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September 24th, 2012

New executive director for IMACA

September 24, 2012

An East Coast transplant has replaced the long-time executive director for a local organization that provides services to residents from Coleville to Olancha and beyond.
Effective Sept. 5, Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. welcomed its new executive director Lynn Ann Bethel, said Administration Services Manager Jill Paydon for IMACA Human Resources.

Residents burning up over new fire fee

September 24, 2012

California residents are beginning to receive state bills demanding each property owner pay $150 per habitable dwelling in fire fees.
Locally, fire safe councils, residents and local leaders are working with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to protest the fee, which they are calling an illegal double taxation.
The State Responsibility Area Fire Fee is intended to fund fire prevention education throughout the state, but, according to Bob Winzenread chairman of the Bishop Fire Safe Council, residents are already providing fire prevention funds through property tax payments.

Big Pine’s Fire Safe Council getting results

September 24, 2012

The efforts of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council are starting to pay visible dividends. Brush has been cleared close to residential areas and the Council has set Saturday, Oct. 13 as a Big Pine community clean-up day.

September 20th

Bomb scare at Lone Pine Post Office

September 20, 2012

Whether the contents of suspicious packages detonated by authorities late last week were intended as a practical joke, were the work of a mentally troubled individual or represent something far more sinister is now the work of investigators with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

21st annual music fest kicks off Friday

September 20, 2012


Break out the tie-dye and the sun hats because the Millpond Music Festival is coming to Bishop this weekend. 

Developer pushing ahead with Portal Preserve

September 20, 2012

After almost a decade of litigation and then Recession-related setbacks, a controversial housing development in Southern Inyo may finally be moving forward.
Lone Pine’s 27-lot housing development known as the Portal Preserve on Whitney Portal Road will officially open at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The project started in 2003 but was delayed by a prolonged, seven-year lawsuit until 2010, when the U.S. was at the height of one of the worst recessions on record.

‘Sharing our Culture’: Ft. Indy Tribe presents long-awaited pow wow

September 20, 2012


The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe invites everyone to enjoy feasting and fun, contests and celebration and, of course, drumming and dancing in its long-awaited, resurrected pow wow.

Death Valley officially home to hottest temp on Earth

September 20, 2012

Long known as the hottest, lowest and driest place in the United States, Death Valley has now been officially recognized as the hottest spot on the planet.
The World Meteorological Organization has announced that the official highest recorded surface temperature of 56.7° C (134° F) was measured on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch (Death Valley). Full details of the assessment are given in the online issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (

Pot plants removed from forest lands

September 20, 2012

Local law enforcement kept millions of dollars worth of drugs off the streets Tuesday by eradicating a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation near Lone Pine.
The Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management worked together to destroy approximately 4,000 marijuana plants that were discovered on Forest Service land in the Lubken Canyon area.
“The site appeared to have been abandoned by the cultivators days prior to the operation,” INET Commander Juan Martinez said.

Future of Kids Club hinges on raffle

September 20, 2012

Each day after school, anywhere from 10-20 students at Owens Valley School walk straight from their classrooms over to the Kids Club, which may be forced to shut down next week.
At the Kids Club, which is operated by the nonprofit Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo, students sign in, do their homework, and then spend the rest of the time playing until it is time to go home or Mom and Dad picks them up when they get off work.