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June 18th, 2014

What ‘needs to change’ on Inyo Nat’l. Forest?

June 18, 2014

Residents and visitors are invited to weigh in on the future of the Inyo National Forest as the Forest Service wades deeper into Forest Plan revisions this week.
A public workshop will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop to discuss the Inyo’s “Need to Change” document and share their thoughts on what the Forest should look like.

Search for missing hiker continues

June 18, 2014

With the search for missing hiker John Likely entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities were holding out hope of finding the 60-year-old New Jersey man alive.
Inyo County Search and Rescue team members were joined in their efforts to find the hiker by at least 70 other SAR members from across the state.
“We are still treating this mission as a rescue versus a recovery,” Inyo County Assistant SAR Coordinator Brian Hohenstein said Wednesday morning. “The High Sierra backcountry
presents search teams with significant

Administration, Arcularius favor one manager for libraries, museum

June 18, 2014

Inyo County is going to explore its options for a reorganization of Museum and Library services in an effort to combine job positions to cut costs.
On Tuesday, First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius followed the lead of County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio and Deputy Administrator Pam Hennarty, and recommended that the county consolidate the two departments under one manager and eliminate the other management position.

June 16th

Farmers Market opens Saturday

June 16, 2014

Local residents will be heading to market in Bishop with fresh, local, organic goods this week.
The Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers’ Market in Bishop kicks off at 9 a.m. this Saturday on Church Street behind Bishop City Hall between Warren and Fowler streets.
The Mammoth Lakes Farmers’ Market will kick off Independence Day weekend, and is being held in honor of past Mammoth Mayor Skip Harvey. “Skip’s Outdoor Market” will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the Mammoth Luxury Outlet Mall.
The ESCFM is home to a number of local growers, each with their own unique niche.

Local grads receive close to $400K in scholarships

June 16, 2014

High school students graduating in Inyo County earlier this month left their respective schools with not only the knowledge gained over the previous four years, but also close to $400,000 in financial aid.
More than $380,900 in scholarship money was awarded to high school seniors from Bishop to Lone Pine in what parents, administrators and school staff are calling an amazing display of generosity and support by the local community.

Hiker missing on Mt. Whitney

June 16, 2014

A search is currently underway for a missing hiker last seen returning from a summit of Mt. Whitney on Saturday.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office was notified Sunday afternoon that 60-year-old John Likely from Dumont, N.J. had been separated from his hiking group and hadn’t been seen since Saturday.

June 13th

Libraries, museum in county ‘creative budget’ crosshairs

June 13, 2014

Local leaders will meet at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to discuss service redesign for the Inyo County Library System and the Museum Services Department.
Among proposals on the table are options to combine the Library and Museum Services Director positions for a cost savings of $147,000, and a separate proposal to increase the Library budget by $167,000.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to discuss five separate proposals on Tuesday. However, it is not scheduled to make a decision on any of them.

City boss candidates undergo background checks

June 13, 2014

Bishop’s City Council is expected to select a new administrative officer by the end of the month.
Concluding a final interview with one of the top two candidates for the position earlier this week, the council has directed background checks be conducted on both individuals.
According to current City Administrator Keith Caldwell, who is resigning in September to relocate back to Georgia, the background checks could take several weeks.
“Hopefully the process will be complete by the end of June,” he said in an email sent out Monday after the council’s closed session interview.

Electric car maker making moves beneficial to Eastern Sierra

June 13, 2014

An unprecedented move by one of the auto industry’s fringe players this week could have trickle-down benefits for the Eastern Sierra.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced in a blog post Thursday that his company would be abandoning its patents in order to share the technology with competing manufacturers such as Audi, Toyota, Ford and General Motors.

Future of Tecopa Hot Springs in question

June 13, 2014

Faced with a concessionaire contract set to expire by the end of the year and dilapidated infrastructure, local leaders have some tough choices to make regarding the Tecopa Hot Springs.
On Oct. 1 of this year, the contract with CLM Services Corporation, which operates the Tecopa Hot Springs and campgrounds, will expire. CLM has no plans to renew its contract with the county, leaving local leaders with the choice of seeking a new concessionaire, taking on operations at the hot springs itself, or closing the area altogether.

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