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August 14th

BREAKING: Hotel fire at Vagabond Inn

August 14, 2014

A fire broke out at the Vagabond Inn at 1030 North Main Street in Bishop, prompting an evacuation of the hotel, nearby businesses, and a closure of Main Street from Wye Road to Sierra streets shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Officials at the scene said Main Street would likely be closed for much of the morning.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire, Inyo County Sheriff's Office and Bishop Police Department all responded.

August 13th

From Sierra to Himalaya, a school takes hold

August 13, 2014

Halfway around the world in the high Himalayan mountains, a brand new school built by Eastern Sierra, Korean and Nepalese residents broke ground this spring, just three short years after Mammoth resident Wangdowa Sherpa first dreamed such a thing was possible in his home village.
“I was expecting it to happen eventually, but I did not expect it to happen so soon,” he said. “I am pleased and proud and honored and I thank all of the Eastern Sierran people who helped make this happen.”

And the winner is …

August 13, 2014

The Chamber of Commerce in Lone Pine announced the first through third place winners for this year’s Inyo County Photo Contest and thanked everyone for their entries. The photographs are used by the chamber to advertise Inyo County.
First place was awarded to Bert Dennison of Bishop. His photograph of “Storm over Aqueduct,” taken just outside of Pleasant Valley Reservoir on Mustang Mesa. He won $300 for his entry. The photograph is a perfect blend of stormy Eastern Sierra weather and water flowing through the valley floor.

Be a star at the Tri-County Fair

August 13, 2014

Singers of Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties have the chance to compete for bragging rights, prizes and a donation to their favorite charity during the Inyo, Mono, Alpine Idol Contest at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28.
The IMA Idol contest is a new feature at the fair that will have the best singers from the Tri-County area performing one or two songs on the MGD stage. The event is free for spectators with the price of admission to the Fair. Spectators will also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite performer.

August 11th

Remains of Chicago man found near Temple Crag

August 11, 2014

Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of a 27-year-old Chicago resident Wednesday evening. The SAR team determined the climber died from injuries suffered in a 500-foot fall.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on Aug. 6 by a local packer who reported finding an abandoned campsite near Third Lake in the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. Deputies learned that the camp was that of Brenton Wright. Officers learned that Wright had been in the Eastern Sierra for a month solo climbing various mountain routes.

Learning continues after school

August 11, 2014

The City of Bishop Community Service Department, Bishop Unified School District and Inyo County Superintendent of Schools are collaborating on The After School Program for grades 2-4 school age children.
Recreation Supervisor Waylon Cleland presented the concept to City Council on July 28. According to an agreement between the city and the county superintendent’s office, the program is “a well-developed afterschool program (that includes) instructional classes and team development.”

CG Roxanne LLC looking to build new pipeline

August 11, 2014

Inyo County Planning Commissioners denied a request from CG Roxanne LLC to amend a Conditional Use Permit for its expansion project 2-1 last week.

August 8th

‘Full Moon Over Mt. Whitney’ to shine at Smithsonian

August 8, 2014

Photographer Nolan Nitschke recently received a congratulatory message – he is a Wilderness Forever National Photo Competition finalist and his submission soon will be exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Support for ATV trails project mixed

August 8, 2014

Residents and visitors weighed in Wednesday on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the ATV Adventure Trails of the Eastern Sierra Project which, if implemented in a pilot project for two years, may allow ATV riders to travel from campsites and campgrounds to local stores, services and OHV trails using surface streets with restrictions.
Public input was gathered during a hearing hosted by the Inyo County Planning Commission in Independence. A public workshop followed that evening at City Hall in Bishop.

Yoemite fire-starter indicted

August 8, 2014

A grand jury this week indicted the man who accidentally started last summer’s Rim Fire on four federal charges.
Filed Thursday with U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, the indictment charges Keith Matthew Emerald, 32, with setting timber afire, leaving a fire unattended and unextinguished, violating a fire restriction and making a false statement to a government agency (a felony).

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