California Department of Transportation Current Highway Conditions Search (see Highway 395 and Highway 168). Note (6/30/19): the CalTrans site for CA highway conditions is undergoing updates, so some previous links are broken. I'll update here as their site is revamped.
Tioga Pass current conditions (National Parks Service)
Mammoth area weather resources from Howard Sheckter
The Inyo County Road Department has posted guidelines for snow removal in Aspendell. The guidelines state that snow removal will "occur during daylight hours only and after a minimum of three inches of snow has accumulated on the county roadway. Three inches on a deck or in a yard does not mean that there is three inches on the roadway. Snow may not build up as rapidly on the black pavement...If the Road Department determines that more than two feet of snow has fallen during any one shift in mountainous areas, snow removal operations will be suspended until after the storm has passed. In addition, when conditions become so severe that Road Crews cannot keep up with falling snow and the threat of avalanches becomes likely, Road Crews may leave the area until such time as it is safe to resume snow removal operations."
Depending on snowfall amount and location, access, safety, and available resources, Aspendell roads may not be prioritized for snow removal in some cases. Keep vehicles, equipment and landscaping/construction materials off of the streets during snow removal months (generally November through April or May).
For the 2018/2019 Aspendell snowfall & avalanche summary from Inyo County Avalanche Forecaster Sue Burak, click here
Avalanche information from avalanche.org
CodeRED is an emergency alert system for location-based public safety alerts (e.g. natural disasters, fires, dangerous environmental conditions, etc.). From the Inyo County Sheriff's Department: "CodeRED IS THE NUMBER ONE MECHANISM FOR INFORMING YOU DURING A LOCAL EMERGENCY OR DISASTER. CodeRED is an opt-in, high-speed notification solution that quickly delivers emergency messages to targeted areas or the entire county. Because the notifications are geographically based, a street address is required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation." Download the CodeRED Mobile Alert App and/or create a CodeRED account.
If you or someone in your household may need special assistance in case of an emergency ("physical, medical, mobility, or other conditions that would require special assistance during a disaster, evacuation, or other community emergency"), consider completing and returning this voluntary registration form.
The Inyo County Office of Emergency Services "Emergency Operations Plan" can be seen in full here.
For earthquake safety information, with resources specific to Inyo & Mono counties, click here.
For tips on emergency preparedness, follow these Emergency Planning steps.
From prepareforpowerdown.com: "In order to keep communities safe, your local energy company may need to turn off power during extreme weather or wildfire conditions. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff." Visit the site to sign up for alerts from your provider, to learn about ways to prepare for power shutoffs, and for additional information. To receive power outage alerts from Southern California Edison, visit their PSPS site or call 1-(800)-655-4555 and select "Trouble Order."
For information on weather-related power outages from SCE, click here
Visit ready.gov for planning & response information in case of natural disasters & other emergencies
To download the Inyo County/City of Bishop "Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan," click here
Be ready! Some emergency equipment to consider: Non-electric landline phone; battery-powered lights; ways to keep mediciation chilled if necessary; alternative power source for medical equipment (e.g. CPAP machine, oxygen generator); plans for garage door opening, cooking, water heating, and home heating if appliances are electric, etc.
We are extremely lucky to have an active volunteer fire department in the canyon, which is supported by community donations. ASFVFD services are rendered without regard to the origin of the contributions received. Membership is voluntary and supporting membership fees are not a consideration for services provided. The ASFVFD service statement is posted here. For more information please visit the ASFVFD website.
If you witness a sewer overflow (typically from a manhole cover) in Aspendell, please notify Bishop Police Department at (760) 873-5866. Bishop P.D. will contact the proper authority. Inyo County maintains an agreement with the City of Bishop who will dispatch a crew to remedy the problem. If you observe a sewer problem on your property, contact one of the local plumbing or drain clearing services.
To receive community email updates and newsletters from the APOA, send an email to email@example.com.
Join Nextdoor for Aspendell to read, share and respond to updates & questions from neighbors in the community.
9/5/2019 - Water line work has started: Work has started on the new pipe, with big equipment & crews working on digging the trench behind the Columbine Drive cul-de-sac. Some cabins will be affected by water shut-offs.
