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Anything Goes / happy 70th birthday smokey!
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:22:19 AM »

Anything Goes / fire restrictions
« on: July 21, 2014, 04:13:43 PM »
new fire restrictions for sequoia and kings canyon:)

By: Linda Mutch, Acting Fire Education Specialist, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

July 21, 2014 - Due to very high fire danger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are instituting additional fire restrictions inside the parks. Beginning Monday, July 28, 2014:

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Potwisha, Buckeye Flat, or South Fork campgrounds.

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted at Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock picnic areas.

· No wood or barbecue fires are permitted below 6,000 feet in the parks' wilderness or backcountry areas. Year-round, site-specific wilderness fire restrictions also apply.

· No smoking below 6,000 feet is permitted, except within a campground or picnic area where wood and charcoal fires are allowed, an enclosed vehicle, a designated smoking area, or a building which allows smoking.

Gas, propane, alcohol, and tablet/cube stoves are allowed at all park campgrounds and picnic areas and throughout all elevation zones in the wilderness. Wood or barbecue fires are allowed at park campgrounds in the Cedar Grove, Grant Grove, Dorst, Lodgepole, and Mineral King areas and in all picnic areas other than Ash Mountain and Hospital Rock.

Fire restrictions reduce the probability of an accidental human-caused fire that could threaten visitors and employees during times of high fire danger.

These National Park Service restrictions will remain in effect until further notice. If further restrictions are necessary due to changing conditions, the parks will make another public announcement. Be sure to check bulletin boards or the visitor centers for the most current regulations when you visit the parks.

Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, by following these steps, can help ensure that their visit is safe, enjoyable, and helps to prevent unwanted fire.

Would you like more information about fire? Go to and click on Fire in the Parks under Quicklinks.

Eastern Sierra Trip Reports / road trip 6/27 - 6/29
« on: July 05, 2014, 04:32:59 PM »
some days you just have to take a drive.....  so i headed down 395....

i finally took the trun off of 395 to check out the tufa at mono lake,,,,  such a treat!

this sign sure puts things in perspective.... oh dear...

saturday, i met up will jill in her meadow for the morning,,,,    the creek looked great, and caught some wildflowers doing their thing :)

and later, the only fish caught this trip were the ones we ordered in our fish tacos for dinner..... yumm:)

sunday i drove down to reds meadow and caught a ride out to rainbow falls...  yes, i was unfaithful to rock creek pack station, but dont worry, i picked up a reds meadow pack station cap for craig, i know he's going to just love it:)

and yes, i went with the new love in my life... and oh yes, lil grey is a keeper:)

Anything Goes / uh, ya think?
« on: June 18, 2014, 11:15:50 AM »
i am just not too sure that messing with a great big ole volcano is a good idea :(

Mammoth Residents Concerned Over Geothermal Plant Threat to Groundwater

by Chris Clarke
on June 16, 2014 4:50 PM

Natural hot springs in the Mammoth Lakes area hint at the region's geothermal potential
A 33-megawatt geothermal power plant approved in August by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service has the town of Mammoth Lakes worried about its drinking water supply.

Ormat Technologies' Casa Diablo IV Geothermal Energy Project would draw 29,000 acre-feet of extremely hot water per year from deep within the rock layers of the tectonically active region, using up to 16 newly drilled wells.

But that geothermally heated aquifer lies beneath the cold water aquifer from which Mammoth Lakes draws its drinking water, and locals are worried that the Ormat's pumping could draw down the cold water aquifer: a troubling prospect in this drought as locals become increasingly dependent on groundwater.

Most of the water pumped by Ormat will be reinjected into the geothermal aquifer, so that aside from losses to steam and leakage, the actual volume of water in the hot aquifer may not change by much. But the reinjected geothermal water will be much cooler. The Mammoth Community Water District (MCWD), which serves the resort town of 8,000 or so residents with drinking water and wastewater services, has expressed concerns that reinjecting cooler water into the geothermal aquifer might reduce pressure in that aquifer, resulting in a drawdown of the cold water aquifer above it.

That would mean less potable groundwater within reach of MCWD's wells. And that's a problem. For the last two years, with spring snowmelt much reduced, the water district has been forced to increase its reliance on pumping as its surface water sources like Mammoth Creek have dwindled.

And both MCWD and the town government charge that the BLM's Environmental Impact Statement for the Casa Diablo IV Project gave short shrift to local concerns over the town's water supply.

