ESTL: Concert & Dinner and Picnic Fundraisers

Special Concert by renowned musicians Chris Webster & Nina Gerber

Celebrate California’s “Wild Side” with Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT) at its Lands & Legacy Weekend! Co-hosted by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the benefit dinner and concert will take place on Saturday, August 23rd Parallax Restaurant.

ESLT’s Lands & Legacy is an annual event to celebrate the preservation of wild lands and family farms in the Eastern Sierra. There are several events over the weekend - please visit www.eslt.org for more details and to purchase tickets.

Renowned musicians Nina Gerber and Chris Webster will perform soulful ballads and jazzy tunes Saturday night at a special concert in support of ESLT. In addition to the great entertainment, guests will enjoy a special Chef’s dinner and the opportunity to purchase fabulous and fun items at the auction.

On Sunday, August 24th preserved properties, followed by a picnic lunch prepared by Eastside caterer, Linda Dore. Along the walk, guests will visit with some of the Eastside’s most accomplished painters and photographers, who will be participating in a group “Art Out” and capturing the beauty of the preserved landscape in their timeless works of art.

Saturday, August 23rd - Benefit dinner and concert
$100 per person
Sunday, August 24th - Preserved Lands Tour & Picnic
 $35 per person

Package: Guests can purchase admission to both events for $125. 

ESLT members receive a 10% discount on ticket purchases. Please purchase tickets by Friday, August 15th. Reservations can be made online at www.eslt.org, or by calling (760) 873-4554.

ESLT also offers excellent tax-deductible sponsorship opportunities for individuals, businesses, and organizations. Those interested in sponsoring ESLT’s Lands & Legacy Celebration are encouraged to call (760) 873-4554 for more information about the benefits of becoming a sponsor.

ESLT works with willing landowners to protect vital lands in the Eastern Sierra for their scenic, agricultural, natural, recreational, historic, and watershed values. For more information about ESLT’s mission and preserved lands, visit www.eslt.org.

Tri-County Fair: Attention Exhibitors

The biggest Eastern Sierra Party of the summer will be here before we know it!

While the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is just about a month away, now is the time to start preparing your finest homemade and homegrown items to bring to the fair. Competing for cash, trophies, ribbons & other great prizes is fun and easy! Just download your free copy of the Exhibitor Guidebook today at www.tricountyfair.com. The Exhibitor Guidebook has all of the information you need to enter your arts & crafts, photos, baked & preserved foods, fruits & veggies. You name it; you can enter it in the fair!

New this year if you enter 15 different exhibits you will receive a “One Day Fair Pass”

Be sure to check out all of the new divisions & classes following this year’s fair theme “Explore Open Spaces & Happy Places at the Tri-County Fair” There will be Dutch Oven contest , Potato Salad contest, Mystery Basket Bean contest and this year’s official pie flavor is Mud pie! The 2014 Tri-County Fair is Thursday, August 28 through Sunday, August 31 and all entry forms are due by Saturday, August 16 by 6:00 pm.

The Exhibitor Guidebook is available on-line at www.tricountyfair.com . The hard copy books are available at the fairgrounds office and other convenient locations in the area.

Questions: Feel free to stop by or call the fair office (760) 873-3588.

Bishop Local makes the TOP 5 leaderboard at the National High School Finals Rodeo

LOCAL Student makes the TOP 5 Barrel Racing Average Leaders Board!!

Congratulations Kayla Inderbieten from Bishop, CA

Kayla earned a position on the California National High School Rodeo Team and traveled with fellow teammates to Rock Springs, WO July 13-19 to compete at the 66th Annual National High School Rodeo.

Watch the Championships on NHSRATV.com

Inyo County: Airport Layout Plan for Bishop Airport

Inyo County to Develop Airport Layout Plan for Bishop Airport

With long-term lease in hand, County to pursue FAA grant funding for improvements at Bishop Airport

In April of 2011, years of hard work between Inyo County (County) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) came to fruition with County obtaining an easement in perpetuity for all airport related use at the Bishop Airport from the City of Los Angeles. The easement gave Inyo County property rights and permission to handle all improvements and upgrades at the airport. This easement, in turn, paved the way for the County to apply for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding to implement the strategies laid out in the 2002 Bishop Airport Master Plan.

The Bishop Airport is a vital part of the community that receives daily flights, both public and private. Originally constructed in 1929, the airport currently has flights delivering express goods and mail, flights for emergency medical situations, firefighting flights, and private flights for pleasure, business travelers and airplane aficionados. Today, 10 years after the Board of Supervisors adoption of the Bishop Airport Master Plan, the Bishop Airport is in need of infrastructure improvements and, with the new lease in hand, the County has begun the process of seeking available FAA grant funding. 

On July 9, 2014 Inyo County staff briefed the Northern Inyo Airport Advisory Committee (NIAAC) on recent developments regarding the Bishop Airport. Clint Quilter, Inyo County Public Works Director, announced that the County had received FAA grant funding to hire an expert airport consultant to complete an Airport Layout Plan (ALP) which will prioritize airport needs and recommend solutions. This Bishop ALP would then be submitted to the FAA to seek funding for proposed upgrades.

Inyo County has hired Wadell Engineering Corporation, Airport Planners & Engineers located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wadell Engineering Corporation, founded in 1974, has completed over 450 successful aviation projects and has a 40-year relationship with the FAA. Wadell uses their experience and expertise to develop plans that meet the FAA requirements and standards necessary for federal funding. Bob Wadell, a registered civil engineer and certificated aircraft pilot with more than 40 years’ experience as an airport planner and engineer, will lead the planning and design projects for Inyo County. At the July 9 NIAAC meeting, Wadell described the initial stages of ALP development, reviewed the 2002 Master Plan, described the draft ALP process and opportunities for public input, and outlined a time frame for the ALP to be completed and submitted to the FAA.

Key components of the ALP will be to update the Bishop Airport’s inventory of facilities, to establish forecasts of demand and new facility requirements to meet FAA standards, to prepare a 20-year capital improvement program, and to provide an updated narrative report. The ALP will be completed by summer 2015. Ninety percent of the funding for the plan was provided by the FAA and 4.5% with a California State Aeronautics matching grant.

Wadell and Quilter noted several high-priority infrastructure needs at the Bishop Airport, using slides and photographs to illustrate their points. First and foremost was rehabilitating runway and taxiway pavements. Additional needs are upgrading all airport lighting and signing, replacing the existing Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI) with modern Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPI), adding Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) at four runway ends, installing security fencing, and restoring the full former 150-foot width for the two longer instrument runways. Less pressing needs include access roads and terminal area improvements.

In the next few months, Quilter explained to the NIAAC, Inyo County, with Wadell’s help, will be developing and presenting the Bishop Airport Layout Plan in public forums and settings, seeking community participation and input from local leaders and residents. Any comments or concerns will help shape the ALP draft.

On July 15, at the Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, Quilter gave a summary of the Airport Layout Plan and NIAAC workshop, informing them this will be an iterative process. Formal presentations by Wadell Engineering and Inyo County are scheduled for August 25 at with Bishop City Council, August 26 Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, and an evening community presentation at Bishop City Hall on August 26.