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South County Search & Rescue Command Center Dedication

Dedication Ceremony, Lone Pine

On Saturday October 18th the South County Search and Rescue (SAR) Command Center, located at the Lone Pine Airport, was officially unveiled and dedicated to soon-to-be-retired Undersheriff, and longtime SAR Commander, Keith Hardcastle.

Dedication Ceremony
Dedication Ceremony

The building once served as a Forest Service helicopter base center. When the Forest Service transferred their operations to the Independence airport, the building was used mainly as storage.  About six months ago the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office acquired the badly damaged building, and with the help from inmate labor and volunteer SAR members transformed the dilapidated building into a functional command center for south-county SAR operations.

Undersheriff Keith Hardcastle began his career in 1985 as an Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy; he has been a SAR Coordinator since 1994.  “When I began as a Coordinator for SAR it was a different era – there were no cell phones, no on-the-fly mapping technology; map and compass was how we got the job done,” said Hardcastle.

Sheriff Lutze went on to say that, “Undersheriff Hardcastle has been involved in countless SAR missions and his scope and depth of knowledge in local terrain has saved many lives.  His legacy when he retires on December 30th will be leaving behind a highly trained and dedicated SAR team made up of volunteers and Sheriff’s Deputies who are both hardworking and knowledgeable. Undersheriff Hardcastle has been instrumental in training new coordinators and the Search and Rescue team will be in excellent hands with Deputy Nate Derr and Deputy Brian Hohenstein.”

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Yosemite National Park Possible Fee Increase for 2015

Yosemite News Release
October 20, 2014
For Immediate Release

Yosemite National Park Proposes Entrance Fee and Campground Fee Increase

30 Day Public Engagement Period Begins Today 

Yosemite National Park is proposing to increase entrance fees into the park.  The single vehicle entrance fee would change from $20 to $30 for a seven day pass.  The park’s annual pass would increase from $40 to $60.  The current rate of $10 per individual or motorcycle would increase to $15 for an individual and $25 per motorcycle.  Interagency Passes, which are honored at all federally managed land units, are not affected by the proposed fee increase and will remain at $80 for the regular pass, $10 for the Senior Pass and free for the Access and Military passes.  The current park entrance fees have been in place since 1997, when a seven day pass was increased from $5 to $20 per vehicle.  According to the U.S. Bureau of labor and Statistics, $20 in 1997 is equivalent to $29.64 in 2014.  This fee change will allow Yosemite to maintain consistent revenue while adjusting accordingly for inflation.
The additional revenue from the fee increase will be used to enhance visitor services, including repair and maintenance of park facilities, restoration and rehabilitation of visitor service buildings, additional park programs and transportation services, and increase resource protection.
Yosemite National Park is also evaluating current campground rates to determine if camping fees are adequate to sustain campground operations.  The current campground rates have been in place since 2006 and range between $5 per night to $20 per night for family sites and $40 per night for group sites.  The park is proposing to raise camping fees with fees ranging from $6 per night to $24 per night for family sites and $48 per night for group sites.  The park will utilize comparable campground rates and public feedback to determine if an adjustment to campground fees is warranted.
A 30-day public engagement period on the proposed fee increase is open today, Monday, October 20, 2014 through Thursday, November 20, 2014.  Feedback will be accepted via email at: yose_planning@nps.gov and via U.S. Mail at: Superintendent Attention Proposed Fee Increase P.O.  Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389.  The public is also invited to an open house in the Yosemite Valley Auditorium, located behind the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., which will include public engagement.
The new fees could be implemented in early 2015.  However, the implementation schedule may vary based on the results of civic engagement.  The park will develop an implementation schedule that supports local communities and interested stakeholders.
The park is a strong economic engine for the region and local communities.  Previous fee increases have had no negative effect on visitation levels.  This fee increase is part of a larger National Park Service initiative to standardize fees in similar national parks across the country.
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Eastern Sierra Public Health Team Addresses Ebola Situation

EASTERN SIERRA PUBLIC HEALTH

MEDIA BRIEF

Richard O. Johnson, M.D., MPH 

Public Health Officer: Alpine, Inyo, and Mono County

October 16, 2014

Ebola Perspectives and Local Response

We are all saddened, and overwhelmed with all of the information available to us, regarding the Ebola situation. I will attempt to share what we know and don’t know, and close with what we are doing locally. Included will be specific guidance for you as you seek to apply all of this information to your own household. This situation, and guidance is rapidly changing, and we will keep you informed of any significant details that affect you personally.

