Tri-County Fair: TEEN Thursday Admission Special

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is offering a new admission deal to area teens. On Thursday, September 3 any teen that shows a school ID from any school in Inyo, Mono or Alpine County will get free fair admission. “We wanted to offer something for the students that have “outgrown” Kid’s Day. They simply have to show their student ID card at the gate for free admission,” explained fair CEO Sally Symons.

It should be noted that the special is for fair admission only on Thursday, Sept. 3 and does not include the concert or wristbands.

"TEEN Thursday" Admission Special
When: Thur., Aug. 27  (4-11pm)
FREE Admission with School ID (Inyo, Mono, or Alpine County)

BUHS: Class Reunion 1985

Bishop Union High School Class of 1985 reunion is this coming weekend!

All classmates & friends are invited to meet at the East Beer Booth
When: Fri., Sept. 4 (6:3pm)
East Beer Booth, Tri-County Fair

Then on Saturday, the group will gather at Bishop Country Club Golf Course.  There will be a DJ spinning 80's classics, great food, and fun.
When: Sat., Sept. 5
Where: Bishop Country Club
Cost: $20


  • Tawni Thompson (760) 937-1772
  • Beth Quinney (801) 589-3222

Facebook: BUHS Class of 1985

Range & River Books: Book Party

Book Party at Range & River Books
Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest

by Kathy Biggs, Photos by Ron Oriti

Author Kathy Biggs and Bishop nature photographer, Ron Oriti, will be at Range & River Books  to celebrate the release of Dragonflies of the Greater Southwest. Kathy Biggs is from Northern Calfornia and will make Bishop a stop on her way home from a dragonfly convention in New Mexico. This is Biggs’ third field guide book on dragonflies, and the most comprehensive. Clear, beautiful, pictures of male and female examples on every page make this book a gem, and the majority of those photos were taken by Ron Oriti. Ron and his wife Barbara are well known in Bishop and the Owens Valley for their dragonfly scouting trips, (Barbara has even spotted new species to our area) photos of wildflowers, lizards, and butterflies, as well as hugely popular presentations on raptors. This will be a rare chance to learn more about these fascinating, predatory insects.

Biggs will give a presentation on regional dragonflies and sign copies of her book. Copies will be available for purchase, but it is recommended you reserve a copy by phone or email. Refreshments will also be provided.

Please call 760-873-6882 to reserve a copy or for questions. 

When: Tues., Sept. 2 (7:00 to 8:30pm)
Range & River Books, 206 N. Main Street, Bishop
Questions: Diane Doonan 760-873-6882 

  • Monday-Wednesday: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday: 10 am to 7:30 pm
  • Friday-Saturday: 10 am to 8:30 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm to 5 pm

Phone: (760) 873-6882

Inyo National Forest Advisory: Plaque Activity

Inyo National Forest Advisory: Increase in Plague Activity in the Sierra Nevada.

Based upon recent incidents of rodents with plague and a handful of cases where plague was contracted by people visiting nearby federal lands, the Inyo National Forest would like to advise recreationalists and residents to take the following steps as a matter of caution while visiting the Inyo National Forest.

  • · Never feed squirrels, chipmunks or other rodents and never touch sick or dead rodents.
  • · Avoid walking or camping near rodent burrows.
  • · Wear long pants tucked into socks or boot tops to reduce exposure to fleas.
  • · Spray insect repellent containing DEET on skin and clothing, especially socks and pant cuffs to reduce exposure to fleas.
  • · Keep wild rodents out of homes, trailers, and outbuildings and away from pets.

If you notice dead rodents without obvious signs of injury while recreating, please contact your local health department (Mono County: 760-924-1830; Inyo County: 760-873-7868) or the California Department of Public Health’s Vector-Borne Disease Section at 916-552-9730. If possible, note the type of rodent (i.e. mouse, chipmunk, squirrel, etc.), location and date seen. If you are in a campground, please notify the campground host in addition to the health department.

