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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.

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

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Mammoth Community Water District: Update on Conservation Efforts

MCWD UPDATE ON CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND WATER SUPPLY

Water demand drops 25% in August and groundwater pumping supplies almost 75% of MCWD water supply during this year’s drought. 
 
Mammoth Lakes, CA – Last month, Mammoth Community Water District customers made a significant effort to conserve water, and as a result, water demand dropped 25% from previous years.  This conservation effort from our customers contributes directly to maintaining a reliable water supply during the extended drought.  Our water supply consists of a mix of surface water and groundwater, and recycled water is used for golf-course irrigation.  With severely drought-limited surface water supplies this year, our groundwater supply has been essential to meet customer’s needs. Groundwater production has supplied almost 75% of our water supply during peak demand this summer, from 53% in June to 74% in July and August. Contributions from surface water and recycled water contributed 18% and 8% respectively.
Heavy reliance on groundwater pumping has stressed our wells and resulted in reducing the production capacity of two of our nine production wells.  The largest user of water, outdoor irrigation demand, is expected to decrease in September as the days shorten and cooler temperatures return.  We would like to thank our customers for the significant saving in water to date and request that conservation efforts continue.  Level 1 water restrictions are still in effect:
·         Even numbered addresses irrigate on MondayWednesday and Saturday
·         Odd numbered addresses irrigate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
·         No irrigation between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
·         A hose must be equipped with an automatic shut-off nozzle
·         No washing of hard surfaces is allowed unless for safety or health reasons
·         Leaks must be repaired within five days after notification from the MCWD
This year’s drought and heavy reliance on pumping underscores the importance of protecting our groundwater resources from potential adverse impacts of increased geothermal production by Ormat near our well locations.  These adverse impacts include polluting the groundwater and reducing the supply. The MCWD remains committed to pursuing a monitoring and mitigation plan for the geothermal plant expansion that protects our water resources and ensures the continued availability of a reliable water supply.
About Mammoth Community Water District 
MCWD provides water and wastewater utility service to the Town of Mammoth Lakes and surrounding areas.  MCWD strives to provide reliable, affordable utility service to our customers and to conduct our operations in a manner reflecting our stewardship role.  We encourage our customers to practice responsible use of our limited water resources, and to take advantage of the information and services available to support this goal.
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MCWD UPDATE ON CONSERVATION EFFORTS AND WATER SUPPLY

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Car Seat Safety Check by the Mammoth Lakes PD

MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PERFORMING A CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK

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

** NEWS RELEASE **

CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK

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!

FOR TIPS, VISIT THE WEBSITE www.mammothlakespd.org AND SEND AN EMAIL OR CALL OUR TIP HOT LINE @ 760 934-3261.

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MAMMOTH LAKES POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PERFORMING A CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECK

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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
www.ICAREforPets.org

ICARE Pet Show 2014 Results…

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Community Flu Clinics 2014

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

Date Location Day/Time

09.29.14 Lee Vining Community Center Monday 4:00-6:30 PM
10.07.14 Walker Senior Center Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
10.08.14 Bridgeport Health Department Wednesday 1:00-3:30 PM
10.09.14 June Lake Community Center Thursday 5:00-6:30 PM
10.15.14 Paradise Fire Station Wednesday 4:30-5:45 PM
10.15.14 Swall Fire Station Wednesday 6:15-7:15 PM
10.16.14 Chalfant Community Center Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM
10.16.14 Benton Community Center Thursday 6:30-7:30 PM
10.20.14 Mammoth Lakes Elem. School Monday 4:00 – 7:00 PM
10.23.14 Crowley Lake Community Center Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 PM

Flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over the age of six months.

FluMist® nasal spray is available for healthy, non-pregnant 2-49 year olds.
The pneumococcal vaccine is also available. Free with Medicare Part B card present; otherwise $78.00.
Pneumococcal not available at Lee Vining Community Flu Clinic.

