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BUHS Mathletes Finish First

Bishop Union Varsity Mathletes take league title

May 4, 2016

Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Mathletes finished up successful seasons, with the varsity team earning the league championship and the junior varsity team coming in with a strong second place.

Leading the way were the Varsity Mathletes who competed in their last meet of the season in Bishop on April 20, 2016. Bishop won not only the meet, but also the league’s high point champion team of the season. Bishop earned 141 points over the course of the 2015/2016 season, Tehachapi earned second place team honors with 125 points, and Rosamond came in third with 118 points. BUHS senior Jamie Shultz was Bishop’s high point individual scorer for the year with 40 points, and earned an individual finish of 2nd place out of the approximately 70 students who regularly compete from ten different schools. Other top scorers for Bishop were junior Duncan Reid who earned 32 points and an individual 6th place finish, and senior Logan Stephenson who tied for a 14th place finish with 18 points.

The BUHS Junior Varsity team finished second place overall in the league, behind Desert High School. The JV team had strong individual performances from Jim Tomasek who tied for an individual third place finish with 27 points, Carter Silva who tied for a 5th place finish, Dylan Fitt who tied for 8th place with 21 points, and Jeanine Lomaintewa who finished in 13th place individually, earning 17 points.

The Mathletes are coached by BUHS math instructor Mrs. DeeDee Buchholz, who says, “I love coaching Mathletes! These kids are so outstanding and I just love spending time with them. Winning is certainly fun, but winning alongside teammates who are just as kind as they are smart is extremely rewarding. The JV Mathletes team has so much depth that I am certain BUHS will see success in the future. The Varsity team took home first in the league which is outstanding in itself, but when compared to teams like Tehachapi High School that are three times our size, it really puts into perspective how talented the team really is. Congrats to all my Mathletes, you have made your coach proud!”

The Mathletes Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 17th at 5:15 p.m. in the BUHS theater and is open to anyone who would like to support and celebrate the teams.

Inyo bringing back Talking Water Workshops

Inyo Board of Supervisors set Talking Water Workshop

May 4, 2016
Submitted by the Inyo Board of Supervisors

THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS is resurrecting the “Talking Water Workshops” held last year to discuss water availability in the Owens Valley. The workshop will be held at 1:30 p.m. during the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting, next Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in Independence.

Last year’s workshops were held in light of the severity of drought conditions and the dire shortfall in water for in-valley uses proposed in LADWP’s 2015-2016 Proposed Annual Operations Plan. Although this year’s run-off forecast is markedly better than last year, it is still projected to be 71% of ‘normal.’ Additionally, in its 2016-2017 Proposed Annual Operations Plan, the City of Los Angeles Department and Water and Power included a footnote that, although it plans to provide 45,000 acre-feet of water for Owens Valley irrigation purposes,

“LADWP intends to pursue a [further] reduction in irrigation pursuant to the terms of the Long Term Water Agreement . . .”
This follows LADWP seeking to have the Inyo-Los Angeles Standing Committee pre-approve undefined reductions in irrigation at Standing Committee meetings on February 8th. It also follows the March 31st Standing Committee direction that the Technical Group meet “to develop a program, or programs, providing for reasonable reductions in irrigation Water Supply of Los Angeles-owned lands in Owens Valley and for enhancement/mitigation projects, and to submit the programs for consideration and possible approval by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Department acting through the Standing Committee.”

Despite LADWP’s call for undefined reductions to irrigation and other projects identified in the Long Term Water Agreement, and  the Standing Committee’s direction to the Tech Group, the LADWP has yet to provide the County or the community with any written proposal to evaluate.

In anticipation that – despite, to date, the lack of a written plan being shared with the County, considered by the Technical Group, or available for public review – LADWP will again place this issue on the agenda for the Standing Committee scheduled on May 12, 2016, in Inyo County, the Board of Supervisors is being proactive and seeking input from all segments of the community concerning Owens Valley water availability and use.

The workshop is scheduled for May 10, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., in the Board of Supervisors Room, at the County Administrative Center in Independence. Following the workshop, the Board will consider the draft agenda for the May 12th Standing Committee agenda and provide direction to the County’s Standing Committee representatives.

