The third time appears to be the charm for Inyo National Forest, which announced last week that Ed Armenta of Arizona is slated to become its next head honcho.
Armenta, currently the district ranger of the Payson District of the Tonto National Forest, will be the third Forest Service employee to step into the forest supervisor post vacated by Jim Upchurch in September 2010.
Upchurch transferred to Coronado National Forest and two temporary replacements had filled the position until a permanent replacement â€“ Armenta â€“ could be named.
With the Southern Inyo Early Opener Trout Derby in the books, anglersâ€™ attention has now turned to the Eastern Sierraâ€™s other major pre-season fishing tradition: The Blake Jones Trout Derby.
Named for a beloved longtime local resident and angling promoter, the annual derby returns this Saturday to Pleasant Valley Reservoir, where the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau gives fishermen yet another chance to compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights â€“ or simply gather the family to cast a line in prime Eastern Sierra waters â€“ well in advance of the regular fishing season.