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June 11th

It’s official: Totheroh wins District 1

June 11, 2014

A hand count of ballots cast in the race for District 1 Supervisor has been completed and the unofficial count held true. Dan Totheroh will take his seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors this coming January.
The race for District 1 County Supervisor was the only contested race in the county in the June 3 Primary, and voters gave Totheroh the votes he needed to take the win without heading back to the polls in November.

OHV trails project nears finish line

June 11, 2014

Signs are up and the Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails system’s off-highway trails are ready for use, but county officials are still working on an Environmental Impact Report that will steer the selection of dual-use county and city streets to be included in the route system.
On Saturday, members of the Adventure Trails group and local OHV users met at the Laws Poleta OHV area for an official ribbon cutting tailgate party, celebrating the completion of Adventure Trails signage for the area.

Series of radio plays debuts Sunday

June 11, 2014

Metabolic Studio is continuing its efforts to add to the life force and quality of life in the Owens Valley – a conscious response to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s continual taking from the valley via groundwater export.
And this time, the L.A.-based collection of artists and activists has its sights set on entertaining the masses with a look back at local history.

Ranchers caught between a rock and a hard place

June 11, 2014

A chapter in the Owens Valley water story became crystal clear during cattleman Mark Lacey’s presentation at the Metabolic Studio’s IOU Garden in Lone Pine Monday evening.
The 1991 Long Term Water Agreement between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appeared to provide a steady flow of irrigation and stock water for the valley’s ranchers. Those ranchers are now caught between a long history of consistency in both LADWP lease agreements and water supply and the added pressure of water diversions for restoration of Mono and Owens lakes and consecutive drought years.

June 9th

County wants exemption from groundwater bill

June 9, 2014

With California enduring its third consecutive drought year, two water-related bills that may impact the Owens Valley are being pushed through the state legislative process.
According to Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington the Water Bond legislation will likely bring money to the area to the area for regional water management planning, water system funding and watershed restoration projects. However, the more controversial, and more “complicated” measure, Harrington said, is the statewide Groundwater Management legislation.

Veterans helping veterans

June 9, 2014

Who better to help another person with their problems than one who has the same or similar problems?
Two local veterans, Steven Canter and Dan Stone, both of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, have stepped up to provide that help in the Bishop area.
The two decided to start a local group for veterans suffering from PTSD offering them a place to turn, in a group setting, to discuss their problems stemming from the disorder.

Because the show must go on …

June 9, 2014

Not even the arts are immune from America’s economic downturn, which has hit many local businesses and individuals.
Last week, Playhouse wrapped up a successful 50/50 raffle at Bishop Mule Days, and is kicking off its annual membership drive this week to ensure that the show can indeed go on.
According to Playhouse Treasurer Stan Conger, the all-volunteer community theater group struggled through the recession only to find that after three good, but financially disappointing events in a row, the group is extremely low on operating capital.

June 6th

Eyes on Bishop Creek water supply for 2015

June 6, 2014

While the West Bishop area still suffers from a water table gone wild, the area water association came to two agreements at Tuesday evening’s packed meeting: Rock Baker is the new board member and lawyers seem to have gummed up the effort to keep water in the ditches through the year.

Supes express access concerns with frog proposal

June 6, 2014

Though the mountain yellow legged frogs and Yosemite toad have been listed as endangered and threatened, respectively, the controversial critical habitat designation associated with those listings is still up in the air.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, outlining local concerns about the habitat proposals and how they will impact residents and visitors to the area and requesting that popular recreation areas remain accessible to residents and visitors.

Long-awaited honor unveiled at Big Pine Schools

June 6, 2014

Alice Piper, a local Native American heroine, was celebrated in Big Pine with a new memorial statue unveiled Monday, June 2 on the lawn outside the Big Pine High School. The full-size bronze statue is the work of Matt Glenn of Big Statues of Provo, Utah.
It was 90 years ago, in 1923, that this 15-year-old from Fish Lake Valley was denied entry to the newly built Big Pine High School on the basis of her race.

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