Africa

A terrible tragedy is unfolding. Although there are officially over 8,000 cases, over 4,000 deaths, and about 300 healthcare workers who have died, the actual numbers are much greater. It is estimated that there may be up to 10,000 new cases per week soon, with estimates of up to 1.4 million cases by January. The much publicized efforts to provide treatment are futile unless there is an accompanying mass effort to prevent new cases from developing. The affected countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The Democratic Republic of Congo has a separate outbreak, and Nigeria and Senegal have successfully managed to snuff out small outbreaks. So, we are currently talking about only 3 countries.

The Virus

Ebola virus disease outbreaks have occurred in other locations in Africa since the 1970’s, but this is the first time in the West African region. This is also the largest outbreak, and the first to migrate into crowded urban areas. The virus exists in the forests of Africa, carried by non-human primates such as gorillas, chimpanzees, and dukars. Bats are also probably involved. The spread to humans comes from contact with this “bushmeat”, as hunting these animals and eating the meat is an essential source of protein for people living in these areas.

The Illness

Infected humans then spread the disease to each other through direct contact with virtually any bodily fluid. Bodies being prepared for burial through complicated cultural rituals are also extremely contagious for at least a few days. A very important fact is that a person is NOT contagious until they actually begin to show symptoms. The incubation period (time from exposure to becoming ill) is 2-21 days, usually 8-10 days. Initially, persons develop fever, headaches, muscle aches and weakness, and sore throat. After about 5 days, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea begin. This is followed by a rash, and then overwhelming multi-organ system failure, accompanied by bleeding, and death. Fatality rates are estimated to be about 70%, with the young and old being most seriously affected.

The United States

4 individuals infected with the Ebola virus have been brought to the US for treatment in one of the special bio-containment units set-up after 9/11 specifically to deal with this kind of infection. All have under treatment or have recovered, and no staff or other contacts have become sick.

In addition, a resident of Liberia flew to Dallas after being exposed to the virus. He eventually got sick and died. Of special note is the fact that non of  Mr. Duncan’s family and friends, nor the medics or healthcare workers who took care of him during his first hospital visit, ambulance transport, or ED visit – none of whom were wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) have become sick. We are past the 21 days of risk for all of them.

Now 2 very dedicated and courageous critical care nurses who cared for him in his final days have also become ill. Although they are highly qualified and trained, the procedures and equipment they used were inadequate to prevent them from being exposed to infectious body fluids.

From this experience we can conclude that individuals are not contagious until they are symptomatic, and that the infection is not easily spread until later in the illness when both the increased presence of body fluids (vomit, diarrhea, sweat, etc.) and invasive procedures (breathing tubes, dialysis) puts medical staff at great risk.

California

There have only been 2 suspect cases with a high enough risk to be tested in the state, and both tests were negative. Social media reported a case of Ebola in “Riverside County, California”; however, the truth is that a suspect patient was being tested at the “Riverside Regional Medical Center,” which is actually in Newport News, Virginia. The test results were negative.

The Eastern Sierra

We have been in almost constant communication with federal, state, and regional partners for the last few weeks. Our priorities are to:

-       Ensure the safety of our first responder and healthcare worker community

-       Ensure the safety of our community in the Eastern Sierra

-       Provide high quality compassionate patient care if we have a suspect or proven case

The likelihood of a person presenting to our 911 system, clinics, or hospitals is very small; however, the Dallas experience shows that it can happen anywhere, and we need to be prepared to respond. We have been, and will continue to meet with all of our responder and healthcare community. We are providing training, guidance, and developing protocols for handling any situation that may arise. We have procedures in place for obtaining Ebola testing on a suspect patient. The expectation is that a suspect patient would need to stay in an Emergency Department for 1-3 days until a test result came back, and if positive, arrangements would be made to transfer the individual to a referral facility willing to accept a transfer.

 What actions should you be taking?

