October 4th, 2011
Sept. 30 marked the official end of National Recovery Month, but organizers are hoping the momentum generated by the month-long observance will continue throughout the year.
Dozens of residents and visitors showed up at the Bishop City Park Friday for a barbecue and party meant to celebrate alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles and to honor those in the community who have struggled with addition and are now leading sober lives.
The event was well-attended and well-received, according to organizers, who spent the past month spreading awareness of addiction issues and recovery efforts.
Community gardens have been sprouting up like wild flowers in Inyo County.
A response to the economic recession, the high price of fuel, lack of other resources and the ever-growing prices of products at grocery stores, the plots, according to a local organizer, have been a success.
Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action has helped residents and organizations throughout the county set up productive gardens for the past few years.
This month, local advocacy group Wild Iris will be undertaking its annual crusade to educate the community about domestic violence. Known nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October in Inyo County will be dedicated to increasing the publicâ€™s awareness of domestic violence with a poster campaign at local eateries and bars, a traveling exhibition, presentations to local schools, fundraisers and an all-day symposium with nationally renown specialists and speakers. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śTransformation: From Victim to Survivor.â€ť
The Lone Pine Film Festival is back for its 22nd year with more free events and attractions for locals than ever before.
A local man who helped to blaze trails and shatter glass ceilings for minorities will be returning to his old stomping grounds next week, hoping to inspire younger generations to invest in their education.
Frank Gamboa, a Cartago native, overcame numerous personal, social and political obstacles to become the first Mexican American Naval Captain in U.S. history â€“ a story he chronicles in the recently released memoir, â€śÂˇEl CapitĂˇn!â€ť
Fire officials in Bridgeport have a handle on the Buckeye Fire and reported Wednesday that it is 100 percent contained.
Though firefighters have the blaze under control, officials are advising residents that smoke may still be visible as mop-up efforts continue.
Located north of the Buckeye Hot Springs, five miles west of Bridgeport firefighters were able to stop the blaze at 1,140 acres.
The lightning caused fire started on Sunday around 11 a.m. Approximately 211 personnel were working the fire, including ground and air crews.
According to the Owens Valley Cruisers car club, fall is one of the best times of the year to get behind the wheel and drive the winding roads of local canyons, and each year they invite classic car buffs from all over the West to join them as they bask in the fall colors.
The Owens Valley Cruisersâ€™ 18th Annual Fall Colors Car Show will be hitting Bishop this weekend alongside the popular Choo Choo Swap Meet and the Altrusa Art Show and Sale.
Bishopâ€™s elected officials, met on Monday to hear about no-parking zones proposed for areas around the Bishop City Park.
The City Council was told there is a growing public safety and traffic problem growing on Park, Spruce and East Yaney streets every weekend as large crowds come out to watch soccer in the area.
Inyo Countyâ€™s food banks and others are getting ready for what is expected to be a huge demand for holiday food baskets and, for many, a meal to get themselves and maybe their family through the day.
Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action will begin accepting applications for the Holiday Food Basket Program next Wednesday, Oct. 5. The program provides holiday meal essentials to low-income households throughout Inyo County, Chalfant and Benton. The holiday food drive, set to begin in November, is also IMACAâ€™s major drive to keep its food bank shelves full until the spring.
J.D. Salingerâ€™s popular â€śThe Catcher in the Ryeâ€ť is considered requisite reading by both scholars and literary snobs, and locally, the community came together to read and discuss Sherman Alexieâ€™s work â€śThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.â€ť
However, if the censors had their way, those books would have been banned from the shelves of libraries, classrooms and even book stores.
The efforts to ban books such as â€śCatcherâ€ť and â€śPart Time Indian,â€ť and ultimately the triumph of the First Amendment, are in focus Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 as the U.S. observes National Banned Books Week.