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Banff Film Fest Returns to Bishop

Banff Mt Film Fest World Tour hits Bishop in March

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Bishop, California on March 27 & 28, 2015.

Good things come to those who wait. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to Bishop! This year’s World Tour showcases the very best mountain filmmakers, allowing you to experience the stories that inspire us to continue exploring our environments.

The Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival is the one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. Hot on the heels of the festival held every fall in Banff, Alberta, the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour hits the road with stops planned in about 450 communities and 40 countries across the globe.

The 2014/2015 World Tour is an exhilarating and provocative exploration of the mountain world, with films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. From 372 films entered into the annual festival, award-winning films and audience favorites are among the films chosen to travel the globe.

Join Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts when the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour brings the spirit of outdoor adventure to Bishop, at the Tri-County Fairgrounds on March 27 and 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for each night and available at Eastside Sports and Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop and the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes.

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Home Street Students of the Month

HSMS January Students of the month

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 will be presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month :Kitrina Daugherty, Hunter Bealle, Jasmin McKellips, Samuel Sanders, Stacia Ginn, Wesley Pettet, Eric Montoya, Brianna Brown, Tanin Cook, Jarid Alpers, Vestna Khok, Gabriela Solis, Abigail Ball, O.Z Allmon, Viannae Fregoso, Juan Chavez, Hadley Brown, Manny Talavera, Sydney Ellis, and Thomas Zentmyer.

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Evening with William Tweed

An Evening with William Tweed

February 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Free event)
Lone Pine Film History Museum

An Evening Discussion with William Tweed on John Muir and our National Park System in the High Sierra with introductory comments by Dr. Terry McAteer, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools.
In this provocative walking meditation, writer and former park ranger William Tweed takes folks to California’s spectacular High Sierra to discover a new vision for national parks as they approach their 100th anniversary. Tweed, who worked among the Sierra Nevada’s big peaks and big trees for more than thirty years, has now hiked more than 200 miles along California’s John Muir Trail in a personal search for answers: How do we address the climate change we are seeing even now-in melting glaciers in Glacier National Park, changing rainy seasons on Mt Rainer, and more fire in the West’s iconic parks. Should we intervene where we can to preserve biodiversity? Should the parks merely become ecosystem museums that exhibit famous landscapes and species? Asking how we can make these magnificent parks relevant for the next generation, Tweed, through his journey, ultimately shows why we must do just that.
William Tweed, Chief Park Naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks before he retired in 2006, is the author, with Lauren Davis, of Death Valley and the Northern Mojave, A Visitor’s Guide and, with Lary M. Dilsaver, of Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
You are invited to join them at 7:00 PM at the Museum Theater for this inspiring conversation and dialogue with William Tweed. Approximate presentation one hour. Coffee and sweets after discussion. Admission Free. The evening is presented by the Inyo County Community Read Program, the Lone Pine Film History Museum and the Eastern California Museum.

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LADWP Water Update

The LADWP has the latest water numbers

The Los Angeles Department of water and power’s numbers show a slight increase in both snow pack and overall precipitation.  The past weekends rain and snow not only helped with the round fire, but also provided a much needed lift to gloomy precipitation conditions. The link below will take you to the LADWP’s water report.

Eastern Sierra Current Precipitation Conditions

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Round Fire Tuesday Update

Round Fire Update, Residents allowed in

From Cal Fire:

Acres: 7,000
Containment: 95% (full containment expected today)
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel assigned: 100+
Evacuations: Lifted

From The Mono County Sheriffs department:

Current Situation: Re-population for the residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows began Monday at 4:00pm. For all residents that still need to re-enter, you will need a pass to get in. Please visit the Command Post located at the entry point of Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel will issue you the entry pass. Please have proper identification with you. Residents can come and go from the communities. Remember to take your pass with you so you may gain re-entry. Residents are allowed up to two additional people to help with re-population. Please ensure these individuals are with you. Please remember to drive slowly and with caution in the escort lines into the communities. Be attention to work crews and personnel on scene.

Residents will need to use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weakened chimneys pose a risk for injury. Please use the the utmost caution.

Red Cross: The American Red Cross is now stationed in two locations. They are directly on scene with a mobile unit at Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. If any residents need immediate assistance, please visit the mobile unit. They are also stationed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

Donations: There has been a phenomenal response to those willing to give to this devastating incident. Please visit https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire for the most up-to-date donation sites.

Utilities: Verizon cell service went back online Monday evening. All phone services are up and running. Please note that interruption in service may happen as continued work is done. Please be patient as crews continue to work. Thank you to SCE for their 24/7 response to fixing all the burned power poles and restoring the power to the communities.

Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Caltrans, CalOES

The assistance center in Bishop located at the Patio building at the fairgrounds, organized by the Salvation Army, Tri county fair and Bishop Chamber of commerce is open from 10-3 daily.  They have received a large amount of donations and those who need supplies are encouraged to stop by for assistance.

