Inyo County: Nonpartisan Coalition to launch Interactive Survey on the American Dream

Inyo County Clerk’s Office Joins Nationwide Nonpartisan Coalition to Launch Interactive Survey on the American Dream

Innovative survey to give Washington a new look at Americans’ shared values and dreams—from the people and by the people

Independence, CA (May 12, 2017) – In an era of political divide and confusion, a nonpartisan coalition has launched the “What’s Your American Dream?” survey for Americans to express their values and goals to lawmakers. The Inyo County Clerk’s office, a member of the coalition, expects this effort will help guide the nation’s leaders to understand Americans’ goals and then devise the tactics to achieve those goals.

The survey grew out of discussions with former Members of Congress and everyday Americans, all frustrated with being out of touch with each other. The coalition comprised of 25 universities, media outlets, and organizations spanning the political spectrum, reaches 30 million Americans.

“We believe we can do better as a nation when working together for the American people. By partnering with this nonpartisan coalition, it ensures that the Eastern Sierra has an opportunity to voice their opinions to lawmakers.” said Kammi Foote, Inyo County Registrar of Voters.

The seven-week survey is being hosted on The Chisel, a unique nonpartisan public discussion platform. As a nation, we are frustrated and face uncertainties said Deborah Devedjian, TheChisel’s founder. We encourage Americans to step beyond political slogans and platforms to share what matters to you, your loved ones, and communities.

The survey focuses on finding Americans; shared dream in seven important areas: Economy; Social Justice; Liberty and Regulation; Health, Education, and Care; Services; Foreign Affairs; and Governance.

Every week features one theme. Unlike traditional surveys, the American Dream survey allows participants to share their stories with fellow Americans. It also features whimsical graphics and game-like navigation, is easy to use and understand, and appeals to 18 to 99 year olds.

TheChisel and coalition will share the findings with the media and hand-deliver the report to the President, Cabinet, Members of Congress, Supreme Court, and state governors.

“We’re giving democracy a makeover. We’re giving survey-taking a makeover, too” said Grace Kim, junior graphic designer at TheChisel. survey launches on May 16 and is open to the public for free until July 4,2017.

University partners include University of Missouri School of Journalism, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, University of Mary Government and Political Philosophy Department, University of the Pacific Political Science Department. Other partners include: ALL-IN Campus Democracy Challenge, AllSides, Associated Collegiate Press, Diplomat Books, Future 500, Heartfelt Leadership Institute, Hope Street Group, Independent Voter Network, Inyo County Clerk-Recorder, JGArchitects, Living Room Conversations, National Coalition of Dialogue &; Deliberation, National Speech and Debate Association, ReConsider Media, The TAI Group, Take Back Our Republic, TheChisel, The Democracy Commitment, The Policy Circle, Wellville, and The Women’s Debate.

UCCE Inyo and Mono

Dehydrating for the Trail and Home Press Release  

Dehydrating for the Trail and Home Workshop: Do you or your neighbors have fruit trees or grow fresh vegetables? Come to our Dehydrating Workshop and let the Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Food Preservers teach you how to preserve it! Our workshop will teach you how to dehydrate fruits, vegetables and herbs using the most cost-efficient methods.  We will teach you how to dehydrate tasty, calorie-dense, nutritious foods and how to properly rehydrate your food on the trail. We will offer you recipes, handouts, handy tips and tricks and tastings of dehydrated foods.

When: Thurs., May 18 (5:30pm to 7:30pm)
Jill Kinmont Boothe School in the Great Room, Bishop, CA.
Workshop fee: $15.00.
This workshop is by PAID reservation only prior to the workshop date. To reserve your spot please go to:

Copy the following link to your browser and click on the link to register. For more information contact Melissa  at 760-873-7854 or

Thank you for helping us get the word out through Blogging Bishop to the community.

Amy Weurdig, Master Food Preserver
UCCE Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Food Preserver

Caltrans: Seasonal Pass Opening Status


Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 continues to work on clearing snow, removing rocks, and repairing its eight highways with seasonal closures.  As work progresses, pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers, etc. are advised to stay out of these areas. Safety is our number one priority, for the public as well as Caltrans’ workers.

This is the District 9 Seasonal Pass Status as of Wednesday, May 10, 2017:

State Route 89 – Monitor Pass

Highway was opened for the season on May 8, 2017, at 1:00 a.m. with no restrictions at this time. 

State Route 108 – Sonora Pass

Crews continue to remove snow and are approximately 2 miles from the summit on the east side and about 5 miles from the summit on the west side. The snowpack is estimated to be 12 to 15 feet on the highway.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 120 West – Tioga Pass (from the Junction of US 395 to the Yosemite National Park Gate)

Crews have removed snow passed Warren Creek.  The snowpack is estimated to be between 8 to 15 feet on the highway, with up to 50 foot snowdrifts in some locations.  The avalanche, debris flows, and rock fall danger is high and there is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 270 – Bodie Road

All snow has been removed but the highway continues to remain closed at the request of Bodie State Park personnel.

State Route 203 - From the Mammoth Mountain Parking Lot to Minaret Vista

This section of highway is under permit of Mammoth Mountain Ski area for the winter ski season.  There is no estimated date for reopening the highway at this time.

State Route 120 East – Mono Mills   Highway opened for the season on April 14, 2017.  Travelers should be aware of wild horses in the area.

State Route 158 – June Lake Loop   Highway opened for the season on April 14, 2017.

State Route 168 West – Bishop Creek   Highway reopened for the season on April 24, 2017.

All information is subject to change due to weather conditions.

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, Be Work Zone Alert and Move Over where possible.