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June 21st, 2012

NPS putting together plan for Saline Valley

June 21, 2012

Officials with the National Park Service have extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.
Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until Aug. 6, 2012.
“Public input is very important to this planning process, and the NPS is extending the comment period to allow for all members of the interested public to share their perspectives and suggestions,” a press release from the National Park Service states.

Ham Radio Field Day this weekend in LP

June 21, 2012

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves cut off. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.
This weekend, local Owens Valley “hams” will join thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. in demonstrating their emergency communications skills.

June 19th

Sierra Conservation Project keeping recyclable material out of local landfills

June 19, 2012

When Brian Robinette moved to the Eastern Sierra 10 years ago looking for a new business venture, he noticed that recycling opportunities were scarce in Inyo and Mono counties.
And when the urban refugee launched Sierra Conservation Project in response to that need, “It was just me and a pickup truck,” said Robinette.
Since then, the residential and commercial recycling subscription service has grown from a one-pickup-truck enterprise to a small recycling truck capable of a 20-house haul to a large truck that services 100 homes at a time.

Farewell to a friend

June 19, 2012

When American science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury died June 5 at the age of 91, his passing was mourned not only by fans and friends the world over, but also by a loyal cadre of Eastern Sierra residents and local graduates who are feeling the loss on a personal level.
Widely known and acclaimed as the author of 27 novels and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury was also a friend to the Owens Valley – sharing a mutual admiration and affection for its people as well as an appreciation for its wild places.

June 18th

Fact-finding efforts under way in possible hatchery takeover

June 18, 2012

How Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery is managed, and by whom, is till a topic of discussion for the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game, which is currently responsible for the facility.
Last week the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery met with members of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to tour the facility and discuss the possibility of the SNC taking ownership of it.

Inyo County sued over Adventure Trails project

June 18, 2012

As volunteer crews and the Inyo County Road Department work to implement the pilot Adventure Trails system in Southern Inyo, two out-of-the-area environmental groups have taken legal action to stop the project in its tracks.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit this week in which they claim county leaders did not adequately address environmental concerns.

June 14th

Botanical benefit will delight public

June 14, 2012

Lyn and Ralph Haber’s four-acre Swall Meadows botanical garden preserve will be open for a public tour as a benefit for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project. It may actually serve as a double benefit: a fundraiser for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project and a learning opportunity for local gardening devotees. “The tour is (especially) welcoming to newcomers who don’t know what grows here,” said Charles Milligan, one of the tour organizers.

$4.5 million needed to keep county fleet legal

June 14, 2012

Local leaders met last week to discuss the county’s fleet of vehicles and what state-mandated emission regulations might mean for county-owned vehicles.
Through responsible use and careful maintenance, Inyo County has been able to maintain a large fleet of vehicles at minimal cost to the citizens. However, with state-mandated emissions regulations going into affect over the next few years, there are concerns that many older vehicles will need to be replaced or the county will face fines and fees for being out of compliance.

Tribe teams with HUD to build 19 new homes

June 14, 2012

Nineteen new homes are under construction on the Bishop Paiute Reservation thanks to a Department of Housing and Urban Development Title VI Loan Guarantee.
According to the tribe, HUD has backed the tribe for a $3 million loan for the construction of 18 new homes on tribal lands. The last home will be built using Community Development Department reserves.
The HUD loan is a rare opportunity for the tribe.

June 12th

Tribe’s public safety efforts earn accolades

June 12, 2012

Bishop tribal leaders and community members had an opportunity to meet with high-ranking state officials last month to discuss the tribe’s successful law enforcement and tribal court programs.
According to the Bishop Paiute Tribe, a collaborative meeting was held Wednesday, May 9, with the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel White, U.S. Attorney’s Office Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar, U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinator George Anderson and Bureau of Indian Affairs/Office of Justice Services’ new Special Agent in Charge of California Carleen Fischer.

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