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March 12th, 2012
Mammoth Lakes resident Wangdowa Sherpa might be the only man in town who considers the 14,000-foot peaks outside of town to be a bit short.
But he can be forgiven.
Sherpa was born in a small village in Nepal, not far from 29,029-foot Mount Everest, where anything below 15,000 feet is considered the foothills.
Inspirational adventurer and author Aron Ralston joined Inyo Countyâ€™s Community Reads project Tuesday to share his story of hope and survival.
This yearâ€™s Community Readâ€™s book, Ralstonâ€™s â€śBetween a Rock and a Hard Placeâ€ť and the subsequent movie â€ś127 Hoursâ€ť starring James Franco, tell the tale of Ralstonâ€™s fateful trip into the remote Utah wilderness in 2003.
While hiking solo down Blue John Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Ralston dislodged a boulder that came crashing down on top of him, crushing Ralstonâ€™s hand against the walls of the narrow canyon.
The 10th annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week seeks to raise public awareness of the tragic effects of compulsive gambling while drawing attention to the widespread recovery services available.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is observed March 4-10 to â€śeducate the public about signs of problem and pathological gambling behavior,â€ť said Karen Kong of Inyo County Health and Human Servicesâ€™ Prevention arm.
In another sign of the depressed economic and increased environmental awareness times, the Clean Air Projects Program recently announced that it received 49 proposals requesting $16.5 million in funding for â€śclean air projectsâ€ť throughout the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, with includes Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties.
With a budget of $5 million, it was noted that CAPP administration and the Air Districtâ€™s proposal review committee â€śundeniably have their work cut outâ€ť as they cull a majority of the requests and select the best of the proposal crop.
As part of its mission to support and boost tourism and retail efforts, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced ongoing, multifaceted plans which include revitalizing Bishopâ€™s economy, attracting new businesses, being a presence at major seasonal trade shows, upgrading the Bishop Visitors Bureau and even sprucing up vacant storefront windows.
In addition, four new businesses have opened in Bishop this month alone and mainstays such as Bar-B-Que Billâ€™s, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.
With the visible scars of last yearâ€™s Center Fire still evident, residents of Big Pine took the first step toward forming a Fire Safe Council last Thursday night.
Representatives from CalFire, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held meetings last week to discuss the advantages of establishing the community-driven councils in both Independence and Big Pine.
Civic leadersâ€™ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishopâ€™s workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishopâ€™s hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.
County leaders are at odds when it comes to the idea of constructing a consolidated office building in Bishop to house county services.
While four members of the Board of Supervisors are willing to delve deeper into the details of the project, Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes is passionately opposed to the idea and would rather see it go away than continue to weigh the costs and benefit.
Teachers, students and administrators throughout the Bishop Unified School District are launching a campaign this month to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia and other cancers.
At the heart of the campaign is a little boy whose battle with leukemia has provided the inspiration for two major fundraising events.
Adventurer-turned-author Aron Ralston will be in Bishop Tuesday to discuss his book, harrowing story of survival and answer questions from residents.
Ralstonâ€™s autobiographical â€śBetween a Rock and A Hard Placeâ€ť is the subject of this yearâ€™s Community Reads Program.
Community Reads is an effort to get everyone in Inyo County on the same page by reading a single book.