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Crowley Community Center Fall Classes

FREE ESL (English Second Language) Class in Crowley

Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos. Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos en Crowley Lake Community Center. Aprender de conversación, lectura, de la escritura y pronunciación para su uso en situaciones prácticas. Todos los materiales proporcionados.

Free English Class for Adults at Crowley Lake Community Center

Learn Conversation, Reading, Writing and Pronunciation for use in practical situations. All materials provided.


7-8:30pm on September 4, 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 16, 30 You may bring your small children if necessary. Usted puede traer a sus hijos pequeños si es necesario. $5 for Mammoth and Bishop residents. $5 (por clase) para los residentes de Mammoth y Bishop. Para preguntas/For questions 760-935-4089.

Other Courses Offered by the Crowley Lake Community Center this Fall:

CSA 1 Fall Classes

Yoga – Ukulele – ESL – Nordic Dryland – AED/CPR

Nordic Dry Land Training Instructor: Nancy Fiddler, local Olympian Get your mind and body ready for cross country skiing this winter with technique, strength, plyometrics, and aerobic training.  Participants need running shoes and attire, short ski poles (preferably old nordic poles, about sternum high), water bottle (with holster is best), and a towel or mat for strength training.  All abilities welcome, but some physical fitness is required. Thursdays 9-11 am *meeting at Crowley Lake Park September 11, 18, 25 October 2, 16, 23, 30 November 6  




Beginning ESL Instructor: Sharon Johnson Learn conversation, reading, writing and pronunciation for use in practical situations. All materials provided. Clase de Inglés gratis para adultos: Aprender de conversación, lectura, de la escritura y pronunciación para su uso en situaciones prácticas. Todos los materiales proporcionados. You may bring your small children if necessary. Usted puede traer a sus hijos pequeños si es necesario. Thursdays 7-8:30 pm September 4, 11, 18, 25 October2, 9, 16, 30




CPR/AED Certification Course Instructor: Rob Deforrest Heartsaver®  CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult.  This course teaches skills with AHA’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills. Dates TBA *Students must pre-register for this class




Yoga for Everyone Instructor: Desiree Federman                Come enjoy a casual, fun and safe class in a non-competitive environment. *mats not provided Sundays 5:00- 6:30 pm September 14, 21 October 5, 19, 26 November 2, 16, 23, 30  




Prana Flow Yoga for Every-body Instructor: Kelley Doyle Prana Flow Yoga is an all levels yoga course designed to offer each person a way to explore breath and body movements as moving meditation to cultivate strength, flexibility and peace from the inside out. *mats not provided Mondays 8:30 -10 am September 8, 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 17, 24




Beginning Ukulele Instructor: Greg Smith All ages welcome: we will explore the magic of music through playing songs on the ukulele. This little instrument can lead on to guitar or mandolin! Space is limited. Mondays 4:30-5:30 pm October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 17, 24 *Each class has a $5 material fee, pre-registration required

The CSA 1 is offering these classes to the public.  Anyone can attend but those residents living in the district can attend free of charge.

If you live Northwest of the Geothermal Plant and South of Sunnyslopes/Tom’s Place then you reside outside of the district and will be required to pay a nominal fee of $5 per class.

All classes are held at the Crowley Lake Community Center unless noted otherwise.

Registration Questions?  Please call Isabel, (760) 935-4089, or email

Courses Offered by the Crowley Lake Community Center this Fall

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Obituary: Joann Stanford

Joann Stanford

Joann Stanford  1934-2014
Joann Stanford (1934-2014)


Joann Barbee Stanford, age 80, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 at home in Bishop surrounded by family after a long illness.

She was born in San Diego on July 16, 1934 to Richard and Helen Shanks, later followed by brothers, Richard and Robert.

Joann attended schools in San Diego, graduating from San Diego State University in 1957 with a BRN degree. She worked in hospitals in San Francisco and San Diego until 1966 when she met Robert Stanford and his four children.

Robert and Joann were wed on Jan. 4, 1967, with Joann leaving nursing and joining Robert in operating Tamarack Lodge in Mammoth Lakes.

