Caltrans: Monitor Pass and Bodie Road




MONO COUNTY— The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has reopened Monitor Pass (SR-89) as of 10:30 this morning, and is scheduled to open Bodie Road (SR-270) at noon. Ice, snow and debris removal work has been completed to ensure the traveling public’s safety.

Caltrans reminds drivers to carry chains and to be prepared for winter driving conditions when new storms arrive. We recommend carrying blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, a flashlight, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction in case your vehicle becomes stuck.

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, please Be Work Zone Alert.

County of Inyo: Talking Hosted and Non-Hosted Short Term Rentals


The Inyo County Planning Department will begin taking applications for hosted and non-hosted short-term rentals on Friday April 20th, 2018. If you have been operating a short-term rental (this is a rental for 30-days or less) you are required to have a short-term rental permit.

For more information on short-term rental regulations, the application process and costs, please contact the Inyo County Planning Department at: 760-878-0263 or see the Planning Department webpage at:

IPP The Project Room: The New Earth


The New Earth: Collaborations with Nature

Everyone is invited to come enjoy a unique artistic experience during our Opening Reception on Saturday, April 21st. Meet the artists and view their creations, enjoy live music, light refreshments, and unique installations at 186A Willow Street in downtown Bishop, 1/2 block east of Main Street. In addition to the artwork on display in The Project Room, Mountain Rambler Brewery will be presenting their second incarnation of The East Willow Stage. Just across the street from The Project Room, Mountain Rambler will open their big warehouse door to create the stage for the evening’s live musical performances. Mary Tannheimer and Cindy Meinke will be displaying their “Industrial Modern Furniture,” and artist Karen Nielsen Licher will create a unique earth installation in front of the building, viewable for one night only.

Bruce and Karen Licher, curators at the Project Room Art Gallery, will be exhibiting artwork by many of their talented artist friends from near and far. Each of these artists have contributed a work which resonates with the idea of a "New Earth.” The Lichers offered these artists the following thoughts around which the contributed artwork might embrace:

“Let’s re-envision our way of life on this planet! Consider the elements of earthly life: air, water, fire, earth and/or metal. Through this work there may be transmitted the energy of: a respect for the fragile nature of ecosystems; an homage of appreciation for the endurance of life; a recognition that we have come to a juncture in the road that offers a new direction. What is called for is a determination to walk in a sacred way, a way of beauty.

Come see what arose from this call for artistic creation.

What would a forward-thinking architect envision for a grand lodge in one of our national parks? View one of her futuristic and beautiful designs in “The New Earth” exhibit.  How might one speak to the above issues through the medium of stone?  Come see what three of our favorite Bishop sculptors have created.  What might two artists working with metal create?  How might two of our favorite local photographers address these issues by experimenting with light and chemistry?  Come to the exhibit to hear instrumental music which was recorded during a solar-powered plein air experience on upper Rock Creek Road. Come discover a way in which sacred geometry combined with intent can bless a place. These creative expressions and many more can all be experienced during “The New Earth: Collaborations With Nature” exhibit, which will run from April 21st through May 26th in The Project Room at Independent Project Press.  

The work presented encompasses many types of artistic expression. View sculpture, painting, drawing, architecture, photography, music, site-specific installation, and print editions from this diverse group of talented artists: Kristin Bell, Dick Cheeseman, Frances Cholewa, Dan Corning, Dana Ellis, Dallas Frederick, Judyth Greenburgh, Jael Hoffmann, Janice Kabala, Janis LaDouceur, Bruce Licher, Karen Nielsen Licher, Lori Michelon, Lynn Marit Peterson, Joe Profita, Skandar Reid, Herk Schusteff, Alan Sonneman, Rodney Thompson, Gina Webber, Steven White, and Bruce Willey.

Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments, art and music during our Opening Reception on Saturday evening. Visitors are encouraged to explore our working letterpress print shop and art gallery. 

The Mountain Rambler Brewery’s East Willow Stage line-up for the evening will feature: acoustic folk singer and songwriter Lindsey Fixmer at 5:00 PM; contemporary folk music by Dallas Frederick at 6:00 PM; psychedelic americana by American Compost at 7:15 PM, and a special return performance by the L.A.-based indie rock band Smokescreens at 8:45 PM. Smokescreens plays a potent blend of indie noise pop filled with plenty of jangling guitars and catchy melodies, with sounds deftly plucked from the 60’s through the 80’s. Be sure to come enjoy this very special one-of-a-kind evening of art and music!