  1. Stay informed, but turn off the TV at some point!
  2. Stay connected with family, friends, and neighbors.
  3. I do not see any reason, or anticipate any reason, to change any upcoming travel plans you may have for the holidays or otherwise, unless you are going to West Africa!
  4. If you need medical care for any reason, e.g., have or need an appointment at a clinic, are scheduled to have surgery, need to go or be brought to the Emergency Department, there is no reason to consider changing your plans because of Ebola concerns. Given the current situation, your risk of exposure under those circumstances is ZERO!
  5. Create or update your personal preparedness kit – after all, we live in earthquake and wildfire country!
  6. Get your flu shot – we know the flu is coming to the Eastern Sierra. We do not believe Ebola will be coming, but we have a plan if it does!
  7. Wash your hands – frequently.
  8. Take a deep breathe, enjoy the fall color, get ready for winter, and stay well!

 

For more information, go to: www.cdc.gov/ebola

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Online Fundrasising for Funeral Arrangements of Fatal Motorcycle Crash Victim, Becki Dempsey

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR FAMILY OF MOTORCYCLE CRASH VICTIM

On Sunday, October 5, Rebecca (Becki) Dempsey was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash in Mammoth Lakes.  Becki was visiting Mammoth Lakes from London, England on a work visa and scheduled to return home on October 13.

There have been some informal fund raising efforts to assist Becki’s family with funeral arrangements.  A secure fundraising site has been established in Becki’s name by Sarah Gibbons, her friend and former roommate.  Donations can be made by going to “Gofundme.com” and going to the link to “For the family of Becki Dempsey.”  Becki’s mother, Karen Dempsey, has confirmed that this site was established to support Becki’s family.

Karen said, “As you can imagine we had not planned for this to happen to someone so young. We have been overwhelmed by the support of her friends, Becki had only just graduated and most of our savings were spent funding that part of her education. Becki was liked by everyone she met. She was a very talented and positive person. Who, given the opportunity, would have had a bright future.

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The Rotary Club of Bishop Supports the Schools of Our Community

The Rotary Club of Bishop Delivers School Supplies to Local Schools

Karen Marshall, Pat Nahin, Kay O’Brien, in front Jacob Gilbert and Walker Thomas, fourth graders:  photo by Ed Nahin
Karen Marshall, Pat Nahin, Kay O’Brien, in front Jacob Gilbert and Walker Thomas, fourth graders: photo by Ed Nahin
Gretchen Skrotzki, Cindy Tobey, Heather Carr, Jim O’Brien, Ed Nahin, Kay O’Brien, Josh Ingram, Jeff Burror, Matt Scott, in front Debbie Walder, Wayne Linse, photo by Pat Nahin
Gretchen Skrotzki, Cindy Tobey, Heather Carr, Jim O’Brien, Ed Nahin, Kay O’Brien, Josh Ingram, Jeff Burror, Matt Scott, in front Debbie Walder, Wayne Linse, photo by Pat Nahin
Thad Taylor, Kay O’Brien and Jody Cutler, photo by Pat Nahin
Thad Taylor, Kay O’Brien and Jody Cutler, photo by Pat Nahin
The Rotary Club of Bishop is committed to helping school children in our community.  They work hard during the year raising funds for their many charitable programs.  Over $3600.00 was spent for classroom supplies for 960 children at the Pine Street and Round Valley Elementary schools.  Rotary members gathered at Kay O’Brien’s home Saturday October 4th and put together 60 boxes of classroom items.
The boxes were delivered to the schools on Monday October 6th.  Principal Heather Carr gave Jim O’Brien, Kay O’Brien Josh Ingram, Ed and Pat Nahin and Jack England a warm welcome and thanked the Rotary Club for boxes of classroom materials.
Accepting the boxes and getting ready to deliver the supplies to the classrooms were Vice Principal Gretchen Skrotzki, Cindy Tobey, Debbie Walder, Wayne Linse, Matt Scott and Tracey Taylor.  Karen Marshall, Principal at Round Valley Elementary School was surprised and delighted to get the boxes of school goodies.
The Rotary Club of Bishop welcomes people to visit their weekly Tuesday noon meetings at Astorga’s Restaurant.  We are all part of a diverse and vibrant Bishop community and are constantly seeking individuals who want to share in the service and fellowship of Rotary. Please call Pat Nahin for further information about our Club:    760 872 2022
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The Rotary Club of Bishop Delivers School Supplies to Local Schools

