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March 15th, 2012
Green will be sprouting up along the shores of Pleasant Valley Reservoir and banks of the Owens River this weekend in celebration of spring, the sport of trout fishing and yes, St. Patrickâ€™s Day.
Anglers of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to suit up in the spirit of the holiday Saturday, March 17, as they head out for the 45th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby, once again hosted by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping everyone comes out wearing green, but in case they donâ€™t, this yearâ€™s event T-shirt has green in it,â€ť Chamber Executive Tawni Thomson said.
Bishop Union High School and the Bishop City Council collaborated earlier this week to encourage student awareness, understanding and involvement related to municipal government.
The collaboration took the form of the first-ever Council on Campus event, a special meeting of the City Council held at 10 a.m. Monday in the BUHS auditorium. The meeting replaced the City Councilâ€™s usual study session at City Hall, held at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of every month.
Officials at the Tri-County Fairgrounds are seeking outside funds to preserve the integrity and traditional benefits of one of the Eastern Sierraâ€™s most popular, youth-oriented events.
Fair CEO Jim Tatum said the elimination of state funding has made it necessary to solicit additional financial support for the 2012 Junior Horse Show and Junior Livestock Show.
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Fort Independence Paiute Tribe will be hosting its own Native American Pow Wow.
Scheduled for September, the revived event will feature traditional dance contests for adults and kids, drum groups, interpretive displays, singing, food and more.
An Eastern Sierra man died late last week during a fishing excursion along Topaz Lake.
The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident, which ended with the body of 74-year-old Francis McConnell, of Topaz, being pulled by a dive team from his submerged vehicle.
According to a press release issued Monday by the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department, deputies were notified about 3:30 p.m. Friday that a vehicle â€śhad been driven into the water, from the shoreline, at Topaz Lake.â€ť
Itâ€™s crunch time for 11-year-old Chalfant Valley resident Corie Elizabeth Campbell, who launched a vigorous fundraising campaign in September to earn $8,000 by May 1 to finance a People to People Student Ambassador tour of the United Kingdom.
Two ongoing raffles with prizes to be announced in April, chores for hire and a hand-painted mug sale have helped Campbell to get half way to her goal so far.
On April 1, two raffle prize winners will take home either a Sturm Ruger 10/22 rifle or a Remington 870 .12 gauge shotgun. The first-place ticket-holder gets first choice.
City leaders will be going back to school next week as part of their ongoing efforts to encourage widespread participation in municipal government.
Through a program called â€śCouncil on Campus,â€ť Bishopâ€™s elected officials have arranged for their next, bi-monthly study session to take place in an auditorium full of high school seniors and other members of the public.
According to City Administrator Keith Caldwell, Mondayâ€™s meeting at Bishop Union High School represents perhaps the first time in Bishopâ€™s history that the City Council has convened in open session at a school campus.
Mammoth Lakes resident Wangdowa Sherpa might be the only man in town who considers the 14,000-foot peaks outside of town to be a bit short.
But he can be forgiven.
Sherpa was born in a small village in Nepal, not far from 29,029-foot Mount Everest, where anything below 15,000 feet is considered the foothills.
Inspirational adventurer and author Aron Ralston joined Inyo Countyâ€™s Community Reads project Tuesday to share his story of hope and survival.
This yearâ€™s Community Readâ€™s book, Ralstonâ€™s â€śBetween a Rock and a Hard Placeâ€ť and the subsequent movie â€ś127 Hoursâ€ť starring James Franco, tell the tale of Ralstonâ€™s fateful trip into the remote Utah wilderness in 2003.
While hiking solo down Blue John Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Ralston dislodged a boulder that came crashing down on top of him, crushing Ralstonâ€™s hand against the walls of the narrow canyon.
The 10th annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week seeks to raise public awareness of the tragic effects of compulsive gambling while drawing attention to the widespread recovery services available.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is observed March 4-10 to â€śeducate the public about signs of problem and pathological gambling behavior,â€ť said Karen Kong of Inyo County Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Prevention arm.