Millpond Music Festival: 2014 Schedule

2014 Main Stage Schedule

Friday Night
6:30 The Trespassers
7:45 Tyler Matthew Smith
9:10 The Bills

12:00 East Side Trio
1:20 Bootstrap Circus
2:40 Vance Gilbert
4:00 Mamajowali
Dinner Break
6:30 David Bromberg
8:30 Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys

9:30 Latin Dancers
10:30 Carbe Durand Duo
11:30 Keale
12:45 David Jacob Strain
2:05 Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen
3:45 Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac
5:40 Mia Dyson 2014 Workshop Tent Schedule

Saturday Workshop Tent
9:00-10:00 Open Mic
10:15-11:15 The Bills
11:30-12:15 The Trespassers
12:30-1:30 Vance Gilbert
1:45-2:45 Mamajowali
3:15 -4:15 Gordie MacKeeman

Sunday Workshop Tent
9:00-9:45 Open Mic
10:00-10:50 David Jacobs-Strain
11:05-12:00 Bootstrap Circus
12:15-1:00 Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen
1:15-2:00 Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac
2:15-3:00 Keale

Millpond Music Festival: THIS WEEKEND!

Millpond Music Festival brings an eclectic collection of music to one of the most intimate festival surroundings imaginable.

The 2014 Main Stage Line-Up Will Be AMAZING and you won’t want to miss one single performance! The bands performing include:

“East Side Trio”
“The Trespassers“
“Bootstrap Circus“
“David Bromberg“
“Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac“
“Vance Gilbert“ “Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boys“
“The Bills“ “Tyler Mathew Smith“
“Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen“
“David Jacobs-Strain“
“Carbe Durand Duo“
“Mia Dyson“

Crossing ethnic and cultural lines in a celebration of life in all its diversity, you can immerse yourself in an exotic mix of music, surrounded by the stunning mountains at autumn’s first blush.

Directions: Approximately 5 miles north west of Bishop on Highway 395, turn south onto Ed Powers Road (the road is marked with a sign from both directions; this will be a right turn if you are coming from the north, a left turn if you are coming from Bishop and the south). Take the first right turn onto Sawmill Road, and proceed about one mile to the Millpond County Park, clearly evident on your left. The entrance to the park is on the left, after you have passed the park.

Click here for tickets.

Caltrans: Fish and Wildlife Urge Motorists to be alert

Caltrans and the Department of Fish and Wildlife Urge Motorists to Be Alert During Watch Out for Wildlife Week

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) remind motorists to remain alert for wildlife near roadways during Watch Out for Wildlife Week (WOW), which runs September 15-21.

“It’s important that motorists, when driving through areas frequented by deer, elk and other animals, be alert to protect themselves as well as California’s wildlife,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting native species and their natural communities, reports more than 200 people are killed nationally in collisions with deer, elk and other large mammals each year with an estimated 1.5 million animals hit annually.

The Watch Out for Wildlife campaign is supported by Caltrans, CDFW, Defenders and the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis.

“It’s a shame that many animals and people are injured and killed on our roads every year,” said Craig Stowers, CDFW's Game Program Manager. “Many injuries, deaths and costly vehicle repairs can be avoided if drivers would pay more attention when animals are most active, and be prepared to react safely if an animal moves onto the road.”

Caltrans, CDFW and Defenders offer a few tips for motorists:

· Be particularly alert when driving in areas frequented by wildlife and give yourself more time to react safely by reducing your speed.
· Pay particular attention when driving during morning and evening, as wildlife are most active during these times.
· If you see an animal cross the road, know that another may be following.
· Don’t litter. The odors may entice animals to venture near roadways.

Here are a few examples of what Caltrans, CDFW and their partners are doing to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions:

Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing, Los Angeles County Caltrans has applied for $2 million in federal funding for the environmental and engineering design phases of a future wildlife crossing over U.S. Highway 101 at Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura Hills. In the interim, Caltrans is providing wildlife fencing in Liberty Canyon to prevent wildlife mortalities along the freeway until a permanent structure can be built. The highway presents an impassible barrier for wildlife migrating into or out of the Santa Monica Mountains. A new wildlife crossing promises to provide an improved habitat connection that will sustain and improve the genetic diversity of wildlife in the area.

State Route 76, San Diego County Five wildlife crossings and directional fencing were installed as part of the SR-76 Melrose to Mission Highway Improvement Project in 2012. A wildlife movement study, including road kill surveys, camera station surveys and tracking transect surveys, is underway to determine the effectiveness of the crossings and fencing. A review of the data collected to date suggests the combination of directional fencing and wildlife crossings may be limiting vehicle-wildlife collisions and allowing for wildlife movement across SR-76. Medium-to-large species using the wildlife crossings include the badger, bobcat, coyote, raccoon, striped skunk, desert cottontail and opossum.

State Route 17, Santa Cruz Caltrans has built wildlife undercrossings to accommodate wildlife on several highways in the Bay Area and is currently working with the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to build a new wildlife undercrossing at the Laurel Curve on State Route 17. Since 2007, motorists have hit 14 mountain lions along this section of the highway in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Land Trust is working to raise $5 million to purchase land on either side of the Laurel Curve, which would make it possible for Caltrans to proceed with building the undercrossing.

