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March 17th

Nuclear disaster in Japan a threat to Eastern Sierra?

March 17, 2011

Increasing concern about Japan’s unfolding nuclear disaster has reached the Eastern Sierra.
However, concerns about potential impacts from a nuclear meltdown 5,000 miles away are, at least for the time being, unwarranted.
While the situation in Japan is constantly changing, Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson, said that there is still no threat to those living in Inyo or Mono counties. Johnson is offering advice on what local citizens can do as well as putting the situation into perspective.

Local land trust earns national recognition

March 17, 2011

Ten years after its formation, Eastern Sierra Land Trust is celebrating both its birthday and national accreditation.
With a seal of approval from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, Eastern Sierra Land Trust hopes it can gain more credibility with grant providers and potential land owners and members.

March 15th

New forest boss selected

March 15, 2011

The third time appears to be the charm for Inyo National Forest, which announced last week that Ed Armenta of Arizona is slated to become its next head honcho.
Armenta, currently the district ranger of the Payson District of the Tonto National Forest, will be the third Forest Service employee to step into the forest supervisor post vacated by Jim Upchurch in September 2010.
Upchurch transferred to Coronado National Forest and two temporary replacements had filled the position until a permanent replacement – Armenta – could be named.

Eastern Sierra tradition returns for 44th year

March 15, 2011

With the Southern Inyo Early Opener Trout Derby in the books, anglers’ attention has now turned to the Eastern Sierra’s other major pre-season fishing tradition: The Blake Jones Trout Derby.
Named for a beloved longtime local resident and angling promoter, the annual derby returns this Saturday to Pleasant Valley Reservoir, where the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau gives fishermen yet another chance to compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights – or simply gather the family to cast a line in prime Eastern Sierra waters – well in advance of the regular fishing season.

March 11th

County trying to dig up input on dump deficit options

March 11, 2011

Inyo County Integrated Waste is facing a half-million dollar operating deficit this year and is looking for residents to help decide how to solve the budget shortfall.
During an almost empty public meeting in Lone Pine on Wednesday, Jeff Ahlstrom, managing landfill engineer, laid out six plans that would close the projected $592,874 gap. Those plans include three basic strategies to save on costs and generate more revenue, ranging from fee hikes to layoffs to reductions in services.

Suspected bank robber nabbed outside of Bishop

March 11, 2011

A routine traffic stop outside of Bishop earlier this week led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber wanted by the FBI.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, Charles R. Leighton was arrested Thursday night after being identified as the suspect in a Nevada bank robbery.
Cleland said a CHP officer initiated a stop on the 43-year-old for “a mechanical violation” at about noon Thursday on U.S. 395 near Pine Creek.

New art center gives Tribal youth a place to ‘stand up’ for their future

March 11, 2011

The Bishop Paiute Reservation has a new place for all youths, teens and young adults to “wünüt” or “stand up” – be creative, constructive and learn skills they will take with them for the rest for their lives.
The WünüT Novi Youth Media Arts and Infoshop was born out of the loss of young people to violence and drugs and alcohol. Still in its infancy, the program is seeking more volunteers and donations that will allow the center to stay open longer and offer more to the community.

March 10th

BIA directs Timbisha to hold a new election

March 10, 2011

After more than two years of controversy, complaints and appeals to federal authorities, the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe will have its day at the polls to elect a new tribal government.
Friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year, creating a dispute about which Tribal Council is the recognized body.

Proposed cuts threaten local services

March 10, 2011

The budget crunch in Washington may soon be felt locally with the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to social programs.
On the chopping block are grants that help fund food banks and housing programs that will be cut in half if the budget proposal passes.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action is the local organization that provides these social services, and has been holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the area to discuss the proposed cuts and their implications. The meetings will also offer suggestions for action to those who want to speak up for these services.

Suspected repeat sex offender behind bars

March 10, 2011

Thomas Michael “Mikey” Tharp, a 38-year-old Bishop resident, is in custody at the Inyo County Jail on allegations of child molestation.
Tharp is facing one felony and one misdemeanor charge of molestation and an additional misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “investigators became aware of Tharp after the parents of two alleged victims came forward.”

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