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March 4th

PD’s new second-in- command a familiar face

March 4, 2011

Bishop Police Department has named its new lieutenant: two-decade veteran of the force Fred Gomez. Chief Chris Carter made the announcement to the Bishop City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The position is the second- in-command post at the department and one Gomez has risen to, from patrol officer in 1991, to detective in 2003, then to sergeant in 2006.
“The job wasn’t just handed to me,” Gomez said. “I tested for it like everybody else.”

Museum lines up acclaimed act for annual fete

March 4, 2011

The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation and familiarity will make way for groundbreaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierra’s most popular fundraisers returns to Lone Pine.
“There is something very different and exciting about the music for this year’s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,” Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.

Where there’s smoke … there are complaints

March 4, 2011

Recent controlled burns in the Owens Valley have sparked concern in at least one local resident who fears using fire for forest management will negatively impact residents and businesses.
When local resident Liz O’Sullivan saw smoke lingering in the air earlier this week due to a series of controlled burns conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she filed a formal complaint in hopes of getting the crews to stop burning until the smoke had dissipated.

March 3rd

New community center in offing for LP?

March 3, 2011

A group of Southern Inyo residents hope to boost the Lone Pine economy and quality of life by building a brand new multi-purpose community center in Spainhower Park.
The Lone Pine Community Center Planning Committee appeared before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request support for a plan to build the 200-person capacity center, using funds donated by local philanthropist Dave Haas.

Council candidates make final appeal

March 3, 2011

After three months of door-to-door campaigning, increasing yard signage and glossy fliers appearing in mailboxes, the race for two Bishop City Council seats will be soon be decided.
Once the polls close Tuesday, March 8, the three candidates vying for those two seats – newcomer Jim Ellis and incumbents Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion  – will also know their political fates.

March 1st

Study examines OV School’s lapsation options

March 1, 2011

With the fate of Owens Valley School up in the air due to declining enrollment, a recent study has shined some light on options for educating youth in Independence.
A study committee made up of representatives from Lone Pine, Owens Valley and Big Pine school districts released its consolidation study regarding the future of Owens Valley School as it faces lapsation.
Owens Valley School District will lapse if it falls below the state-mandated 12 students.
It currently has 11 kids enrolled.

Surveying the Sierra snowpack

March 1, 2011

The air is crisp at Tom’s Place at 8 a.m. The slight breeze blows around ice crystals, dazzling in the sun light, tiny floating prisms. Drips of coffee freeze to the side of the mug.
“Do you have extra clothes? Bring all you’ve got,” says snow-surveyor Brian Norris, “It’s cold up there.”
It only takes a few minutes outside of the car to numb fingers, cheeks and nose and there’s still another 3,000 feet to go up to the first survey spot.

February 24th

State’s silence on funding causes local budget concerns

February 24, 2011

Inyo County is still operating under a cloud of fiscal uncertainty due to state budget concerns, but county department heads continue to tighten their belts and, in most cases, live within their means.
In his annual mid-year budget update, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said the local government has reason to be proud, but also plenty of reasons to worry.
According to Carunchio, county department heads have held to their mid-year projections without going over budget, but state budget issues may still have an impact.

Forest Service planning now for future planning efforts

February 24, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposed planning rule to guide future planning rules. The plan will update procedures that have been in place since 1982. The new proposed planning process will, reportedly, use the latest in science-based approaches to management of lands, such as recognizing and preparing for climate change.
Nancy Upham, public information officer for the Inyo National Forest, called the new planning plan “a framework for integrating resource management.”

Donate blood, save a life

February 24, 2011

It’s time to pull up a sleeve and save a life. Residents of Southern Inyo are being asked to donate blood, once again, at the Lone Pine Blood Drive and to fulfill the need for plasma throughout the U.S. 395 corridor.
The goal for this year’s drive is 55 pints, up from 50 last year. Jan McKee, senior donor recruitment representative for Untied Blood Service of Reno, said she hopes that new Southern Inyo Coordinator Donna Carson will be bringing in plenty of donors.
The drive will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Statham Hall.

 

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