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Bishop Police Enforce Crosswalk Safety Reminder

Bishop Police Department Conducting Crosswalk Stings, August 2014

Crosswalk Safety, Bishop

In response to recent public concern regarding crosswalk safety in the town of Bishop, the Bishop Police Department would like to make the public aware of special enforcement on many crosswalks throughout town.

In the month of August, the police department will be conducting several crosswalk stings as well as officer assigned enforcement. There are many marked crosswalks throughout the city and therefore it is the goal of the Bishop Police Department to make the public aware of them, to make sure pedestrians are safe, and drivers are abiding the law.

The police department is determined to keep our local residents and traveler’s safe during this busy time of the year.

We also want to remind the public, school will be starting in just a few weeks and drivers need to pay special attention to children as they head to school.

The safety of the pedestrians within the city is very important; therefore this detail and enforcement is necessary to inform drivers the severity of not yielding to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The citation fine can be a costly fee.

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Bishop Police Department Conducting Crosswalk Stings, August 2014

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Crosswalk Safety / Back-to-School Reminders / Bishop Police Department / Crosswalk Stings / Drivers’ Safety / Pedestrians’ Safety / August / Enforcement / Bishop

Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Collision Proves Fatal, Bridgeport Area

Fatal Motorcycle vs. Vehicle Collision Report, Bridgeport

Officer Anne Morin, ID 19750
Public Information Officer
California Highway Patrol
Bridgeport Area
 
PRESS RELEASE
On Sunday, August 3, 2014, at approximately 11:15 A.M., California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bishop Communications Center received a report of a motorcycle versus vehicle injury collision on US-395 at Picnic Grounds Road.  Two CHP officers and a sergeant from the Mammoth Lakes Resident Post and one officer from the CHP Bridgeport Area office responded to the collision location and initiated an investigation into the cause of the incident.
The driver of the motorcycle, Mr. James McGifford, age 59, of Dayton, Nevada, was at the scene being attended to by Mono County Paramedics.  Mr. McGifford was unconscious and had major visual injuries.  CHP investigators determined that Ms. Shirley Liang, age 24, of Cupertino, CA was driving her silver 2009 Audi on US-395 Southbound attempting to make a left turn onto Picnic Grounds Road.
Mr. McGifford was riding his black 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle on US-395 Northbound approaching Picnic Grounds Road.  As Ms. Liang made the left hand turn, she moved her vehicle directly into the path of the motorcycle.  Mr. McGifford was unable to stop his motorcycle and collided with the right side of the Audi.
Mr. McGifford was transported by Mono County Paramedic Fire/Rescue Medic 2 toward Mammoth Lakes Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  While in route to the hospital, Mr. McGifford succumbed to his injuries.  Mr. McGifford was wearing a helmet and motorcycle safety equipment.
Ms. Liang had no injuries from the collision.  Ms. Liang’s passenger, a Mr. Oliver Caspari, of Stanford, CA, had minor abrasions to his right arm.
Personnel from the Lee Vining Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service, Caltrans, Lee Vining Tow, and Mike’s Auto & Tow assisted at the scene.
The collision remains under investigation.

Fatal Vehicle vs. Motorcycle Collision Report, Bridgeport

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collision / fatal / motorcycle / Bridgeport / Mono County / vehicle / crash / investigation

Search & Rescue Team Aids Stranded Climbers, Mt. Ritter

Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to stranded climbers on Mt. Ritter

 

Jennifer M. Hansen, Public Information Officer

August 4, 2014

On the afternoon of Saturday, August 2, 2014, at approximately 3:00pm, Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding a father-son climbing team stranded on Mt. Ritter.

A father and son climbing team had attempted to summit Mt. Ritter, a popular peak located 13 miles northwest of Mammoth Lakes. The climbing team had reached a point on their descent that was blocked by a waterfall. They were unable to continue their descent from the peak due to the high volume of water coming down the steep slope. The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) Team was called to aid the stranded climbing team.

The SAR Team responded, along with a California Highway Patrol H40 helicopter based in Auburn, CA. The helicopter inserted a two-person search and rescue climbing team in the valley 400 feet below the father and son. Due to favorable weather and wind conditions, the helicopter was able to hover over the father and son, and with the assistance of the SAR Team, was able to load them into the helicopter while maintaining a hover next to the rock ledge where the climbers were stranded. The H40 crew flew the uninjured climbers to the Mammoth/Yosemite Airport and then returned to the scene to extract the SAR members.

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Search and Rescue Team Operation: Aid to stranded climbers on Mt. Ritter

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Search and Rescue / Operation / Climbers / Mt. Ritter / Eastern Sierra / Father-Son-Team / Stranded Climbers / Mono County

Cerro Coso Community College Presents “GRADGURU”

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES FREE APP

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES FREE MOBILE APPLICATION THAT GIVES STUDENTS THE INFORMATION, TIPS, AND TRICKS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED.

