Archive - Mar 2014 - News Article
ICARE of the Eastern Sierra is making the final push towards raising $800,000 for a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
During a presentation to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors March 25, ICARE President Ted Schade said that about $726,000 has been raised for the Raise the Roof â€“ A Cause for Paws campaign. â€śWe have about $70,000 to go to build the facility we think we need. Weâ€™re not there yet, we really havenâ€™t reached the goal, but this is the final push, weâ€™re in the home stretch.â€ť
A trial date for the embezzlement case filed against Bishop residents Kenneth and Dawndee Rossy has been set for Oct. 6, 2014 in Independence.
The Rossys are accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from the public assistance program at Inyo County Health and Human Services, among other charges. A hearing was scheduled earlier this month so Inyo County courts could consider a motion filed by the defense to have comments Dawndee made to investigators suppressed. However, that hearing has been postponed.
Recent changes in the language of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power grazing leases have raised concern among Owens Valley ranchers. In response, Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington notified Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta where that language conflicts with the Inyo-L.A. Long Term Water Agreement.
Like several family members before her, Randi Pritchard has been a local business owner for several years, taking pride in serving both residents of and visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
Earlier this year, the Bishop Union High School graduate went from co-owner of Eastern Sierra Realty to sole proprietor following the retirement of longtime broker and business partner Ann Wong.
A beta and seed swap, along with a local plant sale, are some of the highlights of Eastern Sierra Land Trustâ€™s upcoming GardenFest, an event geared toward both novice and green-thumb growers.
ESLT will help residents kick off the growing season from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at its office garden at 176 Home St., Bishop.
Attendees are invited to ask for advice from Master Gardeners, trade heirlooms in the seed swap, purchase plants from local nurseries and organizations, and much more.
Inyo County staffers and department heads met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss progress on the countyâ€™s â€śCreative Budget Solutionsâ€ť initiative â€“ an effort to cut costs, generate revenue and partner with other area agencies to close a $1.06 million budget gap anticipated for the coming 2014-15 fiscal year.
The return of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the Eastern Sierra this week marks not only the eventâ€™s 20th anniversary, but adds credence to the modern axiom that if you build it â€“ or in this case screen it â€“ they will come.
Indeed, what began as an idea to promote a local business and simply offer something to do in Bishop has become one of the Eastsideâ€™s most popular and enduring annual events, drawing upwards of 1,000 residents and visitors over its two-night run.
For the third year in a row, Eastside residents and visitors are invited to join in a celebration of one of the worldâ€™s most famous landscapes.
The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group is gearing up for the rapidly approaching 2014 Alabama Hills Day, a festival devoted to appreciating and educating others about the beloved geologic area.
The all-day event â€“ by all accounts a greatly expanded version of previous celebrations â€“ is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12.
A combination of local energy and regional political pressure can help Inyo County take advantage of its solar power potential and maybe stymie plans by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to build a large-scale commercial solar project in the county.
That one-two combo was suggested by consultant Bill Powers during a presentation called â€śSolar Done Right.â€ť The main tenets of â€śSolar Done Rightâ€ť are threefold: aggressive energy efficiency, small scale solar installations and local control of energy policy and policy implementation, said Powers.
This Saturday, Bishop Union High Schoolâ€™s Future Farmers of America is hosting the premier Family Farm Read event intended to encourage reading while introducing the world of farm animals to local youngsters.