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August 2nd

A mule for every year …

August 2, 2013

It’s hard to match the physical scale and impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, but walking 100 mules along the length of the aqueduct, from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, might match the aqueduct for sheer audacity and could top the 100-year-old structure when it comes to creating a landscape-scale artwork.
The mule caravan will also likely be the most visible, unique and, in some situations, unavoidable event marking the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which started bringing water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 1913.

Bishop to L.A.: A mayoral meeting of the minds

August 2, 2013

Bishop Mayor Laura Smith showered the Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles with several well-received, meaningful gifts during her recent goodwill visit that she says yielded promised talks about local land releases.
At the June 28 City and County Liaison Committee meeting, city council members hit upon the idea of a mayor-to-mayor visit “to introduce ourselves to the new mayor of Los Angeles, (Eric Garcetti), congratulate him on his election and possibly breach the topic of (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) land releases in our area,” Smith said.

Remarkable resident remembered

August 2, 2013

Inyo County has lost not only its Citizen of the Year, but also a beloved community leader, philanthropist and friend to virtually anyone in need.
Those are the words being used to describe Lone Pine’s “Rattlesnake” Dave Haas, who died early Tuesday morning with friends and family by his side. He was 78.
Haas will be remembered for his many philanthropic endeavors, not the least of which is the refurbishing of “The Building” to serve as a community center in Lone Pine, or his many hours at the grill or skillet as he cooked up fundraiser breakfasts and dinners.

August 1st

Family survives crash landing near Lone Pine

August 1, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 30 ––– Inyo County sheriff’s officials said an Orange County family is lucky to be alive after a single-engine airplane carrying them home from Mammoth Lakes had to make an emergency landing in a field south of Lone Pine.
According to Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, pilot Sohail Simjee and three passengers, all of Orange County, flew out of the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday in a small Bonanza aircraft.

Parolee pulls gun, runs from cops

August 1, 2013

TUESDAY, JULY 30 ––– A 21-year-old Los Angeles resident started his Monday morning by allegedly brandishing a weapon at a jogger and ended it in Inyo County Jail, held without bail on multiple charges.
Tommy Courtney is being charged with armed robbery, brandishing a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, evading and parole violation.
According to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Courtney was driving a red Mini Cooper about 6:30 a.m. when he passed a

Smoke prompts health advisory for Bishop

August 1, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 –– Great Basin Air Pollution Control District issued a Stage 1 health advisory this morning for northern Inyo County – the first time it’s had to do so since the Aspen Fire broke out in Sierra National Forest July 22.
Smoke from the fire, which grew another 2,000 acres overnight, has been plaguing Mammoth, Crowley Lake and Bishop for the past nine days – obscuring views and contributing to elevated air pollution levels.

July 30th

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Steffen

July 30, 2013

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Steffen

Margaret “Peggy” Steffen, age 91, resident of Bishop for 12 years, born in Long Beach, on May 11, 1922, passed away July 21, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Patrick Hannah; and daughter-in-law Jhom.
An open house/memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Peggy’s home.

Mary Ellen Mayfield

July 30, 2013

Mary Ellen Mayfield

Mary Ellen Mayfield passed away July 3, 2013 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Mary Ellen was born in Bartlett on May 10, 1938. She was a graduate of Lone Pine High School.
Mary Ellen worked at the Bank of America Lone Pine branch for 11 years before going to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she retired with 28 years of service. After her retirement, she and Jim moved to Ridgecrest.

Remembering the voice of the Eastern Sierra

July 30, 2013

He had one of the most recognizable voices in the Eastern Sierra – a voice he used for more than two decades to greet listeners each morning with their favorite songs, humorous anecdotes, congratulations on milestones and achievements, event announcements and summaries of the important news of the day.
Chances are better than good that if you lived, worked or grew up in the Owens Valley during the 1980s or ’90s, at some point – if not on a regular basis – you started your day with John Young.

Tri-County Fair daze coming soon

July 30, 2013

Sow it, grow it and show it at this year’s Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 1.
The Tri-County Fair Board and staff at the fairgrounds have released the 2013 Exhibitor’s Guidebook, available at the Fair office and online at, and have announced the flavors for this year’s contests and the line-up of entertainers for the annual Labor Day weekend event.

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