September 20th, 2012
George W. Alexson
Local law enforcement kept millions of dollars worth of drugs off the streets Tuesday by eradicating a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation near Lone Pine.
The Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management worked together to destroy approximately 4,000 marijuana plants that were discovered on Forest Service land in the Lubken Canyon area.
âThe site appeared to have been abandoned by the cultivators days prior to the operation,â INET Commander Juan Martinez said.
Each day after school, anywhere from 10-20 students at Owens Valley School walk straight from their classrooms over to the Kids Club, which may be forced to shut down next week.
At the Kids Club, which is operated by the nonprofit Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo, students sign in, do their homework, and then spend the rest of the time playing until it is time to go home or Mom and Dad picks them up when they get off work.
A nationally-recognized speaker will address Owens Valley parents next week about the nature, dangers and prevention of escalating cyberbullying and other media threats to their school-age children.
Bishop Unified School District Superintendent Barry Simpson invited John Vandenburgh, a program developer and trainer for youth development and violence prevention, to address local parents about the increase in cyberbullying incidents affecting local youth.
âIâve seen him at conferences. Heâs a very dynamic person; I think students will really relate to him,â said Simpson.
Inyo is among 17 counties to have state-funded courthouse projects green-lighted by a Court Facilities Working Group this month.
Before local court officials return to site selection and construction planning efforts for the bond-funded Bishop Courthouse, the CFWGâs recommendation must be approved by the State Judicial Council Oct. 26.
The CFWG spent more than two days last week hearing presentations from dozens of county court officials attempting to save their projects from the chopping block.
A long-time, local proponent of Inyo National Forest conservation and interpretation has been nominated for a prestigious, national award for his expertise and public service.
Less than a week after the grand opening of the new Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Interpretive Specialist John Louth was nominated for the Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education award for his work in the development of the centerâs exhibits.
As the U.S. Forest Service begins work on a plan for ecological restoration on the Inyo, county leaders continue to challenge the federal agency to coordinate with local government on projects that will impact citizens.
Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss a number of projects the Forest Service has in the works, including an Ecological Restoration Plan that was drafted in June and is scheduled for release in October.
Clarence Leon ‘Whistler’ Hurd