Photo by Gary Young Photography

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Round Fire Monday Update

Round Fire Monday Update

UPDATE (12:00 noon)

Cal Fire was confirming that residents of Paradise will be allowed into the community at 1pm today, however Mono County SO is now saying….Southern California Edison (SCE) is not ready to re-population Paradise at this time. There are still power lines down and no power within the community. SCE is close to restoring power. We cannot allow re-population until all utility needs are met.  We are anticipating for re-population of the community of Paradise at 4:00pm today. We are sorry for any inconveniences but please be patient, both communities will be re-populated today – first Paradise and then Swall Meadows.

Progress continues as crews work to fully contain the Round Fire which claimed 40 homes this weekend. The fire is now 85% contained. 39 homes in the Swall Meadows community and one home in Paradise were destroyed after the fire broke out Friday afternoon. Very high, erratic winds moved the fire north from it’s origin at the Schober ranch in Round Valley.  Winds in the area were gusting well over 70 mph. The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to Cal Fire, with numerous hazards still existing, access to the area is restricted. Cal Fire spokesperson Liz Brown says, “The evacuation is still in effect as downed power lines make re-entry hazardous for homeowners. The community of Paradise may be repopulated as early as this morning if infrastructure needs are met. Trees damaged by fire are being assessed and tagged as hazards for removal.”

A total of 4 firefighters have been injured in the firefighting and mop up effort. All of the injuries are considered minor.

The evacuation center is the Crowley lake community center.

In Bishop the Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce and Tri-County Fair have been receiving donations. Organizers thank the community for the outpouring of support, but note that the donation center at the tri county fair grounds has reached maximum capacity. They are now concentrating on distribution. If you have items to donate, please hold on to them, noting there will be a need later, once the displaced families are more settled in to their temporary housing arrangements. At this point gift cards of any kind are a great donation, as they require no storage space and allow victims to acquire exactly what they need. Organizers would like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love, support and compassion for our friends and neighbors.

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Round Fire Update

Round Fire Update

Sunday, February 8th, 12:30 pm Update

The containment percentage is holding at 65, however officials at cal fire are hopeful that number will increase significantly as work continues today.  Over 500 firefighters remain committed to the effort.  The mandatory evacuation of swall meadows and paradise remains in place due to hazards in the area.   Cal Fire spokespersons Bennett Milloy said that fire damaged trees are a major safety concern along with 50 plus utility poles that Southern California Edison is working to stabilize.  Milloy said that erratic winds are also a major concern.  The spokesman for Cal fire said that getting residents back to their homes is a priority, but the area must be secured.

In regards to donations, Tawni Thomson at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce indicates that the community has donated items in almost overwhelming fashion.  Thomson says that right now the best way to give is to donate gift cards to local businesses.  The donation center at the patio building at the tri-county fair continues to receive donations of basic items, but right now the best way to give is to donate gift cards.  Thomson says the need go give will be ongoing, and a better assessment of what is needed will be clear in coming days.  Thomson also urges those who need assistance to please come to the patio building to receive what the community has so generously donated.   Those who would like to donate money can do so through alta one federal credit union  on north main street Bishop.

Sunday, February 8th, 7:45am

Official update from Cal Fire on the Round Fire as of the morning briefing:

Location: Paradise and Swall Meadows
Acreage: 7,000 acres
Containment: 65% (estimating full containment on Tuesday)
Injuries: 3 firefighters (minor injuries)
Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Destroyed: 40 residences destroyed / 5 damaged
Current structures threatened: No immediate threats
Total personnel assigned: 500+

Current situation: downed powered lines make re-entry for homeowners hazardous and unsafe. A re-population plan is being created and we will provide that information as soon as it is available. Until the area is safe, no homeowners will be allowed entry into their homes.

Evacuation Center: Crowley Lake Community Center. Red Cross will also be at the community center today to help with immediate financial aid for any homeowner who lost their home.

Cooperating agencies: Cal Fire (lead), Inyo National Forest, Paradise Fire, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, Caltrans

Verizon update: There was a fiber optic line that was burned in the area of Swall Meadows. Verizon crews are working cooperatively with fire personnel to get the line fixed. Please be patient as Verizon crews work to restore cell phone service in the midst of this fire.

Fire Information Line: (909) 881-6949

From the Salvation Army,

Any Victims of the Round Fire – this includes any and all people that have lost their homes in the Swallow Meadows and Paradise areas: We can help you. We have been working with the Bishop Chamber of Commerce along with the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds and we have emergency shelter, clothing, bedding, toiletries and food. There are other things we can help with, please call us. We can even help you with your livestock if need be. Please give us a call at 760-872-2124 or come by to our office at 621 W. Line Street, in Bishop.

For those wanting to donate – donations of clothing, bedding, dog/cat food and toiletries (anything that you can think of that you may need if you were in this situation) can be taken to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds Patio Building. Any donations of food, please bring to The Salvation Army at 621 W. Line Street. After Sunday, February 8th, all donations can be dropped of at The Salvation Army at 621 W. Line Street. For more information how you can help, please give us a call at 760-872-2124.

