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Archive - Mar 2013


March 27th

Civil rights activist visiting Manzanar this April

March 27, 2013

The daughter of an early civil rights activist will be honored for her father’s contributions in that field as well as her own at this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Civil rights advocate Karen Korematsu will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at noon on Saturday, April 27. She is also a co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, which was named after her father who challenged the 1942 U.S. government internment order and was later integral in establishing an act that attempted to remedy that wrong.

Langley given new film commissioner contract

March 27, 2013

Lone Pine resident Chris Langley will continue to serve as the Inyo County film commissioner for at least another year.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a long-term contract with Langley that allows him to continue work he’s been doing on the county’s behalf for five years – and get paid for it.
Langley’s new contract will run from April 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $71,975.

March 25th

Threat of ‘superbugs’ low in Eastern Sierra

March 25, 2013

With cases of infection by antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” on the rise nationwide, local health facilities are on standby – although they say the chances of cases developing in this area are very low.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an increasing number of cases of new superbugs, a group of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which are not treatable with the strongest antibiotics currently available.

Farewell party Wednesday for longtime Healthy Communities director

March 25, 2013

Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo is saying farewell to its longtime director at the end of this month and in the meantime, community members are invited to join various local officials and residents in bidding Charles James a fond farewell later this week.
The Healthy Communities Board of Directors, along with a number of residents whose lives have been touched by James, are planning a farewell celebration of his service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at “The Building” in Lone Pine.

Debit, credit card thefts continue

March 25, 2013

Local authorities say residents are still being victimized by credit card fraud that, in many cases, can be traced to local businesses’ hacked computer systems.
As the Bishop Police Department continues its investigation, authorities are advising residents to use cash or checks whenever possible to protect their financial information from cybercrime hackers.
“We’re still getting reports on a day-to-day basis,” Bishop PD Public Information Officer Katie Coffman said. “It’s been slowing down some over the past couple weeks, but we’re still seeing about six reports, or more, a day.”

Dramatic mock crash focuses on distracted driving

March 25, 2013

Owens Valley youth are getting the benefit of a new focus on mock crash demonstrations that impress the potentially devastating results of distracted driving by teenage drivers – text messaging.
During a simulated vehicle collision, complete with play victims and real rescue and law enforcement personnel, Death Valley Unified School District middle and high school students saw the increasingly prevalent, devastating results of texting while driving, said DVUSD Superintendent Jim Copeland.

Peggy L. Fulton

March 25, 2013

Peggy L. Fulton

Peggy was born in Los Angeles on Sept. 26, 1947 and passed away in Hemet on March 20, 2013.
She was a loving wife to Thomas, and mother to Kimberly and Joseph.
She is survived by her husband, two children, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

March 22nd

Youth getting AVID about their future

March 22, 2013

Home Street Middle School eighth-graders had a chance to get a bird’s eye view of college life that may impact the way they look at their high school career.
During a four-day tour of several Southern California universities, HSMS teacher Tiffany Randall’s eighth-grade AVID class broadened its academic horizons, went sightseeing and was inspired by a renowned educator, Randall said.

Local officials on the move

March 22, 2013

Inyo County is poised to lose two longtime public officials while gaining an experienced public servant from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
In a bit of shuffling between the two counties, Auditor-Controller Leslie Chapman will be leaving the elected post she’s held since 2003 to take a similar position with Mono County. Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. Executive Director Pam Hennarty is resigning from her post, meanwhile, to serve as Inyo County’s deputy administrator, effective April 12 and Inyo County Counsel Randy Keller will be retiring this summer.

Sequester impacts coming to Eastern Sierra

March 22, 2013

Federal officials are working out the details of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs that were to be implemented as part of the March 1 federal sequester.
Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in reductions over the next decade designed to stop government overspending. The largest hit will be a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Defense Department. But smaller cuts to agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture could impact residents and visitors in the Eastern Sierra.

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