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Family Emergency forces Michael Martin Murphey to cancel Mule Days Show

Martin Murphey out, Dave Stamey and others step in

May 26, 2016

Mule Days scrambles to fill void.
Comedian Frankie “Punkintown” Smith will open.
Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, Neil Gelvin and Pete Charles will perform.
Dave Stamey will close tonight’s show.

Statement from Mule Days:

Michael Martin Murphey, country music headliner for Bishop Mule Days Celebration, has had to cancel his appearance tonight due to an unexpected and possibly devastating family emergency.

From  Michael:

“I have cancelled my show in Bishop, CA for Mule Days on May 26, 2016 because of a family emergency. My precious mother is critically ill and I am rushing to be by her side. I have been looking forward to performing at Mule Days again with great anticipation; I wish I could be there, but I will return to Bishop as soon as possible.

Just so you know, my mother sewed me Western shirts and kept me in jeans, boots and cowboy hats from the time I was a child. My Mom and Dad sent me to family ranches every summer so I could learn cowboy skills, even though we lived in the big city of Dallas, Texas. They encouraged me to work at a Christian youth camp called Sky Ranch in Lewisville, Texas when I was a teen, and there I first had a job singing cowboy songs around a campfire and teaching kids to ride a horse and outdoor skills.  They believed that the Western Way of Life is a great way to bring up kids. I owe my career as a singing cowboy from Texas to my mother and father, who loved the Lone Star State and what it stands for. They loved the cattle ranching culture.  Dad is gone now but Mom still encourages me to “keep it Western.” What America needs now, more than ever, is people like my Mom and Dad- city people who support country people in their stewardship of the world’s grasslands through responsible ranching. I know the show in Bishop is sold out; my deepest thanks to all my supporters. You can count on me to return to Bishop as soon as possible.  As my Dad, who was my business manager used to say, “We’ll make it work, son!” I know my Mom agrees.”

Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Murphey and his family in his hour of need.

However, the show must go on!

We have put together an equally entertaining and incredible concert tonight.  Warming up tonight’s concert audience with laughter is stand-up comedian Frankie “Punkintown” Smith, Christian Country Music Association Comedian of the Year.  You may know Frankie as Bishop Mule Days Arena Clown with his trick pony “Turbo” and his mule “Minnie Pearl”.  A highly sought after entertainer Bishop Mule Days is excited to present!

Bishop Local legend Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, 2014 Best Friend of the Packers, will be performing with fellow local musicians Neil Gelvin and Pete Charles.  They will be playing foot-stomping fiddle-tunes along with heart moving ballads, set to American Poet Curly Fletcher, such as “Strawberry Roan”.  Fiddlin’ Pete is a world-class fiddler who has played along with Michael Martin Murphey and Ian Tyson.  This is sure to be a toe tapping, two-stepping good time!

Dave Stamey, 2015 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will be delighting tonight’s crowd with soulful vocals and guitar strumming to all his famous melodies, as well as more favorites from his newly released album “Western Stories”. Dave Stamey, a past Best Friend of Mule Days recipient, is a phenomenal performer who will entertain tonight’s audience with his upbeat performance of music that transcends all generations of music lovers!

Any questions please visit the front gate ticket booth, thank you!


Bishop Mule Days, Michael Martin Murphey, Dave Stamey, Pete Watercott

Manzanar hosts Citizenship Ceremony

Manzanar Historic Site hosts Naturalization Ceremony

May 25, 2016
by Allie Wilder

Today a Naturalization Ceremony took place at Manzanar National Historic Site in observance of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The ceremony was part of a partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the National Park Service to host 100 Naturalization Ceremonies in 100 National Parks and Monuments to celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial.

Keynote speaker Honorable Paul M. Igasaki congratulated the 14 local new citizens saying that they “Have altered the American Story today by becoming part of it”.

Both Igasaki and longtime Manzanar volunteer, 2016 National Park Service enduring service award winner and former internee Saburo Sasaki noted that until 1952 only those of European ancestry were eligible for naturalization. Sasaki urged the new citizens to exercise their new rights as the privilege of becoming American citizens has not always been available to everyone.