The Board encourages those who are interested in learning about and providing information concerning the impacts and mitigation of reduced water availability in Inyo County to attend the workshop and share with the Board your comments and ideas.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Fresno Teacher’s Aide Sentenced

Fresno Teacher’s Aide Sentenced for Marijuana Cultivation in Trinity County

May 3, 2016
Submitted by the Department of Justice

FRESNO, Calif. — Kevin Nouthai Yang, aka Thai Yang, 49, of Fresno, was sentenced today to three years and 10 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to cultivate, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana grown on property that he owned in Hay Fork in the Shasta Trinity National Forest, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
In sentencing Yang, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill also ordered the forfeiture of the property and a firearm.
According to court documents, Yang, who was then a high school teacher’s aide for the Central Unified School District, was found armed at the Hay Fork property during the execution of a federal search warrant. Yang was in the process of harvesting marijuana and was in possession of 324 pounds of marijuana and 200 marijuana plants. He was also in possession of restricted-use pesticides that had been transported across public land for use in the marijuana cultivation operation. Yang has since resigned from his teaching position.
U.S. Forest Service agents obtained the search warrant after seeing hundreds of large, mature marijuana plants growing on Yang’s property. Some of the marijuana grown on Yang’s property had already been transported to Fresno for distribution.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Karen A. Escobar prosecuted the case.

Inyo 150 Speakers Series Continues

Friends of the Eastern California Museum’s Sesquicentennial Speaker Series Continues

May 3, 2016
submitted by the Friends of the Eastern California Museum

The Friends of the Eastern California Museum’s celebration of Inyo County Sesquicentennial continues this week with a history presentation at the American Legion Hall in Independence this Saturday May 7th at 7pm. The title of this week’s program is “The Biggest Event Ever Held in Inyo County”

In 1949, California was celebrating 100 years of statehood. The State’s Centennial Celebration Committee made the decision to hold the official birthday party deep in the reaches of remote Death Valley. Thanks to the publicity generated by some savvy promoters, upwards of 80,000 people descended upon Inyo County’s own Death Valley, to wish California Happy Birthday.

Actor Jimmy Stewart was the master of ceremonies, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra played the music, composer Ferde Grofé wrote an original score, the governor of California officially presided over the festivities, and when the event was over, tens of thousands of revelers were left stranded for lack of fuel.

The “successful” event led to the creation of the Death Valley ‘49ers, an organization still working hard for the betterment of this treasure that makes up 1/2 of Inyo County.

Come and hear Death Valley historian David Woodruff talk about this one of a kind Inyo pageant and view rare video footage and personal pictures of Inyo’s miracle in the desert. The Friends of the Eastern California sponsor this 45-minute program and there is no charge. Everyone is invited! Light refreshments will be served. For more information you can call (760) 920-8061.

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Evening Under the Round Valley Stars

Stars align in support of the Round Valley School

Submitted by the Round Valley School STEP foundation
May 2, 2016

The STEP Foundation will host its most important fundraiser of the year, an ‘Evening Under The Stars’ dinner and auction; as the organization continues to support the educational enrichment of the students at the Round Valley Joint Elementary School.

An ‘Evening under the Stars’ is the crown jewel of STEP fundraising efforts.  The 12th annual event will be held on Saturday, May 14 at its traditional location, the Arcularius Ranch, 225 N. Round Valley Rd.   It’s the “don’t-miss” event of the Owens Valley, with a full western BBQ dinner, silent and live auctions, plus live music, all set in a spectacular outdoor setting. At 5:00 p.m. the extravaganza will begin with a happy hour, appetizers, music from local favorite band “Last Chance” and a silent auction; then a delicious down-home dinner catered by Mammoth Mountain Catering and “Holy Smoke” Texas Style BBQ restaurant, served at 6:30, and followed by a live auction and more music at the foot of the Eastern Sierra and under the evening stars.

The Round Valley School is a special place for children to go to school, being recognized as a California Distinguished School and also a ‘School of Choice’. Established in 1871 on land donated by the Arcularius family the school serves families in both Mono and Inyo Counties. With only 130 children from kindergarten through 8th grade, the kids there truly become a family.

