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December 30th

Premium placed on tradition at local Christmas celebration

December 30, 2011

Someone once said that the message of Christmas is that we are never alone.
Certainly this was the case at the Owens Valley Indian Housing Authority annual Christmas celebration held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Lone Pine Tribe’s Gymnasium. Offered as part of the OVIHA’s Community Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program, dozens of families attended to hear the message from Rick Frey on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse on their community.

Ellis to walk in Rose Parade

December 30, 2011

A local Rotarian will be walking in the 123rd Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 2. Patricia Ellis of Bishop will be one of 15 Rotarians chosen to be an “outwalker” with this year’s Rotary Rose Parade Float.
Ellis, secretary for the local district, was chosen after Bishop won a fundraiser raffle, according to Rotary Club of Bishop President Dr. Leo Pisculli.

Charges pending related to Big Pine’s Center Fire?

December 30, 2011

Investigators with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office are asking every individual who lost property in the Center Fire to contact them.
Investigator Lewis Roberts said the D.A.’s Office has a list of 20-30 fire victims from its initial investigation, and is hoping to verify those numbers before potentially filing criminal charges against those believed to be responsible for the late-March blaze.
A total of 19 homes were destroyed in the 800-acre fire. Estimates put the cost of damages from the fire at $4.5 million.

December 27th

End in sight for NIH construction project

December 27, 2011

Construction of a new Main Building at Northern Inyo Hospital has gone from an idea and local bond measure, demolition and a hole in the ground, to a steel skeleton to a what looked like a large white present complete with red bow during the building’s interior construction to its current resemblance to a modern healthcare facility.

DWP, volunteers continue assault on Buckley tules

December 27, 2011

In an effort to rehabilitate the Buckley Ponds area east of Bishop, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is teaming up with a group of local volunteers to clear away huge growths of tules.
According to Bishop resident Dick Noles, who is heading up the volunteer effort, the LADWP has already drained and burned Buckley Ponds 2, 3 and 4 and will be heading out again today to see what kinds of equipment will work to clear away the remaining tules.

DWP, volunteers continue assault on Buckley tules

December 27, 2011

In an effort to rehabilitate the Buckley Ponds area east of Bishop, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is teaming up with a group of local volunteers to clear away huge growths of tules.
According to Bishop resident Dick Noles, who is heading up the volunteer effort, the LADWP has already drained and burned Buckley Ponds 2, 3 and 4 and will be heading out again today to see what kinds of equipment will work to clear away the remaining tules.

December 22nd

Murder suspect pleads not guilty

December 22, 2011

Bishop resident Harlan Dewey pleaded not guilty to felony charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter during an arraignment in Inyo County Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 16.
The Inyo County Court Clerk’s Office said that Dewey has not been scheduled on the court calendar, but according to representatives from the office, “a settlement” is set for sometime this week.

DWP consultants offer ideas for river 02 worries

December 22, 2011

Public sentiment so far indicates satisfaction with – or at least the absence of objections to – the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most recent Lower Owens River Project Report.
Representatives from Ecosystem Sciences, which compiled the 2011 report, met with residents Tuesday to discuss the data that was collected and receive questions and comments.

New leader lined up for Lone Pine School District

December 22, 2011

Local leaders in Lone Pine announced last week that longtime High School Superintendent Larry Todd will be stepping down in July and current principal Victor Hopper will be taking his place.
Todd technically retired two years ago, but has remained on staff as a part-time superintendent since then until a full-time replacement could be found.
Todd has served as superintendent since 2007, and will remain on board until July, giving him an opportunity to help Hopper transition into his new post.

Hidden Hills solar project getting mixed reviews

December 22, 2011

Southeastern Inyo County residents are on the fence about a huge solar project proposal near Charleston View, adjacent to the Nevada border.
While many residents have gone on record in support of the project, which will bring jobs to the remote desert communities, others said there are concerns about negative impacts that may be associated with the project.

 

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