July 24th, 2012
California State Fair judges have selected Inyo Countyâ€™s exhibit for honors once again based on its appeal to visitors.
This yearâ€™s exhibit theme, â€śI Wish â€¦,â€ť provides an opportunity for nine local exhibit volunteers to teach residents from all over the state that if they ever wished to be a cowboy or a movie star, an angler or an archeologist â€“ or just about anything else â€“ Inyo County is the star they can wish upon to make their dreams come true.
Inyo County is teaming up with about 25 other state and county entities to strengthen its voice in the federal arena.
County leaders met last week with Ken Brown, a representative of the Western Counties Alliance, to discuss how membership with the organization can help Inyo in its endeavors.
â€śThere is strength in numbers,â€ť Brown said. â€śWe work closely with the Farm Bureau and the Cattlemenâ€™s Association so we can go after issues in a hurry when we need to.â€ť
This summer, the Owens Valley is seeing community garden improvements, construction of year-round green houses and Wilderness Area revitalization â€“ all thanks to local teens who are weathering summerâ€™s searing rays and furnace-blast winds.
Donna Jo Martin
At Mondayâ€™s fifth meeting of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council, residents learned just how close the bullet the community dodged on Saturday, July 7 actually came.
The large turnout, perhaps spurred on by two consecutive Saturdays of brush fires in or near the town, also began to come together with the first small steps in protecting themselves and their homes from the constant threat of wildland fires.
Citizens in Independence are rallying to save what theyâ€™re calling one of the best â€“ and only â€“ summer youth programs in their community.
On Tuesday evening at the Kids Club in Independence, a dozen local, concerned parents and community members met with Healthy Communities Board President Jaque Hickman and Vice President Lis Mazzu to discuss fundraising efforts to keep the club, which is located on the campus of the Owen Valley School, open for local youth.
The Kids Club offers afterschool homework assistance, supervised play and healthy snacks for local, school-aged youth.
County leaders may be revisiting the criteria they previously established for the award of Inyoâ€™s Community Project Sponsorship Grant Program.
During a discussion about how to dole out $20,000 among 11 applicants, First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius, who helped set the grant funding guidelines, said she was confused about why a three-person review panel chose which projects to fund.
Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant program for the county, said a total of $59,360 was requested for the $20,000 grant cycle.
Daniel Wayne Miller
Even Inyo Countyâ€™s Grand Jury, which is charged with investigating â€świllful or corrupt misconduct in office,â€ť couldnâ€™t get an answer out of District Attorney Art Maillet as to why his office released inappropriate information about his political opponent back in 2010.
According to the 2011-12 Grand Jury Final Report, Maillet declined to answer any questions on the matter, citing private personnel matters in his public office.