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Bishop Chamber supports Small Business Saturday

Bishop Chamber of Commerce promotes Small Business Saturday

Submitted by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce

Shop With Us On Small Business Saturday – November 28th
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday®, a day dedicated to helping small businesses and their communities.

The small, locally owned businesses in our community need our support.  And likewise, our community needs these businesses!

Some things to consider….
Small businesses contribute millions of dollars to local programs including our schools, ICARE, ESBCA, Salvation Army, IMACA, IMAH, 4H, FFA…you name it, these businesses are tirelessly supportive of our community!

A dollar spent in an independent locally-owned store is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. These dollars are used to make purchases from other local businesses and service providers, continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community.

Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of this place. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun — all of it makes our community home.

Small local businesses are the largest employer nationally and also create more stable employment in small communities.
Sales Tax matters.  It’s not just what you buy, but where you buy it that counts! Sales tax collected locally helps to support many things we often take for granted – police & fire protection, parks & recreation programs, streets & sidewalks.  When you pay your sales tax at a store in the Owens Valley, you are doing your part to maintain many essential programs & services!

The Shop Small program was initiated by American Express a few years ago and it is really gaining momentum.  We hope you’ll join in our efforts to support local commerce this Saturday and throughout the year.  Visit to learn about other ways to get involved and support your favorite small businesses.

Thank you for supporting the Bishop Chamber and our efforts to sustain and improve the local economy!

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Caltrans winter driving tips

Caltrans winter driving advice

submitted by Caltrans:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Department of Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to get where you’re going safely this winter.  The following are some driving tips that will help you prepare for winter driving conditions:

Winterize your carCheck your brakes, windshield wipers, exhaust system and heater/defroster to make sure they are in good working condition.  Check your radiator fluid level and add antifreeze/coolant as needed. Replace wiper blades if needed.  Add a winter formula windshield wiper fluid. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tread is in good condition

Check road conditions frequently –During Storms, call 1-800 ROAD (7623) or check the internet at

Carry in your car – a flashlight with extra batteries, blanket, extra clothing, water and snacks, towel, gloves, ice scraper/deicer, shovel, small broom, spare key, sand/kitty litter.

Allow enough time  – Slow down.


Don’t panic – If you begin to slide while driving on snow or ice, slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer your vehicle in the direction you wish to travel.  If you must use brakes and your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), apply firm steady pressure.  If you do not have ABS brakes gently pump the brake pedal.  Do not allow the brakes to lock up.

 Black Ice Black ice is nearly invisible. The temperature doesn’t have to be below freezing in order for ice to form on road surfaces.  Ice can form, especially when it’s windy, when the air temperature drops below 40 degrees.   Low or shaded areas surrounded by landscaping or with a nearby source of water, such as bridges and underpasses, can have icy spots. 

 Be observant Do not pass snow removal equipment unless the operator directs you to.

 Stay with your vehicle – If you become stranded stay with your vehicle.  Conserve fuel while maintaining warmth and be aware of possible exhaust or carbon monoxide problems.

 ChainsAll vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive and snow tires are required to carry chains when traveling in areas that have chain control.  Make sure they are the correct size for your tires and in proper working order.  Chains must be installed on drive wheels.   Know if your vehicle has front or rear wheel drive.  Cable chains are acceptable, but may not provide as much traction as traditional chains. The speed limit when chains are required is 25, 30, or 35 MPH: it is posted and enforced.  Chain installers may be available to help install your chains.  They are not Caltrans employees.  They are independent business people who are licensed to install chains.  If you choose to use their services ask for a receipt that includes the installer’s badge number.  Chain installers are not allowed to sell or rent chains.  When removing chains or installing chains, drive beyond the signs reading “Chain Control/End Chain Control.”  Pull over out of the lanes of traffic.  

 Chain Control Information:
R-1 – Chains or snow tread tires with a tread depth of 6/32” and a “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” imprint on the tire’s sidewall.

R-2 – Chains required on all vehicles except four-wheel or all-wheel drives with snow tread tires on all four wheels.  Engage the four-wheel drive in the 4-high.    

R-3 – Chains required on all vehicles; no exceptions.

Tires – To find out if your tire tread depth is at least 6/32”, place a quarter into several tread grooves across a tire.  With George Washington’s head upright, if the bottom of his neck completely disappears, your tread depth is at least 6/32”.  If you can see any part of the bottom of George Washington’s neck, your tread depth is at or below 6/32” and should be checked.  Remember to check to make sure the tires have the imprint “M&S”, “MS”, “M+S”, or “M/S” which indicate the tire is rated for mud/snow conditions.  You may also see the mountain snowflake symbol on the tire. 

