November 26th, 2013
The nationwide holiday shopping blitz known as Black Friday kicks off tomorrow ‚Äď and at some national retailers, tonight ‚Äď with deals at big box stores across the U.S. But in the Eastern Sierra, community leaders are asking residents to think local first.
In Inyo County, businesses ranging from the Lone Pine Film History Museum to Dwayne‚Äôs Friendly Pharmacy are offering holiday shopping opportunities on Friday, followed by the locally celebrated Small Business Saturday counterpart to Black Friday.
Your Money Goes Farther
When You Shop Locally
Two climbers are trapped by the first big snow storm of the season. Off-track climbers are stranded above a cliff. A man, encamped at 11,000 feet, is immobilized by high-altitude pulmonary edema. An experienced mountaineer disappears on a day hike. A family disappears from stranded car in the desert.
While individual Inyo County school districts were ‚Äúheld harmless‚ÄĚ with the state‚Äôs new Local Control Funding Formula ‚Äď that is, no one lost income ‚Äď no district came out in the winners‚Äô column with a windfall of new income. However, county students will be on the receiving end, if indirectly, of additional funding to the Inyo County Office of the Superintendent of Schools to the tune of $680,825 from the LCFF.
Residents of Inyo County made the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority and Salvation Army‚Äôs Seventh Annual Stuff-a-Bus one of the most successful in the event‚Äôs history.
According to ESTA Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, donations from residents and a number of service clubs and organizations mean that dozens of local families will not have to go without this holiday season.
Both county educators and community members have expressed the hope that area students will ‚Äúgo out into the world,‚ÄĚ get an education and bring those new skills back to benefit Inyo County. As of the end of this school year, the road out into the world may be due north on U.S. 395.
An ocean and 2,562 miles from Inyo County, Maui resident Janna Hoehn is working to help memorialize those who never returned home from the Vietnam war.
Hoehn, who has never visited Inyo County and knows nothing of its war dead other than that their names are etched on a wall alongside more than 58,000 others, is trying to honor the men and women of the armed services by locating photos of Vietnam veterans and ensuring that the U.S. government can provide a face for each name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Inyo County is looking to shave $2 million from its operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
With an already lean budget of $76.9 million for the current budget year, the fear among county employees is that the budget savings may have to come in the form of layoffs, reduced hours and other personnel cuts.
County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said eliminating staff members is ‚Äúprobably the easiest approach to cutting $2 million‚ÄĚ from the budget, but he added that he hopes more creative solutions to the bleak budget outlook can be found.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the City of Bishop and the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office are collaborating to bring a free Wi-Fi zone to downtown Bishop for the benefit of merchants, students and the city, as well as tourists and visitors.
The Request for Proposals for iMain Street, which is the brainchild of Chamber Vice President Angie Aukee, has already gone out to bid, funding sources have been identified and it is hoped that the county‚Äôs largest free Wi-Fi zone will be up and running in early 2014.
Three separate community dinners are being held over the coming days as part of ongoing efforts to ensure everyone has a chance to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal regardless of economic or familial circumstances.
Each event is being offered free of charge and with no expectations other than joining other community members for good food and fellowship.
Residents of Independence are holding their annual dinner tomorrow, Nov. 24, at the Owens Valley School Multi-Purpose Room, 202 S. Clay St.
Lone Pine Schools are closing early today, Friday, Nov. 22, due to gusty winds and low visibility.
The school is advising that all bus riders will be picked up from the high school at 12:30 p.m. and bus riders from Lo-Inyo Elementary School will be picked up at 12:42 p.m.