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August 3rd, 2011

Educating Inyo’s frontline tourist service providers

August 3, 2011

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.

Forest Service closes area campgrounds, cuts hours

August 3, 2011

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.

Smoke lifting as fire officials gather input

August 3, 2011

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.

August 2nd

A gathering place

August 2, 2011

The sun is bright and hot in the west, there is a faint smell of soil and earth in the air among the fragrances of fresh flowers and vegetables picked just hours prior. Vendors talk with customers, both sharing ideas and stories, kids laugh and play.
It’s another Friday at the Farmer’s Market in Bishop.
The market, in its sixth week of the year, has moved from its location at the Bishop City Park on Saturday mornings to after 5 on Friday evenings downtown, just off Main Street at Talmadge Park on the corner of Academy and Main streets.

ESLT program targets Owens Valley visitors

August 2, 2011

A local volunteer is attempting to fill a gap that has been left by federal budget cuts and limited recreational opportunities for visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
David Woodruff, deputy director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, will be kicking off a weekly program for visitors that will tell the story of the Owens Valley, from its humble beginnings as a frontier community, to its agricultural boom to its present state as a vacation destination for people from all over the world.

August 1st

Smoke from West Side fire raises residents’ ire

August 1, 2011

Fire officials say the Lion Fire, which has been the source of smoky and hazy skies in Inyo County for the past several weeks, has grown to 16,350 acres.
The National Park Service, in response to a number of complaints from Eastern Sierra residents about smoke impacts from the fire, has scheduled a public meeting in Southern Inyo next week.
At times, smoke from the fire has completely obscured the view of the Sierra from the communities of Lone Pine and Independence.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at the Boulder Creek Resort on U.S. 395 south of Lone Pine.

Adopt-A-Creek has planted its last Alpers

August 1, 2011

The program that has brought more than a half-million dollars worth of Alpers trout to the streams and ponds in the high-country west of Bishop has dried up.
Adopt-A-Creek organizers announced this week there will not be a future plant of the trophy fish and the program will come to an end Aug. 15 after a 17-year run.

If you make it, bake it or grow it, the Fair wants it

August 1, 2011

Now is the time for residents planning to enter exhibits into a Tri-County Fair contest to begin preparing their homemade, homegrown and handcrafted items.
Fair organizers recently released 1,500 copies of the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, which outlines the deadlines, rules and regulations for each of the hundreds of exhibitor contest categories.
The guidebooks are available at a number of local merchants, including Ben Franklin’s and Wye Road Feed and Supply in Bishop.

July 28th

City studies mobility in Bishop

July 28, 2011

The City of Bishop is updating its goals and objectives for transportation in the city, with public input the primary contributor to the new draft. Dubbed the Mobility Element, part of the city’s General Plan, it will help guide the city toward meeting those objectives, funding permitted.
The city is asking for more public input on this issue that will define how people will get around the city – on foot and by bike, bus, car or truck – in the future.
The element covers every facet of transportation, be it sidewalks, bike paths, semi-truck traffic or pedestrian safety.

Los Lobos to close out Millpond festival

July 28, 2011

This year’s Millpond Music Festival will feature just another band from East L.A. – Los Lobos. The band will close out the 20th Annual Millpond Music Festival on Sunday night, Sept. 18.
The band is best known for covering “La Bamba” for the movie of the same name, but the band has been honing its own brand of music – a mix of rock and roll, Mexican folklore, country, pop, blues, ethereal psychedelia and gorgeous ballads – for more than three decades.

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