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September 13th, 2012

Bishop court facility project spared?

September 13, 2012

Inyo is among 17 counties to have state-funded courthouse projects green-lighted by a Court Facilities Working Group this month.
Before local court officials return to site selection and construction planning efforts for the bond-funded Bishop Courthouse, the CFWG’s recommendation must be approved by the State Judicial Council Oct. 26.
The CFWG spent more than two days last week hearing presentations from dozens of county court officials attempting to save their projects from the chopping block.

Bristlecone forest manager nominated for national award

September 13, 2012

A long-time, local proponent of Inyo National Forest conservation and interpretation has been nominated for a prestigious, national award for his expertise and public service.
Less than a week after the grand opening of the new Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Interpretive Specialist John Louth was nominated for the Gifford Pinchot Excellence in Interpretation and Conservation Education award for his work in the development of the center’s exhibits.

Supes want more involvement in INF Restoration Plan

September 13, 2012

As the U.S. Forest Service begins work on a plan for ecological restoration on the Inyo, county leaders continue to challenge the federal agency to coordinate with local government on projects that will impact citizens.
Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss a number of projects the Forest Service has in the works, including an Ecological Restoration Plan that was drafted in June and is scheduled for release in October.

September 11th

Playhouse grant aims for diversity

September 11, 2012


Playhouse 395 will be seeking community input in order to diversify its repertoire, casts and crews with recently-acquired grant funding.

Sheriff’s Department looks to stop littering

September 11, 2012

Local law enforcement is reminding residents that dumping garbage and other waste anywhere but in an appropriate receptacle or local landfills is illegal.
“The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department needs your help to eliminate illegal dumping and unsightly littering on our lands,” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Howard said in a press release last week.

September 10th

New director for Bishop Mule Days

September 10, 2012

A new leader is taking the reins of Bishop’s annual Mule Days Celebration.
Longtime Executive Kim Craft officially leaves her post on Monday, turning over year-round organization and oversight of the world-famous event to Bishop resident Monica Allen.
Craft has resigned from her long-held position so that she can relocate to Wyoming. According to Public Relations Chair Barb Laughon, Craft is moving to be closer to family.

County to start budget hearings on Monday

September 10, 2012

Inyo County is scheduled to begin its budget hearings next week to discuss how to fund county programs for the next year.
Going into budget hearings, County Administrative Officer and Budget Officer Kevin Carunchio said the county has a total of $82,424,387 in expenditures and $76,553,650 in expected revenues for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
He said the General Fund account is projected to have $3,663,101 in its balance going into this next budget year. Budgeted General Fund expenditures total $49,981,911; revenues, $46,318,803.

Blood drives return to Lone Pine, Bishop next week

September 10, 2012

Residents have the chance to observe the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 by helping to save lives next week.
United Blood Services returns to the Owens Valley with two separate blood drives – one in Lone Pine at Statham Hall and the other in Bishop at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The Lone Pine blood drive will be held from noon-6 p.m. Monday and the Bishop drive will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.

September 6th

Breastfeeding is a home run

September 6, 2012

To celebrate August as World Breastfeeding Month, three local programs teamed to offer a first-ever event in Southern Inyo.
Inyo County Health and Human Services Department’s Women, Infants and Children Program partnered with the Bishop Toiyabe Indian Healthy Initiative Tribe’s WIC Program and Inyo County First 5 to hold the First Annual Breastfeeding Awareness Walk Thursday, Aug. 16 at Statham Hall in Lone Pine.
The theme for the walk was “Be an All-Star and Hit a Home Run – Breastfeed!”

Cervantes endorses Gentry

September 6, 2012

Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes said he is endorsing candidate Jim Gentry in his race for a seat on the board next month.
In the June Primary, Cervantes ran against challengers Gentry and Matt Kingsley. None of the candidates generated the required 50 percent, plus one, of the votes to avoid a run-off, and, as Cervantes received the least amount of votes, he will not be on the November Ballot.
In response to questions he said he received from constituents, Cervantes said he took a hard look at both candidates before endorsing Gentry.

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