Archive - 2014 - News Article
Voters throughout Inyo County will have a chance to redeem themselves this fall after the dismal turnout at the polls this past June.
With only one local race affecting voters of one district and close to a dozen incumbents running unchallenged for re-election, Inyo County saw one of the lowest voter turnout totals in recent history. According to the final results from the June 3 Primary, only 3,916 of the countyâs 9,506 registered voters participated in the election, for a 41.2 percent turnout.
The participation state wide was worse, with California recording a 24 percent voter turnout.
The body of British actor Dave Legeno, 50, was discovered in Death Valley Sunday.
Deputy Inyo County Coroner Jason Molinar said Thursday that Legeno died as a result of heat stroke in a remote area of the national park west of Zabriskie Point.
As of Friday morning, neither the Inyo County Coronerâs Office nor the public information officer with the Sheriffâs Department would confirm the Legeno discovered in Death Valley was the famed actor.
This coming Monday, July 14, most Inyo County residents will presumably be doing what they always do on Monday: going to work, spending time in the garden, going to the gym, having lunch with the spouse, hitting local trails, catching up on housework, doing the weekâs grocery shopping âŠ
Others might be starting or ending a long-awaited vacation, welcoming out-of-town guests, launching a massive home improvement project or floating the Owens River.
Whatever it is â from the seemingly bizarre to the supposedly mundane â The Inyo Register wants to hear about it.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors convened a workshop on Tuesday, July 1, to address the results of a fecal coliform bacteriological monitoring study of Bishop Creek conducted by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the City of Bishop, the Bishop Paiute Tribe, County of Inyo and other interested parties. Study findings showed frequently high levels of bacterial concentrations, exceeding both Water Board and US EPA water quality criteria, at some locations of Bishop Creek.
Inyo County Planning Director Josh Hart proposed several fee changes in his department report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in an effort to generate new revenue or at least break even on some department responsibilities.
Hart proposed fee increases for mine evaluations, appeals and for the Lone Pine Architectural Design Review Board. He also proposed legalizing and taxing the use of vacation homes in residential areas, and a switch to online notices for the Planning Commission agenda.
An afternoon contact between Inyo County sheriffâs deputies and an alleged kidnapper resulted in the fatal shooting of a local residentâs dog Monday.
During the incident, Raymond Denver, 42, was arrested for alleged kidnapping, assault and other felony and misdemeanor charges.
Deputies had been looking for Denver since July 6, just before 11 p.m., when someone reported to the Sheriffâs Office that âDenver had been witnessed forcing a female into his vehicle following a domestic dispute,â a Sheriffâs Office press release states.
The Evolution Group, a subrange of the Sierra Nevada, was the site of an important milestone in local climbing last month.
Twenty-six-year-old Austin Siadak left his car at North Lake on June 23, hiked over Lamarck Col to Darwin Bench in Sequoia-Kings National Park, climbed roughly eight miles of technical alpine rock, then retraced his steps back to his car, in less than 24 hours. On June 24, after 23 hours and 58 minutes on the go, Siadak became the first recorded person to complete this mission within one day. Previously, the fastest car-to-car time was 27 hours.
This week the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds will be buzzing with the activity of hundreds of local and visiting youth as they prepare to show and sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show and Auction.
Residents have an opportunity to join in the festivities as spectators at the shows and as buyers at the live auction to be held at 6 p.m. this Saturday.
With the Digital 395 fiber-optic backbone in place, the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium is helping locally owned small businesses capitalize on the improved Internet access.
The ESCRBC is giving away $700 and $1,300 âonline deployment packagesâ that will partner local businesses with professional web designers to increase convenience for local shoppers and access a new market of out-of-the-area customers.
Those who would like to apply for the ESCRBC online deployment packages are asked to apply at escrbconsortium.org/online-presence/ by July 20.
Northern Inyo Hospital has approved a balanced budget, but to continue operating in the black, administrators say the district must reconsider how it does business.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the hospital Board of Directors approved a set of personnel policies that will allow NIH to maintain its balanced budget despite increasing costs and a decrease in the number of patients using the hospital.
âWeâre just trying to turn the corner before the corner smacks us in the face,â said Hospital Administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane.