Archive - Sep 2011 - News Article
What started as an effort to educate those on the front-lines of Inyoâs tourist-based economy about local attractions, has blossomed into a series of tours open to anyone and everyone interested in some of the areaâs more overlooked destinations.
Based on the success of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerceâs âFrontline Tourist Providers Toursâ in August, which saw hotel, visitors center and other service industry employees taking advantage of the opportunity to better assist tourists, the Chamber has launched a similar program for the public at large.
An inter-tribal gathering, a sharing of different tribal cultures, a dance, social party, spiritual event and for some a way of life â a pow wow is a combination of all these things, according to Wanda Summers, one of the organizers of this yearâs 31st Annual Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow to be held on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation this weekend.
Inyo County Sheriffâs Investigator Shane Scott was among 13 first responders to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, Californiaâs highest public safety award, for their bravery and commitment to the people of California. Above, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (l) joins Governor Jerry Brown (r) in presenting the award to Scott on Sept. 14 in Sacramento. Scott has received many commendations following his selfless act of pulling 22-year-old Derek Thomas from a burning vehicle on Aug. 9, 2010.
Federal officials are considering closing the Tecopa Post Office while residents in that community fight to keep it.
The U.S. Postal Service has posted a notice to customers in Tecopa that it is proposing to close the local office and consolidate operations with Baker 50 miles away.
âWeâre studying it right now, looking at the advantages, disadvantages and savings, so it is important for customers there to speak up,â U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Eva Jackson said.
Road construction will soon start in and around Fort Independence. The work will include the building of a new, full-access semi-truck-friendly entrance into the Winnedumah Winnâs Casino and resurfacing of roads on the Fort Independence Reservation proper.
There have been concerns from some tribal members and land owners that the project will disturb Native American archaeological and burial sites. Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians Chairperson Israel Naylor said through a spokesperson he âensuresâ that all measures have been taken not to disturb any archaeological sites.
Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.
A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.
Caltransâ decision to construct a bypass around two Southern Inyo communities not only doesnât disregard the publicâs wishes, as alleged, but was made with the publicâs best interests in mind, according to the agency.
District 9 officials said this week that public input was carefully considered and local groups were heavily involved in the process used to select a preferred route for the Olancha/Cartago Four-Lane Project.
Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.
A fire south of Big Pine had burned 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and was reportedly 15 percent contained. While there have been no reports of any lightning in the area at the time the blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 500 personnel have been assigned to the help fight the fire.
There is a standing evacuation advisory in place for residents who live in southwest Big Pine and several roads remained closed, including Crocker/Glacier Lodge west of West Street, Pole Line Road and McMurry Meadows Road.