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Tri-County Fair: Attention Exhibitors - DEADLINE Extended sticky icon


The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair has extended the date for accepting fair exhibit entries. The Exhibit office will be open Monday, August 18 and Tuesday, August 19 from noon until 6pm to accept entries.

So there is still time to get your entries in for baked and preserved foods, photography, fine art, quilts, clothing, floriculture, handicrafts, fruits, vegetables and so much more. Exhibitor Guidebooks are available on line at www.tricountyfair.com or at the Fairgrounds.

If you have questions please call 760- 873-3588 or 760-872-4958.

Inyo County: Public Health - Vaccine Failure, or Failure to Vaccinate


Vaccine Failure, or Failure to Vaccinate – A Tale of 2 Outbreaks

There are currently 2 outbreaks of vaccine preventable disease affecting children in California. Since school is beginning again, I wish to address the unique aspects of each, and emphasize what parents need to do.

Pertussis – Vaccine Failure

Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory disease that typically causes spasms of coughing leading to vomiting. Infants and young children can have a severe course leading to lack of oxygen, pneumonia, seizures, brain infection, and death. Adults and teenagers have a more variable course ranging from mild to severe respiratory symptoms.

California is currently experiencing a shocking and widespread whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic. Pertussis is cyclical, and peaks every 3-5 years, as the numbers of susceptible persons in the population increases due to waning of immunity following both vaccination and disease. One reason for the increase is the use of acellular pertussis vaccines, which cause fewer reactions than the whole-cell vaccines that preceded them, but do not protect as long.

The last epidemic in California occurred in 2010; however, the overall incidence of pertussis has increased since the 1990’s. Mono County also experienced a peak in 2012. So far in 2014, over 7,000 cases have been reported in California, with one infant death. Almost 1,000 cases have been recorded in August alone! Los Angeles and San Diego are experiencing the most severe epidemics. No cases have been reported in the Eastern Sierra (Alpine, Inyo, and Mono) – yet! The concern? School is just starting, and the peak age is 15 years of age. Middle and high school students act to spread the disease throughout the community, although the highest risk of hospitalization and deaths is in the infants less than 4 months of age.

A number of activities should reduce the risk:

- The primary DTaP vaccine series is essential for reducing severe disease in young
- School aged children should be up-to-date on their required vaccines. 5 doses of infants and should not be delayed. DTaP can be given to infants at an accelerated schedule with the first dose given as early as 6 weeks of age. Even one dose of DTaP nay offer some protection against fatal whooping cough disease in infants. pertussis containing vaccine are required for kindergarten entry, with a booster required for entry to 7th grade.
- Another key to protecting infants is for all pregnant women to receive whooping
- A “cocoon” of vaccinated persons should be created around every newborn. This cough vaccine (Tdap) during the 3rd antibodies are transferred from vaccinated mothers to their infants and will help protect them until they are old enough to be vaccinated. includes fathers, grandparents, and any other caretakers who will be part of this household. trimester of EVERY pregnancy.

Pertussis Measles – failure to vaccinate Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and a rash. The rash typically appears first on the face, along the hairline, and behind the ears and then affects the rest of the body. Infected people are usually contagious from about 4 days before their rash starts to 4 days afterwards.

It is widespread in many parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia. Although measles was declared eliminated in the US in 2000, this year is a record year, with 593 cases having been reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as of August 8th , California has reported 61 cases of measles, most of whom live in Los Angeles or Orange Counties, and most are related to international travel. Virtually none have received adequate vaccination! The most common source is the Philippines, where 77,590 cases have been reported in 2014, with 44 deaths, mostly in children. Outbreaks are also currently ongoing in Russia, Wales, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tasmania, and New Zealand.

Children routinely get their first dose of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 12 months old or later. The second dose of MMR is usually administered before the child begins kindergarten but may be given one month or more after the first dose.

