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Conversation about Water

Conversation 90 of 100 Conversations about Water

Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience

The Metabolic Studio is hosting Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the Owens River LA Aqueduct. Conversation Number 90, entitled Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience, will feature ancient water harvesting techniques that support community resilience in the face of climate change. This one hour workshop, led by Carmen Gonzales, an Environmental Specialist with the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission and Certified Permaculture Designer, will qualify for one hour Continuing Education Credit for local Master Gardeners.

Permaculture Design for Water Scarcity: Drought to Resilience
Rainwater is the cleanest source of free renewable water that is available to us. Because we often structure our buildings and land to drain water away, however, we lose this precious water resource as it runs away from our home. There are many ways to catch and use this blessing from the sky. Carmen will share water harvesting techniques inspired by permaculture that draw upon ancient knowledge about how to work with water. Design strategies that are built on holistic-systems-thinking protect water quality, soil biology, and ecosystem diversity while providing abundance for communities and resilience in the face of climate change.
Water harvesting techniques that will be discussed will include proven technologies used by Permaculture Designers around the world to honor water and heal watersheds. You will learn how to turn your landscape from a drain to a sponge to soak up the precious water that falls from your sky. Becoming a wise steward of our precious rainwaters is an important step we can take to create resilience in the face of climate change and the current drought cycle.
Techniques learned from great permaculture teachers such as Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, and Brad Lancaster, will be presented. Permaculture techniques such as swales, terraces, and keyline design, and rain gardens can be effective strategies for hydrating parched soils, harvesting water, improving water quality, regenerating springs, and creating the conditions beneficial for a healthy ecosystem to grow. The true power of Permaculture is that the solutions for many of our water problems already exist— and that knowledge can be used to take a hands-on approach with projects that are cost-effective.
About Permaculture Design
Permaculture is an ecological design science that focuses on creating healthy relationships. Improving the way we relate to the water, land, and each other is a vital component of helping to restore watershed function. Drawing from the inspiration of personal healing through working on water protection projects, Carmen has been able to connect deeply with water to better understand how to work passively with it. A Permaculture Designer uses innovative ideas and tools to allow for living systems to flourish naturally. When we learn to listen to the language of nature, we can create the space for water to be honored as a sacred life giving force while supporting the cycles of life that help to keep water clean.
Carmen Gonzales is an Environmental Specialist and Permaculture Designer with the Owens Valley Indian Water Commission (OVIWC). She began working in the environmental field in 2000 and has been dedicated to working to helping Tribes protect water, land, and people over the past 14 years. She began managing the CWA 106 Program for the OVIWC after working for the past 7 years for the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe. She is excited to bring her passion for healing the relationship between water and the people to the Owens Valley. Always an “edge walker,” Carmen has been working to find the balance between good science, traditional knowledge, personal healing, and cultural evolution. As a water quality scientist, she has been working to shift the community consciousness about the critical importance of watershed protection in these critical times. As a Permaculture Designer, Carmen focuses on raising awareness about the power of working in collaboration with the cycles of nature, rather than against them. Carmen is driven by the vision of supporting the work of revitalization of Native communities through building relationships that nourish land and life. Carmen received her certificate in Permaculture Design in September of 2010 from the Regenerative Design Institute in a course taught by Penny Livingston-Stark and Brock Dolman.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 10 am at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St. @ Willow in Lone Pine.

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Drug Arrest In Bishop

63 year old Bishop man arrested on Drug charges

Statement from the Inyo County Narcotics Enforcement Team:

On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET), along with assistance from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, served a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street in the City of Bishop.  At the residence, Agents seized just over an ounce of methamphetamine, scales, evidence of drug sales, and drug paraphernalia.
The primary suspect of the investigation was not present during the service of the search warrant but was notified by Agents via cellphone of the findings. The primary suspect, Russell Kent Graves (age 63) of Bishop, turned himself in to agents later in the day. He was placed under arrest without further incident.
Graves was booked at the Inyo County Jail on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is being held on bail pending arraignment.

Russell Graves.  Photo courtesy of INET
Russell Graves. Photo courtesy of INET
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MHS hosting Dinner for Round Fire Victims

Mammoth High School hosting Free Dinner for Swall Meadows

SWALL MEADOWS FIRE RESIDENTS DINNER
Hosted by: Mammoth High School Culinary Arts
On March 6, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Mammoth High School will be hosting a free chili dinner, with a vegetarian option, for residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire.   MHS is inviting all residents of Swall Meadows affected by the recent fire to a Chili Dinner hosted by their Culinary Arts classes.  It would be their pleasure to have folks join them for some good food and fellowship with neighbors. The dinner will be held in the Mammoth High School MPR on March 6 from 5:30-7:30.  Staff and students will be serving and staff will be providing tasty, homemade desserts. Please join them at whatever time is convenient for you and your family.   They can also arrange for take home plates if you prefer.
For specific dietary restrictions or requests, please contact Trish Qualls at (760)934-8541 ext. 298 or email at tqualls@mammothusd.org.

