September 22nd, 2011
What started as an effort to educate those on the front-lines of Inyoâs tourist-based economy about local attractions, has blossomed into a series of tours open to anyone and everyone interested in some of the areaâs more overlooked destinations.
Based on the success of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerceâs âFrontline Tourist Providers Toursâ in August, which saw hotel, visitors center and other service industry employees taking advantage of the opportunity to better assist tourists, the Chamber has launched a similar program for the public at large.
An inter-tribal gathering, a sharing of different tribal cultures, a dance, social party, spiritual event and for some a way of life â a pow wow is a combination of all these things, according to Wanda Summers, one of the organizers of this yearâs 31st Annual Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow to be held on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation this weekend.
Inyo County Sheriffâs Investigator Shane Scott was among 13 first responders to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, Californiaâs highest public safety award, for their bravery and commitment to the people of California. Above, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (l) joins Governor Jerry Brown (r) in presenting the award to Scott on Sept. 14 in Sacramento. Scott has received many commendations following his selfless act of pulling 22-year-old Derek Thomas from a burning vehicle on Aug. 9, 2010.
Federal officials are considering closing the Tecopa Post Office while residents in that community fight to keep it.
The U.S. Postal Service has posted a notice to customers in Tecopa that it is proposing to close the local office and consolidate operations with Baker 50 miles away.
âWeâre studying it right now, looking at the advantages, disadvantages and savings, so it is important for customers there to speak up,â U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Eva Jackson said.
Road construction will soon start in and around Fort Independence. The work will include the building of a new, full-access semi-truck-friendly entrance into the Winnedumah Winnâs Casino and resurfacing of roads on the Fort Independence Reservation proper.
There have been concerns from some tribal members and land owners that the project will disturb Native American archaeological and burial sites. Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians Chairperson Israel Naylor said through a spokesperson he âensuresâ that all measures have been taken not to disturb any archaeological sites.
Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.
Carol Walters Cole
Carol was born Sept. 18, 1934 in Lovelock, Nev. to Mona Gracey and Carl H. “Bud” Walters of Independence and passed in Reno on Sept. 1, 2011 with family members at her side. The Walters family were an old pioneer family having settled at Camp Independence in 1869, and the Gracey family arriving in Independence in the early 1900s.
Harold Everett Woodson
In honor of his request, there will be no services for Harold Everett.
Woodson, known fondly as “Woody,” age 92, resident of Bishop for 38 years, passed away Aug. 25, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center after greeting one of the staff with a “Good Morning.” Woody was born July 22, 1919 in Hampton, Iowa to the late Loretta Hagan and Everett Woodson, the third of six children. The family moved to Ladonia, Mo. in 1922.
LaWanda Marie Shoshone
LaWanda was born Feb. 26, 1963 in Bishop, Calif. and passed away Sept. 6, 2011 at home in Cathedral City, Calif. at the age of 48. She was the daughter of the late Alverna M. Piper of Bishop, Calif. and the late Robert S. Saubel of Banning, Calif.
A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.