The Round Valley School’s Student Enrichment Program Foundation (STEP Foundation) was formed by passionate parents who wanted to enrich the educational adventure for students (and teachers). As state and county budget cuts have taken a toll on programs, equipment and staff; the STEP Foundation has supplemented the school’s budget through donations and fundraising events.
“The STEP Foundation has upgraded the school’s computer technology on an annual basis; plus provided everything from funding music and art programs, paying for a librarian, bringing in special assembly speakers and supporting classroom programs and equipment, such as a trout farm for the elementary school and dissection material for science class” said Kevin Mazzu, STEP Foundation – President.

Fundraising events generate the bulk of the donations that STEP uses. “STEP raises funds in unique ways that include event dinners, wine tastings and a holiday movie theater experience”, said Karen Marshall, principal/superintendent and STEP board member. “All funds provide educationally and developmentally enriching in-class and extracurricular opportunities that benefit Round Valley School’s students and teachers”.

“This year, we hope to reach the $250,000 mark (since STEP’s 2006 inception), with the bulk of our money coming from events like this” Marshall explained. “We want to thank the community for their ongoing support of this unique and special school”.

Tickets for this adults-only event are on sale now at $50 per guest, $90 per couple and $320 for a reserved group of eight.

STEP Board Vice-President Nick Whirl said, “A big part of living in this valley is remembering its past and educating people about the rich history that is present everywhere. The Round Valley School started as a country school house. It has a rich history and an intimate setting. It’s one of the first and best schools in the Owens Valley!”

According to www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com, STEP honors that rich history by continuing to supplement state and local tax school funding so that students can receive “the highest quality education (by enriching) the educational adventure of students and teachers… wherever possible.”

For information about STEP, and to purchase ‘Evening under the Stars’ tickets, contact STEP Foundation board member Lis Mazzu at (760) 784-5461 or lis.mazzu@dww-inc.com or purchase tickets online at www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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Not So Fast route 120 West

Caltrans Postpones the Opening of California State Route 120 West

Mono County – Due to storm activity, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has decided to postpone the opening of the lower gate on State Route 120 west to the Yosemite National Park entrance.  Caltrans will reassess the weather and road conditions next week to determine if the highway is safe for the traveling public.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Dr. Johnson, Hantavirus season is here

Tis the season for Hantavirus

April 28, 2016
Submitted by Inyo and Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson

Although mice carry the hantavirus all year, this is the start of the season when humans typically begin activities that put them at risk of being exposed to the hantavirus.  Spring cleaning activities, such as opening up closed buildings that have been unused overwinter, often provide habitats for deer mice and become sites for human exposure to the hantavirus.  Although hantavirus infections are relatively rare, it is not unusual for us to have several cases per year in the Eastern Sierra. Deaths have already been reported this year from Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The risk of death is significant. Individuals cleaning areas where the mice may be present are well advised to heed the recommendations below in order to avoid exposure.

Hantavirus is carried by certain species of rats and mice, and especially the deer mouse.  Infected rodents shed the virus in their urine, droppings, and saliva.  The virus can be transmitted to people when infected mouse urine, saliva, droppings, or nesting materials are stirred up, temporarily aerosolizing the virus, which can be breathed in by humans.

We recommend the following precautions:

  • seal openings that may allow mice to enter homes and workplaces;
  • remove brush, woodpiles, trash, and other items that may attract mice;
  • tightly close garbage cans, pet food containers, and other food
    sources;
  • wear protective gloves to handle dead mice or to clean up nesting areas, urine, or droppings;
  • before cleaning up nests or droppings found inside, open windows and doors to ventilate the area for at least 30 minutes;
  • do not stir up nests by sweeping or vacuuming. Dampen areas before clean-up;
  • use a disinfectant or 1-to-10 bleach-water mixture to clean up dead rodents, nests, urine, and droppings. 

    Early symptoms of hantavirus infection include fatigue, fever, and muscle aches. These symptoms may be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Later symptoms include coughing and shortness of breath. If hantavirus is suspected, people should contact their health care provider immediately. Remember, infections with hantavirus may feel like the “flu”; however, it is no longer flu season!

