OVIWC: Payahuunadu (Owens Valley) Stands with Standing Rock

Payahuunadü Stands with Standing Rock

Stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline which endangers the water supply to Native American reservations.

The Dakota Access pipeline is set to be constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, crossing under the Missouri River which is the only source of water to the reservation. The pipeline is planned to transport approximately 470,000 barrels of crude oil per day. The potential of oil leaks would contaminate the only source of water for the reservation. Help the Payahuunadü efforts to travel to North Dakota to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe by making a contribution to help with travel costs and provide supplies for the peaceful demonstrators at Standing Rock.

Donations are being accepted at the OVIWC offices
46 Tu Su Lane, Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-3300

Monitary Donations and Supplies needed: Generators, lanterns, batteries, tarps, tables, chairs, canopies, propane, solar showers, cots, rope, towels, wood, 2x4 plywood, nails, hammers, axes, chain saws, food compost bins, big tent for children, hand cranked washing machine, malet, blankets, sleeping bags, tenst, hats, hairnets, gloves, pots and pans, baby wipes, pampers 4-6 and more.

Click here to donate on the OVIWC website.

ESPC: September Meeting

The September meeting of the Eastern Sierra Photographers Club will be Wednesday September 7 at Astorga’s Mexican Restaurant (285 North Sierra Hwy). Visitors are welcome – bring your camera if you are new to photography or the digital world and bring some images to share.

New to photography?? Bring your camera and learn how to get the most out of all those knobs and buttons. We meet at 7:00pm the first Wednesday of each month at Astorga's Mexican restaurant 2206 N.Sierra Highway.

Come early and have Dinner and stay for the meeting. See you July 6th. 

When: Wed., Sept. 7 (7 pm)
Where: Astorga's Mexican Restaurant, 2206 N. Sierra Hwy
Questions: Jerry 872-1660 or 
Lynn 937-7736



City of Bishop: Public Works - Sneden and Short Street Closures

Public Works News Release
Sneden and Short Street Closures

In September, the City of Bishop is planning major pavement maintenance work along Sneden Street and a portion of Short Street. The work will require that the streets be closed and parking restricted at times. The work is the placement of a 3/4 inch thick fiber seal on the full length of Sneden Street and on the portion of Short Street between Sneden and Main. The seal is expected to extend the life of the pavement for a decade or more. The work is being done in conjunction with work that Inyo County is doing on county roads.

The same contractor is being used for both work on city streets and county roads. The contractor plans to place the seal 14 through 16 September and it is expected the streets will need to be completely closed and parking prohibited during work hours for most of this period. This work will also affect Clarke Street in the intersection with Sneden, so Clarke will also be closed to through traffic at that location.

Starting the week before the seal is placed, about 6 September, city crews will spend a few days preparing for the seal. This preparation work is also expected to require that parking be restricted, but only one side of the streets per day. The streets will remain open while the preparatory work is done.

Residents and businesses in the area should start preparing for these street and parking closures and should plan to park outside of the area and to walk to and from locations within the closures when they are in affect. Look for updates in frequent news releases posted at the work location and on the city web site.

About $90,000 of work is planned for Sneden and Short Streets. The contractor on the joint city / county project is Environmental Concepts out of Tehachapi.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@cityofbishop.com or 760-873-8458.

GSRC: Volunteers Needed

Volunteers Needed for Great Sierra River Cleanup on the Owens River

Are you tired of trash on our waterways, and want to make a difference? Then local non-profit Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) needs your help.

On Saturday, September 10th from 9-11 am, Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be leading the charge to clean up the Wild Trout section of the Owens River. They’re looking for volunteers to join the cleanup team and lend a hand to keep the river healthy and beautiful.

This community-wide volunteer day takes place in conjunction with the 8th annual Great Sierra River Cleanup – a coordinated, statewide effort to improve rivers and streams across the Sierra. Organized by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health of waterways throughout the region.

