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Reds Meadow Road Opening Friday

Reds Meadow Road to Open May 22

The Reds Meadow Road is scheduled to open on Friday, May 22th, weather permitting. Although California is in its fourth year in a severe drought, late spring storms, including those forecast for this week, may affect the opening of the road. While the road is still scheuled to open, visitors should expect that the road will not open or will re-close if winter storms prevent safe travel to the Reds Meadow Valley.

The Reds Meadow area is a 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, and the Reds Meadow Resort are also popular with visitors.

Employees with the Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument have been working to clear snow and trees from roads, trails, and campgrounds as well as repairing potholes, and currently working on water and sewer systems.

The Devils Postpile National Monument will open with the opening of the road. Bring potable water as the water systems are not yet fully functional. Vault toilets will be available.

Camping opportunities will be available in the Reds Meadow Valley through the US Forest Service. Devils Postpile Campground is anticipated to open on June 12th  and be open until early to mid September.

The mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus, operated by the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority, will run for Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. Only exception vehicles will be allowed to drive into the Reds Meadow Valley.

After Memorial Day weekend, the mandatory shuttle bus will not resume operation until June 13th and run through Labor Day.
The roads in the Reds Meadow Valley are narrow and visibility is limited. All vehicles should use caution on both the Reds Meadow and Devils Postpile roads. For more information about Devils Postpile National Monument, visit nps.gov/depo, or contact Devils Postpile at 760-934-2289 or at depo_visitor_information@nps.gov.

cover photo by Devils Postpile National Monument

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Stars of Education

Inyo County School Board honor Stars

The Inyo County Board of Education presented their Community Star Awards Tuesday at the Bishop Campus of Cerro Coso Community College.  The College a fitting setting to honor the individuals and organizations who contribute time and energy to local youth.  Each award winner will have a scholarship giving in their name to a student at Cerro Coso College.

The Community Star awards ceremony opened with Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer introducing Deanna Campbell, director of the Eastern Sierra College Center.  Campbell praised the county board of education and Superintendent McAteer for their efforts to increase educational opportunities for Inyo County students noting the success of the Inyo Promise program.   The program offering students an affordable option to attend the University of Nevada, Reno.

Deanna Campbell
Deanna Campbell

Board members Alden Nash, David Hefner, LeeAnn Rasmuson, Mary Kemp and Chris Langely introduced presenters from their respective districts.  A total of 10 awards were presented.

1. The Alice Piper Memorial Team.  Sage and Shannon Romero, Alicia Peterson, and Pamela Jones were recognized for their efforts to tell the story of Alice Piper.   Their efforts included raising funds for the purchase of a life size statue of Piper.  The statue is placed in front of the Big Pine High School telling the story of Piper and her fight for equal education.

Alice Piper Team. Shannon Romero, Sage Romero, Alicia Peterson, Pamela Jones
Alice Piper Team. Shannon Romero, Sage Romero, Alicia Peterson, Pamela Jones

2. Sharron and Larry Clark were honored by Owens Valley Unified School district Superintendent Dan Moore and Rose Todd for their years of volunteer work, specifically for their efforts with music and theater.

Larry and Sharon Clark, Dan Moore, Rose Todd
Larry and Sharon Clark, Dan Moore, Rose Todd

3. Home Street Middle School Principal Patrick Twomey presented a Star Award to the Bishop Paiute Tribe.  Merv Hess represented the Tribe in accepting the award.  Twomey thanked the Tribe for their contributions to local education.

Merv Hess, Pat Twomey, David Hefner
Merv Hess, Pat Twomey, David Hefner

4. Betsy McDonald of Palisade Glacier high school recognized the efforts of volunteer David French.  McDonald praised French for his efforts in helping students at Palisade pass the math portion of the California High School Exit Examination, know as the CAHSEE.  (French was unable to attend)

5. Round Valley Joint Elementary School superintendent Karen Marshall presented a Star award to Alisa Ellsworth.  Marshall thanked Ellsworth for her efforts with the Round Valley PTO.