Manzanar Pilgrimage this Weekend

47th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is this Weekend

April 28, 2016
Submitted by the Manzanar National Historic Site

INDEPENDENCE, CA—Manzanar National Historic Site invites visitors to participate in special events surrounding the Manzanar Committee’s 47th Annual Pilgrimage this weekend. All are welcome and the events are free. This year, the Pilgrimage coincides with the Sesquicentennial of Inyo County and the Centennial of the National Park Service (NPS).

This Friday, April 29, the Friends of Eastern California Museum will host a public reception from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum. Located at 155 Grant Street in Independence, the museum’s exhibits include Shiro and Mary Nomura’s Manzanar collection, the Anna and O.K. Kelly Gallery of Native American Life, the “Life on the Lake” photo exhibit, and many other aspects of local and regional history. Eastern California Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, the center will extend hours by opening at 9:00 a.m. The center offers extensive exhibits and an award-winning film, as well as special Junior Ranger activities for kids. In addition to the book store, Manzanar History Association is hosting Selected Artists from the Henry Fukuhara Annual Alabama Hills and Manzanar Workshop art show and sale through mid-May. A 1943 mural painted by Tamekichi Carl Hibino, on loan from the Eastern California Museum and recently conserved by the National Park Service, will be displayed on the auditorium stage.

Just outside the Visitor Center, Block 14 features a restored World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks. The barracks exhibits offer an in-depth exploration of the challenges and changes people faced in their daily lives at Manzanar. The mess hall exhibits highlight the logistics and politics of food in Manzanar.

Some of Manzanar’s most impressive archeological features are Japanese rock gardens. From 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, Madelon Arai Yamamoto and volunteer archeologist Mary Farrell will be at the restored Arai family fish pond in Block 33 to greet visitors and share stories about the pond’s discovery and excavation. Recent archeological work, completed with the help of 40 volunteers, uncovered numerous features in the administration area where most camp staff lived and worked.
The Manzanar Committee’s 47th Annual Pilgrimage Ceremony begins at noon, Saturday, April 30, at the Manzanar Cemetery. UCLA Kyodo Taiko drummers will kick off the event at 11:30 am, followed by the procession of camp banners at noon. Daion Taiko from Orange County Buddhist Church will also perform during the program. The theme for this year’s Pilgrimage is “Kodomo No Tame Ni: For The Sake Of The Children – Liberty and Justice For All.”

Dr. Cathy Irwin, educator and author of Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar, will be the keynote speaker. Manzanar’s Children’s Village was the only orphanage in all ten camps, and home to 101 Japanese American children. Some were orphans before the war, others because of the war.

Maytha Alhassen, a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and a contributing author to I Speak For Myself: American Women on Being Muslim, will be a featured speaker.

Owens Valley native and former Inyo County Fourth District Supervisor Robert “Bob” Gracey will be honored with the 2016 Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award. The award, named for the late founder of the Manzanar Committee, recognizes Gracey’s efforts to manage the environmental clean-up and transfer of the historic Manzanar Auditorium to the National Park Service. Gracey’s work made the auditorium’s restoration into the current Manzanar Visitor Center possible. Gracey also facilitated a land exchange expanding the national historic site to its current 814 acres, protecting key historic resources.

The Pilgrimage program concludes with the traditional interfaith service and Ondo dancing, after which park rangers will offer walking tours to those wishing to explore Manzanar.

The Manzanar At Dusk program begins at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Lone Pine High School located at 538 South Main Street (Hwy. 395) in Lone Pine. The program offers participants opportunities for intergenerational discussions and sharing. The program is co-sponsored by the Nikkei Student Unions of Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, and UCSD.

At 10:00 a.m., Sunday, May 1, Dr. Cathy Irwin will present a special program on the history of the Children’s Village in the West Theater of the Manzanar Visitor Center. Dr. Irwin will be available to sign Twice Orphaned: Voices from the Children’s Village of Manzanar in the book store Saturday as well as after her program Sunday morning.

With the exception of Friday evening’s reception and Saturday evening’s Manzanar At Dusk program, all events will take place at Manzanar National Historic Site located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, nine miles north of Lone Pine, and approximately 230 miles northeast of Los Angeles. There is no food service at Manzanar. Please bring a lunch or snacks and water. Wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather.

Merry Fishmas

Eastern Sierra General Trout Season opens Saturday

April 28, 2016
Submitted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The general trout opener in many counties throughout California will commence on Saturday, April 30, one hour before sunrise.

