Inyo County Environmental: Environmental Filings

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The following documents filed and/or posted on February 4, 2019 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: TENTATIVE PARCEL MAP 420/PINE CREEK RANCHES
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/19-007.pdf

The following documents filed and/or posted on January 31, 2019 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: NOTICE OF PREPARATION
Project Title: CALIFORNIA VEGETATION TREATMENT PROGRAM
Lead Agency: CALIFORNIA BOARD OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/19-006.pdf

The following documents filed and/or posted on January 28, 2019 in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA):

Document Type: NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) 2018-04/SIMPLY GREEN
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/19-003.pdf 

Document Type: NOTICE OF EXEMPTION 
Project Title: CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) 2018-08/PAL’S 
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT 

The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/19-004.pdf

Document Type: NOTICE OF EXEMPTION
Project Title: CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 2018-06/GILLIGAN
Lead Agency: INYO COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

 The document can be viewed here: http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/Documents/19-005.pdf                      

A complete list of documents filed/posted in the County Clerk's Office pursuant to CEQA since January 1, 2010 can be viewed on the following website:

 http://www.inyocounty.us/EnvironmentalDocuments/EnvDocs.php

Watt's World: A Hook and a Good Book

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A Hook and a Good Book

I couldn’t tell you Owen’s last name, or how many brothers or sisters he had, but I do know exactly how he got the scar on his cheek, and what made him come to Bishop in the middle of January instead of going to Mammoth. “For the fish” he told me, he came with his fly fishing literature class. Yeah I couldn’t believe it either, but apparently the college he attends in New Hampshire actually has a class called Fly Fishing Literature. He told me that every semester they pick a place to travel to, and spend about a week there fishing and learning about the local culture. I met him on the final night of his trip and he was tired and dirty, or as he described it to me “the look of success.”

We sat talking for a couple hours and he told me he was going to school to become an economist, but if it were up to him he would spend the rest of his life fishing. “There is just something so peaceful, yet satisfying about it.” There was this passion in his eyes when talking about it, and there was no way you could get the smile off his face when he pulled his phone out to show pictures of the fish he had caught. After seeing that reaction a part of me wanted to ask why an economist, and not something more suited to his passion for fishing. I decided it was better to just let the conversation keep going.

It was getting later in the night and more and more people were beginning to leave. I began to think how easy it is to think of Bishop in the winter as nothing more than a pit stop on the way to Mammoth. After all, every Friday we see a line of cars headed up there, and like clockwork come Sunday there go the same cars headed back down South. I have always seen “I live where you vacation” plastered around town. But it wasn’t until spending a night with Owen, hearing the passion in his voice with every story he told and the excitement on his face in every picture he showed me, that I truly understood that “I live where you vacation” is more than just a bumper sticker, or Instagram caption. It is something to be grateful for.

Caltrans: US HWY 395 To Open 2/5/19

Date:              February 5, 2019 
District:         9 – Bishop
Contact:        Christine Knadler Email:  Christine.knadler@dot.ca.gov  Phone:          (760) 872-5206

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
U.S. HWY 395 TO REOPEN TODAY
NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND FROM MAMMOTH LAKES TO BRIDGEPORT

 MONO COUNTY– The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced U.S. Hwy 395 from 1 mile north of State Route 203 (Mammoth Lakes) to Bridgeport will be reopened at 2:00 this afternoon.

Please note:

  • Watch for crews and equipment on the roadways

  • Obey speed limits

  • Chain controls are still in place, have them with you or on your car (4 wheel drive included)

  • There are still low visibility conditions

Caltrans reminds drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions. We recommend having a full tank of gas, carrying blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, a flashlight, and sand or kitty litter to provide traction in case your vehicle becomes stuck. The traveling public is advised to obey speed limits during chain controls, and proceed with caution.

Current Chain Controls

      • U.S. Hwy 395

        • WILL REOPEN AT 2:00 this afternoon from 1 mile north of the junction at SR 203 (Mammoth Lakes) to Bridgeport

        • R2 from 17 miles north of Bishop to 20 miles south of the Nevada State Line

        • R1 from 20 miles south of the Nevada State Line to the Nevada State Line

      • U.S. Hwy 6

        • R1 from 27 miles north of Bishop to the Nevada State Line

      • State Route 108

        • R1 from 3.8 miles west of the junction at U.S. Hwy 395 to the junction at U.S. Hwy 395

      • State Route 182

        • R1 from Bridgeport to the Nevada State Line

      • State Route 178W

        • R1 from 15 miles west of the junction at SR 14- the junction at SR 14

      • State Route 158S

        • Closed from post mile 1.1 to post mile 2.2 Use North Shore Drive as a detour

        • R2 from the south junction of U.S. Hwy 395 to 3.5 miles north of June Lake Village 

      • State Route 203

        • R3 from the junction of U.S. Hwy 395 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn

      • State Route 167

        • R1 from the junction at U.S. Hwy 395 to the Nevada State Line

      • State Route 120E

        • R1 from the south junction of U.S. Hwy 395 to 5 miles east of the south junction at U.S. Hwy 395

      • State Route 168W

        • R2 from Aspendell to 5 miles west of Bishop

      • State Route 168E

        • R1 from 5 miles east of the junction at Big Pine to 18 miles east of Big Pine

CHAIN CONTROL CATEGORIES

  • Requirement 1 (R1): Chains are required on all vehicles except passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks under 6,000 pounds gross weight and equipped with snow tires   on at least two drive wheels. Chains must be carried by vehicles using snow tires. All vehicles towing trailers must have chains on one drive axle. Trailers with brakes must have chains on at least one axle.

