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Betty Goin, 85, of Bishop

Betty Goin

Betty was born in Medford, OR January 22, 1929 to Lester and Bertha Banta.  She was one of eight children.  Betty moved to the Owens Valley with her family when she was only three years of age and has been here ever since.  She passed away in Bishop, CA  on July 27, 2014 at the age of 85 with her husband Votie of 66 years by her side.

Although Betty lived in Bishop most  of her life, she lived in Cartago, CA where she attended grade school .  She then moved to Bishop and graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1947.

She met the love of her life Votie in 1948 and married him in 1949.  Together, they raised four children.  Betty spent her life as a very devoted homemaker, wife, and mother.

Her occupation was to tend the office and keep the books of the family business,  not only for her husband, but also for her son as he took over the business.  She did this until she was unable to do it anymore, and that was the way she wanted it.  Betty was an unselfish lady as  she volunteered countless hours flying with her husband  searching for downed aircraft and anybody in need  of assistance from the Civil Air Patrol.  She did this for 27 years.

She loved the outdoors as she was a country girl, and it didn’t really matter what she was doing, as long as she was with her family.  She could really grow a good vegetable garden.

Betty is preceded in death by her oldest son, Devotie Goin, sister Ina Mason, sister Florinda Banta, and brother Lester Banta.  She is survived by her husband James (Votie) Goin, daughter Lyndi Goin, son Mark Goin and son and daughter in law Kyle and Tammy Goin, Sister Pat Schley, Brother Rodger Banta, Brother George Banta, and brother and sister in law Willard and Connie Banta.  She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Betty will be severely missed as she made a difference in many people’s lives.  She was always there to help anybody.

Funeral Services will be held at the East Line Street Cemetery, Thursday,  August 7th at 10:00 AM with Pastor Rick Klug officiating.

Wednesday, July 30!

Happy Birthday to:                       And, Happy Anniversary!

Sheri Oyster                                                             Erin & Ron Gladding (2 yrs)

Scott Kemp

Megan Ann Smith

Don Smith

Jacob Haskell

Travis Wheeler

Lizzy Branson

Ryan Lane

Hanna Sage Stanley

Jesse Steele

Jenine Fortney

Mike Haifleg

Alez Zazueta Jr.

Manzanar Summer Lectures and Book Signings

Manzanar National Historic Site
Summer 2014 Special Programs

John Tateishi

As a child in Manzanar, John told his brothers “I want to go back to America!” As a man, he became a leader in the redress movement, wrote the book And Justice for All, and served as national president of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Kerry Yo Nakagawa

Kerry Yo Nakagawa is founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP). His earlier works include the book Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball and the film American Pastime.
Both men will be available to sign their books in the Manzanar store (  before and after their programs.
Manzanar is hosting volunteers for Public History Preservation projects the same weekends at the talks. Please see for more information.

Manzanar National Historic Site
Summer 2014 Special Programs
Manzanar / National Historic Site / Summer Programs / Book Signings / Volunteer / Eastern Sierra / Japanese American History / Public History Preservation Projects

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project


Contact: Sara Kokkelenberg, Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps member or Kay Ogden, Executive Director, at (760) 873-4554.

The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project is in Full Bloom!

Returning Pollinators to the Eastern Sierra

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

Have you seen those Sierra-sky blue plaques around town? Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) has been hard at work visiting gardens, schools, and ranches, spreading the word about habitat preservation and installing certification plaques in pollinator-friendly spaces. Do you have a garden that is pollinator-friendly or have you considered creating one? Contact Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873-4554 to get your garden certified and receive your plaque and materials reimbursement today!

The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project has been working to bring pollinators to backyards throughout Inyo and Mono Counties since April of this year. This summer, already ten participants have met ESLT’s certification criteria and many more are in the process, including individuals, community gardens, businesses, and college campuses.

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

For tips and tools to help your garden meet ESLT’s certification criteria, join ESLT on August 16th from 9am-1pm at the Bishop Nursery. The nursery will be hosting a free pollinator workshop in conjunction with their Customer Appreciation Day. Taste a variety of roasted chilis, sample local honey, and purchase pollinator-friendly plants and habitat features for your garden! Jaimie Pawelek from the UC Berkley Urban Bee Lab will be joining ESLT at the workshop to talk about the Eastside’s native bees and simple tricks for making your garden vibrant and pollinator-friendly.

Unable to make it, but still interested in getting involved? Gardeners who have certified through the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project have recently been helping Jaime and the UC Berkley Urban Bee Lab research Eastern Sierra native bees. Take part in similar research and citizen science projects on the Eastside by certifying your garden today! Applications must be sent to ESLT by September 12th to receive a materials reimbursement, so don’t wait – call Sara or Ali to learn more about the project.

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

ESLT is committed to keeping the Eastern Sierra community up-to-date on upcoming workshops, events, and citizen science projects. Anyone interested in certifying a garden or backyard as pollinator-friendly habitat is encouraged to visit to learn more, or contact ESLT’s Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873-4554.

