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May 22nd, 2012

Mule Days volunteers enjoy mutually beneficial relationship

May 22, 2012

Hospitality doesn’t just happen.
Covering all the bases takes effort and long-range planning. For decades now, a large number of community service, school athletic and religious organizations have formed the behind-the-scenes army of volunteer workers  that help make Mule Days happen. They line lots, muck stalls, meet and greet and provide other indispensable visitor- and participant-services for the event’s four-legged and two-legged guests.  

2011 a bumper year for Inyo’s ag industry

May 22, 2012

Agriculture, the number-one industry in the Eastern Sierra, saw a boon this past year in Inyo County.
According to Agricultural Commissioner George Milovich, the combined agricultural production for 2011 saw an increase of 26 percent over 2010 totals, making it the best financial year for agriculture on record.
Milovich said the agricultural industry brought in $79,412,962 to the economies of Inyo and Mono counties.

Conservancy floating idea of hatchery ownership

May 22, 2012

County leaders learned last week that an effort is under way to transfer ownership of the historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Game to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Currently, the SNC is looking into the legal requirements and development of an action plan and future use plan for the property, should it decide to take over management of the facility.

May 21st

Linda Lemmons-Hein

May 21, 2012

Linda Lemmons-Hein
1950-2012

Linda Lemmons-Hein, a 1968 Montclair High School graduate, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 13, 2012. Surrounded by her loving husband and children, Linda ended her battle with pancreatic cancer peacefully in her sleep at home.

Voters quiz Dist. 5 hopefuls

May 21, 2012

More than 100 residents showed up at Lone Pine’s Statham Hall last week to hear the Fifth District Supervisor candidates’ take on issues ranging from potential conflicts of interest to the equitable distribution of county tax dollars.
After sitting through the responses of incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley to five questions posed by the forum host, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, audience members were given the chance to query the contenders as well.

Packers granted access to backcountry

May 21, 2012

Packers have reason to celebrate this Mule Days.
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act Thursday afternoon.
Yesterday morning the House of Representatives approved the changes made by the Senate to its original H.R. 4849.
The bill requires the National Park Service to issue permits to commercial pack stock operations.

Big Pine wins CIF round 1

May 21, 2012

The Big Pine Warriors lived up to their names Friday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the Academy of Career and Exploration Eagles in round one of the CIF Division 7 baseball playoffs.
The Warriors take on the New Roads Jaguars on home field this afternoon. The Jags finished the season as Coastal League champions, advancing to round two with a 23-2 win over Public Safety Academy.
The Santa Monica school has an enrollment eight times that of Big Pine, but they’re not Warriors.

May 16th

Post-league golf update

May 16, 2012

Bishop Bronco Brendon Shibley and Lone Pine’s Casey Sullivan moved on to round two of the CIF individual golf tournament, making the cut at Mission Lakes Golf Course Monday.
Sullivan, Shibley and Bishop golfers Joey Medora and Sean Mitton represented High Desert League on the par 71 Desert Hot Springs course.
The players were competing against a cut at 79 strokes. Sullivan finished with an impressive 2-over par at 73, Shibley with a 78 to qualify for the next round.
According to Lone Pine coach Terry Fenske, Sullivan made an eagle putt, putting him 1-under par.

JV Lady Broncos end season on top of HDL

May 16, 2012

As the dust settles on regular league play, the Bishop Lady Broncos JV softball team stands alone at the top of the High Desert League standings with a 9-1-0 record, 16-6-1 overall.
The single league loss was to Kern Valley, by 1 run.
The final win over Desert, 8-3 on May 10, marked the end of the JV team’s season.
“Desert played great defense,” said coach Patty Cummings, “leaving us scoreless at the bottom of the first, so the girls knew they needed to be aggressive at the plate, and that’s what they did.”

Revenge is sweet for Lone Pine Eagles

May 16, 2012

Last fall, the Hi-Lo League football champion Lone Pine Eagles were punted out of the playoffs by a huge, brutal Excelsior Education Center team.
It took a few months, but the Golden Eagles struck back with a 4-2 win over the Excelsior Eagles in the Wild Card bracket of the CIF baseball playoffs.
“We were solid defensively,” said coach Chris Riesen. “It was one of our better games. We put everything together and Michael (Cappello) threw well.”
Lone Pine travels to Pasadena today for a match-up with the Poly Pasadena Panthers, the 2011 Division 6 champions.

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