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County of Inyo: Knight News Challenge Winner

Inyo County Elections Among Knight News Challenge Winners Announced Today Team of experts to develop new resources for 2016 elections nationwide

Independence, CA--Elections offices throughout the country will have new and better ways to serve voters in 2016, thanks to a partnership that brings elections officials from Hillsborough County, Florida; Cook County, Illinois; and Inyo County, California together with elections experts specializing in technology and design.

With $400,000 in support announced today from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge on Elections, the group will develop the Civic Engagement Toolkit for Local Elections Officials, an online clearinghouse of tested resources and communication tools, along with step-by-step instructions, that any election official can use for the 2016 General Election and beyond.

"We are drawing upon years of elections research and practical experience running elections for different constituencies to develop and test tools that will be useful to elections offices all across the country," said ," said Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer. "Collaboration allows all of us to stretch our capabilities."

"The toolkit will make civic information more accessible and allow people to better connect with their local governments to help ensure that they are aware of what is taking place in their names," said John Bracken, Knight Foundation vice president for media innovation.

The group came together in response to the Knight News Challenge on Elections, which is funding breakthrough ideas that better inform voters and increase civic participation before, during and after elections. More at www.newschallenge.org.

ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

CONTACTS: Inyo County Elections Office, Kammi Foote, kfoote@inyocounty.us, (760) 878-0224 Knight Foundation, Anusha Alikhan, (305) 908-2646, media@knightfoundation.org

Freedom in Motion: Farewell to Summer Luau

Farewell to Summer Luau

Freedom in Motion Riding Center Special Performance by Rob Pearce and his amazing Horse “Enoch”

Menu: Huli Chicken, Pulled Pork, Rice, Oriental salad, fresh fruit & dessert

When: Sat., Aug. 8

  • Performance at 5pm
  • Dinner served at 6pm

Please RSVP by August 5th Cost is $10.00 per person
Cost: $10 Adults $5 children under10 yrs of age Call 760-933-2606 or email fim@qnet.com

Flomotion Pilates: Burlesque Workshop

Burlesque Workshop from our guest teacher, Jeslen Mishelle

When: Sun., Aug. 2 (7:00-9:00 pm)
FlowMotion Pilates 168 W. Line St., Bishop, Ca 

We're bringing sexy back! You are a babe, a rock-climber, a cowgirl, a teacher, a cyclist, a fisherwoman... whatever the wonders of the Eastern Sierra has fostered, you are an empowered and brave female! Discover another female power you possess in our debut Burlesque class here in Bishop! Yes, in this class you will learn classic and modern burlesque moves and its sensual movement, you will hear great music to shake and shimmy to, and you will harness that feminine power that may be so powerful this class will finally allow you to unleash it... without scaring others. This class combines the basics of burlesque dance as an interval workout, with cardio, muscle isolation and stretching, chair work and floor work, as well as some theatrics and stage presence that are oh so important in performance.

Here is a list of props/costumes that if you have, you should bring. If you do not have such, that is okay also! Bring your Self and your smile! If you have any of the following, please bring! Comfortable high heels, feather boas, fancy long gloves, masks of any kind, particularly just eye masks (Mardi gras, etc.).

We are requiring advanced registration for this event, given the amount of interest. If you'd like to save yourself a space, please click here

New Dance Classes w/ Jose Pizana!

Jose is an El Paso, TX native and has been dancing for 17 years. He trained with Mary Allaire from Austin, TX, and attended Oklahoma City University. He's choreographed routines for the Mt. View Strutters, performed in Grease, Viva El Paso, CATS UTEP dinner theater, and Guys and Dolls with Playhouse 395 here in Bishop.

  • Tuesday Tap Dance 7-8 pm
  • Wednesday Belly Dance 7-8 pm (begins 8/5)
  • Thursday Modern Jazz 7-8 pm

Pilates Teacher Training with Jessi & Margy

Interested in deepening your yoga, Pilates or other fitness practice? Acquiring professional skills to work in the fitness industry?

  • Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training covers:
  • The Pilates repertoire on Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table,Chair, Auxiliary Equipment/Props
  • Functional anatomy and biomechanics
  • Therapeutic corrective exercises and modifications for special needs populations Assessment -- identifying musculoskeletal imbalances and faulty muscle firing patterns
  • Muscle release techniques
  • Group class and individual session teaching practices

Training begins fall of 2015. Sessions will occur one weekend per month over 6 months. The entire course will cost $2000 if paid in full, $2,500 if paid in installments. Limited work trade is available, please inquire. Upon completion, participants will be eligible and prepared to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance exam.

If you are interested in the program, please contact Jessi: jessi@flowmotionpilates.com - 760-920-1373

CASA: Quiting and Craft Retreat


Inyo and Mono Counties, CA: Quilters and crafters are generous, giving people by nature. If you happen to be a quilter or crafter the CASA of the Eastern Sierra’s first annual Quilters’ and Crafters’ Retreat is a great opportunity for you to benefit abused and neglected children while enjoying the fellowship of likeminded friends, the beauty of the Eastern Sierra, and taking time to complete some of those projects begging to be finished.

CASA of the Eastern Sierra is a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Superior Court of California, for the Counties of Inyo and Mono. The retreat will be Friday, August 21st through Sunday, August 23rd and is being held at the Sierra Adventure Center in Big Pine. Registration includes lodging, meals, snacks, an outdoor evening reception, beautiful hiking, quality time with friends, and classrooms to sew, craft, scrapbook, create and take photos.

