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November 14th, 2011

Scholarships to Cerro Coso now available

November 14, 2011

Local residents hoping to enroll at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop have an opportunity to catch a full ride this year.
Now in its 17th year, the Eastern Sierra Foundation is preparing to offer scholarships designed to ease the burden of obtaining a college education.
The Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship is available to any Inyo County, Chalfant or Benton resident who has lived in California for at least a year. The Foundation will pay full tuition and up to $300 for textbooks for eligible students planning to attend Cerro Coso full-time (12 units or more per semester).

Residents floating their own sewer rate proposal

November 14, 2011

Rather than merely oppose a proposed sewer rate increase, residents in Big Pine have drafted an alternative plan that they say will be easier on the pocketbook during these tough economic times.
The group of long-time residents and community advocates said the rate increase proposed by the Big Pine Community Services District is both “excessive” and “oppressive.” Tom Phifer used those two words over and over again when talking about the proposed increase during an interview at the home of fellow opponent Bob Steele.

Supes split over Inyo film commish contract

November 14, 2011

Local leaders were at odds Tuesday when the issue of renewing the contract for the Inyo County film commissioner was brought to light.
The board was scheduled to approve a $40,000, one-year contract to retain Film Commissioner Chris Langley as a sole source provider for his services – but the issues of the perception of fairness versus preservation of valuable expertise collided at the dais.
When the county approves a sole source provider, it does not submit a Request for Proposals for the position in question, and does no outside recruitment.

November 10th

A few good women

November 10, 2011

Though not under formal military command until the early 1900s, women have played an active role in the armed forces since the American Revolution, serving alongside their male counterparts in fighting for country and freedom.
Today, an estimated 1.5 million women – 214,000 of them active – are serving their country among the five branches of the U.S. military, according to the Department of Defense, accounting for 14.5 percent of the nation’s military service personnel.
The number of female veterans in the U.S. is estimated at 1.2 million.

Community recovery effort reaches second year

November 10, 2011

A full year has passed since determined community members announced their intention to make a difference in the lives of residents recovering from addiction, and in the community as a whole.

Mammoth anticipates big opening weekend

November 10, 2011

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is kicking off its 2011-12 season this weekend with the help of a fall storm that dropped seven inches of snow last week.
Mammoth was set to turn on the lifts at 8:30 a.m. today in advance of four days of festivities and events for early-season skiers and boarders to celebrate the opening of the season.
The resort planned several industry film debuts from the DC snowboard team, live music daily on the mountain and “swag giveaways.”

November 8th

‘Occupy’ movement comes to Bishop

November 8, 2011

Occupy Wall Street started it all and the movement spread across the country from there. People have camped out at Los Angeles City Hall and it got ugly in Oakland, as more violent factions began breaking off from the main group of demonstrators, resulting in a running confrontation with Oakland’s beleaguered police department.
This past Saturday, Nov. 5 the Occupy movement reached Bishop, and it did so Bishop style. It was noted that, unlike the protests in metropolitan areas, the “Occupy 395” movement seems to have a legible agenda and identifiable players.

Clean air issues top Inyo agenda

November 8, 2011

County leaders will meet in Independence today to discuss clean air programs, attorney fees from a 2005 lawsuit and a request by Tecopa residents to hold a music and arts festival next year.
The board is scheduled to meet with Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Clean Air Projects Program Administrator Lisa Isaacs at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the program.
According to a staff report, Great Basin recently established the program to reduce harmful emissions emanating from identifiable sources.

Fundraiser to focus on boosting EMT ranks

November 8, 2011

A sudden departure of two volunteer first responders in Southeast Inyo has left just one man, one volunteer Emergency Medial Technician, on-call 24 hours a day.
According to a fire district board member, the volunteer, William “Billy” Eichenbaum, rarely has time for a breather, much less the time to travel the 35 miles one-way to the grocery store. An upcoming fundraiser will focus on garnering donations to help recruit more volunteers.

Cost-of-living hikes coming for Social Security recipients

November 8, 2011

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients will be receiving their first cost-of-living-increase in three years. Recipients will begin seeing their first income increases in December and January, the first they’ve seen since 2009.
The granting of COLAs, based on a complicated mathematical algorithm, has been delayed due to an overall unhealthy economy.

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