Bernadette Johnson, superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site noted that the story of Manzanar is “A story of the fragility of our constitutional rights” and that she hopes that this can become an annual event.

In her closing remarks Monica E. Toro from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated that making this an annual event will be their pleasure. The ceremony concluded with Voter Registration for the new citizens and a tour of Manzanar National Historic Site led by Saburo Sasaki.

The 14 new citizens taking their Oath of Allegiance. Photo by Allie Wilder
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State Relaxes Water Restrictions

California removes water reduction requirement

May 25, 2016
submitted by the City of Bishop Public Works Department

The State of California has removed the requirement that City of Bishop water users reduce water use by 25%. While it removed this primary water conservation requirement, the state left other requirements in place. The state had implemented water conservation requirements last year in response to the drought. The state is relaxing some requirements due to more precipitation last winter.

To meet the 25% requirement, Bishop had limited watering to only between 5 pm and 9 am. Since the state has eliminated the 25% requirement and since City of Bishop water sources are relatively unaffected by the drought, City of Bishop water users are free to
water at any time during the day. Watering during cooler times would still be suggested because watering during those times is more efficient and probably better for your plants.
The state left the following water conservation requirements in place:

No outdoor irrigation such that water runs off irrigated area.

No outdoor irrigation during and within 48 hours after precipitation

No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle

No washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas

No decorative water features unless there is recirculation

Landscaping for new homes must follow state requirements

The city has a standing water conservation incentive program available to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account. Also, quantities of the free items are limited.

Also remember that landscaping needs less water now than in the heat of the summer. Tailor your watering to the needs of the plants and lawn to avoid over-watering. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, and is the right thing to do. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at  873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.

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Ernie Blunt

Ernest Blunt, 1931-2016

Ernest “Ernie” Albert Blunt, a resident of Bishop for 60 years, passed away on May 22rd at the age of 84.

Ernie Blunt was born on November 2, 1931 in Lone Pine, California. Ernie split his high school years between Owens Valley High School where he lettered in baseball, Glenns Ferry High School in Idaho, and Bishop High School. Throughout his youth, Ernie worked as a packer for the Parker Blunt Pack Station taking visitors on mule packing adventures into the mountains.

Ernie joined the United States Air Force in 1951 where he served until 1955 in England at the RAF Fairfield air base as a mechanic. He met and developed a courtship with Margaret “Peggy”Rose Price. He proposed to Peggy prior to his return to the United States. Although they planned to get married in England, paperwork held things up. They were married a month later on July 18, 1955, at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Bishop.

Ernie initially joined the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) in 1955. He left CALTRANS and went to work for Inyo County in their Engineering Department in 1956, but returned to CALTRANS in 1957 and worked as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic in Bishop. Ernie spent 34 years with CALTRANS and officially retired on December 30, 1991.

Ernie spent his retirement years deer hunting, fishing, camping, attending Mule Days activities and his favorite activity—garage sales. Prior to his wife Peggy’s death one year ago on Mule Days, Peggy and Ernie were “regulars” at every local yard sale. It is weirdly coincidental that both would pass within 24 hours of exactly one year apart. Both Ernie and Peggy were to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary last year.

Ernie is survived by: daughters Helen Waitkus of Bishop; and Mandy McCarthy of Rohnert Park, CA; grand-daughter Kelsey McCarthy of New York City; and grandsons Joseph Blunt of Wasco, Oregon and Jack McCarthy of Orange County, CA.

A funeral and a public celebration of life service are not planned at this time but may be held in the future. Instead of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible memorial donation to the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).


Citizenship Ceremony at Manzanar

USCIS Officers Travel to Manzanar To Swear in 14 Local People as U.S. Citizens

Submitted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services

This is the First Naturalization Ceremony Held at Manzanar

FRESNO, Calif. – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will hold a swearing-in for 14 local people at Manzanar National Historic Site on May 25. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps used during World War II to detain Japanese-Americans. USCIS chose this site in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander month, observed during May. The ceremony also observes the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, which oversees the site, which is located six miles south of Independence.