Cost for Flu vaccine:

$10 for adults (19 yrs and older)
$5 for children (6mo -18 yrs)

Medicare Part B free with card present.

Additional Clinics:

10.27.14 Mammoth Health Department Monday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, by appt
10.30.14 Mammoth Health Department Thursday 8:30-11:00 AM, by appt
11.04.14 Mammoth Health Department Tuesday 4:30-6:30 PM, drop-in
11.12.14 Mammoth Health Department Wednesday 4:30-6:30, drop-in

Children may also receive flu vaccine at school clinics to be held this Fall.

 

MONO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESENTS COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS 2014

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Obituary: Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Kyle Canfield
1946-2014

Patrick Kyle Canfield
Patrick Kyle Canfield

Patrick Canfield was born Oct. 20, 1946 and was raised in Santa Barbara.

He graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1964 where he played varsity basketball. Pat did his undergraduate work at Stanford University and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He played basketball for Stanford until he broke his elbow skateboarding. He studied abroad on Stanford’s Florence, Italy campus in 1966. Upon graduation from Stanford in 1968, Pat attended the University of California, Hasting School of Law in San Francisco and graduated with a Juris Doctrate in 1971. After a brief private practice in Santa Barbara he joined the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office at a Deputy District Attorney and was the resident Deputy DA in Coalinga for part of that tenure.

In 1974, Pat was hired by then Inyo County District Attorney, Frank Fowles and served as a Deputy District Attorney and Deputy County Counsel under the newly elected L.H. “Buck” Gibbons.

At 35-years-old, Pat was appointed as Judge for Inyo County. Pat was well respected in Inyo County, Mono County and throughout the state. He was re-elected without opposition several times until his formal retirement at the end of 2002. Pat then continued to serve on assignment locally and though out the state on a part time basis until his full retirement in 2010.

Pat had a love of the outdoors and became acquainted with the Eastern Sierra as he grew up. He spent two of his summers as a backcountry wilderness ranger for the U.S. Forest Service during his college years.  In his younger years Pat was a skilled rugby player and participated in the Monterey National Rugby Tournament among other prestigious events. It was following one of these rugby games in Santa Barbara that he met his wife Dori.
Pat enjoyed traveling, whether it was touring the U.S. after high school with a close friend in a VW Bug, or later in life traveling the world with his wife Dori, often with his Stanford friends and their wives.

Pat enjoyed community service as a member of the Rotary Club of Bishop, as an AYSO coach and referee and lately as a Trustee of the Donald M. Slager – Sunset Foundation.  Pat was involved in the men’s Bible Study group of the local Methodist Church.
Most of all Pat loved being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Dori; Taylor and Angie Canfield and their children Malava, Vivian and Eliana; Cassie and John Mason and their children, Kyle and Neila; Kelly and Jonathan Willy and their son, Benjamin; and beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the First Methodist Church in Bishop.

 

Obituary: Retired Judge, Patrick Canfield – Bishop, CA

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SAR Aids Injured Hiker at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

To:                          All Media Partners
 
From:                    Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer
 
Date:                     August 15, 2014
 
RE:                          Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake
On the afternoon of Thursday, August 14th, 2014, at approximately 2:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake.
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
SAR Operation at Arrowhead Lake, Mammoth
A 32-year old female hiked to Arrowhead Lake were she sustained a leg fracture by striking a tree while swinging from a rope over the lake. Due to her leg fracture, she was unable to hike out. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called to aid the injured hiker.
Members from the SAR team, and personnel from Mono County Paramedics and the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, hiked to her location, stabilized the fracture and transported her one and a half miles, using a wheeled litter, to the ambulance at the trailhead. The rescuers were also assisted in the carryout by a group of cross-country runners from California State University San Marcos. The injured hiker was transported via ambulance to Mammoth Hospital for further treatment.

Search and Rescue Team Responds to Injured hiker at Arrowhead Lake

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