Andy Watt: T-Shirt Fundraiser

NEW Fundraising Effort - "Life is better with a Dog" T-Shirts

The Watt family is raising funds for the purchase of a Service Dog for their son Andy.  This Service Dog will give the family much needed comfort in knowing their son is with a dog that is able to detect seizures, alert Andy and comfort him so he is not alone.

The service dog will serve not only as a companion, but as an alert system that will enable Andy to be more independent as he will have a means to detect an oncoming seizure and time to prepare himself and those around him. The cost of a service dog can be expensive, but well worth the efforts. Please contribute today.

Andy's Story:
Hi my name is Andy Watt, I am 17 years old and a junior in High School. In 2010 when I was in 7th grade I had my first seizure while I was riding my bike to school, I was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. That fall off my bike was the beginning of this long journey called epilepsy. I have really great doctors at UCLA, and have made several trips to the hospital for long stays to try and figure out how to treat my seizures.

In 2012 I was just about to have brain surgery to try to correct some of the connections in my brain but at the last minute the surgery was cancelled. I have continued to work with the doctors to try to come up with medications which will treat my seizures. I have been admitted to UCLA for lengthy testing in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014.

I have been in and out of school for the last couple of years. There are many days I have 3 to 5 seizures a day so it makes staying in the classroom hard.

I love sports and am going to become a sports broadcaster when I get older. In order to assist with my daily activities I am pursuing getting a seizure alert dog from an really great program called Little Angels Service Dogs. I am raising funds so I can get connected with a dog as soon as possible. A seizure dog would not just be my best friend; it will be the friend that I can count on for help whenever I need it. The dog will be able to alert me and people around me before I am going to have a seizure. The dog will also be trained to dial a special phone when I am having a seizure and will provide support for me after I have a seizure by helping me to get back up to my feet. The dog will also be able to help me relax and be calm after my seizure with Deep Tissue Therapy. The dog will help my parents to be more relaxed when I am not with them, they will know that I will be safe and protected if I have a seizure, the dog will always be there for me.

Please support Andy in his fundraising efforts to get a Service Dog.

T-Shirts (S-2XL) $20 each
Rich Watt (760) 93-2100

Bishop Chamber: I-Main Launches


The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated I-Main Street project is now up and running! I-Main is the system that provides free Wi-Fi access to people passing along Main Street and visiting the Bishop City Park.

The I-Main Street concept was first discussed at a Chamber Strategic Planning Meeting in August of 2012. At that time, Angie Aukee and Julie Faber led the discussion and all Chamber Board Members thought it sounded like a great idea. “We began investigating logistics, budget and possible funding sources,” explains Tawni Thomson.

When Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer learned of the I-Main idea, he expressed interest in collaborating with the Bishop Chamber. “The I-Main Street project fits perfectly with ICSOS’s desire to improve technology and internet access for local students and families,” notes Julie Faber, current Chamber President.

Throughout 2013 and into 2014, Chamber representatives met with ICSOS, City of Bishop staff and several technical experts to develop system specifications and an RFP for the project. The group received bids from several providers and Schat.net was selected as the contractor for the project.

I-Main now provides free Wi-Fi in public spaces along Main Street from Lagoon Street to MacIver Street and into the Bishop City Park. I-Main is not intended to replace a business’ regular internet service; the system is simply not designed for one user to have all day, every day access to large amounts of broadband. I-Main is for the benefit of students that need to access the internet for homework & school projects, as well as visitors that may need to check social media, get directions or answer emails.

I-Main users will be greeted with a “splash page” hosted at www.bishop.community. The splash page has basic information about the program and links to lodging, restaurants and activities on the Chamber’s main website. Soon, the Chamber plans to offer advertising for sale on the splash page. Advertising revenues will offset the Chamber’s ongoing purchase and distribution of the broadband.

“We’re so proud of this project and so grateful to Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and the City of Bishop for working with us to bring I-Main Street to our community,” states Bishop Chamber President Julie Faber.

Caltrans: Watch Caltrans Demo the Old Bay Bridge


OAKLAND – Watch Caltrans’ latest News Flash video for a behind-the-scenes look as construction crews remove huge pieces of steel from the old east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Motorists driving by, along with bicyclists and pedestrians on the bike path of the new Bay Bridge, continue to marvel at the progress of the demolition. Crews use small but powerful blowtorches to remove mammoth pieces of steel as their work continues on the project over the next few months.

This video may be viewed at http://youtu.be/ByBnRTigIjA. Run time is 3:51.

This is the 22nd in a series of Caltrans News Flash videos that present the wide-ranging and critical work Caltrans does to keep California moving. Go to http://baybridgeinfo.org for more information on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or go to www.youtube.com/user/CaltransVideo. For more information about the department’s activities, connect with Caltrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/socialmedia.

OVGC: Farmers Market in Lone Pine

The next Owens Valley Certified Farmers Market will take place on Friday March 27 2015 at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, Main St @ Willow, in Lone Pine, between 4 and 6pm. As the days get longer, our leafy green vegetables are coming in strong!

This Friday’s market will feature lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, leeks, microgreens, root vegetables, eggs, baked goods, and local arts and crafts.

