Inyo County Science Fair: 2018 Results

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Blake Winzenread, Ben Rowan, and Lo Lyness.

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Blake Winzenread, Ben Rowan, and Lo Lyness.

Bishop, CA — The Inyo County Science Fair was held on February 6th. Five schools participated this year:

Big Pine School (6th-8th grades); Bishop Elementary (4th grade); Home Street Middle School (7th-8th grades); Lone Pine (4th -10th grades); Owens Valley (4th grade); and Round Valley (4th-8th grades).

These schools sent a total of sixty-five students to the county competition. Of these sixty-five students, the following ten students were selected to move on to the regional science fair, to be held in Fontana, California on April 3rd :

  • Ben Rowan (BES, 4th): “The Effect Of Parachute Size”
  • Blake Winzenread (RV, 5th): “Want Dinner? Use The Winner!”
  • Luci Flores & Paige Johnson (BP 7th): “School Zone Speed & the SLOW DOWN Marquee”
  • Amelia Blakey (HSMS 7th): “What Color Attracts The Most Insects?”
  • Amy Lee (HSMS 7th): “How Well Do Various Sops Work In Washing Hands”
  • Nicolette Maxey (HSMS 7th): “Do Children Have The Same Gender Stereotyping Mindset as Adults?”
  • Owen Hildenbrand (HSMS 8th): “Alfalfa, Is It As Tough As We Think?”
  • Rylee Arcularius & Evelina Dondero (RV 8th): “Flood Irrigation Efficiency”

ICSOS congratulates these students and thanks all of our student scientists across the county for their hard work and participation! ICSOS also greatly appreciates the time and effort invested by all of the adults who worked to make this event possible:

 Student coaches: Jan Hart (BP), Wayne Linse (BES), Matt Wilson and Jonathan Willy (HSMS), Allison Peeler (OV), Sarah Civitano, Maryann Buck, and Laurel (LP), and Randee Arcularius (RV).
 Volunteer judges: Dustin Blakey, Maggie Riley, Mark Hodges, Michele Slaton, Howard Walker, Jim Gilbreath, Sheena Waters, Zach Nelson, Sherri Lisius, Darla Heil, Tyler Starbard, Phil Pister, Hilary Parish, and Ian Bell.

The next county science fair will be held in 2020.

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Evelina Dondero, Rylee Arcularius, Nicolette Maxey, Amy Lee,Paige Johnson, Luci Flores, Amelia Blakey, and Lo Lyness

Dr. Lisa Fontana, Evelina Dondero, Rylee Arcularius, Nicolette Maxey, Amy Lee,Paige Johnson, Luci Flores, Amelia Blakey, and Lo Lyness

MLF: Ormat gives Scholarship Students a check for 45K


Ormat donates $45K to local student scholarship fund

Mammoth Lakes—Mammoth Lakes Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with Ormat Technologies. Ormat recently made a commitment of $45,000 over the next three years to support Dave McCoy’s vision of enabling higher education and cultural enrichment in the Eastern Sierra.

“The Mammoth Lakes Foundation wishes to express its gratitude to Ormat Technologies for their generous gift of $45,000 to support student scholarships for Mono County students attending Cerro Coso Community College,” said Mammoth Lakes Foundation Executive Director Rich Boccia. “This partnership between the two organizations will help support our local students in pursuing their dreams and aspirations.”

“Ormat is honored to participate in the Mammoth Lakes Foundation Student Scholarship Program,” said Ormat’s Executive Director Paul Thomsen. “Ormat has been a part of the Mammoth community for more than 30 years. This partnership aligns with Ormat’s ongoing efforts to support community development through funding scholarships and institutions that promote higher education.”

Mammoth Lakes Foundation has awarded more than 670 student scholarships since the inception of the program in 2003.  “We are proud of the number of degrees and certificates that students have earned over the years that have opened the doors to an improved quality of life for these graduates and their families,” Boccia said.  Public education in the United States emerged in part from the goals of democratic society: to prepare people to become responsible citizens; to improve social conditions; to promote cultural unity; to help people become economically self-sufficient; and to enhance individual happiness and enrich individual lives.

To make a donation, visit
Click here for the ormat website.

UCCE: Bonsai for Valentine's Day


The UCCE Inyo and Mono Counties’ Master Gardeners are inviting the public to attend a free presentation on learning the Japanese art form of Bonsai.

When: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

  • 6:00 PM Meet and Greet
  • 6:30 to 7:30 Bonsai presentation
  • Those who wish to stay for our general meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 are welcome.

Where: Highlands Senior Club House, 1440 MacGregor Avenue, Bishop - Highlands Mobile Home Park
Click here for the UCCE Inyo and Mono Counties website.


River Range Books: Sundae with your Sweetie


If you are looking for a fun treat to share with your valentine this year, stop in for a sundae!  We will be topping the yummy Cascade Glacier Ice Cream with chocolate or other toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.  Sized for two, although you may decide to keep it all to your self, no problem.

The Sundae for Two will be $7.50.  A mini version will only be $4.50.  Regularly priced cones and dishes range from $2.50 to $4.50. You may want to find a book to read to each other while you are here too!

Sundae with your Sweetie
When: Wed., Feb. 14 (12-6pm)
River Range Books, 206 N. Main St., Bishop, CA