7/31/2019 - New well and water line update (thanks Scott McKenzie for sharing): The pipeline contractor will begin work on the water lines on or about 8/26/19. Work will commence on both sides of Highway 168 but will not interrupt traffic on the highway. A few homes will have water service interrupted during a switch-over and disinfection process. Drilling of the well is scheduled to begin during the first or second week of August with most work taking place adjacent to Cardinal Road. Most work should be completed by mid September barring any unforeseen circumstances.
7/16/2019 - APOA meeting agenda: Click here to download the agenda for the July 2019 APOA meeting.
7/16/2019 - Moth update: Still only a few each night!
7/11/2019 - Bear update: The bear broke into a dumpster on Columbine Drive this week. Keep food & garbage secure!
6/25/2019 - Fuels reduction program: The current program the current USFS program is the Fuels Reduction Project. A Forest Service contractor will be removing trees and brush from forest service land in the Aspendell area during summer 2019 and perhaps next year depending on the progress.
Aspendell (elev. 8400') is a small unincorporated community located 14 miles southwest of Bishop, CA in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains. For a brief summary of Aspendell's history (from the old APOA Welcome Packet), click here.
In case of emergency, DIAL 9-1-1. Dispatchers will contact the appropriate agencies.
There are multiple ways to stay updated on situations in the Aspendell area:
To receive updates and newsletters from the APOA (not emergency notifications), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Nextdoor ("The private social network for your neighborhood") for Aspendell to read, share and respond to updates & questions from neighbors in the community! Click here to sign up by entering your Aspendell street address.
Aspendell has a sewer system that delivers waste to a U.S. Forest Service treatment facility located near Big Trees Campground. The waste is transported through sewer lines owned by Inyo County. Sewer charges are billed as part of your property tax assessment. If you witness a sewer overflow (typically from a manhole cover) please notify: Bishop P.D. at (760) 873-5866. Bishop P.D. will contact the proper authority. Inyo County maintains an agreement with the City of Bishop who will dispatch a crew to remedy the problem. If you observe a sewer problem on your property, contact one of the local plumbing or drain clearing services.
The Aspendell South Fork Volunteer Fire Department's siren is tested daily at noon (12 pm). Please visit the ASFVFD website for information about what to do if you hear a non-testing siren.
The Inyo County Road Department has posted policies for snow removal in Aspendell. The general policy states that snow removal will "occur during daylight hours only and after a minimum of three inches of snow has accumulated on the county roadway. Three inches on a deck or in a yard does not mean that there is three inches on the roadway. Snow may not build up as rapidly on the black pavement." Depending on snowfall location, access, safety, and available resources, residential streets in Aspendell may not be prioritized for snow removal in some cases.
No. Keep vehicles, equipment and landscaping feature off the streets during snow removal months (generally November through April or May).
Click here for information about the Inyo County Planning Department's Short-Term Rental Ordinance.
Mailboxes are associated with parcels, not property owners, and cannot be transferred once assigned. There are currently no remaining available mailboxes in Aspendell, so you may want to consider a P.O. Box at the Bishop Post Office.
No. There is no Aspendell HOA. The Aspendell Property Owners Association (APOA) is a group of volunteers who organize community events, facilitate services and disseminate information to the community. There are no dues to be a member of the APOA - if you own property in Aspendell, you are automatically a member!
Short answer: no. The occasional text message will get through (depending on weather, wind, fairy dust, planetary alignment, etc.) -- but plan on no cell reception up here. Make communication plans accordingly.
Yes. Relatively high-speed and reliable internet (fast enough for streaming, conference calls, etc.) is available through Schat Communication. You may also want to check with Frontier Communications, or HughesNet for satellite internet service.
Yes. Black bears are frequently seen in and around Aspendell. Remove food and scented items from cars and dispose of waste in bear-safe dumpsters. Help keep bears, people, and property safe by acting responsibly in bear country. See bear-aware suggestions from the California Department of Fish and Game.
Contact Wildcare Eastern Sierra and follow their suggestions for what to do if you find a wild animal that needs help.