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Bishop Girls Soccer Wins HDL

BUHS Girls Soccer wins the HDL title

The Bishop varsity girls soccer team traveled to Bakersfield Thursday defeating rival Kern Valley claiming the outright High Desert League title.  Bishop won 2-0 improving to 7-0-1 in league play.   Scoring goals for the Broncos were senior Brenda Gonzalez and sophomore Karla Castilla.  Coach Manny Terasas commented, “The team played well. Great play all around. Kila Miller stepped up in the back playing great defense. Brenda Gonzalez had a great goal from a free kick about 25 yards out.  The other goal came off a great run by Kailyn Boxley. She took a shot to the far post. The keeper for Kern made a great save, but the rebound was put away nicely by Karla Castilla.”  Terasas closed by saying, “I am very proud of the girls.  We had some key injuries in the game but the subs filled in nicely.”

The Bishop varsity boys defeat Kern Valley 8-2, with 4 goals for senior Elijah Alexander, two goals for freshman Diego Solorio, and one goal each for seniors Joe Domke and Joey Griego.

brenda @ kv

#10 Brenda Gonzalez (photo by Joe Griego)

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An Australian and a Canadian walk into a bar…

Duo Arrested in Mammoth Tuesday Night

So if a good friend will bail you out of jail, and a great friend will be with you in jail, what do you call a person who “urinates on you while in the back of the police car”?

The Mammoth Lakes Police Department handled the call this past Tuesday Night.  According to the Mammoth Police department at approximately  10:20pm, MLPD officers responded to a call for service at the Rafter’s bar. The called reported a disturbance that was becoming physical. Officers were met outside by security personnel employed by the bar. Security told the officers that two subjects had been inside the bar causing a disturbance with other bar patrons. One of the subjects allegedly exposed himself to several female patrons in the bar. When security asked them to leave, they began to physically resist. Once outside the subjects were seen allegedly urinating on a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon officers’ arrival, they observed the subject running from the scene. MLPD officers chased the subjects on foot and eventually caught them, taking them into custody without further incident. Allan William Holt, 25, an Australian national and Carter Stephan Campbell, 25, from Alberta, Canada were charged with public intoxication and urinating in public and Holt was also charged with indecent exposure.  According to the Mammoth Police Department Campbell’s blood alcohol level was .27 and Holt’s was .26. Both were driven to the Mono County jail.  The arrest report indicating that while en-route to jail, Holt managed to again expose himself, and urinated on his associate while in the back of the police car.

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Marsh Arrested

“Lola” Marsh arrested for alleged embezzlement

MARSH, Dolores Kay. 53 years old, Bishop Resident.

Bishop Police Department statement:

On Thursday, February 5, 2015 after an almost 2 year investigation, the Bishop Police Department arrested Dolores Kay Marsh for a
felony warrant. The Bishop Police Department investigated back in April of 2013, a complaint from Inyo Mono Body shop, where
suspected funds had been stolen from the business. The investigation was handled within the police department and then turned over to the Office of the Attorney General-State of California for further investigation into the missing funds.

As a result of the completed investigation, the Office of the Attorney General determined; Dolores Kay Marsh should be charged with
stealing in excess of $300,000.00 from Inyo Mono Body Shop. An arrest warrant was issued by the Office of the Attorney General
and Bishop Police Officers acted on the warrant and arrested Marsh early Thursday morning.

Marsh was transported to the Bishop Police Department, where the bail was set at $50,000.00 for the felony warrant. The listed
charges within the warrant are: 5 counts of 487 PC-Grand Theft and 5 counts of 471 PC-Forgery: Altering entries in books and
records. Marsh posted bail and was released with a court date.

marsh 2

 

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Round Fire Wednesday Update

Round Fire is 98% contained

 

Acres: 7,000
Containment: 98%
Structures Destroyed: 40 (39 in swall meadows, 1 in Paradise)
Structures Damaged: 5
Structures Threatened: No Immediate Threat
Injuries: 4 firefighters
Cause: Under Investigation
Personnel Assigned: 100+

Current situation: Smoking debris may be seen on the western edge of the fire. This debris does not pose a threat to residents.

Re-population of the Paradise and Swall Meadows communities began at 4:00pm on Monday. Residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows will need a valid form of identification to receive their access pass. Access passes can be obtained by the Mono County Sheriff’s Office personnel at the Command Post located at Pine Creek Road and Lower Rock Creek Road. Passes are necessary for all entry into the area. At this time, only residents of Paradise and Swall Meadows can gain entry into these communities.