Early symptoms of plague may include high fever, chills, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes in the neck, armpit or groin. People who develop these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention and notify their health care provider that they have been camping or out in the wilderness and have been exposed to rodents and fleas. Although the presence of plague has been confirmed in wild rodents over the past few weeks in nearby areas, the risk to human health remains low. In California, plague-infected animals are most likely to be found in the foothills and mountains. The California Department of Public Health has plague information, including precautions people can take to minimize their risk. # # # USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Sierra Club: Eastern Sierra Arts Festival

Eastern Sierra Arts Festival - Registration Open Now!

In September, fall colors are vibrant in California’s Eastern Sierra - providing the perfect opportunity for painters and photographers alike to get outside and enjoy the beautiful diversity of our region, including the Inyo National Forest. A partnership of businesses and organizations, including the Sierra Club, Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, the Gallery at Twin Lakes, and the Mammoth Museum have organized the Eastern Sierra Arts Festival to provide a fun-filled weekend of workshops, receptions and outings in and around Mammoth Lakes, California, the final weekend of September 2015. This festival offers a unique opportunity for local and visiting artists to attend workshops and create works highlighting the stunning beauty of the Inyo National Forest.

The Festival will feature two respected professional plein air painters - Dale Laitinen and Joan Hoffmann – who will teach painting over the weekend. In addition, well-known professional photographers Keith Walklet and the team of Sally Hanrahan and Kurt Molnar will help photographers hone their skills. Workshop students will visit and paint or photograph such stunning Inyo National Forest locations as Convict Lake, O'Harrel Canyon in the Glass Mountains, the June Lake Loop, and Rock Creek.

The following is an overview of the weekend activities:

Friday, September 25. Welcome Reception with appetizers and assorted beverages.

Saturday, September 26. Daytime plein air painting and photography workshops in the Inyo National Forest.

  • Afternoon Open House at the Gallery at Twin Lakes in Mammoth Lakes.
  • Dinner at The Bistro East in Mammoth Lakes (no-host bar).

Sunday, September 27. Daytime plein air painting and photography workshops in the Inyo National Forest.

  • Farewell gathering with afternoon tea/coffee/desserts at Cerro Coso College, Mammoth Lakes Campus.

The all-inclusive cost for the weekend (excluding accommodations) is $175.00 per person. Registration is open and space is limited - don't miss out!

To Register: Mail a check payable to the Sierra Club (please put "Arts Festival" in the memo line) to the attention of Lesley Bruns, Sierra Club Range of Light Group, at P.O. Box 9431, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Please note that the fee for this workshop is not tax deductible. For further details, please call Lesley at 818-424-5552 or email lesleybruns@outlook.com.

Following the Festival’s September 25-27 weekend of outdoor painting and photography workshops, an Eastern Sierra Arts gallery show is being planned for the Mono Basin National Forest Scenic Area Visitor Center overlooking Mono Lake in Lee Vining. The show will run during October, with an opening reception planned for early in the month.

The call for painters and photographers to submit works for this Eastern Sierra Arts exhibit is now open to both professional and amateur artists, whether or not they are participating in the September 25-27 weekend painting and photography workshops. All works must feature a place within or aspect or feature of the Inyo National Forest. The deadline for submissions is September 16. For additional information on submitting works for this exhibit, email Fran Hunt, Sierra Club’s Eastern Sierra Organizer, at fran.hunt@sierraclub.org.

The Eastern Sierra Arts Festival’s workshops and gallery show offer a unique opportunity for painters and photographers of all abilities to create and display art showcasing the stunning beauty of the Inyo National Forest and its rich and diverse landscapes.

As Hunt notes, “Art has been described as a conversation – between artist and landscape and between artist and audience. As the Forest Service works to engage stakeholders and draft a plan that will shape the future of the Inyo National Forest for generations to come, the Festival will provide space for an important public conversation about the many diverse economic, social and ecological benefits the forest provides local communities, residents and visitors alike.”

The weekend’s timing also corresponds with National Public Lands Day, a national celebration of the role of national forests and other public lands in our lives. Festival organizers invite you to join them to spend a wonderful weekend networking with other artists in the High Sierra. Volunteers are also needed for a variety of positions during the course of the Arts Festival weekend and to assist with the Gallery Show.

Looney Bean: not for sale ART SHOW

When: Sat., Aug. 29 (7pm)
Looney Bean, Main Street, Bishop, CA