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Eastern Sierra Wins Big at Visit California Poppy Awards

Eastern Sierra, Calif. (February 24, 2020) — Earlier this month, the Eastern Sierra triumphed at Visit California’s biennial Poppy Awards contest. This competition honors the best and brightest of California tourism promotion and awards are bestowed in even-numbered years as part of Visit California’s Outlook Forum conference.

To kick off the evening, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Inyo County, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and Mono County walked away with the award for Best Cooperative Marketing Campaign for the collaborative efforts to promote fall colors in the Eastern Sierra.

“I really love that the Eastside was recognized for our cooperative effort on the fall color campaign,” said Tawni Thomson, Executive Director of the Bishop Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. “There are honestly no boundaries between us when it comes to the visitor experience. Our guests identify all of us as the Eastern Sierra and the success of this campaign proves that working together can produce a great outcome.”

The agencies partnered to capitalize on the area’s lengthy fall colors season. The concept was particularly clever, as elevation changes cause the different partners to experience peak colors throughout autumn, which allows the area to market a lengthy season without bringing destinations into competition with one another.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for our long-standing partnerships to promote the fall season to our visitors,” said MLT’s Executive Director John Urdi. “I am proud of our efforts and even prouder of the results for our Eastern Sierra communities. Winning the Visit California Poppy award for best cooperative marketing program is just the cherry on top.”

Judges declared that the campaign provided impressive occupancy increases across the cooperation and was a great concept that joined competitors in an effective campaign for a low investment. The judges also appreciated the use of multiple marketing tactics that they felt have potential for further applications.

The award was given as a tie with another joint cooperative campaign between San Francisco Travel Association and San Diego Tourism Authority.

Additionally, Yosemite National Park along with Yosemite Gateway Counties — Mono, Tuolumne, Mariposa, and Madera were selected as the winner in the surprise inaugural category, Excellence in Destination Stewardship for their collaborative digital influencer campaign. The funding for the campaign was received as a grant from Yosemite National Park for the purpose of encouraging travelers to arrive on off-peak days or seasons, take public transportation into the valley, and to arrive early if taking your own vehicle.

“Both of these Poppy Awards really affirm the top priorities for all the agencies involved — one, regional collaboration and two, sustainable tourism through stewardship and best practices,” said Alicia Vennos, Economic Development Director for Mono County. “We also share these honors with our local business community and all those who joined the effort and used their own channels to help promote the Eastern Sierra Fall Color Campaign and the best ways to visit Yosemite Valley. I congratulate everyone involved for a fantastic team effort.”

And the final icing on the Eastern Sierra cake was Bishop winning the award for Best Overall Brand Identity (with a budget under $1 million), beating out Visit Carmel and Visit Santa Maria County.

“Our team was so proud to bring home the Poppy for Best Overall Brand Identity,” Thomson said. We’ve really got a great group of local professionals that are passionate about telling Bishop’s story to our guests. We love our Small Town with a Big Backyard slogan as it resonates with locals as well as our guests.”

Poppy winners are selected by a panel of industry marketing experts in nine categories ranging from best public relations campaign, to best digital campaign to best cooperative marketing campaign.

Struggling Broncos Drop Second Straight Game Against Desert

The Bishop Broncos suffered their second straight loss last night against the Desert Scorpions losing 62-45. Unfortunately for Bishop, the loss all but eliminates them from having a chance to win the High Desert League.

Bishop got out to an early lead, hitting their first few shots. However, the advantage did not last for long. Desert took control of the game in the second quarter and never looked back.

The reason Bishop’s opponent was able to get out to a big lead in the first half was because of Desert’s shooting. Senior, Javier Elliot hit back to back three pointers in the second quarter, and continued his effective shooting throughout the quarter hitting a total of four three-pointers in the first half.

When Elliot wasn’t hitting shots beyond the arc, he was driving inside the paint whenever he pleased. There were many times throughout the game where Elliot had the ball on the left wing and would slash into the paint to create an easy layup for himself.

Another player who was hitting shots throughout the game was Marquis Morris. The Desert guard was the recipient of quite a few wide-open looks from three thanks to Elliott’s penetration which collapsed the defense.