Officials are asking that residents use extreme caution in and around damaged and destroyed homes. Structural instability, hot ash pockets, and fire weaken chimneys pose a risk for injury. Remember to use gloves and a dust mask when working around fire debris.

American Red Cross: The Red Cross is available in two locations to assist victims in their recovery process. A mobile unit is staged at the Wheeler Crest Fire Department in Swall Meadows. The Red Cross is also housed at the Crowley Lake Community Center.

Utilities: SCE is still in the communities working extremely hard to restore and maintain power for all residents. If for some reason you remain without power, please be patient with SCE as they work to ensure complete power is restored. They have been working literally around the clock to repair all damage in the fire areas.

Donations and resources: There are several donation centers in and around Mono and Inyo Counties. Please visit https://gis.mono.ca.gov/roundfire for complete information and a list of available locations. Officials sincerely THANK EVERYONE for the generosity during this very devastating fire.

Cooperative agencies that remain on scene to ensure safety of all the residents of Swall Meadows and Paradise: Cal Fire, Inyo National Forest (USFS), BLM, Wheeler Crest Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CalTrans, Cal OES.

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Home Street Students of the Month

HSMS January Students of the month

Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their January Students of the Month.

Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students will be presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.

Students of the Month :Kitrina Daugherty, Hunter Bealle, Jasmin McKellips, Samuel Sanders, Stacia Ginn, Wesley Pettet, Eric Montoya, Brianna Brown, Tanin Cook, Jarid Alpers, Vestna Khok, Gabriela Solis, Abigail Ball, O.Z Allmon, Viannae Fregoso, Juan Chavez, Hadley Brown, Manny Talavera, Sydney Ellis, and Thomas Zentmyer.

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Evening with William Tweed

An Evening with William Tweed

February 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Free event)
Lone Pine Film History Museum

An Evening Discussion with William Tweed on John Muir and our National Park System in the High Sierra with introductory comments by Dr. Terry McAteer, Inyo County Superintendent of Schools.
In this provocative walking meditation, writer and former park ranger William Tweed takes folks to California’s spectacular High Sierra to discover a new vision for national parks as they approach their 100th anniversary. Tweed, who worked among the Sierra Nevada’s big peaks and big trees for more than thirty years, has now hiked more than 200 miles along California’s John Muir Trail in a personal search for answers: How do we address the climate change we are seeing even now-in melting glaciers in Glacier National Park, changing rainy seasons on Mt Rainer, and more fire in the West’s iconic parks. Should we intervene where we can to preserve biodiversity? Should the parks merely become ecosystem museums that exhibit famous landscapes and species? Asking how we can make these magnificent parks relevant for the next generation, Tweed, through his journey, ultimately shows why we must do just that.
William Tweed, Chief Park Naturalist at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks before he retired in 2006, is the author, with Lauren Davis, of Death Valley and the Northern Mojave, A Visitor’s Guide and, with Lary M. Dilsaver, of Challenge of the Big Trees: A Resource History of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
You are invited to join them at 7:00 PM at the Museum Theater for this inspiring conversation and dialogue with William Tweed. Approximate presentation one hour. Coffee and sweets after discussion. Admission Free. The evening is presented by the Inyo County Community Read Program, the Lone Pine Film History Museum and the Eastern California Museum.

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5 years prison for pot grower

BAKERSFIELD RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 5-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR GROWING MARIJUANA ON ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

Press release from US Attorney Benjamin Wagner

FRESNO, Calif. — Cruz Soria, 29, of Bakersfield, California was sentenced today to 5 years in prison for conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana in the Fay Canyon area of the Canebrake Ecological Reserve, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.  Soria was also ordered to pay $2,568.85 in restitution to the High Sierra Trail Volunteer Crew for the cost of cleaning up the grow site.
The Canebrake Ecological Reserve is located 10 miles east of Lake Isabella in northeastern Kern County.  It was first inhabited in about 1000 B.C. by the Tubatulabel culture and is currently home to numerous rare and protected plants and animals, including the federally-protected golden and bald eagles and peregrine falcon, the federally-threatened California red-legged frog and Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher.
Soria’s sentence follows his guilty plea last year.  In pleading guilty, Soria acknowledged he was responsible for cultivating 454 marijuana plants in the ecological reserve.  Law enforcement officers arrested Soria at the grow site and seized the plants, about twelve pounds of processed marijuana, and a firearm.  The officers also found several highly toxic chemicals, including Fosfuro de Zinc or zinc phosphide, a rat poison illegal to use in the United States without a license, and Furadan, an insecticide banned by the EPA for usage on crops consumed by humans.  Dead coyote, snakes and other animals were found at the grow site.  Upon completion of his prison sentence, Soria will be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 4 more years.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), California Department of Fish and Game, and Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Karen Escobar prosecuted the case.

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