KIBS/KBOV Announcements

Historic Saline Valley Salt Tram Tower Pulled Down, Individual Responsible Comes Forward

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Following a press release and overwhelming response on social media, a visitor responsible for pulling down a 113-year-old historic salt tram tower on April 19, 2024 is taking full responsibility for their actions.

“We are grateful to the dozens of people who reached out to the park with information and for all the statements of support that we received from people who care about this place and its cultural resources,” said acting Superintendent Elizabeth Ibañez. “Although we would certainly prefer that this damage hadn’t happened, we are glad that the person who did this ultimately took responsibility for their actions and came forward.”

The individual responsible for pulling over the salt tram called the tip line provided in an earlier press release, stating that this was done during a time of desperation while being deeply stuck in mud, and that it wasn’t their intent to cause harm to the historic structure.

While traveling in remote wilderness areas where cell phone coverage is not available, carrying a satellite-based communication device is an important safety tool. As Death Valley’s famous summer temperatures continue to increase, park rangers encourage people to stay on paved roads during this time of year, as help is more readily available.

The park’s resource management team is working on doing a full assessment of the damage, and making plans for what responsible restoration of the salt tram would look like. While we work to make plans for how to best restore the damage, the park’s cultural resources team urges people to be patient, as repairs done by well-intentioned people who don’t have the proper tools and training can do additional damage.

The park is not disclosing further information about the individual who turned themselves in.

The Saline Valley Salt Company built the 13-mile aerial tram to transport salt from Saline Valley to Owens Valley in 1911. The tramway climbed over 7,000 vertical feet at steep vertical grades up to 40 degrees. The Saline Valley Salt Tram is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered nationally significant because of its age, length, steepness, preservation, and scenic setting.

 

 

 

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Lady Broncos Softball Team Defeated in Playoffs

Bishop traveled to Corcoran Wednesday for first round play.  Bishop lost 3 to 7.  Bishop led the game 3 to 2 until the bottom of the 5th inning then Corcoran scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th.
Senior Baileigh Momberg threw all 6 innings.  Allowing 6 hits, 6 walks, 1 hit batter and 7 strike outs.
Offensively, Junior Sienna Fuller was 1 for 3, reached 1st on an error, had 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Baileigh Momberg was 1 for 3, with 1 RBI
Cambrie Lanphear was 1 for 2 with 1run scored.
Coaches Mark and Lisa Manuelito would like to acknowledge seniors, pitcher Baileigh Momberg,  and 3rd baseman Kris Sorensen they will be missed. They would also like to thank all the players for their commitment to the team this year.  Volunteers, Nikki, Jess and Katie Manuelito.  Our trainer Gage for keeping us on the ballfield.
We thank AD Stacy Van Nest for making a trip to Disneyland to make sure our seniors made it to our playoff game and all the parents and fans for the support this year.

SAR RECOVERY- North Fork of Lone Pine Creek

On the morning of Sunday, May 12th, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a hiker in the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek had been hit by a falling rock and was severely injured. Inyo County Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated to initiate a rescue.

Helicopter H-42 from the California Highway Patrol Central Division Air Operations Group inserted a SAR team member via hoist near the scene of the accident, and it was determined that the injured party had perished from their wounds. The body of the deceased party was hoisted by Helicopter H-42 and flown to Lone Pine where it was turned over to the Inyo County Coroner.

This was the third fatality in the Mt. Whitney region within a week. Early spring conditions prevail on the mountain, with treacherous steep snow, loose rock, and variable weather. Parties venturing onto Mt. Whitney should stay together, turn around before deteriorating conditions become unmanageable, make responsible decisions, and be prepared and fit.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Inyo County Search and Rescue are grateful for the assistance afforded by the California Highway Patrol Central Division Air Operations Group in this mission.

Historic Saline Valley Salt Tram Tower Pulled Down

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking information about recent damage to a historic salt tram tower in Saline Valley. It appears the 113-year-old tower was pulled over while a person used a winch to extract their vehicle out of deep mud. The damage happened sometime between April 1 and April 24.

 

“I have hiked along sections of this tramway, and am amazed by the tenacity it took to build,” said Superintendent Mike Reynolds. “I hope the person responsible for this damage will contact us so we can discuss restitution.”

