California residents are beginning to receive state bills demanding each property owner pay $150 per habitable dwelling in fire fees.
Locally, fire safe councils, residents and local leaders are working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to protest the fee, which they are calling an illegal double taxation.
The State Responsibility Area Fire Fee is intended to fund fire prevention education throughout the state, but, according to Bob Winzenread chairman of the Bishop Fire Safe Council, residents are already providing fire prevention funds through property tax payments.
The efforts of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council are starting to pay visible dividends. Brush has been cleared close to residential areas and the Council has set Saturday, Oct. 13 as a Big Pine community clean-up day.
Whether the contents of suspicious packages detonated by authorities late last week were intended as a practical joke, were the work of a mentally troubled individual or represent something far more sinister is now the work of investigators with the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Break out the tie-dye and the sun hats because the Millpond Music Festival is coming to Bishop this weekend.
After almost a decade of litigation and then Recession-related setbacks, a controversial housing development in Southern Inyo may finally be moving forward.
Lone Pineâ€™s 27-lot housing development known as the Portal Preserve on Whitney Portal Road will officially open at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The project started in 2003 but was delayed by a prolonged, seven-year lawsuit until 2010, when the U.S. was at the height of one of the worst recessions on record.
The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe invites everyone to enjoy feasting and fun, contests and celebration and, of course, drumming and dancing in its long-awaited, resurrected pow wow.
Long known as the hottest, lowest and driest place in the United States, Death Valley has now been officially recognized as the hottest spot on the planet.
The World Meteorological Organization has announced that the official highest recorded surface temperature of 56.7Â° C (134Â° F) was measured on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch (Death Valley). Full details of the assessment are given in the online issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (http://journals.ametsoc.org/toc/bams/current).
George W. Alexson