U.S. Highway 395, Inyo County The Olancha/Cartago Project, which is scheduled for construction in 2018-19, will feature 13 undercrossings that will enable desert tortoises to safety cross beneath a 13-mile section of U.S. Highway 395 in Inyo County. In addition, tortoise-safe cattle guards will be installed at all public access roads along the alignment and tortoise fencing will be installed on gates at all private access roads to further ensure animals do not end up on the highway. The desert tortoise is listed under both the state and federal Endangered Species Acts

Central Coast Caltrans is seeking $1.8 million in federal funding to finance wildlife corridor projects in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties where local wildlife exists in close proximity to state highways. If the request is approved, Caltrans will obtain an additional $2.5 million in state funding to finance all aspects of the projects. Caltrans assembled an extensive list of stakeholders and partners for this proposal, including the California State Coastal Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, UC Davis, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Pinnacles National Monument and the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County. Caltrans has installed new wildlife fencing and electric mats at unfenced intersections along U.S. Highway 101 near San Luis Obispo, which bisects a major wildlife corridor in the Los Padres National Forest.

Caltrans: Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations

District 9 Director Tom Hallenbeck Appointed Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento

Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is proud to announce the promotion of Tom Hallenbeck, District 9 Director. Tom has accepted the position of Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations in Sacramento, Ca. effective October 1, 2014.

Tom started with Caltrans right after graduating from Union College with a Civil Engineering degree. He began his career in the Office of Structures, Design & Construction working on bridge projects throughout the state. In 1997 he accepted the position of District 9 Director in Bishop, CA.

About his time as District 9 Director in Bishop, Tom stated, “It has been an honor and pleasure to serve the people of the Eastern Sierra for the last 17 years. I am excited about taking on new challenges but also sad to leave the Bishop community that we have been a part of and raised our family in. I look back on many accomplishments but look forward to the innovations and applications that will change the way we drive.”

Tom also stated that during his tenure in District 9, “We have responded to floods, fires and avalanches. We have rehabilitated every rest area and almost every “Main Street” in the district and left them more accessible and more complete. We have expanded and improved the US 395/SR 14 corridor, and by so doing, saved countless lives. It has been a privilege to be a part of helping improve and maintain the El Camino Sierra and all of the roads in District 9.

In his new position as the Chief of the Division of Traffic Operations, Tom will perform technical activities in support of the program and local agencies, respond to incidents on State highways, provide traffic design and support for project delivery, and integrate new technology and innovations into our system that will change the way we travel on our highways.

SRHL: Board Meeting and Registration Dates Set

SRHL Board Meeting

When: Wed., Sept. 17 (6pm) 
Where: BUHS Library

Please join us in discussing the upcoming hockey season! Several volunteer positions are needed this year: * Snack shack * Referee Coordinator *Scheduler *Coaches *Refs Please respond to this email if you can and would like to volunteer.

Once again this league would be nothing without the volunteers, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you!

Registration dates to mark on your calendar:
We will have 3 registration dates this year

  • Saturday, OCT 4 - 9:30AM - 1:30PM @ Bishop city park in front of field 4 backstop
  • Thursday, OCT 9 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM @ BUHS library
  • Tuesday, OCT 14 - 6:00PM - 8:00PM @ BUHS library

Metabolic Studio: Radio Play

Metabolic Studio Presents Radio Play in Lone Pine About Death Valley Scotty & his Castle

On Sunday September 28 at 7pm, the Metabolic Studio IOU Theater invites the public to experience, “DEATH VALLEY SCOTTY,” a live radio play that was written by Ruth Woodman in 1931 and originally aired in 1955 in the “Death Valley Days” Series. This marks the fourth play in the IOU Theatre series, which began in June 2014 with readings of radio plays about the Owens Valley and surrounding area.

Walter Scott (a.k.a. Death Valley Scotty) was a prospector, a performer with Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, a raconteur, a conman, husband and father. IN 1885 he met an Easterner who was told he only had a few weeks to live. Scotty helped him to recover and cemented a secretive, life long partnership. In 1905 he beat the cross-country speed record on a train from L.A. to Chicago. Free with his stories and his cash, he quickly became one of the West’s most prominent and mysterious legends and kept reporters and the country on the edge of its seat for decades. His fabulous stories of secret gold mines and his million-dollar oasis in Death Valley (Scotty’s Castle) kept the public and newspapermen eager for the next story.

A troupe of local performers from Bishop to Keeler will read the play and perform live music and sound effects. 

When: Sunday, Sept. 28 (7pm)
Where: Double L tavern, at the corner of Main and Willow, in Lone Pine. 
Cost: Free to the public




Those under 21 can watch a live broadcast of the performance at the IOU garden next to the Double L. The garden will also host an Open House from 5-7p.m. Sunday with IOU espresso being served along with an offering grown in the IOU garden.

For more information visit: MetabolicStudioIOUTheatre on Facebook and metabolicstudio.org.

OVRO: Astronomy Talks

It's that time of year again! Fall is on its way, and with it the 2014 edition of our "Explore Your Universe" lecture series, featuring talks by prominent astronomers sharing their research and discoveries. The Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) and Cerro Coso Community College invite you to attend our first installment this Thursday, September 18th, at 7PM, when Dr. Cristopher Greer from the University of Arizona will give a talk entitled "Imaging a Black Hole: From the Owens Valley to the South Pole".

In his talk, Dr. Greer will describe the Event Horizon Telescope, an ambitious project to build a telescope with the highest-resolution ever achieved on Earth. The Event Horizon Telescope is a project involving hundreds of scientists that will connect antennas in the Owens Valley with observatories around the globe into a telescope that stretches from California to the South Pole. Using this global network, scientists will be able to take the first-ever picture of a black hole. Dr. Greer will explain how this Earth-sized telescope works, what scientists hope to learn, and describe a new instrument that will allow the South Pole Telescope to join the project in 2015.

Originally from Tennessee, Dr. Greer earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after attending Northwestern University for his undergraduate studies in physics. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His thesis project involved the construction of 8 telescopes which are currently a part of CARMA, so he is a long-term visitor of the Valley. This January was the tenth anniversary of his first trip to the Owens Valley, and he has been returning ever since.