 

The Saline Valley Salt Company built the 13-mile aerial tram to transport salt from Saline Valley to Owens Valley in 1911. The tramway climbed over 7,000 vertical feet at steep vertical grades up to 40 degrees.

 

The Saline Valley Salt Tram is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is considered nationally significant because of its age, length, steepness, preservation, and scenic setting.

 

Only the first four towers are within Death Valley National Park. Most of the tramway crosses lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

 

Tram tower #1 is the tower closest to Saline Valley lakebed. Nearby tracks show that a vehicle drove a short distance off the legal roadway and got stuck in mud. Park rangers believe that someone used the nearby tower as an anchor to pull their vehicle out of the mud. The tower toppled over, pulling its concrete footings out of the ground.

 

The NPS already had a salt tram stabilization project planned before this damage happened, funded by the Inflation Reduction Act. The project manager has not determined if that funding can be used to re-anchor tower #1.

 

Park rangers ask that anyone with information on this incident contact the NPS-wide tip line at 888-653-0009 or go.nps.gov/SubmitATip.

Saline Valley Salt Tram tower #1 on March 5, 2024. NPS photo
Saline Valley Salt Tram tower #1 on April 27, 2024. NPS photo

Update on Whitney Portal Road Repair Project

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday received the first of what is to become regular, every-other-meeting updates
on the Whitney Portal Road Repair Project from Public Works Director Mike Errante.

Errante reported that the Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands (CFL) Highway Division put the
project out to bid on May 2. Proposals are due May 16 with the contract tentatively expected to be awarded May 30
and construction starting around the second week of June.

Whitney Portal Road was among the hardest hit last year by multiple, record-breaking weather events, including
atmospheric rivers in January and March, flooding from unprecedented spring runoff levels, and Tropical Storm Hilary
in August 2023. The latter storm dumped more than a year’s worth of precipitation throughout the county over a 12-
hour period, causing upwards of $10 million in damage to Whitney Portal Road alone, with the worst of it occurring in
the canyon section.

The Board of Supervisors authorized the CFL to take over responsibility for the repair project on October 10, 2023,
including handling the bidding process, covering the costs, and doing the design work. The Board agreed that allowing
the CFL to manage the redesign and contract would provide additional resiliency in the design, environmental
streamlining, and cashflow coverage that would otherwise not be available.

A preconstruction meeting is scheduled for early June, and a Notice to Proceed with construction is expected to be
issued on or about June 10. Completion is still slated for October. Errante said he is hoping to meet with the contractor
during the CFL’s preconstruction meeting to encourage condensing the project schedule if possible.

In the meantime, the road – which provides access to Mt. Whitney, the Inyo National Forest, Alabama Hills National
Scenic Area, and multiple residential communities outside Lone Pine – remains closed between Tuttle Creek and
Movie roads with detours established from Moffat Ranch Road to Movie Road, Tuttle Creek Road to Horseshoe
Meadows Road, and Lubken Canyon Road to Horseshoe Meadows Road. The County continues to address concerns
from residents about traffic speeding or even blocking the roadways or taking high-profile vehicles on narrow, winding
routes. Inyo County Road Crews will be adding to existing signage this week, installing approximately 30 new signs
along all directions of the detour routes to help with traffic calming and control.

Chairperson Matt Kingsley has previously said he wants to impress upon the contractor the need for expediency by
inviting them to a public meeting where they can hear residents’ concerns and frustrations first-hand, and hopefully
understand and appreciate the sense of urgency.

Updates on the project, as well as detour maps and images of the road damage, can be found online on Inyo County’s
Whitney Portal Road story map, accessed on the home page of the County website (www.inyocounty.us), through
the Ready Inyo site (https://ready.inyocounty.us/), or directly here: https://t.ly/tNZyS.

Hazmat Truck Fire on CA-190-Chemical Release Prevented by NPS Firefighters

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – A tractor trailer carrying hazardous waste caught on fire in Death Valley National Park on April 26. Park rangers extinguished the fire before it reached the truck’s trailer, preventing a potential release of waste into the park.

The truck’s engine and brakes caught on fire while it was descending 5,000 vertical feet from Towne Pass on CA-190. The fire happened near milepost 83, between Emigrant Junction and Stovepipe Wells.

