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April 30th, 2012

DWP making local leadership transition

April 30, 2012

New leadership is coming to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Owens Valley operations.
Current Manager of Aqueduct Systems Gene Coufal plans to retire in July and the LADWP announced this week that Jim Yannotta will take up Coufal’s post beginning July 1.
Coufal and Yannotta are currently working together to familiarize the future manager with the aqueduct system, which runs from Lee Vining to the San Fernando Valley.
Yannotta said he is spending three or four work days in the Owens Valley while also handling his duties in Los Angeles.

April 26th

Meet Connie Conway

April 26, 2012

For the final installment in The Inyo Register’s series of candidate statements, California Assembly District 26 incumbent Connie Conway shares with voters her hopes, goals and plans for the future if re-elected.
Conway is running for re-election against Democrat Jonathon Louis Sosa, a student from Visalia.
Both Conway and Sosa were invited to submit statements. Sosa never responded, despite attempts to contact him by mail, phone and e-mail.

43rd Manzanar Pilgrimage continues the healing

April 26, 2012

It’s free. It’s open to the public. It’s an enlightening, edifying and entertaining weekend chock-full of special inter-generational activities. It is the 43rd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, converging at Manzanar National Historic Site April 27-29 to commemorate “a unique chapter of American history,” said Bruce Embrey, Manzanar Committee co-chair.

County questions L.A.’s latest pumping plan

April 26, 2012

County leaders are concerned that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is not being specific enough about how much water it is planning to pump this run-off year.
Each year, the LADWP is required by the Inyo County -Los Angeles Long-Term Water Agreement to complete an annual operations plan and deliver it to the county by April 20 for review.
In this year’s installment, rather than providing specific pumping projections for each of its Owens Valley wellfields, the LADWP provided the county with a range that it may pump, including a minimum and maximum number.

April 24th

Meet the Congressional candidates

April 24, 2012

For the penultimate installment in The Inyo Register’s series of candidate statements, the men and women running for the open District 8 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives present their personal biographies, reasons for seeking election and respective platforms.
The field of candidates includes 13 hopefuls. The top two vote-getters in the June 5 Primary will advance to the Nov. 6 General Election for the chance to represent District 8 as a U.S. Congressman.

April 20th

Dist. 2 hopefuls face voters at public forum

April 20, 2012

Candidates for the second supervisorial district of Inyo County gathered Monday evening to share their views on the local economy and their goals for office should they be elected in June.
The candidate’s forum, organized, hosted and moderated by Skandar Reid of inyoface.org, drew approximately 80 residents who were interested in seeing how each of the three candidates would handle the three questions posed to them.
The candidates include incumbent Susan Cash, and challengers Russ Aldridge and Jeff Griffiths.

Casino upgrades part of plans to boost local economy

April 20, 2012

Paiute Palace Casino staff and management were joined by representatives from the Bishop Paiute Tribe Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Bishop City Council for the April 11 renovation completion ceremony.

Local volunteer firefighters now eligible for benefits

April 20, 2012

Local fire departments are taking to social media websites and cable television this spring in their ongoing efforts to recruit additional volunteer manpower.
Residents responding to the sidebar ads on their Facebook pages or the commercials appearing in between “Law and Order” reruns may be pleasantly surprised.
As of August 2011, all six volunteer fire departments in Inyo County have been drawing from a pot of federal grant funding that provides firefighters, EMTs and engineers with benefits above and beyond the traditional, $10-$25 per-call stipend.

Lone Pine school board begins budget cuts

April 20, 2012

The Lone Pine Unified School District Board of Trustees took the first step in slicing more than $678,256 from its 2012-13 budget at Wednesday’s board meeting.
Given the “downward spiral in school funding over the last years,” as Superintendent Larry Todd described it at the district’s Town Meeting, Monday, the board also approved the effort to continue paring away in the hopes of cutting an additional $30,000-$60,000 before the final budget is passed.

April 19th

Meet the Dist. 4 candidates

April 19, 2012

The Inyo Register’s election coverage moves a little farther north in Southern Inyo and the race for District 4 Inyo County Supervisor.
District 4 covers an area of the county that stretches just south of Bishop and continues to just north of Lone Pine, encompassing the communities of Independence, Aberdeen, Big Pine, Keough’s and Wilkerson.
Incumbent Marty Fortney and challengers Chris Dangwillo, Mark Tillemans and Nina Weisman have each provided a candidate’s statement which appears below.

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