When: Fri., March 27 (4-6 pm)
Where: Lone Pine, HWY 395 and Willow
Questions: 760-915-0185



City of Bishop: Warren Street Construction Update #9

Public Works News Release
Warren Street Construction Update 9

Concrete work was almost completed on Church Street this week. Concrete construction is expected to wrap up on Church Street and continue on Academy Avenue next week. After that, concrete work is expected to progress on Warren Street north to Pine Street and then jump to South Warren. Most of the remaining storm drain construction was completed this week.

Construction of the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project started in late January and is expected to continue into May. The project is improving Warren Street between Line Street and Pine Street, including the blocks of Church Street and Academy Avenue between Warren and Main, and is planned to include additional work on South Warren between Line and Lagoon.

Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop involves the closure of streets, intersections, sidewalks, and driveways. Access is still available to businesses in the area but, in most cases, it would be better to park nearby and walk a block to visit your favorite local business. Access to city parking lots is normally still available during construction, but entrances may be different and driveways and parts of the lots may be closed due to the construction.

Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.

ESLT: New Board Member Byng Hunt

Byng Hunt: On Board with Eastern Sierra Land Trust

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is thrilled to welcome long-time Mammoth Lakes resident and Eastern Sierra advocate, Byng Hunt, to its Board of Directors. Byng recently retired from his role as Mono County District 5 Supervisor, a position he had held since 1999. After supporting ESLT’s work as a member of this non-profit organization for many years, Byng is thankful for the opportunity to now help advance their important land conservation work in the Eastern Sierra by leading ESLT’s efforts.

“Throughout my years in local public service, I have always admired the work being accomplished by ESLT,” commented Byng. “The mission of the organization rings true with me in many ways. Land resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship are key to preserving and sustaining our unique quality of life here in this dramatically beautiful Eastern Sierra.”

ESLT works with willing landowners who wish to permanently conserve the scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values of their land – qualities of vital importance to the future of the landscape and community. ESLT offers its expertise and conservation tools to help families preserve their working farms and ranches, protect the region’s critical wildlife habitats, and offer the entire Eastern Sierra community the opportunity to connect with the region’s treasured lands. From Byng’s point of view, ESLT’s work is “all about who we are, and how we wish to remain: viable communities integrated with nature through a strong land ethic.”

An avid outdoorsman, Byng has lived, worked, and played in Mammoth Lakes for over 40 years, and has been a leader in the Eastern Sierra community for decades. He served as a Planning Commissioner for the Town of Mammoth Lakes from 1989-1992, and then as Town Councilman for the six years following. Byng was Mayor of Mammoth Lakes from 1995-1996, and during his 16-year tenure on the Mono County Board of Supervisors he served over four years as Chairman of the Board. He is married to Joanne, an ER nurse at Mammoth Hospital, and has three daughters and six grandchildren.

“Byng shares our deep love of the special landscapes that make the Eastern Sierra so unique,” remarked ESLT’s Board President, Bob Gardner. “He values our agricultural heritage, rare wildlife, and unparalleled recreational opportunities alike. We are delighted to welcome his passion and expertise to our organization.”

“It will take considerable effort to assure the future of our vistas, farms, ranches, and historic sites,” observed Byng. “ESLT is an important means to that end, and I personally look forward to contributing to these efforts where I am able.”

“I've known Byng for years when we both served on the Board of Directors for the Mono County Arts Council,” commented Kay Ogden, ESLT Executive Director. “I'm happy we'll be working together again!” Pictured is ESLT’s Board of Directors, from left: Tim Bartley, Will Richmond, Byng Hunt, Kay Ogden (Executive Director), Randy Keller, Marie Patrick, Tony Taylor, Bob Gardner (not present: Jan Hunewill).

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ESLT: Become an AmeriCorps Member!

Apply Today to become an AmeriCorps Member with ESLT

Do you love the Sierra? Want to help restore and protect the Range of Light, while gaining valuable environmental professional experience? Apply today to become a Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership (SNAP) Half Term AmeriCorps Member working in Bishop with Eastern Sierra Land Trust!

Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) is seeking an enthusiastic, conservation-minded individual to commit to six months of service to protect Sierra natural resources and sustainable communities as ESLT’s Restoration and Education Coordinator. This team member will lead and collaborate on restoration, education, and outreach projects that connect the public with the wild and working lands of the Eastern Sierra. He or she will team up with ESLT’s current full-term AmeriCorps member, Sara Kokkelenberg, to work on a variety of interesting projects with a high level of responsibility and creative freedom.

The service term for this position starts on April 13, and runs through September 30. Interviews will begin shortly, so candidates are encouraged to apply soon.

ESLT has hosted talented SNAP members for 6- and 11-month terms since the Sierra Nevada Alliance began the program in 2007. These AmeriCorps members have conducted education and outreach within the region, helping to inform and inspire our communities about land preservation and habitat restoration.

ESLT is a nationally-accredited organization established in 2001 to work with willing landowners and the public to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT has partnered to permanently preserve almost 10,500 acres of prime ranch and farmland, critical habitats, and iconic scenic vistas.

For more information about ESLT, the SNAP program, and this position – including specific responsibilities, qualifications, details on compensation, and how to apply – please visit ESLT’s website at www.eslt.org.