Imagine being a child removed from your parents and placed in the home of a stranger. It’s likely you are confused, frightened, and uncertain as to what the future holds. The Eastern Sierra needs CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) volunteers who are trained to identify the needs of children such as these. By building a relationship with the child, as well as teachers, therapists, and others involved, CASA volunteers become a consistent and trusted adult in the child’s life. A CASA is trained to provide the child with a sense of security, as well as serving in the critical role of being an independent voice for the best interest of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in Inyo and Mono Counties.

Please join us at the 1st Annual Quilt and Craft Retreat to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of the Eastern Sierra. Cost for the entire weekend is $225.00. For more information or to register please call Ginnie Bird or Lisa Reel @ Wild Iris, 760-873-6601, gbird@wild-iris.org, or visit the Wild Iris website www.wild-iris.org to complete a registration form.

LADWP: Mapping Underground Topography


Bishop, CA – Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) hydrologists are utilizing Airborne Electromagnetic Surveying in a pilot study Saturday, July 25, Sunday, July 26 and Monday, July 27 at Owens Lake near Highway 395 to better understand the groundwater basin beneath the lakebed and protect habitat on the surface during the implementation of the Master Project.

The Airborne Electromagnetic Survey consists of state-of-the-art measuring equipment, resembling a webbed oval dangling 100 feet below a helicopter, sending radio signals into the ground then measuring the returned signal to determine the geological materials. The practice is completely nonintrusive to the landscape and provides scientists with a clearer picture than previously-used underground mapping methods. Traditional underground mapping consists of drilling a series of test holes – up to 1,500 feet deep and up to several miles apart – across the desired area’s surface, taking samples from deep inside the holes and testing them for a “best guess” look at what lies beneath the surface.

“The data gathered from this pilot study will be useful as we work to better model the Owens Lake groundwater as part of the Master Project,” Eastern Sierra Hydrologist and Project Manager Saeed Jorat, Ph.D. said. “By protecting the landscape while gathering this data, we ensure the safety of the habitat and the species residing there in a cost effective manner.”

Data gathered from the study will be used by LADWP to map the location of bedrock, fault lines and groundwater depth. This information will assist the Department as it works to model the Owens Lake Master Project and protect resources that utilize groundwater in the area – private wells, vegetation and habitat – while also preventing potential land subsidence.

If the pilot study goes well, LADWP will utilize the new technique for future projects in the Eastern Sierra region.

Native American Helicopters LLC (NAH) will be conducting the flights using an Astar 350FX2 helicopter. The helicopter will fly parallel to Highway 395 over the North East corner of Owens Lake for a three day period from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The equipment will be approximately 100 feet above the surface while in flight. During that time, the helicopter will not fly over the Highway, power lines and other structures so as to protect the safety of all involved during the operation. Photo attached. Caption: Native American LLC helicopter flying the SkyTEM system to obtain geological measurements for LADWP over Owens Lake on July 26, 2015. (Photo by LADWP)

Tri-County Fair: Entry Forms are available.

Entry forms are now available online and in the Fair office for several Tri-County Fair events. In addition to the regular exhibit entries and contests contained in the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, forms are now available for the IMA Idol Singing contest, the ATV Rodeo, the Local Rodeo and the Fair Horse show. They can be found online at www.tricountyfair.com or in the main office on the Fairgrounds.

The IMA Idol contest has a few new twists this year. Competitors in this event are not subject to an age limit, and can have instrumental accompaniment (within the rules) should they choose. “The biggest change to the IMA Idol contest is that there will be a preliminary contest on Saturday, August 22 that is free to the public to watch, and the top five performers from the preliminaries will go on to compete as the openers for the Austin Webb Concert during the fair,” stated Fair CEO Sally Symons. Cash and fair ticket packages are the prizes for the IMA Idol Contest that is proudly sponsored by The Sound Shoppe and Sierra Wave Media.

We have also changed up the ATV Rodeo a bit this year,” commented Symons. “Last year’s first time go at it was a great success, but ran a little long. We have tightened up the events, added a time trial/ qualifier day, and the great guys from Bishop MotoCross are going to run it for us. This should help to make the show even more entertaining and fast paced for our guests.” There will also be an FMX stunt show prior to the ATV Rodeo featuring locally grown rider Dustin Nowak of Thrashed Kids, Inc. Last year’s participants had a great time and the winners took home cash prizes that were sponsored by Honda Motorsports, which is sponsoring again this year.

The Local Rodeo and Broncs & Bulls is another Fair favorite with entries now open. In addition to the traditional favorites, there have been a few additions to the Junior Rodeo Line-up, and the prize money for the rough stock has been doubled, which should make for a deeper field of competitors.

A popular day-time event during the fair is the Horse Show featuring English, Western, Halter, Hunter /Jumpers, trail and new this year a Versatility Ranch Horse division. Entry booklets for the Horse Show will be available at the Fair Office, Wye Road Feed and Sierra Saddlery.

Anyone interested in sponsoring horse show classes can also contact the Fair office at 760-873-3588. Any questions regarding entry into these events should be directed to the Tri-County Fairgrounds at 760- 873-3588 or by emailing ceo@tricountyfair.com