BUHS: Annual Talent Show

BUHS Talent Show

Contact: Candice Tonseth
Email: ctonseth@bishopschools.org
Phone: 760.873.4275 ext. 2759

May 17th, 2017 - The annual Bishop Union High School talent show will take place on May 17th in the BUHS auditorium from 6-8pm. Ticket prices for adults are $5, $3 for students, and anyone 10 or under will receive free admission. All proceeds from this event will go towards the class of 2020. Tickets can be purchased through Mrs. Tonseth or at the door.

Every year, there are always several mouth-dropping performances performed by students in every grade. This fundraiser will not only raise money for the class of 2020, but it will also provide a chance for the students of BUHS to show off what they’re best at. The talent show will consist of singing, dancing, instruments, and so much more!

When: Wed., May 17 (6-8pm)
Where: BUHS Auditorium
Tickets: $5 Adults, $3 Students, 10 and under FREE


Inyo and Mono Counties Master Food Preservers: Dehydrating Workshop

Dehydrating Not Just for Backpacking!

Workshop: How would you like to learn easy techniques to dehydrate food and preserve it? Come to our Dehydrating Workshop and let the Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Food Preservers show you how! Our workshop will teach you how to make dehydrated Pasta Sauce, Fruit Leathers, Seasoning Salts and more! We will teach you how to dehydrate healthier food and be confident of how your food is made while saving you money and helping you cut down on food waste. We will offer you recipes, handouts, handy tips and tricks and tastings of dehydrated foods.

When: Sat., May 6th (10am to 12pm) 
Mammoth Community Center at 1000 Forest Trail, Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Workshop Fee: $15.00. This workshop is by PAID reservation only prior to the workshop date.
Reserve Your Spot: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=20710

Copy the following link to your browser and click on the link to register. For more information contact Viv at 760-937-5582 or immg@ucanr.edu

IPP: Opening Reception - Entropia


April 29th, 2017 through July 8th, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29th, from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

ENTROPIA: a place where the alchemy of time has transformed the detritus of human productivity into glittering, colorful treasures.  Who would guess that artwork of such exquisite beauty could come from mining the discarded and time-worn cast-offs of Inyo County’s 20th Century Age of Industry?  

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is thrilled to present a joint exhibition of current artwork by Judyth Greenburgh and Charles Milligan. These two Inyo County artists share a fascination with discovering and unveiling the beauty of rusted desert junk.

Judyth Greenburgh is a “feral artist” living in the tiny desert town of Darwin, California in southern Inyo County.  She has successfully made the transition from a corporate advertising art director to a self described “kaleidoscope junkie.”  Judyth sees kaleidoscopes as a metaphor for life and personal transformation. They create for her an infinite world of possibilities. The mirrors inside the kaleidoscopes reflect and project our point of view into something new. Our daily chaos is re-ordered. Judyth makes her kaleidoscopes out of things she finds in the desert surrounding Darwin, a post-apocalyptic landscape studded with mines, abandoned cars, broken glass and old tin can dumps. She enjoys reclaiming what has been abandoned through the transformative process of creating art. According to Judyth, “The alchemy of time has transformed the desert’s trash into treasures. Each one a rusty jewel. It truly is the land of Entropia.” Judyth will be exhibiting an array of whimsical hand-made kaleidoscopes as well as a stunning series of circular aluminum pigment prints capturing in time momentary mandalas as seen through her varied and inventive scopes. 

Bishop native Charles Milligan has been fascinated by rusty metal since he was a child, along with peeling paint and piles of abandoned, aging “things.”  While studying creative photography at CalArts, Charles explored the aesthetics inherent in the concept of “entropy,” photographing various materials in stages of decline.  According to Charles, “I weave together various skillsets from fifty years of experience (art direction, design and color usage, composition, narrative and much more) which are now hardwired into my intuitive sense.”  Charles creates intensely beautiful, dramatic photographic images with the occasional slightly mysterious narrative.  His work encompasses raw “as is” photography, classical abstraction and even deftly collaged images of startling symbolic power.

The artwork of these two Eastside artists, who happen to be very good friends, co-mingle within the gallery installation to offer the viewer an opportunity for a deep and profound gestalt of the beauty inherent in desert transformations. 