The Broncos did a good job on Desert’s best player in the first half. Emil Rogers, who is averaging a double-double, was a non-factor inside thanks to Luke McClean and Tristan Valle’s interior defense. The Scorpions would often throw the ball inside to Rogers to try an get easy looks. However, every time he got the ball inside, McClean and Valle were there to stave off the big fella’s efforts.

Bishop’s stout interior defense fell apart in the second half. Emil Rogers was able to score three straight buckets to start off the third quarter. The senior continued to dominate inside in the second half.

Although Bishop did not have the best game, there were still some positives. Luke McClean, who had a bad night from beyond the arc was able to make up for it on the defensive side of the ball. There was a span where McClean had three straight steals on three possessions. A few plays later, McClean had two blocks in one sequence.

Jaydan Braithwaite had a good game defensively as well. The senior was a pesky presence with his excellent perimeter defense. He won player of the game honors thanks to his hustle.

Clay Omohundro performed well in the game. The young Junior came off of a rough game against Rosamond on Tuesday in which he had difficulty connecting on his shots. This time, Omohundro hit jumpers and did a nice job creating baskets for himself off of the dribble.

Bishop will face California City on Tuesday for their next game in the High Desert League.

Funds Pour in for Fuel Reduction Projects in Mammoth

In March of 2019, the Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) to complete the Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project (‘project’). The ‘project’ provides valuable fuel reduction treatment on 630 acres in the Mammoth Lakes Basin to reduce wildfire risk, improve forest health and protect the watershed. The contractor’s proposed cost of the project resulted in an $181,275 deficit. The following agencies recently made significant financial contributions to support the project’s completion:

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ($60,425) Mono County ($30,425) Town of Mammoth Lakes ($60,425) Edison International – a parent company of Southern California Edison ($30,000)

“I am grateful these agencies and SNC recognized the importance of this project” stated Dave Easterby, MLFSC president. “The success of this project will be recognized by their financial contribution, along with the tireless efforts from volunteer individuals, including our primary grant writer, Matthew Diener, MLFSC Director at Large. We’re fortunate to be working with dedicated like-minded individuals within a community of supportive agencies.”

“This project’s success demonstrates the power in multi-agency collaboration and what volunteer groups can accomplish.” Juliana Jones, Secretary of MLFSC, continued “I am grateful so many entities, who care about the safety of our community, came together to provide financial contributions to this regional support effort.”

The Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project will be completed in Fall of 2020. 568 acres were completed this season, providing valuable protection to the Mammoth Lakes Community. Inyo National Forest, Mammoth Community Water District and Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District supported the ‘project’ development and grant administration. The MLFSC is thankful for the overwhelming support received by the community and recent financial contributions from other local agencies.

BLM Bishop Field Office Issues Seasonal Fire Restrictions

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office has issued seasonal fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, July 1, due to increased wildland fire danger in the region. The restrictions will remain in effect until November 1, or until wildland fire conditions on public lands in the region improve.

Fire officials estimate that nearly 90 percent of wildland fires affecting BLM-managed public lands in California during the last decade have been human caused. Individuals who spark wildfires, intentionally or unintentionally, may be held responsible for fire suppression and property damage costs. Officials encourage the public to be extremely careful when recreating outdoors, to carry a shovel and water at all times, and to check weather forecasts and fire danger conditions before leaving home.

The following restrictions will remain in place until the risk of wildland fire in the Eastern Sierra subsides:

  • No campfires, charcoal or wood barbeques, or similar open flame fires, except within a designated campsite with a fire ring or fire pit specifically provided for such use in the following developed campgrounds: Tuttle Creek Campground, Goodale Creek Campground, Horton Creek Campground, Crowley Lake Campground and Pleasant Valley Pit Campground. Portable stoves burning gas, jelled petroleum or pressurized liquid fuel are allowed outside of developed campgrounds when used in accordance with a valid California Campfire Permit, available free at all BLM, Forest Service and Cal Fire offices or at www.preventwildfireca.org/Permits.
  • No tools powered by internal combustion engines off established roads, trails or parking areas (such as chainsaws or lawn mowers).
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or within the developed campgrounds listed above, or while stopped within an area at least five feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • No motorized vehicles off established roads, trails or parking areas.
  • Target shooters may not use incendiary, exploding, tracer, steel core or armor piercing ammunition. Shooting at steel or exploding targets that could emit sparks is not allowed. Target shooters must have a shovel or fire extinguisher on hand. Hunters may use steel shot and other non-lead ammunition as required by California State Law.
  • No fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks.
  • No welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame, except by special permit.
  •  No use of explosives, except by special permit.

