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March 13th, 2013

Community bidding fond farewell to longtime fire chief

March 13, 2013

John Marzano is a man of few words. So few in fact, that in preparation for his retirement from the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, information on the man who has been integral to the department had to be cobbled together from those who have known him over the years.
Big Pine is throwing a party for Marzano this Saturday at the high school gym. True to form, Marzano didn’t really want a party for simply doing what had to be done for the past 54 years.

March 11th

Friday’s blaze being called ‘suspicious’

March 11, 2013

Investigators have determined that the Five Bridges Fire that broke out Friday morning north of Bishop was “suspicious” in nature.
CalFire Public Information Officer Bill Peters said that an official cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but investigators have said the fire was human-caused.

Grant to help Inyo keep invasive weeds at bay

March 11, 2013

Inyo County recently received $88,000 to manage invasive weeds along the Lower Owens River.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards last week to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds. The funding award includes $88,249 for weed control in Inyo and Mono counties, which will be used along the Lower Owens River Project.

Luminary Walk to shine light on cancer fight

March 11, 2013

Cancer survivors, their families and the community are invited to walk in honor of cancer patients and cancer survivors at the second annual Shine on the Sierra Luminary Walk this week.
This culminating, public event is in memory of and in support of cancer patients – those who died, those who still struggle with all forms of the disease and those who have vanquished it.
The luminary walk is the big finalé to Bishop Unified School District’s Feb. 25 through March 15 district-wide Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

March 8th

County takes over patient-advocacy program

March 8, 2013

An organization that has befriended, defended and advocated for local long-term care facility residents for decades is scheduled to be permanently dismantled at the end of the month, with its services to then be provided by the county.
“After nearly 23 years as the state-designated provider of long-term care ombudsman services in Inyo and Mono counties, Ombudsman Advocacy Services of Inyo & Mono will close its doors on March 31,” OASIM Executive Director Kathyrn Williams said.

Post-Digital 395 Internet speeds yet to be determined

March 8, 2013

With completion of the Digital 395 project slated for July, local Internet service providers are looking at what kinds of service packages they can offer to residents.
Digital 395 proponents have said that the completion of the backbone project has the potential to improve local Internet speeds, but by how much and at what cost is going to be up to service providers.

Visitors have Martian experience in Death Valley

March 8, 2013

Hundreds of science fans recently got the best idea of what life on Mars could be like and how scientists are researching the red planet, all without ever having to leave Earth.
During the second Mars Festival in Death Valley National Park, visitors had an opportunity to hear NASA scientists, go to “Mars Hill,” look down into a hydro-magmatic crater and learn about microbes in the muck at Badwater Basin.
The event included presenters from several institutions who highlighted current research being conducted both in Death Valley and on Mars. 

Fire off Five Bridges

March 8, 2013

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire and crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power responded to a wind-driven fire off Five Bridges Road north of Bishop at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crews were able to contain the fire to a few acres, but a stiff breeze caused spot fires to break out downwind of the main blaze. Shortly before noon it appeared firefighters had beaten the burn into submission. Crews remained on the fire to ensure no hot spots flared up. No other information was available at press time.

March 6th

Residents can help shape new Forest Plan

March 6, 2013

Residents are urged to take part in a series of meetings scheduled to begin Monday in Bishop to share with Inyo National Forest officials their vision for local public lands.
At the meetings, the Forest Service will be looking at resource trends on the INF in preparation for its Forest Plan Revision, a multi-year process that could change how officials manage the INF.

Author to tell his tale

March 6, 2013

An acclaimed cross-cultural writer will visit the Owens Valley as the fundamental event in this year’s Inyo County Community Reads agenda.
“Into the Beautiful North” author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak about his novel, his craft and his life journey – from “growing up on dirt streets in Tijuana to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist, beloved storyteller” and literature professor at numerous universities, said Trinity Ray, president of the Tuesday Agency, Urrea’s lecture agent.

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