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December 19th

Contract award brings Digital 395 closer to reality

December 19, 2011

Another step has been completed in the project aimed at supplying high-speed Internet access to communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.
Jensen Precast, of Sparks, Nev., has been awarded the subcontract to build hundreds of concrete barrel vaults that will be buried underground at various locations along the 583-mile project.

December 15th

Homicide suspected in Bishop death

December 15, 2011

A death on the Bishop Paiute Reservation on Tuesday night may be the result of foul play and a local resident has been taken into custody in connection to the case.
Details are scant and the investigation is still under way, but law enforcement sources said Wednesday afternoon that officials are hoping that releasing what information is available now may help with the investigation.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Barlow, 45, of Bishop was pronounced dead at Northern Inyo Hospital on Tuesday evening.

Proposed RC track kicks up conflicting views

December 15, 2011

Remote control car racing is gaining in popularity and the sport’s local enthusiasts are hoping to build a track at the Bishop Park. The track would be free and open to the public.
A public hearing was held on the initial environmental study of the proposal at Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting. There were many vocal opponents of the project, and ultimately the city’s elected leaders decided to review the study again and address some of the concerns raised.
But, the majority of the council supported the track idea and hoped it would not be scrapped.

Youth keep Inyo spellbound

December 15, 2011

Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer and Assistant Superintendent Pamela Jones have crowned the 2011 Spelling champions.
Forty-one students from nine local elementary, middle and high schools participated in the 2011 competition, held at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.
Thirty-one students made it to the final rounds.

December 13th

Land Trust strikes another deal to preserve acreage

December 13, 2011

Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s latest conservation project is a local farm tucked under the towering White Mountains, north of Bishop. Richard Moss and his wife Barbara have preserved their organic alfalfa farm, known as Cinnamon Ranch, in the Hammil Valley.
The Moss’ purchased the 602-acre ranch in 1970, making alfalfa hay the primary agricultural product from the ranch.
As part of the agreement, the long-time landowners retain title and management of their property, while designating how their land may be used now and in the future.

Inyo to part ways with bi-county senior services

December 13, 2011

County leaders learned Tuesday that Mono County is not willing to help cover more of the administrative cost of running the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging program.
In response, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to notify the state that it would be opting out of the regional program in favor of Inyo County administering its own senior work.
Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said the transition will not impact senior services locally, as the county is only dealing with the cost of administration, and not the programs themselves.

Celestial discovery could bring scientists to Owens Valley

December 13, 2011

Professional stargazers and their toys have discovered a planet in a Goldilocks Zone with many similarities to Earth and possibly containing life. The planet, Kepler-22b, is 600 light years away and would take a space shuttle 22 million years to travel to the planet.
To study the potentially water- and life-bearing planet, some researchers and scientists are not expected to travel quite that far, but perhaps as far as Big Pine.

Cops help kids play Santa for a day

December 13, 2011

Over the weekend local law enforcement officials teamed to help 22 young citizens tackle Christmas to-do lists that might otherwise have gone unfinished.
For the first year ever, the Inyo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Bishop Police Officers Association partnered with their Mono County counterparts, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officer’s Association and Mono County Deputy’s Association, and the California Highway Patrol to give a group of hand-picked youngsters a Christmas shopping spree.

December 8th

Wish Tree deadline rapidly approaching

December 8, 2011

Each year the Wish Tree program provides a way for generous souls to help make local children’s holiday wishes come true. The deadline to help fulfill those dreams this Christmas is approaching fast – Monday – and there are still plenty of children in need.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Wish Trees around Inyo County were still filled with bulbs, actually ornament-shaped slips of paper with a child’s age and gender along with a small wish list from income-eligible families and children.

Film projects finding what they need in Inyo

December 8, 2011

Film and television commercial producers continue to pump money into the local economy thanks to Inyo County’s unique and not-so-unique surroundings.

 

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