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June 7th, 2012

County opts for its own LORP work plan options

June 7, 2012

County leaders Tuesday rejected the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s annual Lower Owens River Project Work Plan and Budget in favor of a plan they drafted. The county plan includes all the traditional elements and funding the two agencies have approved in past years.
Per an agreement between the two agencies, the annual work plan and budget has traditionally outlined the county and utility’s share of the cost of hydrologic monitoring, biologic and water quality monitoring, mosquito abatement, beaver control, adaptive management and invasive weed species control.

Sowing the seeds of success

June 7, 2012

Altrusa, Inyo County First 5, Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, Owens Valley Edible Gardens, Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action and 20 Clarke Street Head Start preschoolers christened a new multi-purpose children’s garden Tuesday, June 5.
Not long after their teacher, Robin Murray, helped the youngsters cut a flowered-garland “ribbon” with large pruning sheers did they scamper off into their produce garden to pick strawberries.

June 6th

Local teens given sobering truth about distracted driving

June 6, 2012

When Bishop California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland asked the Lone Pine High School student body IMPACT Teen Drivers assembly audience, “What is lethal,” they called out answers like: driving under the influence, using a cell phone, texting, driving with both ear phones in, drugs, no seat belts and even eating. Cleland commented on that last one. “Yes, that’s the deadliest restaurant.”

Sierra Nevada Conservancy board to meet in Inyo

June 6, 2012

With major decisions to be made in regards to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has scheduled a busy week that includes a tour of the facility outside of Independence, the award of nearly $5 million in grants and a reception.

June 4th

Mono remains may belong to Bishop bank robbery suspect

June 4, 2012

A grim discovery in Mono County earlier this week may have re-opened the book on a two-year-old bank robbery case out of Bishop.
Mono sheriff’s deputies located the remains Tuesday of a man believed to be Steven Craig Wiswell, the suspect in the March 17, 2010 armed robbery of Bishop’s Chase Bank.
According to Mono County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Robert Weber, deputies were notified about 3 p.m. May 22 that residents in the Benton area had possibly found a human skull off a dirt road, in tall sage brush, on the west side of U.S. 6 near Benton.

Court sides with packers

June 4, 2012

With commercial permits almost assured by legislation, the final chapter on the High Sierra Hikers Association’s lawsuit against the National Park Service that threatened to shut down stock packers in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks may have been written.

May 31st

Bishop’s buildings tell stories of the past

May 31, 2012

On a recent walking tour, Bishop Mural Society members shared local history and kept the humorous anecdotes flowing as they showed off nine of the organization’s 15 murals with locals and 12 members of a Southern California Airstream club, in for Mule Days.
Mural Society board member Shirley Fendon, president Patty Holton, secretary Betty Cameron and treasurer Andrea Shallcross painted a vivid picture of the power of murals as they revealed the rich history behind the works of art which citizens walk or drive past every day.

Skate park open for business

May 31, 2012

With the concrete dry and rails secured, the youth of Southern Inyo are heading out to the brand-new Lone Pine Skate Plaza.
After a year-and-a-half of planning, Lynn Bunn said the skate park officially opened last week, and has already seen a lot of attention from Lone Pine youngsters.
“You can’t believe the number of kids who are out there skating already,” Bunn said. “The other morning there were some kids, 4 or 5 years old, on Razor scooters, and they were just having a great time.”

Digital 395 clears another hurdle

May 31, 2012

Digital 395 has passed another milestone and is nearly ready for the construction phase.
On Wednesday, May 23, Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Digital 395 Middle-Mile Project, essentially saying the project poses no major environmental concerns.
Armenta’s signature now allows Praxis, the contractor responsible for the project, to install, operate and maintain approximately 49 miles of underground fiber-optic cable in the Mammoth, Mono Lake and White Mountain Ranger districts of the Inyo National Forest.

May 29th

Exercise support for cancer awareness

May 29, 2012

Summer is fast approaching and Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance is gearing up for a busy season ahead.
First and foremost is the group’s Fifth Annual Night of Lights Walk. The community is invited to this social/charity event on Saturday, June 2 – to gather their friends, family and walking buddies and head over to “the Bishop Union High School track for a night of fundraising and good, healthy fun,” said ESBCA board member and public relations person Heather Marvin.

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