In a plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, resident Howard Walters pleaded guilty to one charge of misdemeanor vandalism and was ordered to pay $3,823 in restitution to the Bureau of Land Management after he damaged a cultural site in the Chalfant area.
Law enforcement rangers and archaeological staff from the BLM Bishop Field Office opened an investigation into the damage of a cultural resource site in the Chalfant Valley in January after rangers received a report of a man digging in the area.
The economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots are significant â€“ as long as access to those areas is preserved.
A recent report released by the National Park Service concludes that, nationwide, the countryâ€™s parks have contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. A separate report suggests that 2013â€™s numbers will tell a different story due to the 16-day government shutdown in October.
Community members have invested more than just time and labor in planning this Saturdayâ€™s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night.
Numerous individuals, families and business owners have donated approximately $10,000 worth of products, services and other auction items in an effort to help United Methodist Church re-invest those donations back into the community.
Live and silent auctions will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Methodist Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Appetizers, dessert and beverages will be served at no charge.