The word "entropy" finds its roots in the Greek "entropia," which means "a turning toward" or "transformation."  The Entropia exhibit will be on view from Saturday, April 29th, 2017 through Saturday, July 8th, 2017.  Please join us for our opening reception for the artists from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM on Saturday, April 29th.  This is a participatory exhibition -- come see the world through Judyth’s kaleidoscopic creations. All of the original kaleidoscopes and photographic prints on view will be available for purchase. Gallery hours are from 11 AM - 3 PM on Saturdays, and by appointment during the week.  

Call or email if you wish to make an appointment: 760.873.3600 or bruce@independentprojectpress.com.

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is located at 186-A Willow Street, just one block east of Main Street, in downtown Bishop. Curated by Bruce & Karen Licher, The Project Room hosts periodic exhibitions of artwork, photography, and installations reflecting the diverse creative talents to be found in the Eastern Sierras.

Inyo County Employees: Informational Picket

Inyo County Employees Informational Picket for Strong Public Services

Inyo County Employees Association will be holding an informational picket in support of strong public services and a fair contract.

ICEA notes that since the picket is at this point informational only, they are not asking community members wishing to visit with Assemblyman Mathis not to do so. ICEA invites community members to join us on the picket line before or after their meeting.

When: Wednesday, April 26, 12-1 pm
 163 May St., the County Administration Building, Bishop, CA
Questions: 760-208- 9938.

Bristlecone Media: Scotty's Castle Restoration Update

October 2015 flash floods destroyed significant portions of multiple roads, heavily damaged several historic structures at Scotty's Castle and wiped out all its utilities. 

In this Scotty’s Castle restoration update, Mike Reynolds, the Superintendent of Death Valley National Park, recounts the damage that occurred, the status of the ongoing repair efforts and shares what needs to be done before Scotty’s Castle can reopen.

The Death Valley Natural History Association is assisting the National Park Service in restoring this national treasure. To learn how you can help, visit  http://dvnha.org

Caltrans: State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System

State Agencies Pilot Wildlife Crossing Mitigation Credit System

California’s state wildlife and transportation departments signed a credit agreement on an innovative pilot project to create advanced mitigation credits for wildlife highway crossings. The mitigation crediting system developed for the Laurel Curve Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Project on Highway 17 in Santa Cruz County can be used to transition into a statewide program being developed through the new Regional Conservation Investments Strategies Program.

Using the Laurel Curve project as a pilot, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed a model compensatory mitigation crediting system.

An agreement between CDFW and Caltrans creates credits that can be used to mitigate for impacts to wildlife movement for future transportation projects within a geographical area defined as the Service Area, and determines the price of each credit. Mitigation credits are calculated using a first-of-its-kind methodology which takes into account the length of highway to be improved in lane miles or the project footprint in acres and the total cost of the project. When appropriate, Caltrans may sell or transfer the credits within Caltrans or to other transportation agencies with projects in the Service Area, thereby freeing funds for additional infrastructure projects.

“Highway 17 bisects undeveloped, wildlife-rich land in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and for the safety of deer, mountain lion, and motorists, too, we need to connect this habitat with a safe corridor,” said California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird.  “CDFW, Caltrans and the new transportation package have come together to solve this problem.”

Senate Bill 1, the transportation funding package, includes $30 million for advanced mitigation strategies for projects similar to the creative Highway 17 project.

"Not only will this improve wildlife habitat connectivity and highway safety, but will also allow us to expedite future transportation projects using the mitigation credits made available," said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

CDFW and Caltrans worked closely with the California Transportation Commission (CTC) to formulate the credit agreement. Caltrans, CDFW, the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, Pathways for Wildlife, the U.C. Santa Cruz Puma Study and the Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission all worked together to develop a solution for the wildlife crossing at Laurel Curve. 

Caltrans has built similar wildlife crossings on highways 1, 68, 101, 152 and 280.

MLFF: Honorees Legendary Film Maker John Sayles, and Tommy Chong


Mammoth Lakes, CA – April 18, 2017: The Mammoth Lakes Film Festival’s Festival Director Shira Dubrovner is excited to announce that the opening night film on May 24th will be a screening of the Cheech & Chong classic “Up In Smoke,” with its star and uncredited director Tommy Chong in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

The excitement grows throughout the week as Saturday evening sees prolific legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles being presented with the Sierra Spirit Award after a screening of one of his early films, Baby It’s You, followed by a Q&A.

