Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities & Rural Areas Community Meeting, May 3

The City of Bishop will be hosting a community workshop on May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Home Economics Building at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  The workshop will focus on gathering public input and ideas for revitalizing downtown Bishop, increasing housing options, and streamlining the Municipal Code to incentivize commercial activity. 

The workshop is being funded through an Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Communities Grant the City was awarded in late 2016.  The input from the workshop will inform a action-oriented plan that will provide the City with specific strategies to fulfill the goals established in the 2015 General Plan Economic Development Element Update, as well as an inventory of potential funding sources to implement those actions.   

“This grant opportunity was born out of the 2015 Economic Development Element update,” said Elaine Kabala, Associate Planner with the City, “We want to be able to draft a plan that we can implement, not a plan that sits on a shelf. We are hopeful that this technical assistance can be leveraged for future grant funding to implement some of the ideas from this workshop.”  

The plan will be prepared based directly on in put received at the workshop.  “The more residents and businesses that can come and participate, the better the outcome will be,” Kabala added.

Everyone is invited to attend and provide their insights and ideas for a better Bishop. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.  For more information, please contact Elaine Kabala at 760-873-8458 or

Long Beach City College Vocal Jazz Ensemble Performance, April 26

Bishop Community Concerts Association will be hosting an event on Wednesday, April 26, 7pm. at Bishop Union High School Auditorium.

The Long Beach City College "Vocal Jazz Ensemble" directed by Andrea Calderwood and The Long Beach City College "Big Band" directed by Patrick Sheng

This is a FREE concert for the community as a thank you for your support during the season.  Our new season is being planned and we will have handouts at this concert.  Membership enrollment is open now for the 2017-2018 season.  You can stop by The Sound Shoppe or Community Printing to enroll or pick up an enrollment form at this concert. Individual membership remains at $75.00 for a minimum of 4 concerts.  Please support the arts in Bishop and become a member of this 70 year old organization.

Contact Suzie Robinson at 760-873-5991 for further questions regarding membership.

Annual Eastern California Museum BBQ, May 6

The Friends of the Eastern California Museum will host its annual deep-pit beef barbeque and party on Saturday, May 6, starting at 4 p.m., at the museum in Independence. The public is cordially invited to enjoy the afternoon of good food, in the form of deep-pit beef, beans, salads and drinks (a vegetarian meal is available), good music provided by Sandy and the High Country, and historic family fun. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for youngsters and seniors. The annual FECM Fundraiser will be held at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant St., in Independence. For more information, call 760-878-0258.

Inyo County Spelling Bee

Students from five of our local elementary and middle schools will compete in the 41st Annual Inyo County Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The competition will be at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.  Our local Altrusa chapter sponsors this event. 

The events will begin with a written Preliminary Elementary/Middle School Competition at 5:30 pm.  The public events for Elementary/Middle School Championship Competition begin at 6:00 pm.

Altrusa representatives will hand out awards for the first, second and third place winners from the competition.

The top two 4-6 grade elementary and top two 7-9 grade middle school spellers qualify to participate in the Elementary and Junior High State Spelling Championship competitions in the spring.

The public is invited to attend the county Spelling Bee Competitions
When: Thurs., Jan. 26 (6:00pmh
Jill Kinmont Boothe School in the Great Room. 
Questions: Tiffany Randall at (760) 873-3262 ext. 2111.

ESAS: Audubon Program

Amy Leist, from the Great Basin Bird Observatory, will be giving a presentation on the Lower Colorado River Riparian Bird Project. During her talk, she will discuss the long-term monitoring of riparian breeding birds covered by the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. 
Doors will open at
6:30, with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm.

Eastern Sierra Audubon Program
When: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017 (7:00pm)
U.S. Forest Service/BLM building located on West Line St., Bishop. 

Missoula Children's Theater performances


What do Glacierdom and Riverdom have in common?  The Leprechauns know! Get a new look at a classic story this Saturday, January 21st when the Missoula Children’s Theatre and 60 local students present THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA. 

When: Sat., Jan. 21 - 2 Performances (3pm & 5pm)
Bishop High School Auditorium
Cost: FREE to the Public
Questions/Donation: Emilee Norcross at 760-920-0025.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre residency in Bishop is made possible by the Donald M. Slager Sunset Foundation and patron donations.