Together they added two more children to their family, Heather and Laurel. Subsequently the couple owned and operated Wildyrie Lodge and Crystal Crag Lodge along with Tamarack Lodge, all in Mammoth Lakes.

Together they retired from the lodge business in 2003 with many happy memories and stories to tell.

During her married life, Joann enjoyed world travel, gardening, needlework and knitting, and serving in her church, which was St Timothy’s Anglican Church, for the past nine years.

A wonderful hostess with a great sense of humor, Joann also ably hosted many gatherings of family and friends.

Joann is survived by her husband, Robert; six children, Christina Kallemeyn (Dennis), Gretchen Sippial (Charles), Heidi Leary (Kevin), Robert L. Stanford (Alison), Heather Weston and Laurel Manning (Michael); 15 grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Lynn Shanks; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom she loved so much.

A memorial service will be held for Joann at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 700 Hobson St., Bishop.

Because St. Timothy’s was such an important part of Joann’s life, the family asks any memorial donations would be made to St. Timothy’s Anglican Church.


Gymnastics Lessons are Back in the City of Bishop

Gymnastics Instruction with the City of Bishop is Back

Gymnastics with the City of Bishop is back! Enjoy instruction from Jacy Dagenhart, Sara Kokklenberg and Francisco Santana.

The registration period is shorter this session so sign up now for classes beginning next Monday, September 8th.

Classes are available for children 10 months to fourteen years. Schedules are available at the Bishop City Hall or online.

Gymnastics Instruction with the City of Bishop is Back

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The City of Bishop Re-Introduces Fencing Classes

City of Bishop Presents Fencing Instruction by Rick Stroud

The City of Bishop is excited to bring back instructor Rick Stroud for Fencing Instruction this fall.

Classes for Beginners will be held on Wednesdays at 3:30pm and for Intermediate fencers Thursdays at 3:30.

Classes begin September 10th and 11th for ages 10 and up.

Cost is $40 for the six week segment.

For questions you can contact Karey at Community Services, 760-873-5863, or stop by City Hall, 377 W. Line St, Bishop.

City of Bishop Presents Fencing Instruction by Rick Stroud

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Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop


377 West Line Street – Bishop, California 93514
Post Office Box 1236 – Bishop, California 93515
Public Works News Release 2 September 2014 Page 1 of 1

Public Works News Release

Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop

The City of Bishop offers a water conservation incentive program to help its water customers save water. The program can provide some water saving items free like hose nozzles and can provide rebates on other water saving items like new sprinkler systems.

Free items include automatic hose shutoff nozzles, hose timers, and
irrigation timers.

$100 rebates are available for water wasting toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers that are replaced with water saving models. A $250 rebate is available for new sprinkler systems.

Specific requirements are available at the city website or by contacting Bishop Public Works.

For most free items you just need to stop by the Bishop Public Works
office, fill out a short form, and pick them up. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account.

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, the water conservation incentive program, and the City’s water system.


Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop

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US Forest Service Announces 30-Day Public Scoping Period for Revised Forest Plan

USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service today announced a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests. The scoping period begins August 29, 2014 with the publishing of the Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register.
The Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra are three of eight national forests selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans under the 2012 Forest Service Planning Rule.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans on national forests across the nation.
These three forest plan revisions will be completed through the development of one environmental impact statement (EIS).  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors are the responsible officials for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
A “scoping period” gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before alternatives are developed and analyzed in the EIS.  Public involvement is a critical piece of this analysis and considered in the range of alternatives, which will be made available for public review and comment when drafted.
The Forest Service expects to release a draft of the EIS and alternatives for public review by spring 2015.
The EIS allows for a robust public involvement process, which begins with the scoping period announced today.  Public meetings to answer questions and accept written public comment are scheduled.  For the Inyo National Forest, they will be held on:
·         6:00-8:00 pm -Monday, September 15at the Dyer Community Center in Dyer, NV
·         6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA
The Forest Service values public participation. Communications from the public regarding this project, including commenter’s names and contact information, will become part of the public record.
Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time.  However, comments posted after the close of a designated comment period may not be given full consideration.  Anonymous comments and comments submitted after the close of the final designated comment period will not provide the commenter standing for administrative review.
Scoping comments must be received by September 29, 2014 and may be submitted:
·         Online (click on the “Comment on Project” hyperlink under the “Get Connected” topic at the right side of the webpage),
·         Electronic, or
·         U.S. mail: Land Management Plan Revision, U.S. Forest Service, 1839 South Newcomb Street, Porterville, CA  93257.
Please remember to specify which forest or forests your comments apply to.  For forest-specific information, please contact that forest directly:
·         Inyo NF: Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or
·         Sequoia NF: Alicia Embrey at 559-784-1500 or
·         Sierra NF: Dirk Charley at 559-297-0706 x4805 or
The NOI, detailed proposed action and maps are available for review at
For earlier information regarding forest plan revision documents and the planning process prior to the release of the NOI and scoping period, please visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if special assistance to participate in this meeting is needed, please contact the appropriate National Forest. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the Forest Service to make reasonable arrangements.

