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March 6th

Op-Ed: L.A.’s 20th century solution to a 21st century issue

March 6, 2014

Does the sun no longer shine in Los Angeles? This is essentially what the city’s utility is asserting, for why else would a metropolis with millions of acres in rooftops and parking lots and thoroughfares under the Southern California sky look to a coveted landscape 200 miles away to install solar panels? Any thinking person can see that California would be a better place if solar panels were integrated into the city.

March 5th

Owens Valley ranching in the spotlight

March 5, 2014

Last Thursday’s Ranchers Panel portion of the Community Reads program was held just a day after the Owens Valley woke up to clouds and puddles following the first night of rain in nearly two months.
The rain made for a more optimistic panel of four cattlemen and the topic of the first question asked by County Office of Education Superintendent Terry McAteer. Tom Noland with the Spainhower Ranch in Lone Pine admitted he ran outdoors at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and “got wet.”

Adventure Trails under environmental review

March 5, 2014

Work is continuing on an environmental report for the pilot Adventure Trails program that proponents hope will attract tourists to the area for off-highway vehicle recreation.
When complete, the Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails Program will designate several city and county roads as “combined use.” The designation will allow licensed drivers of green-sticker off-highway vehicles, such as quads, ATVs and side-by-sides, to travel from local communities to OHV recreation areas using local streets and roads.

Letter to the Editor: Selling city property to courts a bad idea

March 5, 2014

(Following is a letter the author intends to present to the Bishop City Council later this month. –Ed.)

Attention: Bishop City Council Members
Subject: New Courthouse Proposal
I am somewhat dismayed and seriously concerned that you are considering approval of this proposal. I sincerely hope that it proves to be a consideration only and not an approval.
Following are my reasons of concern. I hope you take the time to read all of them. I would certainly welcome the opportunity to discuss them further with any of you.

Driver killed, passenger hurt in Mono rollover

March 5, 2014

Local law enforcement is investigating a fatal, single-car collision Wednesday morning that claimed the life of an as-yet unnamed, 51-year-old Fallon, Nev. resident and left a 21-year-old Lancaster woman with moderate injuries.
Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash.
The CHP is withholding the names of the two vehicle occupants, pending notification of the next of kin of the deceased.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision took place on Lundy Lake Road at U.S. Highway 395 just before 5:30 a.m. The CHP was notified of the crash about 5:36 a.m.

Significant Details: Reading between the want ads

March 5, 2014

There was a “secret language” in use for decades before Twitter and texting turned millions of people into linguistic twits who think they are being cute because they use “words” only the cool kids understand. Hate to break it to you cool kids, but today, even Grandma knows how to LOL.

March 3rd

Manzanar Committee denounces county plan

March 3, 2014

With the Inyo County Board of Supervisors scheduled to make a final ruling on the controversial proposed Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment at its Tuesday, March 18 meeting, a number of community members and organizations are publicly opposing the amendment.

CalFire: burn while you can

March 3, 2014

Recent storms that washed through the Owens Valley provided as much as a half inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain on the Owens Valley floor and 36-48 inches of snow in the Mammoth area.
That was enough moisture for state fire officials to lift a burn suspension that has been in place since the beginning of the year.
CalFire Public Information Officer Elizabeth Brown said Monday the burn suspension was lifted in both Inyo and San Bernardino counties as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. The burn suspension in Mono County was lifted in January.

Bishop Chamber visits, promotional efforts steady

March 3, 2014

From the perspective of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the current drought has had little impact on visitation or local events and promotions.
At the Feb. 24 City Council meeting, Chamber Executive Director Tawni Thomson painted an optimistic picture of what the agency “has been up to,” including local and Southern California events, a new hiking publication, an international TV spot and upcoming public mixers and meetings.

March 2nd

Op-Ed: Why is the county ignoring its constituents?

March 2, 2014

MARCH 1 ––– Like a lot of residents, I’m perplexed by the actions of the Inyo County Planning Commission this week. More than that, I’m outraged.
I’ve observed and reported on local government and its agents for the past 14 years. What I’ve witnessed, for the most part, is democracy in action: citizens providing guidance to their elected leaders or volunteers appointed to digest that input on the elected officials’ behalf and pass it on in the form of a policy recommendation.

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