August 14th, 2012
More than 500 firefighters were battling a wildfire yesterday that had scorched 13,500 acres near Mono Lake.
As of Monday morning, those firefighters looked to be gaining a cautious upper hand on the Indian Fire, which was reported to be 70 percent contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire broke out southeast of Mono Lake, north of State Route 120 around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. The fire was started by a lightning strike during summer thunderstorms in the area.
Independence resident Jack Pound proposed a plan for the old Pines Cafe to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in hopes of ensuring the building is not demolished. His goal is to prevent yet another vacant lot on Edwards Street (U.S. 395) in the county seat.
Pound said he would like to see the county team up with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which owns the building and property, to transform the long-closed, boarded-up restaurant into a new visitor center and museum.
Linda Ann Fields
Dorothy Louise Buff
Over the course of two days, residents and local healthcare providers got a dose of reality about the prescription narcotic drug addiction epidemic facing the nation – and that – includes Eastern Sierra communities.
Local leaders are protesting what they are calling double taxation of citizens as state legislators implement an annual fee on homeowners to help pay for fire prevention efforts on state-managed lands.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown approved a controversial bill that will allow Calfire to collect a $150 fee from homeowners in state fire responsibility areas.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said most of Inyo and Mono counties are considered State Responsibility Areas, and will be subject to the tax. The only areas that are not SRAs are incorporated cities and towns.
Convict Lake Resort
Catch of the Week: Sophia and Ronald Santos from Orange County caught a stringer of fish with corn Powerbait and nightcrawlers on the North Shore.
Best Location to Fish: The best locations to fish right now are the Six Colors, South Shore, Inlet, Beach Area, Jetty, Lake, North Shore and Convict Creek.
Other Locations to Try: â€śWindy Pointâ€ť (picnic area south shore), The Inlet, Hangmanâ€™s Tree, Outlet, Handicap Pier and Convict Creek.
Volleyball Referees Needed
Referees are needed for the 2012 high school girls volleyball season covering schools from Lee Vining to Lone Pine.
Training will be provided. Referees will be paid for working games and for travel. The season runs from late August to early November. Those interested should contact Jan Rhoades at (760) 873-8225.
Golden Eagle Volleyball
Lone Pine Lady Eagle Volleyball begins the 2012-13 season Monday, Aug. 20 with coach Mel Josephâ€™s traditional â€śMel Week.â€ť