The Bishop Vet hospital, pampered pooches and relaxing fur kennels are offering pet boarding for those in need.

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Photos by Gary Young

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Bridgeport Fire

Van Dyke Fire Estimated at 305 Acres

Update (Monday, February 9th, 10am)

The Van Dyke Fire has been mapped at 450 acres and is 75% contained.

The fire is in grass and sage fuels and has received measurable moisture. More rain and snow is in the forecast in the next few days. Fire crews are improving fireline today and mopping up lingering hotspots. Crews expect to fully contain the fire tomorrow morning. Initial attack response was by local fire departments and the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest. Bridgeport and Lee Vining Fire Departments were instrumental during initial attack and helped prevent structure loss. Highway 395 is opened and all evacuations have been lifted. Additionally, power service has been restored. Verizon cell service remains down at this time. The SCE power sub-station received damage from both fire and wind from the storm; repair work on the station was completed last night. Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Update (Sunday, February 8th, 8am)

Van Dyke Fire Estimated at 450 Acres

The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is now estimated to be 450 acres and is 75% contained.

The fire is in grass and sage fuels and received measurable moisture today. Fire crews used these conditions to advance the containment efforts today. If favorable conditions continue, crews should fully contain the fire by tomorrow evening.

Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest and local fire departments. Bridgeport and Lee Vining Fire Departments were instrumental during initial attack and helped prevent structure loss.

Highway 395 has re-opened and all evacuations have been lifted. However, cell phone service and power continue to be down at this time. The SCE power sub-station received damage from both fire and wind yesterday. Crews are completing repair work on the station and hope to restore power by tomorrow morning around 11:00 a.m.

Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

USFS update (Saturday, February 7th, 11:30am)
The Van Dyke Fire (initially referred to as the Point Ranch Fire) is estimated to be 305 acres. The fire 30% contained. It initially started on the west side of Highway 395 and crossed the highway. It is burning south of Bridgeport, east of Highway 395, and north of Point Ranch.
The fire is burning in grass and sage. There is light rain falling at this time and the winds have subsided. Fire crews plan to take advantage of these conditions for containment efforts today.  Initial attack response was by the Humboldt-Tioyabe National Forest, but the fire is also on Bureau of Land Management response area.
All evacuations have been lifted. Residents of the Evans Track (south of the Bridgeport Ranger Station) had been previously evacuated.
Multiple agencies have responded to the fire including Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, and June Lake Fire Departments, Mono County, CHP, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, as well as Bureau of Land Management, Bishop Field Office,  and U.S. Forest Service (Humboldt-Tioyabe and Inyo National Forests).

Highway 395 has re-opened. Cell phone service and power are down at this time.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Opportunities to Help

Contact information to help victims of Round Fire

Salvation Army Bishop, 760-872-2124.  The Salvation army in Bishop is open ready to help those displaced by the fire.  They can provide victims emergency shelter and they have access to clothing.  The Salvation army is accepting monetary donations for local disaster services.

Tri-County Fair Grounds. The patio building is accepting donations for those who lost homes in the round fire.  Clothing and basic essentials can be dropped off at the patio building.

Bishop Veterinary Hospital.  The Bishop vet is offering free animal boarding.  Call 760-873-5801.

Pampered Pooches.  Pet boarding is also available through pampered pooches.  760-872-7387.

photo by Gary Young Photography

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Round Valley Fire

Fire claims several homes

1:30 pm Saturday, February 7th, Update
Cal Fire is now confirming that 39 structures have been lost as a result of the Round Fire.  The acreage total is listed at 7,000 with two injuries reported, both to firefighters.  One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation Friday night and one firefighter suffered a fall today during mop up.
A community meeting will be held tonight at 6pm at the Round Valley School.  Fire fighting officials will be on hand to brief the community on the fire fighting effort.

Victims who have been displaced by the fire can contact the Salvation Army.  760-872-2124.  The Salvation army can provide shelter and has access to clothing, food and other essentials.  They are also receiving tax deductible  donations to help those in need.

The preliminary count shows 20 homes have been lost in the community of Swall meadows and Paradise.  The fire broke out Friday afternoon near the Schober ranch in Round Valley, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.  High, erratic winds quickly grew the fire to over 7,000 acres.  Officials at Cal fire indicate that the total number of homes lost could climb once a better evaluation is conducted today.  “We anticipate that number to increase” says Cal fire spokesperson Liz Brown.

The tri-county fair grounds in Bishop is accepting donations for those who lost their homes in the fire. Clothing and basics will be accepted at the patio building beginning at 9:30.

Cal Fire is reporting injuries to one firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation battling the fire in swall meadows.

from cal fire…Significant rain stopped the forward rate of the fire around 2am. Downed power lines and venting propane tanks make re-entry for residents dangerous.

agencies on the fire include…Inyo USFS, Paradise Fire Dept., Inyo County Sheriff, Mono County Sheriff, CHP, LADWP, BSHOP Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Edison and CDCR

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