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Search for resident comes to grim end

August 25, 2011

Local authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Lone Pine woman’s death on Tuesday, not long after failing to return from a morning walk.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Jenny Salado, 63, was reported missing Tuesday afternoon after failing to meet up with her companion after a “routine walk” near the Narrow Gauge Road area northeast of Lone Pine.
Members of Inyo County Search and Rescue reportedly located Salado’s body at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening near the Narrow Gauge Road area where she had reportedly been bottle hunting.

Tragedy claims life of Half Dome climber

August 25, 2011

While preparing to climb the north face of Half Dome, two local climbers witnessed a man fall down the 2,000-foot precipice Monday evening.
According to a press release from Yosemite National Park, Ryan Leeder, 23, of Los Gatos, fell to his death at approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. The cause is still under investigation.
Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a call of a person falling off the face of Half Dome, but due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts Monday night, according to the press release.

9/11 memorial event planned in Big Pine

August 25, 2011

In the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001, wars are still being fought – one the longest in U.S. history – at a cost of trillions of dollars and thousands dead.
The community of Big Pine will be holding a day of remembrance for those who perished on 9/11 in the armed conflicts since, as well as to give thanks to those who stepped up during the town’s catastrophic Center Fire. The event at Mendenhall Park starts at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

County repeals solar amendment under threat of Sierra Club suit

August 25, 2011

Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.

Another supermarket strike imminent?

August 25, 2011

Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workers’ union and Safeway – Vons’ parent corporation – have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.

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