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Mammoth Dog Licensing Clinic

Mammoth Dog Licensing Clinic

submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Police Department
June 9, 2016

Mammoth Lakes, CA – On Saturday, June 18, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, the Mammoth Lakes Police Department will be renewing Town of Mammoth Lakes dog licenses for the upcoming fiscal year and offering discounted vaccinations and microchipping. Dr. Gaylon TeSlaa and the staff of Alpen Veterinary clinic will be on hand with low cost vaccinations and microchipping for both dogs and cats.
California law requires all dogs over the age of 4 months to be licensed and vaccinated against rabies. If you live within the limits of the Town of Mammoth Lakes, you are required to license your dog. Sorry for you loss bologna exist whip
If your dog does not need a rabies update, you may purchase just the required license – $20 if your animal is spayed/neutered; $50 if they’re unaltered. Please bring proof of spay/neuter and current rabies vaccination (if applicable). Discounted microchipping will also be available for $10. If you are paying by check and will be purchasing a license and vaccinations, please remember that you will be paying two separate bills.

For everyone’s safety, your dog must be leashed and your cat in a carrier. If your animal doesn’t do well with others, please leave them in your car until you complete the paperwork and the vet will come to your vehicle to administer the shots.

You may now purchase 2016-17 TOML dog licenses at the MLPD Business Office Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM. Please bring proof of spay/neuter and current vaccinations.

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Chalfant Fire Department Thank You

Chalfant Fire Department hold successful fundraiser


The Chalfant Valley Firefighters Association would like to thank the following businesses/individuals for their generous donations of raffle items: Chalfant Big Trees, High Country Lumber, Silver Lake Resort, Bishop Country Club, The Meat House, Bishop Creek Lodge, Our Water Works, Parchers Resort, Britts Diesel, Mac’s Sporting Goods, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Culvers Sporting Goods, Pampered Pooches, Cardinal Village, Anne Marie’s, Toms Place , Bishop Jewelers, Mahogany Smokes meats, Great Basin Bakery, Mono Cone, Vitality Salon, Euphoria Salon-Kendra Stone, Euphoria Salon-Sheila Smith, Candice Kile, Bill Pratt Distributing, Florene Trainor, Convict Lake Resort, Julie Weier, Christina Rockwell and Charlie Waldriff. A special thanks goes out to Chalfant Big Trees for their additional monetary donation to the Association as well as the individuals that placed donations in the “The Boot”. Without the hard work and dedication from all the Association members and additional folks that sold tickets and acquired prize donations, the success of our Open House and fundraiser could not have happened. Last but not least a huge THANK YOU goes out to all the folks that purchased raffle tickets and attended the Open House.

Clint Weier

CVFA President

Betty Irene Van Valkenburge

Betty Van Valkenburge, 1938-2016

“Pepper” AKA Betty Irene Van Valkenburgh, born in Dar Fork, Kentucky on July 28, 1938, passed away on May 8, 2016 in Canon City, Colorado.

Pepper worked for many years in food service and food retail sales, working at both Vons and Safeway in Bishop. She enjoyed traveling and cooking.

She is preceded in death by her son Brett Butler.
She is survived by husband Bill Van Valkenburgh, son Daryl Butler, daughter Roxanne Whitted, 6 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

“Pepper” Betty was laid peacefully to rest on June 3, 2016 at East Line Street Cemetery, Bishop.

Betty Van Vaulkenburg
Betty Van Valkenburg


Beatrice Gerhart

Beatrice Gerhart, 1935-2016

Beatrice Steiskal Gerhart – a former resident of Bishop, CA, died in Huntington Beach, CA at Beachside Hospital after a brief illness.

Born in 1935 in Bellevue, PA, she loved Pennsylvania and always retained a fondness for the community in which she was born and lived. She moved to Southern California in 1964 and remained there for the rest of her life. After spending many family trips and outings to the Eastern Sierra and in particular, Bishop, CA with her husband and WW2 veteran Dr. Joseph Steiskal they decided to make Bishop their home. After Dr. Joe passed in 1998 in Bishop she re-married long-time Bishop Resident Mr. Thomas Gerhart, a Korean War veteran. After his passing she decided to move back to Huntington Beach to be closer to her sons and family.

She was surrounded by her loving family when she was taken to be with the Lord. She was a beautiful and loving woman to all that knew her, she deeply touched all those that she met and brought unity and love to her family that she loved and who loved her so much. She will be sorely missed.

Brune Mortuary in Bishop, CA has been entrusted with the arrangements and she will be laid to rest in the East Line Street Cemetery. Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Brune Mortuary.

