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July 7th, 2014

A big day out

July 7, 2014

The Evolution Group, a subrange of the Sierra Nevada, was the site of an important milestone in local climbing last month.
Twenty-six-year-old Austin Siadak left his car at North Lake on June 23, hiked over Lamarck Col to Darwin Bench in Sequoia-Kings National Park, climbed roughly eight miles of technical alpine rock, then retraced his steps back to his car, in less than 24 hours. On June 24, after 23 hours and 58 minutes on the go, Siadak became the first recorded person to complete this mission within one day. Previously, the fastest car-to-car time was 27 hours.

Junior Livestock Show starts July 9

July 7, 2014

This week the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds will be buzzing with the activity of hundreds of local and visiting youth as they prepare to show and sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show and Auction.
Residents have an opportunity to join in the festivities as spectators at the shows and as buyers at the live auction to be held at 6 p.m. this Saturday.

Help for businesses wanting online presence

July 7, 2014

With the Digital 395 fiber-optic backbone in place, the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium is helping locally owned small businesses capitalize on the improved Internet access.
The ESCRBC is giving away $700 and $1,300 “online deployment packages” that will partner local businesses with professional web designers to increase convenience for local shoppers and access a new market of out-of-the-area customers.
Those who would like to apply for the ESCRBC online deployment packages are asked to apply at escrbconsortium.org/online-presence/ by July 20.

July 3rd

NIH adjusts pay, personnel policies

July 3, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital has approved a balanced budget, but to continue operating in the black, administrators say the district must reconsider how it does business.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the hospital Board of Directors approved a set of personnel policies that will allow NIH to maintain its balanced budget despite increasing costs and a decrease in the number of patients using the hospital.
“We’re just trying to turn the corner before the corner smacks us in the face,” said Hospital Administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane.

High school entrepreneurs launch innovative advertising concept

July 3, 2014

An extracurricular Bishop Union High School science club has officially launched a stratospheric commercial company that literally allows clients to test and publicize their products from the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

Try Tyee Lakes for an alpine escape

July 3, 2014

If you’re looking for an excellent hike to an isolated lake basin with grand scenery that offers one of the best chances for quiet seclusion in Bishop Creek Canyon, the hike to the Tyee Lakes is for you.
The trail begins less than two miles from South Lake on the west side of South Lake Road. Take Highway 168 west from downtown Bishop to South Lake Road and then look for the Tyee Lakes information board at the trailhead, where there’s a bridge over the South Fork Bishop Creek.

July 2nd

Board votes to have Library, Museum share staff

July 2, 2014

County leaders agreed Tuesday to move forward with a reorganization of the Inyo County Library system and Museum Services Department, with the caveat that things can change if the new system doesn’t work out.
The board voted unanimously to allow the Library to hire a new, part-time employee. The Eastern California Museum’s current part-time employee will now split time between the Museum and the Library (though, an exact schedule of when the employee will be working at each department has not been identified).

D.A. gearing up for Rossy trial

July 2, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is preparing for an Oct. 6, 2014 trial in the case against Dawndee and Ken Rossy, the Bishop couple who stand accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Dawndee allegedly stole the funds over an eight-year period from HHS’ Public Assistance Program, where she worked until last year.
Last month, an Inyo County Superior Court judge denied a request from Dawndee’s attorney to suppress statements she made to law enforcement during the investigation.

Independence honors John and Tansy Smith as grand marshals

July 2, 2014

This year’s Independence Fourth of July grand marshals are John K. and Tansy Smith, long-time Independence community members.
Tansy moved to Independence with her mother and stepfather in the 1930s. She and John met in college. The two married during World War II, while John was in the Navy on the East Coast. They returned together, as soon as they could, to the Owens Valley, where they operated the Independence Dairy and ranched.

July 1st

Merwyn ‘Jim’ Paul Merrick Jr.

July 1, 2014

Merwyn ‘Jim’ Paul Merrick Jr.
1925-2014

Merwyn “Jim” Paul Merrick Jr. passed away Thursday, June 12 in his home of 58 years. It was just eight days after his 89th birthday.
He was an only child born June 4, 1925 in Los Angeles, at the Good Samaritan Hospital to Merywn Sr. and Margaret “Fern” Merrick.

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