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August 9th, 2012
Our relationship with the unique environment of the Eastern Sierra is right up there with politics and religion: best not discussed in polite society. Opinions differ on the extent to which our lands should be cared for; residents disagree on which areas and animals need protection; neighbors debate the priority given
Ask and ye shall receive.
The truth to this bit of ancient wisdom was readily apparent this past summer to organizers of the Inyo County Amateur Photo Contest, which, in its third year, drew a record 130 entries from all over the world.
According to Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathleen New, who conceived of the contest in 2010 to help fill promotional materials, she and fellow organizers were not only impressed with the numbers of photographs received, but also the quality.
A body found on Norman Clyde Peak this week is believed to belong to the man at the center of the second massive search effort in the Sierra backcountry in as many weeks.
Officials are currently working to identify the body located by search crews Wednesday night in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, but the remains are believed to be those of Gary Dankworth, 60, a physician from Carson City.
Dankworth was reported missing Sunday, and dozens of search and rescue personnel from various local and state agencies had been scouring the mountains for him for four days.
Residents on the fence about pursuing their political aspirations or serving their communities on local governing boards have less than a week to make their bids for various open seats official.
Work and business attire and western, outdoor and casual wear will be featured at a fashion show fundraiser event next month.
Local businesses, organizations and artists are teaming up to realize the goal of the event â€“ a fashion show, luncheon, silent auction, raffle and drawing â€“ to make the â€śGateway to the Sierraâ€ť mural south of Lone Pine a permanent fixture for the enjoyment of travelers, mural-lovers and locals alike.
As drought conditions worsen throughout the west, the U.S. Government is stepping forward to help local counties.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that the federal government is designating 76 additional counties, including Inyo and Mono counties, in six states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat.
Inyo County Search and Rescue teams are currently scouring the backcountry in search of a 60-year-old hiker who was reported missing at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Gary Dankworth, of Carson City, set out to climb Norman Clyde Peak above Big Pine Saturday.
Dankworth has black and gray hair and a moustache and was last seen wearing a light gray hat, tan long-sleeve shirt, light gray pants and red boots and was carrying a day pack.
With less than two weeks to go before the filing period closes, four residents have secured themselves a place on Bishop ballots in hopes of being elected this November to one of three available City Council seats.
Incumbents Laura Smith, Susan Cullen and David Stottlemyre will be joined in the Nov. 7 General Election by Keith Glidewell, a local educator.
All-day, free festivities herald the grand opening celebration of a new facility in Big Pine established with the goal of promoting health and wellness throughout the entire community.
This Saturday, Aug. 4, the Big Pine Paiute Development Corporation invites the public to tour its new fitness facility, The Wellness Center, which offers equipment and programs for toddlers to teens and adults of all ages.
Lone Pine High School and Metabolic Studio teamed up this summer to help fund summer jobs at local businesses for 26 local students.
Summer Youth Employment and Training Program Coordinator Stacy Ayers said a grant from Metabolic Studio has allowed the school district to employ students at a number of Lone Pine businesses, ranging from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Lone Pine Cemetery District to the Chamber of Commerce, the Lone Pine Memorial Plunge and the Lone Pine Film History Museum, among many others.