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Chocolate Art Walk Returns, 2014

It’s Time for the 2014 Downtown Bishop Chocolate Art Walk

S A V E   T H E   D A T E 

Chocolate Art Walk - Bishop, 2014
Chocolate Art Walk – Bishop, 2014
WHAT: THE 2014 DOWNTOWN BISHOP CHOCOLATE ART WALK
 
Come enjoy a fun and delectable evening of art, music and chocolate in downtown Bishop on Friday evening, October 24th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM!  Seventeen locations, dozens of artists & musicians, special art openings, musical performances, video & film installations, and free unique chocolate treats at every location.
Please join us for an entertaining and stimulating evening!
 
~ Inyo Council For The Arts (137 S. Main St.) will be hosting a celebration for their Featured Artists Show, with digital paintings from Gail Camic-Smith, watercolor paintings by David Kirk, and sculptural wooden furniture and accessories by Nigel Smith.  Also on display will be jewelry by Lynna Walker, Beverly Schroeder and Clara Place, and new paintings by Maryann Thomas.
 
~ Independent Project Press (186-A Willow St.) will present a new exhibit titled “Flow” in The Project Room gallery space, featuring digital photography by Joe Profita & Karen Nielsen Licher, paintings by Karen Nielsen Licher, and a one-night only multi-media sculptural installation by Bruce Licher, Karen Nielsen Licher and Roger Derryberry.  In addition to the Project Room exhibit, view a working letterpress print shop, with a display of earth paintings by Karen Nielsen Licher, black & white desert photography by Bruce Licher, and examples of the letterpress-printed projects that students have created in our “Introduction To Letterpress Printing” class. Musical performance of dreamy folk songs by Julie Cornett at 7 PM in the print shop.
 
~ Local wood artists John & Gina Webber of Free Form Woodworking will be displaying hardwood inlay sculptures, pyrographics on pine, pen and ink prints and note cards in our rolling gallery teardrop trailer, right outside Independent Project Press (186-A Willow St.).
 
~ Black Sheep Coffee Roasters (232 N. Main St.) will be featuring a new photography exhibit by Derrick E. Vocelka titled “Twenty Images.” They will also be offering live music, craft & seasonal beers including a mocha stout and a seasonal Belgian style ale, and free fudge.  BSCR will also be putting on display their newly-designed coffee bags (letterpress printed here in downtown Bishop at Independent Project Press) with information about the coffees and the design process.
 
~ Steven White Woodworking (336 Hammond St.) will be hosting an open studio — see the woodshop, works in progress, and a gallery of furniture and fine wooden gift items.  And don’t miss “the stool that went into space,” an actual piece of Steve’s furniture, safely home from it’s voyage to the stratosphere and beyond!  A short video documenting the flight will be shown.  
 
~ Todd Bradlee Furniture (also at 336 Hammond St.) will display new work and several beautiful new prototype furniture pieces.  Watch out, Todd may also demonstrate his breakdance moves!
 
~ Bishop Art Supply (125 N. Main St.) will be featuring all the artists that are currently on display in the store: Ron Luce, Annie Cashner, Christine Eyer, Don Roberts, Laura Talbot, Dawn Kirby, Mary Matlick, Liz Wistrom, Carol Taylor, Pat Crowther, Penny Carter, Joy Niewald, Mickey Short, Marilyn Hayden, Evanne Jardine, Helen Warren, Lynn Peterson, Pat Metivier and Kay Wilson. They are each bringing something chocolate.
 
~ Range & River Books (206 N. Main St.) will be featuring a special showing of paintings and prints from Lynn Marit Peterson, several new prints from Robert Miller, jewelry by Beverly Schroeder & Julia Prange, and a lovely selection of art books and books as art.  Live acoustic music by Matt and Mike Muldoon between 6-8 PM.  They will be offering Death By Chocolate Cascade Glacier Ice Cream samples, Nutella brownies, and various other treats along with their regular line of ice cream flavors.
 
