Mark Lacey talks ranches, DWP


Conversation 75 of 100 Conversations About Water:

Owens Valley DWP Leases and the Long Term Water Agreement


Owens Valley Rancher Mark Lacey will be the featured speaker at Conversation 75 of Metabolic Studio’s One Hundred Conversations about Water. 

Lacey will describe the provisions of the Long Term Water Agreement and 1991 EIR which support continued use of DWP lands by the local ranching community, and discuss recent proposals by DWP to modify the Ranchers’ leases in violation of the Agreement.

Monday, June 9, 2014 6:30 pm at the Metabolic Studio IOU Garden, 238 N. Main St. For More information call 510-468-7113.



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14 Responses to Mark Lacey talks ranches, DWP

  1. Trouble June 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I would like to know why I have seen a continued increase in no hunting signs being posted on several of the leased lands in the Owens? I thought the ranchers had to keep a percentage of the leased land open. Anybody Know?

    • Wayne Deja June 7, 2014 at 11:39 am #

      Trouble….Thinking it maybe could be more directed to the “shooters” and not the REAL hunters…you know,the kind of “hunters” that sit at the gates in their trucks waiting for the elk to come out of the hills and onto the pastures…then start firing away……or the “sport shooters” that go out with their bottles and cans and plywood and targets…and when they leave, the horrible mess they leave behind.Once again,the actions of most ruin it for all….

      • Trouble June 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

        Wayne, once again you are just babbling about a subject you know zero about. My question was about mainly about dove and quail hunting. Elk tags are like one in twenty thousand up here. I just asked if any one knew about the percentage of land they are allowed to post. Once agian you are very good at changing the topic. How about trying to answer a question ?

      • Tom O June 8, 2014 at 6:50 am #

        Hey Wayne,
        I am a ‘sport shooter’, please dont generalize. In June Lake we clean up the gun range 1x /wk. We dont need the forest service,MCSD, or anyone to ‘help’ regulate our range. Volunteerism is pretty popular with all my target shooting friends. We dont shoot up refrigerators, TVs, microwaves ect. Just targets.
        Dont show ignorance by making blanket statements. If you are offended by the crap left at the various shooting areas, then get off yer arse and start picking up.

        • Wayne Deja June 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

          Tom O….Then you and your friends are the exception…Come down to Inyo County….where there isn’t a shooting range….and take a look-see at the areas people choose to shoot…like you say,refrigerators,T,V.’S,stoves,ovens,bottles,toys and dolls….you name it….they shoot it….and leave it.. when they decide to take off.

          • Benett Kessler June 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

            There is a nice shooting range in Bishop where people clean up after themselves and keep the range useable for all members.

          • Wayne Deja June 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

            Benett…I’m sure the shooting ranges….where people have to pay to use, and run by employees, are kept nice and clean and safe…but the “free places”,like the desert,not so much….5 miles west of HWY 395 on Mazourka Canyon road is a good example…a place on Horseshoe Meadow Rd near Tuttle Creek Campground…another not so nice and clean…and the worst,just outside of town on Whitney Portal Road,north along the aquaduct..trash,litter,appliances,toys,broken bottles,tires,etc.

          • Benett Kessler June 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

            There are no employees. Members clean up after themselves. Life’s not perfect, Wayne. BK

          • RAM June 9, 2014 at 9:36 am #

            “where people have to pay to use, and run by employees”

            Inyo & Mono County doesn’t have the population to support a place to shoot where you would pay and it would be ran by employees like on San Francisquito Canyon Rd North of Valencia.

            Wayne seems out of touch on some issues

    • RAM June 7, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Those signs are up because many hunters don’t have the common courtesy necessary to hunt on leased land, so the ranchers put the signs up.

      I get it

      • Wayne Deja June 10, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

        RAM….Sorry….I don’t go to shooting ranges….long ago learned going shooting is much more fun…and a LOT safer when others aren’t around…but when I do go shooting ,I clean up any messes I’ve made and not expecting OTHERS to do it for me.

  2. Philip Anaya June 6, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    Mr. Lacey is well respected by the Ranchers, the DWP and the Community. He redefines the term Huevos Rancheros. His contributions to the Valley and the contributions of his Spouse to the life of the Owens Valley agricultural community are historic. Hey T, maybe best to support the Ranchers by learning about the many challenges they face with the elements, the drought , let alone the DWP and the hungry hunters. Time to make that journey to Lone Pine to hear some truth of the cowboy way.

  3. Eastside Bum June 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm #

    It would be nice if someone explained the history of all these so called “conversations” about water. I see we are on number 75, out of 100. Who or what is “Metabolic Studios” and where did they come from? Never heard of such a place in Lone Pine, even though it’s a small town. Are they an educational organization, or a group attempting to tell stories?

    I know we have the White Mountain Research facility and SNARL lectures every year, but there seems to be a new kid on the block!!

    • The Aggressive Progressive June 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

      Hello Eastside Bum, as a resident of Lone Pine, I can give you some background to some of those questions you asked;
      From what I understand the 100 conversations has been creating a place where people can come and share ideas, history, stories and perspectives revolving around water, I know I have not participated in enough of them myself, but the next one will have a environmental law expert in attendance, I don’t intend to miss that one..
      They are very much a educational organization, they teach food sustainability by way of example, they were also a big part in the “100 mules” walk to LA a few months ago..
      Metobolic studio deserves respect in my book, anybody and everybody is welcome to go and see what they have cooking…


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