Archive - Dec 2011 - News Article
Professional stargazers and their toys have discovered a planet in a Goldilocks Zone with many similarities to Earth and possibly containing life. The planet, Kepler-22b, is 600 light years away and would take a space shuttle 22 million years to travel to the planet.
To study the potentially water- and life-bearing planet, some researchers and scientists are not expected to travel quite that far, but perhaps as far as Big Pine.
Over the weekend local law enforcement officials teamed to help 22 young citizens tackle Christmas to-do lists that might otherwise have gone unfinished.
For the first year ever, the Inyo County Deputy Sheriffâs Association and Bishop Police Officers Association partnered with their Mono County counterparts, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officerâs Association and Mono County Deputyâs Association, and the California Highway Patrol to give a group of hand-picked youngsters a Christmas shopping spree.
Each year the Wish Tree program provides a way for generous souls to help make local childrenâs holiday wishes come true. The deadline to help fulfill those dreams this Christmas is approaching fast â Monday â and there are still plenty of children in need.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Wish Trees around Inyo County were still filled with bulbs, actually ornament-shaped slips of paper with a childâs age and gender along with a small wish list from income-eligible families and children.
Film and television commercial producers continue to pump money into the local economy thanks to Inyo Countyâs unique and not-so-unique surroundings.
Mule Days organizers have signed veteran country music star Terri Clark to headline the eventâs 2012 concert.
Clark is set to follow in the footsteps of country-music legends and past Mule Days entertainers Neal McCoy, the late Chris Ledoux, Michael Martin Murphy and Blake Shelton when she takes the stage in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds this May.
The concert is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 24.
Tickets for the concert and all Mule Days events go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Bishop Mule Days Office, 1141 N. Main St.
Members of Inyo Countyâs Occupy movement are getting more organized and working on establishing leadership roles.
At the next demonstration, scheduled for this Sunday in the Bishop City Park, Occupy 395 demonstrators will have an opportunity to have their opinion heard at a general assembly meeting.
At the general assembly, all participants will be able to vote on seven steering committee members, who will serve as organizers for the next two weeks.
A new election will be held every two weeks until a more permanent standing committee is elected at a later date.
The City of Bishop is looking into the possibility of consolidating its General Municipal Elections held in March of odd years with Inyo County General Elections held in November of even years.
Bishop primarily only holds elections for City Council, meaning a consolidation would cause a four-month reduction to some council member terms. And, according to some opposing arguments to the consolidation, it may mean focus on local council members and measures may get lost in the hyperbole of a presidential election, when local candidates accompany national candidates on a ballot.
Local dance instructor Dennis Wayne is planning a revolutionized rendition of one of the holiday seasonâs most famous and well-known ballets, which he hopes will become a hometown tradition for years to come.
Wayne will be presenting the classic âNutcrackerâ story with a modern twist Dec. 16-18 at the Bishop High School Auditorium.
A local environmental watchdog group and a local community advocacy group are working together toward cleaner air and warmer homes in the Owens Valley.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has nearly $5 million to put toward air pollution reduction. And, the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action has been awarded $500,000 by Great Basin to replace residentsâ inefficient fire places and old wood stoves. IMACA will start in the southern part of Inyo County and work its way north.
Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is seeking charitable people who care about the communities in the Eastern Sierra to help âStuff-A-Busâ with non-perishable food items to support the Salvation Army food pantry.
Food collected during the Stuff-A-Bus campaign will be distributed to families in need this holiday season.
ESTA currently has donation boxes on each bus in the Bishop, Lone Pine and Mammoth areas to collect non-perishable food items from riders and has teamed up with KIBS/KBOV for a live remote broadcast from the Kmart parking lot today from 1-3 p.m.