Because of the popularity of this annual event with the angling public, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is making every effort to stock trout in all accessible waters approved for planting prior to the season opener. Because of the increased rains this winter, CDFW expects most lakes to be open and available for fishing.

Most lakes, rivers and streams have a limit of five trout per day and 10 in possession. However, regulations differ on season opening and closing dates, bag limits, minimum and maximum size limits and gear restrictions.

Anglers are advised to check specific area regulations and opening dates in the 2016-17 California Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulation booklet (www.wildlife.ca.gov/regulations) for regulations specific to each body of water.

In 2012, CDFW regional staff created the Eastern Sierra Back Country Fishing Guide to provide anglers with a quick, informative and accurate account of the distribution of fisheries in back country high elevation lakes. This guide does not address front country waters, defined as lakes and streams that are accessible by vehicle. Most of the lakes lie within U.S. Forest Service lands managed as wilderness and usually require back country permits for overnight use. Most back country fisheries are based on self-sustaining populations of trout and do not need regular trout stocking to maintain fish populations. The guide can be found at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/6 (under Hunting, Fishing, Education).

Crowley Lake in the Eastern Sierra is expected to be one of the most popular opening day destinations for anglers from around the state. In past years, an estimated 10,000 anglers have turned out for the opener, and approximately 50,000 trout are caught during the first week of the season. Typically Crowley is planted with hundreds of thousands of small and medium sized trout, and because of excellent food sources in the 5,280-acre reservoir, these trout grow to catchable sizes and weigh at least three-quarters of a pound by the opener. About 10 percent of the trout caught at Crowley during opening weekend weigh over a pound and a half. These fish are from stocks planted in previous years or are wild fish produced in Crowley’s tributary waters.

Anglers are asked to be particularly vigilant when cleaning fish and fishing gear at Crowley Lake and in the upper and lower Owens River Drainage. The New Zealand Mudsnail was discovered several years ago in the Owens River Drainage, and CDFW would like to prevent mudsnails from spreading into other waters. To avoid spreading New Zealand Mudsnails and other aquatic invasive species to other waters, anglers are advised to dispose of their fish guts in bear-proof trash cans, rather than throw them back into the water. Wading gear should be properly cleaned before using in new waters.

All persons age 16 and older must possess a valid California fishing license to fish within state lines. Freshwater fishing licenses can be purchased online at www.wildlife.ca.gov/licensing/online-sales or at regional CDFW offices or other license agents. Anglers no longer have to display their license visibly above the waist but they must have it in their possession while fishing.

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Bishop Union hires Palu

Palu accepts teaching position at Bishop High

April 27, 2016

Bishop Unified School District Statement

The Bishop Unified School District is pleased to announce that Mr. Arnie Palu has been hired as a teacher at Bishop Union High School.  Mr. Palu will be working in the Career Technical Education department at BUHS teaching classes related to the Arts, Media and Entertainment and marketing industry sectors.  His position will include journalism, media production, and student leadership.  Mr. Palu will also take the helm as Head Varsity Football Coach for the Broncos. 

Principal Randy Cook believes, “Arnie Palu will have a tremendous positive impact on our students both in the classroom and on the football field for years to come.”

Mr. Palu shared, “”I’m beyond excited for this new opportunity at Bishop Union High School. Covering BUHS athletics for 15 years at KIBS/KBOV and being a part of the Bronco football program has allowed me to build strong relationships with students and now this move will enable me to focus my full attention on working with young people. Leaving KIBS/KBOV is not easy, but joining the staff at BUHS will allow me the opportunity to pass along my passion for journalism. As we begin this new adventure I would like to thank my friends and family for their support.  This transition would not be possible without the love and encouragement of my wife.  Kelliann and I are in this together to help make a positive impact.  We are eager to get started. Go Broncos!”

We are extremely excited to begin working with Arnie Palu here at Bishop Unified and we know he will be a great addition to an already outstanding staff at BUHS.  Go Broncos!

Barry Simpson
Superintendent

Palu, a native of Nebraska, is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and has served as news and sports director at KIBS/KBOV since September of 2001.  Palu has been a member of the JV football staff at Bishop Union for 8 seasons including 5 seasons as head coach.

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