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120 west opening to the Yosemite Gate Friday

CalTrans says 120 West will open to the Yosemite Gate this Friday

April 26, 2016
Submitted by CalTrans

Anticipated opening of California State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite National Park Entrance Gate is scheduled for Friday, April 29th at Noon.

 Mono County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has been working on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing the road to open State Route 120 West to the east Yosemite Park entrance gate.  It is anticipated that the road will reopen from winter closure on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at noon, weather and safety permitting.  Caltrans’ number one priority is safety for the traveling public and highway maintenance crews.    State Route 120 west will remain closed at the Yosemite Park entrance.

This partial opening is dependent upon favorable weather and verification that the highway is safe for users.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may not be able to open the highway as anticipated.  Please check local highway conditions before planning to use SR 120 west.

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).

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Charter Bus Crashes near Little Lake

BUHS Charter Bus goes off highway 395

April 25th, 2016 (edited at 10:30am to include school statement)
By Arnie Palu

A Charter Bus traveling northbound on Highway 395 drove off the roadway sending the driver and several passengers to area hospitals.  The Charter bus was returning to Bishop after a weekend trip to San Diego.  Bishop Union High School Avid students and chaperons were passengers on the northbound bus.  A total of 9 students and 2 chaperons were transported to medical facilities for treatment.  The driver, 38 year old Edgar Perez of Moreno Valley, was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital with minor injuries.  The collision remains under investigation.

CHP Collision Report
“On April 23, 2016, at approximately 3:38pm, Edgar Perez was driving a charter bus, occupied by five adults and 45 juvenile students, northbound on U.S. 395, approaching Little Lake Road, in the #2 lane at approximately 65 mile per hour.  Due to an unknown reason, Perez allowed the bus to drift to the right, traversing the asphalt shoulder and driving down a dirt embankment.  The bus struck a wooden support beam and a barbed wire fence.  This collision resulted in minor injuries to several of the occupants, who were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.  This collision is still under investigation by the CHP.” 

Statement from BUHS

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 a charter bus carrying approximately 44 BUHS students and five chaperones and staff members was involved in an accident on HWY 395, approximately 10 north of Pearsonville, California near Little Lake. My office has been in contact with representatives from the charter bus company. According to  officials from the Tour Coach Company, the driver of the bus was experiencing a medical emergency and blacked-out. The bus went off the road and eventually came to an abrupt stop after hitting an anchor cable off of the highway. The driver has undergone surgery for issues related to the symptoms he experienced while driving the bus.
Following the accident nine of our students were transported to the Lone Pine and Ridgecrest Hospitals as precautionary measures for minor injuries and were released that evening. Two BUHS employees were also transported to the hospital for treatment one was released that evening and the other was admitted.
The Bishop Unified School District occasionally uses charter bus companies to transport students for special events. The students on this bus were part of the AVID program at BUHS and were returning from an annual trip visiting college campuses in Southern California. The students had fund-raised the money that was used to contract with the charter bus company.
We are extremely grateful that there were no serious student or staff injuries. My office is working directly with the Tour Coach Company which has already set up an accident claim. We will work with each of our families to insure that all claims are filed properly. Again, we are very thankful that all of our students and staff  members are safely home.
Any further questions can be directed to my office at 760-872-3680.
Barry D. Simpson
Superintendent
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Work Begins to open Lakes Basin and Reds Meadow Roads

Crews being clearing Lakes Basin and Reds Meadow Roads

submitted by the Forest Service
April 21, 2016

The Inyo National Forest, in cooperation with the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Cal Trans, is beginning work to open the Lakes Basin and Reds Meadow roads.

These areas are popular recreation destination for visitors and locals alike and provides access to the Devils Postpile National Monument, trailheads that access the John Muir Trail and destinations such as Agnew Meadow, Thousand Island Lakes, Rainbow Falls, and the Minarets. Fishing, camping, horseback riding are also popular with visitors.

Work in the Lakes Basin will begin on April 25th. The walking and bike paths will remain closed while work is underway since there will be heavy equipment removing hazard trees for the next several weeks. This will create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. Snow removal and routine maintenance (pothole repair, culvert clearing, etc.) will also be underway. The expected opening date is May 10th.

Work on the Reds Meadow Road will begin on May 10th. Similar maintenance work and hazard tree removal is also required on this road and the road will be closed to pedestrians and cyclists while this work is underway. It is anticipated that this road will open by mid-June.

“The opportunity to complete this important safety work now will allow providing safe public access throughout the summer,” said Jon Regelbrugge, Mammoth and Mono Lake District Ranger. “We appreciate your patience while this essential work is completed.”

Expect campground in the Lakes Basin to open in early June and campgrounds in the Reds Meadow Valley to open in mid-June.

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Road to Bodie is Open

CALTRANS Opens State Route 270 Bodie Road

April 18, 2016

MONO County – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened State Route 270 (SR-270) Bodie Road.  Snow and debris have been removed and work has been completed to ensure the traveling public’s safety.

The State Route openings are dependent on favorable weather.  If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway.  For the latest in highway information, call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623), or online at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/.

Weather and road conditions can change rapidly.  Motorists should be prepared when traveling in mountainous areas that are subject to winter driving conditions, which includes carrying chains.

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Reno Man dies in Sunday Crash North of Bishop

Rider Dies after Vehicle vs. Motorcycle collision

by Arnie Palu
April 18, 2016

A 68-year old Reno man sustained fatal injuries Sunday when his 2012 Harley Davidson collided with a Nissan on highway 395 north of Bishop.  The mans name is begin withheld pending notification of next of kin.  The Sunday afternoon collision occurred just minutes after 3pm on highway 395 at Pine Creek Road.  The California Highway Patrol indicates the collision remains under investigation.

