The University of California White Mountain Research Station invites the public to a special lecture on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Joseph Kurtak, author of the book, Mine in the Sky, will present a talk with the same title. Kurtak will talk about the history of the Pine Creek tungsten mine which is located 14 miles northwest of Bishop in Pine Creek Canyon. The mine supplied much of the defense needs of the United States for the mineral tungsten during World War II and was a major contributor to the Bishop economy for nearly 54 years before closing in 1990. All lectures are FREE to the public. White Mountain Research Station is located at 3000 East Line Street in Bishop. For more information, call 760.873.4344.