GRADGURU GUIDES AND MOTIVATES STUDENTS TO TAKE ACTION AND ENGAGE IN BEHAVIORS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO LEAD TO HIGHER AND FASTER COMPLETION RATES.

THE FREE APP HELPS STUDENTS KEEP TRACK OF CAMPUS-SPECIFIC DEADLINES, BETTER UNDERSTAND THE MILESTONES THEY NEED TO HIT; LEARN WHAT BEHAVIORS LEAD TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS; TAP EXISTING STUDENT SUPPORT AND FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES; AND SHARE THESE LESSONS WITH ONE ANOTHER.

STUDENTS CAN CREATE A CUSTOMIZED PROFILE AND BASED ON PERSONAL AND SCHOOL INFORMATION THE APP SUGGESTS EVENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND TIPS.  USING THE APP IS LIKE HAVING A PERSONAL COUNSELOR AVAILABLE WHENEVER THEY NEED IT.

STUDENTS ARE BUSY WITH WORK AND FAMILY. AND NAVIGATING COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAN BE COMPLICATED, ESPECIALLY FOR THE 40 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE THE FIRST IN THEIR FAMILIES TO GO TO COLLEGE. GRADGURU WILL FILL A BIG PART OF THE INFORMATION GAP, MAKING IT EASIER FOR STUDENTS TO KEEP TRACK OF DEADLINES, LEARN TIPS AND TRICKS TO STAY IN SCHOOL, AND FINISH FASTER.

EXPEDITE YOUR JOURNEY THROUGH COLLEGE.  GRADGURU IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON ITUNES AND GOOGLE PLAY. DOWNLOAD NOW AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAUNCHES FREE APP

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College / Eastern Sierra / Bishop / Free / App / Grad / Education / iTunes / Cerro Coso Community College

Free Admission: Hayden Cabin/Mammoth Museum!

PRESS RELEASE

SOUTHERN MONO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

HAYDEN CABIN/MAMMOTH MUSEUM

Monday, August 4 2014

To: All local media

From: Barbara Richter, Southern Mono Historical Society Secretary/Membership/Newsletter/Web & Facebook mistress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ongoing community amenity until September 28, 2014 for calendar section.

Hayden Cabin/Mammoth Museum

Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

5489 Sherwin Creek Road

FREE ADMISSION.  Come experience the rich cultural heritage of Mammoth Lakes.  Take a peek into a historic log cabin featuring mining implements and exhibits, photographs and intriguing memorabilia from the area’s early decades.

CONTACT INFO: (760) 934-6918 www.mammothmuseum.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/www.mammothmuseum.org

 

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Manzanar Summer Lectures and Book Signings

Manzanar National Historic Site
Summer 2014 Special Programs

John Tateishi

As a child in Manzanar, John told his brothers “I want to go back to America!” As a man, he became a leader in the redress movement, wrote the book And Justice for All, and served as national president of the Japanese American Citizens League.


Kerry Yo Nakagawa

Kerry Yo Nakagawa is founder of the non-profit Nisei Baseball Research Project (NBRP). His earlier works include the book Through a Diamond: 100 Years of Japanese American Baseball and the film American Pastime.
Both men will be available to sign their books in the Manzanar store (www.manzanarstore.com)  before and after their programs.
Manzanar is hosting volunteers for Public History Preservation projects the same weekends at the talks. Please seehttp://www.nps.gov/manz/parknews/newsreleases.htm for more information.

Manzanar National Historic Site
Summer 2014 Special Programs

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Manzanar / National Historic Site / Summer Programs / Book Signings / Volunteer / Eastern Sierra / Japanese American History / Public History Preservation Projects

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2014

Contact: Sara Kokkelenberg, Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps member or Kay Ogden, Executive Director, at (760) 873-4554.

The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project is in Full Bloom!

Returning Pollinators to the Eastern Sierra

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

Have you seen those Sierra-sky blue plaques around town? Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) has been hard at work visiting gardens, schools, and ranches, spreading the word about habitat preservation and installing certification plaques in pollinator-friendly spaces. Do you have a garden that is pollinator-friendly or have you considered creating one? Contact Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873-4554 to get your garden certified and receive your plaque and materials reimbursement today!

The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project has been working to bring pollinators to backyards throughout Inyo and Mono Counties since April of this year. This summer, already ten participants have met ESLT’s certification criteria and many more are in the process, including individuals, community gardens, businesses, and college campuses.

