneer Yosemite History Center. Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. The park welcomes 4 million visitors from around the world each year generating $535 million dollars in economic benefit to the local region.
The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and over 1500 species of flowering plants.
Dr. Terry McAteer Honored Once Again
The office of Inyo County Superintendent of schools has honored its recently departed superintendent. Dr. Terry McAteers legacy will live on in Inyo County far into the future. After 8 years as Inyo County’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. McAteer left a large footprint of local school development and successful implementation that will never be forgotten. Since his retirement as County Superintendent on July 2nd, the accolades have continued to roll in. The latest honor bestowed upon Dr. McAteer is located at the Jill Kinmont Boothe School where yesterday afternoon the local Board of Education sent Dr. McAteer off in style by renaming the schools Great Room as the Doctor Terry McAteer Room. The room is host to the new Keith Bright School, an educational facility for adjudicated juvenile detainees that was recently moved from Independence to save tax dollars, a move that was partially catalyzed by Dr. McAteers influence. The new dedication of the room to bear McAteers name was symbolized with a plaque presented to Dr.McAteer by Board President Chris Langley. Dr. McAteer sets off next week for some well earned rest and relaxation as he and his wife take a European trip to Turkey, Greece, and the Baltic’s.
GREAT SIERRA RIVER CLEANUP
Eastern Sierra Land Trust is looking to cleanup the Pleasant Valley Campground. The Great Sierra River Cleanup is an annual occasion for communities throughout the Sierra Nevada to join together to help keep our local waterways clean. In its first seven years, over 30,000 volunteers removed over 850 tons of trash and recyclables from vital watersheds around the state. For this years Cleanup Day in the Eastern Sierra, join Eastern Sierra Land Trust on September 10th at Pleasant Valley Campground (off of Chalk Bluff Road) to help pick up trash along the Wild Trout stretch of the Owens River from 9-11 A.M. Volunteers should wear appropriate attire for working outdoors, including long sleeves, hat, and gloves. For more information and to RSVP, please call 760-873-4554.
CEDAR FIRE UPDATE
The Cedar fire which began last Tuesday afternoon is still only 5% contained and it is estimated that due to hot and dry weather conditions combined with the dry grass, brush, and dead timber that have been fueling the fire, the fire may not be fully contained until next week. The Owens Valley will continue to see smokey hazy skies as the Cedar Fire continues to burn in the Green Horn Mountains above Lake Isabella. There are currently close to 1200 personnel assigned to this fire which has now burned nearly 20,000 acres and is still gaining in strength at this time. However, there is a 40% chance of thunderstorms in the area today that could aid in containment of the fire which again is only 5% contained. Portions of Highway 155, Highway 90, and Highway 178 have closures in effect until further notice.
THUNDERSTORMS FOR THE EASTERN SIERRA
The Mono County Sheriffs office would like to announce that thunderstorms are currently in forecast for the Eastern Sierra over the next several days, with the highest probability of thunderstorms today. Such storms can cause flash flooding and rock slides in burn areas across the county. Residents, tourists and structures affected by recent fires are most at risk. Those affected should seek higher ground outside of the burn areas through the duration and immediately following a storm cell.
Travelers are advised to be attentive and cautious while traveling on Highway 395 North of Lee Vining – Marina Fire burn area and Lower Rock Creek road if there is an imminent threat of thunderstorms, during thunderstorms, or immediately after thunderstorms.
Travelers need to be aware of the risk for fast moving debris flows which have the potential to inundate the highway.
YOSEMITE EXPANDS AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Yosemite National Park has expanded the American Sign Language Program offered to deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The park’s deaf services program offers trip planning, park orientation at the visitor center, and interpretive services for deaf and hearing impaired visitors. The program also focuses on employee training in deaf/disability awareness and outreach to the deaf community.
The park was the first to establish and maintain a dedicated seasonal deaf services position in the National Park Service in 1979. In 2008, the National Park Service honored Yosemite with the NPS Programmatic Accessibility Achievement Award to recognize the Deaf Services program as one exemplifying the concept of universal accessibility. The addition of a Park Ranger dedicated to providing deaf services adds to Yosemite’s capacity to serve these visitors.
“We are very excited to be able to offer these expanded services to the deaf and hearing impaired community,” stated Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent. “It is our responsibility to serve all park visitors to the best of our abilities and these expanded services help us reach these visitors.”
To learn more about the Deaf Services program at Yosemite National Park, call 209-379-5250.
DOVE HUNTING SEASON APPROACHING
The first of two opening days of California’s dove hunting season are fast approaching. This year’s season for mourning dove, white-winged dove, spotted dove and ringed turtle dove will run from Thursday, Sept. 1st – Thursday, Sept. 15th statewide, followed by a second hunt period, Saturday Nov. 12th through the day after Christmas, Saturday Dec. 26th.
Mourning Dove and white-winged dove have a daily bag limit of 15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged dove. The possession limit is triple the daily bag limit. There are no limits on spotted dove and ringed turtle dove. Hunting for Eurasian collared dove is legal year-round and there are no limits.
Please note that non-lead ammunition is now required when hunting on all wildlife areas and ecological reserves managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). Use of lead shots is still legal for hunting dove, quail and snipe on federal properties, public lands not managed by CDFW and private lands, including licensed game bird clubs, until July 1st, 2019.
A dove identification guide can be found on the CDFW website, along with a map of upland game fields in Imperial County, the states hub for dove hunting. Although parts of California are still in serious drought, mourning doves are dry environment birds and are capable of exploiting many food types and sources. The 2016 statewide dove banding effort, which is still in progress, has indicated so far that there is no shortage of mourning doves for the opener. Hunters who encounter a banded bird are asked to report it to the USGS Bird Banding Lab (www.reportband.gov). Banded birds are part of important biological monitoring and reporting banded birds provides valuable data. Mourning and white-winged doves are migratory and the hunting regulation framework is determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). States are required to set hunting regulations within this framework. The migratory dove populations are managed similarly to migratory waterfowl and based on a flyway population. California is part of the Western Management Unit, which includes six other western states. In addition to banding data, breeding bird surveys, call count surveys, wing surveys, and Harvest Information Program (HIP) data all provide information that is included in the effort to monitor the population status by management unit. These results are used by the USFWS to establish hunting seasons, bag limits, and possession limits.
IMAH RECEIVES AWARD ON BEHALF OF U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
The Inyo Mono Association for the Handicapped is honored that their work program has been presented with an award on behalf of the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Paul Cook for promoting employment within local businesses. IMAH’S mission is to promote an independent lifestyle for their adult clients. If you are a business interested in having an IMAH adult work for you, please call 873-8668. Come down to the IMAH Sierra Thrift Mall to discover over 7,000 square feet of awesome bargains. The store is continually stocked by IMAH’s very own adult clients and pays their salaries. While you’re looking for new pieces to add to your home, remember that you can donate items, too! All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. Come see IMAH’S Sierra Thrift Mall located at 371 South Warren Street in Bishop and take a look!
NEW STUDENT DROP OFF LANE AT HSMS
The Bishop Unified School District would like to inform parents that they will be creating a new student drop off lane at Home Street Middle School in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion on Home Street during the morning hours on school days. Starting on the first day of school, Monday, August 22nd, the parking spaces directly in front of Home Street Middle School will be closed during the A.M. hours to create a student drop off lane heading south bound on Home Street. By doing this they hope to increase the traffic flow and alleviate some of the congestion caused by the start of the school day. Superintendent Barry Simpson notes that this is a trial run and the public’s cooperation is appreciated.