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Inyo County Poetry Out Loud

Inyo Council for the Arts announces Shyann Padilla as Poetry Out Loud Champion

Submitted by the Inyo Council for the Arts
February 11, 2016

Bishop, CA — For the second year in a row Shyann Padilla from Owens Valley High School in Independence, received the title of 2016 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion at the county finals held in Bishop on February 3, 2016. The runner-up was Cianni Benson, also from Owens Valley High School.

This was the sixth year that Inyo Council for the Arts has collaborated with the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools office to offer the Poetry Out Loud program, which is sponsored by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Retired English teacher, Harold McDonald, was the county coordinator in the schools.

(from left to right) are Heidy Gonzalez, Grace Morriset, Shandy Ratchford, Cianni Benson, and Shyann Padilla. Photo provided
Cianni Benson, and Shyann Padilla. Photo provided

At the county finals, Poetry Out Loud contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Poetry Out Loud gives students an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Shyann’s readings of “Drowning in Wheat” by John Kinsella and “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert, wowed the guest judges, who evaluated student performances on criteria including presence, evidence of understanding, and accuracy.

Padilla moves on to compete in Sacramento at the end of this month representing Inyo County in the California State Championship.

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Inyo County Wants your take on Adventure Trails

Inyo County is collecting input on Adventure Trials

submitted by Inyo County Public Works
February 10, 2016

Inyo County continuing to seek input and collect data regarding the Adventure Trails Combined Use Project.

In January, 2015, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved designation of seven (7) combined use routes for certain off-highway vehicles (OHV). Of these, three (3) of the routes have been opened to the public since July and August 2015. The approved and open routes include:

• Independence Route 1 from Independence to Mazourka Canyon.
• Lone Pine Route 1 from Boulder Creek RV Resort to Horseshoe Meadows Road.
• Bishop Route 15 from Laws to the Poleta OHV Area.

Concurrently, the County set up a website to collect input regarding the three opened routes, including feedback, suggestions, and/or complaints. The website can be viewed at

Again, the website is to share information and collect input regarding only the approved and open routes of the Adventure Trails Project, not OHVs being operated outside Project’s three open routes.

Information collected on the website, as well as extensive field surveys and operational data, was included in a report to the State of California in December 2015.

Inyo County is still collecting data, and requests continuing public input. To learn more about the project, provide input electronically, and review the report, please visit

For more information or questions please contact the Public Works Department at: (760) 878-0207 or

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Manzanar Pilgrimage Set

47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage Set for April 30, 2016

submitted by the Manzanar Committee
February 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES — “Kodomo No Tame Ni: For The Sake Of The Children/Liberty and Justice For All” is the theme for the 47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, scheduled for 12:00 PM PDT on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles.

Each year, more than 1,000 people from all walks of life attend the Pilgrimage, including students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees. Planning is underway for the afternoon event as well as for the Manzanar At Dusk program, scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM that same evening.

Manzanar At Dusk is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions at California State University, Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, San Diego.

Through a creative presentation, small group discussions and an open mic session, Manzanar At Dusk participants will have the opportunity to learn about the experiences of those incarcerated in the camps. Participants will also be able to interact with former incarcerees in attendance to hear their personal stories, to share their own experiences, and discuss the relevance of the concentration camp experience to present-day events and issues.

Pilgrimage participants are advised to bring their own lunch, drinks and snacks, as there are no facilities to purchase food at the Manzanar National Historic Site (restaurants and fast food outlets are located in Lone Pine and Independence, which are nearby). Water will be provided at the site.

Further details about the Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk program, including bus transportation from the Los Angeles area, will be announced at a later date.

Both the Manzanar Pilgrimage and the Manzanar At Dusk programs are free and are open to the public. For more information, call (323) 662-5102 or send e-mail to

The Manzanar Committee is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Keeler Valentines Fun Day

Keeler Valentines Fun Day Saturday

submitted by KEEPS
February 9, 2016

Come spend an enjoyable day at the Second Annual Keeler Valentines Fun Day featuring a swap meet, street fair, arts and crafts, cactus sales, barbecue, horseshoe tournament, music and activities for the kids. It will take place in Keeler by “The Plunge” on Malone Street, Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 to 4 p.m.

The Keeler Early Era Preservation Society (KEEPS) aims to preserve historic buildings of Keeler and history related to the town. Once a booming port on the Owens Lake, Keeler holds the remnants of a century-old railroad station, talc mill, two-room schoolhouse and homes of a bygone era. The little town boomed and busted with the fates of mining and survives as “an almost ghost town.”

This year, local musician Coale Johnson will entertain from12:30 to 2:30 p.m. He describes his musical style as “folk/rock/jazz with a subtle twang.” Johnson’s extensive playlist draws from his seven recorded albums, plus covers from Muddy Waters to Gordon Lightfoot, from the Beatles to Merle Haggard, from Frank Sinatra to Emmy Lou Harris and Billy Holiday. You can hear samples of his music at :

To participate in the swap meet, arts and crafts, or street fair, just bring your wares to sell. It’s free! You can choose to donate some, none or all of your proceeds to KEEPS. You may also donate items for KEEPS booth or raffle.  A Corsica Perception full sized kayak, pre-owned, with paddle is currently at the top of the list of raffle items. Call (760) 608-3208 for information or donations.

For information about the horseshoe tournament call Bailey at (760) 614-0203.

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Mt. Rambler Brewery expanding their hours

Bishop Brewery to Open 7 Days a Week

submitted by John Louth

The Mountain Rambler Brewery management team has announced plans to change brewery operations in order to now be open for daily operations. According to General Managing Partner Joe Lane, “the brew-pub will now be open on Mondays, which was our one day a week to be closed.” The Board of Directors felt that the demand to be open 7 days a week certainly justified the change. With 8 to 10 locally brewed Mountain Rambler Brewery beers on tap, it “just made sense” to be open every day especially since many of the 3 day weekends include Mondays.

