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September 8th, 2011

9/11 commemoration in Big Pine Sunday

September 8, 2011

The community of Big Pine will be holding a special 9/11 commemoration on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The event, a year-and-a-half in the making, is put on by the same residents who have been instrumental in collecting, storing and distributing donations to the victims of the Center Fire of March 2011 – the First United Methodist Church of Big Pine.
The Reverend Dr. Karen Moore said that all she did was put up a poster after the fire and the donations started pouring in.

September 6th

Mammoth Hospital moving in

September 6, 2011

Mammoth Hospital will be opening a physical therapy center at the corner of West Line and Home streets, next to Home Street School and just a block east of Northern Inyo Hospital, this fall.
However, at press time there, did not seem to be a consensus among the involved parties on where employees and patients will park.
Nonetheless, Mammoth Hospital is prepared to take appointments for the new facility, according to a press release.

Keeping the stories of 9/11 alive

September 6, 2011

As the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. approaches, one Inyo County native is doing her part to preserve the stories of heartbreak and heroics that were a result.
From the moment horrific news spread across the nation that Tuesday, Class of 1999 Bishop Union High School graduate Jenny Pachucki was feeling the effects.

September 2nd

Hester Lake saga to be subject of new book

September 2, 2011

Following the success of his last book about plane crashes in the Sierra Nevada, Peter Stekel, author of “Final Flight,” is in the area researching another story of a lost airship.
This latest account, Stekel said, has all the makings of a classic Greek tragedy.
Stekel is in the area hoping to rake up stories, witness accounts and anything related to Hester Lake and its contents.

Cops crack down on illegal activity at river

September 2, 2011

Local authorities are working together to show a stronger presence at the Owens River after shocking, violent videos showed up on the popular website YouTube.com depicting a number of fights at popular riverside hangouts.

August 30th

Land deal preserves critical deer habitat

August 30, 2011

A piece of land – a view, a vital migration path, a home – will be preserved as such forever. Bob and Lee Naylon have basically sold their development rights on their 104 acres in Swall Meadows to the Eastern Sierra Land Trust. Known as a conservation easement, the deal ensures that no matter who owns the land in the future, there can never be any development on the property.
The easement is a unique opportunity for the land owners to retain ownership and management responsibilities for their land while designating how the land will be used now and in the future, according to ESLT.

Bishop, Indy court projects proceed

August 30, 2011

Superior Court Judge Brian Lamb said the money is in hand and preliminary work for site selection for the new Bishop court facility is in progress.
During a meeting with the Inyo County Board of Supervisors last Monday, Lamb also said the state is nearly ready to begin construction on a new court facility adjacent to Inyo County Jail in Independence. He said work on the Independence facility should begin in the next couple years.

August 29th

Final report on Center Fire now in Inyo D.A.’s hands

August 29, 2011

CalFire has completed its final report on the Center Fire in Big Pine and is awaiting a decision by the District Attorney’s Office before it can be released to the public.
According to CalFire Public Information Officer Bill Peters, “we are not going to release the report until the District Attorney decides what he wants to do with it.”
The final report on the fire will contain the cost of damages and cause of the blaze, as well as details on fire units that responded to the blaze.

Caldwell named interim city manager

August 29, 2011

For the second time in less than a year, the City of Bishop has a new administrator.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to have Community Services Director Keith Caldwell step into the shoes of recently resigned Jim Southworth – albeit on an interim basis.
However, according to a press release sent out Tuesday morning, Caldwell’s temporary appointment – not to exceed six months – may be used as a trial run to gauge how well he’d handle the job on a permanent basis.

ESTA rolling out fare and route changes

August 29, 2011

Amid reduced funding and rising fuel and insurance costs, the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is announcing fare increases and a change to some of its routes. The fares go up Thursday, Sept. 1 and the route changes won’t go into effect until Tuesday, Sept. 6 following the Labor Day holiday.
The popular Nite Rider service in Bishop was spared the axe because the public spoke out to save it.

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