Alisa Ellsworth, Karen Marshall
Alisa Ellsworth, Karen Marshall

6. Bishop Union high school principal Randy Cook recognized the volunteer efforts of Dan Totheroh.  Cook noted that Totheroh has logged over 10,000 volunteer hours improving the sound and lighting at Bishop Union High Schools auditorium. (Totheroh was unable to attend)

7. Inyo County School Board President Chris Langley was surprised by Lo-Inyo School Principal Heidi Torix with a Star Award.  Torix spoke of Langley and his late wife Sandy’s commitment to students at Lo-Inyo School, specifically the library.

Langley, Heidi Torix, LeeAnn Rasumson
Langley, Heidi Torix, LeeAnn Rasumson

8. Illissa Twomey presented a Star award to Ted Pederson of the Friends of the Mt. Whitey Fish hatchery.  The friends group has been instrumental in the success of the Trout in the classroom program.  The educational program places trout in 23 classrooms throughout Inyo County.

Pederson, Twomey, Langley
Pederson, Twomey, Langley

9 and 10.  Board President Chris Langley presented the final two Star awards to the Rotary Clubs of Bishop.  The Sunrise Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Bishop where honored for their generous and long time commitment to enhancing education.

Chris Langley and the Rotary Clubs
Chris Langley and the Rotary Clubs

The awards event Tuesday concluded with a surprise presentation to County Superintendent Dr. Terry McAteer and his wife Liz.  Chris Langley and Kim Cash-Miller (assistant to the superintendent) presented plaques to the McAteers thanking them for “raising the bar” for Inyo County students.

Chris Langley, Liz and Terry McAteer, Kim Cash Miller
Chris Langley, Liz and Terry McAteer, Kim Cash Miller

The Inyo County Board of Education will next meet on June 16th, 1pm in the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools office Independence.  The regular meeting will include the expected passage of the annual budget.

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Living With Wildlife

EASTERN SIERRA WILDLIFE CARE OFFERS WORKSHOP ON LIVING WITH WILDLIFE

submitted by ESWC

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care will hold a free workshop on “Good Relations with Our Wild Neighbors” on Wednesday, May 27, at The Imagination Lab, 621 W Line St (across from Dwayne’s), Suite 204 (upstairs). The 90-minute session will begin at 6:30 PM.

Our prolonged drought is forcing an increasing number of wild animals to move closer to human habitations as they search for food and water. Most residents of the Eastern Sierra share their home territory with wild birds, mammals and/or reptiles at some times and to differing degrees; human-wildlife conflicts—such as a striped skunk digging up your lawn for earthworms and grubs or rabbits foraging in your garden—are on the increase. Problems such as birds hitting windows or getting trapped in buildings have also become more frequent.

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care is experienced in handling hundreds of “living with wildlife” calls annually. The workshop will give ample time for questions and discussion. Consultants from ESWC will offer humane, non-lethal methods to reduce conflicts and resolve problems, examine the impact of new state laws concerning trapping and relocation, and provide counsel for your particular problem. Learn simple, inexpensive ways to reduce unwanted visitors from your garden or save birds from dying from window strikes.
Call Cindy or Kelly at ESWC, 760-872-1487 for information or to reserve a space for the workshop.

ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans
ESWC PHOTO:This dispersing juvenile Ringtail wandered into an outbuilding at CalTrans

cover photo by ESWC

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L-R: NIH Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Auxiliary members Sharon Thompson, VFW Sr. Vice Commander and NIH Auxiliary member John Underhill, Auxiliary members Sharon Moore, Adie Zaragoza, Cathy Bahm, Diane Remick, Nona Jones, Shirley Stone, Carole Harris, June Wilkins, Carole Sample and Grad Wilkins, and NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital

NIH honors Clara Armstrong

NIH Auxiliary pay tribute to Clara Armstrong

A memorial plaque honoring Clara Hofer Armstrong, a 22-year member of the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary, was recently unveiled at the hospital’s Healing Garden before Armstrong’s family, friends and fellow Auxiliary members.

