Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
Things will be business as usual at South Lake this year. They may start a little later than usual but with the incredible snowpack built up over the winter, getting to any high-elevation lake will be a challenge until the summer thawing.
âWeâre going to be ready for the Opener,â said Jared Smith, general manager for Parchers Resort and the South Lake Boat Landing. âThe lake should be full just a couple weeks later than usual, and it should be much better than a usual year.â
Before county staff members develop a final resolution concerning increased fees at local landfills the Inyo County Board of Supervisors wanted to weigh in one last time.
The board met Tuesday with Integrated Waste Manager Chuck Hamilton and two local solid waste service providers to hammer out some of the finer details about what dump fees will be raised to close a $695,000 Integrated Waste Department deficit.
The annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is a time to remember and honor the past and those who fought and died for civil rights, and a time to reflect upon the future. This weekend marks the 42nd annual pilgrimage to the site, an internment camp complete with gun turrets and barbed-wire fence south of Independence that was the relocated home to more than 10,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Testimony from the Louis LePlat murder trial, now in the jury deliberation phase, is revealing more than details about the case.
According to the defense attorney for LePlat, the testimony is also drudging up details about a complex web of questionable behavior by the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office, involving deals with jailhouse informants, reliance on âshadyâ witnesses and political sabotage.
District Attorney Art Maillet was unavailable for comment, and has refused to respond to media inquiries for months.
County leaders decided last week to opt out of a Transportation Enhancement Activities grant request it began working on in 2004 to create a Transportation Wing of the Eastern California Museum.
When the project was first brought before the Board of Supervisors in October 2004, the Carson and Colorado Railway Society proposed applying for the TEA grant to construct a facility to restore and eventually house Engine No. 18.
Southern Inyo community members continue to cut and clear fields in and around Lone Pine to protect the townâs people and property from wildfires.
Utilizing a 2009 U.S. Forest Service grant, the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council has targeted more than 140 acres of vacant, overgrown land for fire management work this year.
Southern California Edison and the Forest Service have made additional information available concerning upcoming South Lake dam work and access.
A press release dated Wednesday, April 13 states, âSouthern California Edison and the Forest Service would like to take this opportunity to clarify issues of access to South Lake while the upgrade work to the dam is occurring this spring and summer.
The 2011 wildflower season is at its peak in Death Valley and Southern Inyo. Reports are that this is not the most prolific year for petals and color, but the flowers are out and theyâre going fast.
Chief of Interpretation for Death Valley National Park Terry Baldino reported at the end of March that the flowers are small but abundant.
âIf people want to see the flowers this year theyâre going to have to get out of the car and look around,â Baldino said.
Years of cooperative effort between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power paid off this week with a lease signing that gives local government greater control over the land it uses at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
During a presentation Monday at the airport, L.A. Department of Water and Power signed a lease agreement with the county for more than 600 acres at the airport in Bishop thatâs valid âin perpetuity.â
Residents in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties have an opportunity to tell Internet providers what kinds of service they receive, if any, and what kinds of services they would like to see in the area.
The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently launched an Eastern Sierra Connect broadband survey. The survey aims to help identify the unserved and underserved communities in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties that need broadband Internet connectivity and the broadband technologies that might be appropriate and affordable to residents and businesses.