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Fire destroys one home in Crowley

May 31, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013 – Crews with the Long Valley Fire Department responded to a fire Thursday afternoon that almost completely destroyed one home and threatened nearby vegetation on Crowley Lake Drive.
The cause of fire, which was reported at about 2:30 p.m. was undetermined as of press time Friday. The fire started in the southern section of the home while the residents were away, and according to volunteer firefighter, Second District Mono County Supervisor and former Long Valley Fire Chief Fred Stump, could have burned unnoticed for some time before it was reported.

May 30th

Big fish for Lower Owens

May 30, 2013

Blackrock Fish Hatchery broodstock, those big trout used for spawning to propagate future generations, are being released in the Lower Owens River.
This week marked the second large-scale release of the hatchery’s broodstock in as many months, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife said there is going to be at least one more release in the coming month.
DFW Environmental Biologist James Erdman said he and other DFW biologists wanted to let all anglers know that the big broodstock fish from the ponds at the Black Rock Hatchery are now up for grabs.

Mule Days documentary gaining traction

May 30, 2013

MAY 23, 2013 –– Joe Peeler was 4 or 5 when he started coming to the Eastern Sierra with his father for early-summer fishing trips every Memorial Day weekend.
The pair stopped in Bishop to take in the sights and sounds (and smells) of Mule Days: the tall animals with the long ears and longer tails; men and women in cowboy hats and boots and spurs; a fine layer of dust and announcers’ echoes from the fairgrounds arena hovering overhead.

Scotty's Castle reopens after fire in Death Valley National Park

May 30, 2013

DEATH VALLEY — Historic Scotty’s Castle reopened today, Thursday, May 30, after a fire burned 15 acres of vegetation north of the Castle last week. Scotty’s Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. Tours were scheduled to resume this morning for on-site visitors and reservation holders.

May 29th

Cottage food industry taxes decided in Southern Inyo

May 29, 2013

Cottage Food Operation owners got several important greenlights as local boards voted in exemptions to assist them on the road to becoming legitimate home-based food businesses.
The boards of directors for Southern Inyo Healthcare District and City of Bishop Planning Commission’s recent agenda items have included reforms to their commercial tax exemption rules and city zoning ordinances, respectively.

OVC drops out of Owens Lake planning group

May 29, 2013

As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power continues refining its Owens Lake Master Plan with the aid of members of the Lake Master Planning Committee, one long-time committee member has called it quits.
The Owens Valley Committee, which has been a member of the Owens Lake Master Planning Committee since its inception, announced earlier this month that it cannot support the LADWP’s plan, and will not be participating in any further committee meetings to work on the plan.

May 23rd

Fire Contained in Death Valley

May 23, 2013

Firefighters contained a 15 acre wildland fire near historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park Thursday afternoon.
Scotty’s Castle is a Spanish style mansion built in the 1930s that hosts daily living history tours. The Castle is closed until water and power are restored to the area.
Bonnie Clair Road (Scotty’s Castle Road) is closed between the junction of Big Pine Road and three miles east of the Castle. The remainder of the park remains open to visitors, including the road to Ubehebe Crater and the Racetrack.

May 22nd

Mule Days welcomes back an American treasure

May 22, 2013

Bobby Tanner and his 20 mules have a marketing whiz and a photograph – taken just a few years before the original mule teams were replaced by a train – to thank for the icon-status of the 20-Mule Team and its connection to Borax, a laundry product that “lifts stains and controls odors.”

Moseying down Main Street

May 22, 2013

With new and revamped categories, old favorites and a long and varied string of entrants, 2013 Mule Days Parade-goers can look forward to a lively lineup this weekend.
Every year, hundreds if not thousands of spectators plan ahead, placing chairs along the Main Street parade route the Friday before the parade. It will likely be standing room only by the time the VFW Color Guard heads out at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 25, as first entry, making its way along Main Street in Bishop from South to Sierra streets, then turning west to the fairgrounds.

May 20th

Where real-world skills meet the unpredictable

May 20, 2013

If there were two words to sum up Mule Days events, those words would be “fun” and “skill.”
That’s how Mule Days got started. In the spring of 1969 the High Sierra’s pack industry was off to a late start due to a wet winter that left the backcountry snowed in well past May. To knock the dust off the saddle and get pack teams – both equine and equestrian members – prepped for the summer pack season, local packers decided to have some fun and show off their skills.

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