The measles vaccine is 99% effective at preventing disease. Some people choose to not immunize due to fear or incorrect science, but numerous studies have found no connection between autism and vaccines. A Dr. Wakefield conducted an improper study and had his paper retracted from the journal “Lancet”, but he had enough influence that people listen to him. He lost his license, but meanwhile children die. Infectious diseases that once regularly killed or harmed infants, children, and adults have been reduced or eliminated with vaccines. We've had such improvement that people have forgotten how devastating these diseases are. There are parents and doctors who've never seen these diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccines contain the same antigens or parts of antigens that cause diseases, but antigens in vaccines are either killed or greatly weakened. Antigens do not cause disease. They make the immune system produce antibodies against them. Through vaccination, children develop immunity without suffering from the actual diseases. No vaccine is 100 percent effective. Immunization also helps those who cannot get a vaccine because they are too young, cannot produce antibodies or other medical reasons. Adults can also get measles if they are not vaccinated. Children under 5 and adults over 20 are at higher risk for measles complications including pneumonia, and a higher risk of hospitalization and death from measles than school-aged children and adolescents. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1000 children who get measles, one or 2 will die from pneumonia or brain infection. Therefore, if we have a single case in a school aged child, any child without adequate vaccination will be immediately excluded from school for up to 6 weeks.

Students (including college students), health care workers, and unvaccinated persons who are traveling outside of North or South America should receive MMR vaccine before they go. Infants who are traveling can be vaccinated as young as six months of age (though they should also have the two standard doses of MMR vaccine after their first birthday).

Some counties in California are at very high risk for an outbreak of measles, as more than 20% of students entering kindergarten are not vaccinated for philosophical or religious reasons. In the Eastern Sierra counties (Alpine, Inyo, and Mono), the numbers are less than 2%. Therefore, if we continue the current high levels of vaccination, our risk is small. Let’s keep up the good work! And, of course, stay home when you are sick, wash your hands, cover your cough with your elbow, drink and eat well, and get plenty of rest and exercise. Stay well! Should you have any questions, or need assistance in obtaining vaccines, please contact your healthcare provider, a pharmacy, or the Health Department.

City of Bishop: Bishop Airport Layout Plan


Bishop Airport Layout Plan Presentations by Wadell Engineering and Inyo County Public Works are scheduled for:

7:00 pm - August 25 at with Bishop City Council
11:30 am - August 26 Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, Independence
5:30 pm - August 26 Bishop Airport Hangar

City of Bishop: Men's League Champions - Sweetwater


The City of Bishop Community Services department would like to congratulate the 2014 Men’s Division champions Sweetwater. Sweetwater had a season record of 9-1, fighting their way through the single elimination tournament to the championship game against McMurry’ Sports Bar/West Bishop who also had a 9-1 record. Sweetwater won the championship 25-11.

In the picture back row left to right Rosenda Dondero, Tenaya Howard, Joe Montoya, Brandon, Gabe Montoya, Frank Shoshone, Joe Moose. Bottom row L-R Aaron Dondero, Mike McDonnald, Mike Mayo, Elywn Lomaintewa.

City of Bishop: 2014 A League Champions - Dondero Construction and Taxidermy.


The City of Bishop Community Service would like to congratulate the 2014 A league softball champions Dondero Construction and Taxidermy. They had a season record of 11-0 and walked through the playoffs. 

Left to right Rafael Villa, Danyel Dondero, Joe Montoya, Rosenda Dondero, Eloy Montoya, Aaron Dondero, Brad Weaver, Erin Howard, Lynn Dondero, Tenaya Howard, Amara Keller, and Laura Turner.

Master Food Preservers: “A foodies’ guide to dehydrating for backpackers (and others)”


The Master Food Preservers of Inyo/Mono Counties present “A foodies’ guide to dehydrating for backpackers (and others)” on August 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Stellar Brew in Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Learn how to dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and herbs to delight your palate in the backcountry, or at home. This class will show safe dehydrating techniques useful to those who travel lightly, and anyone who wants to preserve the fantastic fruit and vegetables of the season.

Sign up at Stellar Brew, reservations are necessary
Where: Stellar Brew, 3280 B Main St., Mammoth lakes
Questions: cjellis@ucanr.edu, or 760-873-7854
Cost: $15.00 fee gets you preserving supplies, recipes and refreshments.