Inyo County: Nonpartisan Coalition to launch Interactive Survey on the American Dream

Inyo County Clerk’s Office Joins Nationwide Nonpartisan Coalition to Launch Interactive Survey on the American Dream

Innovative survey to give Washington a new look at Americans’ shared values and dreams—from the people and by the people

Independence, CA (May 12, 2017) – In an era of political divide and confusion, a nonpartisan coalition has launched the “What’s Your American Dream?” survey for Americans to express their values and goals to lawmakers. The Inyo County Clerk’s office, a member of the coalition, expects this effort will help guide the nation’s leaders to understand Americans’ goals and then devise the tactics to achieve those goals.

The survey grew out of discussions with former Members of Congress and everyday Americans, all frustrated with being out of touch with each other. The coalition comprised of 25 universities, media outlets, and organizations spanning the political spectrum, reaches 30 million Americans.

“We believe we can do better as a nation when working together for the American people. By partnering with this nonpartisan coalition, it ensures that the Eastern Sierra has an opportunity to voice their opinions to lawmakers.” said Kammi Foote, Inyo County Registrar of Voters.

The seven-week survey is being hosted on The Chisel, a unique nonpartisan public discussion platform. As a nation, we are frustrated and face uncertainties said Deborah Devedjian, TheChisel’s founder. We encourage Americans to step beyond political slogans and platforms to share what matters to you, your loved ones, and communities.

The survey focuses on finding Americans; shared dream in seven important areas: Economy; Social Justice; Liberty and Regulation; Health, Education, and Care; Services; Foreign Affairs; and Governance.

Every week features one theme. Unlike traditional surveys, the American Dream survey allows participants to share their stories with fellow Americans. It also features whimsical graphics and game-like navigation, is easy to use and understand, and appeals to 18 to 99 year olds.

TheChisel and coalition will share the findings with the media and hand-deliver the report to the President, Cabinet, Members of Congress, Supreme Court, and state governors.

“We’re giving democracy a makeover. We’re giving survey-taking a makeover, too” said Grace Kim, junior graphic designer at TheChisel. survey launches on May 16 and is open to the public for free until July 4,2017.

University partners include University of Missouri School of Journalism, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, University of Mary Government and Political Philosophy Department, University of the Pacific Political Science Department. Other partners include: ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge, AllSides, Associated Collegiate Press, Diplomat Books, Future 500, Heartfelt Leadership Institute, Hope Street Group, Independent Voter Network, Inyo County Clerk-Recorder, JGArchitects, Living Room Conversations, National Coalition of Dialogue &; Deliberation, National Speech and Debate Association, ReConsider Media, The TAI Group, Take Back Our Republic, TheChisel, The Democracy Commitment, The Policy Circle, Wellville, and The Women’s Debate.

UCCE Inyo and Mono

Dehydrating for the Trail and Home Press Release  

Dehydrating for the Trail and Home Workshop: Do you or your neighbors have fruit trees or grow fresh vegetables? Come to our Dehydrating Workshop and let the Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Food Preservers teach you how to preserve it! Our workshop will teach you how to dehydrate fruits, vegetables and herbs using the most cost-efficient methods.  We will teach you how to dehydrate tasty, calorie-dense, nutritious foods and how to properly rehydrate your food on the trail. We will offer you recipes, handouts, handy tips and tricks and tastings of dehydrated foods.

When: Thurs., May 18 (5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Jill Kinmont Boothe School in the Great Room, Bishop, CA.
Workshop fee: $15.00.
This workshop is by PAID reservation only prior to the workshop date. To reserve your spot please go to:

Copy the following link to your browser and click on the link to register. For more information contact Melissa  at 760-873-7854 or

Thank you for helping us get the word out through Blogging Bishop to the community.

Amy Weurdig, Master Food Preserver
UCCE Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Food Preserver

Caltrans: Seasonal Pass Opening Status


Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 continues to work on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing its eight highways with seasonal closures.  As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas. Safety is our number one priority, for the public as well as Caltrans’ workers.

This is the District 9 Seasonal Pass Status as of Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

State Route 89 – Monitor Pass

Highway was opened for the season on May 8, 2017, at 1:00 a.m. with no restrictions at this time. 

State Route 108 – Sonora Pass

Crews continue to remove snow and are approximately 2 miles from the summit on the east side and about 5 miles from the summit on the west side. The snowpack is estimated to be 12 to 15 feet on the highway.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 120 West – Tioga Pass (from the Junction of US 395 to the Yosemite National Park Gate)

Crews have removed snow passed Warren Creek.  The snowpack is estimated to be between 8 to 15 feet on the highway, with up to 50 foot snowdrifts in some locations.  The avalanche, debris flows, and rock fall danger is high and there is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 270 – Bodie Road

All snow has been removed but the highway continues to remain closed at the request of Bodie State Park personnel.

