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March 22nd

Owens Valley community backs Lone Pine FFA program

March 22, 2013

Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka once said, “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Lone Pine High School’s 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.

March 20th

Students raise almost $11K for Leukemia, Lymphoma Society

March 20, 2013

Last Friday’s 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.

Tumult in Big Pine Tribe?

March 20, 2013

A group of Big Pine Tribal members is seeking to have Tribal Chairman Dave Moose removed from office amid allegations of nepotism, inappropriate use of tribal funds and disregard for tribal process.
Two separate petitions have been circulated on the Big Pine Reservation, one receiving more than 120 signatures, calling for the removal of Moose from the position of tribal chair.

On location: Local youth cast in music video

March 20, 2013

Inyo County is a well-known location for films and commercials. The wide-open spaces lend their beautiful backdrops and the isolation provides the quiet needed from urban environments with their many distractions and loud noise.

March 18th

LP School Board nearing bond decision

March 18, 2013

Small-business webinar series organizers are optimistic that the online events are inspiring added topics and will a positive impact on Eastern Sierra economy.
The first three of 22 webinars in the 2013 series, which started Feb. 6 and is free to Inyo, Mono and Kern residents, showed strong interest and vigorous participation, according to key series organizers Julie Langou, project manager for the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium, and Kelly Bearden, director of the California State University Small Business Development Center, which serves Kern, Inyo and Mono counties.

County helps set stage for brand-new, regional event

March 18, 2013

Local leaders have approved the closure of Millpond County Park for a new, dual-county event for Mammoth and Bishop residents and visitors to the area.
High Sierra Events is planning the first annual Mammoth 2 Bishop Fun Bike Ride on June 15. Event organizer Lloyd Cearley said the event will showcase the area to cycling enthusiasts of all levels and will feature live music at Millpond, the day’s destination.

County’s solar project finally a-go

March 18, 2013

Inyo County is ready to get to work on a solar project at its Independence campus thanks to a low-interest loan offered by the California Energy Commission.
Using the 15-year loan with a 1 percent interest rate offered by the CEC, Inyo County is beginning plans to construct a 612.8 kilowatt photovoltaic electric system.
Last week, county leaders approved a contract with Solar City for the roof-mounted system for county facilities in Independence.

March 15th

Inyo, BrightSource settle on project mitigation figure

March 15, 2013

After nearly two years of negotiations, county leaders have come to an accord with BrightSource Energy regarding financial compensation for impacts that will be created by a tax-exempt 250-megawatt solar facility BrightSource wants to build.
BrightSource proposes constructing the 5.1 square-mile solar plant in remote Southeast Inyo, just west of the Nevada border near Charleston View. Local leaders, including Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, have said that impacts created by the project will increase costs to the county.

City agrees to back IMACA project

March 15, 2013

When faced with a choice between two entities vying for grant funding through the city to pay for community projects, Bishop leaders on Monday chose to back local seniors.
The City Council unanimously voted to apply for a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the Inyo-Mono Advocates For Community Action in its efforts to improve living conditions at the Valley Apartments on Clarke Street. The council said it was a “hard decision” to back IMACA over Mammoth Lakes Housing, which was requesting funds to continue its first-time homebuyers program.

‘Pink Ladies’ gear up for blood drive, fundraising efforts

March 15, 2013

The Pink Ladies are always busy anyway but right now they are in the midst of a flurry of activities aimed at bolstering their continued contributions to the local hospital.
The Northern Inyo Hospital’s Auxiliary’s affectionately nicknamed the Pink Ladies are beefing up their membership, spiffing up their gift shop inventory, amping up their fundraising – and, oh yes, planning the upcoming blood drive it helps organize for United Blood Services. All of this is, as always, in service of NIH and its patients.

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