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Inyo National Forest – Revised Forest Plans Public Meeting

Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans

The U.S. Forest Service today announced that in anticipation of releasing a Notice of Intent (NOI) at the end of this month, it is scheduling a public meeting in Bishop CA:
§  6:00-8:00pm – Thursday, September 18, Tri-County Fairgrounds, Sierra Street & Fair Drive, Bishop, CA.
Meetings are also scheduled for the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests.
The NOI will advise the public of the Forest Service’s intent to prepare and develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) that, when completed, will revise forest plans for the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.  The NOI will also have information on the purpose and need for this action along with the agency’s proposed action.  The final EIS will result in three separate Records of Decision and three separate forest plans.  Forest Supervisors will remain the “responsible official” for making decisions on their specific forest plans.
The Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo are three of eight national forests that were selected as “early adopters,” meaning they will be the first forests to revise their land management plans using the new National Forest System Planning Rule, which was completed in 2012.  The planning rule provides the framework for Forest Service land management plans across the nation.
Next month’s public meetings are part of the “scoping period” which gives the public a chance to tell the Forest Service what issues and concerns they think should be addressed in the EIS before the Forest Service begins drafting the document, and to provide written public comment regarding the NOI’s purpose and need, and its proposed action.
For more information regarding forest plan revisions, visit the Pacific Southwest Region’s planning website at:www.fs.usda.gov/main/r5/landmanagement/planning.
For Inyo National Forest specific information, please contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or debraaschweizer@fs.fed.us
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES:  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.
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Inyo National Forest Announces Public Meeting for Revised Forest Plans


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The Eastern Sierra Land Trust Makes Breaking News

Breaking News: Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property now Permanently Protected by ESLT

1,240 Acres of Ranch Land and Important Wildlife Habitat Preserved Forever

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With the assistance of important funding partners and the support of concerned landowners, ESLT has successfully protected this spectacularly beautiful and historically-important working landscape in northern Mono County. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) has achieved another success in its efforts to preserve the Eastern Sierra’s cherished landscapes.

ESLT is thrilled to announce the permanent protection of Sinnamon Meadows, a stunning expanse of historic ranchland in northern Mono County. The 1,240-acre property’s working lands, extensive wetlands, natural springs, and vital animal habitat are now protected forever with an agricultural conservation easement held by ESLT. Thanks to the foresight of the property’s landowners, the efforts of ESLT, and the assistance of important funding partners, Sinnamon Meadows’ spectacular, High Sierra working ranch lands will continue to inspire generations to come.

At the base of Dunderberg Peak just south of Bridgeport, Sinnamon Meadows has been a high priority for ESLT and agency partners for several years. This is due to its historic agricultural value and the critical wildlife habitat it provides. Almost entirely surrounded by public lands, this unique property includes mountain meadows, aspen groves, coniferous forest, springs, and significant reaches of two creeks. “Sinnamon Meadows is simply a spectacular and special place. To know that people living 100 years from now will be able to enjoy these same vistas as you and I can admire today – that’s what really makes our success here meaningful,” commented ESLT Executive Director, Kay Ogden.

“My children are 4th generation cattle ranchers, and keeping our family and our land in the ranching business is very important to me,” said Bryan Masini, current property owner of Sinnamon Meadows. In 2012, Mr. Masini and his business partner approached ESLT to learn more about how they could permanently protect their land’s natural qualities, while retaining the ability to use the property for grazing as it has been for more than a century. “With the completion of this conservation easement with ESLT, we are excited that we will be able to continue to work our land for many years to come,” he added. “The experience and professional manner with which ESLT staff completed this complex project has continuously impressed my partner and me.”

Agricultural conservation easements on working farms and ranches such as Sinnamon Meadows provide a win-win situation for both landowners and the local community. Because the land remains in private ownership, it contributes to the local economy and tax base. Landowners are compensated for keeping their land in rural, low-intensity uses compatible with surrounding natural resources.

Situated above 8,000 feet in elevation, Sinnamon Meadows’ high-elevation irrigated pastures serve as critical habitat for many notable wildlife species, including the iconic and elusive Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep. Comprised of over 40 animals, the Mt. Warren herd unit congregates on the south-facing slopes of Lundy Canyon in the summer months. Another species of particular conservation concern is the Bi-State population of greater sage-grouse, which depends on pastures where irrigation and sustainable grazing provide essential late summer habitat for raising their young. With its open spaces and working ranch land, Sinnamon Meadows provides an ideal environment for this ground-nesting bird which is currently under consideration for Threatened species status under the Endangered Species Act.

“The ranch – with its many meadows and healthy stands of sagebrush – provides just what sage grouse need to forage, hide from predators, nest, and raise their young. It’s no wonder a healthy population of the imperiled Bi-State population of the birds remains on the ranch.  The easement includes a plan to continue wise management practices that allow livestock and wildlife to happily coexist,” says Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist for NRCS in California.  “That’s an awesome outcome and one we are happy to help facilitate.”

