Archive - Jul 2013 - News Article
From July 3-4, residents of and visitors to Inyo County were treated to three major pyrotechnics displays (at the Paiute Palace Casino, Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, above, and Independence Airport), two running events (a 5K/10K in Big Pine and 4K/10K in Independence), two community breakfasts (in Big Pine and Independence), a one-pitch softball tournament (in Bishop), loads of pie and ice cream (Bishop and Independence) and a traditional Independence Day parade (you guessed it â€“ in Independence, below). For scenes of all this festive fun, see pages B-7-8.
Sacramento-based executive recruiting firm HFS Consultants seeks local and nationwide input in the initial phase of the search for the Northern Inyo Hospital chief executive officer who will replace current CEO John Halfen when he retires in July 2014.
With a tribal vote concerning a proposed $118-plus-million-dollar, 20-acre casino/hotel/ resort fast approaching, certain tribal members are weighing in with some of the pros and cons of the Bishop Paiute Tribal Councilâ€™s plan.
On Tuesday, July 9, tribal members will be asked to vote on Phase 1 of the project, which involves securing funding for a 60-room hotel, swimming pool and additional restaurant.
â€śAs a matter of fact, we met each other on the Fourth of July,â€ť said Dan Reade, about his first encounter with his wife and fellow Independence Fourth of July grand marshal, Kelly Reade. â€śWe met at 7-11 on the Fourth of July 40 years ago,â€ť Kelly added.
They spent that July 4, 1973 shooting fireworks off over San Dimas Reservoir. Kelly grew up in Southern California, while Danâ€™s family moved there after a childhood in Courtland, Calif. When their children got to third and seventh grade, they were looking to relocate. â€śI was raised in a small town,â€ť Dan said. â€śI missed that so bad.â€ť
There is a group of young men and women, many just boys and girls, for whom summer is an eagerly anticipated season. They are known in Spanish as â€śsalvavidasâ€ť or â€śSavior of lifeâ€ť; we call them â€ślifeguardsâ€ť in the United States. Remarkably for such an important role, they are mostly young people with an average age of only 16, and most are paid minimum wage or slightly higher.
Death Valley National Park turned into a tourist and media hot-spot this past weekend as the parkâ€™s famous thermometer soared.
With near record-setting temperatures forecast throughout the West last weekend, visitors from all over the world traveled to Death Valley to see if a new world record would be set in whatâ€™s already considered the hottest place on Earth.
In a letter to wife Abigail about the advent of independence in the American colonies, John Adams wrote, â€śI am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.â€ť
â€“ â€śJohn Adamsâ€ť by David McCullough
In response to the extremely high, potentially life-threatening temperatures expected this weekend, local officials have collaborated to have â€ścooling centersâ€ť and other disaster relief services at the ready.
Working on the effort are Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Health and Human Services and the office of County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, the county disaster services coordinator.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have reached an agreement on how to control dust on the Keeler Dunes and one of the last stretches of Owens Lake targeted for dust control.
An agreement that was approved this week by both the LADWP and Great Basin will allow Los Angeles to work around certain culturally-sensitive sites identified within the Phase 7a dust mitigation project. The LADWP and Great Basin will determine if and how dust will be mitigated in areas containing Native American artifacts at a later date.