Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
There have been famous and infamous walls throughout history such as the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Troy, Hadrianâ€™s Wall and the Walls of Jericho. Some were built to keep foreign invaders out while another, such as the Berlin Wall, was to keep those seeking freedom from escaping.
A well-known poem, â€śMending Wallâ€ť by Robert Frost, metaphorically addresses the pointlessness of a wall along which two neighbors walk every year, congenially talking and â€śmendingâ€ť the wallâ€™s fallen stones as they move along.
A select group of Bishop Union High School students are taking to the sky, skimming the upper atmosphere, taking pictures and experimenting with possible Martian life forms.
The studentsâ€™ cosmic adventures are possible due to a father with a Doctorate in Astronomy who started teaching his curious daughter and her friends calculus in fifth grade; theyâ€™ve stayed together conducting experiments and having fun with science ever since.
Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are objecting to recent allegations that they are out to grab as much water from the Owens Valley as possible this year.
In February, the LADWP announced that, with an Eastern Sierra snowpack runoff forecast to be 616,900 acre-feet, or 150 percent of average, it anticipates pumping about 91,000 acre-feet of groundwater during the runoff year.
With no financial help from state or federal government agencies, the local Alzheimerâ€™s day care and advocacy group is looking for outside donations to keep the doors open and to continue services to the community.
The Friendship Center in Bishop is currently only seeing clients one day a week and is open one additional day a week to host a support group. The center is hoping the raffling of an original oil painting of Devilâ€™s Postpile by former local artist, Carol Lucas, will help it stay above water.
With a heavy snowpack lingering in the Sierra, residents in Inyo County are being advised to clear their ditches and ponds to prepare for the inevitable influx of water as summer temperatures begin to creep into the Owens Valley.
According to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Public Information Officer Chris Plakos, the department is doing its part, with crews working daily to ensure ditches are ready for the runoff.
A fire broke out on the north side of McGee Creek in the Buttermilk Boulder area west of Bishop shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, trapping several campers behind the fireline.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department and other state, federal and local fire agencies immediately responded to the blaze, but moderate winds and the rugged, sloping hills of the Buttermilk area and a number of unattended camp sites made evacuations and fire suppression efforts a difficult task.