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July 30th, 2012
Search and rescue crews have located what they believe to be the body of missing San Rafael hiker Thomas Heng, 31.
Inyo County Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour said he expected to positively identify the body and possibly establish a cause of death before the end of the day Friday, but that information was not available as of press time.
A multi-agency search effort was initiated Monday morning after Inyo County authorities were notified that Heng had not returned for a solo hike to Mt. Langley that afternoon.
A routine traffic stop Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of two Lancaster residents and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
According to Bishop Police Department Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, an officer stopped Ryan William Dunham, 33 and Charity Leeann Swagler, 34, at about 11:13 a.m. for a â€śminorâ€ť infraction involving a defective windshield.
While running the driver, Swangler, and vehicle information, officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, had been reported stolen out of the Lancaster area more than a month ago.
City leaders took a look at First Amendment rights Monday and decided to update Bishopâ€™s policy on pre-meeting prayers to ensure the city is not at risk of being sued for its traditional invocations.
City Attorney Peter Tracy said that several cities in California have been threatened with lawsuits over invocations being given at the start of government meetings. The threats have come from a group that is attempting to ensure the First Amendment is being practiced in local government.
Collective Language, a youth-driven effort to promote artwork in the Owens Valley, will be returning to the Wünüt Novi Youth Center this Friday.
There is an increasingly pervasive threat lurking in medicine cabinets throughout the community. Abuse of commonly found prescription drugs is leading people to hospitals, rehab, criminal court and even to the grave. Fortunately, preventative information and recovery treatment are available â€“ and those topics will be discussed at an upcoming, local prescription medication abuse symposium.
Bishop leaders took the first step towards approving a system of roads inside the city limits that will be available to off-highway vehicles.
The City Council approved a draft map of local streets and roads that could be used for the proposed Adventure Trails system, which will allow green-sticker OHVâ€™s with licensed drivers to travel up to 10 miles on paved roads to travel between OHV recreation areas and amenities in town.
California State Fair judges have selected Inyo Countyâ€™s exhibit for honors once again based on its appeal to visitors.
This yearâ€™s exhibit theme, â€śI Wish â€¦,â€ť provides an opportunity for nine local exhibit volunteers to teach residents from all over the state that if they ever wished to be a cowboy or a movie star, an angler or an archeologist â€“ or just about anything else â€“ Inyo County is the star they can wish upon to make their dreams come true.
Inyo County is teaming up with about 25 other state and county entities to strengthen its voice in the federal arena.
County leaders met last week with Ken Brown, a representative of the Western Counties Alliance, to discuss how membership with the organization can help Inyo in its endeavors.
â€śThere is strength in numbers,â€ť Brown said. â€śWe work closely with the Farm Bureau and the Cattlemenâ€™s Association so we can go after issues in a hurry when we need to.â€ť
This summer, the Owens Valley is seeing community garden improvements, construction of year-round green houses and Wilderness Area revitalization â€“ all thanks to local teens who are weathering summerâ€™s searing rays and furnace-blast winds.
At Mondayâ€™s fifth meeting of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council, residents learned just how close the bullet the community dodged on Saturday, July 7 actually came.
The large turnout, perhaps spurred on by two consecutive Saturdays of brush fires in or near the town, also began to come together with the first small steps in protecting themselves and their homes from the constant threat of wildland fires.