Caltrans: Trash Pickup Day

Caltrans Annual Litter Pickup Day

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has scheduled a statewide effort to raise the public’s awareness and prevent littering. Caltrans District 9 maintenance crews will be picking up trash along the district’s roadways on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Last year, the California Department of Transportation spent $43 million to pick up and dispose of trash that was tossed or dumped onto California’s roadways. Crews picked up 2,469 cubic yards of litter which equals enough trash statewide to fill more than 158 garbage trucks. Cigarette butts are the number one item discarded on the state’s highways. They cause roadside fires, clog storm drains and threaten water quality.

In addition to not throwing trash out on our roadways the public can help by participating in the Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program. The Adopt-A-Highway Program allows the public to adopt sections of highway for beautification projects, such as litter removal, vegetation control, graffiti removal, and tree and shrub planting. The AAH Program participants picked up nearly 104,000 bags of trash from California’s roadsides – enough to fill nearly 1,000 garbage trucks. Due to the efforts of the volunteers of this program California’s taxpayers saved an estimated $11.5 million value in litter removal costs last fiscal year.

To become a volunteer or sponsor, call James Reese, Caltrans District 9 Adopt A Highway coordinator at 760-872-0790.

Caltrans: Deer Warning

Department of Transportation District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck cautions the traveling public to slow down and watch for deer.

As the weather begins to rise in the high country, the deer population is moving to their summer feeding grounds. To reduce deer/vehicle accidents Caltrans identifies known deer migration crossings on State highways with warning signs. The vegetation along the sides of the roadway is mowed increasing the site distance of the driver. New construction and rehabilitation projects include flattening of the slopes next to the roadway and the removal of bitter brush seed from the re-vegetation mix. Biologist from Caltrans and Department of Fish & Game continue to study the habits of the deer population working to develop new technology that will improve driver safety as well as deer safety.

Ways to Prevent a Collision with a Deer:

  • Watch for the rest of the gang. Deer are pack animals, and rarely travel alone. If a deer crosses in front of you, chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and keep an eye out for more deer darting across the road.
  • Timing is everything. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn: periods when your vision is most compromised. To add to their terrible timing, deer are on the move during mating season (between October and January) when you’re more likely to travel after the sun sets. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark.
  • Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision, but if the inevitable happens a seatbelt can reduce injuries. This is especially true if you lose control and collide with something bigger, and more stationary than a deer.
  • Take a moment to reflect. First, look for the road signs. The yellow diamonds with the deer on it are placed in high-traffic areas for deer. You may also spot a deer because their eyes will brightly reflect a car’s headlights, making them easier to spot.
  • Stay Center. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is your safest bet for avoiding a deer collision, as long as your local traffic laws permit it. This gives deer plenty of space; and in case your vehicle does startle them, it gives you more time to react if one darts onto the road.
  • Stay the course. If you see a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could make you lose control of your vehicle and turn a bad situation much worse. Not to mention, deer are unpredictable, and you could swerve directly into their changed path.
  • Honk! Some experts recommend that one long blast of the horn will scare deer out of the road. Do not rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer — studies have shown them to be largely ineffective at minimizing accidents.

What to do if you hit a deer.

  • Pull to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Turn on your hazard lights and remain in the vehicle until you are sure it is safe.
  • Call emergency services if injuries are involved or the local police for property damage.
  • Stay away from the deer. If it is still alive, it could be confused, injured and dangerous if approached. When contacting the authorities, let them know if the deer is in a dangerous spot on the road so that it can be removed.

KCET: 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct

Airing: Thurs., May 8 (9pm)
Click here to read the full details on the KCET website.

Inyo County Sheriff's Office: Denim Day - Wed., Apr. 23

Tomorrow is Denim Day! April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month; as part of that effort April 23rd has been set aside as Denim Day. The Denim Day campaign began in 1999 as part of an international protest of an Italian Supreme Court decision to overturn a rape conviction because the victim was wearing jeans. The Court infamously stated that “It is common knowledge… that jeans cannot even be partly removed without the effective help of the person wearing them… and it is impossible if the victim is struggling with all her might.” This judgment became an international symbol of myth-based injustice for sexual assault victims, and prompted world-wide outcry.

Denim Day is an outward example of how a community can help change people’s perceptions about violence against women, men, and children. Please consider joining local non-profit organizations, government organizations, and others in wearing denim on April 23, 2014.

Earth Day 2014: Sierra's Got Talent RESULTS!

Since this year's Sierra's Got Talent Show was run by the seat of our pants, we gave runner up spots ALL prize money and the first place winner the glory of $150 in cold hard cash! Great turn-out and a show of some great talent.  Special thanks to our hostest with the mostest Jesse Steele and local sponsors - Coso Operating Company, LLC, and Sierra Wave.

Hope to see you all next year!

Sierra's Got Talent - RUNNER UPS $50

  • Rachel Mcchesney
  • Abby Stoiber
  • Melissa Maddux
  • Loguea Stephenson
  • Grace Griego & Chloe Alameida
  • David Frankel
  • Doug Marcellin

Sierra's Got Talent - OVERALL WINNER $150


Earth Day: 10 Things You Can Do!

Earth Day is a Day of Action. And action is exactly what we need. The environmental challenges of our time are too great and too urgent for us not to march, teach, and rally for a safe, stable climate and a planet where our children can survive and thrive.

Let's make that happen today. - See more here.

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.

County of Inyo - Environmental Filings: Rulemaking, Electricity Rates, Determination

The following documents posted not filed on April 15, 2014, in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: Notice
Project Title: Notice of Order Instituting Rulemaking in R.14-03-016
Lead Agency: Southern California Edison

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/sce%204-15-14.pdf

The following documents posted not filed on April 7, 2014, in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: Notice
Project Title: Notice of Southern California Edison Company’s Request to increase your Electric Rates, Application A.14-04-006
Lead Agency: Southern California Edison

The following documents posted and filed on April 10, 2014, in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: Notice of Determination
Project Title: Hostel, 130 Short Street, Bishop
Lead Agency: City of Bishop

A complete list of documents filed/posted in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to CEQA since January 1, 2010 can be viewed on the following website: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/EnvDocs.php

DPP: Masterpiece Art Show

Discovery Point Preschool believes in a hands-on, play based philosophy of early childhood education. Discovery Point has a varied schedule of child centered and teacher directed activities giving a balance of freedom and structure to your child’s day. Play based environments increase the child’s motivation to learn and try new things, build creativity, confidence, and a love for school. On May 1st, at 6:00pm Discovery Point Preschool invites the public to its 1st Annual Art Show. This is an adult only event giving people the opportunity to purchase a child’s masterpiece at the silent auction. Funds raised will go towards a new outdoor classroom.

Kids at Discovery Point Preschool and Early Learning Center get to learn about a wide variety of subjects in an age-appropriate way. As each child develops at his or her own pace, teachers at Discovery Point support and encourage students to try slightly more challenging activities when they’re ready. Children in this program enter kindergarten with a basic understanding of school structure, social competence, foundational concepts, and are happy and ready to learn!

1st Annual Art Show & Auction ~ Discovery Point Preschool
Wen: Thursday May 1 (6pm)

Where: Discovery Point Preschool 281 #D South Street Bishop, CA 93514 
Questions: Shanna White, 760-258-1333
Click here for the official website.