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September 16th, 2011

Big Pine fire contained at 5,000-plus acres

September 16, 2011

Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.

September 15th

Fire scorches 2,000 acres south of Big Pine

September 15, 2011

A fire south of Big Pine had burned 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and was reportedly 15 percent contained. While there have been no reports of any lightning in the area at the time the blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 500 personnel have been assigned to the help fight the fire.
There is a standing evacuation advisory in place for residents who live in southwest Big Pine and several roads remained closed, including Crocker/Glacier Lodge west of West Street, Pole Line Road and McMurry Meadows Road.

Blood drive in Bishop

September 15, 2011

Less than a week after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, which spurred the country’s most profuse blood donations in recent memory, United Blood Services is asking residents to support its fall blood drive.
United Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
According to Donor Recruitment Representative Jan McKee, “we’ve only gotten two appointments scheduled for the drive, but we’re hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.”

Millpond Music Festival kicks off 20th year Friday

September 15, 2011

Live, eclectic music and cultural connections will be set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada this weekend at the 20th annual Millpond Music Festival.
In addition to musical acts including the Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, The Bills, the Joe Craven Trio and world famous Los Lobos, this year’s festival will feature food and art vendors, kids crafts and two authentic cultural villages.

City: truck route one of several ideas

September 15, 2011

A large contingency of citizens opposed to a truck route around the city of Bishop showed up at Monday’s City Council meeting to voice their concerns. Many citizens admitted they were under the impression there would not be another chance to comment on the matter and others said they thought the idea was a scheduled project to be completed in the near future.
A truck route is not on any project list nor was the subject on the council’s agenda.

September 13th

A safer community, but with no commerce?

September 13, 2011

Local reaction to a Caltrans Highway Project that would bypass parts of Olancha/Cartago has been mixed, with some saying the project will make the communities safer and others claiming a bypass will kill local businesses that rely on through-traffic.
One southern Inyo County property owner is speaking out against a proposed highway project, claiming that Caltrans ignored the wishes of citizens and the local government.

City holding open house on transportation plan update

September 13, 2011

The idea of a truck route in, or perhaps around, the City of Bishop has stirred the hornet’s nest.
The so-far controversial notion, along with possibly adding streets to relieve downtown congestion and various street and pedestrian improvements, is part of the city’s update to its transportation blueprint and has generated many pro and con comments.

September 12th

Supes split over Bishop office space

September 12, 2011

Inyo County has agreed to enter exclusive negotiations with Joseph Enterprises for the purchase of property that can be used for consolidated office space.
Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes opposed the exclusive agreement, saying that now is not the time for the county to go into debt to build new office space that would ultimately negatively impact the local community.

U.S. troops still need support from home

September 12, 2011

U.S. troops may be pulling out of Iraq, but the war rages on in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan, and Americans continue to die in combat in all three hot zones.
With so many brave men and women still on today’s battlefields and in harm’s way, advocates at home and across the nation are reminding fellow citizens that while these troops are strong and dedicated, they still need a little tender loving care and the gift of knowing someone on the outside cares about them.

‘We will never forget …’

September 12, 2011

With Sunday marking the 10th anniversary on the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, citizens are being asked to honor and recognize those who perished, the first responders who faced unspeakable horrors and those who spent the ensuing weeks on heartbreaking recovery efforts.
Bishop resident Mike Fennessy knows first-hand what those search and rescue efforts entailed, having arrived at Ground Zero early Sept. 12, and searching for the next two weeks for survivors.

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