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Archive - Sep 2012


September 25th

Film fans preparing for pilgrimage to Lone Pine

September 25, 2012

Eastern Sierra residents and film fans from all over the world will be gathering in Southern Inyo next month as the real West meets the “reel West” for the 23rd annual Lone Pine Film Festival.
More than 2,000 visitors will be checking into local hotels and camp sites for the annual Columbus Day weekend event, Oct. 5-7.
For three days attendees will be meeting filmmakers, actors, stunt men and other fans, touring film locations, enjoying music and maybe even dressing up as some of their favorite stars or characters.

September 24th

Deaths shock and sadden community

September 24, 2012

A grim discovery Sunday in West Bishop has shocked and saddened a local community and launched an investigation by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, investigators are working to determine the cause of death for two young residents whose bodies were found by a neighbor about 12:30 p.m. Sunday in a home on Pa Ha Lane.
“There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play,” Roper said. “An autopsy will take place to determine the cause of death.”

New executive director for IMACA

September 24, 2012

An East Coast transplant has replaced the long-time executive director for a local organization that provides services to residents from Coleville to Olancha and beyond.
Effective Sept. 5, Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. welcomed its new executive director Lynn Ann Bethel, said Administration Services Manager Jill Paydon for IMACA Human Resources.

Residents burning up over new fire fee

September 24, 2012

California residents are beginning to receive state bills demanding each property owner pay $150 per habitable dwelling in fire fees.
Locally, fire safe councils, residents and local leaders are working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to protest the fee, which they are calling an illegal double taxation.
The State Responsibility Area Fire Fee is intended to fund fire prevention education throughout the state, but, according to Bob Winzenread chairman of the Bishop Fire Safe Council, residents are already providing fire prevention funds through property tax payments.

Big Pine’s Fire Safe Council getting results

September 24, 2012

The efforts of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council are starting to pay visible dividends. Brush has been cleared close to residential areas and the Council has set Saturday, Oct. 13 as a Big Pine community clean-up day.

September 20th

Lill-sie M. Knower

September 20, 2012


Lill-sie M. Knower



Bomb scare at Lone Pine Post Office

September 20, 2012

Whether the contents of suspicious packages detonated by authorities late last week were intended as a practical joke, were the work of a mentally troubled individual or represent something far more sinister is now the work of investigators with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

21st annual music fest kicks off Friday

September 20, 2012


Break out the tie-dye and the sun hats because the Millpond Music Festival is coming to Bishop this weekend. 

Developer pushing ahead with Portal Preserve

September 20, 2012

After almost a decade of litigation and then Recession-related setbacks, a controversial housing development in Southern Inyo may finally be moving forward.
Lone Pine’s 27-lot housing development known as the Portal Preserve on Whitney Portal Road will officially open at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The project started in 2003 but was delayed by a prolonged, seven-year lawsuit until 2010, when the U.S. was at the height of one of the worst recessions on record.

‘Sharing our Culture’: Ft. Indy Tribe presents long-awaited pow wow

September 20, 2012


The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe invites everyone to enjoy feasting and fun, contests and celebration and, of course, drumming and dancing in its long-awaited, resurrected pow wow.