OVGC: Farmers Market in Independence

Spring Has Sprung! Extended Farmers Market Hours in Independence Friday! 

The next Southern Inyo Farmers Market will take place on Friday April 18 at the Owens Valley Growers Cooperative in Independence between 4 and 7 pm, on the corner of Edwards St. (Route 395) and Kearsarge.

This week’s market will feature lettuce, mesclun, arugula, mustard greens, kale, micro-rgreens, spinach, onions, eggs, herbs, and baked goods.

When: Fri., April 18 (4-7 pm)
Where: Mairs Market parking lot, Independence-corner of Edwards St. (Rte. 395) and Kearsarge
Questions: 510-468-7113

Caltrans: SR 120 West – Tioga Pass Road open

Pass Openings in Inyo and Mono Counties
SR 120 West – Tioga Pass Road open to the Park Entrance Gate

BISHOP – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce that the snow has been cleared and maintenance performed to enable the following passes to reopen from their winter closures:

State Route 120 (west) Mono County - Tioga Pass Road, to the East Yosemite Park Entrance Gate.

State Route 120 is closed beyond this point. Users can access State Route 120 for recreational activities from the junction of US 395 at Lee Vining up to the park entrance closure gate. State Route 168 (west) Inyo County – Access to Sabrina Lake

State Route 270 Bodie Road – Mono County – Access to Bodie State Historic Park

Caltrans crews responsible for the pass opening extend their best wishes for safe summer traveling to those who enjoy the recreational opportunities this part of California has to offer.

The State Route openings are dependent on favorable weather. If the area is impacted by inclement weather Caltrans may have to re-close the highway. Please check local highway conditions before traveling.

For the latest in highway information please visit Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call our Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). #

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone and Move Over where possible.

Earth Day - Softball Tournament

2014 Earth Day Softball Tournament RESULTS

8am - Chuckawalles defeat Big Pine
9am - Jackson's Tree Service defeat Jokers
10am - Just NDN's defeat BS'ers
11am - REDS defeat Redtails

12pm - Donderos defeat Chuckawalies
1pm - Just NDN's defeat Redtails
2pm - Donderos defeat Jackson's Tree Service

3pm Donderos defeat Just NDN's

Booth Spotlight: Katy Hemler's Handcrafted Jewlery


Katy Hemler's Seven23 Creations beautiful upcycled handrafted jewlery from right here in the Easter Sierras.

When: THIS Sat., April 19 (10am-4pm)
Where: Bishop City Park, Bishop, CA

ESLT: Eastside Pollinator Garden Project

Kick off summer with the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project Returning Pollinators to the Eastern Sierra

Envision your garden alive with butterflies, bees, and other pollinators this summer! On April 18th , Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) launched its Eastside Pollinator Garden Project to help bring pollinators right to your backyard. Through the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project, ESLT will provide participants with recommendations, certification criteria, expert advice, and online resources to help gardens come to life throughout Inyo and Mono counties. Contact ESLT’s Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873-4554 to get started on your pollinator garden today!

Pollinators such as the local Golden-belted Bumble Bee or Rufous Hummingbird are essential to sustaining a healthy environment, as well as the human and animal populations that rely on it. At least one-third of the world’s crop production and 80% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators. They also play an integral role in maintaining wildlife habitat, clean air, rich soils, stable weather patterns, and our global food system. Here in the Eastern Sierra, they help to shape our region’s identity by supporting both our beautiful native flora and our strong agricultural legacy.

The Eastern Sierra region of California and Nevada is rich in natural beauty and maintains a strong agricultural legacy. Much of the area’s treasures, from wildflowers to working farms, rely heavily on the ecological service that pollinators provide. Unfortunately, most pollinator populations are in decline. Habitat loss, chemical misuse, invasive species, disease, and parasites all threaten our pollinators and contribute to their falling numbers. With the threat of fragmentation and population decline affecting pollinator numbers in our agricultural region, you can help reverse this trend by encouraging pollinators to flock to your garden this summer.

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The Eastside Pollinator Garden Project will help local community members transform their gardens into pollinator sanctuaries, and will give each participant a certification plaque to proudly display in his or her yard. Eastern Sierra Land Trust is also committed to keeping project participants in the loop about upcoming garden workshops, events, and citizen science projects. Anyone interested in certifying a garden or backyard as pollinator-friendly habitat is encouraged to visit www.eslt.org to learn more, or contact ESLT’s Education Coordinators and AmeriCorps members, Sara Kokkelenberg and Ali Amberg, at (760) 873- 4554. You can also attend our GardenFest event April 24th and purchase plants for your pollinator garden.

ESLT works with willing landowners to preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historical, and watershed values. ESLT’s goal is to preserve a healthy balance of land uses that can be sustained forever, ensuring both a to learn more about the projectstrong local economy and environment. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit our website at www.eslt.org.

ECM: Norman Clyde Birthday

Photo caption: Norman Clyde with his trademark campaign hat, ice axe, pistol and back-breaking pack. Photo courtesy the Eastern California Museum.

Bluegrass music, free food and cake, a “Pack With Legs” fun walk, vintage camping and climbing exhibits, and guest speakers will all be part of the first annual Norman Clyde Birthday Bash, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to whenever the band stops playing, at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

The event honors pioneering mountaineer Norman Clyde, who recorded 100 first ascents in the Sierra in the 1920s and 1930s, and was a fixture in the Sierra Club’s High Trips, which introduced hundreds of people to the High Sierra. Clyde lived in Independence and Big Pine when he was not roaming the Sierra for weeks at a time, carrying his legendary 80-pound pack. Clyde would have been 129 years old this year.

The day will start at 11 a.m. with an informal fun walk. Participants are encouraged to carry a pack for the moderate walk along Independence Creek and through town. Those carrying the heaviest packs will be rewarded with a prize. Local bluegrass band Idle Hands will start entertaining around noon, and free hot dogs and beans will be available, with birthday cake for dessert. Beverages, beer and wine will also be provided. Donations will be appreciated.

Numerous speakers will recall their encounters with Clyde. Giving brief talks will be Andy Selters, Phil Pister and Norm Milleron. Dennis Kruska will present a video interview with Glen Dawson, who climbed with Clyde as a young man and, with Clyde, led the first ascent of the East Face of Mt. Whitney in the 1930s. There will be displays of vintage camping gear from the 1930s and backpacking gear from the 1940s and 1950s, and displays of vintage climbing gear by SP Parker, Howie Schwarts and Neil Satterfield. Memorial Norman Clyde t-shirts will be on sale.

When: Sat., Apr. 19 (11 a.m. to whenever)
Where: Eastern California Museum is located at 151 N. Grant St. in Independence
Questions: 760-878-0258
Click here for the official website.

Metabolic Studio: Conversation #67

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct.

Please join us for Conversation 67: Holocene and Late Pleistocene Shoreline Fluctuations of Owens Lake: Implications for the Distribution of Cultural Resources in Southern Owens Valley, with Dave Wagner.

When: Thurs., April 24, 2014 (7 pm)
Where: 117 N. Washington St, Lone Pine
Questions: 510-468-7113