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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 287

Grand opening for Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center

More than 200 guests, including dignitaries from local, State, and Federal agencies, gathered for the grand opening of new Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center ceremony last Saturday (June 23, 2007) at Lone Pine.

The Fiddlin' Foresters entertained the crowd
The Fiddlin' Foresters entertained the crowd

The new Visitor Center was dedicated to the memories of BLM Bishop Field Manager Steve Addington and Martha Miklaucic, Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Interpretative Association (ESIA), who were both instrumental in bringing the community together to design and build the facility.  Steve passed away in 2002 and Martha in 2006.

BLM State Director Mike Pool acknowledged Steve’s wife, Kathy, and her family, who attended and help cut the ribbon formally opening the new facility, which looks out on scenic Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in California, at 14,491 feet.  Pool noted that Steve loved to hike the Sierra, and had scaled Whitney several times.

“If he were here today, he’d sign all of you up for a hike following the festivities,” Pool said, “and if you didn’t come prepared, he’d lend you a daypack,”  noting Steve’s great affection for the mountains and the Eastern Sierra and his passion to share it with others.

Steve Addington's wife, Kathy (center) cut the ribbon with her sister and brother-in-law

Steve Addington's wife, Kathy, stands behind the ribbon with her sister and brother-in-law, before she takes part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony

Master of ceremonies Bill Dunkelberger, current BLM Bishop Field Manager, introduced Pool and other VIP speakers from City, County, State, and Federal agencies, as well as ESIA, who all described the unique partnership that led to the new $3.2 million Center.

A sizable crowd attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony:
About 200 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony

BLM California News.bytes, issue 287

Last updated: 06-27-2007