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December 15th

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.

Clark coming to Mule Days

December 8, 2011

Mule Days organizers have signed veteran country music star Terri Clark to headline the event’s 2012 concert.
Clark is set to follow in the footsteps of country-music legends and past Mule Days entertainers Neal McCoy, the late Chris Ledoux, Michael Martin Murphy and Blake Shelton when she takes the stage in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds this May.
The concert is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 24.
Tickets for the concert and all Mule Days events go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Bishop Mule Days Office, 1141 N. Main St.

December 6th

Protestors organize

December 6, 2011

Members of Inyo County’s Occupy movement are getting more organized and working on establishing leadership roles.
At the next demonstration, scheduled for this Sunday in the Bishop City Park, Occupy 395 demonstrators will have an opportunity to have their opinion heard at a general assembly meeting.
At the general assembly, all participants will be able to vote on seven steering committee members, who will serve as organizers for the next two weeks.
A new election will be held every two weeks until a more permanent standing committee is elected at a later date.

City and county to combine elections?

December 6, 2011

The City of Bishop is looking into the possibility of consolidating its General Municipal Elections held in March of odd years with Inyo County General Elections held in November of even years.
Bishop primarily only holds elections for City Council, meaning a consolidation would cause a four-month reduction to some council member terms. And, according to some opposing arguments to the consolidation, it may mean focus on local council members and measures may get lost in the hyperbole of a presidential election, when local candidates accompany national candidates on a ballot.

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