Archive - Mar 2011 - News Article
A routine traffic stop Monday on U.S. 395 near Manzanar led to the arrest of two Southern California residents on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine through Inyo County on their way to Carson City.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, California Highway Patrol officers clocked Victoria Wood, 38, and her passenger Joseph Navetta, 41, both of the Long Beach area, traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in a silver Jaguar sedan at about 7 a.m. Monday.
Itâs that time of year in the Golden State when legislators argue about how to divvy up dwindling revenues against the wall of a multi-billion dollar deficit.
While legislators propose to raise or lower taxes, schools must still prepare budgets.
Volunteer numbers for the Inyo County Mentor Program continue to rise thanks to efforts by Inyo County Health and Human Services to raise awareness of local youth in need of guidance from older role models.
Health and Human Services is planning an appreciation dinner for the five adult volunteers who are working with or training to work with local youth. The county is also asking anyone who would like to volunteer with the program to sign up for the program.
Local men and woman who have devoted themselves to caring for one of the Eastern Sierraâs most precious landscapes have been recognized by the Sierra Business Council with a 2011 Vision Award.
Announced earlier this month, the Sierra Vision Award is being accepted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Program as both a validation of the groupâs blood, sweat and tears and a source of inspiration as they continue their efforts to preserve and protect the public lands west of Lone Pine.
âShow Big Pine home is where the heart is,â Sherri Newman of Jakeâs Saloon said in a press release announcing its own benefit fundraiser for victims of the Center Fire. âThe time is now to show our support at home. Bring it in, bring it big, bring it for Big Pine.â
Relief efforts for victims of the blaze continue to be organized, locally and throughout the state. There are fundraisers and clean-ups of all sorts planned for the days and weeks ahead.
With more high winds forecast this week, firefighters remain in Big Pine monitoring the burn area left by the Center Fire that destroyed 19 homes on Friday.
CalFire investigators are also on scene, assessing damages, the path of destruction and the blazeâs point of origin near the Bernasconi Education Center as they determine a cause.
âThe fire was called at 100 percent contained at 18:00 (6 p.m.) Sunday, but we still have resources on scene mopping up and looking for hot spots,â said CalFire Battalion Chief Mike Smith.
Sheâs been called dynamic, determined, gracious, fierce, compassionate, resourceful, even rebellious.
Sheâs been labeled a firebrand, a trailblazer, a pioneer, an activist, a do-gooder and a go-getter.
At heart, sheâs a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and by trade a retired laboratory technologist and politician.
In reality, Bishop resident Betty Denton is a woman who defies description; someone whoâs spent a life pursuing myriad dreams and goals, helping others to achieve theirs, and affecting lasting change for the good of the community.
Just days after the Center Fire in Big Pine destroyed 19 homes, the community and local service agencies are stepping up to provide aid to those displaced. Preliminary estimates put the damage caused by the blaze at more than $4.5 million.
There are also reports of the amazing community tenor of the tiny town.
âItâs worth emphasizing the supportive community spirit,â said Mary Chasin, Red Cross supervisor of Health Services for the Los Angeles region. âItâs never easy after a disaster but this community is very resilient.â
While many residents were able to return to their homes in Big Pine Saturday morning, the homecoming was bittersweet as some found they had no homes to return to, their residences and worldly possessions destroyed during the night by the 800-acre Center Fire.
A total of 19 homes were destroyed in the fire, which broke out at about 3:30 p.m. Friday near the Bernasconi Center west of town. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Preliminary estimates put the cost of damages from the fire at $4.5 million.
A fire that broke out west of Big Pine prompted wide-spread mandatory evacuation orders Friday evening.
Details on the movement of the fire are scarce. The blaze was first reported shortly before 4 p.m. California Highway Patrol officers at the scene at about 5 p.m. reported that the Bernasconi Center had not been damaged, but a wood shed at Palisade Glacier High School had been burned.
By 6 p.m. Friday, U.S. 395 was closed from Bishop to Independence with reports of the fire threatening to jump County Road west of the highway.