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February 14th

Candidate filing period begins today

February 14, 2012

Feb. 14 may be Valentine’s Day, but in this election year, it also brings one more milestone along the road to the June 5 Primary.
Today marks the opening of the official filing period for Declaration of Candidacy papers, the next step in a political hopeful guaranteeing his or herself a spot on the June ballot.
The opening of the candidacy period may also signal the start of races for seats on the Inyo County Board of Education and both the Democratic and Republican central committees.

Burn projects to continue in Lone Pine

February 14, 2012

CalFire and the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council are joining forces to protect residents from wildfire danger.
The two agencies are planning to take advantage of recent winter moisture to complete a series of burn projects this week.
“These projects are necessary to reduce the overgrowth of decadent vegetation that has occurred in that area which will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine,” a press release from CalFire states.

February 13th

Jill Kinmont Boothe mourned at 75

February 13, 2012

Inyo Country is mourning the loss of one of its most inspiring residents and a pillar of the community.
Jill Kinmont Boothe, born Feb. 16, 1936, passed away from complications related to surgery Thursday, Feb. 9.
Boothe was born in Los Angles but grew up in Bishop, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain and earning herself a spot in the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. And even when that dream was cut short by a tragic accident, Boothe proved resilient and unstoppable – carving out for herself a legacy of fearlessness, compassion, determination, generosity, success and gentle spirit.

Changes coming to elections

February 13, 2012

Voters can expect major changes on the statewide political scene this election year as new legislation takes effect and the results of last year’s Census-related redistricting become more fully realized.
Impacts from the redrawn political districts throughout California – affecting legislative representation in the state Senate and Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives – will be seen as early as the June 5 Primary election, which will decide the frontrunners for the Nov. 6 General Election.

County unveils new tool in vermin fight

February 13, 2012

Residents who struggle with rodent problems in the spring and summer months in Inyo County now have a new resource that will teach them the best way to handle rats, rabbits, squirrels and other pests.
Peter Newman, a staff research associate with the University of California, was in Inyo County earlier this week setting up a digital learning center at the Agricultural Department to familiarize residents about the safest and most effective methods of dealing with rodent problems.

February 9th

Inyo supports clean air projects

February 9, 2012

County leaders endorsed three proposals for Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District grants Tuesday.
The Inyo County Planning and Public Works departments are each planning to submit applications for the Clean Air Projects Program grants, while a grant application of the Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action now has the support of the county behind it.
According to Darren Malloy of IMACA, the non-profit agency is currently offering assistance to residents who wish to replace old, inefficient wood-burning stoves with modern heaters that result in less pollutants.

Resident nabbed on rape charges

February 9, 2012

A Bishop man is being held in county jail this week for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child – 17 years after being convicted on similar charges.
Deputies with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department arrested Richard Ferrell Andreas, Sr. on Friday, Feb. 3 for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14.
The 51-year-old Andreas, a resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, was transported to Inyo County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

Councilman Ellis seriously injured

February 9, 2012

Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis is recovering in a Nevada hospital from a serious head injury suffered over the weekend on an annual fishing trip.
Ellis was airlifted to Las Vegas for emergency medical treatment Friday evening after falling from a moving vehicle, striking his head on the ground and losing consciousness.
According to family and Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, who was with Ellis at the time of the accident, the City Council member and married father of six is expected to make a full – if slow – recovery.

February 7th

Conservation project takes strides to preserve access

February 7, 2012

A conservation project in the west Chalfant area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Bishop Field Office is nearing completion.
The project involves converting BLM motorized routes to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use and constructing a new motorized route to maintain recreational access.
BLM Recreation Planner Richard Williams said the agency is eliminating some redundant motorized routes to create other recreational opportunities without preventing OHV users from accessing the area.

Marine’s wife killed in Coleville propane blast

February 7, 2012

Families at the Marine Warfare Training Center outside of Coleville are recovering after a deadly explosion late last week that claimed the life of one resident and sent two others to the hospital.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding an explosion and a residential structure that was on fire at the MWTC off-base housing.
It was later reported that the fire started after an explosion caused by a propane leak in the residential area of the MWTC.

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