  • Requirement 2 (R2): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles except four wheel/ all-wheel drive vehicles with snow-tread tires on all four wheels.
    NOTE: (Four wheel/all-wheel drive vehicles must carry traction devices in chain control areas.)

  • Requirement 3 (R3): Chains or traction devices are required on all vehicles, no exception.

For the latest highway information please visit the Caltrans QuickMap site at quickmap.dot.ca.gov or call the Road Condition Hotline at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).

www.dot.ca.gov

Inyo County Spelling Bee: 2019 Winners

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DATE: February 1, 2019
FROM: Mini Doonan, Spelling Bee Coordinator

SUBJECT: 2019 INYO COUNTY SPELLING BEE WINNERS

Superintendent of Schools, Barry Simpson, is pleased to announce that Rose Bracken from Home Street Middle School won first place in the Inyo County Spelling Bee, sponsored by Altrusa.

Twenty-six students from local elementary and middle schools participated in the 2018-19 countywide Spelling Bee at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.  Sixteen students made it to the final rounds. The winners of the competition were:

  • 1st Place Rose Bracken (8th) Home Street Middle School

  • 2nd Place Ashley Fitt (7th) Home Street Middle School

  • 3rd Place Sabino Palestino (7th) Lo Inyo Elementary

After much fierce competition with words like diaphanous, fuliginous, and mulligatawny, the winning word was: colloquialism. The spelling contestants included: Trinity Diaz, Evan Fuller, and Chayton Patterson from Big Pine; Morgandy Barker, Rose Bracken, Bryce Cokeley, Ashley Fitt, and Robin Linse from Bishop Schools; Ayden Baker, Kaedyn Hilliard, Aiden Kingsford, Sabino Palestino, and Perfecto Valdez from Lone Pine; Julian Carter, Kevin Glenn, Drake Martinez, Noah Reade, and Avy Reilly-Todd from Owens Valley; Madison Benniger, Rylee Delmas, Kyra Maberto, Greg Tordoff, and Bryce Winzenread from Round Valley.  Several students also joined the preliminary competition as alternates to get practice for next year: Branden Gardea from Bishop, as well as Jade Griego and Evelyn Thornburg from Owens Valley.

Thank you to coaches Tim Steele, Meghan Fuchs, Carmen London, Bob Heist, Gemma Arana, and Rory Winzenread for working with their students to prepare them for the bee.  

The local Altrusa chapter sponsored the competition. They brought cash prizes and trophies for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, along with $10 gift cards to Spellbinder Books for all participants. Andrea Shallcross, Valerie Higgs, and Cheri Stewart attended to judge the competition distribute awards to students. Lynne Almeida and Ilissa Twomey graciously fulfilled the positions of Final Competition Pronouncer and Preliminary Competition Pronouncer respectively. The Round Valley PTO donated $10 to the “last person standing” from each of the five districts competing.  The recipients of those awards were:

  • Chayton Patterson – Big Pine

  • Bryce Cokeley – Bishop

  • Aiden Kingsford – Lone Pine

  • Kevin Glenn – Owens Valley

  • Madison Benninger – Round Valley

LADWP: Construction Notice

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Construction Notice: Bishop Creek Canal Bridge Project

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is constructing a new Bishop Creek Canal bridge, approximately three-quarters of a mile north of Warm Springs Road, to provide safe passage for vehicular and pedestrian traffic over the canal. LADWP removed the previous bridge due to the high water runoff and is replacing the temporary foot bridge with this project.

All roads leading into the project site are currently closed and have closure signs posted along with barricades and construction fencing. Please note that this is an active construction site and includes hazards such as heavy equipment, excavated areas as well as dump trucks and other vehicles are entering and exiting the site.

The closure is necessary to ensure the safety of the public and LADWP employees working on the project. LADWP anticipates completing the project by May 2019 and looks forward to reopening the bridge to traffic and recreational use.

 

Project Manager: Forest Mathieu 
(760)873-0235 | (760)937-6759 l Forest.Mathieu@ladwp.com

Community Liaison: Jessica Johnson 
(760) 872-1104 | Jessica.Johnson@ladwp.com

Manzanar Committee: 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage April 27, 2019

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LOS ANGELES — The 50th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. Highway 395 in California’s Owens Valley, between the towns of Lone Pine and Independence, approximately 230 miles north of Los Angeles (see map below). Click here to read the full article on the Manzanar Committee website.