OVGC: Farmers Market in Independence

The next Owens Valley Certified Farmers Market will take place on Halloween at the Owens Valley Growers Cooperative in Independence between 5 and 7 pm, on the corner of Edwards St. (Route 395) and Kearsarge.

This week’s market will feature lettuce, spinach and other seasonal greens, root vegetables, onions, eggs, herbs, local arts and crafts, and baked goods. WIC accepted. 

When: Fri., May 29 (4-6 pm)
Where: Mairs Market parking lot, Independence-corner of Edwards St. (Rte. 395) and Kearsarge
Questions: 760-915-0185





Audubon COSA walk

Our monthly Conservation Open Space Area (COSA) Bird Walk will be held on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30am (note the earlier time!) at the Conservation Open Space Area.

We will be looking for migrants, nesting and mating behaviors and maybe some surprises because of the recent storm. With the recent rain events, expect to see a lot of species and maybe a few migrants still hanging around!

This is a great walk for birders of all ages, abilities-beginners to advanced and all physical abilities as the pace is slow and easy and flat, wheel chair accessible as the path is ADA certified.

We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share.

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 7:30 a.m. 
7:30 am at the BLM/Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop
Questions: Check out the web: www.esaudubon.org

Audubon Program: Discover Rare Local Reptiles!

Stories of Discovery: Citizen Science and Rare Reptiles of Eastern California Wednesday, June 3, 2015, U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop. Seating is limited. The Great Basin Desert of eastern California supports a remarkable, yet mysterious assemblage of squamates (snakes and lizards). For many species, this area forms the northern edge of their known distribution. Others are quite rare, their populations scattered and isolated after the drying of the deserts. Southern Mono and northern Inyo Counties, in particular, are a ?black-hole? for scientists who study squamates. This lack of basic information can inhibit conservation planning. As with ornithology, web platforms for citizen science initiatives can play a huge role in pulling back the curtain on knowledge gaps.

In his talk, presenter Adam Clause will provide a primer on squamate biodiversity in the region, discuss how citizen science can help improve our understanding of that biodiversity, and finish with an overview of his personal research on the Panamint alligator lizard. Adam G. Clause was born and raised in southern California, and tries to explore remote desert canyons as much as time will allow. He completed his B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity at the University of California, Davis, and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia. His dissertation research focuses on the spatial ecology and conservation biology of alligator lizards in eastern California and southern Mexico. A naturalist at heart, Adam fosters a deep interest in studying the natural history and distribution of all organisms, but particularly reptiles and amphibians. Applied conservation science is his passion, and he enjoys promoting the value of nature to broad audiences.

Stories of Discovery: Citizen Science and Rare Reptiles of Eastern California
When: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (7pm - Doors open at 6:30)

Where: U.S. Forest Service/BLM Building in Bishop near the DMV
Question: Jenny Richardson - jennyn63@gmail.com or 760-920-8541 

Also, check back for updates to the list of future speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend all programs!

City of Bishop: Incentives to Save Water

Public Works News Release
City of Bishop Provides Incentives to Save Water

To promote water conservation, the city has a water conservation incentive program to help its water customers save water. The program provides free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers and provides rebates for some sprinkler systems and water conserving appliances. The incentives are available only to water customers of the City of Bishop and are limited to one per customer account.

Several local businesses are supporting the city's water conservation incentive program through their generous involvement. Western Nevada Supply, High Country Lumber, Home Lumber Company, Bishop Nursery, and Manor True Value are each pledging support for the program by offering vouchers to City of Bishop water customers for items and rebates that are a part of the program.

Vouchers for the free hose nozzles, hose timers, and irrigation system timers are available at the City of Bishop Public Works office. To receive these items, come in, fill out an application, and pick up a voucher. Rebate vouchers are available for installing water saving sprinkler systems and for eligible upgrades to clothes washers, dish washers, and toilets. To receive a rebate voucher, fill out an application, have your old item verified by city staff, and take your voucher to a local participating business. More information and applications are available on the city website or from City of Bishop Public Works.

Every drop of water used in Bishop has to be pumped out of the ground. Pumping water uses a lot of electricity and, when more water is used, costs go up. Since water rates need to cover costs, rates have to reflect the higher costs. Conserving water helps keep rates lower.

Saving water saves money, reduces water rates, protects groundwater, is the right thing to do, and is now required by the state. Contact the City of Bishop Department of Public Works at 873-8458 for more information on water conservation and the City’s water system.

OCGC: New Website Launched!

Owens Valley Growers Cooperative gets a NEW website, check it out click here.

Paradise Fire Protection District: Fire Engine Red Fundraiser

Paradise Fire Protection District’s First Annual Fire Engine Red Fundraiser

Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department takes pride in the selflessness and dedication of its members, all of who play a vital role in the safety of our communities. Of the 25,000 volunteer firefighters currently serving in California, 15 volunteer firefighters serve Paradise Fire Protection District. “When it comes to fire and emergency preparedness, we need to ensure our volunteer firefighters have the right equipment,” said Board Chair, Ann Klinefelter. “We need your help to protect the residents and visitors in our communities”.

Join your friends and neighbors on Saturday, June 6, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hidden Creek Ranch in West Bishop for Paradise Fire Protection District’s First Annual Fire Engine Red Fundraiser with the goal to match funds for a 50/50 grant through the Cal Fire Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Program to purchase new wild land fire fighting equipment.

“We are very excited about this special evening featuring wine tasting by Eberle Vineyard, Mastro Scheidt Family Cellars, and Shadow Ranch Winery; beer tasting by Mountain Rambler Brewery; appetizers and desserts by Classy Cowgirl Catering; and live music by Idle Hands,” she said.

There will be many fabulous prizes in the Silent Auction and Raffle including fine art photography from Galen Rowell and Vern Clevenger, a 6-litre bottle of Eberle Reserve Cabernet, a Winston Fly Rod, a hand crafted quilt by Paradise’s own Donna McAuley, a La-Z-Boy Reclining Rocking Chair from Fendon’s Furniture, rounds of golf at Sierra Star Golf Club and Bishop Country Club just to name a few.

Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. 
Give these fundraising efforts a big boost by becoming Event Sponsor: for $500 donation you will receive 4 complimentary event tickets and 4 complimentary raffle tickets, your name and logo in our event program.

Paradise Fire Protection District’s First Annual Fire Engine Red Fundraiser
When: Saturday, June 6 (5:00 pm-8:00 pm) 
Hidden Creek Ranch in West Bishop
Cost: $60
Ticket Locations: Spellbinder Books in Bishop, Mammoth Lakes Foundation, or Tom’s Place. 
Questions: Ann Klinefelter 760-387-2673

Laws Railroad Museum: Concert - Two Local Bands


Two Bands! Peavine Pickers and Thin Ice. Both are local groups

When: Saturday June 20, 2015 (6pm)
Laws Railroad Museum

Caltrans: CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do it"

Caltrans rock climbers team up with CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do it” host Mike Rowe

Los Padres National Forest/Ojai – In this Caltrans News Flash, CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” host Mike Rowe and his production crew get to experience what it is like to be a Caltrans rock climber. Using rigging, crowbars, hands and boots, Caltrans rock climbers remove rocks from slopes that could potentially fall onto the highway below.

This News Flash is 30th in a series of videos highlighting the Caltrans’ activities that keep California’s transportation system moving forward. For more information about the department’s activities, connect with Caltrans: http://www.dot.ca.gov/socialmedia