A National Park Service (NPS) maintenance worker reported the burning truck to park dispatch by radio around 7:00 am. Park rangers responded with a NPS fire engine and prevented the fire from spreading from the tractor to the trailer, which contained sulfuric acid and mixed types of solid low-level hazardous waste. Caltrans staff controlled traffic.

The driver, a 48-year-old man from the Los Angeles area, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Park rangers transported him in an ambulance to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, NV.

This was the third truck fire on Towne Pass in the past year.

NPS photo A NPS park ranger sprays water to extinguish the truck fire.

Conway Ranch Shoulders Safety Project to Resume in June

Shoulder and embankment extensions will improve safety for motorists & lessen burden of chaining vehicles during winter travel conditions

What you need to know: The Conway Ranch Shoulders Project will exit winter suspension in June as work resumes on U.S. 395. This project will increase safety on this blustery stretch of highway by expanding the shoulders and embankments, extending the current chain-up area, and installing new lighting features. Construction on this project is tentatively scheduled to end in late summer or early fall 2024.

MONO COUNTY — The Conway Ranch Shoulders Project will emerge from its winter suspension on Monday, June 10 as construction restarts on U.S. 395. This project, which began construction last spring before going into winter suspension in November, is implementing safety improvements to the highway between State Route 167 and north of Conway Ranch Road.

The primary focus of the project is to improve safety for motorists by widening the embankment and shoulders to eight feet and creating more space for drivers on the side of the road. Other safety improvements included in this project:

  • Addition of 12-inch rumble strips: Also known as “sleeper lines,” these road safety features alert inattentive drivers of potential risks by causing a vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels and into the vehicle interior. Rumble strips can prevent drivers from crossing the centerline or veering into another lane.
  • One half mile extension of the northbound chain-up area: Additional space will accommodate more motorists waiting to put chains on their vehicles. The increased space for chain installation will help return more cards to the roadway that are properly equipped to navigate winter weather conditions.
  • New lighting systems in the extended chain-up area will increase visibility for people installing chains and make it easier for passing vehicles to see the chain-up area.
  • Replacement of culverts and traffic signs.
Figure 1: Progress on the Conway Ranch Shoulders Project from just before winter suspension in November 2023.
Figure 1: The Conway Ranch Shoulders Project area taken before construction began.

FUNDING INFORMATION: The $8.3 million Conway Ranch Shoulders Project was funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) – also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Under IIJA, California will receive an estimated $41.9 billion over five years. IIJA provides significant funding to rebuild California’s transportation system, including support to improve roadways, bridges, freight projects, public transportation, infrastructure safety enhancements, and to increase infrastructure resiliency to the impacts of severe weather and climate change. For more information about IIJA, visit http://rebuildingca.ca.gov/iija-by-the-numbers.

TRAFFIC IMPACT: During the project’s remaining working days, drivers can expect to encounter one-way traffic control during the working hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Outside of working hours and on the weekend, both lanes of the highway will be open with a reduced, 55 mile per hour speed limit.

During portions of construction, there will be no shoulder for cyclists through the project area. Cyclists will be escorted with the rest of traffic during work hours. After hours and on weekends, cyclists can use a signal button that will flash a beacon, alerting other drivers to their presence on the roadway. Caltrans asks that all drivers use good judgement and proceed cautiously when encountering bicycles on the highway.

Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment or materials, or any construction-related issues.

Travelers are asked to be attentive to workers on the highway, slow for the cone zone, and move over whenever possible to remain clear of construction personnel and equipment. Be Safe and Be Work Zone Alert!

To get the latest information on conditions on the State Highway System, visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or download the app to your smartphone. You can also call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

Find out how California is building for a better tomorrow by visiting build.ca.gov and rebuildingca.ca.gov.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e. Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Bob Gossman at (760) 881-7145 or TTY 711.

Blood Donors Needed to Save Lives and Honor Moms

BISHOP, CA. (May 1, 2024) — Every year, about 219,000 units of blood and platelets are needed to help patients experiencing women’s health issues, including about 1 of every 83 births. Leading up to and after this Mother’s Day, nonprofit Vitalant is highlighting that need. Donate blood to save moms and keep families together.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are vital to always maintain a robust blood supply for patients, from emergencies to ongoing medical treatments.