BLM-managed public lands subject to these fire restrictions extend from the southern Owens Valley in Inyo County, north to Topaz Lake and the Nevada border in Mono County. These fire restrictions also apply to popular BLM-managed recreational areas in the region including the Alabama Hills National Scenic Area, Inyo Mountains Wilderness, Volcanic Tableland, Long Valley, Adobe Valley, Mono Basin, Bodie Hills and Slinkard Valley. BLM seasonal fire restrictions for the Eastern Sierra Region are being implemented in close coordination with Cal Fire (https://www.facebook.com/1663811310523258/posts/2419842918253423?sfns=mo).

The BLM is committed to keeping public landscapes healthy and productive by working closely with cooperating agencies, neighboring communities, and public land visitors to prevent wildland fires. To learn how you can do your part to prevent wildland fires visit www.readyforwildfire.org. A listing of fire restrictions throughout BLM California is available at https://go.usa.gov/xmUEG. For specific questions, please contact the Bishop Field Office at 760-872-5000.

Bishop Massacre Foothill to Win the Championship

A Trojan Horse entered through the gates of Troy Tuesday afternoon as the Bishop Broncos slaughtered the Foothill Trojans to take the CIF Division VI Championship.

However, this Trojan war didn’t last nearly as long as the one featured in ancient mythology. Instead of a war which lasted for ten years, it seemed like this one lasted for ten minutes.

Playing the role of the Greeks were the Bishop Broncos, who caught their opposition by surprise when they scored nine runs in the first inning, which ended the game before it had even begun.

Braeden Gillem got a lead-off double, which put him in scoring position. Michael Kubiak was then walked and now Bishop had two on base, setting up the perfect opportunity for the next batter to drive a few runs in.

Senior, Cal Omohundro hit a two RBI double his first time at the plate, giving the Broncos a 2-0 lead early.

The next player to get a piece of the action was Jalen Watterson, who knocked in a even more runs, which made it 4-0 with nobody out.

As the inning dragged on for the Trojans, they finally got two outs, and just when it felt like they were going to find a way to salvage part of the first inning, they loaded the bases for Michael Kubiak.

Uh oh…

Kubiak crushed Sal Peru’s ball to dead center field, which kept traveling until it reached it’s final destination at 350 feet. The senior hit a grand slam, after launching one out of the park last week against Lindsay.

The first inning finally came to a close and the Broncos had a 9-0 lead.

Playing the role of Odysseus in this game was Cal Omohundro, who had 7 RBI’s in the championship. When it was the big guy’s turn for his second at-bat, he obliterated a ball to left-center field for a three run home run, which gave the Broncos a 15-0  lead.

The innings progressed, and more runs were piled on until the game finally ended 25-2. The margin of victory was the second largest the Broncos had all season, with the first being a 25-1 win against the lowly California City Ravens, who finished second to last in the High Desert League.

As for Foothill, the championship game was the worst defeat they have suffered all year.

Bishop finished their season with an 18-4 overall record and are the 2019 CIF Central Section Division VI Champions.


Photos courtesy of Gary Young Photography

NWS Visits the Eastern Sierra for Winter Briefing

The National Weather Service Winter Briefing hosted by CalTrans took place yesterday with representatives from Las Vegas and Reno in attendance. NWS representative, Chris Smallcomb gave a lecture which reviewed last year’s weather for winter, spring, and summer.

During the lecture, Smallcomb said that the a dry January and February followed by a precipitous March, helped provide optimal conditions for a scorched summer, because vegetation dried out later than usual. The Reno NWS representative also told attendees that July and August were the warmest months ever recorded in the Eastern Sierra, and that led to optimal conditions for fires.

ARkstorms were additionally discussed. An ARkstorm is a super-storm that brings copious amounts of water to a region causing severe flooding. To compare the effects of an ARkstorm verses a normal storm, Smallcomb said that the the entirety of effects of the 2016-2017 winter season in the Eastern Sierra would take place in just 22 days.