During its first seven years, almost 29,000 volunteers have joined together to remove over 800 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada. Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and over 2,500 river miles to pull appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, and more from the rivers and streams that provide more than 60% of California’s developed water supply. This effort, in partnership with California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways – from the Sierra to the sea.

The Great Sierra River Cleanup is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a day for Sierra communities – and those from all over California – to demonstrate their desire for clean water and healthy rivers. It’s an opportunity to learn about California’s water source, and it’s a time to come together with your families, your neighbors, your community, and your friends to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our great Sierra rivers.

To learn more and sign up to participate in the Eastern Sierra cleanup day along the Owens River, please contact Catherine Tao, ESLT Education Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member, at catherine@eslt.org or (760) 873-4554.

Eastern Sierra Land Trust works with willing landowners to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra region for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values.

To learn more about ESLT’s work, visit www.eslt.org.

Standing with Standing Rock: Van Jones

Click here for the video of the LIVE feed on facebook from Van Jones.

Mono Council for the Arts: Labor Day Sale

Mono Arts Council, a non-profit organization will present its 47th annual Labor Day Festival of the Arts September 2-5, 2016 in Mammoth Lakes, CA. Set high among the pines, this world class Festival provides fairgoers a beautiful viewing and buying experience.

Over the course of 4 days, visitors and residents of Mammoth Lakes will enjoy 110+ exhibiting visual artists, sample international food, local craft beers and wine, listen to live musical performances and entertain families with kid’s art workshops. The quality of the participating juried artists contributes to the Festival’s continued recognition as the premiere visual art show in the Eastern Sierra.

Tri-County Fair: THIS WEEKEND - Sept. 1-4, 2016

Click here to get your tickets on the official Tri-County Fairground website.

City of Bishop: Back to School Safety Tips

Back to School Safety Tips Reminder

Today starts the second week of the new school year for Bishop public schools. The Bishop Police Department and the Bishop Unified School District offer these tips to make traveling to and from school as safe and healthy as possible:

Tips for Parents:

• Whether children walk, bike, ride the bus, or travel by car, parents should talk with them about safely getting to and from school.

• Parents of children who walk or bike should make sure they take the safest routes to school. The safest routes are shown on the attached map.

• Small children should be able to recite their name, address and phone number as well as the names of their parents.

• Parents should insure that school records accurately reflect current contact information. • Help reduce traffic congestion around schools and improve health by encouraging your children to walk, bike, bus, or car pool to school if they can.

Tips for Drivers:

• Traffic around the schools at the start and end of the school day is heavy. Allow extra time to reach your destination. Even if you are late, don’t rush near the schools.

• Obey speed limits, especially near schools.

• Pay attention and concentrate on driving safely. Don’t multitask while driving. Don’t text. Don’t even talk on the phone around schools.

• Stop for school buses loading and unloading children.

• Obey crossing guards. 29 August 2016 News Release Page 2 of 2

• Everyone wears seat belts or sits in car seats.

• Young and new drivers should be especially cautious.

Tips for Children Walking:

• Walk to school with an adult or older child if you aren’t ready to walk by yourself. • Take a safe route to school (see attached map).

• Only cross Main Street and Line Street at traffic signals.

• Only cross Home Street where there is a crossing guard.

• Walk with friends. • Pay attention to things and people around you.

• Wear bright clothes so drivers will see you better.

• Obey crossing guards. Tell them if you need help.

• Walk don’t run, especially in crosswalks and around cars.

Tips for Children on Bikes:

• Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short the ride. The law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet.

• Ride on the right; in the same direction as traffic.

• Obey traffic lights and stop signs.

• Walk bikes in crosswalks.

• Wear bright clothes so drivers will see you better.

The Bishop Police Department will conduct ongoing enforcement in and around school zones for all traffic violations, particularly speeding, cell phone violations, and failing to follow instructions of the crossing guards. For more information contact the Bishop Police Department at 760-873-5823 and the Bishop Unified School District at 760-872-3680.