June 26th, 2012
State and local law enforcement agencies are on the look-out for two convicts who apparently âwalked awayâ from a local detention facility last week.
A search was launched at about 10:10 p.m. Friday, June 22, when Owens Valley Conservation Camp inmates Jessy Lopez, 39, and Otoniel Aldana, 42, were not present during the evening head-count.
According to a press release from the minimum-security detention facility, camp personnel immediately activated âescape procedures,â notifying local authorities and surrounding residents.
Representatives with the U.S. Forest Service met with county leaders last Tuesday to give them some insight into the process the federal agency is using to develop a new Forest Planning Rule.
For their part, the county supervisors wanted to ensure they will be consulted throughout the process and have an opportunity to weigh in on how the new plan impacts local residents and the economy.
When complete, the Planning Rule will provide a framework for future actions on the forest, such as resource management, habitat enhancement and wildlife management.
Bishop Elementary School Principal Betsy McDonald isnât pulling any punches when she says the education of âour next generation is at stake.â
In continuing to make an impassioned plea for the Bishop communityâs support of the âKeep Instructional Aidesâ fundraiser, McDonald explained that student success is at risk amidst ongoing budget cuts, growing class size and resulting lack of opportunity for individualized instruction.
June Mountain Ski Area has suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.
The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open Thursday, June 21 was cut down. The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.
The news came as a âcomplete surpriseâ to June Lakeâs incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.
State air quality watchdogs have a little less than two weeks to decide whether the City of Los Angeles is required to continue dust mitigation efforts on the Owens Dry Lake â despite city attorneysâ adamant assertions that L.A. is âdoneâ with any such obligations.
The California Air Resources Board met last Friday to hear arguments from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District regarding a disagreement between the two entities over mandated mitigation measures.
“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”
It was the week of four-letter words â w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d â it just happened to be the same four-letter word. But you wouldnât know it Saturday morning; they were lined up at the door, out they went and back they came with limits. All in all it was a pretty weekend at the lake.
Virginia F. Leatham
Youth from all over the Owens Valley are being called on to support and even participate in a growing effort to showcase the areaâs rich local talent pool â and enjoy free entertainment.
Organized by the very artists who will be performing, Collective Language is an eclectic, monthly offering featuring live music of varying styles, live art demonstrations and a safe and healthy environment for anyone of any age looking to have a good time.
The next Collective Language concert happens tomorrow, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the WĂŒnĂŒt Novi on the Bishop Paiute Reservation
Officials with the National Park Service have extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.
Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until Aug. 6, 2012.
âPublic input is very important to this planning process, and the NPS is extending the comment period to allow for all members of the interested public to share their perspectives and suggestions,â a press release from the National Park Service states.