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May 30th, 2013
MAY 23, 2013 ‚Äď‚Äď 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‚Äô echoes from the fairgrounds arena hovering overhead.
DEATH VALLEY ‚ÄĒ Historic Scotty‚Äôs Castle reopened today, Thursday, May 30, after a fire burned 15 acres of vegetation north of the Castle last week. Scotty‚Äôs 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.
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‚Äôs recent agenda items have included reforms to their commercial tax exemption rules and city zoning ordinances, respectively.
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‚Äôs plan, and will not be participating in any further committee meetings to work on the plan.
Firefighters contained a 15 acre wildland fire near historic Scotty‚Äôs Castle in Death Valley National Park Thursday afternoon.
Scotty‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.
Bobby Tanner and his 20 mules have a marketing whiz and a photograph ‚Äď taken just a few years before the original mule teams were replaced by a train ‚Äď to thank for the icon-status of the 20-Mule Team and its connection to Borax, a laundry product that ‚Äúlifts stains and controls odors.‚ÄĚ
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.
If there were two words to sum up Mule Days events, those words would be ‚Äúfun‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúskill.‚ÄĚ
That‚Äôs how Mule Days got started. In the spring of 1969 the High Sierra‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď both equine and equestrian members ‚Äď prepped for the summer pack season, local packers decided to have some fun and show off their skills.
Mule Days is reaching out to the younger generations this year by introducing a number of new events exclusively for residents and visitors in the under-25 age group.
According to organizers, those who are working behind the scenes to make Mule Days happen have been involved for a number of years ‚Äď some since the beginning in 1969 ‚Äď and fresh blood and fresh ideas have been harder to come by.
Jerrod Niemann, the feature at Thursday evening‚Äôs Mule Days‚Äô main arena concert, is the real deal, with a ton of what he calls ‚Äúdirt road cred.‚ÄĚ