Updated Sherman Pass Road Closure information

We have updated info about the Sherman Pass closure just received from the Forest Service.

Updated 8/30/2018

KERNVILLE, Calif. — The Kern River Ranger District plans to temporarily close a section of the Sherman Pass Road No. 22S05, this fall to through traffic. The planned closure is due to contracted road, culvert, and bridge work near Fish Creek Campground on the Kern Plateau.
The Sherman Pass Road stretches west from the Upper Kern River and east to Highway 395.
The closure and bridge installation is planned for September 10 through December 15, 2018. The project site is just east of the Fish Creek campground.  
Contractors will be removing an undersized pipe (culvert) and replacing it with a bridge requiring the closure of both lanes.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions:
•    Where will the Sherman Pass Road be closed and signed?
On the west side, a sign is posted at the intersection of Mountain Road 99 and Sherman Pass (below Johnsondale Bridge), reading “WARNING - Road Closed 36 miles ahead at Fish Creek Campground – September 10 - December 15, 2018.”
On the east side, a sign is posted near the South Fork Bridge/Forest Service boundary, reading “WARNING - Road Closed 9 miles ahead at Jackass Road No. 21S01, September 10 - December 15, 2018,”
The actual road closure is located just east of Fish Creek Campground to the intersection of the Sherman Pass Road and Jackass Road.
•    Will there be other closures in the area?
The entrance to Jackass Road No. 21S01 will be closed to all traffic during contractor work hours (6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday).  The Jackass Road will be open to all traffic outside of contractor work hours.
•    Are deer hunting zones being affected?
All hunting zones will remain accessible. However, hunters may need to familiarize themselves with the road closure area before their trip.  Depending on the area, some destinations may require additional driving time.
•    Will there still be access to the Inyo National Forest?
The public will be able to access the Inyo National Forest. Monache and Powell Meadow will remain accessible through the west side of Sherman Pass Road and its junction with Mountain Road 99.
•    How will Smith Mountain area be accessed?
Access to the north area of Smith Mountain is through the west side of Sherman Pass Road (Kernville) using Smith Road No. 21S36 and Smith Meadow Road No. 20S39.  Access will be from the top down to Smith Meadow Road and exits will require using the same route.
Access to the south area of Smith Mountain is from the southeast using the Jackass Road No. 21S01 (with the contractor work hour’s closure described above) and the Smith Mountain Road No. 21S37.  Access will be from the bottom up to Smith Mountain Road and exits will require using the same routes.
•    How will we provide Medical or Fire Emergency Response?
All emergency traffic will respond as normal.
•    Will Fish Creek Campground remain open to the public?
Fish Creek Campground will remain open to the public. The closure is located just east of Fish Creek Campground.  Access to Fish Creek Campground will be from the west side of Sherman Pass (Kernville).
To lessen the impacts, all forest visitors/users are encouraged to plan ahead and call the Kernville Ranger Station for assistance in getting to your destinations.
This temporary closure may add several hours to your trip, depending on your chosen route.  Plan accordingly and have a safe trip.
For more information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station, open 7 days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (760) 376-3781. Closed on weekends commencing Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Sherman Pass road closure: September 10th to November 30th, 2018

The Kern River Ranger District announced an upcoming “temporary” through-traffic closure on the Sherman Pass Road located on the Kern Plateau. The closure is due to contracted road, culvert and bridge work east of Fish Creek Campground, September 10 through November 30th, 2018.

The Sherman Pass Road (Forest Road No. 22S05), stretches west from the Upper Kern River and east to Highway 395, across the Kern Plateau. Contractors will remove an undersized pipe (culvert) and replace it with a bridge, requiring the excavation and removal of the road bed across both lanes.

Fish Creek Campground will remain open during the project visitors will only be able to access Fish Creek campground from the west (Kernville) side of Sherman Pass.

To lessen the impacts, we ask forest visitors/users to call the Kernville or Blackrock Ranger Station, so we may assist you in getting to your destinations.

