Skandar Productions: Blake Jones Trout Derby

Blake Jones Trout Derby-2015
by Skandar Reid Held every March since 1968,

The Blake Jones Trout Derby is always held the weekend after the Fred Hall Sports Show in Long Beach. The site of the derby is along the Owens River, just below the Pleasant Valley Reservoir, six miles north of Bishop. Put on by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, this pre-season event is a great chance to wet your line and hone your fishing skills while getting a chance to win big prizes! Fishing during the derby is allowed in the reservoir and along the river only as all others waters are closed until the last Saturday in April. Loads of trout are planted just before the derby by both Inland Aquaculture Group and the DFW (formally DFG). You can enter your catch in any number of categories including "Blind Bogey" for a chance to win your part of over $10,000 in prizes including high quality rod & reel combos, float tubes, custom lures, lodging, dinners and other goodies from local merchants and friends of the Bishop Chamber.


Round Valley STEP: Japanese Style Dinner

Round Valley School “Yamatani Dinner” Fundraiser

Join the Round Valley School STEP Foundation to celebrate children’s education.

Grab dinner for yourself or with family and enjoy a great combination Japanese style dinner at a great price! Only $25 per person.

This annual fundraiser for the Round Valley School will be held Sunday, March 15th, 2015 beginning at 5pm. Please call for a reservation so you can be seated upon arrival.

When: Sun., Mar. 15th, 2015 (5pm)
$25 per person
Where: Yamatani 635 N. Main Street, Bishop, CA (760) 872-4801
Purchase your tickets: www.roundvalleystepfoundation.com; or buy your special ticket at the Round Valley School main office.
Questions: Lis Mazzu (760) 784-5461

The Round Valley STEP (Student Enrichment Program) Foundation is dedicated to improving education for the children of Round Valley Joint Elementary School (RVS) through fundraising to enrich the educational process. The STEP Foundation was formed in 2006 by a group of parents who wanted to enrich the educational process for both teachers and students. RVS offers a unique educational experience in today's world of big schools and large class sizes. The STEP Foundation adds to that special experience by funding items or programs that state funding may not cover. The goal of the STEP Foundation is to raise funds to purchase new technology, offer enrichment activities, enhance and construct educational programs at the Round Valley School.

City of Bishop: Warren Street Construction Update #6

Public Works News Release
Warren Street Construction Update 6

Glimpses of the how Warren Street will look when the City of Bishop Warren Street Improvements project is complete about 3 months from now are visible on Warren Street.

Several sections of new sidewalk are now complete on Warren Street between Line Street and Academy Avenue. The new sidewalk includes colors, patterns, and stamps. Next week work is expected to continue on sidewalk, driveways, and pocket parks on Warren Street near Church Street and near the Bishop Library.

At the same time, electrical conduits for new street lights and irrigation pipes for landscaping and hanging baskets are being constructed ahead of the sidewalk work. Construction of the conduits and pipes includes digging deep and wide trenches along and across streets. Digging these trenches can result in large piles of dirt on the street while work is underway.

Construction on and near Warren Street in downtown Bishop causes inconvenience and delays. Drivers, riders, and pedestrians should be cautious, take alternate routes, and be patient. Construction of the project requires full street and intersection closures. Equipment, workers, excavations in the street, uneven pavement, and other hidden hazards require attention, even when work is not underway. The contractor on the project normally works 7 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday and has Fridays off. Work is expected to continue into May.

Remember your local businesses are open to serve you during regular business hours even when active construction activity is underway.

For more information contact City of Bishop Public Works at publicworks@ca-bishop.us or 760-873-8458.

Round Fire Relief Event - Sat., Mar. 7, 2015

A fundraising dinner and concert to benefit those affected by the Round Fire in Swall Meadows and Paradise is being organized by local citizens, the Rotary Clubs of Bishop, Bishop Lions Club, Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra, and service clubs in Mammoth Lakes. The event will take place at the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-county Fairgrounds from 6-9.

The menu will include beef tri-tip, smoked turkey, garlic roasted potatoes, veggies, salads, beverages, and Schat’s bread. 4H kids will provide desserts. A no-host bar will offer beer and wine. Bishop’s own String Theory will entertain the crowd. A Silent auction will be held and those wishing to donate items for the auction.

Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased in Bishop at Spellbinder’s Books, Eastern Sierra Community Bank, and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, and in Mono County at the Crowley Lake Store, the Booky Joint and the Mammoth Fire Station. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will go to those affected by the Round Fire.

Round Valley Fire Fundraising Dinner and Concert 
When: Sat., Mar.7 (6-9 PM)
Tri-County Fairgrounds - Charles Brown Auditorium 
Cost: $20 per plate
Ticket Locations: Bishop at Spellbinder’s Books, Eastern Sierra Community Bank, and the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, and in Mono County at the Crowley Lake Store, the Booky Joint and the Mammoth Fire Station
Silent Auction Donations: Barbara at 760 937-6745. 
Questions: Jeff Griffiths 760 937-0072 Laura Smith 775 815-7628

ICA: LIVE Music - Incendio

Presented by ICA

Incendio, the Los-Angeles based "world guitar" group, will be making their first concert appearance in Bishop in 4 years on Saturday, February 28 at Bishop High School. The quartet - Jim Stubblefield (guitar), JP Durand (guitar), Liza Carbe (bass) and Tim Curle (drums) - will be performing compositions from their CD "The Shape of Dreams", which spent a year atop the Amazon.com MP3 downloads in Flamenco since its June 2013 release.

