August 16th, 2012
Inyo County is protesting a state move to charge residents $150 a year for fire prevention efforts.
The state announced earlier this month that it will begin billing for a State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee that was enacted in July 2011.
âInyo County has a strong and ongoing opposition to these fees,â a press release from the Inyo County Planning Department states.
According to the state, the annual fee is to pay for administration of fire prevention efforts on state-managed lands that are outside of incorporated cities.
City leaders witnessed history Monday evening when Hindu Statesman Rajan Zed delivered the first Hindu invocation in the cityâs 109-year history.
Just one month after the council approved a resolution updating city guidelines for invocations to ensure that it can continue the long-held tradition without endorsing any one religion, Zed delivered a Hindu invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures at the start of the City Council meeting. As he read the Sanskrit invocation, Zed paused occasionally to translate the prayer.
As crews from the Inyo National Forest implement the controversial Travel Management Decision, they are asking residents to check and double-check their work.
As part of the Travel Management ruling, Forest Service personnel have been at work this summer closing routes that were not included in the Inyo National Forestsâs system of roads, and rehabilitating the roads that were.
More than 500 firefighters were battling a wildfire yesterday that had scorched 13,500 acres near Mono Lake.
As of Monday morning, those firefighters looked to be gaining a cautious upper hand on the Indian Fire, which was reported to be 70 percent contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire broke out southeast of Mono Lake, north of State Route 120 around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. The fire was started by a lightning strike during summer thunderstorms in the area.
Independence resident Jack Pound proposed a plan for the old Pines Cafe to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in hopes of ensuring the building is not demolished. His goal is to prevent yet another vacant lot on Edwards Street (U.S. 395) in the county seat.
Pound said he would like to see the county team up with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which owns the building and property, to transform the long-closed, boarded-up restaurant into a new visitor center and museum.
Linda Ann Fields
Dorothy Louise Buff
Over the course of two days, residents and local healthcare providers got a dose of reality about the prescription narcotic drug addiction epidemic facing the nation – and that – includes Eastern Sierra communities.