The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be offering a free crash course in Eastern Sierra tourism and destinations for those on the frontline of tourism.
For three consecutive Wednesdays in August, those in tourism-related fields can take a tour of some of the best attractions and destinations the Owens Valley has to offer. Reservations for the limited number of seats is required at least one week prior to the tours.
The federal budget, more precisely the national debt and the attempts to reduce it, are being felt locally with Forest Service campground closures and reduced hours at some visitors centers.
Visitors in need of agency services are encouraged to plan ahead.
The Inyo National Forest is having to take some drastic measures to balance its budget this fiscal year, and in unprecedented actions is closing some campgrounds and reducing services and interpretive programs at visitor centers in the middle of the summer, according to Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta in a press release.
Officials continue to make progress in attempts to control the Lion Fire in Sequoia National Park as skies begin to clear over the Eastern Sierra.
At more than 19,000 acres, the Lion Fire has raised concerns among Inyo County residents as smoke has flowed over the Sierra and into the valley, obscuring views of the scenic mountains.