Smallcomb said that with the effects of climate change, there are studies and models which indicate there is a good possibility of an ARkstorm occurring in the next 40 years.

Other topics at the briefing include steps that the NWS are taking to increase radar coverage in the areas of Tonopah and Bishop by lowering the altitude on radar. This measure would possibly allow for increased range of radar and in turn, provide South Central Nevada and the Owens Valley with more accurate weather predictions.

The meeting then opened for discussion between citizens and the National Weather Service. One attendee brought up the issue of altitude weather predictions, saying that although weather forecasts are accurate at lower elevations, they often fail to foretell temperatures and wind in the higher areas of mountainous regions, which can leave hikers and campers unprepared for the shifting climate.

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2/23/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
2/24/20 Monday Dodgers vs Chicago White Sox, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
2/25/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Arizona, S.T. 11:30a/12:10p
2/26/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Anaheim, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
2/27/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Cleveland, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
2/28/20 Friday Dodgers @ Milwaukee, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
2/29/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Arizona, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
3/2/20 Monday Dodgers @ Cincinnati, S.T. 11:30a/12:05p
3/4/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs San Francisco, S.T. 4:30p/5:05p
3/6/20 Friday Dodgers vs Seattle, S.T. 4:30p/5:05p
3/9/20 Monday Dodgers @ San Diego, S.T. 12:30p/1:10p
3/15/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Cincinnati, S.T. 12:30p/1:05p
3/16/20 Monday Dodgers vs Cleveland, S.T. 12:30p/1:05p
3/17/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Kansas City, S.T. 5:30p/6:05p
3/18/19 Wednesday Dodgers vs San Diego, S.T. 12:30p/1:05p
3/22/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Anaheim, Freeway Series 4p/5:07p
3/23/20 Monday Dodgers vs Anaheim, Freeway Series 6p/7:10p
3/24/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Anaheim, Freeway Series


