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Bishop Chamber Prepares to Kickoff Holiday Season

Sign Up Now to Participate in Bishop’s Community Christmas Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

We’ve turned the calendar page to November and that means the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is already busy planning several events to ring in the holiday season. They are seeking your participation.

On Friday night, December 5th, everyone is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bishop City Park. Festivities will include hot chocolate & cookies, carolers and a visit from Santa! Following the tree lighting, shoppers can get a great start on Christmas Shopping by taking a stroll downtown through the Street of Lights. Many businesses will be open late, and shoppers will have a chance to win great raffle prizes by having the official Street of Lights map stamped by participating merchants.

On Saturday, December 6th the annual Christmas Parade will celebrate the theme “Connecting Christmas Past with Christmas Future.” Now is the time to register your float, car, waking or equestrian group.

It is free and easy to join in the Home & Business Decorating Contest. Once your decorations are up, simply give the Chamber a call to sign up or nominate a location. They’ll come out and take pictures and upload to the Chamber Facebook page then winners will be determined by “likes.”

The Bishop Area Chamber extends an invitation to everyone to join in these fun and important community events. Please mark your calendars now.

For more information or to sign-up, please drop by the chamber office at 690 North Main Street, or telephone April at (760) 873-8405.

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Bishop / Christmas / Holiday Season / Eastern Sierra / Bishop Chamber of Commerce / Tree Lighting / Parade / 2014

The Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners to Host Workshop this Month

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON  CACTI & SUCCULENT WORKSHOP FROMINYO-MONO MASTER GARDENERS

Date: For Immediate Release, Nov. 1, 2014

Cacti and Succulent Workshop

The Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners would like to invite the general public to attend a workshop on cacti and succulents on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. It will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop.

SUCCULENTS AND CACTI ARE ALL THE RAGE

Have you thought of using succulents in a bridal bouquet? How about using pumpkins and succulents for a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Is a Christmas cactus a staple in your house?

Cactus and succulents are perfect for the busy gardener as they require less maintenance and water in the garden and in the home. These plants are used in the home landscape, container gardening and indoor terrariums. They can be sculptural in the garden or used for the shape and color of their leaves.

Join the Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, and learn about cacti and succulents. Sherry Cosgrove of Keeler Beach Farm and the Inyo Mono Master Gardener Program present a workshop on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2PM-3PM at the US Forest Service Building, W. Line St. Bishop.

Learn about cacti and succulents from around the world. Propagation, soils and care and feeding of these unusual and exotic plants will be highlighted as we see many varieties on display. Attendees receive free cuttings and some plants will be for sale.

Questions to Susan Flaherty, Master Gardener Coordinator, 760 873-3179.

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Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Inyo County / Mono County / Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners / Community / Workshop / Cacti & Succulents

 

NEW This November, Bonefide Dog Training Outdoors

BONEFIDE DOG TRAINING HAS NEW OUTDOOR OFFICE

Bishop, CA—Starting November 1, 2014 Bonefide Dog Training will be closing its doors at 162 West Line Street in Bishop, and instead will be offering classes in various outdoor locations throughout Bishop and Mammoth.

“This is a great opportunity to go back to our roots and take classes outdoors, which is where we started the business.” explains Nancy Hardy, Owner and Trainer at Bonefide Dog Training. “Outdoor classes allow us to focus more energy on training, which is the heart and soul of our business.”

New locations for classes will be posted on the Class Schedule Calendar on Bonefide Dog Training’s web site, www.bonefidedogtraining.com as well as on their Facebook page.

Starting November 8th , Nancy will be offering two classes; Bonefide Basic Class which is a beginning dog training class for dogs 6 months and older who have had no prior training. This basic training class will run from 11am -12pm every Saturday for 6 weeks. And the Puppy Kindergarten is a class for puppies 10 to 17 weeks. This class will run from 1:30pm-2:30pm every Saturday for 6 weeks.

Nancy Hardy has been successfully training dogs for seven years and as a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) has earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. ABC is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.

For the past seven years, over 300 local canines have become better family members through Bonefide Dog Training. Raven Angeles confirms, “These classes are helpful should either you or your dog need a refresher on any topic or just want to extend class socialization.  It’s not always work, Nancy teaches educational, thinking and exercise games to keep your dog happy and healthy.”

For more information or to register your dog in a class, please call Nancy at 760-920-0006.

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Bishop / Mammoth Lakes / Bonefide Dog Training / Outdoors / Dogs / Pet Owners / ABC Certified Dog Trainer / Eastern Sierra

Fourth Annual Shop-with-a-Cop, December 13th

DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR SHOP-WITH-A-COP

Members of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and other criminal justice agencies are busy planning the fourth annual Shop-with-a-Cop, scheduled for Saturday, December 13.  This is a special day where local law enforcement helps families in the Eastern Sierra have a nice Christmas.  Children from disadvantaged families are identified by the various departments.  On Saturday morning, the children are picked up at their homes by the police officer “partner” and taken to breakfast.