Hillary Ray, from Reno, welcomed her third child with great difficulty and great joy. Diagnosed with a life-threatening pregnancy complication, Hillary delivered her baby prematurely at 30 weeks and was whisked into a five-and-a-half hour surgery where she required six pints of blood, more than half her blood supply. “To all the unknown heroes whose blood I received, thank you for saving my life and allowing me to be able to watch my children grow,” said Hillary.

Learn all the ways you can get involved and make an appointment to donate at vitalant.org, download and use the Vitalant app or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825).

Upcoming Blood Drives
Donate May 24-31 to receive a Givin’ is Groovy T-shirt – the first in Vitalant’s 2024 “Decades” collectible T-shirt series. Cool, man! Redeemable by email.* While supplies last.

Visit vitalant.org to schedule your appointment. Enter the zip code or Blood Drive code in the search box or schedule at another mobile blood drive or regional Vitalant donation center. Thank you!

Date Blood Drive Location and Time Zip Code Blood Drive Code
Wed. May 29 Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Fire Station Bay
Mammoth Lakes, CA
10AM – 6PM
93546 N1400
Thurs. May 30 Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Fire Station Bay
Mammoth Lakes, CA
8:30AM – 12:30PM 93546 N1400

About Vitalant
Vitalant (Vye-TAL-ent) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit blood and biotherapies healthcare organizations, providing hospitals and patients across the U.S. a safe blood supply, specialized laboratory services, transfusion medicine expertise and world-renowned research. Individuals generously donating blood, volunteering and giving financially are essential to our lifesaving mission. Learn more at vitalant.org.

Solicitation for Bids Now Open for Rock Creek Boat Launch Rehab Project

Construction on the facility may start as soon as this summer

 

Bishop, Calif., May 2, 2024— Inyo National Forest is announcing the solicitation of bids for a contract to rehabilitate the Rock Creek Lake Boat Launch facility, thanks to a grant from the State of California, Division of Boating and Waterways and supplemental funding from the Great American Outdoors Act.

Photo Courtesy of INF Rock Creek

The project will address safety and visitor access related issues, including improvements to the launch ramp itself, designation of ADA vehicle parking spots, new vault restrooms and an ADA-accessible path between these areas.

“The Rock Creek boat launch has had ongoing deferred maintenance issues that the Forest has not been able to address due to funding and staffing limitations,” said White Mountain District Ranger Taro Pusina.

“Thanks to this grant funding we can now move forward to conduct these much-needed access improvements for Rock Creek Lake visitors.”

Photo Courtesy of INF Rock Creek

During construction, the entire facility of the boat launch and restrooms would be closed, resulting in restricted access to both the boat ramp and Rock Creek Lake Group Campground. A more detailed schedule will be shared once it is available for the public.

Link to project construction solicitation: https://sam.gov/opp/fa6d3c6eb09a4bb786a218c8e37d476d/view

Depending on the bids received for this project, construction may not start until the summer of 2025.

 

55th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage Uplifts Struggles for Peace, Justice and Defense of Democracy

 

Banner photo credit Jon Klusmire

Advocates Highlight the Need for Black Reparations, Peace in Gaza, and Protecting Democratic Rights to 1,600 Attendees

On Saturday April 25th 2024, the Manzanar Committee successfully hosted its 55th Annual Pilgrimage centered on the theme of Peace, Justice and Defense of Democracy. The day program featured educational speeches, cultural performances, and an interfaith ceremony to commemorate all of those buried at the cemetery. More than 1,600 people attended the pilgrimage and visited the site.

The Manzanar at Dusk program, in its 26th year, was also a huge success with more than 300 participants including college students from seven different Nikkei Student Union chapters from across California, community members, and survivors from WWII Japanese American confinement sites who joined together in an intergenerational exchange.

Glen Kitayama, a longtime community activist and Manzanar Committee member, welcomed the crowd by sharing, “We are all here with each other in fellowship to remember that the lessons of the Japanese American incarceration are part of an ongoing struggle for peace and democracy.”

