Archive - 2013 - News Article
Lone Pine resident Chris Langley will continue to serve as the Inyo County film commissioner for at least another year.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a long-term contract with Langley that allows him to continue work heâs been doing on the countyâs behalf for five years â and get paid for it.
Langleyâs new contract will run from April 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $71,975.
With cases of infection by antibiotic-resistant âsuperbugsâ on the rise nationwide, local health facilities are on standby â although they say the chances of cases developing in this area are very low.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an increasing number of cases of new superbugs, a group of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which are not treatable with the strongest antibiotics currently available.
Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo is saying farewell to its longtime director at the end of this month and in the meantime, community members are invited to join various local officials and residents in bidding Charles James a fond farewell later this week.
The Healthy Communities Board of Directors, along with a number of residents whose lives have been touched by James, are planning a farewell celebration of his service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at âThe Buildingâ in Lone Pine.
Local authorities say residents are still being victimized by credit card fraud that, in many cases, can be traced to local businessesâ hacked computer systems.
As the Bishop Police Department continues its investigation, authorities are advising residents to use cash or checks whenever possible to protect their financial information from cybercrime hackers.
âWeâre still getting reports on a day-to-day basis,â Bishop PD Public Information Officer Katie Coffman said. âItâs been slowing down some over the past couple weeks, but weâre still seeing about six reports, or more, a day.â
Owens Valley youth are getting the benefit of a new focus on mock crash demonstrations that impress the potentially devastating results of distracted driving by teenage drivers â text messaging.
During a simulated vehicle collision, complete with play victims and real rescue and law enforcement personnel, Death Valley Unified School District middle and high school students saw the increasingly prevalent, devastating results of texting while driving, said DVUSD Superintendent Jim Copeland.
Home Street Middle School eighth-graders had a chance to get a birdâs eye view of college life that may impact the way they look at their high school career.
During a four-day tour of several Southern California universities, HSMS teacher Tiffany Randallâs eighth-grade AVID class broadened its academic horizons, went sightseeing and was inspired by a renowned educator, Randall said.
Inyo County is poised to lose two longtime public officials while gaining an experienced public servant from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
In a bit of shuffling between the two counties, Auditor-Controller Leslie Chapman will be leaving the elected post sheâs held since 2003 to take a similar position with Mono County. Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. Executive Director Pam Hennarty is resigning from her post, meanwhile, to serve as Inyo Countyâs deputy administrator, effective April 12 and Inyo County Counsel Randy Keller will be retiring this summer.
Federal officials are working out the details of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs that were to be implemented as part of the March 1 federal sequester.
Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in reductions over the next decade designed to stop government overspending. The largest hit will be a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Defense Department. But smaller cuts to agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture could impact residents and visitors in the Eastern Sierra.
Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka once said, âThe ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.â
Lone Pine High Schoolâs Future Farmers of America program has been cultivating fine young adults for the past 19 years.
In a continuing show of support for the efforts of both the program and its students, dozens of community members turned out for the March 8 FFA Blue & Gold Fundraiser at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.
Last Fridayâs Luminary Walk, the grand finale of the local 2013 Pennies for Patients campaign, honored cancer patients and thanked the community for giving of their money, time, blood and even their hair.
At the March 15 Shine on the Sierra Luminary Walk held at the Bishop Union High School track, the Bishop Unified School District-wide fundraiser to benefit the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ended as luminaries were lit; people walked, ate, shopped and had their faces painted; music played on; and fundraising totals were announced.