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August 8th, 2011
The local public transportation system is growing â slowly, and sometimes painfully, but it is growing.
Amid funding shortages and other setbacks â such as a delay in delivery of vehicles for the Reds Meadow shuttle program and increasing fuel costs â the organization will have to cut some services but will retain its workforce. It is also asking less of its member agencies than it has in the past to get over this time of yearâs financial hump.
District 9 California High School Rodeo received this week one of the largest donations in the districtâs history â from a local employees union.
Workers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power donated $1,032 to the Bishop-based high school rodeo on Thursday, surprising plenty of young cowboys and cowgirls in the process.
According to LADWP Store Keeper Adele Pratt, the donation is a direct result of employees with the department wanting to give back to the community.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be offering a free crash course in Eastern Sierra tourism and destinations for those on the frontline of tourism.
For three consecutive Wednesdays in August, those in tourism-related fields can take a tour of some of the best attractions and destinations the Owens Valley has to offer. Reservations for the limited number of seats is required at least one week prior to the tours.
The federal budget, more precisely the national debt and the attempts to reduce it, are being felt locally with Forest Service campground closures and reduced hours at some visitors centers.
Visitors in need of agency services are encouraged to plan ahead.
The Inyo National Forest is having to take some drastic measures to balance its budget this fiscal year, and in unprecedented actions is closing some campgrounds and reducing services and interpretive programs at visitor centers in the middle of the summer, according to Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta in a press release.
Officials continue to make progress in attempts to control the Lion Fire in Sequoia National Park as skies begin to clear over the Eastern Sierra.
At more than 19,000 acres, the Lion Fire has raised concerns among Inyo County residents as smoke has flowed over the Sierra and into the valley, obscuring views of the scenic mountains.
The sun is bright and hot in the west, there is a faint smell of soil and earth in the air among the fragrances of fresh flowers and vegetables picked just hours prior. Vendors talk with customers, both sharing ideas and stories, kids laugh and play.
Itâs another Friday at the Farmerâs Market in Bishop.
The market, in its sixth week of the year, has moved from its location at the Bishop City Park on Saturday mornings to after 5 on Friday evenings downtown, just off Main Street at Talmadge Park on the corner of Academy and Main streets.
A local volunteer is attempting to fill a gap that has been left by federal budget cuts and limited recreational opportunities for visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
David Woodruff, deputy director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, will be kicking off a weekly program for visitors that will tell the story of the Owens Valley, from its humble beginnings as a frontier community, to its agricultural boom to its present state as a vacation destination for people from all over the world.
Fire officials say the Lion Fire, which has been the source of smoky and hazy skies in Inyo County for the past several weeks, has grown to 16,350 acres.
The National Park Service, in response to a number of complaints from Eastern Sierra residents about smoke impacts from the fire, has scheduled a public meeting in Southern Inyo next week.
At times, smoke from the fire has completely obscured the view of the Sierra from the communities of Lone Pine and Independence.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at the Boulder Creek Resort on U.S. 395 south of Lone Pine.
The program that has brought more than a half-million dollars worth of Alpers trout to the streams and ponds in the high-country west of Bishop has dried up.
Adopt-A-Creek organizers announced this week there will not be a future plant of the trophy fish and the program will come to an end Aug. 15 after a 17-year run.
Now is the time for residents planning to enter exhibits into a Tri-County Fair contest to begin preparing their homemade, homegrown and handcrafted items.
Fair organizers recently released 1,500 copies of the Exhibitorâs Guidebook, which outlines the deadlines, rules and regulations for each of the hundreds of exhibitor contest categories.
The guidebooks are available at a number of local merchants, including Ben Franklinâs and Wye Road Feed and Supply in Bishop.