The Sierra Reader July 13 2023

We have a local Latino Conservation Week Champion: Bishop Mayor Pro Tem Jose Garcia!

Our fair city’s first ever Hispanic immigrant Councilman, now Mayor Pro Tem, Jose Garcia, is a steadfast supporter of Latino Conservation Week and our local “Nature, Connectivity and Credit” (“Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito“) resource fair, which is taking place Sat., July 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of AltaOne Federal Credit Union, at 462 N. Main Steet in Bishop. Councilman Garcia will deliver a greeting in English and Spanish to the community  during the event, which is being organized by Friends of the Inyo together with AltaOne, the National Park Service, Cerro Coso Community College, and…


Friends of the Inyo’s Lou Medina talks Latino Conservation Week, Interpretive Hikes, Anti-Mining issues and more with KMMT’s John DeMaria

Friends of the Inyo’s Lou Medina was a guest on KMMT-FM’s “Arts, Culture & Entertainment” (ACE) Show Friday, where he discussed FOI’s upcoming Latino Conservation Week Bilingual Outreach, “Nature, Connectivity and Credit,” to be held at AltaOne Federal Credit Union in Bishop (462 N. Main Street) on Sat., July 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tell and bring your amigos who are unbanked or lack a credit/debit card so they can apply for one from AltaOne. There will also be lots of other information, 2 FREE TACOS EACH for the first 200 attendees, courtesy of AltaOne. See you there!

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Nature, Connectivity and Credit! Latino Conservation Week Event on 7/15 Offers Free Food, the Opportunity to Apply for Credit, Education and More!

The idea behind this FREE 4-7 p.m. event Sat., July 15 (2 FREE tacos to the first 200 attendees!) at AltaOne Federal Credit Union, 426 N. Main St. in Bishop, is to have the local Latino and other underrepresented communities come and learn about credit, apply for a credit/debit card with AltaOne, learn to navigate national park websites, and get information on other resources: how to recreate responsibly in nature, how to strengthen their home against wildfires,  how to enroll at Cerro Coso Community College, how to find local jobs, and more. Read our full media release.

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Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito (Nature, Connectivity and Credit) – Latino Conservation Week Event Coming to Bishop July 15!

Many national parks now require entry fees to be paid via credit or debit card. With access to nature—a costly affair—already a challenge for Latinos, cashless access to national parks represents still another barrier for ubanked Latinos to enjoy the great outdoors. In response to this, Friends of the Inyo is hosting a FREE bilingual outreach event called “Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito” (“Nature, Connectivity and Credit”) in Bishop on July 15, as part of Latino Conservation Week. In partnership with AltaOne Federal Credit Union, Naturaleza, Conectividad y Crédito aims to help local Latinos and others apply for credit to facilitate…


Listen to FOI’s Desert Lands Organizer, Jaime Lopez Wolters, talk to KMMT’s John DeMaria about our upcoming Dark Desert Skies Campout May 19-21!

If you have not yet made up your mind about joining Friends of the Inyo for our FREE Spring Dark Desert Skies Campout at Conglomerate Mesa this coming weekend, May 19-21, perhaps listening to our Desert Lands Organizer, Jaime Lopez Wolters, talk about the wonders that await will entice you. Listen to his guest appearance on KMMT FM Radio’s Arts, Culture & Entertainment (ACE) Show last Friday, May 12, get to know him a little better, and learn what you will be missing if you don’t join us for what promises to be a wonderful experience under the stars!

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This year’s winter has FOI Stewardship Director feeling like a ‘dizzy ballerina’

By Lindsay Butcher, Stewardship Director The winter of 2022-2023 has been a doozy! As of the day I’m writing this blurb in late March, we are inching closer and closer to an all-time record snowpack, just shy of the 1952 record, with more precipitation on the way! This means we’ve had to be, well…flexible, to say the least, about managing our usual season of low-elevation Stewardship Events. Starting in November with the American Alpine Club’s Bishop Craggin’ Classic: The original project site was covered in 3 inches of snow the week before. Friends of the Inyo was able to pivot at…

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FOI’s ‘Friends of Our Lands’ Column on Manzanar on the Front Page of this week’s Sierra Reader and El Sol de la Sierra!

In mid-March of this year, Friends of the Inyo’s Louis (Lou) Medina visited Manzanar National Historic Site for a private archeological tour arranged by our friends at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest. It was truly an eye-opening experience led by Manzanar’s Cultural Resources Program Manager Jeff Burton. Lou wrote about the experience in English for this week’s issue of The Sierra Reader, and in Spanish for El Sol de la Sierra. His front-page story also reminds readers of the upcoming Manzanar Pilgrimage scheduled to take place April 29. Download a pdf version of The Sierra Reader by clicking here. Download…

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Listen to Friends of the Inyo’s Lou Medina talk from the heart on KMMT Radio about the importance of #GivingTuesday

Why is it important to give to charities on #GivingTuesday, and why, specifically, should you give to Friends of the Inyo at this time? If you don’t listen to KMMT’s John DeMaria’s interview with Friends of the Inyo’s Communications and Philanthropy Director Lou Medina, you’ll never know. Have a listen – then, if you get inspired, please go to and give to support our mission: To protect and care for the public lands of the Eastern Sierra. Your donation will be doubled thanks to a matching gift of $21,000!

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Friends of the Inyo’s #GivingTuesday ‘Reach for the Sky’ Campaign is now LIVE!

This #GivingTuesday, ‘Reach for the Sky’ in Support of Public Lands Protection! We invite you to look at Friends of the Inyo’s accomplishments in 2022, so you can see that your gift is a sound investment in the Protection and Care of the Public Lands of the Eastern Sierra. Click here to learn about our accomplishments, then scroll down to give – YOUR DONATION WILL BE DOUBLED. Thank you!