"Respected experts from the hydrogeological consulting field, including a former employee of the USGS, have voiced strong concerns to the MCWD that the environmental review process did not adequately address the potential adverse consequence to the District's groundwater field," said Rick Wood, mayor of the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

According to a press release issued last week by MCWD, previous Ormat projects in the area have also resulted in poorer air quality in the region, including heightened levels of the extremely poisonous gas hydrogen sulfide. Tree kills and increased ground temperatures have also been reported.

Despite such concerns having been expressed in public comments on the project's Environmental Impact Statement, the project was approved without taking local concerns into account, said John Wentworth of the Mammoth Lakes Trails and Public Access Foundation, a local landscape protection group.

"Despite 18 pages of comments and signatures from local citizens, the Sierra Club and Friends of the Inyo, no meaningful mitigation measures were included in the final federal environmental documents," said Wentworth.

About the Author
Chris Clarke is a natural history writer and environmental journalist currently at work on a book about the Joshua tree. He lives in Joshua Tree.

Anything Goes / spring is here!
« on: June 13, 2014, 06:13:47 PM »
born this morning!   kind of fuzzy... but look near the center of the photo.   such a little thing:).  three does had babies since last night... havent seen the others yet tho..

Eastern Sierra Fishing / bridgeport trout tourney....
« on: June 10, 2014, 10:41:05 AM »
anyone need an excuse to go to bridgeport?   :)

from facebook:

Mono County Tourism - California's Eastern Sierra

The Bridgeport Trout Tournament starts June 21st! The tournament fee includes a goody bag, event murchandise, trophies, prizes and an awards dinner where every child is recognized! Open to everyone, especially families! To register visit or call 209-217-4498

Eastern Sierra Fishing / catch of the week...
« on: June 08, 2014, 11:10:40 AM »
check this out!

Catch of the Week, at least what was weighed at our store so far. On June 2, Sandy Palmer from Dayton, Nevada caught this 4lb 13oz on an inflated nightcrawler off the rocks, looker's left of the boat ramp, Rock Creek Lake.

Anything Goes / congrats!!
« on: May 02, 2014, 08:36:56 AM »
congrats to our recipient of this year's  'teacher of excellence'  award!!

the one, the only... and one of the best teachers around...

our beloved Creek Dude!

way to go tim!   woohoo!!

Anything Goes / merry fishmas everyone!
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:31:14 AM »

Eastern Sierra Forum / campgrounds open!
« on: April 23, 2014, 09:23:56 AM »
posted in facebook this morning:)

Canyon News.. We are Open friends the wait is over.. This morning the gates are open to French Camp, Tuff & Mc Gee Creek! for those wondering about the rest.. we are working today in both Iris & Big Mdws getting things ready for you. Our brand new bathrooms will be working this season. The creek is loaded w/ trout & don't forget about the Big Fish Derby this weekend @ Crowley Lake. Get Packing!

wonder if retired had to wait for them to open:)

Eastern Sierra Forum / opening roads
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:00:20 PM »
the road to bodie is open!       yay!

Anything Goes / happy st pat's day!
« on: March 17, 2014, 06:56:55 AM »
wishing everyone a green day!

Anything Goes / happy valentines day!
« on: February 14, 2014, 09:19:29 AM »
have fun everyone!

(and a reminder just in case someone out there forgot:)

Anything Goes / superbowl anyone?
« on: February 02, 2014, 08:44:08 AM »
so are you in it for the seahawks, for the broncos, for the commercials, for the half time show or for the food?      or any combination?    :)

Anything Goes / where am i? apps for phones
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:12:49 AM »
spotted this on desert USA....    i love the idea of downloading maps before you go that work when you are out of cell service range!

not only for when one may be lost,,, but i am thinking it would help out in making decisions on wether to continue on or turn back,,,  just how far away is that next lake anyway?