With eight internationally released CD's as well as a DVD, the group is presently at work on a Christmas CD and is writing new music for a 2016 release. But to local folks it may seem like they haven't been too far away. Band co-leaders Liza Carbe and JP Durand have stage-managed the last three Millpond Festivals under the supervision of Inyo Council for the Arts director Lynn Cooper and have gotten to spend a lot of time getting to know the community.

"The first few visits to this area were pretty eye-opening for us when we came for the Festival", explains guitarist JP Durand. "There was a real natural beauty and a warmth to the folks in the area. But having the opportunity to watch people work behind the scenes at Millpond and now at a variety of other venues with other artists, as well as work with kids in workshops we've seen Bishop and the surrounding areas at a ground level and it's been really gratifying to make friends and work with them. So now the band gets almost a different, more familiar kind of homecoming - many new friends we've made haven't seen the full band before - it's exciting to come back."

When: Sat., Feb. 28 (7pm)
Bishop High School at 301 N. Fowler Street
Tickets: $15 for adults and $10 for students
TIcket locations: Inyo Council for the Arts as well as the night of the show.

Incendio Tickets for Round Fire Victims
By special arrangement between the Arts Council and the band, tickets will be donated to families who lost all or part of their home in the recent Round Fire - the group extends their best to those families affected by the fire and has been impressed and inspired by the local outpouring of support. If you are one of those families, please contact Lynn Cooper at ICA at 760-873-8014.

County of Inyo: Public Hearing Notice


The Inyo County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing for General Plan Amendment (GPA) No. 2013-02/ Inyo County - Renewable Energy on:

March 4, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m.,
Board of Supervisors Room
County Administrative Center
224 North Edwards
Independence, California 93526

Project Summary: An update to the Inyo County General Plan is proposed to address renewable solar energy development. As part of this update, Solar Energy Development Areas (SEDA) are proposed where renewable energy solar projects may be developed based on the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report prepared for the GPA, additional site specific studies and environmental review, and permitting pursuant to the County’s Renewable Energy Ordinance Title 21, and other applicable State, federal, and local laws. Other updates proposed for the General Plan include: capping solar development based on megawatts and corresponding acreages allowed per SEDA; identifying and defining appropriate scales and sizes of solar facility development; providing that social, cultural, visual, economic, and environmental impacts are minimized; requiring reclamation at the termination of solar facilities; minimizing water consumption; working to protect military readiness; and; discouraging conversions of lands utilized for agriculture, mining, and recreation.

Copies of relevant materials for this project are or will be available for review at the Inyo County Planning Department (168 N. Edwards Street, Independence) and the Inyo County Planning Department's website: http://inyoplanning.org/projects/REGPA.htm

If you would like to submit comments, please send them to PO Drawer L, Independence, CA 93526, or email them to: inyoplanning@inyocounty.us, or fax them to (760) 878- 0382. If you have questions, please call the Inyo County Planning Department at (760) 878-0263.

Tri-County Fairgrounds: Round Fire Community Benefit Sale

Help! We need hangers in the Home Economics building to set up for the RoundFire Community Benefit Sale. Whatever you can spare would be greatly appreciated. Just drop them by the Home Ec. Building. Spread the word please!

Round Fire Community Benefit Sale
When: Sat., Mar. 7 - Sun., Mar. 8

Where: Tri-County Fairgrounds
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Tri-County Fairgrounds: Save the Date - Powerhouse Dance

POWERHOUSE!!! combines brilliantly innovative tap, precision clogging, and explosive stomp to bring you an electrifying dance experience. Uniquely American, it has all the power, excitement and style of America's best music and dance.

Selected from the very best competitive dancers in the country, POWERHOUSE!!! performers do more than simply dance. They entertain from start to finish, engaging the crowd the crowd with their amazing energy and talent. Audiences can't help but clap along and stomp their feet as they see, learn about and even try PERCUSSIVE DANCE.

POWERHOUSE!!! has a great, wide-ranging appeal to all age groups. A typical POWERHOUSE!!! audience has young children, teens, and adults. Boys get into the athletic nature of this masculine dance form. Girls love the excitement. Teenagers love it, enjoying the awesome talent and great music. Parents love the family nature of the group. Seniors enjoy the energy and showmanship of the dancers. There is something for everyone.

When: Thurs. Apr. 9 (7pm)
Tri-County Fairgrounds - Home Ec. Building
Cost: $2, (12 & Under) FREE
Questions: 760-873-3588, or ceo@tricountyfair.com