Armstrong handled several Auxiliary jobs including maintaining the archives, serving on the auditing and bylaws committee, working disaster drills, giving hospital tours and serving as a model in a fashion luncheon. One of Armstrong’s favorite jobs was working in the Auxiliary’s gift shop.

Instrumental in raising money to help the Auxiliary purchase the ABUS (Automated Breast Ultrasound) mammography machine, Armstrong took pride in knowing the Bishop was one of the few hospitals in the country to have this machine. In all, the Auxiliary donated $45,000 toward the machine’s purchase.

Armstrong’s vibrant personality balanced her dedication to the all-volunteer Auxiliary, and that as much as her work, cemented her place in the Auxiliary’s history and hearts. “Clara was admired by Auxiliary members and always returned the love,” said Judy Fratella, Auxiliary president. “No one ever heard a harsh word about her or from her.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 was on hand for the ceremony as well since Armstrong served as a United States Army nurse during World War II.  Armstrong died last September at the age of 97.   Members from Armstrong’s family in attendance included her daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, and their families. Armstrong’s son, James, who lives in New York, was present in spirit.

L-R: NIH Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Auxiliary members Sharon Thompson, VFW Sr. Vice Commander and NIH Auxiliary member John Underhill, Auxiliary members Sharon Moore, Adie Zaragoza, Cathy Bahm, Diane Remick, Nona Jones, Shirley Stone, Carole Harris, June Wilkins, Carole Sample and Grad Wilkins, and NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: NIH Auxiliary President Judy Fratella, Auxiliary members Sharon Thompson, VFW Sr. Vice Commander and NIH Auxiliary member John Underhill, Auxiliary members Sharon Moore, Adie Zaragoza, Cathy Bahm, Diane Remick, Nona Jones, Shirley Stone, Carole Harris, June Wilkins, Carole Sample and Grad Wilkins, and NIH CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: The family of Clara Armstrong: grandson Danny Parsons, son-in-law Chuck Parsons, daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, granddaughter-in-law Arlene Parsons and great-granddaughter, Savannah Parsons. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
L-R: The family of Clara Armstrong: grandson Danny Parsons, son-in-law Chuck Parsons, daughters Marjorie Parsons and Marilyn Jackson, granddaughter-in-law Arlene Parsons and great-granddaughter, Savannah Parsons. Photo courtesy Northern Inyo Hospital
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Mammoth CWD construction

Mammoth Community Water District begins Summer Construction

The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD) takes pride in providing quality water and sewer services to the community of Mammoth Lakes. This construction season, the MCWD will be making water and sewer distribution improvements throughout the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

The replacement and improvement schedule for this summer includes water service lateral replacements in the Sierra Valley Sites and Tamarack Lane areas, connecting new pressure reducing control valves at Timberidge pump station, installing water distribution system isolation valves and replacing the remaining small sections of steel water mainlines.

MCWD Construction Crews have started work on the Summer 2015 Water Lateral Replacement Project. Currently the crews are working along Mono Street between Dorrance Drive and Meridian Blvd. Next week, the crews will also be working along Manzanita Road between Dorrance Drive and Meridian Blvd.

District crews will be working between the hours of 7:00am – 5:00pm. Please drive carefully, be alert in construction areas and use alternative routes when possible to keep our crews safe. Visit our website at www.mcwd.dst.ca.us to follow the progress of our summer crews. These construction projects improve the reliability of the water and wastewater systems, improves fire safety and reduces water loss in the Town of Mammoth Lakes. If you have any questions or comments contact Nick Holt at 760-934-2596 ext. 290.

submitted by the Mammoth Community Water District

cover photo by MCWD

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Rock n Bowl with Rep Paul Cook

Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) announced that he will host a meet and greet event on Sunday, May 24, 2015 for constituents in the Inyo-Mono region.

At the meet and greet, Rep. Cook will provide a legislative update and field questions from residents in the area.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 24 at the Mammoth Rock Brasserie Restaurant located upstairs at the Mammoth Rock ‘n’ Bowl. The address for the event is 3029 Chateau Road Mammoth Lakes, California 93546. This will provide a great opportunity for residents of California’s Eighth Congressional District to hear directly from their Representative in Washington. For further information, please contact Rep. Cook’s District Office at 760-247-1815.

