September 5th, 2014
The community of Lone Pine has left such an impression on British filmmaker John Jessup that he‚Äôs returning next month to film a documentary on the Lone Pine Film Festival, local community members and the area‚Äôs relationship with Hollywood over the years.
Jessup released a trailer for his Lone Pine documentary, entitled ‚ÄúShowdown at Lone Pine‚ÄĚ last month. The short clip is available at the Lone Pine Film Museum‚Äôs website: http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org, and on Jessup‚Äôs website: http://www.creativejohnny.co.uk/.
As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. approaches, United Blood Services and a team of local nonprofit groups are preparing for the annual fall blood drive in Bishop.
United Blood Services will host the blood drive from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Wednesday, Sept. 10, and from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.
According to UBS Donor Recruitment Representative Monika Wiegers, the goal is to collect 200 units during this three-day drive.
The owners of a home in Aspendell known as the ‚ÄúAvalanche House‚ÄĚ are hoping to attract a buyer soon, even though the property has a nickname that could curb enthusiasm for the place.
Just as the City of Bishop is in the middle of planning for future economic development, Inyo County is in the process of getting public as well as professional input on its planned improvements of the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport ‚Äď seen as a potential money-maker for the region.
United We Ride will be gathering next Saturday, Sept. 14, for its annual 9/11 Memorial Poker Run and barbecue to raise money for three local charities.
The 13th annual poker run will kick off with registration from 9-11 a.m. at Elks Park on West Line Street in Bishop. From there, riders head out on the Run, which will take them to Tom‚Äôs Place, Convict Lake and June Lake for cards, then back to the Elks Park for music, a barbecue, games and fun.
Community members from throughout the Owens Valley teamed up over the last couple weeks to help a group of out-of-the-area filmmakers turn a dream into a reality.
According to Production Manager James Parker, the team of filmmakers, including Director Diego Contreras and Cinematographer Khalid Mohtaseb, had plans to shoot a full week in Inyo County, with stops on Movie Road in Lone Pine and at Laws Railroad Museum in Bishop.
The U.S. Forest Service has opened a 30-day public scoping period to start the National Environmental Policy Act process for revising forest plans on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.
The scoping period began Friday, Aug. 29 with the publishing of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors and a number of county department heads have accepted the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness in the fight against Lou Gehrig‚Äôs Disease.
The challenge was made at Tuesday‚Äôs Board of Supervisors meeting by Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley, who said he has personally witnessed the struggle against ALS as his brother, Phillip, was recently diagnosed with the disease.
While Aug. 25 was the first City Council meeting for new City Administrator Jim Tatum, the outgoing City Administrator Keith Caldwell was showered with farewell speeches, gifts, well wishes and applause and some goodbye pie for good measure.
From City Council members to Bishop residents, many people said their goodbyes to Caldwell, whose last day in office was Friday, Aug. 29. Praise was so effusive that Caldwell announced, ‚ÄúI‚Äôve changed my mind, I‚Äôm not leaving. This is too good,‚ÄĚ which was greeted with a round of laughter.
Inyo County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio has released his recommended budget, which trims the county‚Äôs structural deficit by $1 million.
However, those cost-saving measures ‚Äď some of which have already been implemented ‚Äď have had and could have an impact on county programs.
Carunchio says in his introduction summary of the budget that funds are available to complete construction of the new Inyo County Animal Shelter, provide core county services and programs and avoid further staff reductions through layoffs.