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LADWP crews accidentally started fire south of Big Pine

October 4, 2011

Officials with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said this week that one of its crews inadvertently sparked the John Fire south of Big Pine on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
According to LADWP Public Information Officer Chris Plakos, a crew was trimming brush around transmission lines about three miles south of the community when trimming equipment apparently struck a rock, sending sparks into dry brush, igniting the blaze.

Community unites in name of recovery

October 4, 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.

Public gardens growing in popularity

October 4, 2011

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.

Wild Iris launches month-long campaign

October 4, 2011

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 public’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 year’s theme is “Transformation: From Victim to Survivor.”

Film Fest packed with plenty for locals in 2011

October 4, 2011

The Lone Pine Film Festival is back for its 22nd year with more free events and attractions for locals than ever before.

Retired Naval capt. returns to his roots

October 4, 2011

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 – a story he chronicles in the recently released memoir, “¡El Capitán!”

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