There are several businesses in Bishop Creek Canyon where you can get food and basic goods, including Cardinal Village Resort in Aspendell. See the links to other local businesses here. Keep in mind that services are limited and business hours may change depending on the season, so you may want to check or call beforehand.
No. The closest gas station is 14.5 miles down Highway 168 at Manor Market in Bishop.
Miller moths pass through Aspendell in summer months (June/July), with numbers and duration depending on environmental conditions. Links for more information are provided below:
Cabin moths information from Colorado State University: "Moths in the Home"
Miller moths facts from CSU Extension: "Miller moths"
Questions and answers about miller moths by Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs
Fishing season in Bishop Creek Canyon starts...A California fishing license is required for all fisherpeople age 16 years or older, and can be purchased in Aspendell at Cardinal Village Resort or...More information about fishing in the area is provided below:
Inyo County fish planting schedule from CA Department of Fish & Wildlife
Dave's Sierra Fishing website
Fish Bishop Year-Round! from the Bishop Visitor Center
Due to lower atmospheric pressure at higher altitude, water boils at a lower temperature and evaporation increases. This causes leavening agents (baking powder, yeast, etc.) to expand too quickly, which makes baked goods rapidly rise, then collapse. If your cakes and cookies look deflated, see below for some high-altitude baking recipes and tips:
Recipes and tips for high-altitude cooking from The Spruce Eats
High altitude tips from Betty Crocker
High altitude cooking and baking by Mountain Mama Cooks
High altitude baking tips from Cook's Illustrated
Camping is allowed in designated sites in Bishop Creek Canyon. Luckily, there are many! See the link below for more information:
All the Ins and Outs of Bishop Creek Camping from the Bishop Visitor Center
Bishop Police Department: (760) 873-5866
California Highway Patrol: (760) 872-5900
Inyo Sheriff's Department (Bishop substation): (760) 873-7887
Northern Inyo Hospital - Bishop: (760) 873-5811
Inyo County Offices: (760) 873-8481
Bishop Post Office: (760) 873-3526
Philip DeSenze - White Mountain District Ranger (USFS)
Phone: (760) 873-2515
Kelley Williams - Director, Inyo County Emergency Management Services
Address: Inyo County Administration, 136-A South Jackson St., P.O. Drawer N, Independence, CA 93526
Chris Cash - Inyo County Assistant Public Works Director & Road Superintendent
Phone: (760) 878-0201
Address: County of Inyo, P.O. Drawer Q, Independence, CA. 93526
Heather Stone - Interagency Vegetation Management Team Leader (BLM/Inyo National Forest Fuel Reduction Program)
Contact information coming soon.
Address: 111 Columbine, Bishop 93514
Address: 117 Columbine Drive, Bishop, CA 93514
APOA email: email@example.com
President: Jan Almquist, (760) 920-0448, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Marilyn Bruner, (760) 873-8748
Treasurer: Shelley Thompson
Secretary: Julie Montoya, email: email@example.com
Website: Allison Horst, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 117A Columbine Drive, Bishop, CA 93514
Emergency contact: Ken Kuencer (760) 872-3271
Address: 138 Alpine Drive, Bishop, CA 93514
Website: Wildcare Eastern Sierra
Phone: (760) 872-1487
Cardinal Village Resort: cafe & general store, cabins for rent, gifts, souvenirs, fishing licenses
Lake Sabrina Boat Landing and Cafe: cafe, snacks, merchandise, kayak rentals
Bishop Pack Outfitters: horseback trail rides, photography trips, camping, hiking, fly fishing trips
Parcher's Resort: cabin rentals, general store, cafe
Bishop Creek Lodge: cabin rentals, restaurant, bar, snacks
Rainbow Pack Outfitters: trail rides, fishing trips, pack trips
Frontier Telephone Repair Service: (800) 921-8101
Schat Communication: (760) 873-4377
Southern California Edison Emergency Service & Information: (800) 655-4555
US Forest Service White Mountain District (Bishop Office): (760) 873-2500
If you have photos of Aspendell that we can share on the site, please send them to Allie at email@example.com (include a month and year of photo if possible). Thank you!