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November 8th

Fundraiser to focus on boosting EMT ranks

November 8, 2011

A sudden departure of two volunteer first responders in Southeast Inyo has left just one man, one volunteer Emergency Medial Technician, on-call 24 hours a day.
According to a fire district board member, the volunteer, William “Billy” Eichenbaum, rarely has time for a breather, much less the time to travel the 35 miles one-way to the grocery store. An upcoming fundraiser will focus on garnering donations to help recruit more volunteers.

Cost-of-living hikes coming for Social Security recipients

November 8, 2011

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will be receiving their first cost-of-living-increase in three years. Recipients will begin seeing their first income increases in December and January, the first they’ve seen since 2009.
The granting of COLAs, based on a complicated mathematical algorithm, has been delayed due to an overall unhealthy economy.

Input sought on Keeler Dunes dust control plan

November 8, 2011

Officials with the Bureau of Land Management and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District are teaming up to tackle an Environmental Impact Report that may lead to dust control measures on the Keeler Dunes.
According to Great Basin Air Pollution Control Officer Ted Schade, the district is seeking input from regulatory agencies and other interested parties regarding the scope and intent of information that should be included in the EIR.

AmeriGas announces national merger

November 8, 2011

There will soon be only two propane providers in Inyo County as AmeriGas has made an offer to acquire Heritage Operating, L.P. and Titan Energy Partners, L.P. the parent companies of Turner Propane and other smaller local providers such as Lone Pine Propane.
The $2.9 billion deal will secure AmeriGas as the leading propane provider in the nation, according to AmeriGas.

November 3rd

Discover local treasures this weekend

November 3, 2011

This weekend, the Eastern Sierra Institute for Collaborative Education is partnering with several local non-profits, businesses and agencies to help residents “discover” their own backyard.
Paula Williams, director of the Eastern Sierra Institute for Collaborative Education, said her group wanted to showcase the natural and cultural history of the vast local area, and came up with the idea of a scavenger-hunt like event. Off the top of their heads, they came up with almost 30 activities to highlight as part of Sierra Discovery Day.

Sewer rate hike proposed for Big Pine

November 3, 2011

Residents of Big Pine are facing a significant sewer rate increase, with some fees set to double, but do have the right to protest the planned hike and possibly halt the rate increase altogether.
The 300 or so property owners affected will have the chance to hear more on the Big Pine Community Services District’s proposal, and protest it if they feel such a move is necessary, on Nov. 17.

Community invited to take part in annual Road Run

November 3, 2011

An estimated 150 runners, walkers and joggers will head out from Millpond Recreation Area this Saturday at 9 a.m. in a celebration of community.

Bishop named a Top 10 U.S. 6 attraction

November 3, 2011

Self-proclaimed travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has named Bishop one of the Top 10 cities to visit along U.S. 6, the nation’s longest federal contiguous highway, on her blogspot “Stay on Route 6.”
But it is not the area’s well-known fishing, hiking, climbing or adventure trail systems that caught the eye of Yolen-Cohen; it was Bishop’s advertised history, its story-telling with pictures on local business’ walls, that earned the city a ninth-place ranking.

County opposes planned land trade

November 3, 2011

County leaders are crying foul about a U.S. Forest Service plan to trade property with the Town of Mammoth Lakes in exchange for more than 1,000 acres of non-federal land in Inyo, El Dorado, Plumas and Stanislaus counties.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday the proposed land exchange, known as the Mammoth Base Land Exchange, conflicts with the Inyo County General Plan, which states that the county is opposed to any loss of private property in Inyo County.

Teens jailed in connection to school bus vandalism

November 3, 2011

The three teenagers suspected of smashing $10,000 worth of school bus windows at Bishop Elementary School earlier this month were caught over the weekend after allegedly attempting a repeat incident on Sierra Street.
A 19-year-old man allegedly along for the latest adventure was also arrested.
Austin Cole Montgomery and three male youths ages 14, 15 and 17 were taken into custody early Sunday for their alleged role in vandalism on Sierra Street. The juveniles were also arrested in connection to the Oct. 21 vandalism at Bishop Elementary School.

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