3/26/20 Thursday Dodgers vs San Francisco 12p/1:10p
3/27/20 Friday Dodgers vs San Francisco 6p/7:10p
3/28/20 Saturday Dodgers vs San Francisco 5p/6:10p
3/30/20 Monday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
3/31/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
4/1/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Colorado 11a/12:10p
4/3/20 Friday Dodgers @ San Francisco 12:30p/1:35p
4/4/20 Saturday Dodgers @ San Francisco 12p/1:05p
4/5/20 Sunday Dodgers @ San Francisco 4:30p/5:37p
4/6/20 Monday Dodgers @ St. Louis 3:30p/4:45p
4/7/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ St. Louis 3:30p/4:45p
4/8/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ St. Louis 3:30p/4:45p
4/9/20 Thursday Dodgers @ St. Louis 9a/10:15a
4/10/20 Friday Dodgers vs Washington 6p/7:10p
4/11/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Washington 5p/6:10p
4/12/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Washington 12p/1:10p
4/14/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs St. Louis 6p/7:10p
4/15/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs St. Louis 6p/7:10p
4/16/20 Thursday Dodgers vs St. Louis 6p/7:10p
4/17/20 Friday Dodgers vs Pittsburgh 6p/7:10p
4/18/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Pittsburgh 5p/6:10p
4/19/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Pittsburgh 12p/1:10p
4/21/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Washington 3p/4:05p
4/22/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Washington 3p/4:05p
4/23/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Washington 9a/10:05a
4/24/20 Friday Dodgers @ Pittsburgh 3p/4:05p
4/25/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Pittsburgh 12p/1:05p
4/26/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Pittsburgh 9:30a/10:35a
4/28/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Minnesota 6p/7:10p
4/29/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Minnesota 6p/7:10p
5/1/20 Friday Dodgers @ San Diego 6p/7:10p
5/2/20 Saturday Dodgers @ San Diego 4:30p/5:40p
5/3/20 Sunday Dodgers @ San Diego 12p/1:10p
5/4/20 Monday Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs 6p/7:10p
5/5/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs 6p/7:10p
5/6/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Chicago Cubs 4:45p/6p
5/8/20 Friday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
5/9/20 Saturday Dodgers vs San Diego 5p/6:10p
5/10/20 Sunday Dodgers vs San Diego 12p/1:10p
5/12/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Philadelphia 3p/4:05p
5/13/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Philadelphia 3p/4:05p
5/14/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Philadelphia 9a/10:05a
5/15/20 Friday Dodgers @ Kansas City 4p/5:05p
5/16/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Kansas City 3p/4:05p
5/17/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Kansas City 10a/11:05a
5/18/20 Monday Dodgers vs Philadelphia 6p/7:10p
5/19/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Philadelphia 6p/7:10p
5/20/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Philadelphia 6p/7:10p
5/22/20 Friday Dodgers vs Cleveland 6p/7:10p
5/23/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Cleveland 3p/4:15p
5/24/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Cleveland 12p/1:10p
5/25/20 Monday Dodgers @ Colorado 12p/1:10p
5/26/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
5/27/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
5/28/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Colorado 11a/12:10p
5/29/20 Friday Dodgers @ New York 3p/4:10p
5/30/20 Saturday Dodgers @ New York 3p/4:15p
5/31/20 Sunday Dodgers @ New York 3p/4:09p
6/1/20 Monday Dodgers vs Atlanta 6p/7:10p
6/2/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Atlanta 6p/7:10p
6/3/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Atlanta 4:30p/5:35p
6/4/20 Thursday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
6/5/20 Friday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
6/6/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
6/7/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Colorado 12p/1:10p
6/9/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Cincinnati 3p/4:10p
6/10/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Cincinnati 3p/4:10p
6/11/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Cincinnati 8:30a/9:35a
6/12/20 Friday Dodgers @ Atlanta 3p/4:20p
6/13/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Atlanta 3p/4:15p
6/14/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Atlanta 9a/10:20a
6/15/20 Monday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
6/16/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
6/17/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
6/18/20 Thursday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
6/19/20 Friday Dodgers vs Detroit 6p/7:10p
6/20/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Detroit 6p/7:10p
6/21/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Detroit 12p/1:10p
6/22/20 Monday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
6/23/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
6/24/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Arizona 11:30a/12:40p
6/26/20 Friday Dodgers @ San Francisco 6p/7:15p
6/27/20 Saturday Dodgers @ San Francisco 3p/4:15p
6/28/20 Sunday Dodgers @ San Francisco 12p/1:05p
6/29/20 Monday Dodgers vs Cincinnati 6p/7:10p
6/30/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Cincinnati 6p/7:10p
7/1/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Cincinnati 6p/7:10p
7/2/20 Thursday Dodgers vs Cincinnati 6p/7:10p
7/3/20 Friday Dodgers vs Miami 6p/7:10p
7/4/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Miami 6p/7:10p
7/5/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Miami 12p/1:10p
7/7/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ San Diego 6p/7:10p
7/8/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ San Diego 6p/7:10p
7/9/20 Thursday Dodgers @ San Diego 5p/6:10p
7/10/20 Friday Dodgers @ Anaheim 6p/7:07p
7/11/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Anaheim 3p/4:15p
7/16/20 Thursday Dodgers vs San Francisco 4p/5:09p
7/17/20 Friday Dodgers vs San Francisco 6p/7:10p
7/18/20 Saturday Dodgers vs San Francisco 3p/4:15p
7/19/20 Sunday Dodgers vs San Francisco 12p/1:10p
7/20/20 Monday Dodgers vs Milwaukee 6p/7:10p
7/21/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Milwaukee 6p/7:10p
7/22/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Milwaukee 11a/12:10p
7/24/20 Friday Dodgers @ Miami 3p/4:10p
7/25/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Miami 2p/3:10p
7/26/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Miami 9a/10:10a
7/27/20 Monday Dodgers @ Miami 2p/3:10p
7/28/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Minnesota 4p/5:10p
7/29/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Minnesota 9a/10:10a
7/30/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
7/31/20 Friday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
8/1/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Arizona 4p/5:10p
8/2/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Arizona 12p/1:10p
8/3/20 Monday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
8/4/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
8/5/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
8/6/20 Thursday Dodgers vs New York 6p/7:10p
8/7/20 Friday Dodgers vs New York 6p/7:10p
8/8/20 Saturday Dodgers vs New York 5p/6:10p
8/9/20 Sunday Dodgers vs New York 12p/1:10p
8/11/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ San Francisco 5:30p/6:45p
8/12/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ San Francisco 5:30p/6:45p
8/13/20 Thursday Dodgers @ San Francisco 11:30a/12:45p
8/14/20 Friday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
8/15/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Arizona 5p/6:10p
8/16/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Arizona 12p/1:10p
8/17/20 Monday Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs 4p/5:05p
8/18/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs 4p/5:05p
8/19/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs 4p/5:05p
8/20/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs 10a/11:20a
8/21/20 Friday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
8/22/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Colorado 4p/5:10p
8/23/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Colorado 11a/12:10p
8/25/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Anaheim 6p/7:10p
8/26/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Anaheim 6p/7:10p
8/27/20 Thursday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
8/28/20 Friday Dodgers vs San Diego 6p/7:10p
8/29/20 Saturday Dodgers vs San Diego 5p/6:10p
8/30/20 Sunday Dodgers vs San Diego 12p/1:10p
9/1/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
9/2/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Arizona 5:30p/6:40p
9/4/20 Friday Dodgers @ Milwaukee 4p/5:10p
9/5/20 Saturday Dodgers @ Milwaukee 3p/4:10p
9/6/20 Sunday Dodgers @ Milwaukee 10a/11:10a
9/7/20 Monday Dodgers @ Milwaukee 10a/11:10a
9/8/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Chicago White Sox 4p/5:10p
9/9/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Chicago White Sox 4p/5:10p
9/10/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Chicago White Sox 10a/11:10a
9/11/20 Friday Dodgers vs Arizona 6p/7:10p
9/12/20 Saturday Dodgers vs Arizona 5p/6:10p
9/13/20 Sunday Dodgers vs Arizona 12p/1:10p
9/15/20 Tuesday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
9/16/20 Wednesday Dodgers vs Colorado 6p/7:10p
9/18/20 Friday Dodgers vs San Francisco 6p/7:10p
9/19/20 Saturday Dodgers vs San Francisco 5p/6:10p
9/20/20 Sunday Dodgers vs San Francisco 12p/1:10p
9/22/20 Tuesday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
9/23/20 Wednesday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
9/24/20 Thursday Dodgers @ Colorado 4:30p/5:40p
9/25/20 Friday Dodgers @ San Diego 6p/7:10p
9/26/20 Saturday Dodgers @ San Diego 4:30p/5:40p
9/27/20 Sunday Dodgers @ San Diego 11a/12:10p