After breakfast, they respond code three (red lights and siren) from breakfast to K-Mart in Bishop where they are each provided with $200 to shop for Christmas for their families.  After shopping, volunteers wrap the gifts and the officers and their new partner travel home where an early Christmas celebration begins.

K-Mart has been very generous in providing additional gift cards and all the wrapping materials.

The goal is to provide Christmas for 50 families in the Eastern Sierra.  That means $10,000 must be raised.  Various organizations and individuals have provided funds, more are needed.  Anyone interested in making a donation may drop it off at either the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or Bishop Police Department.  Checks should be made to MLPOA with “Shop-with-a-Cop” written in the “For” line.

And, if anyone is having a difficult time getting into the spirit of the holidays, drop by K-Mart around ten in the morning on December 13 and volunteer to wrap gifts.  It’s guaranteed you’ll leave feeling much better about yourself!

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Inyo County / Mono County / Eastern Sierra / Christmas / Volunteers / Donations / Bishop Police Department / Mammoth Lakes Police Department

Eastern Sierra Bowmen Turkey Shoot at Millpond

Win a Turkey at the ESB Turkey Shoot

The Eastern Sierra Bowmen’s next shoot will be Saturday, November 15th at the Millpond Recreational Area Archery Range.

There will be turkeys awarded as prizes for both the regular shoot and the novelty shoots. Families and kids are encouraged to head out and win a turkey.

There will be a limited number of youth bows made available to loan. This is a family event, and the Eastern Sierra Bowmen hope to see you there.

Eastern Sierra Bowmen Turkey Shoot

Eastern Sierra Bowmen Turkey Shoot

Signups start at 9:00 AM.

If you can help us with setup, just arrive early.

Eastern Sierra Bowmen Turkey Shoot

 

Eastern Sierra Bowmen Turkey Shoot

Try their newest targets!

Bishop / Eastern Sierra / Eastern Sierra Bowmen / Millpond Recreational Area Archery Range / Archery / Family / Turkeys

DAR & VFW Ladies Auxiliary Honor Veterans

DAR & VFW Ladies Auxiliary Team Up To Honor Veterans In November

United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration – 50th Anniversary

Bishop, CA, October 21, 2014:  The Palisade Glacier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8988 to host a Meet & Greet for all Inyo County Veterans and their spouses.  The event will be held on November 8th at VFW Post 8988 (484 Short Street in Bishop) at 1:00 PM.  Refreshments will be served.

The Secretary of Defense was authorized in 2008 by the National Defense Authorization Act to conduct a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The main objectives of this program are to: thank and honor the Veterans of the Vietnam War, including POW/MIA personnel and their families, for their service and sacrifice; to highlight the service of the Armed Forces and the contributions and support of Federal agencies and organizations; to pay tribute to contributions made on the home front; to highlight advances in technology, science, and medicine during the Vietnam War; and to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War. More information is available at www.vietnamwar50th.com .

In support of DAR’s partnership with the Department of Defense for the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, on Monday October, 27th at 7:00 p.m. the Bishop City Council will be presenting DAR with a Proclamation. Additionally, VFW Post 8988 will be presented with a 50th Anniversary United States of American Vietnam Commemoration Flag and a Proclamation signed by the President of the United States of America.

Additionally, the VFW will be conducting memorial services at the Pioneer Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on November 11th  in honor of Veterans Day. The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8988 will be hosting a reception with refreshments at POST 8988 immediately following the service.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. For more information visit: www.dar.org

The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a non-profit organization which supports Veterans of Foreign Wars and their families, active-duty military and their families, and supports national patriotism.  For more information visit:  http://www.ladiesauxvfw.org/home-page/about-us/

50th Anniversary Vietnam War

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Bishop / Eastern Sierra / DAR / VFW Ladies Auxiliary / Palisade Glacier Chapter / Veterans / Inyo County / 50th Anniversary Vietnam War

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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Eastern Sierra / Inyo County / South County Search & Rescue / Lone Pine Airport / SAR Command Center / Lone Pine / Dedication Ceremony

 

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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Yosemite National Park / National Park Service / Yosemite / Fee Increase / Entrance Fee / Campground Fee

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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Ebola / Eastern Sierra / Bishop / Inyo County / Mono County / Alpine County / Local Response / Eastern Sierra Public Health

Obituary: Chalmers

Marie June Chalmers

Chalmers

 

1930-2014

 

 

Marie June Chalmers (84), Born in Sacramento, CA June 20, 1930 passed away October 10, 2014 in Bishop CA. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Albert in 2009. She leaves behind her loving daughters Debra, Janice, Christine and Linda, grandchildren Bryan, Sarah and Roman.

She moved to June Lake in 1970 before migrating to Bishop in 1997 with husband Al to escape the snowy winters of June Lake. Marie served in the lady bills and enjoyed playing bingo at the Elk’s lodge with friends.

She will be dearly missed by family and friends.

A celebration of life for Marie will be held Sunday October 26 at 1:00 PM at the June Lake Community Center. A potluck social will follow.

Donations in Marie’s name can be made to the following: Bishop Elk’s Lodge (Lady Bills), Calvary Chapel of June Lake or Calvary Chapel of Bishop.