~ Looney Bean of Bishop (399A N. Main St.) will be featuring artwork by Kathleen Long and Peter Stow. Small gourmet sipping chocolate will also be served along with their usual array of fine coffee drinks.
 
~ Bink Schat’s Trading Post (747 N. Main St.) will be featuring a series of artists from Jewelry to photography.  The Trading Post will also be offering Korean Shishkabobs along with other foods and Gelato, with samples of different chocolate treats as well. Lounges and a fireplace will be set up outside and western movies projected onto the building.
 
~ Bishop Visitor Center (690 N. Main St.) will be featuring artwork by Gayla Wolf, from The Honey Bee Photography. They will be serving hot chocolate and other treats.
 
~ Country Glass (107 S. Main St.) will be featuring a display of watercolor landscapes, small gift cards and postcards both serious and silly, little clay animal ornaments, and a few tibetan style thangkas by artist Susan Greenleaf.
 
~ Mountain Rambler Brewery (174 S. Main St.) will be featuring prints, paintings and drawings by Dana Ellis, Lori Michelon and Laurel Stanford.   
 
~ Brock’s Flyfishing (100 N. Main St.) will be featuring outdoor themed artwork, including oxidized metal sierra range cameos by Rick Poedtke, along with “Brown Trout” and “Trout Almondine” chocolate confections created by Snap ‘n Crackle of Big Pine.
 
~ Gypsy King Tattoo (324 N. Main St.) will be featuring a group show of framed tattoo artwork by multiple tattoo artists, including Harmey Bancroft and Weston Maddox, along with watercolor demonstrations by Harmey and Weston, and oil painting demonstrations by Vasia Summers.  Musical performances by Harmey and Weston, along with Chase Leanord and Anthony Blume will continue throughout the evening.
 
~ Spellbinder Books (124 S. Main St.) will be having work by local artists on display and available for purchase.  Chocolate treats for our visitors and organic, fair trade, and delicious Theo Chocolates and Lake Champlain Chocolate Bars will be offered for sale.  
 
~ The Secret Sandwich Society (124 S. Main St. behind Spellbinder Books) will be featuring local artwork, with music by Halfway To Benton throughout the evening. 

It’s Time for the 2014 Downtown Bishop Chocolate Art Walk

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Three Inyo County Men Face Drug-Related Charges, Held on Bail

Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team Makes Arrest in Bishop

For Immediate Release

On Monday, October 6th at approximately noon Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET) contacted Felis Luis Landa Jr. (age 26) of Bishop, Kevin Douglas Elliott (age 24) of Big Pine, and Alberto Verdugo Flores (age 30) of San Diego in the parking lot of the Bishop McDonald’s due to possible criminal activity.

During the contact, Alberto Flores took off running and ignored the Agent’s commands to “stop”.  Flores ran through traffic across Main Street as INET Agents and Officers from the Bishop Police Department pursued on foot.  As Flores was running, Officers noticed he had a plastic bag(s) in his hand.

Landa,Flores,Elliott arrest

Flores was apprehended by Bishop Police Officers in front of a residence on Hammond Street.  Agents and Officers then searched the area where Flores was taken into custody and found three plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside a trash can.  Agents estimated the total amount of methamphetamine to be about two ounces.

Flores, Landa, and Elliott were arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Transportation of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and Conspiracy.  Flores was additionally charged for Resisting and Delaying an Officer.  All three were transported to the Inyo County Jail; bail has been set at $25,000 each.

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Flores, Alberto
Flores, Alberto
Elliott, Kevin
Elliott, Kevin
Landa, Felis
Landa, Felis

Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team Makes Arrest in Bishop

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Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Mammoth Lakes, CA

TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MAMMOTH LAKES

On Sunday, October 5 at approximately 5:40 pm Mammoth Lakes Police Officers and Mono County Paramedics responded to the scene of a solo motorcycle traffic collision on Meridian Blvd. near Valley Vista Drive.  Both the driver and passenger were transported to Mammoth Hospital.  The passenger, a 21 year old female, visiting from out of the area, was pronounced deceased.  Her name is being withheld pending notification to next of kin.  The driver of the motorcycle, Edgar Lee Weaver, Jr., age 31 of Mammoth Lakes, was flown to Renown Medical Center in Reno in critical condition. 