Keynote speaker Don Tamaki explained the historic and current intersections between advocacy efforts for reparations within the Japanese-American and Black-American communities: “We can learn from the leaders of this Pilgrimage, who know that reparations is a justice issue, about holding the nation to its professed ideals. We can walk in the footsteps of Black leaders who supported Japanese American reparations, including the Congressional Black Caucus,” Tamaki explained. “[The Congressional Black Caucus] could have turned their backs on us. Instead, they embraced us when we most needed their support. They lived the words of Martin Luther King: ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality – tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

Tamaki served as co-counsel on the landmark coram nobis court case in which he successfully overturned the 1944 conviction of Fred Korematsu for violating EO 9066. He also served on the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. Don Tamaki continued, “So let’s not be complicit with centuries’ long unacknowledged and continuing wrongs. As with our struggle for justice, let’s take part in making history instead of being its bystanders. Learning from our own fight for justice, let’s remember each time America has owned-up to its wrongs, repaired them and become more inclusive, more faithful to its ideals and more just.”

In addition to reflecting on historical wrongdoings, the Manzanar Pilgrimage serves as an important place to examine current conflicts. Professor and Manzanar Committee member Wendi Yamashita reminded the audience, “Every year we come here, to this place. We remember what happened to Japanese-Americans during World War II. And those memories challenge us, they inspire us, and they push us to action in this moment to fight for what is right and just.”

This call to action was especially salient given the devastating and heartbreaking violence in Gaza that has escalated over the last 6 months. Omar Altamimi, Senior Policy and Advocacy Coordinator of CAIR CA shared, “Almost 100 years ago the silence of good Americans – not the bad ones, the good ones – their silence led to the devastating injustice against Japanese American communities. Silence is complicity. Silence empowers, abusers and wrongdoers. Today we are called upon to break that silence as we witness a genocide that has taken the lives of 34,000 People, 14,000 children.”

Recent events in the United States have also underscored how fragile American democracy is. Bruce Embrey, Co-Chair of the Manzanar Committee, shared with the audience, “Today, as we gather at the Ireito, we worry about the future of our country because of an reenergized white nationalist movement that threatens our democratic rights.” Embrey highlighted the parallels between nativist attacks on the Nikkei community in 1942 that stripped Japanese and Japanese Americans of their democratic rights and freedoms with the current vitriol against communities based on their race, religion, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Pilgrimage opened with a land acknowledgement and welcome from Jeremiah Joseph of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, whose land Manzanar is located on, and was followed by comments from Acting Superintendent Gavin Gardner who acknowledged the Manzanar Committee’s critical role in the founding of the National Historic Site. The program opened and closed with a procession of banners to honor incarcerees of the ten concentration camps, Crystal City Family Internment Camp and the Tuna Canyon Detention Center, as well as the military service of those from the all Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment / 100th Battalion / MIS. An interfaith service was conducted by Buddhist and Christian ministers with many Muslim and Jewish participants in the cemetery to commemorate those who had passed.

The program also included a student speaker, Maiya Kuida-Osumi, who recently participated in Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive – the Manzanar Committee’s joint educational project with the National Park Service. The Sue Kunitomi Embrey Legacy Award was presented to Ron Wakabayashi thanks to his leadership advancing justice for the Japanese American community and defending human rights for all. There were also cultural performances by Kyodo Taiko of UCLABonbu Stories, and Ken Koshio. Participants joined in an ondo dance to celebrate collective resilience and Japanese cultural heritage.

The Manzanar Committee extends its thanks to all who attended this year’s pilgrimage – both in-person and online. “We return to Manzanar because we believe it is our duty to honor our families and to say that what happened here must never be forgotten and must never happen to anyone anywhere,” explained Bruce Embrey, Manzanar Committee Co-Chair.

Banner photo credit Jon Klusmire

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The Manzanar Committee, sponsor of the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and Manzanar At Dusk program, the youth education project, Katari: Keeping Japanese American Stories Alive, and the Sue Kunitomi Student Awards Program, is dedicated to educating and raising public awareness about the incarceration and violation of civil rights of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II and to the continuing struggle of all peoples when Constitutional rights are in danger. A non-profit organization that has sponsored the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1969, along with other educational programs, the Manzanar Committee has also played a key role in the establishment and continued development of the Manzanar National Historic Site. For more information, check out our website at https://manzanarcommittee.org, call us at (323) 662-5102, or e-mail us at info@manzanarcommittee.org. You can also follow the Manzanar Committee on Facebook, on Instagram, and on YouTube.

Owens Pupfish Release Ceremony-Bishop Paiute Tribe

Bishop Paiute Tribe and partners celebrate establishment of new endangered Owens pupfish sanctuary on Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation
On April 21, in an event coordinated with the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Annual Earth Day Event, the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council along with Tribal Staff, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) released endangered Owens pupfish into the newly established Owens Pupfish Refuge within the Tribe’s Conservation Open Space Area.

