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LADWP awards $217 Million Contract for Owens Lake Work

LADWP Awards Big Money for Dry Lake Dust Controls

submitted by the LADWP

LADWP Awards $200+ million Construction Contract to OHL USA for Owens Lake Phase 9/10 Project

Employment Opportunities May Be Available for Owens Valley Residents

Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has awarded the contract for construction of Phase 9/10 of Owens Lake’s dust mitigation effort to OHL USA. The contract with OHL USA is not to exceed $238,973,689, which includes a 10 percent contingency amount of $21,724,881. OHL USA was awarded the contract with a bid amount of $217,248,808.

The Phase 9/10 project is designed to mitigate dust emissions on an additional 3.62 square miles of Owens Lake playa. By the completion of this project, the City of Los Angeles will have mitigated dust emissions from over 48 square miles of Owens Lake playa and LADWP will have reduced PM10 dust emissions from the lakebed by 99 percent. The effort is scheduled to be completed by December 31, 2017. Upon completion of Phase 9/10, the City of Los Angeles’ overall investment in the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program will reach nearly $2 billion.

OHL USA will be hiring union trades, clerical and office staff positions for the Phase 9/10 Project. To apply to work on Phase 9/10, please contact Ezam Khazeni of OHL California at 949-242-4432, or email your resume to ekhazeni@ohlusa.com.

OHL USA’s West Coast office is staffed by experts in heavy civil construction who have decades of experience working in the region. Their expertise and capabilities are supported by the financial strength and technical resources of OHL’s global practice, which includes more than a century of successful construction around the world.

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Don’t Drink and Fry

Mammoth Lakes Fire Department warns of Cooking Dangers

Three Times as Many Cooking Fires Occur on Thanksgiving as on a Typical Day

submitted by Mammoth Lakes Fire Department:

The holidays should be a time of food, fun and festivities but it is also a time for extra caution. Thousands of home fires across the nation are caused by holiday cooking activities. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment and many of these fires are caused by unsafe cooking practices.

NFPA’s latest cooking estimates shows that there were 1,550 cooking fires on Thanksgiving in 2014, reflecting a 210 percent increase over the daily average. Home cooking fires also spike on other major U.S. holidays, including Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Memorial Day weekend. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

While the number of cooking fires spikes on holidays, it’s also one of the leading causes of home fire year-round. Between 2009 and 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 162,400 home cooking fires per year. These fires resulted in an annual average of 430 civilian fire deaths, 5,400 reported injuries and $1.1 billion in direct property damage.

Be on alert and keep these tips in mind this holiday cooking celebration:
⦁ Always stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling or broiling food. If you have to leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove. Regularly check on food that’s simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
⦁ Keep things that can catch fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels and curtains away from the cooking area.
⦁ Be alert when cooking. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.
⦁ If you have a small (grease) cooking fire on the stovetop and decide to fight the fire: Smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
⦁ If you’re cooking a turkey using a disposable aluminum pan, consider doubling up and using two pans to avoid a puncture, as dripping turkey juices can cause an oven fire.
If you have a cooking fire:
⦁ Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
⦁ Call 9-1-1 after you leave.
⦁ If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.

NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, a popular cooking method on Thanksgiving. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns and other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used. If a fryer is used, please be extra careful and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you have any questions or wish additional information, please feel free to contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 760 934-2300

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Officials Lifting Fire Restrictions

BLM and Forest Service Lifting Fire Restrictions

Inter-agency Press Release:

The Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management and the Inyo National Forest announce that fire restrictions put into place for the Eastern Sierra this summer will be rescinded today, Monday, October 26, at midnight.

Recent rain and snow, combined with increased humidity, shorter days, and cooler night time temperatures have prompted the land management agencies to lift the fire restrictions put into place earlier this summer. Mike Beasley, Interagency Fire Management Officer for the Bishop Field Office and Inyo National Forest, urges the public to keep fire safety in mind to avoid resource and property damage. “While we are comfortable lifting the fire restrictions at this time, we urge the public to use common sense and exercise caution when recreating outdoors in order to decrease the chance of human-caused fires,” said Beasley.

A campfire permit is still required for those camping outside of developed campgrounds and can be obtained at visitor centers or online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.

Important fire safety reminders for outdoor activities on public lands include:

  1. Prevent vehicle related fires by maintaining proper tire pressure, ensuring adequate tire tread, and checking your brakes for overheating. Avoid traveling or parking on brush or grass. Ensure chains are not dragging while towing.

2. Use of exploding targets, including Binary Explosive Targets, while recreationally shooting is both a fire hazard and illegal. Use of tracer rounds while target shooting is also a fire hazard and illegal. The use of steel-core ammunition, although legal, can greatly increase the chance of a wildfire.