USFS Pacific Southwest Region Begins Scoping on Revised Forest Plans
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Community Flu Clinics 2014


Date Location Day/Time

09.29.14 Lee Vining Community Center Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
10.07.14 Walker Senior Center Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
10.08.14 Bridgeport Health Department Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM
10.09.14 June Lake Community Center Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
10.15.14 Paradise Fire Station Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM
10.15.14 Swall Fire Station Wednesday 6:15-7:15 PM
10.16.14 Chalfant Community Center Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
10.16.14 Benton Community Center Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
10.20.14 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
10.23.14 Crowley Lake Community Center Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist® nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available. Free with Medicare Part B card present; otherwise $78.00.
Pneumococcal not available at Lee Vining Community Flu Clinic.

Cost for Flu vaccine:

$10 for adults (19 yrs and older)
$5 for children (6mo -18 yrs)

Medicare Part B free with card present.

Additional Clinics:

10.27.14 Mammoth Health Department Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, by appt
10.30.14 Mammoth Health Department Thursday 8:30-11:00 AM, by appt
11.04.14 Mammoth Health Department Tuesday 4:30-6:30 PM, drop-in
11.12.14 Mammoth Health Department Wednesday 4:30-6:30, drop-in

Children may also receive flu vaccine at school clinics to be held this Fall.



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Deceased Man Found, Mammoth Lakes, CA


On Monday, September 1, 2014 at approximately 6:10 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers were called in from home to respond to a partially clothed, unresponsive individual behind a residence at Pinecrest Ave in Mammoth Lakes. Upon arrival, officers found a white male, about 30 years of age and quickly determined he was deceased. There was evidence of damage to the remains consistent with animal activity. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy to be conducted by the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Although the cause of death is unknown at this time, evidence at the scene indicated that death occurred prior to contact with any wildlife. Personnel from the California Department of Fish and Game and the Mammoth Lakes Wildlife Specialist responded to the scene and do not believe the wildlife involved pose any reason for concern in the community.
The victim has not been positively identified, but it is believed he is an individual that had contact with several local agencies in the preceding 24 hours. On Sunday, August 31 at approximately 3:30 p.m., a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy contacted a pedestrian matching the description of the deceased north of Bridgeport. The individual was transported by a Mono County Paramedic unit to Mammoth Hospital where he was evaluated by medical staff and Mono County Behavioral Health. While at the hospital, the individual became agitated and uncooperative resulting in a request for a law enforcement response. Officers from the Mammoth Lakes Police Department and the California Highway Patrol responded and assisted in restraining the individual. The individual subsequently left the hospital voluntarily, refusing care. Because of privacy laws, the results of his evaluation cannot be released.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Lakes Police Officers responded to a call from the Sierra Lodge about a man in the parking lot hitting himself in the head with a fire extinguisher taken from the hotel. Officers responded and found the fire extinguisher, but the individual was gone. Surveillance video from the hotel was reviewed and it was determined that it was likely the same individual who was previously at the hospital.
The Mammoth Lakes Police Department is conducting a death investigation related to the circumstances surrounding the death. The Mono County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office is coordinating the autopsy which will determine the cause of death. Anyone having information is encouraged to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department at (760) 934-2011.


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