The Mountain Rambler Brewery is Bishop’s only brew house and produces in the neighborhood of 500 gallons of craft beer per week. The brewery has begun to distribute its beer locally but according to Lane, “may reach brewing capacity this summer”.

Future plans for the popular local spot include an outside patio, expanded lunch menu and additional music bookings. Visit the brewery at 162 Main Street in Bishop, open Tuesday through Sunday until February 9th, after which it will be open daily.

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Don’t Get Scammed

Mammoth PD warns of “SCE” Scam

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Community Crime Alert – “SCE” Scam

 Mammoth Lakes, CA The Mammoth Lakes Police Department seeks to warn the public regarding the prevalence of an aggressive phone scam. MLPD has received multiple reports that involve contact via telephone as an individual posing as Southern California Edison (SCE). The caller claims that they will disconnect your power due to non-payment if you don’t pay the bill immediately. They may ask for this in the form of a pre-paid credit card.

 If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be SCE, the following should be considered:

–      SCE will never demand immediate payment or ask you to wire money via Western Union or through a pre-paid credit card to prevent your electricity from being shut off. They will never require you to use a specific or single form of payment and does not accept Green Dot or Vanilla reloadable debit cards.

–      Be vigilant in verifying the identity and affiliation of the person contacting you, even if your caller ID indicates the phone call is from SCE. You can verify by calling SCE at 1-800-655-4555.

–      Scams work best when the victim doesn’t have time to think through things. The caller may seem believable and rush you. Take your time, don’t panic, and don’t pay. There is no situation where you should give your payment or personal information to an unsolicited caller.

If you receive this or a similar call and have questions about whether it is a scam, notify law enforcement immediately and don’t make any payments or other concessions prior to doing so. Anyone with information about these phone calls is encouraged to call MLPD or report a tip on our website.

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Field trip to Five Bridges Area

Inyo Water Commission Field trip will tour the Five Bridges Impact Area

submitted by the Inyo County Water Department
February 8, 2016

The public is invited to join the tour  Wednesday February 10th at 9 am.  Meet in Bishop at the corner of Wye Road and Spruce Road—Directly behind Kmart

The Inyo County Water Commission invites the public to participate in a field trip to the Five Bridges Impact Area located three miles north of Bishop. In the summer of 1988, approximately 300 acres of native vegetation were lost when nearby LADWP wells de-watered the area and caused groundwater to retreat from below the rooting zone. The area is an environmental Mitigation Project identified in the 1991 Long Term Water Agreement between Inyo County and LADWP.

LADWP has managed the revegetation of this area, with input from the County since the fall of 1988. The project has as its goal reestablishing native meadow similar to those that exist nearby outside the affected area. This has not been easy, and based on measures of vegetation cover and composition; the project has only fully met desired conditions six times in the past 26 years.

The tour will include an overlook of the Five Bridges Impact Area and two short walks into the project site.

Also discussed will be the proposal by LADWP to operate the two wells that led to the loss of vegetation. These wells, designated 385R and 386R have been modified to draw water from the deep aquifer at a lower rate. LADWP considers these new wells. This proposal is currently under discussion by the County and LADWP.

The tour will last about three hours. Participants will need to provide their own transportation, and prepare to be outside for about three hours.

The Inyo County Water Commission is an advisory panel to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors. One of its principal responsibilities is to conduct meetings to inform and educate the public about, and to solicit public opinion on, all issues, decisions, projects, programs and activities arising out of agreements and stipulations between the LADWP and Inyo County.

For more information, please call 760-878-0001, or visit

cover photo by Gary Young

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Home Street Students of the Month

Bishop Home Street Names Students of the Month

submitted by Home Street Middle School
February 8, 2016

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their January Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students were presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month
Clifton Mason lll Eric Montoya
Kayden Rinehart
Xavier Farmer
Hailey Dahlke
Maria Bautista Figueroa
Joseph Weaver
Ashleey Hernandez
Christian Cuellar
Ajia Saunders
Dorothy Jarvis
Usungwapu West
Haven delGiudice
Xochilth Aguilar
Maile Munro
Jaiden Coons
Ronald Romero lll
Viana Gonzalez
Geneva Molina
Luis Cruz

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Mono SO makes arrest after threat at Coleville HS

Threat at Coleville High School lead to Arrest

submitted by the Mono County Sheriffs Department

On February 4, 2016, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office received calls from concerned parents regarding threats to students and staff at Coleville High School from a fellow student.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into the complaints. During the course of the investigation, the officers developed credible information that threats had been made against students and staff and were provided a timeline when the threats would be carried out.

Based on the findings of the preliminary investigation, a male juvenile was interviewed and was determined to be the suspect in the threats against the students and staff. The male juvenile was detained and transported to Juvenile Hall in Independence, California. None of the students or staff was physically harmed as the suspect was detained prior to implementation of the threats.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing names of the student victims, staff victims or the suspect.

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LADWP and CAL Fire schedule Prescribed Burns

LADWP and CAL Fire burns begin this week

February 8, 2016

submitted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

LADWP and CAL Fire to Conduct Series of Prescribed Burns for Range and Habitat Improvement.
Burns to occur through March 15, 2016.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and CAL Fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed burns for range and habitat improvement purposes in the Bishop and Independence areas through March 15, 2016.

The first prescribed burn will occur southeast of Bishop this week.

The public is asked not to report the smoke and fire in the controlled burn areas. Crews will monitor the fire throughout the burn, and will take precautions to keep smoke away from area communities.

cover photo by Arnie Palu

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