State Route 203 - From the Mammoth Mountain Parking Lot to Minaret Vista

This section of highway is under permit of Mammoth Mountain Ski area for the winter ski season.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 120 East – Mono Mills   Highway opened for the season on April 14, 2017.  Travelers should be aware of wild horses in the area.

State Route 158 – June Lake Loop   Highway opened for the season on April 14, 2017.

State Route 168 West – Bishop Creek   Highway reopened for the season on April 24, 2017.

All information is subject to change due to weather conditions.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).


For the safety of workers and other motorists, Be Work Zone Alert and Move Over where possible.



Eastern Sierra Symphony: Woodwinds Blow into Mammoth



Heiichiro Ohyama conducts with special appearance by Mammoth music students Mammoth Lakes, CA. - Eastern Sierra Symphony’s (ESS) Executive Director Aimee Kreston announces an exciting new Spring Concert happening May 19 th 7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Old Mammoth Road. The conductor is Heiichiro Ohyama of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra who will conduct a concert focused on the woodwinds. Pieces to be presented include the Santa Barbara Suite, composed by Gernot Wolfgang at the request of the symphony in honor of Ohyama’s 30 years as conductor. Wolfgang will be present at the concert as well.

“We are very excited to include music students of Michael Hammers, the Mammoth schools music teacher in our concert as well,” stated Kreston. “After working with Michael last year at the symphony’s summer program and discussing music education in the Eastern Sierra, we realized that woodwind students have no local professional that can work with them specifically. We decided that the symphony would step up and work with Michael’s students.

They will play a piece side by side with a group of fantastic musicians, led by Michael as part of the Spring Concert. In addition, students will also be receiving masterclasses and coaching the days leading up to the concert,” continued Kreston. “

The orchestra consists of professional musicians from the Los Angeles Symphony and thePasadena Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets for Friday’s concert are $20 in advance for adults ($22 at the door—no exceptions);
Students 18 and under are free. Purchase tickets by visiting

Eastern Sierra Symphony is a 501c3 non-profit that is funded through ticket sales and donations. To help keep classical music alive in the Eastern Sierra, come to our concert and/or make a donation mailed to P.O. Box 7710, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Additional information on the symphony and its upcoming concerts this spring and summer may be found at

Eastern Sierra Symphony Spring Concert conducted by Heiichiro Ohyama
WHAT: Spring Concerts featuring woodwinds
WHEN: Fri., May 19 (7:30 pm)
St. Joseph’s Church, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Caltrans: Deer Migration in Full Force

NEWS RELEASE      Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
District 9: Inyo, Mono & Eastern Kern -
Contact: Florene Trainor,

Public Information Officer
P: (760) 872-0603, (760) 937-1553 cell


Deer Migration in Full Force

Bishop – As the temperature begins to rise, the deer population is moving to their summer range. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to remind motorists to remain alert for migrating deer on the highways in the Eastern Sierra.

The Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting native animals and plants, report that more than 200 people are killed in collisions with wildlife each year with an estimated 1.5 million animals hit annually in the United States.

To reduce deer/vehicle accidents Caltrans identifies known deer migration crossings on State highways with warning signs. 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. Biologists from Caltrans and Department of Fish & Wildlife 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:

1. 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.

2. Timing is everything. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn: periods when your vision is most compromised. Slow down and stay alert, especially after dark.

3. Wear your seatbelt. It may not prevent a collision, but if the inevitable happens a seatbelt can reduce injuries.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

1. Pull to the side of the road as soon as it is safe to do so. 

2. Turn on your hazard lights and remain in the vehicle until you are sure it is safe.

3. Call emergency services if injuries are involved or the local police for property damage.

4. 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.

For more deer migration information visit the Caltrans District 9 webpage:

Protecting America's Wild Legacy: Our federal lands are under attack!


Our public lands and national monuments – in California and across the nation - are under an unprecedented attack.  You are invited to join us for a special presentation next week at the Inyo Council for the Arts in Bishop at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 17 to learn more about these increasing threats to our natural heritage and how you can help defend our public lands.

Millions of acres of treasured federal forests, deserts, and recreation areas are now at risk as a result of recent Executive Orders and proposed legislation.  A number of these special natural, cultural and historic areas, including the newly established Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, were designated with strong support from Tribal governments in western states.  In California, the review is targeting the Giant Sequoia National Monument, San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and the Mojave Trails National Monument, among others.

It’s time to send Washington, DC a strong signal that we don’t want to see our protected federal wildlands and cultural resources lose their special designations and safeguards. 

The Sierra Club, INYO 350, Friends of the Inyo, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance are jointly hosting this presentation on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM to explain what’s at stake and how you can help.

Please join us and bring a friend.  Light refreshments will be served.  And please RSVP to so we know how to plan. Call (703 424 3143) or email me if you have any questions.  

Thank you

Presentation: Protecting America's Wild Legacy
When: Wed., May 17 (6:30 PM)
Inyo Council for the Arts, Bishop, CA