Posted by Seth Conners

“On Saturday February 25th, The Eastern California Museum in Independence will be hosting a history program and book signing event with local authors and Owens Valley residents David and Gayle Woodruff introducing their new Eastern Sierra history book; Tales Along El Camino Sierra. The Woodruffs have lived, worked and vacationed in the Eastern Sierra for over 50 years. They have compiled historical photographs and documents through extensive research, using a variety of educational and informational resources to publish their 3rd book on Eastern California history.
According to David Woodruff, El Camino Sierra was the name first given to the original Highway 395 in Inyo and Mono Counties. In 1910, intent on getting their share of the first state highway construction bond measure, members of the Inyo Good Roads Club coined the name El Camino Sierra as a marketing tool to help draw the attention of the state decision makers in Sacramento, to this lightly populated area of the state. Their tireless and effective promotional efforts even brought the first sitting governor of the State of California to the land of Inyo and Mono.
Three-ninety-five…this magical ribbon of blacktop has been taking people on a sentimental journey for over 100 years. Rarely does a roadway invoke such nostalgic memories as “The Mountain Highway”. Tales Along El Camino Sierra is a collection of little known stories involving people, places and events that have taken place over the years, in the beautiful lands of the Eastern Sierra. These engaging and often amusing narratives bring to life the area’s rich human history, that has not only helped shape the social and cultural fabric of this cherished region but has often created an enduring impact upon the human psyche as well.
The history program and book-signing event will be held on Saturday February 25th at the Eastern California Museum in Independence from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the book signing, the Woodruff will have on display ephemera, photos and memorabilia from their personal collection. Light refreshments will also be served. For more information you can call 760 878-0258.