Eastern Sierra Fishing / calif streams closing to fishing
« on: January 31, 2014, 07:47:24 AM »
this article was in the sacramento bee this morning,,,,

California orders dozens of streams closed to fishing as drought worsens
By Matt Weiser
By Matt Weiser The Sacramento Bee
Last modified: 2014-01-31T15:31:47Z
Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 - 7:31 am
 Copyright 2014 The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

California wildlife officials have banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams across the state as a result of low water flows caused by the ongoing drought, and more such closures are expected in coming weeks.
The action, announced this week by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, is intended to protect threatened salmon and steelhead fish. A persistent statewide drought has shrunk aquatic habitat for these species, subjecting them to intensified fishing pressure.
Officials at the wildlife agency said they could not recall an earlier occasion when such broad fishing bans were ordered because of drought. Similar closures occurred during the 1976-1977 drought, but never so many at the same time across such a wide area of the state.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time the department has taken this type of emergency action,” spokeswoman Jordan Traverso said via email. “This epic drought changes everything.”
On Thursday, the California Department of Water Resources conducted its second Sierra Nevada snow survey of the winter. The first storm in weeks had just provided a fresh blanket of snow over many survey areas. But it would take many more such storms to lift the state out of drought.
The survey found the statewide snowpack to be 12 percent of average for the date. This is the smallest snowpack ever recorded at this point in winter, based on survey records that date back to 1960, DWR reported.
In the northern Sierra region – crucial because it feeds the state’s largest water-supply reservoirs – the snowpack remains at just 6 percent of average.
“This winter remains dry, making it very unlikely our record drought will be broken this year,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “Now more than ever, we all need to save every drop we can in our homes and places of work.”
Fishing groups largely supported the move to close some rivers to recreational fishing, citing concern for imperiled fish.
The bans do not affect the American River in Sacramento, even though fishing groups have called for such an action. That is because the Department of Fish and Wildlife does not have legal standing to close the river by administrative action. Instead, the closure must be approved by the California Fish and Game Commission, an appointed body.
The department will urge the commission to ban recreational fishing on the American River, as well as the Russian River, until April 30 at its meeting Wednesday in Sacramento.
Tyrone Gorre, a fishing guide and co-founder of the Sierra Salmon Alliance, also wants the commission to close the Yuba River, Butte Creek and Auburn Ravine, which are home to important native fish species and also facing drought-related risks. He said the commission should amend regulations to give the Department of Fish and Wildlife authority to close these streams administratively in the future.
“We really appreciate the state taking action,” Gorre said. “But they should be able to move closures much faster. There’s a lot at stake right now.”
The closures ordered Wednesday primarily affect coastal streams, among them: Big Sur River; Pescadero Creek; San Lorenzo River; Aptos Creek; Soquel Creek; Pajaro River; Carmel River; and Salinas River. In addition, many smaller coastal creeks in the vicinity of these waterways have been closed to fishing.
The department closed other coastal streams. However, in this case, its authority to do so extended only until today. It is asking the commission to extend closures until April 30 on the Eel River, Van Duzen River, Mad River, Mattole River, Redwood Creek and Smith River.
“Under these extreme drought conditions, it is prudent to conserve and protect as many adult fish as possible to help ensure the future of fishing in California,” said fish and wildlife director Charlton Bonham.
There is not much relief in the forecast. The high-pressure ridge that has been diverting storms away from California is expected to rebuild next week. On Thursday, a long-range forecast from the Climate Prediction Center at the National Weather Service indicated most of the state will see below-average rainfall through Feb. 13. On the bright side, the northernmost region of the state – approximately from Lake Oroville north – could see above-normal rainfall in the same period.
Looking farther out, a three-month forecast by the center predicts below-average rainfall is likely for all of California through April.
To prepare for dry conditions, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced this week it has hired 125 seasonal firefighters, an unusual event in midwinter.
The state Department of Public Health released a list of 17 communities that could run out of water within 100 days. Most are small, rural communities, with the exception of Healdsburg and Cloverdale in Sonoma County and Willits in Mendocino County.
In the Sacramento area, virtually all water providers have asked customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent. The exceptions are Sacramento and Folsom, which have made that goal a mandatory target. Sacramento is retraining 34 employees to be on watch for water-waste violations as they patrol the city.
On Tuesday, the El Dorado Irrigation District board of directors, based in Placerville, will vote on whether to ask customers for a voluntary 15 percent reduction in water use. It also will consider adopting a pricing incentive by raising water rates 15 percent to encourage conservation.
Two of the largest municipal water providers in the state also are planning conservation measures. Today, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to ask its 2.6 million customers to voluntarily cut water use by 10 percent.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced Thursday that it may ask customers to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20 percent. The district sells water to 26 agencies that, in turn, serve 19 million people.
This comes after the district had reported it has enough water stored to last through the calendar year without further conservation. District general manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said he nevertheless would ask his board of directors to approve the move as an expression of solidarity with the governor’s emergency drought declaration. He proposes to double spending on conservation activities, from $20 million to $40 million.
“This region stands united with the governor in supporting his call for a statewide approach to a statewide problem,” Kightlinger said in a statement.