A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Heart.

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Smile, It’s Time for Mule Days

Bishop Mule Days Celebration begins

The 2015 Bishop Mule Days Celebration is underway, the theme of the 2015 Mule Days is “Year of the Working Mule”.  A full schedule of events is posted on the mule days website, go to muledays.org for a full list of shows, events, and clinics.

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Don’t miss the “I want to be a packer” youth activities.  All activities are free. Admission to the fairgrounds is free for all adults and youth. Join in the fun at the “I Want to be a Packer” activities center on the main walkway to the grandstand.

Bishop Mule Days will welcome back the amazing Percheron Thunder. The six-Percheron hitch driven by Jason Goodman is schedule to appear in most of Mule Days’ weekend shows, as well as during the Saturday morning parade, which begins at 10am.

 

Photo by Arnie Palu, not of Arnie Palu
Photo by Arnie Palu, not of Arnie Palu

bundle up, cool temps expected this week

bundle up, cool temps expected this week

long ears, big fun
long ears, big fun
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Parkinson’s Disease Presentation

Dr. Douglas Will to discuss Parkinson’s

Douglas Will, MD, a neurologist at Northern Inyo Hospital, will present a discussion on the cause, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.  This informative talk, set for Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m., is open to the public and is free of charge. It will be held at the Highlands Mobile Home Park, 1440 McGregor Ave., Bishop.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s Disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.

cover photo, Dr Douglas Will.

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Great Basin board has openings

Great Basin UAPCD has two openings

The Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has two openings on its Hearing Board.  Hearing Board members are appointed by the District Governing Board to three-year terms.  The Hearing Board meets as needed throughout the year depending on requests for variances received by the District (average 4 meetings per year).  Each Board member is paid $100 plus mileage for each meeting they attend. Educational courses are also available to Board members to better familiarize them with the responsibilities of the Hearing Board. Experience is not necessary.  If you wish to serve your community and be an active participant in protecting the health and environment of the counties of Inyo, Mono and Alpine, please submit a Letter of Interest to Tori DeHaven, Clerk of the Board at 157 Short Street, Bishop, California.

cover photo by Gary Young.  www.garyyoungphotography.com

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Bishop cuts water usage, still short of Browns goal

City water usage down 20%

City of Bishop Public Works submission:

City of Bishop water customers used 20% less water in April 2015 compared to April 2013. Because of the drought, the state requires potable water users to use 25% less water in 2015 compared to 2013. Last summer, the State of California required that the City of Bishop implement water conservation measures to achieve the state-required reduction in water use. Most water conservation requirements apply to outside irrigation so, with the traditional start of the irrigation system in the Owens Valley 1 April, the reduction in water use is starting to show.
Water use in 2013, 2014, and so far in 2015 is down substantially in April 2015. Although water use was down 20% in April, it wasn’t down the 25% required by the state. In December, the city will have to report to the state how well its users have conserved water. The city could be subject to $10,000 per day fines if it doesn’t meet the 25% reduction in water use.

As a reminder, the current water conservation mandates that apply to City of Bishop water users are:

No outdoor irrigation except between 5 pm and 9 am

No outdoor irrigation such that water runs off property

No outdoor irrigation during and within 48 hours after precipitation

New landscaping must use drip irrigation or microspray

No washing vehicles unless hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzleNo washing driveways, sidewalks, and parking areas

No decorative water features unless there is recirculation

No serving of water in commercial establishments except upon request

Hotel guests can choose to not have towels and linens washed each day

No water waste caused by easily correctable leaks, breaks, or malfunctions

No use of potable water for construction purposes

No hydrant flushing except when required for public health and safety

Most water is used for outdoor irrigation so most measures address outdoor irrigation.  The city may allow exceptions to some of these measures in some cases. More water conservation requirements are expected from the state as the drought continues. Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water
system.

cover photo by Gary Young.

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