Archive - Oct 2011 - News Article
CalFire has a new leader overseeing operations in the Owens Valley.
Division Chief Bart Chambers, who took his post in May, is now overseeing more than 200 inmate firefighters in the Owens Valley and Fenner Conservation camps and dozens of state firefighters, ensuring they are well trained and prepared to respond to local, state and national disasters.
As division chief, Chambers works with two battalion chiefs for the area, which stretches from the Eastern Sierra to San Bernardino.
Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are having a hard time agreeing on protocol when it comes to the LADWPâ€™s annual operations report.
During Mondayâ€™s Inyo County-Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting, the two entities discussed whether section IV.8 of the Long-Term Water Agreement and Section I.C of the Green Book apply when the county contests the LADWP operations plan, as it did this year.
Inyo County Water Director Bob Harrington says no, those sections do not apply, while the LADWP claims they do.
Local educators are offering parents the incentive of free technology to get involved in their childâ€™s academic career.
According to Superintendent Terry McAteer, his office is introducing a new program that provides incentives for Latino families designed to get parents more active with academics and reward those who do with computers or other items that can be used as a family resource.
In the process of improving parental involvement, McAteer also hopes to bridge a growing technology gap and open lines of communication with an at-risk segment of the community.
In an effort to promote tourism and community events, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the distribution of $115,000 in grants last week to local organizations.
The countyâ€™s Grants-in-Support Program aims to promote social, cultural, recreational and performing arts organizations as well as area service agencies that contribute to the local quality of life.
Historically, the GIS program has provided financial support to the California Indian Legal Services, Child Care Connection, the Inyo Council for the Arts, Wild Iris, Laws Railroad Museum and Ombudsman.
Community members are eager to hear what the U.S. Senate has to say on a local effort to obtain a federal designation for the popular Alabama Hills.
Representatives from the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group met with a new staff member of Senator Dianne Feinsteinâ€™s office yesterday to acquaint themselves with the new pointman and keep the lines of communication of open.
From food banks to housing assistance to weatherizing homes for energy-efficiency to help with paying the bills for low-income residents, the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. helps whomever they can, however they can.
IMACA also provides residents in need with holiday food baskets and runs the popular Wish Tree program at Christmas that provides local low income kids with gifts to open on Dec. 25.
Inyo County law enforcement is conducting a search of the Buttermilk area for a man last seen in July.
The man, 64-year-old Richard John Malten of Oregon House, Calif., was reported missing earlier this week, according to Inyo Sheriffâ€™s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, leading investigators to his abandoned vehicle along McGee Creek west of Bishop.
That vehicle, so far, is the only lead investigators have on Maltenâ€™s whereabouts.
Local leaders at the city and county level took some time this week to recognize local volunteer firefighters who are willing to train year-round for an opportunity to serve the community.
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors honored Assistant Bishop Fire Chief Pat Oâ€™Neil as Firefighter of the Year.
A few hours later, the Bishop City Council, meeting on Tuesday due to the Columbus Day holiday, elected to honor the entire Bishop Volunteer Fire Department as the Citizen of the Quarter, an honor the council gives out every four months.
This has, undoubtedly, been a busy season for search and rescue personnel.
In the past 12 days alone, Inyo County Search and Rescue responded to nine separate calls, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. From overdue hikers to a hiker who perished from suspected high altitude sickness, SAR has been beating the trails and assisting folks in the backcountry from Mt. Whitney to Bishop Pass.
Inyo County signed off on a new draft pumping plan by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that addresses concerns local officials had about potential over-pumping.
The LADWP released a draft pumping plan this spring that called for pumping levels in the Independence Blackrock area that the Board of Supervisors and Inyo County Water Department said were unacceptable.
In response, the LADWP presented a new, modified draft pumping plan that would reduce activity in the Independence Blackrock well field, but increase pumping at the Laws and Independence Oak well fields.