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June 6th, 2011
At 60 years old, and having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years, Mike Barker of Ahwahnee knows that it is too late to die young, so he is making the best of the time he has left.
Not only is Barker living his life to the fullest, but he hopes that he can lead others by example and encourage them to do the same.
âI follow my dreams, and if Iâm going to give advice, Iâd say follow your dreams, life is too short,â said Barker on Thursday on the tarmac of the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, as he set next to a plane that he just flew, without the use of his legs or right arm.
A 23-year old Orange resident is behind bars this week after allegedly drinking and driving and running over a friend Sunday night.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Chris D. Meyer was driving a 1994 Chevy Blazer northbound on Movie Road in Lone Pine at about 12 a.m. Sunday with Greg W. Dischner, 23, of Orange in the passenger seat. A third person, Justin M. Parillo, 28, of Orange, was allegedly âcar surfing on the hood.â
According to the CHP, Parillo apparently fell off the hood and was âpartially run over by the vehicle, sustaining major injuries.â
There have been famous and infamous walls throughout history such as the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Troy, Hadrianâs Wall and the Walls of Jericho. Some were built to keep foreign invaders out while another, such as the Berlin Wall, was to keep those seeking freedom from escaping.
A well-known poem, âMending Wallâ by Robert Frost, metaphorically addresses the pointlessness of a wall along which two neighbors walk every year, congenially talking and âmendingâ the wallâs fallen stones as they move along.
A select group of Bishop Union High School students are taking to the sky, skimming the upper atmosphere, taking pictures and experimenting with possible Martian life forms.
The studentsâ cosmic adventures are possible due to a father with a Doctorate in Astronomy who started teaching his curious daughter and her friends calculus in fifth grade; theyâve stayed together conducting experiments and having fun with science ever since.
Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are objecting to recent allegations that they are out to grab as much water from the Owens Valley as possible this year.
In February, the LADWP announced that, with an Eastern Sierra snowpack runoff forecast to be 616,900 acre-feet, or 150 percent of average, it anticipates pumping about 91,000 acre-feet of groundwater during the runoff year.
With no financial help from state or federal government agencies, the local Alzheimerâs day care and advocacy group is looking for outside donations to keep the doors open and to continue services to the community.
The Friendship Center in Bishop is currently only seeing clients one day a week and is open one additional day a week to host a support group. The center is hoping the raffling of an original oil painting of Devilâs Postpile by former local artist, Carol Lucas, will help it stay above water.
With a heavy snowpack lingering in the Sierra, residents in Inyo County are being advised to clear their ditches and ponds to prepare for the inevitable influx of water as summer temperatures begin to creep into the Owens Valley.
According to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Public Information Officer Chris Plakos, the department is doing its part, with crews working daily to ensure ditches are ready for the runoff.
A fire broke out on the north side of McGee Creek in the Buttermilk Boulder area west of Bishop shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, trapping several campers behind the fireline.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department and other state, federal and local fire agencies immediately responded to the blaze, but moderate winds and the rugged, sloping hills of the Buttermilk area and a number of unattended camp sites made evacuations and fire suppression efforts a difficult task.
Eastern Sierra residents are going digital, thereâs no doubt about it, but how and where a new fiber-optic cable will be utilized is up to local residents.
Digital 395, a project that will provide a new 583-mile, fiber-optic network following U.S. 395 from Barstow to the Nevada border, will bring high-speed Internet and broadband capabilities to remote areas of Inyo County that donât currently have service.
Itâs âLights! Cameras! Action!â at the Lone Pine Film Festival as the 22nd edition of the world-famous event rolls into the little Eastern Sierra, high desert town Oct. 7-9.
The themes of this yearâs action-packed celebration of films made in Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra include Roy Rogersâ 100th birthday, the excitement of live stunts and plenty of interactive activities, music and even live performances.
For Festival veterans, there are many new events.