 3. Motorcycles, ATV’s and chainsaws require an approved spark arrestor.

 4. Get your California Campfire Permit online at www.PreventWildfireCA.org.

 Help prevent wildfires…..One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire


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Season Ending at Devils Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument Announces Closure for the Season

Devils Postpile National Monument has announced that the monument will close for the winter on Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm. It is anticipated that the inter-agency prescribed fire (on Devils Postpile and Inyo National Forests lands) will occur Tuesday, October 27th. During the prescribed burn, the access road to the monument and all trails and access to the Devils Postpile formation will be closed and will remain closed for the season. The monument will open again at the start of the summer season in 2016.

According to the Inyo National Forest, the main Reds Meadow Road is anticipated to still be open, weather permitting, and the trail to Rainbow Falls will still be accessible during the prescribed burn. Traffic control will be in effect on the Reds Meadow Road during the time the prescribed burning occurs.

Prescribed fires reduce fuels for building protection by removing the amount of forest debris that can fuel an unplanned fire in hotter and drier conditions. Prescribed fires are dependent on the correct conditions for temperature, wind, relative humidity, and other factors. Under optimal conditions, fire crews conducting a prescribed fire are able to simulate a natural fire cycle. Fires can reduce forest competition and increase biodiversity of plant and animal life. In 2011, an unusual wind event resulted in the blowdown of thousands of trees, and this prescribed burn will reduce the risk of a catastrophic fire at the monument.

Deanna Dulen, park superintendent, would like to thank visitors for exploring and enjoying monument this season and invites everyone to join in the National Park Service’s Centennial celebration with Devils Postpile National Monument throughout the 2016 season.

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IMA Idol Prelims are this Saturday

Local Singers compete Saturday

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is pleased to announce that there are 11 singers entered in this year’s IMA Idol Singing contest. The public is invited to come out and watch the preliminaries free of charge on Saturday, August 22 at 3:00 on the Miller Stage at the Fairgrounds. All 11 contestants will perform, and the top 5 will be chosen to perform as the opening acts for the Austin Webb concert on Thursday night of the fair (Thursday, September 3rd), where an overall winner and People’s Choice winner will be chosen.

In addition to bragging rights the winners will receive cash prizes and Fair Event Admission packages.

We have singers ranging in age from 13 to 72, singing everything from original songs to current pop hits, classic country, oldies and show tunes. It will be a fun afternoon of free entertainment to get everyone excited for the fair,” commented Fair CEO Sally Symons. “We hope the public comes out and supports the local talent at the preliminaries, and then again at the finals during the Austin Webb Concert.”

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Walker Fire now 35% contained

Crews reach 35% containment of Walker Fire

Lee Vining, CA: Burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining the Walker Fire remains at 3,715 acres. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.
Crews continue to improve containment lines and begin mop up in certain areas of the fire. Mop up efforts also continue on the 65-acre spot fire.
Tioga Pass (Highway120) is open without an escort. However, there will be no stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. This will be strictly enforced. The fire remains active to the south of the road and this is essential for firefighter and public safety.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining areas and along Highway 395.

Closures and Evacuations:
⦁    Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
⦁    A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
⦁    Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
⦁    Law Enforcement will be escorting campers into the Lower Lee Vining Canyon campgrounds to collect any gear left behind during evacuations. Escorts will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today. Affected campers will be allowed in with escort only. Campers are asked to meet Law Enforcement on Hwy 120 at Vista Point Drive. If an officer is not there, please wait patiently at the three cones.
⦁    The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.
Approximately 484 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can go to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

Date Started: 8/14/2015
Cause: Human Total Personnel: 484
Injuries/Illnesses to Date: 0
Size: 3,715 acres Structures Threatened: 235
Percent Contained: 35%
Resources: 4 helicopters, 0 seats, 2 Air tankers Engines 34, Crews 10, Water Tenders 6, Dozers 4 Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Containment: 8/23/2015

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Walker Fire, Tuesday Morning Update

Walker Fire 20% contained

Quick Facts
size: 3,613 acres.
containment: 20%.
estimated full contianment: Sunday, 8/23/15.
cause: Human…under investigation.
location: 2 miles southwest of Lee Vining.

total personnel: 471.  From the US Forest Service:

Lee Vining, CA: The Walker Fire is currently burning approximately two miles southwest of Lee Vining. This is a human-caused fire that is still under investigation.
Crews held the fire last night and continue to improve containment lines.Crews will continue to maintain and strengthen the fire line today as well as mopping up the 65-acre hot spot.
Due to more accurate mapping, the fire size is now at 3,613 acres.
Tioga Pass (Highway120) is open without an escort. However, there will no stopping along the eastern six miles of the road. This will be strictly enforced. The fire remains active to the south of the road and this is essential for firefighter and public safety.
The fire is burning in mixed conifer, mahogany, and brush. Critical sage grouse habitat is also threatened. Visitors and residents should expect to see smoke from the June Lake and Lee Vining areas and along Highway 395.

