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August 16th, 2012

County balks at fire fees

August 16, 2012

Inyo County is protesting a state move to charge residents $150 a year for fire prevention efforts.
The state announced earlier this month that it will begin billing for a State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee that was enacted in July 2011.
“Inyo County has a strong and ongoing opposition to these fees,” a press release from the Inyo County Planning Department states.
According to the state, the annual fee is to pay for administration of fire prevention efforts on state-managed lands that are outside of incorporated cities.

A first in city’s 109-year history

August 16, 2012

City leaders witnessed history Monday evening when Hindu Statesman Rajan Zed delivered the first Hindu invocation in the city’s 109-year history.
Just one month after the council approved a resolution updating city guidelines for invocations to ensure that it can continue the long-held tradition without endorsing any one religion, Zed delivered a Hindu invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures at the start of the City Council meeting. As he read the Sanskrit invocation, Zed paused occasionally to translate the prayer.

August 14th

Forest Service asks: ‘How are we doing?’

August 14, 2012

As crews from the Inyo National Forest implement the controversial Travel Management Decision, they are asking residents to check and double-check their work.
As part of the Travel Management ruling, Forest Service personnel have been at work this summer closing routes that were not included in the Inyo National Forests’s system of roads, and rehabilitating the roads that were.

Mono fire at 13,500 acres

August 14, 2012

More than 500 firefighters were battling a wildfire yesterday that had scorched 13,500 acres near Mono Lake.
As of Monday morning, those firefighters looked to be gaining a cautious upper hand on the Indian Fire, which was reported to be 70 percent contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire broke out southeast of Mono Lake, north of State Route 120 around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. The fire was started by a lightning strike during summer thunderstorms in the area.

Indy’s Pines Cafe as tourist attraction?

August 14, 2012

Independence resident Jack Pound proposed a plan for the old Pines Cafe to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday in hopes of ensuring the building is not demolished. His goal is to prevent yet another vacant lot on Edwards Street (U.S. 395) in the county seat.
Pound said he would like to see the county team up with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which owns the building and property, to transform the long-closed, boarded-up restaurant into a new visitor center and museum.

August 13th

Prescription drug addiction at epidemic proportions

August 13, 2012

 

 

Over the course of two days, residents and local healthcare providers got a dose of reality about the prescription narcotic drug addiction epidemic facing the nation – and that – includes Eastern Sierra communities. 

State attempting double taxation?

August 13, 2012

Local leaders are protesting what they are calling double taxation of citizens as state legislators implement an annual fee on homeowners to help pay for fire prevention efforts on state-managed lands.
Last week, Governor Jerry Brown approved a controversial bill that will allow Calfire to collect a $150 fee from homeowners in state fire responsibility areas.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said most of Inyo and Mono counties are considered State Responsibility Areas, and will be subject to the tax. The only areas that are not SRAs are incorporated cities and towns.

August 9th

Four hikers rescued

August 9, 2012

Inyo County search crews located the third missing hiker in as many weeks, and were able to extract the man from the backcountry severely injured, but alive.
Shyam Das, 68, of Saratoga was reported missing Monday, Aug. 6 after leaving his hiking group the day before and heading off to summit Mt. Whitney alone. Search and Rescue personnel found Das Tuesday in the area of Mirror Lake.

Last chance to run for local office

August 9, 2012

 

With just one day left to file for candidacy, there is a five-person race shaping up for three available seats on the Bishop City Council.

Dogs now welcome at Bishop City Park

August 9, 2012

The patience of canines who have been panting for their own hang-out where they can romp, wade, fetch and learn to play well with others, is finally being rewarded.
The Bishop Dog Park, a 1.5-acre puppy playground bordered by East Yaney, Bruce and Spruce streets, is ceremonially opening its gates this weekend to local and traveling pet owners.

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