Speaking on that day is the Honorable Paul M. Igasaki, Chair and Chief Judge of the Administrative Review Board at the U.S. Department of Labor. He came to the DOL in 2010 after stints with Equal Justice Works and the Rights Working Group. At the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for six years, he participated in the development of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Earlier, he’d been the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus.

USCIS invites new citizens and their families and friends to share the experience via Twitter using the hashtag #newUScitizen.

For information about USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.

WHEN: May 25, 11 a.m.

WHERE: Manzanar National Historic Site, NPS

5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526

cover photo by Gary Young

Lecture on Hubble Telescope Set

Lecture on the Hubble Space Telescope

On Thursday June 9th at 5:30pm, Professor Daniel McIntosh will be giving a talk about the Hubble Space Telescope at the Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College. The title of his talk will be “Hubble’s Legacy: Reflections on the Past, Present & Future of U.S. Astronomy”.

In April 1990, NASA launched the most well-known scientific instrument in history. As an astronomer and educator, Dr. McIntosh will discuss the scientific legacy of this great space observatory, describe who Edwin Hubble was and why the telescope was named after him. He will finish by examining the questions “how much did it cost to build the space observatory and was it worth it?”. The answers to these questions relate to the future of science in the U.S.

Dr. McIntosh is an Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is an award-winning educator and an expert on the physical processes underlying the origins and growth of galaxies – a central feature of cosmic history. Dr. McIntosh has been involved with Hubble Space Telescope projects for over 15 years. He is Co-investigator of several major programs including CANDELS, the largest ever Hubble survey of distant galaxies. Professor McIntosh has co-authored over 60 publications based on Hubble Space Telescope data.

Mammoth Film Festival Set


 MAY 25th – 29th, 2016

Events include Four Gala Screenings plus

In-Person Award Presentation to Iconic Director Joe Dante

Spotlight Screening of Acclaimed documentary Beware the Slenderman

 Los Angeles, CA – April 28, 2016: Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, set in the majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, has announced its line-up of screenings and events for the festival’s second edition. The five-day festival will take place over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 25 -29, 2016, and includes a tribute to legendary director Joe Dante, four Gala events, and narrative and documentary competition sections.


2016 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Sponsors include: Honda, RED Digital Cinema, Panavision, Light Iron, GoPro, Town of Mammoth Lakes, Mono County, Paul and Kathleen Rudder, Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa (preferred lodging partner), Eberle Wines, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Blue Moon, and many others. 


The festival will present 14 films in Narrative and Documentary Competition, as well as additional events and special screenings. Gala events include the Opening Night Screening, sponsored by Westin Monaché Resort, and Party for Operation Avalanche, the centerpiece Sierra Spirit Award Presentation to iconic filmmaker Joe Dante, Spotlight Screening of acclaimed documentary Beware The Slenderman, a Gala Closing Night Screening for Sonita, and a closing night Awards Party.


Taking place five hours north of Los Angeles by car and thirty minutes south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival delivers an intimate and unique experience for festivalgoers, filmmakers, and industry guests, with the opportunity to experience screenings and events in a beautiful mountain setting. The festival presents a diverse selection from world premieres to film festival favorites, short film screenings, Q&As, and a Saturday morning Indie cartoon program for children, all taking place over the five days.  The festival will also include nightly gala events that celebrate the excitement and discovery of visionary filmmaking. 


“Our excellent film programs this year will thrill audiences and build on our tremendous success from last year. We are a destination film festival for audiences who want to experience the best in cinema while surrounded by the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes,” said Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Founder Shira Dubrovner. “I am particularly excited for our Centerpiece Gala, where we will present the first Sierra Spirit Award to legendary Hollywood director Joe Dante, and screen his classic film Innerspace”.


“This is our strongest selection yet of exciting and innovative films from around the world. Our mission is to go beyond trends to bring inspired and timeless independent filmmaking undiluted—directly to our audiences,” said Paul Sbrizzi, Director of Programming. 


Festival passes and individual tickets are available now.