Closures and Evacuations:
⦁    Walker Lake “Fishing Camp” has been evacuated.
⦁    A CodeRed Emergency Alert notice has been issued for Lee Vining and everything north of Double Eagle in June Lake (including Silver Lake and Grant Lake areas) for potential evacuations.
⦁    Campgrounds in the Lower Lee Vining Canyon have been evacuated and are closed, including Lower Lee Vining, Moraine, Boulder, Aspen Grove, and Big Bend Campgrounds.
⦁    The Walker Lake Road (1N17), the Parker Lake Rd. (1S25), the Upper Horse Meadows Rd. (1N16), and the Gibbs Road (1N18) are closed for fire operations and public safety. All of these roads are accessed via the northern end of the June Lake Loop. All spur roads off of these roads are also closed. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is closed.

Approximately 471 firefighters are on scene as well as numerous aircraft, dozers, and engines. Resources from Mono County, local fire departments, Cal Fire, neighboring forests, BLM Bishop Field Office, and the Mono County Sheriff’s Office are assigned.  For more information on the Walker Fire you can got to the following sites: Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4515/

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Tragedy in Yosemite

FALLEN TREE LIMB CAUSES TWO FATALITIES  IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

At approximately 5:00 a.m. this morning (Friday, August 14th), a limb from an oak tree fell in Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley, striking a tent in which two minors were sleeping. Park Rangers responded to the campground to provide medical assistance, yet both minors were deceased.

The names, ages, and places of residence of the victims are not being released. The incident remains under investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the families as they grieve this tragedy,” stated park Superintendent Don Neubacher.

cover photo, Yosemite Valley, by Gary Young.

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Wish Dave McCoy a happy birthday

Wish Dave McCoy a Happy 100th Birthday

Mammoth Lakes Foundation invites you to sign birthday card

Message provided by the Mammoth Lakes Foundation.

Mammoth Lakes – In honor of Dave McCoy’s 100th birthday on August 24, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation is inviting the community to sign a birthday card that will be presented to McCoy early next week at his home in Bishop.

Members of the public are welcome to sign the card on Thursday, August 13; Friday, August 14; or Monday, August 17 anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Mammoth Lakes Foundation offices in Edison Hall. The offices are located at 100 College Parkway in Mammoth Lakes across the street from Cerro Coso Community College.

Mammoth Lakes Foundation was established by McCoy in 1989 and offers free college education (books and tuition) to any Mono County high school graduate or resident pursing an AA degree from Cerro Coso Community College, in addition to providing year-round theatre programming through the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre.

Take a moment to come over and wish a Happy 100th Birthday to the man who has done so much to make Mammoth what it is today.
If you can’t make it in person, send your birthday wishes for him to info@mammothlakesfoundation.org and we will happily include them with the card.

cover photo, Roma and Dave McCoy.  Courtesy of Dave McCoy’s facebook page.

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Bishop Police offering back to school tips

Bishop Police Departments back to school tips

Message provided by the Bishop Police Department

Are you ready for the school year to begin? Even if you don’t have children in school, Bishop Police are asking you to drive safely as the kids will be back in session starting on August 20, 2015.

During this time, officers will conduct high-visibility traffic enforcement in and around school zones for all traffic violations, particularly speeding and cell phone violations, as well as failing to follow instructions of the Crossing Guards.

Safety tips for back-to-school

As summer vacations come to an end, students across the country are readying themselves for the start of a new school year. With all of the excitement this time brings, safety may not be the first subject that springs to mind. The Bishop Police Department encourages parents to take time to talk with their children about safety before school starts. Whether they walk, ride the bus or travel by car, teach your kids these tips to ensure they get to and from school safely.

Tips for car drivers and passengers

• Pay attention. Distracted drivers endanger lives. Cell phone use while driving is against the law. Parents in a rush to drop off children at school are often the most common violators of School Zone speed laws.
• Everyone in the car should wear a seat-belt.
• Make sure babies and young children are in safety seats at all times, and that safety seats have been properly installed.
• Remind teenagers to take extra precautions if they are driving to school or riding with another teenage driver.
Tips for pedestrians
• We encourage students within walking distance to follow stop signs and other traffic directions and pay attention to the directions of the Crossing Guards.
• Never walk alone—always travel with a buddy and do not stop to talk with people you don’t know.
Walk, don’t run.  Never run across streets or crosswalks.
Pay attention to the locations of the Crossing Guards and tell them if you need help.
Small children should know and be able to recite their name, address and phone number as well as the names of their parent(s).  Parents should insure that school records accurately reflect current contact information.
Following these precautions can help us all get the new school year off to a safe and happy start.  Contact the Bishop Police Department for more information.

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