Read more here:

Anything Goes / the eagles....
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:03:08 AM »
no, not the ones that fly overhead... these guys:

we crossed the county line last night and drove down into sacramento and saw their concert... fantastic is all i can say about it.  they played for 3 hours with only a short break..    they kept talking about 40 years ago....  then i realized... holy cow, i graduated high scholl 40 years ago this june!  oh my goodness!!!!

Anything Goes / fire
« on: January 16, 2014, 10:37:22 AM »
everyone ok down in the glendora area?    fires in jan... unbelievable!   

Anything Goes / football
« on: January 04, 2014, 08:48:43 PM »
ok, i caught the end of the saints game... no pressure on the kicker there.     holy cow..kick a field goal with only 3 seconds left on the clock?    yikes!

Eastern Sierra Forum / winter 1913
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:56:42 AM »
here is bodie, 100 years ago....    dont we all wish for part of this now?!

Anything Goes / holiday report
« on: December 29, 2013, 01:26:46 PM »
hello everyone!   

i am going to assume that since people are checking the board, yet not posting much, that everyone is coming off of their holiday high:).   i know i am,,,    just seem to be floating thru the days,,,  nothing exciting to report tho.   the sun is shining, the snow has melted away, the birds are singing,,,,,,, leftovers are gone,,,   humm, guess its time to restock the fridge:)

how are all of you?

Anything Goes / holiday cheer:)
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:48:11 AM »
Drive Safely This Holiday Season

With the holidays upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with you all about drinking and driving after a "social session" with friends.

Well, this past Saturday, we were out on a pre-Christmas evening with long-lost friends. I had a few cocktails, followed by a handful of glasses of vintage red wine. Despite the jolliness, I still had the sense to know that I was over the limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before: I took a cab home.

Sure enough, there was a police road block on the freeway but, since it was a cab, they waved us past. We arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even know where I got it from and, now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

Eastern Sierra Forum / west bishops wells
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:28:33 AM »
this cant be good.....

from the sierra wave:

West Bishop wells run dry
By Benett Kessler on December 17, 2013 in Gov

Reports are now out that a number of private wells in West Bishop neighborhoods have dried up. Residents, alarmed at these developments, are questioning why after 50 years, in some cases, are their wells suddenly dry?

At Tuesday’s Inyo Supervisors meeting, Water Director Bob Harrington told Board members, some of whom knew about the dry wells, what he knew of the situation. He said that one of the Department of Water and Power’s wells, number 407 in West Bishop, had been running longer than usual to supply stock water. Could that groundwater pump have drawn down the private wells? Harrington said he contacted DWP and plans developed to turn off the well to see if any groundwater recovery occurred in a nearby monitoring well, one thousand feet away.

Harrington said it appeared the well shut-off made no difference in the groundwater table. He concluded that a lack of water re-charge may have affected the water table and the wells, many of which only went down some 30 feet. Trouble is, the wells had never gone dry before. Why now?

Harrington and others have pointed to the fact that many water ditches and ponds in West Bishop had dried up this past summer. Now, wells are drying up. Maybe a lack of re-charge led to the problems.

One resident of Highland Dr. in West Bishop, Denise Morrill, said she had noticed four or five wells that have gone dry on her street and that well rigs have been visible in other areas around Barlow Lane. Morrill pointed out that wells were drilled in the 60s and now have problems. She wants to know what happened to the groundwater levels, and it’s an expensive fix – up to $20,000 for a new well.

Morrill, like other residents, wonders why this is happening. We have contacted DWP for a response to their part in the management of Bishop Creek drainage water this past summer

Anything Goes / spamer spree
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:26:18 AM »
hello all!

we seem to be going thru a 'spamer spree' of late....   moderators are deleting and blocking as fast as we can... but please, if we miss something, let us know.. you can click on the 'report to moderator' button and it will send us an alert..

and a heads up if you have kids that have free access to the board.. this spree is full of porn,, so maybe take a quick peak before they do?    what happened to the days of posting sunglasses? :)

thanks much!   

Anything Goes / happy thanksgiving!
« on: November 28, 2013, 07:37:14 AM »
happy thanksgiving everyone,,,, may you each have a special day:)

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