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT’s goal is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses that can be sustained forever, ensuring both a strong local economy and environment. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit our website at


The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project is in Full Bloom!

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project / Pollination / Eastern Sierra / Gardening / Eastern Sierra Land Trust / pollinator-friendly / Bishop / Garden Project

Ooolation Singers Perform August 3rd, Lee Vining!

Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World

Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolation Singers will perform on the patio at the U.S. Forest Service Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm.
Ooolation! is a summer vocal experience that brings folk-inspired choir music from the great outdoors to the stage. The teenage and young adult members of Ooolation are a group of unique and energetic young singers from across the country who gather with professional composers and musicians to bring new compositions to life.  They practice for 10 days in an aspen grove high above Mono Lake and assemble a show of nature-inspired music with high-spirited moves, percussion, and spine-tingling harmonies.
Singers who attend Ooolation share a wide-open enthusiasm for diverse musical roots, a wide range of vocal colors, and performance ideas. Whether they are singers who like to move, dancers who like to sing, teachers, conductors, actors, instrumentalists, poets, artists, athletes, ear-learners, or sight-readers, they all share a passion for music making. Ooolation is where they can live, eat, and breathe song. They build a community united by collaborative music making and respect for the natural world. Their performance has become an annual tradition here in the Eastern Sierra.
The Visitor Center is located off of Highway 395 just north of Lee Vining on the bluff overlooking Mono Lake.  The concert is free and is being offered in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, U.S. Forest Service, and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. For more information call (760) 647-6331 or visit
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Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World
Ooolation Singers / Performance / Mono Lake / Lee Vining / Eastern Sierrea / US Forest Service / Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association / Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Monday, July 28!

Happy Birthday!                                    Happy Anniversary!

Lee Barron                                                                            Art & Jaque Hickman

Colleen Hampton

Callie Peek

Landin Abbott

Gunnar Smither

Jennifer Lutze

Jack Jenkins

Sunday, July 27!

Happy Birthday!                                 Happy Anniversary!

Natalia Acosta                                                                      Jim & Sharon Sherrill

Jay Soule                                                                                    Bill & Dawn Perez

Dee O’Dell                                                                            Laura & David Garney

Josiah Garcia                                                                      Abner & Missie Weed

Nicholas J. Dawson

William Mansikka

Dan Munis

Buna Faith McAlister

Christine Renee Mather

Stephanie Walters

Anne Majors

Bob Gunnoe

Chris Buchanan

Peter Yerkes

Char Hankey

Saturday, July 26!

Happy Birthday to:                                                    Happy Anniversary to:

Laila Birmingham                                                            Gerry & Sharleen Enes

Carrol Lynn Hambleton                                               Zach & Rachel Howe

Lucas McPhee                                                                 Kyle & Marilyn Erickson

Tyson Romero                                                                Donnie & Shannon Conde

Dave Figueroa                                                                     Early & Linda Duarte

Christine Smith                                                             Britney & Harrison Gichini

Harry Watterson                                                              James & Beth Niehaus

Jenny McKellips

Jerry Zeutzius

Ezra Tsosie

Mary Moreno


Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduate Academy

Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduation

The Sheriff’s Office wants to congratulate Seneca Willis and Angilberto Castaneda (both Correctional Officers at the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office) for recently graduating from Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy (Class 73), in Riverside at the Ben Clark Training Facility on July 10, 2014.
The graduating Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy Class #73 consisted of 33 men and women. Trainees undergo ten weeks of training in: hostage management, interview and interrogation, baton techniques, carotid restraints, chemical agents, less lethal munitions, first aid/CPR, officer liability, drill and ceremony, staff sexual misconduct with inmates, grammar skills, gangs, defensive tactics, and emergency response training. In addition, after graduation Willis and Castaneda attended a 24 course-hour fire arms training.
Seneca Willis was born and raised in Bishop, California and graduated Bishop Union High School in 2002. Angilberto Castaneda graduated from Lone Pine High School in 2001, and was a member of the US Marine Corp from 2001-2005. Castaneda joined the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. The Sheriff’s Office wants to recognize Angilberto Castaneda for receiving the top award in “Report Writing”, scoring a 96.5%!

Congratulations Seneca and Angilberto!

* Picture (from left to right): Lieutenant Eric Pritchard, Seneca Willis, Sheriff “Bill” Lutze, Angilberto Castaneda

Graduation, July 2014
Graduation, July 2014

Defensible Space Inspections Begin In Mono County

Defensible Space Inspections Begin
In Mono County

Mono County – CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. The defensible space inspections will begin on August 8 – 15, 2014, in State Responsibility
Areas in Mono County. Cal Fire is working with your local fire department during the inspection process. Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Areas to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be
educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee
resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:
- Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
- Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
- Trim branches six feet from the ground.
- Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
- Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
- Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
- Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
- Use fire ignition resistant building material.