Earth Day Sierra: SEYMORE!

BLM's Seymore the Antelope will be making a RARE apperance with Smokey Bear at Earth Day!
Don't miss out!

Earth Day Sierra: Spotlight - Sage Romero

CONFIRMED! AkaMya Culture Group - Come jam out with Sage Romero and Robert Piper, a performance not to be missed.

Click here for more on Sage Romero and his AkaMya Cultural Group.

When: Saturday, April 18 (10am-3pm)
Bishop City Park, Bishop, CA
Questions: 760-709-2452
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Mule Days: Concert - Brenn Hill

The Bishop Mule Days Celebration is pleased to announce that Western singer/songwriter Brenn Hill will headline the 2015 Mule Days concert.

The concert is set for Thursday, May 21st, 7:30 p.m. in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.

Hill doesn’t just sing about the American West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. His most recent release, “Ode To Selway," like each of his prior recordings, serves as a pathway into and through his own personal journey. Hill is not just an observer or narrator of the Western story, but one of its strongest interpreters. Life’s trials and tribulations are his raw material.

Samples of his work are readily available on YouTube and a host of other websites.

Hill’s career spans 10 recordings of mostly all self-penned music and nearly two decades on-the-road. He has won numerous industry awards and accolades, and resides with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah.

Tickets for the concert, and all Mule Days events, Mule Days office, 1141 N. Main St., Bishop.

Like his 2014 predecessors, cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey and cowboy poet Baxter Black, Brenn Hill's performance works best when he has close interaction with the audience. For that reason, the Mule Days Executive Committee opted to continue with its more intimate offering in the Charles Brown Auditorium. Seating will be limited to 900, an increase of 100 seats from last year.

Concert tickets are $25 per person, or $45 for VIP. The VIP tickets include preferred seating and access to a "Meet-and-Greet" reception with Hill prior to the concert. VIP tickets are limited to 150 total. Last year the VIP tickets sold out prior to the event, so Mule Days organizers suggest purchasing early in order to avoid disappointment. The Bishop Mule Days concert is presented by Justin Boots and KIBS-FM, 100.7 FM.

For more information about Brenn Hill, please visit his website, BrennHill.com. For more information about Bishop Mule Days, call (760) 872-4263.

Caltrans: Reminds Motorists to Be Work Zone Alert

Caltrans Honors 183 Fallen Highway Workers and
Reminds Motorists to Be Work Zone Alert

SACRAMENTO—At its 25th annual Workers Memorial at the State Capitol, Caltrans today honored 183 employees who lost their lives while on the job since the 1920s. Current and past employees, families of the fallen and many partners, including the Federal Highway Administration, California State Transportation Agency, California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Motor Vehicles, California Transportation Commission and the California Office of Traffic Safety all gathered to honor the legacies of those who gave their lives to build, maintain and keep California’s transportation system safe.

“Thousands of people report for work every day braving the hazards on busy highways, roadways and bridges across California,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This memorial is a solemn reminder to us all that we each must do our part to keep California’s roadways safe for everyone.”

For only the second time since 2004, Caltrans has not had any fatalities this year. However, as recent as last week, a big rig hit a Caltrans truck along southbound Interstate 5 in Colusa County. The impact of the collision was enough to push both vehicles 150 feet into a rice field and hospitalize the Caltrans worker.

Highway construction and maintenance work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In addition to the danger workers face, an estimated 85 to 90 percent of people who are killed in highway work zones are drivers and passengers. Most of these fatalities are caused by rear-end collisions, with speeding, distracted and aggressive driving the most common causes.

“Caltrans and highway workers call on the public to do their part to help keep our roadways safe for everyone,” continued Dougherty.

Caltrans and highway workers take continuous measures to ensure safety, such as participating in training, updating equipment and alerting motorists in advance of highway work zones. For example, Caltrans has taken steps to further improve the visibility of employees and trucks by increasing the reflectivity of worker clothing and striping on the trucks. But drivers can dramatically improve safety in work zones by slowing down, reducing distractions such as talking on the phone or texting and dedicating all attention to the roadway. Motorists are also required by state law to move over a lane when safe to do so when approaching a highway worker’s vehicle or other emergency response vehicles with flashing amber lights.

Following the success of California’s “Slow for the Cone Zone” public awareness campaign, Caltrans launched the “Be Work Zone Alert” campaign in 2014. The campaign uses the children of actual Caltrans workers as spokespeople, underscoring the real human tragedy that happens when a highway worker is injured or killed. In addition to billboards that have been up statewide, the campaign also just launched the “Be Work Zone Alert” television spot to educate and encourage drivers to Slow for the Cone Zone and move over for emergency vehicles. The spot can be viewed at https://youtu.be/qN24M5lGNmE

Caltrans has partnered with the California Transportation Foundation to develop two funds to benefit the families of Caltrans workers killed on the job. The Fallen Workers Assistance and Memorial Fund helps with the initial needs a surviving family faces and the Caltrans Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship is available to the children of these workers. For more information or to make donations, visit www.transportationfoundation.org.

Caltrans: 25th Annual Workers Memorial


WHAT: Caltrans’ 25th Annual Workers Memorial to honor 183 highway maintenance workers and other Caltrans employees who have lost their lives on the job since 1921.

WHO: Brian Kelly, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency Malcolm Dougherty, Director, California Department of Transportation Assemblymember Jim Frazier, Chair, Assembly Transportation Committee Ed Holgersen, a District 1 (North State) Caltrans Equipment Operator II who was struck and seriously injured by an errant motorist while working near McKinleyville in October 2013 Alyssa Knabenbauer, the first recipient of the Caltrans’ Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship and the daughter of John Knabenbauer, who was struck and killed by an errant motorist in 2007

WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m.

WHERE: West steps of the California State Capitol, Sacramento VISUALS: Missing Man flyover by the West Coast Ravens and NorCal Beech Boys; Caltrans Honor Guard; Diamond visual with 183 traffic cones, each representing a fallen worker; Traveling National Work Zone Memorial; Caltrans vehicles and attenuator damaged while performing highway maintenance

PARKING: There will be reserved parking for TV crews on 10th Street and parking will be accessible via the Capitol Mall Circle. ###

OVGC: Farmers Market in Independence

The next Owens Valley Certified Farmers Market will take place on Halloween at the Owens Valley Growers Cooperative in Independence between 4 and 6 pm, on the corner of Edwards St. (Route 395) and Kearsarge.

This week’s market will feature seasonal greens, onions, eggs, herbs, local arts and crafts, and baked goods. WIC accepted. For more information, call 760-915-0185.

When: Fri., Apr.17 (4-6 pm)
Where: Mairs Market parking lot, Independence-corner of Edwards St. (Rte. 395) and Kearsarge
Questions: 760-915-0185