Beatrice Steiskal Gerhart

Gladys Emma Schmid

Gladys Schmid 1918-2016

Gladys Schmid, 97, passed away on June 02, 2016. She was born on July 22nd, 1918 in Monticello, Wisconsin to Wilbert and Ida Hoesly. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Walter Schmid.

She and Walter left Wisconsin and moved to California eventually making their way to the Eastern Sierra. Gladys worked many jobs but some of her more memorable ones were when she worked at the June Lake General Store from 1953-1965, then in 1966 she and Walter bought and owned and operated the Crowley Lake Store until 1973 when they decided to settle in Bishop.

She loved the outdoors, and traveling across country she and Walter were long time members of the Bishop Golf Club where she golfed until age 88 and she joined the Lady Bills of the Elks Lodge 1603 until 1974.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Marian and Delmar Kubly of Wisconsin, nephew Kris (Penny) Kubly and family of Wisconsin, longtime friend Cindy (Hugh) Henderson and family of Bishop, and a host of friends. We will miss her wonderful smile and sense of humor as well as her spunkiness.  Per her request there will be no services.

Support Hospice of the Owens Valley

Hospice of the Owens Valley is Holding a Raffle

June 6, 2016
Submitted by Hospice of the Owens Valley
Photo Credit Virginia Lakes Resort

Support Hospice of the Owens Valley and win a chance for a weekend stay in a beautiful two story Virginia Lakes Cabin! Full kitchen and full bathroom, with master bedroom downstairs, and 5 beds upstairs. Bring the family! Bring friends! Support Hospice! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Pioneer Home Health Care office, located at 162 East Line St in Bishop. Tickets will be available from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM on Monday through Friday. Winner will be drawn on July 11, 2016. For more information contact Ruby Allen RN at 760-872-4663. Thank you for supporting hospice!

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CDFW to make bear presentation to June Lake residents

CDFW to offer advice about how to coexist with wildlife in bear country.

June 6, 2016
Submitted by California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife invites the community to a presentation on “Living Responsibly in Bear Country” on June 22, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the June Lake Community Center.

The presentation will cover black bear biology, bear behavior, how bears become habituated to human sources of food, CDFW’s role in responding to bear-human conflicts, and what residents can do to help keep bears in the wild where they belong.

During spring, summer and fall, California’s black bears are in an almost constant search for food to obtain the large number of calories they need to survive and reproduce. If bears find easy sources of food in residential areas, they will return again and again to the same location. When bears get too comfortable around people and begin to associate humans with food, they can become dangerous and must be killed.

This presentation will educate residents on how to eliminate bear attractants from their property, what to do if they encounter a bear, and how CDFW and local agencies can help. For more information, please contact Andrew Hughan, CDFW Communications at 916.322.8944

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Dedication set for Dick Noles Memorial

Dedication set for Bishop City Park Water Feature

June 3, 2016

The water feature at the Bishop City Park will be dedicated to the late Dick Noles on Saturday, June 18th.  The ceremony will begin at 10am and all are invited to gather and pay tribute to Dick Noles.  The water feature is located on the north side of the Park Pond.

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City Park Water Feature during construction. Photo by Arnie Palu

Noles was a very active member of the community working on various projects including the adventure trails system, the clearing of local ponds, and installing handicap ramps.  Noles passed away on November 4th.   Dick is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat, two sons, Rick and wife Bonnie of Lee Vining and David and Jeannie of Bishop, five grandchildren, Pete Noles, Garrett Noles, Kari Face and husband Dan, Kristin Noles, Kristi Houston and husband Will. Dick also has 4 great grandchildren, Cameron, Corbin, Riley and Aiden.

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Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Awards Announced

The five-day Mammoth Lakes Film Festival concludes with nods that include some surprises

Submitted by the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
June 2nd, 2016

