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September 13th, 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 centerâ€™s exhibits.
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.
Playhouse 395 will be seeking community input in order to diversify its repertoire, casts and crews with recently-acquired grant funding.
Local law enforcement is reminding residents that dumping garbage and other waste anywhere but in an appropriate receptacle or local landfills is illegal.
â€śThe Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department needs your help to eliminate illegal dumping and unsightly littering on our lands,â€ť Sheriffâ€™s Deputy Brian Howard said in a press release last week.
A new leader is taking the reins of Bishopâ€™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.
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.
Residents have the chance to observe the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by helping to save lives next week.
United Blood Services returns to the Owens Valley with two separate blood drives â€“ one in Lone Pine at Statham Hall and the other in Bishop at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The Lone Pine blood drive will be held from noon-6 p.m. Monday and the Bishop drive will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
To celebrate August as World Breastfeeding Month, three local programs teamed to offer a first-ever event in Southern Inyo.
Inyo County Health and Human Services Departmentâ€™s Women, Infants and Children Program partnered with the Bishop Toiyabe Indian Healthy Initiative Tribeâ€™s WIC Program and Inyo County First 5 to hold the First Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk Thursday, Aug. 16 at Statham Hall in Lone Pine.
The theme for the walk was â€śBe an All-Star and Hit a Home Run â€“ Breastfeed!â€ť
Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes said he is endorsing candidate Jim Gentry in his race for a seat on the board next month.
In the June Primary, Cervantes ran against challengers Gentry and Matt Kingsley. None of the candidates generated the required 50 percent, plus one, of the votes to avoid a run-off, and, as Cervantes received the least amount of votes, he will not be on the November Ballot.
In response to questions he said he received from constituents, Cervantes said he took a hard look at both candidates before endorsing Gentry.
Crystal Geyser in Olancha is looking to expand and residents have until October to comment on the proposed increase in operations.
In a Draft Environmental Impact Report, Crystal Geyser said it is proposing the construction of a spring water bottling facility on Cabin Bar Ranch near Cartago.
Cabin Bar spans U.S. 395 and is a total of 420 acres. The proposed project site includes about 34 acres in the north-central area of the ranch. About 14.59 acres would be subject to improvements.