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September 20th, 2011
Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.
A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.
Caltransâ decision to construct a bypass around two Southern Inyo communities not only doesnât disregard the publicâs wishes, as alleged, but was made with the publicâs best interests in mind, according to the agency.
District 9 officials said this week that public input was carefully considered and local groups were heavily involved in the process used to select a preferred route for the Olancha/Cartago Four-Lane Project.
Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.
A fire south of Big Pine had burned 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and was reportedly 15 percent contained. While there have been no reports of any lightning in the area at the time the blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 500 personnel have been assigned to the help fight the fire.
There is a standing evacuation advisory in place for residents who live in southwest Big Pine and several roads remained closed, including Crocker/Glacier Lodge west of West Street, Pole Line Road and McMurry Meadows Road.
Less than a week after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, which spurred the countryâs most profuse blood donations in recent memory, United Blood Services is asking residents to support its fall blood drive.
United Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
According to Donor Recruitment Representative Jan McKee, âweâve only gotten two appointments scheduled for the drive, but weâre hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.â
Live, eclectic music and cultural connections will be set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada this weekend at the 20th annual Millpond Music Festival.
In addition to musical acts including the Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, The Bills, the Joe Craven Trio and world famous Los Lobos, this yearâs festival will feature food and art vendors, kids crafts and two authentic cultural villages.
A large contingency of citizens opposed to a truck route around the city of Bishop showed up at Mondayâs City Council meeting to voice their concerns. Many citizens admitted they were under the impression there would not be another chance to comment on the matter and others said they thought the idea was a scheduled project to be completed in the near future.
A truck route is not on any project list nor was the subject on the councilâs agenda.
Local reaction to a Caltrans Highway Project that would bypass parts of Olancha/Cartago has been mixed, with some saying the project will make the communities safer and others claiming a bypass will kill local businesses that rely on through-traffic.
One southern Inyo County property owner is speaking out against a proposed highway project, claiming that Caltrans ignored the wishes of citizens and the local government.
The idea of a truck route in, or perhaps around, the City of Bishop has stirred the hornetâs nest.
The so-far controversial notion, along with possibly adding streets to relieve downtown congestion and various street and pedestrian improvements, is part of the cityâs update to its transportation blueprint and has generated many pro and con comments.