Ticket sales and additional festival information can be found at:


Discounted lodging through the festival’s lodging partner Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa can be purchased with a 20% discount on by calling in or booking online at CODE – Theater)


All screenings and special events will take place in Mammoth Lakes, at venues including the Edison Theatre, the Forest Service Visitor’s Center Theater, the Minaret Cinemas, as well as the Mono Lake Visitor’s Center.


For press use only, festival stills can be downloaded here:


Narrative and Competition films will be eligible for multiple awards: The winning Documentary Feature receives a RED Scarlet digital camera; Panavision will provide the winning Narrative Feature with a $10,000 USD camera grant for their next project and a two-day color correction session from Light Iron. 


An Audience Award will be presented to feature films in both narrative and documentary categories.  Jury Awards will also be presented to short films. The Jury will be comprised of select film industry members, including producer John Fiedler (Serial Mom), Writer/Producer John Wirth (Hell On Wheels), Emmy® Nominated Documentary Filmmaker John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon), Producer Allison Amon (Queen Of Versailles), and Amanda Salazar, Vice President Of Film Acquisitions At Fandor.





Operation Avalanche (USA) – Director: Matt Miller

This engrossing and tantalizing mockumentary takes place in 1967, during the height of the Cold War.  Four undercover CIA agents sent to NASA to pose as a documentary film crew discover one of the biggest conspiracies in American history around the Apollo space landing.  Opening Night Party will include entertainment by Ouroboros Shadow Pictures, an innovative shadow picture company.



Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the mesmerizing and shocking story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky, who spent innumerable hours with the two girls, their families and friends trying to understand how this tragedy could have happened, will be present for a Q&A immediately following the screening.

*Also in documentary feature competition



On Saturday evening we honor legendary director Joe Dante with our inaugural Sierra Spirit Award. The Sierra Spirit Award is given to an iconic and visionary filmmaker who inspires audiences, breaks boundaries, and has created visionary entertainment that has touched generations. Joe Dante’s tremendous body of work exemplifies storytelling passion and skill. His films include Small Soldiers, Gremlins 1 and 2, and The Howling.  We are proud to present a screening of Mr. Dante’s classic 1987 film Innerspace, followed by a conversation with Mr. Dante. Special guest appearance by actor Robert Picardo (Innerspace, Gremlins 2).



Sonita (Iran) – Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. 

*Also in documentary feature competition



All the Colors Of The Night (Brazil) – Director: Pedro Severin

Iris wakes up in her spacious seafront apartment, discovers a body in the living room and enlists the help of other women, setting off a spiral of redemption in an atmospheric drama of dark imagery and questionable reality.


Baby Bump (Poland) – Director: Kuba Czekaj

11-year-old Mickey House is no longer a child. But who is he? He has no clue. He has no friends. He hates what’s happening to his body. Reality and imagination blend together in a toxic mix of encroaching puberty. Growing up is not for kids.


Bodkin Ras (Netherlands) – Director: Kaweh Modiri

A young fugitive searches for a nonexistent home, in a small town called Forres, a Scottish town well-hidden between the Highlands and the North Sea. The characters in this town are all real people with traumas whose stories are incorporated into the film script, in which documentary and fiction are blended together.


Buddymoon (USA) – Director: Alex Simmons

Flula Borg (Pitch Perfect 2) stars in this buddy-flick comedy. Jilted groom David is convinced by his excitable best man, played by Flula, to continue with his planned honeymoon, a backcountry trek in the mountains of Oregon, in this comedic ode to friendship and the great outdoors.


Mad (USA) – Director: Robert Putka

A tragicomedy about a matriarch who passes the point of a nervous breakdown, her two daughters that don’t give a damn, and the heat-seeking missiles of resentment they toss at each other.


Last Summer (Italy) – Director: Leonardo Guerra Seragnoli

On a luxury yacht off the coast of Italy, a young mother has four days to leave her son with a lasting memory of her before she loses custody of him for many years. Starring

Academy Award nominated actress, Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim, Babel).