The investigation is being handled by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department with technical assistance provided by the Bridgeport office of the California Highway Patrol.

The preliminary investigation indicates that excessive speed and alcohol were involved.  Weaver was arrested for Penal Code Section 192(c)(1) (Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence), but not booked due to his hospitalization. 

 Anyone with information is requested to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.

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UPDATE: 

Notification to the next of kin of the passenger has been made.  The passenger on the motorcycle was Rebecca Anne Dempsey, age 21, who was visiting the United States on a Visa from the United Kingdom.  Her hometown is London, England.

 

TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MAMMOTH LAKES

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Mammoth Mtn Owner Buys Bear Mountain and Snow Summit

Mammoth Resorts to Acquire Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Resorts in Southern California

Launching new joint pass product, Cali4nia Pass to offer unrestricted access to all four California mountains –
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Bear Mountain, June Mountain and Snow Summit Mountain Resort.

MAMMOTH LAKES, CA September 24, 2014 —

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, owner of Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Big Bear Mountain Resorts in Big Bear Lake, California.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts includes both Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, the largest and most popular of southern California’s ski and snowboard resorts that host nearly 800,000 winter visits annually.

The combination of these four iconic California mountain resorts creates diverse and unique offerings of both summer and winter experiences for day trips, weekend getaways and extended vacations. Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, located a short drive from everywhere in southern California, with their full complement of outdoor activities from action sports to first-time family experiences, provide an excellent fit with the world class, big-mountain destination experience offered at Mammoth.

“We couldn’t be more excited to enter into this agreement with Big Bear Mountain Resorts. These two uniquely southern California resorts have been providing great skiing, riding and biking experiences to
visitors from California and beyond. Millions have enjoyed their first mountain resort experience on the slopes of Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, and we look forward to expanding upon the legacy that
Dick Kun and his people have created over the past six decades,” said Rusty Gregory, Chairman and CEO of Mammoth Mountain.

“This acquisition represents the beginning of a renaissance for both
Mammoth and Big Bear and is the first step in the next era of skiing and riding in California. In the coming months we will be announcing exciting new development and expansion plans for each of our four resorts designed to attract visitors from down the street, across the country, and around the world,” added Gregory.

To celebrate the occasion, Mammoth has announced a new season pass that includes unrestricted access to all four mountains at the discounted rate of $689 for adults. The new Cali4nia Pass will go on
sale at the Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails event at Bear Mountain this Saturday, September 27 and will then be available online for a limited time only at www.snowsummit.com or www.Cali4niaPass.com.

“The Cali4nia Pass will cut through the clutter in the market by providing the most diverse set of resort options available in California by allowing you to ski where you want, when you want and as often as you want,” said Gregory.

This transaction will create one of the nation’s largest ski companies with over 2 million visitors per year. Dick Kun, the driving force behind skiing and riding in the Big Bear region and long-time CEO of Big Bear Mountain Resorts commented, “Mammoth has always been the natural long-term fit for the Big Bear
family and we are thrilled to enter this agreement. I am deeply grateful to the employees, shareholders, and the Big Bear community for their work and support during the 63 years of our operations. Mammoth’s experience and leadership will ensure that southern Californians will continue to enjoy recreating in the local mountains and will undoubtedly bring in a new era of experiences and opportunities for all of our constituents,” continued Kun.

Houlihan Lokey served as exclusive financial advisor to Big Bear Mountain Resorts and assisted in initiating, structuring and negotiating the transaction on its behalf.

Closing is subject to certain conditions, including Big Bear Mountain Resort shareholder approval and transfer of the U.S. Forest Service Permit that permits operations on nearly 1,500 acres of the San
Bernardino National Forest.

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About Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort in California. With 1.3-1.5 million annual skier visits, Mammoth Mountain is the third most frequented ski resort in the United States. With longstanding commitment to athletic excellence and innovative alpine, freestyle and nordic terrain, Mammoth is proud to be an official USSA training facility. The company owns and operates a variety of resort businesses including recreation,
hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage and retail. Specific businesses owned and operated by Mammoth Mountain include Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, June Mountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, Mammoth Mountain Bike Park and the Mammoth Mountain Inn. Mammoth Mountain also operates Juniper Springs Resort, the Village Lodge and Sierra Star Golf Course in Mammoth Lakes, California. For
more information on Mammoth Mountain, visit MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.