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

For tips and tools to help your garden meet ESLT’s certification criteria, join ESLT on August 16th from 9am-1pm at the Bishop Nursery. The nursery will be hosting a free pollinator workshop in conjunction with their Customer Appreciation Day. Taste a variety of roasted chilis, sample local honey, and purchase pollinator-friendly plants and habitat features for your garden! Jaimie Pawelek from the UC Berkley Urban Bee Lab will be joining ESLT at the workshop to talk about the Eastside’s native bees and simple tricks for making your garden vibrant and pollinator-friendly.

Unable to make it, but still interested in getting involved? Gardeners who have certified through the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project have recently been helping Jaime and the UC Berkley Urban Bee Lab research Eastern Sierra native bees. Take part in similar research and citizen science projects on the Eastside by certifying your garden today! Applications must be sent to ESLT by September 12th to receive a materials reimbursement, so don’t wait – call Sara or Ali to learn more about the project.

Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

ESLT is committed to keeping the Eastern Sierra community up-to-date on upcoming workshops, events, and citizen science projects. Anyone interested in certifying a garden or backyard as pollinator-friendly habitat is encouraged to visit www.eslt.org to learn more, or contact ESLT’s Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873-4554.

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT’s goal is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses that can be sustained forever, ensuring both a strong local economy and environment. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit our website at www.eslt.org.

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The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project is in Full Bloom!

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Eastside Pollinator Garden Project / Pollination / Eastern Sierra / Gardening / Eastern Sierra Land Trust / pollinator-friendly / Bishop / Garden Project

Ooolation Singers Perform August 3rd, Lee Vining!

Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World

Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolation Singers will perform on the patio at the U.S. Forest Service Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm.
Ooolation! is a summer vocal experience that brings folk-inspired choir music from the great outdoors to the stage. The teenage and young adult members of Ooolation are a group of unique and energetic young singers from across the country who gather with professional composers and musicians to bring new compositions to life.  They practice for 10 days in an aspen grove high above Mono Lake and assemble a show of nature-inspired music with high-spirited moves, percussion, and spine-tingling harmonies.
Singers who attend Ooolation share a wide-open enthusiasm for diverse musical roots, a wide range of vocal colors, and performance ideas. Whether they are singers who like to move, dancers who like to sing, teachers, conductors, actors, instrumentalists, poets, artists, athletes, ear-learners, or sight-readers, they all share a passion for music making. Ooolation is where they can live, eat, and breathe song. They build a community united by collaborative music making and respect for the natural world. Their performance has become an annual tradition here in the Eastern Sierra.
The Visitor Center is located off of Highway 395 just north of Lee Vining on the bluff overlooking Mono Lake.  The concert is free and is being offered in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, U.S. Forest Service, and the Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve. For more information call (760) 647-6331 or visit ooolation.com.
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Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World

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Ooolation Singers / Performance / Mono Lake / Lee Vining / Eastern Sierrea / US Forest Service / Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association / Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve

Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduate Academy

Inyo County Correctional Officers Graduation

The Sheriff’s Office wants to congratulate Seneca Willis and Angilberto Castaneda (both Correctional Officers at the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office) for recently graduating from Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy (Class 73), in Riverside at the Ben Clark Training Facility on July 10, 2014.
The graduating Basic Correctional/Deputy Academy Class #73 consisted of 33 men and women. Trainees undergo ten weeks of training in: hostage management, interview and interrogation, baton techniques, carotid restraints, chemical agents, less lethal munitions, first aid/CPR, officer liability, drill and ceremony, staff sexual misconduct with inmates, grammar skills, gangs, defensive tactics, and emergency response training. In addition, after graduation Willis and Castaneda attended a 24 course-hour fire arms training.
Seneca Willis was born and raised in Bishop, California and graduated Bishop Union High School in 2002. Angilberto Castaneda graduated from Lone Pine High School in 2001, and was a member of the US Marine Corp from 2001-2005. Castaneda joined the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. The Sheriff’s Office wants to recognize Angilberto Castaneda for receiving the top award in “Report Writing”, scoring a 96.5%!

Congratulations Seneca and Angilberto!

* Picture (from left to right): Lieutenant Eric Pritchard, Seneca Willis, Sheriff “Bill” Lutze, Angilberto Castaneda

Graduation, July 2014
Graduation, July 2014

Defensible Space Inspections Begin In Mono County

Defensible Space Inspections Begin
In Mono County

Mono County – CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area (SRA) in California. The defensible space inspections will begin on August 8 – 15, 2014, in State Responsibility
Areas in Mono County. Cal Fire is working with your local fire department during the inspection process. Creating defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a
wildfire.

California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in State Responsibility Areas to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be
educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the SRA. The Fire Prevention Fee
resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:
– Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
– Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
– Trim branches six feet from the ground.
– Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
– Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
– Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
– Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
– Use fire ignition resistant building material.