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September 30th

Grant funding projects for Bishop, IMACA

September 30, 2013

The City of Bishop is planning a variety of improvements to the city using a large, recently received, Community Development Block grant.

Opening a dialogue about the desert

September 30, 2013

Film historian Chris Langley and photographer Osceola Refetoff are in the process of birthing a blog about the changing face of the Mojave in an effort to inform and engage people about how that change will impact everyone’s future.
Langley and Refetoff plan to unveil the working-titled blog, “High and Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain” this year. The title alludes to “the desert non-fiction of author Mary Austin’s ‘Land of Little Rain,’ which really describes our area very accurately,” Langley said.

September 27th

Possible impacts from solar ranch still a sticking point

September 27, 2013

Residents wanting to go on record with comments in response to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch now have until Nov. 2 to do so.
The public comment period for LADWP’s Draft Environment Impact Report has been extended from 45 days to 60 total and, in addition to two recent meetings held in the Owens Valley, may also include a hearing in Los Angeles to gather the input of stakeholders there – specifically, members of the Japanese American community with close ties to Manzanar National Historic Site.

Residents give officials an earful on frog habitat

September 27, 2013

Residents of the Eastern Sierra gathered Monday to speak with state and federal representatives who are proposing to list more than 2,000 acres of the Sierra as critical habitat for the yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad.
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Desert Area Assistant Field Supervisor Carl Benz, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Scientist and Fisheries Biologist James Erdman, Jr. and California Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Supervisor Heidi Sickler attended to answer what questions they could Monday.

City officials gearing up for Adventure Trails

September 27, 2013

Bishop residents gathered Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed route maps for the pilot Adventure Trails program.
City and county officials, with the help of the ATV Adventure Trails group, have released four proposed routes within the city limits that, if approved, will be classified as “dual use” and be open to licensed drivers of off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes, quads and side-by-sides like the Yamaha Rhino.

September 25th

Archaeologist digs up insight about life in aqueduct camp

September 25, 2013

The remnants of a Los Angeles Aqueduct construction camp have produced insights into how the aqueduct workforce lived and worked, what they ate, smoked and drank, and how the physical layout of the camp itself reflected “scientific management practices” introduced in the early 1900s to improve productivity and control the diverse workforce.

Manuel Ruiz Hollywood’s next big thing?

September 25, 2013

Lone Pine resident and 2012 graduate Manuel Ruiz has won second place in the prestigious annual L.A. Screenplay Competition, which announced the final five finalists last week. These scripts are specially marked for production and will be passed around to producers in the business in hopes someone will decide to develop the project.
The final competition was described in a letter and an invitation to the final five red carpet event and ceremony.

September 23rd

Freedom found in Independence

September 23, 2013

When Utah residents Belinda Crnich and Charity Winsor decided they wanted to get married, they knew they’d have to go to California – the closest state within driving distance where their union would be legally recognized.
And when the couple, dating for almost two years and living together for almost nine months, sat down to plan their nuptials, they knew they’d had to have their civil ceremony in Independence, Calif. – a town whose name struck a chord with the women who have experienced their share of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.

County hears feedback on what’s working, what’s not

September 23, 2013

Last week, residents of Big Pine and Independence weighed in with their opinions on the proposed General Plan and Zoning Code Update at workshops held by the Inyo County Planning Department.
Many of the comments mirrored those made in other community workshops, while some were contradictory.

September 20th

More funding needed for new Animal Shelter

September 20, 2013

For 16 years, animal care workers and residents of Inyo County have been trying to fund a new animal shelter to replace the outmoded facility currently operating in Big Pine. With the adoption of a new county operating budget on Sept. 17, the project will finally be getting under way.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has earmarked $200,000 toward the shelter project, which brings the total funds to roughly $500,000 to build a brand-new shelter to replace the aging cement structure on County and Reynolds roads.

 

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