Due to a variety of reasons, the fish has become extremely rare and is now listed under both the federal Endangered Species Act and California Endangered Species Act.
“Establishing the Owens pupfish on tribal lands is a real reason to celebrate. The fish have played such an important part of our cultural history. We are so happy that we have finally arrived at this point where we have worked through the logistical and legal hurdles involved and found the means to contribute to the protection and recovery of the fish both on and potentially off-reservation,” said Meryl Picard, Tribal Chairwoman.
Once widespread up and down the Owens Valley in the network of ponds and sloughs that make up the Owens River watershed, the Owens pupfish was once a staple food item for the local Paiute, who caught fish by the hundreds and dried them for storage and later eating. Implementation of this project is an important milestone in a 15-year journey for the Bishop Paiute Tribe, taking a proactive approach to the conservation of a local protected species.

Another milestone on this journey was the passing of California Assembly Bill 2001, Owens Pupfish Protection Act, a bill sponsored by California State Assembly member Devon Mathis of the 33rd District in 2016. Under the California Fish and Wildlife Code 5515, Owens pupfish are a fully protected species, meaning that without the passage of this bill, the Tribe would not have been able to complete the project because a fully protected species cannot be “taken or possessed” except under certain circumstances. The bill authorizes projects like this to move forward if they are authorized under a state Safe Harbor Agreement.

“The resulting language of AB2001 in 2016 allows a landowner to harbor a California state endangered, fully protected species like Owens pupfish,” said Brian Adkins, the Tribe’s Environmental Director. “This project is the first time a fully protected fish species has been covered under a Safe Harbor Agreement.” In 2024, the Tribe signed a federal Safe Harbor Agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service, supported by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to establish the new population of Owens pupfish.

“Safe Harbor Agreements are an important tool for endangered species recovery, and we are so honored to be a partner to this historic moment for the Tribe and for Owens pupfish,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest regional director Paul Souza “The Tribe’s efforts to see this project through speak to their inherent dedication to the stewardship of the land, and the fish, wildlife and plants within.”
The Safe Harbor Agreement allowed the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to issue a consistency determination with the permit, providing the Tribe with the appropriate protections to move forward with the project. The Tribe and CDFW were also able to extend these protections to neighboring landowners, including LADWP, whose land is hydrologically connected to the Tribe’s.

Russell Black, CDFW program manager gives more details, “The Department has been working with the Tribe for two decades on this project. To see it finally be implemented as a successful conservation action is really exciting. We’re grateful for the Tribe and all their efforts on this project. A lot of entities worked together over many years to see this fish be reintroduced to Tribal land and we’re happy to have a part in this story.”
In preparation for the release ceremony, partners gathered pupfish from five populations across the Owens Valley, which will ensure genetic diversity and assist with the success of the new Bishop Paiute Tribe population.

“We would like to thank all the tribes, individuals, agencies, organizations, and elected officials that participated and supported us in this effort”, said the Chairwoman. “We now invite Valley land managers and neighboring landowners to join us in this effort to identify new homes for the pupfish using this newly available Safe Harbor Act as a tool. Working together we can increase their number in the Valley and bring the fish back”.

The Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Environmental Management Office Department will continue to monitor the success of the population and are hopeful this is the first of other such efforts for the species. For more information, please contact Brian Adkins, Environmental Director, Bishop Paiute Tribe Environmental Management Office 760-873-3584.
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Man Dies While Hiking Mosaic Canyon Trail

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – A 66-year-old man from Gig Harbor, Washington died while hiking with his wife in Death Valley National Park on April 5. The man was about one mile up Mosaic Canyon Trail when he appears to have suffered an acute medical event.

 

Other hikers used the satellite SOS function on their iPhone to call for help at 9:45 am. A registered nurse and nurse practitioner who were also hiking in the area attempted to revive the man. Park rangers arrived around 10:30 and joined the ongoing resuscitation efforts. The man was declared dead at 11:04 am.

 

The deceased man was carried to the trailhead by a National Park Service SAR team and transferred to the care of the Inyo County Coroner.

NPS photo National Park Service and Inyo County responders’ vehicles at Mosaic Canyon trailhead.