On The Rocks (USA, World Premiere) – Directors: Ariel Gardner & Alex Kavutskiy

Dallas struggles to get ahead in life. As he is dealing with his father’s passing he must overcome the day to day obstacles that prevent him from making progress. When he thinks he has taken one step forward he soon will see that he took two steps back.



Atlan (Iran)Director: Moeen Karimoddini

Ali is a Turkman horse trainer; horses are his life. His beloved horse Ilhan has won him many prizes. Ali is planning to use Ilhan’s and his other horses’ awards money to pay for his wedding. But not everything goes favorably in the course of events.


Beware The Slenderman (USA) – Director: Irene Taylor Brodsky

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, tells the story of a Boogeyman lurking on the internet and two 12-year-old girls who would kill for him. Ms. Taylor Brodsky will be present for Q&A.

*Also Spotlight Gala Screening


Helmut Berger, Actor (Austria) – Director: Andreas Horvath

A relentless, yet intimate portrait of the legendary actor Helmut Berger who epitomized the exuberant jet set lifestyle of the 70s, and now reigns over a run down two-room apartment at the outskirts of his hometown Salzburg, Austria. The film exposes the brusqueness of his character for what it really is: a cry for attention, closeness and intimacy.


Learning To See (USA) – Director: Jake Oelman

A visual feast for the eyes is insect photographer Robert Oelman’s transformational journey to find and document the Amazon’s strangest creatures. Beautifully filmed by his son Jake, Robert’s quest culminates with a New York City gallery show where he finally shares his striking and magical images with the general public.


Myrtle Beach (USA) – Directors: Michael Fuller & Neil Rough

Like a darker less whimsical Vernon, Florida, Myrtle Beach profiles a charismatic cast of local eccentrics, survivors and lone wolves against the beauty of this famed resort town.


Sonita (Iran) – Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

The inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. 

*Also Closing Night Gala Screening


Under The Sun (Russia) – Director: Vitaly Mansky

Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). Even more fascinating than the family’s story, is the behind the scenes manipulations of government operatives.



About Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, held in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierra of California, brings together world-class cinema, new filmmaking talent, industry veterans, and audiences from around the world to celebrate films amidst the inspiring natural beauty of Mammoth Lakes. Our intent is to unlock the creative mind of the public by providing unique movie-going experiences and also  support emerging filmmakers with the opportunity to be inspired by our natural environment.

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is proud to partner with sponsors who support the arts and emerging artists.

The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is under the umbrella of Mammoth Lakes Foundation—the nonprofit founded by Dave McCoy in 1989 (who also founded Mammoth Mountain Ski Area in 1953). Dave McCoy turns 101 years old this August and is excited to be a part of the 2nd annual Mammoth Lakes Film Festival.

Additional Information about Mammoth Lakes Film Festival is available at


Cerro Coso Graduates Big Class

Cerro Coso College Graduation held

May 24, 2016
submitted by Julie Faber, Eastern Sierra Foundation

A vibrant future has been granted with the help of the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship to 21 local students who have chosen to create a better life for themselves

On May 6th, 2016, Cerro Coso Community College’s Eastern Sierra College Center celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016. The ceremony was one of the largest ever held at the Bishop campus; over 450 friends and family members were in the audience to show support for the graduates. There were 55 students in the graduating class, 21 of these success stories were on an enrollment and book scholarship from Eastern Sierra Foundation. Graduates not only earned degrees and certificates from 17 different fields, they also boasted transfer destinations such as Stanford, Cal Poly SLO, University of Nevada, Reno, Arizona State, Whitworth, Oregon State, Chico State, Sonoma State, UC San Diego.

Deanna Campbell, Director of ESCC said, “We believe that our community’s future depends on education.”  Eastern Sierra College Center (ESCC) has nearly 600 students split evenly between Bishop and Mammoth campuses. Deanna said, “We have been able to increase the base of the student body by supporting those underrepresented in higher education. Of those that graduated this May, more than half were supported by local scholarships. Each semester, approximately 50 students are fully supported by the Owens Valley Career Development Center, 60 are fully funded by the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship, and nearly 30 are fully funded by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation. Handled strategically, scholarships can make a better life possible for those who live in our community, or want to further their education, so they can come back and thrive.”