High winds and blowing snow often cause zero visibility conditions.  To protect travelers, the CHP may close the road temporarily until conditions improve.  During winter storms spinouts and accidents happen closing the highway.  Heavily traveled routes are particularly vulnerable to such closures.   Caltrans may meter traffic during the storm, letting fewer vehicles into the area reducing congestion and giving motorists the option of turning around and waiting out the delay in a warm place.

Cover Photo by Gary Young

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2015 Blake Jones a success


submitted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce

The weather could not have been more beautiful at Pleasant Valley Reservoir, just north of Bishop this past Saturday for the 48th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby. The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau welcomed over 800 anglers to compete for more than $10,000 in prizes at this year’s event. Over 1,300 fish were caught with several lunkers weighing over 7lbs!  The secret “Blind Bogey” fish weighed in at 9 ounces, with many anglers in that category competing for the blind bogey raffle prizes.
The lucky winner of the Blind Bogey Grand Prize was Susie Carlton of Pinion Hills. She won a package including a float tube from Northfork Outdoors plus loads and loads of great tackle & gear!

Other Blind Bogey winners also received fantastic prize packages: Jackson Saivea (Buena Park), Vincent Norte (Banning), Levi Williams (Bishop), Bruce Walker (Orange County), Chet Jenkins (Bishop), Grace Henze (Irvine), Matthew Romero (Los Angeles) and Ryan Kiddo (Bishop).

Prizes in the “Big Fish” category were awarded to: Thomas Nieto (Newbury Park) – 12 lbs. 8oz; Sam Blum (Bishop) – 10 lbs. 12oz., and Lianne Parker (Glendora) – 7lbs. 12oz.

Many prizes were also awarded to children. Kids’ 1st Place Winner was Ethan Williams, Jr. (Bishop). Ethan took home a loaded fishing package including a rod & reel combo, bait, tackle & great gift certificates.

Since 1968, the Blake Jones Trout Derby has proven to be a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The derby is organized by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau with the help of dozens of sponsors and a small army of dedicated volunteers. “We would never be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our community and generous prize donors,” states April Leeson, Chamber Events Coordinator. “Inyo County provides financial assistance through the Community Project Sponsorship Program and we are very grateful to the City of Bishop Parks & Recreation Crew for help with the heavy lifting,” adds Tawni Thomson.

Sponsors of the 2015 Blake Jones Trout Derby Include: Alpine Signs/395 Store, Adventure in Camping, Alta One Federal Credit Union, Ashley Furniture, Bee Gee Beauty Supply, Berkley, Bishop Creek Lodge, Bishop Nursery, Bishop Twin Theater, Bishop Veterinary Hospital, Bishop Village Motel, Bite-On, Blakemore TTI, Body & Soul, Brown’s Supply/ Brown’s Town, CA Department of Fish & Wildlife, CDF/Owens Valley Camp, City of Bishop, Comfort Inn, County of Inyo, Culver’s Sporting Goods, Davidson Taxidermy, Desert Springs Trout Farm, Double Eagle Resort, Dr. Slick, Eagle Claw, Erick Schat’s Bakkery, Fish Story Lori, Fish Taco Chronicles, Fisherman’s Landing, Gillespie Distributing, Gypsy King Tattoo, Hendrix, High Country Lumber, High Sierra Containers/West Coast Barns & Sheds, High Sierra Distributing, Holy Smoke Texas BBQ, Home Lumber, Imperial Gourmet, Inland Aquaculture, Inyo Mono Title, Jack in the Box, Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market, Keough’s Hot Springs, Kmart, La Casita, Lake Mary Marina, LaQuinta, Looney Bean, Los Angeles Dept of Water & Power, Macs Sporting Goods, Main Street Trading Company, Mammoth Brewing Company, Manor Market, McDonald’s , McMurry’s, Meadow Farms Smokehouse, Mountain Title Company, Mule Days Celebration, New Cali Landscapes, Northern Inyo Hospital, Northfork Outdoors, Paiute Palace Casino, The Petite Pantry, Pizza 395, Preferred Septic & Disposal, Protroll, Rainbow Pack Outfit, Reagan’s Sporting Goods, Rite Way Pool & Spa, Rusty’s, Sage to Summit, Save-On, Sierra Black Diamond Limo, Suddenlink, The Toggery, Tom’s Place, The Trees Motel, Turner’s Outdoors, The Video Place, Western Nevada Supply and Wright & McGill.

The Bishop Chamber extends extra thanks to Harold Reuter and the fish weighing crew, Burt Brown and Steve Ivey for running the shuttle truck, announcer Chuck Kilpatrick, Inyo County Probation Community Service Workers, Shannon Romero of Mountain Apparel, Ray Robles of Berkley and everyone else who helped and participated in the derby. “We’re already looking forward to 2016!” notes April Leeson.

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