Archive - Sep 2013
Lone Pine resident and 2012 graduate Manuel Ruiz has won second place in the prestigious annual L.A. Screenplay Competition, which announced the final five finalists last week. These scripts are specially marked for production and will be passed around to producers in the business in hopes someone will decide to develop the project.
The final competition was described in a letter and an invitation to the final five red carpet event and ceremony.
Tuesday night in Lone Pine was a total scream-fest. The Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles took on the Silver Valley Trojans in a marathon volleyball match that went down to the fifth and final tie-breaking game.
The Eagles lost, by a hair, in a match that should bode well for this season. Lone Pine hit 90 of its 94 serves with 14 aces; the teamâ€™s passing kept the Trojans scrambling throughout the match.
â€śWe played a great overall match, team-wise,â€ť said coach Mel Joseph. â€śAt times our hesitation and communication getting to balls allowed the opposition to stay in the match.â€ť
When Utah residents Belinda Crnich and Charity Winsor decided they wanted to get married, they knew theyâ€™d have to go to California â€“ the closest state within driving distance where their union would be legally recognized.
And when the couple, dating for almost two years and living together for almost nine months, sat down to plan their nuptials, they knew theyâ€™d had to have their civil ceremony in Independence, Calif. â€“ a town whose name struck a chord with the women who have experienced their share of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.
Last week, residents of Big Pine and Independence weighed in with their opinions on the proposed General Plan and Zoning Code Update at workshops held by the Inyo County Planning Department.
Many of the comments mirrored those made in other community workshops, while some were contradictory.
For 16 years, animal care workers and residents of Inyo County have been trying to fund a new animal shelter to replace the outmoded facility currently operating in Big Pine. With the adoption of a new county operating budget on Sept. 17, the project will finally be getting under way.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has earmarked $200,000 toward the shelter project, which brings the total funds to roughly $500,000 to build a brand-new shelter to replace the aging cement structure on County and Reynolds roads.
Federal authorities are re-opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, asking local governments that may be impacted by the proposed nuclear waste site to offer suggestions on how to proceed.
According to Greg James, the county-contracted attorney who handles all Yucca Mountain matters, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reconsidering Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository site in response to lawsuits filed by the state of Washington and North Carolina after licensing proceedings for Yucca Mountain were suspended in 2009 due to a lack of funding.
Massive forest fires, like Californiaâ€™s Rim Fire that blanketed the Eastern Sierra in a stinging haze for weeks, generate different reactions.
East of the Rockies, itâ€™s hard to imagine the intensity of fire fed by years of underbrush racing to the top of 12,000-foot peaks. West of the Rockies, the reactions are more personal: â€śIt could, or has, been us.â€ť For those who know the Yosemite Valley, threatened by Rim, the reaction is deeply personal.
But for Bishopâ€™s James Denver, major forest fires are a whole different ball game; theyâ€™re a job.
Inyo County and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife will be meeting Monday to give Inyo County residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed critical habitat designations in the Eastern Sierra.
This weekend Millpond County Park will be the stage for a three-day music festival featuring a medley of melodies from an eclectic mix of musicians.
The weekend also includes workshop performances that allow attendees to interact with performers, as well as arts and crafts and face painting for youth.
According to Inyo Council for the Arts Director Lynn Cooper, the event is also a final summer camping trip for many residents and visitors.
After a period of no communication about an account in arrears, the Bishop Police Department and Symons Emergency Specialties are currently in negotiations with the hopes of renewing the contract for the benefit of both entities and the community at large.