Containing natural springs and important riparian habitat, ESLT’s new conservation easement on Sinnamon Meadows preserves the property’s vital resources, important wildlife habitat, and stunning views of Dunderberg Peak. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.
Containing natural springs and important riparian habitat, ESLT’s new conservation easement on Sinnamon Meadows preserves the property’s vital resources, important wildlife habitat, and stunning views of Dunderberg Peak. Photo Credit: Stephen Ingram.

Sinnamon Meadows’ rich cultural heritage also makes the preservation of this property particularly vital to the Eastern Sierra region. The area was used on Native American trade routes, and later became the location of the historic Dunderberg Mill and town of Munckton. It has been used as summer pasture since it was originally claimed under the Homestead Act by early prospectors – including the property’s namesake, early Mono County pioneer James Sinnamon – in the late 1850’s. Numerous historic Basque carvings dating back 100 years or more can still be found on the property. Sinnamon Meadows was even the setting of a western film, “Belle Starr’s Daughter,” made in the late 1940’s!

Funding for this project has been provided by the California Wildlife Conservation Board and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC), an agency of the State of California; and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Support from these critical funding sources allowed ESLT to complete a conservation easement on the property. “These working landscapes have a rich and important place in our region, so preserving that heritage is critical to our future,” said SNC Executive Officer Jim Branham. “These lands provide not only economic benefits, but substantial natural resource benefits as well. These projects will help conserve or restore land and water resources valuable to those living downstream.”

“I am proud that ESLT has completed such a significant conservation success at Sinnamon Meadows,” said Bob Gardner, President of ESLT’s Board of Directors. “With its varied and unique landscape, vital habitat, and history as a working ranch, this stunning property represents why our work in the Eastern Sierra is so critical. Protecting these special places so that my grandchildren – and their grandchildren – can appreciate their wonders is truly the legacy of our work here. Thanks to our staff and board members, past and present, and our conservation partners who helped accomplish this great victory – not just for ESLT, but for the future of the Eastern Sierra.”

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. For more information about this and other permanent land conservation tools, visit ESLT’s website at www.eslt.org or call the ESLT office at (760) 873-4554.

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under #73-9104-3-031. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


Breaking News: Historic Sinnamon Meadows Property now Permanently Protected by ESLT


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Saying Goodbye to Clara Armstrong

Clara Hofer Armstrong

Clara Armstrong
Clara Armstrong, the sparkle of the town’s social scene…

The town’s social scene has lost a bit of sparkle as Clara Armstrong has left our company for an engagement she simply couldn’t refuse.

She departed on Monday, September 8 to join the company of her mother, father, three sisters, husband of 45 years Jim, and best friend Gayle, for what we can only assume is one hell of a good party. 

Although her poofy orange curls will no longer bounce down Main Street as she makes her way to her weekly hair or nail appointment, she will always be remembered for her keen fashion sense and fabulous style. For her large, sparkly jewelry, for her outfits that matched from her socks to her handbag, and of course for her trademark full face of make up that she wouldn’t be caught dead without wearing.

And she wasn’t. 

As the paramedics loaded our beloved 97-year-old grandma into the ambulance on what would be the last day she would ever see, she shouted to her daughter, “Don’t forget my makeup!” We didn’t. And as she lay in the hospital bed, surrounded by family and friends from over the years who came to wish her a fond farewell, she looked absolutely perfect.

She is survived by her three children, James Armstrong (wife Rochelle), Marjorie Parsons (husband Chuck) and Marilyn Armstrong Jackson, as well as her five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a whole bunch more step and virtually-adopted family members, who will always remember to “Stand up straight!” just as Clara constantly reminded.

We will miss her amazing warmth, hilarious dirty jokes and monkey impression, delicious pecan butter cookies, and unhealthy distaste for the Republican Party. 

We will try our hardest to emulate her way of making a home feel so warm that no matter which part of the world it was located (she lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tel Aviv, Iowa, Arkansas, New York, San Diego, Long Beach and Bishop) you were ensured that friends would always gather there. 

We will aim to break new ground, as she did when, as working as a nurse in World War II, she assisted in the first-ever bone graft procedure. 

We will thirst for adventure like she did at age 12 when she skipped school and hopped aboard a train to join the circus with Gayle.  

And we will strive to match her extraordinary sense of camaraderie and inclusiveness that resulted in everyone she loved (and there were hundreds) receiving a greeting card on every holiday. She never forgot a birthday, either. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary where Clara volunteered for the entire 21 years she lived in town and where she met some of her favorite bridge partners.

Everyone she ever met loved her. And she lived a fabulous life.

Until we meet again, little woman.