This year’s festival is shaping up to be a real game changer with the number of submissions increasing significantly; Festival sponsors including Honda, Panavision and RED committing early; our two opening night sponsors - Paul and Kathleen Rudder and Westin Monaché Resort stepping up, our housing partner Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa, as well as additional support from the community including Measure U and Mono County Tourism. For a complete list of sponsors visit the website.

Considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of modern American independent cinema, John Sayles, like last year’s first Sierra Spirit Award winner Joe Dante, is one of the many now-famous directors to start his career working with Roger Corman. An extremely well-respected independent filmmaker, Sayles has established a reputation for refusing to abandon his values in favor of becoming a studio filmmaker. His films are richly nuanced explorations of personal and political relationships, a style that reflects Sayles' beginnings as a novelist. He once admitted, "My main interest is making films about people...”

Sayles has spent over 25 years writing and directing unusually humanistic, low-key films about how people relate to each other through various lenses including race (The Brother From Another Planet), jobs (Matewan), sports (Eight Men Out), family (Lone Star), politics (Silver City), and myths (The Secret Of Roan Inish), among others. His first film was Return of the Secaucus 7, shot in four weeks in 1978, a poignant look at a reunion of 1960s activists on the cusp of adulthood. Although it was a hit, he had trouble obtaining financing for the films he wanted to make because he would not give up his right of final cut. Baby It's You (1983) was Sayles' only film made under studio control.

He often uses the same group of actors in his films, including David Strathairn, Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, Angela Bassett, Vincent Spano, and Joe Morton. Tommy Chong is the uncredited director of the comedy stoner classic Up in Smoke, released in 1978, the first feature for the Cheech & Chong comedy duo. Longtime advocate of the benefits and pleasure of smoking marijuana, the Canadian born actor and “pot god” as his fans often refer to him, beat cancer twice, deciding he would rather put his faith in nature than the invasive medical system after his first diagnosis.

A recent story in Daily Health post September 21, 2016, addressed how Chong dealt with a June 2012 diagnosis of stage one prostate cancer. Chong realized his lifestyle needed to change drastically if he was going to take on cancer and win. Rather than succumb to the usual treatments of surgery, radiation, etc., Chong remained calm and turned to naturopathic medicine, making some pretty specific changes to his lifestyle, including diet and exercise. A long time cannabis smoker, it would remain a key component of his treatment protocol.

Chong and his naturopath decided to implement a treatment plan that included the controversial plant that to this date neither the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) nor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accepts as a treatment of any cancer-related disease. Chong’s naturopath also included several supplements including hemp oil to coincide with his daily cannabis intake and by May 2013, Chong proclaimed he was “cancer-free thanks to a disciplined diet ... and the use of hemp (hash) oil.” Chong also included treatments focused on healing the emotional and mental aspects associated with cancer.

When in 2015 he was diagnosed with stage one colorectal cancer Chong decided to take a more aggressive approach, opting for surgery, chemotherapy and radiation...and not surprisingly, marijuana. As of April 2016, Chong claims he is doing well. Chong continues to fight for the legalization of cannabis as he believes it has incredible possibilities for healing.

Never one to stand still, Chong was on Dancing with the Stars Season 19, making the cut week after week and arriving at the semi-finals at age 71, the oldest celebrity to ever make it that far. He continues to tour with his comedy partner Cheech Marin, has a business with his son Paris, and has continued to appear on television (That 70s Show among others) and provided his voice to animated films (Zootopia and Uncle Grandpa).

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival will announce its roster of films next week.

Tickets for the five-day long film festival taking place in the scenic and majestic setting of Mammoth Lakes, California, go on sale April 24 at MammothLakesFilmFestival.com.

  • VIP Pass - Up to 10 screenings (including Opening Night Screening) and 4 parties – $195.00
    • Advance screening selection and access for one (1) admission to all four party events, plus access to the filmmaker lounge (open from 9am-11am serving coffee and continental breakfast at Edison Hall).
  • Movie Pass - Up to 10 screenings - $125.00
    • One admission per pass, includes advance screening selections

PLEASE NOTE: Excludes Opening Night Screening

Tickets for Opening Night Screening only, Individual screening tickets, as well as Individual Gala Events and Filmmaker Parties go in sale May 10. Festival screenings take place in several locations in town; the opening night screening of Up in Smoke is scheduled to be held at the Minaret Cinemas in Mammoth Lakes.

Seating for the film and Q&A is limited. The only way to guarantee attendance at the opening night screening of Up in Smoke, is to purchase a VIP pass.

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