For more information, please call the Kernville Ranger Station, open 7-days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (760) 376-3781, or the Blackrock Visitor Center open Thursday through Monday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., (559) 539-2607, extension 2275.

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Ducor Telephone Holiday Schedule & Planned Internet Outages Week of 11/20

From Kevin in our local Ducor office:

I will be out of the office until 11-22-17. You can leave a detailed message at 559-850-0012 or e-mail me at kevinr@ducortelco.com and I will call you back, take care of your issue remotely, or have someone help you ASAP.

There will be one 15-minute outage on Monday 11-20-17 between 1 and 2 am and maybe another on Tuesday 11-21-17 for 15-minutes between 1 and 2 am.

Thank you for your patience with our upgrade and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Holiday closures for all Ducor offices:
November 23 and 24
December 22 and 25
January 1
I will still be available for any issues you may have.
Thank You!
Kevin Ryant
KM Exchange Manager

New KMPO&A Newsletter Editor Named!

This morning, Sunday October 1st, at the regular KMPO&A Board Meeting, Kitty Ferguson volunteered and the Board approved the acceptance of her as the new editor of the KMPO&A Newsletter.  This vacancy was previously announced in the just published Fall Edition of the Newsletter.

The KMPO&A members have been quite fortunate to have been so professionally served by Bernadette Tilger for the last six years. Our good fortune continues in finding such an able and enthusiastic replacement as Kitty.

Let us all welcome Kitty Ferguson!  And, as was so well articulated by Bernadette in her farewell editor's message, please now support Kitty by providing input, ideas and content for the newsletter - remember; it's YOUR newsletter!

Thank you from the Kennedy Meadows Fire Department!!

The Kennedy Meadows Fire Dept. would like to recognize the generous donations recently received. Scott and Kendra from Grumpy Bears donated the proceeds from a 50/50 raffle from their July BBQ. Johnnie and Suzy Cross donated the proceeds from their FBI BBQ sandwich sales for the Monte Boydston Tribute at the General Store'sChili Cookoff. The total donated exceeded $375 which is most appreciated.

Kennedy Meadows Volunteer Fire Department.

Lee Watson In Memoriam

Very sad to report that Lee Watson passed away recently while on a family trip to England.  We will all miss her giving personality and bright smile.

Larry Watson wrote this appreciation:

While on a trip to England and France, Lee Watson suffered a stroke and passed away in Epsom, England. The trip had put a big hole in her bucket list as seeing Paris was at the top.
Lee was born in Douglas Arizona in 1953 and grew up in Tucson, the daughter of Leo and Nadine Johnson. Graduated from the University of Arizona as a Systems Engineer in 1975 and made the only mistake in her life by marrying Larry. She gave up her career at Hughes Aircraft to, as she put it, do a harder job and raise a family. She had four kids, Leslie, Sarah, Ross, and Greg.

She was an expert in all disciplines of education, softball, baseball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, water polo and track and field. She attended countless practices and games and every school function involving her brood. She was a volunteer teacher's aide at Arlington High School in Riverside for fourteen years; exactly the same fourteen years she had at least one kid attending the school. They got away with nothing. Raising those kids was her proudest accomplishment.

During that time she directed that a cabin be built in Kennedy Meadows which was finished in 1990 and used extensively. Her kids lived in the city but grew up in the mountains. When the kids were up and gone she decided to rescue the family construction company by assuming the role of CEO, CFO and BMF. She agreed to retire in Kennedy Meadows if somebody built her a house to her specifications. Somebody did. She moved in in 2013. She loved her kids, house, cooking, reading, movies, stitchery, Kennedy Meadows and its people, and put up with her husband for 41 years, 6 months and one day.

She had a smile that would light up the darkest of times and places and was the most beautiful, approachable and friendly 6-foot tall redhead you could ever meet. There is no way a single page could convey the love she shared with so many and her impact on everyone who knew her. Sweet dreams and happy trails, Lee. You have no idea how much you will be missed. Rest in peace.  
- Larry Watson