The Project Room at Independent Project Press is located at 186-A Willow Street, just one block east of Main Street, in downtown Bishop. Curated by Bruce & Karen Licher, The Project Room hosts periodic exhibitions of artwork, photography, and installations reflecting the diverse creative talents to be found in the Eastern Sierras. The Project Room will be open for viewing on Saturdays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM and  by appointment: call 760.873.3600, or email

The Project Room - Reception
When: Sat., Apr. 21 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
The Project Room, 186A Willow Street in downtown Bishop, 1/2 block east of Main Street

Mountain Rambler Brewery’s East Willow Stage Line-Up
When: Sat., Apr. 21

  • 5:00pm Acoustic folk singer and songwriter Lindsey Fixmer
  • 6:00pm Contemporary folk music by Dallas Frederick
  • 7:15 PM Psychedelic americana by American Compostand
  • 8:45pm L.A.-based indie rock band Smokescreens

Inyo County Speech Contest Winners



Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Fontana is pleased to announce that Kyle Schaniel from Seventh Day Adventist won first place at the 58th Annual Inyo County Speech Contest, sponsored by Bishop Real Estate and held on April 11th at the Jill Kinmont Boothe School. The second place winner was Laurel McElroy from Round Valley. The third place winner was Abbey Gabriel from Home Street Middle School. Also representing their schools were: Willam Young, Amy Lee, Sarah Faircloth, Santana Rodriguez, Jacob Gilbert, Alexandra Morales, and Isabel Rodriguez.
Students from Big Pine, Home Street Middle School, Owens Valley, Round Valley, and Seventh Day Adventist participated in the event. The topic was: One scientist’s work we should all understand. Students presented well researched subjects about marine biology, hydrology, radiology, bees, and many more fascinating topics.

Audience members were impressed by the insightful and inspiring speeches from creative middle-schoolers striving to make our world a better place. All speeches were evaluated on content and delivery by a panel of three community judges: Carrol Hambleton, Harold McDonald, and LeeAnn Rasmuson. Inyo county Superintendent of Schools thanks these judges for their time and expertise.

In addition, ICSOS would like to thank Jake Rasmuson of Bishop Real Estate for sponsoring the contest and providing the winners with trophies and cash prizes. ICSOS would also like to express gratitude to the school coaches for their time, effort and support for our students. The coaches were Sunny Meza of Big Pine School, Mark DesRochers of Home Street Middle School, Vivian Hanson of Owens Valley School, Jennifer Morales of Round Valley School, and Sandy Burns for Seventh Day Adventist School.
Congratulations to all the participants!

 Speech Contest contestants show off their certificates.

Speech Contest contestants show off their certificates.

 Dr. Lisa Fontana, Abbey Gabriel, Laurel McElroy and Kyle Schaniel.

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Abbey Gabriel, Laurel McElroy and Kyle Schaniel.

INYO350: Earth Day Celebration Talk

Dr. Ben Hatchett to Present Talk on how Climate Change is Affecting Our Eastern Sierra Landscape


The public is invited to come kick off a big Bishop Earth Day weekend by attending a talk and slideshow from an entertaining speaker who knows the Eastern Sierra inside and out.  Dr. Ben Hatchett, of the Desert Research Institute in Reno, has spent countless hours over the past 20 years exploring our mountains on foot, rope and skis, and even more in his research into the dynamics of climate change in arid regions like ours. Ben is an engaging speaker who has received rave reviews for his previous talks in Bishop. His talk, titled “Landscapes of the Eastern Sierra as Climatic Time Machines,” will feature photos and discussion of areas near and dear to our hearts.  

This presentation is sponsored by INYO350, Cerro Coso Community College, and Inyo County Superintendent of Schools.  For information and a schedule of events for Earth Day Weekend visit

When: Fri., Apr. 20 (7pm)
Where: Cerro Coso Community College, Bishop Campus
Questions: 760-937-8081