1,000 words or more
The use of photography to document the changing Native American cultures in the Owens Valley and the West will be the topic of a presentation on Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.
The focus of the presentation will be the museum’s latest exhibit, “1,000 Words or More … : Photogravures by Edward S. Curtis and Photographs by Andrew A. Forbes.” The exhibit presents the two men’s differing perspectives on how photography was used to capture the changing West and Native American cultures at the turn of the 20th Century.
Guest Curator Richard Stewart will discuss the differences. He will also discuss the photogravure process, and the history of the camera as an instrument to document history and cultures. Stewart, a member of the Big Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, is an artist, poet, teacher, and museum exhibit designer. He was a consultant to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for an exhibit of Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone basketry and a consultant to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, for an exhibit of Forbes photographs, in addition to working with the Eastern California Museum, the Manzanar National Historic Site and other museums in Southern California.
The exhibit will remain in place until February 2012. The Eastern California Museum is located at 155 N. Grant, Street, Independence, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, call 760.878.0258, or check the web at www.inyocounty.us/ecmuseum.
TOML Sign Code Update
The Town of Mammoth Lakes is updating sign regulations as part of the Zoning Code Update. The public is invited to contribute any comments or observations during a Public Hearing on the Sign Code Update as part of the Planning Commission’s meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. in Suite Z, aka the Town Council Chambers. Comments about signs during the Town’s February workshops and revised sign regulations have already addressed many issues. View the Sign Code Update at www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=387.
The Planning Commission will review and discuss the proposed update to the Sign Chapter and listen to public feedback. After completing the public hearing, the Planning Commission will forward a recommendation on the proposed Sign Chapter to the Town Council. A public hearing will then be held with the Town Council to make a decision on the Sign Code Update.
E-mail or call Jen Daugherty, Associate Planner, at 760.934.8989 ext. 260 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to provide your comments.
Meet INF Supervisor Armenta
New Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta will be available for introductions at one of a number of regional meet-and-greet receptions being hosted for him by the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA.)
Armenta arrived in Bishop on April 11 from his most recent position as the District Ranger of the Payson District of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
The public is welcome and invited to join Forest Service and ESIA staff at one of the following receptions and help welcome Armenta to the Eastern Sierra: on Thursday, April 28, from 4-6 p.m. in Bishop @ Whiskey Creek Restaurant, 524 N. Main St.; on Monday, May 1, from 4-6 p.m. in Lee Vining @ Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center; on Thursday, May 5, from 4-6 p.m. in Mammoth @ Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center; and on Wednesday, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. in Lone Pine @ Lone Pine Film History Museum.
For information, call Nancy Upham at 760.873.2427 or Debbe Eilts at 760.873.2411. –USFS
Fuelwood season opens May 1
The Inyo National Forest’s personal use fuelwood season will open Sunday, May 1. Fuelwood permits will go on sale at local Forest Service Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers beginning Monday, April 25. Maps showing areas open to cutting are available with a purchased Fuelwood permit, which are $14 per cord, with a two cord minimum purchase. The maximum purchase remains 6 cords per person and 12 cords per household.
Current supplies of firewood can be found at Hartley, Smoke, and Rust Forest Management Areas, which can be located on the fuelwood map. Due to a heavy snow year, not all areas are snow-free at this time. Permit holders are advised to check in with their local Forest Service Ranger Stations and Visitor Centers for current hours, conditions and accessibility.
Fuelwood permits may be obtained at the following locations:
Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining: 760.647.3044
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center in Mammoth Lakes: 760.924.5500
White Mountain Ranger Station in Bishop: 760.873.2500
InterAgency Visitor Center in Lone Pine: 760.876.6222.
National Forest again will institute shut down days (for chainsaw use) based upon the daily Project Activity Level. Permit holders can call 760.873.2555 for information on shut down days.
The Fuelwood Strategy, developed with public participation in 1998, will continue to be implemented this year. Large ends of all downed logs (those portions greater than 30 inches in diameter) are required to remain on the forest floor for wildlife habitat and recycling of soil nutrients. –USFS