Fire Crews Targeting 30 Acres Today

30 Acres Targeted near Smokey Bear Flat

submitted by the Inyo National Forest

Fire crews plan to continue with pile burning today (Monday, January 11th) with a target of 30 acres. The piles are south of Smokey Bear Flat and immediately adjacent to the east side of Highway 395. Smoke will be visible to motorists along the highway in the area. Crews are taking advantage of the recent snow to tackle fuel reduction projects that they haven’t been able to safely burn during the previous drought years.

Pile 5
Photo courtesy of Darick Rogers
US Forest Service, Inyo National Forest, prescribed fire operations, smokey bear flat, highway 395, eastern sierra

Lone Pine Film Festival is this weekend

26th Annual Lone Pine Film Festival

Tom Mix, Jack Hoxie, Ken Maynard Return to the Silver Screen at the 26th Annual Lone Pine Film Festival

Film Festival Pres Release:

Yes, Mix, Maynard and Hoxie lead the bill, but the Festival screens and stages for the weekend present a broad spectrum of western Film Fare from Silent, Early and Contemporary Western directors and writers.

The weekend kicks off with a 4:30 PM Reception,  Thursday October 8th at the Museum of Western Film History with early festival guests, celebrities and the local community celebrating another year with America’s Cowboy Balladeer, Don Edwards in Concert at 7:00PM.

Western film screenings start sharply at 7:30 AM on Friday with the 1941 Hoppy film, In Old Colorado, and continue throughout the weekend, with over 20 plus films being screened. We are including the first film shot in Lone Pine, the classic Fatty Arbuckle 1920 4-Reeler, The Round-Up, which will be presented with the piano accompaniment of keyboard specialist J.C. Munns. Munns will also accompany other films for the weekend bringing the incredible keyboard nostalgia to these wonderful silent films as they were originally seen in the movie houses of the 1920’s.

Ed Hulse, Western writer, will be our moderator for panels & discussions featuring Los Angeles Times critic, Kenneth Turan,  Western Film historian, Robert Birchard, screenwriter, Robert Knox, and actors Rex Linn, William Wellman Jr. and  Wyatt McCrea as they provide guests with stimulating memories of films and film making.

Award-winning author editor and AFI film preservationist, Robert S. Birchard will present a program about the earliest days of silent Westerns. Incorporated into the program will be a short documentary film, Bronco Billy, the First Reel Cowboy, produced by the Arkansas Public Broadcasting Service, followed by a discussion of the earliest silent cowboys.

In 1938, Billy King, played child star to William Boyd in four “Hopalong Cassidy Features”. Billy shares wonderful memories of working with Hoppy, Grace Bradley Boyd and shooting in the Alabama Hills.

Join Sylvia Durando in her first public discussion of her Hollywood past as one of movie making’s great stuntwomen. Sylvia, has shared the screen with Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Tony Curtis and Randolph Scott to name a few.

Additional celebrity guests Gary Brown, Diamond Farnsworth, Larry Floyd, Cheryl Rogers, Petrine Day Mitchum, and Bob White complement out weekend with wonderful stories of Western heroes, heroines, horses and even their “cars.”

Twenty-two “On Location,” guided tours celebrate the hundreds of Western films shot in Lone Pine and the incredible, unique landscape of the Alabama Hills.

Team Roping will be featured on Saturday at the Museum rodeo grounds. Sunday will begin with a morning Cowboy Church on the Anchor Ranch, followed by our famous Sunday Main Street Parade. The Closing Campfire led by Cowboy Larry Maurice at Lone Pine Park on Sunday evening will wrap the weekend festivities.

And last but not least, the weekend center of activity, The Museum of Western Film History. The Museum hosts a new name to represent the new and expanded mission of the Museum “to collect, preserve, protect, archive and exhibit original materials of permanent historical value relating to the history and heritage of the American Western film.” The Museum will continue to feature the films made in the Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierra. Come see our new and updated exhibits, meet our staff, and join our membership, contributing to the Museum’s continued effort and commitment to honor Western film heritage.

Cover Photo, Tom Mix 1937 Restored Cord, photo provided

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