The Mammoth Lakes Film festival concluded on Sunday, May 29th with the award-winning documentary SONITA, followed by a lively, music and fun-filled awards presentation at Sierra Events Center.  Over 50 films were screened over the five day fest, including premieres, presentation of the first ever Sierra Spirit Award to legendary director Joe Dante, filmmaker bonding at screenings and events, including a film fest hosted trip to Bodie ghost town. Awards, detailed below, included the presentation of the physical Orson trophy, each one with its own personality, and all created by local artist Josh Slater.
Jury Award for Feature Narrative – BODKIN RAS, a first time feature by director Kaweh Modiri. This Dutch film, shot in the remote town of Forres Scotland, caught the Jury by surprise with its intriguing blend of documentary and fiction. Its lyrical images, Poetic construction and poignant performances have indelible haunting effects that stay with the viewer.
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Orson trophy
Jury Award for Feature Documentary – SONITA by director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami.  The film gave the Jury a personal connection to a small, talented and compelling young woman trying to bridge the gap between her seemingly impossible dreams and her suppressive culture. The filmmaker who brought this story took an untraditional role to change the course of the young woman’s path.
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Orson trophy
Special Mention Feature Documentary – UNDER THE SUN by director Vitaly Mansky. The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival Documentary Award for Courage is given to a film that was incredibly compelling and beautifully crafted. The filmmaker undertook a project under challenging conditions and revealed to us a world rarely seen in the west.
Special Mention Feature Narrative – MAD by director Robert G. Putka. A beautifully written and realized film about mental illness, and the trickle-down effect it has upon a mother’s relationship with her two grown daughters, their relationship with each other, and the challenges of living the broken lives they’ve inherited from their mom.
Best Narrative Short – A NIGHT IN TOKORIKI by director Roxana Stroe. Without dialogue this film sets the scene for a night out that celebrates becoming an adult while forbidden love is revealed. From its first frame to the last, this film creates a world with passion and empathy for its characters, in a setting that captures the humor and sometimes danger of true love.
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Honorable Mention Narrative Short – TISURE by director Adrian Geyer. Calm, deliberate and beautifully set, the jury would like to give an honorable mention to TISURE- a film that allows the viewer to become lost in a visual story that invokes awe and inspiration.
Best Doc/Animation Short – THE SECOND LIFE by director Eugene Pankov. This wonderfully honest, heartfelt and touching portrait of a woman’s love for her mother broaches on the point of obsession and the absurd, but actually forces the viewer to think about second chances. For wouldn’t we all want to get another chance at life?
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Audience Award for Feature Narrative – BUDDYMOON by director Alex Simmons.
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Audience Award for Feature Documentary – LEARNING TO SEE by director Jake Oelman.
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Thank you to our illustrious Jury Members: Narrative Features – John Fiedler, Kelly Leow, and John Wirth; Documentary Features: Allison Amon, John Scheinfeld, and Katherine Tulich; Shorts: Bojana Sandic and Amanda Salazar
We also thank our sponsors: Honda, Panavision, RED digital Cinema, Light Iron, Cineverse, Paul and Kathleen Rudder, Mammoth Lakes Recreation Measure U, Mono County and Alicia Vennos, Sierra Nevada Resort, Eberle Winery, Blue Moon, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, The Westin Monache Resort, The Obsidian, GoPro, Snowcreek Resort, Tim and Pam Bartley, Juliana Olinka-Jones, Sierra Wave Media, and the Mammoth Lakes Lions club.
We thank our team: Festival Manager Shaun Reitman; Matt Johnstone, Festival Publicist; Lead Projectionist Brian Moratoya; Venue Managers Kim Kittinger and Chuck Scatolini; the staff at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival; Our festival interns Gabe Gerson and Elise and Elisa Prepatit; and Jeff Frome for tending bar for the last 3 days, and all our volunteers.  We could not do this festival without you.
And our last, we thank our filmmakers; without you there is no festival.

Wine, Beer and Food in Paradise

Swall Meadows/Paradise Wine, Beer and Food Fest

Submitted by Swall Meadows and Paradise Volunteer Fire Departments
June 2nd, 2016

The communities of Swall Meadows and Paradise are partnering together for their annual outdoor wine and beer tasting event on Saturday, June 25, to benefit their all-volunteer Fire Departments. This fun event will feature unique wines from some of California’s best wineries, including Grgich Hills, Rombauer Vineyards, Frog’s Leap and many more. Handcrafted beers will be served from the best breweries of the Eastern Sierra – June Lake Brewing, Mountain Rambler Brewery and Mammoth Brewing Company.

Great food will also be featured, along with desserts from Great Basin Bakery and Rock Creek Resort. Idle Hands stringband will provide entertainment. In addition, thanks to many generous donors, some fantastic Raffle and Silent Auction items will be offered, including a Season Pass to Mammoth Mountain, fine art from local artists and photographers, a flight-seeing tour of the Eastern Sierra, fine wines and many other prizes. Swall Meadows and Paradise Beer Wine and Food Fest Poster

Tickets cost $65 each and raffle tickets are $10 each (or 6/$50 or 20 for $100). Event tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Bishop Art Supply, Spellbinder Books, and the Booky Joint. We hope you will attend but if you can’t, please consider making a donation. For donation information, raffle tickets, table reservations  (8 minimum) or other information, please contact Donalda Day, 951-255-3299,

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