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June 16th

Hiker missing on Mt. Whitney

June 16, 2014

A search is currently underway for a missing hiker last seen returning from a summit of Mt. Whitney on Saturday.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified Sunday afternoon that 60-year-old John Likely from Dumont, N.J. had been separated from his hiking group and hadn’t been seen since Saturday.

June 13th

Libraries, museum in county ‘creative budget’ crosshairs

June 13, 2014

Local leaders will meet at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss service redesign for the Inyo County Library System and the Museum Services Department.
Among proposals on the table are options to combine the Library and Museum Services Director positions for a cost savings of $147,000, and a separate proposal to increase the Library budget by $167,000.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss five separate proposals on Tuesday. However, it is not scheduled to make a decision on any of them.

City boss candidates undergo background checks

June 13, 2014

Bishop’s City Council is expected to select a new administrative officer by the end of the month.
Concluding a final interview with one of the top two candidates for the position earlier this week, the council has directed background checks be conducted on both individuals.
According to current City Administrator Keith Caldwell, who is resigning in September to relocate back to Georgia, the background checks could take several weeks.
“Hopefully the process will be complete by the end of June,” he said in an email sent out Monday after the council’s closed session interview.

Electric car maker making moves beneficial to Eastern Sierra

June 13, 2014

An unprecedented move by one of the auto industry’s fringe players this week could have trickle-down benefits for the Eastern Sierra.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced in a blog post Thursday that his company would be abandoning its patents in order to share the technology with competing manufacturers such as Audi, Toyota, Ford and General Motors.

Future of Tecopa Hot Springs in question

June 13, 2014

Faced with a concessionaire contract set to expire by the end of the year and dilapidated infrastructure, local leaders have some tough choices to make regarding the Tecopa Hot Springs.
On Oct. 1 of this year, the contract with CLM Services Corporation, which operates the Tecopa Hot Springs and campgrounds, will expire. CLM has no plans to renew its contract with the county, leaving local leaders with the choice of seeking a new concessionaire, taking on operations at the hot springs itself, or closing the area altogether.

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.

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