Clara Hofer Armstrong


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City of Bishop Warren Street Improvement Projects

Public Works Department: Warren Street Utility Work this Fall

Public Works News Release

Water and sewer work is planned this fall in advance of the construction of the first phase of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project next spring.

The $500,000 water and sewer project is intended to make needed underground improvements this fall prior to paving and improving the street next spring.

The water and sewer project will make water improvements at various locations along Warren Street and on West Elm Street near Main Street. In addition, new sewer will be constructed on Academy Avenue between Main and Warren and new waterlines will be
constructed along South Street and Academy Avenue between Main and Fowler Streets.

Work is expected to begin in early October and last through November. The contractor is Marzano and Sons of June Lake.

This construction in downtown Bishop will impact traffic on city streets west of Main Street. Traffic can be heavy so the work will cause inconvenience and delays.

Equipment, workers, and uneven pavement will require attention. All efforts will be made to maintain access to businesses and to minimize the impacts and restrictions, but drivers and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient.

For more information, contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.

Public Works Department: Warren Street Utility Work this Fall


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Car Seat Safety Check by the Mammoth Lakes PD


568 Old Mammoth Rd., P.O. Box 2799, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546



The Mammoth Lakes Police Department, in conjunction with Safe Kids California Mono County Project, will be conducting a Car Seat Safety Check at the Police Station on Saturday, September 20, from10 a.m. until Noon.

The Police Station is located at 568 Old Mammoth Road.

This will be an opportunity to have a trained person inspect your car seat to confirm that it is properly installed and the proper type for your child. If it is not, free car seats will be installed while supplies last.

Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.

Children under the age of 8 who are 4’9” or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat. Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.

Car Seats are a proven life saver. Don’t miss this opportunity to make sure your child is riding safely!





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Zumba Classes Return to Bishop this Fall

Get Fit and Have Fun with Zumba and Zumba Step Combo Classes

Public Announcement


Get fit and have fun with Zumba and Zumba Step combo classes. Instructor Pam Galvin is back for another exciting season.


Classes begin Monday September 8th and will run Mondays and Wednesdays.


Cost is $5.


For questions you can contact Karey at the City of Bishop Department of Community Services.  760-873-5863

Or, stop by the Bishop City Hall, located at  377 W. Line St in Bishop.

Get Fit and Have Fun with Zumba and Zumba Step Combo Classes


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ICARE Pet Show 2014, Lots of Fun

ICARE Pet Show 2014 Results…

Josi and Candy at the Tri-County Fairgrounds
Josi and Candy at the Tri-County Fairgrounds
Check out the Photo Album here!

“Thanks to everyone who came out to participate or just watch. It’s our annual just-for-fun event and we love seeing people who cherish their pets.”

Pet Most Like Owner

1st Place: Jesi Ferrell and her silky bantam, Twinkle Toes
2nd Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
3rd Place: Walt Sharer and his West Highland Terrier, Louie

Most Talented Pet

1st Place: Lucas Brazier and his Australian Shepherd, Moose
2nd Place: Tammy Warner and her Cocker Spaniel, Gidget
3rd Place: Alyssa Roberts and her Border Collie, Abby

Biggest Pet

1st Place: Ana Cummings and her Chocolate Lab, Sage

2nd Place: Scott Harmon and his Catahoula mix, Callie

3rd Place: Rose Bracken and her Shepherd mix, Rex

Smallest Pet

1st Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
2nd Place: Mallory Barlow and her Chihuahua, Sweetie
3rd Place: Aime Banta and her Chihuahua, Chee Chee

Cutest Pet

1st Place: Pam Vaughan and her Maltese mix, Bobbie
2nd Place: Alicia Ramirez and her Lab mix, Trace
3rd Place: Donna Gadea and her Chihuahua, Chico

Best Dressed Pet

1st Place: Tammy Warner and her Cocker Spaniel, Gidget
2nd Place: Josi Ferrell and her Yorkshire Terrier, Candy
3rd Place: Jesi Ferrell and her silky bantam, Twinkle Toes


Outstanding Adopted Pet

(from Inyo or Mono Animal Shelter)
1st Place: Ana Cummings and her Chihuahua, Cobie

2nd Place: Rose Bracken and her Shepherd mix, Rex
3rd Place: Pam Vaughan and her Maltese mix, Bobbie
ICARE of the Eastern Sierra
Inyo/Mono County Animal Resources & Education
Post Office Box 76, Bishop, CA 93515

ICARE Pet Show 2014 Results…


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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 isbxoxo@gmail.com


Courses Offered by the Crowley Lake Community Center this Fall


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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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Water Conservation Incentives from the City of Bishop


377 West Line Street – Bishop, California 93514
Post Office Box 1236 – Bishop, California 93515
760-873-8458 publicworks@ca-bishop.us
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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