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November 28th, 2012
Disneyland is supposed to be the âhappiest place on Earth.â But in the Owens Valley, that title has to go to the Tri-County Fairgrounds, or at least thatâs the image Jim Tatum had in mind, without the rodents with oversized heads, when he took the job of Chief Executive Officer 20 years ago.
âNinety-eight percent of the fairground events are for fun,â he said. âEven the wakes turn into parties. You just walk around the Fair, as small as our community is, you see relationships rekindled. Thatâs why every tree has a bench around it. The Fair is a social event.â
Six young ladies will be putting their wit, poise, talent and yes, beauty, to the test this week in Bishopâs first-ever, area-wide beauty pageant.
Charismatic and confident, the contestants have survived an intensive six-week pageant preparation class and a challenging judges interview, said Kristina Roberts, a Parks and Recreation staff member, former pageant contestant and now the City of Bishop pageant founder and coordinator.
Last-minute notification on state permit requirements, and an inability to meet those requirements in the timeframe given, has the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce feeling like the Grinch just stole the townâs Christmas.
The status of the annual Lone Pine Christmas Parade is in question â and at one point was said this week to be canceled altogether â because organizers were not aware of requirements Caltrans is enforcing for approving road closures and detours.
Independence churches and community members got together to celebrate Thanksgiving in the holidayâs original tradition of giving and helping without expectation of personal reward.
The traditional holiday dinner was served to more than 100 locals at the annual Independence Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Owens Valley School multi-purpose room.
As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly even help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.
With Thanksgiving left-overs wrapped up in the fridge, Inyo County residents can now turn their attention to a cornucopia of Christmas-related community events being held this weekend through Dec. 24.
In a long-awaited decision, the California Air Resources Board Monday ruled that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is required to continue dust mitigation measures on dry portions of Owens Lake.
The decision comes in response to an appeal filed by the City of Los Angeles and means that the state agency agrees with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districtâs claim that the LADWP has not met its dust-control obligations. A lawsuit filed in federal court by the City of L.A. against both Great Basin and its Air Pollution Control officer, Ted Schade, is still pending.
Rebecca Mieliwocki makes those sheâs speaking to wish they were teachers, or at least had the skills to inspire or cajole young people to learn. As the 2012 Teacher of the Year, thatâs Mieliwockiâs job, to be the face of the profession in what she describes as a political atmosphere in which teachers are often disparaged.
Mieliwocki was in friendly company when she spoke to a group of Eastern Sierra administrators, Inyo County board members and students at a luncheon hosted Nov. 13 by Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer at the Jill Kinmont Boothe School.
One hundred years ago, the fleet-footed Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep kept time to the mountains, moving upslope to summer pastures in the spring, down slope to winter ranges in the fall when blizzards beset the high Sierra.
They roamed between Olancha and Bridgeport, walking knife-edged ridges, dodging mountain lions and avalanches, sleeping under a thick, warm blanket of snow when temperatures plummeted to 10 below.
Big-box retailers have Black Friday, Internet companies have Cyber Monday and, for the past couple years, the little guy has had its own post-Thanksgiving/specially-designated shopping day to boost that bottom line before the end of the year.
Nationwide, Nov. 24 will be recognized as Small Business Saturday, a day where locally-owned, mom-and-pop shops are encouraged to offer their best deals and residents looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping are encouraged to patronize independently-owned businesses.