About BBMR – Real Snow. Real Close. Real Deal.

Big Bear Mountain Resorts (BBMR) includes Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, plus Bear Mountain Golf Course and Snow Summit Summer. Together, BBMR has the region’s most progressive terrain parks, most dependable snow conditions, the largest full-service learning programs and a multitude of premier services – just a tank of gas away round-trip from most areas in Southern California. For more information, please visit www.bigbearmountainresorts.com. BBMR is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a San Bernardino National Forest special use permit.

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Mammoth Resorts to Acquire Bear Mountain and Snow Summit Ski Resorts in Southern California

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Author of “Regarding Mono Lake” at Eastern California Museum

ECM Hosts Local Author Elizabeth Kenneday, “Regarding Mono Lake”

Mono Lake is more than photogenic tufa towers.

Regarding Mono Lake
“Regarding Mono Lake”

Although the famed tufa towers are, in most people’s minds, the lake’s trademark, a closer look reveals a landscape dotted with equally intriguing sights and views that draw attention to the region’s rich history and the people who played an integral role in shaping that history.

From Paiute basket makers to loggers and ranchers to environmentalists, the Mono Lake region has attracted an interesting cast of characters. And many of those characters left an indelible artistic mark on the region. Prehistoric Paiute rock art, drawings cut into trees by Basque sheepherders and even a rather creepy Clint Eastwood movie have all made a contribution to the cultural and artistic legacy of the lake.

Local author Elizabeth Kenneday’s new book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” documents and explains that human and artistic history, while also showcasing the colorful, unique landscapes that have made Mono Lake an unforgettable natural attraction. Illustrating the book are 56 of Kenneday’s stunning panoramic photos, most of which highlight lesser-known features of the lake.

Kenneday’s photos are both informative and striking. The photos frame ancient tree stumps and abandoned ranches and buildings in a modern context. An abandoned Lime Kiln, a useless boat dock and marina, abandoned mine sites, and the famed Mono Mills lumber site, document the lasting footprint of man’s industrial efforts on the lake. The same is true of the photos of the decrepit “Spa Cottages” on Paoha Island, an empty water tank and a decayed wooden boat.

The lake’s artistic history ranges from Pauite petroglyphs to the eclectic “found art” of the Bottle Place to the making of Clint Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” with is surreal Lago town site on the banks of the lake.

Of course, the famed tufa and picture-postcard sunsets and sunrises also are captured by Kenneday’s camera.

Kenneday will make a presentation and sign copies of her book, “Regarding Mono Lake: Novelty and Delight at an Inland Sea,” at the Eastern California Museum on Saturday Sept. 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. The museum is located at 155 N. Grant St. in Independence, call 760-878-0258 for more information.

Kenneday is well-suited to the task of explaining and exploring Mono Lake’s cultural story.

She was one of  idealistic activists who worked for the Mono Lake Committee while it battled the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over the utility’s stream diversions that, by the 1980s, had resulted in an alarming drop in the level of the lake. That monumental environmental struggle succeeded in saving the lake. In 2004, she moved back to the Eastern Sierra and began “photographing Mono Lake again in earnest.” Kenneday currently splits her time between Reno and June Lake. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography and a Ph.D. in Art Educational Theory. She is the emerita professor of Art at California University in Long Beach, and has been awarded a Traditional Fulbright Scholar Fellowship

“This eerie, yet exquisitely beautiful lake has inspired writers, movie producers, artists and photographers, and musicians … the lake and its basin have been the site of Native American activity, a gold rush, agricultural and ranching endeavors, an oil boom, other commercial activities, and tourism,” she writes. “I became ever more intrigued the ways the area had been perceived, interpreted, utilized, exploited and cherished by others who have encountered it. Mono Lake of the twenty first century bears the imprint of all these human activities – some visible, some less so.”

ECM Hosts Local Author Elizabeth Kenneday, “Regarding Mono Lake”

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