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October 30th

Sage Grouse a step closer to endangered listing

October 30, 2013

The seldom-seen, chicken-sized local species of sage grouse took a step closer to being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act last Friday, Oct. 25, when the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the bird as a federally threatened species.

Annual Toiyabe Road Run this Saturday at Millpond

October 30, 2013

Residents and visitors are invited to Millpond this weekend to get some exercise and support a good cause, as the 32nd Annual Toiyabe Road Run is approaching fast.
The race will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Millpond Recreation Center. Race t-shirts, awards made by local artists, food, kids’ activities, a raffle and free post-race massages all come together at the event to make the Toiyabe Road Run an exciting physical challenge and a fun community activity.

Residents raise concerns about Wildlife Action Plan

October 30, 2013

Inyo County has begun its environmental review process for the proposed Adventure Trails project that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to use some city and county roads to access local communities and OHV recreation areas.

October 28th

June Mountain ready to reopen on Dec. 13

October 28, 2013

As snow begins to accumulate at June Lake, the resort town that was forced to sit out the 2012-2013 season will reopen for business Dec. 13 with a winter festival.
June Mountain, which is owned by Mammoth Mountain, has long been operating at a deficit, and the closure had “devastating impact” on local residents and businesses, according to Connie Black, an owner of the Double Eagle Resort and Spa, which employs both full-time and seasonal staff, many of whom suffered layoffs.

100 Mules is a sight to see

October 28, 2013

It started with a quiet clatter and bit of a dust cloud down the road.
Within a few minutes, the mules came into view, framed by the scenic, snowcapped Sierra. Strung together in groups of 10, the caravan of 100 long-eared equines clip-clopped down the dirt road toward the Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake, on Friday, Oct. 18, where they would start a 27-day journey that will take them 240 miles from the heart of the Owens Valley to the bowls of Los Angeles.

October 25th

Take your best shot

October 25, 2013

Advances in photographic technology over the past 10 years and one of the most photogenic settings on the planet have conspired to create amateur photographers out of a significant number of Inyo County residents.
More affordable and user-friendly digital cameras have helped untold numbers of residents discover hidden talents, nurture burgeoning careers as outdoor photographers or simply find a hobby that brings them closer to the Eastern Sierra’s wild landscapes often referred to as “God’s country.”

Changing lives, one smiley face at a time

October 25, 2013

Happy Hoods founder Carri Coudek wants everyone to know that her evolving anti-bullying program “is alive and well” and fostering more community activism during October’s National Bullying Awareness Month and all year round.
Anti-bullying efforts are never-ending for Coudek. “People are asking me to be more visible in the community. Kids are always approaching me. ‘Carri, can I tell you what happened to me?’ They’re being bullied in school. I get parents and grandmothers, they tell me about their kids being bullied.”

Faster Internet hits Owens Valley

October 25, 2013

Just one day after Praxis Associates announced that it had laid the last of its conduit for the Digital 395 project, Suddenlink announced that it has tapped into the high-speed Internet system and is offering increased bandwidth to customers.
According to Suddenlink Senior Director of Communications Gene Regan, the Internet provider increased its bandwidth in Bishop, Big Pine and Independence Thursday afternoon.
Regan said that current Suddenlink customers with a 1.5 megabit per second connection have been upgraded to a 15 Mbps connection, at no extra charge.

October 24th

Pilot found injured in Sierra

October 24, 2013

A downed airplane belonging to a Big Pine man was located Thursday morning near Huntington Lake on the west side of the Sierra.
Fresno County sheriff’s officials also located the pilot, who has yet to be identified, with unknown injuries.
Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Curtice said that the pilot was flown from the crash site, about one mile south of Brown Peak, to the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno to be treated for injuries. Curtice said he did not know the extent of the pilot’s injuries, but did confirm that he was the plane’s only occupant.

Blue ribbons for asthma awareness

October 24, 2013

Residents still have a couple more days to wear blue ribbons and help spread awareness of asthma – a common condition that can also be fatal.
For the 17th year in a row, family and friends of the late Christopher John Schumacher are staging Blue Ribbon Asthma Awareness Week, Oct. 15-25, to not only honor Schumacher’s memory, but to show support “for all those who have asthma and know someone who suffers from asthma,” according to organizers.
Schumacher was 14 – just shy of his 15th birthday – when he died from a severe asthma attack on Oct. 19, 1996.

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