This year’s graduating class (both Bishop and Mammoth) is 55% White, 32% Latino, and 13% Native American. However, in Bishop, while Native Americans comprise 13% of the student body, they represent 21% of the Bishop graduating class.

Jeff Griffiths, the current President of Eastern Sierra Foundation expressed, “We’re proud to have 21 graduates this year on the Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship.  It is our goal to support successful transitions from high school through college. It is through the ES Foundation support that has allowed more than 1000 Inyo County students to attain higher education and enhance their technical skills. It is our strategy to serve students from all backgrounds and all ages.”

“We are pleased to not only offer these annual scholarships to Inyo County high school students, but also those seeking higher education later in life,” said Executive Board Member, Kim Kost “We are committed to ensuring ESCC students succeed, meet community needs and enhance the prosperity of the County. By offering these scholarships, we provide new students an opportunity to successfully launch their careers at home.”

For over 20 years the Eastern Sierra Foundation (ESF) has been serving potential and current students in Inyo County. Founded with the intention of building the Eastern Sierra College Center, ESF has evolved to pursue and continuously realize its current and exclusive goal: providing full-tuition scholarships for Inyo County residents who wish to pursue a college education. As ESF congratulates the class of 2016 and the achievements of its scholarship recipients, the executive board looks forward to celebrating better outcomes for all our students.

Prospective students may obtain scholarship applications at the Bishop campus in the Admissions and Records Office or at the Counseling Office.  The Scholarship covers all course enrollment fees and up to a maximum of $300 for required text book fees. Applicants must be full-time (enrolled in 12 or more credits) and attend the Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College.

ESF and its scholarships are completely volunteer supported and 100% donation-funded. All contributions go to support scholarships available to any California resident who resides in Inyo County. Anyone wishing to make a donation can make their check payable to the “Eastern Sierra Foundation”, and note “Scholarships” on the memo line.  Checks can be delivered to any member the Eastern Sierra Foundation Board, or checks can be delivered c/o ESF P.O. Box 1145, Bishop, CA 93514

Please contact Jeff Griffiths, ESF President at 760 937-0072 for more information.

Adventure Trails clears another hurdle

Inyo Adventure Trails extension moves forward

Statement from Tom Berryhill
May 24, 2016

Sacramento – Senator Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) announces that Senate Bill 1345, a measure to extend the sunset date of Inyo County’s Off Highway Vehicle Adventure Trails pilot program has passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 7.

“I am very glad to report the Senate has agreed on the need to extend this pilot program for three more years. It deserves every opportunity to continue,” said Berryhill. “Linking up segments of existing OHV trails so that folks have easy access to the trails makes sense in rural communities and will prevent people from illegally driving on non-trails or private property.”

SB 1345 will extend a pilot program enacted by Assembly Bill 628 (Conway) in 2011. AB 628 established a five-year pilot program that allowed Inyo County to designate specific county streets and roads as combined-use routes for off-highway vehicle uses.  These combine-use highways are used to link existing OHV trails and trailheads or allow drivers to use these trails for easier access to in-town goods and services.

The original pilot program was caught up in an extensive environmental review and public input process.  As a result, only about six- months of data was collected on the three combined-use routes authorized under the program. SB 1345 extends the original program for an additional three years.

The bill now moves to the Assembly.

Cover photo by Gary Young


Body Recovered from Crowley Lake

Mono County recovers body from Crowley Lake

May 23, 2016
By Arnie Palu

The Mono County Sheriffs office has released details from a weekend recovery.  According to the Mono County Sheriffs Department the body is presumed to be that of missing La Habra man Juan Manuel Vierheller.  Vierheller was reported missing back on May 13th.  Mono County Sheriffs department statement:

On the morning of Sunday, May 22, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the body of a deceased male was found in Crowley Lake. Mono County Sheriff’s deputies were on scene within minutes and took custody of the deceased person. The body is presumed to be that of missing person Juan Vierheller, who was last seen at Beaver Cove in the early morning of Friday, May 13. The family of the missing person has been notified. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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