August 25th, 2011
Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.
Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workersâ€™ union and Safeway â€“ Vonsâ€™ parent corporation â€“ have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.
Last Early Registration for Gymnastics
This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the last early registration for the City of Bishopâ€™s Gymnastics classes beginning the first week of September.
There will be an Open Gymnastics session in the City Auditorium from 9-11 a.m., $5 per child. Parents can register at this time from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is not available at City Hall.
Lone Pine Volleyball Indian Taco Sale Fundraiser
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles Volleyball Indian taco sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Lone Pine VFW, 481 S. Main St.
The Tri-County Fairâ€™s Destruction Derby looks like anger management gone very wrong, or the San Diego Freeway at rush hour. Sometimes itâ€™s hard to tell the difference.
Buckled hoods, accordioned trunks, bumpers dangling by thin membranes, steam spewing from fractured radiators; itâ€™s all great fun and the major fundraiser for the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department for the last 35 years.
County leaders are considering taking a loan to help pay for some capital improvements, but want to ensure Inyo will get the most bang for its buck before committing.
Inyo County paid off its debt earlier this year, and since then has boasted that it is one of the few debt-free counties in the state, or even the U.S.
This week, Auditor Controller Leslie Chapman went before the board during a budget hearing to broach the subject of taking on new debt that would keep county resources and facilities up-to-date and in operational order.
Organizers of the Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market are hoping that the third timeâ€™s the charm.
The Farmers Market/marketplace has moved again, this time to the area next to the gazebo behind City Hall.
The market had been held Saturday mornings in the Bishop City Park for years. At the beginning of this yearâ€™s season, organizers and some participants wanted to move the market to Friday nights on Main Street, next to Talmage Park. The market will still be from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays until mid-November, weather and harvests permitting.
Bernadine ‘Babe’ Knudsen
Born Oct. 15, 1927 in Newark, Ohio, Bernadine passed away Aug. 9, 2011 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Jardine; her grandson, Tommy Jardine; her granddaughter, Dawn Jardine Brady; and her great-grandson, Uriah Brady.
It might not feel like it but summer is unofficially over â€“ at least for local youth.
School starts next week for most Inyo County students, and has already started for some. Students in the Bishop Unified School District and Round Valley start school this coming Monday, Aug. 22;Big Pine students start Tuesday, Aug. 23; Lone Pine kids go back to class, Wednesday, Aug. 24; and class is in session for the Death Valley School District starting Monday, Aug. 29.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has reiterated its long-standing support for the construction of a new courthouse in Independence by offering the state a free parcel of land for the new courthouse.
The board also officially requested that the state court system authorize spending $2.3 million in state court funds to build the new, modular courthouse, which would be located adjacent to the county jail in Independence.
George W. Snow
George W. Snow of Athena passed away Aug. 8, 2011 at the Milton-Freewater Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 97 years. At his request no public services will be held. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, Ore. is in charge of the arrangements.