The CHP Collision Report
“On Sunday, April 17, 2016, at approximately 15:15 hours a fatal injury traffic collision occurred on US-395 southbound at Pine Creek Road.  A motorcyclist was traveling southbound on US-395 within the #2 lane and was approaching the intersection with Pine Creek Road.  (43-year old Bishop resident) Amy Greve Dutton was driving a 2005 Nissan Armada and was traveling westbound on Pine Creek Road at the intersection with US-395.  For unknown reasons, Greve Dutton failed to observe the motorcycle traveling southbound on US-395 as she traveled trough the intersection.  Subsequently a broadside traffic collision between the two vehicles occurred.  The motorcyclist was ejected from his vehicle (2012 Harley Davidson) and sustained fatal injuries.  This traffic collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.”

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Home Street March Students of the Month

Bishop Home Street Middle School Announces the March Students of the Month

April 14, 2016

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their March Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, e!ort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students were presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame. Students of the Month:
Alexis Eide
Garret Wesling
Andrea Lee
O.Z. Allmon
Taylor McCormick
Sydney Ellis
Samantha Lopez
Moriah Fairley
Jake Frigerio
Jordan Astorga
Christopher Beadle
Juan Castro

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Bishop Woman Arrested

Victim treated at NIH, Woman Arrested

April 14, 2016
by Arnie Palu

The Inyo County Sheriffs Department has issued a statement detailing Tuesday nights events that led to the arrest of a Bishop woman.  The victim was treated and released.

Statement from the Inyo County Sheriffs Department:

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at about 10:50 PM, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual about a victim being stabbed at an apartment complex outside the city of Bishop.  Deputies and Emergency Medical Personnel from Symon’s Ambulance arrived  on scene to find a male subject with a defensive wound to his hand from a knife.

The suspect, 28 year old Yvette Fimbres, was in an argument with her estranged boyfriend; the boyfriend attempted to gather items to leave the residence when he was confronted by Fimbres who was holding a knife.  The boyfriend attempted to disarm the knife from Fimbres, in doing so he sustained a knife wound to his hand.  The victim was transported by ambulance to Northern Inyo Hospital where he was treated and released.

Fimbres was arrested and booked at the Inyo County Jail for Felony Domestic Battery and Felony Assault with a deadly weapon; bail is set at $25,000.00.

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Photo Courtesy of the Inyo County Sheriffs Department
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Great Basin Approves Owens Dry Lake Clean Air Plan

Historic Plan for Clean Air Approved by Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District

April 13, 2016
Submitted by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District
Keeler, California
Today, the Governing Board of the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (District) approved an innovative State Implementation Plan to control particulate air pollution and bring the Owens Valley into compliance with air quality standards for the first time. The plan includes the terms of a stipulated court judgment by the Superior Court in Sacramento County requiring the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to complete the nation’s largest particulate air pollution control project on the dried Owens Lake bed. The District also adopted a new rule and order to LADWP to implement the plan. The plan will next be submitted to the California Air Resources Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for approval and adoption under the federal Clean Air Act.
For 102 years, LADWP’s water diversions into the Los Angeles Aqueduct created the dried Owens Lake bed, the largest source of dust pollution in the country, resulting in severe adverse health
impacts to our local communities. The plan requires LADWP to complete an additional 3.6 square miles of dust controls on the lake bed, bringing the total to 48.6 square miles, and allows the District
to require an additional 4.8 square miles of controls if needed to attain the air quality standards. The plan also allows LADWP to use new water saving measures to control the pollution, including tilling
the lake bed with the back-up of shallow flooding as needed, dynamic water management to more closely align the controls with the emission seasons and utilization of brine in dust control areas.
Immediate water savings will be enough water to supply hundreds of thousands of people.
According to Phill Kiddoo, Air Pollution Control Officer, “This plan will allow the citizens of the Owens Valley to breathe some of the cleanest air in the country and save water. More than 75,000 tons of dust per year have been controlled with dust mitigation implementation at Owens Lake, making this the largest air pollution project in the history of the United States. We also look forward to a new day of cooperation with LADWP to protect the health of our communities and the environment.” The full plan is available on the District web site at www.gbuapcd.org.
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Garden Time!

Bishop Community Garden plots Available

April 14, 2016

The Bishop Community Garden has gardening plots available for the 2016 growing season. The cost to rent a 10′ X 15′ patch of soil with water is $35 for one year. This is a UCCE Inyo & Mono Master Garden project in its sixth year. Master Gardeners will help you learn best growing practices. The garden is located in the back of the Bishop City Park behind Sterling Heights.

Contact Margaret Phelps at 760-872-6608 or email maggieme37@aol.com.

Cover photo from the Inyo Mono Master Gardeners.  For More information visit their website, http://ucanr.edu/sites/mginyomono/Local_Food_Resources/Community_Gardens/

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City of Bishop Fish Camp

Bishop Youth Fish Camp

The City of Bishop is holding a youth fish camp.  The two day camp will be held April 30th and May 1st at the City Park Pond for ages 6-12.  The cost is $20 per participant. Registration is now open at Bishop City Hall.
Day 1, the kids will have a clinic from 11-2pm to learn proper fly-fishing casting, fishing safety, tying, bug life and fish stocking. They will do a walk through of a living stream display with prizes at each station. Lunch will be provided on this day!!
Day 2 is Derby Day!! From 8am-12pm the kids will use the knowledge they learned to land and measure fish from the Park Pond. This will be with barbless hooks, catch and release. Parents are welcome to come and help with the exciting moment. There will be prizes for the largest, the first caught and the most fish caught!!
Don’t miss out on this great fishing event at the City Park!! There are only 20 slots available so make sure to register at City Hall by April 25th.  For more information contact City Hall at 760-873-5863.
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