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September 20th, 2012

Pot plants removed from forest lands

September 20, 2012

Local law enforcement kept millions of dollars worth of drugs off the streets Tuesday by eradicating a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation near Lone Pine.
The Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management worked together to destroy approximately 4,000 marijuana plants that were discovered on Forest Service land in the Lubken Canyon area.
“The site appeared to have been abandoned by the cultivators days prior to the operation,” INET Commander Juan Martinez said.

Future of Kids Club hinges on raffle

September 20, 2012

Each day after school, anywhere from 10-20 students at Owens Valley School walk straight from their classrooms over to the Kids Club, which may be forced to shut down next week.
At the Kids Club, which is operated by the nonprofit Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo, students sign in, do their homework, and then spend the rest of the time playing until it is time to go home or Mom and Dad picks them up when they get off work.

Parents and students to get straight-talk on cyberbullying

September 20, 2012

A nationally-recognized speaker will address Owens Valley parents next week about the nature, dangers and prevention of escalating cyberbullying and other media threats to their school-age children.
Bishop Unified School District Superintendent Barry Simpson invited John Vandenburgh, a program developer and trainer for youth development and violence prevention, to address local parents about the increase in cyberbullying incidents affecting local youth.
“I’ve seen him at conferences. He’s a very dynamic person; I think students will really relate to him,” said Simpson.

September 13th

Bishop court facility project spared?

September 13, 2012

Inyo is among 17 counties to have state-funded courthouse projects green-lighted by a Court Facilities Working Group this month.
Before local court officials return to site selection and construction planning efforts for the bond-funded Bishop Courthouse, the CFWG’s recommendation must be approved by the State Judicial Council Oct. 26.
The CFWG spent more than two days last week hearing presentations from dozens of county court officials attempting to save their projects from the chopping block.

Bristlecone forest manager nominated for national award

September 13, 2012

A long-time, local proponent of Inyo National Forest conservation and interpretation has been nominated for a prestigious, national award for his expertise and public service.
Less than a week after the grand opening of the new Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Interpretive Specialist John Louth was nominated for the Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education award for his work in the development of the center’s exhibits.

Supes want more involvement in INF Restoration Plan

September 13, 2012

As the U.S. Forest Service begins work on a plan for ecological restoration on the Inyo, county leaders continue to challenge the federal agency to coordinate with local government on projects that will impact citizens.
Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss a number of projects the Forest Service has in the works, including an Ecological Restoration Plan that was drafted in June and is scheduled for release in October.

September 11th

Playhouse grant aims for diversity

September 11, 2012

 

Playhouse 395 will be seeking community input in order to diversify its repertoire, casts and crews with recently-acquired grant funding.

Sheriff’s Department looks to stop littering

September 11, 2012

Local law enforcement is reminding residents that dumping garbage and other waste anywhere but in an appropriate receptacle or local landfills is illegal.
“The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to eliminate illegal dumping and unsightly littering on our lands,” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Howard said in a press release last week.

September 10th

New director for Bishop Mule Days

September 10, 2012

A new leader is taking the reins of Bishop’s annual Mule Days Celebration.
Longtime Executive Kim Craft officially leaves her post on Monday, turning over year-round organization and oversight of the world-famous event to Bishop resident Monica Allen.
Craft has resigned from her long-held position so that she can relocate to Wyoming. According to Public Relations Chair Barb Laughon, Craft is moving to be closer to family.

County to start budget hearings on Monday

September 10, 2012

Inyo County is scheduled to begin its budget hearings next week to discuss how to fund county programs for the next year.
Going into budget hearings, County Administrative Officer and Budget Officer Kevin Carunchio said the county has a total of $82,424,387 in expenditures and $76,553,650 in expected revenues for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
He said the General Fund account is projected to have $3,663,101 in its balance going into this next budget year. Budgeted General Fund expenditures total $49,981,911; revenues, $46,318,803.

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