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May 6th, 2011

Louis LePlat found guilty of second-degree murder

May 6, 2011

The verdict is in on murder suspect Louis LePlat. He has been found guilty of second-degree murder and found not guilty of murder in the first-degree. The state mandated sentence for the offense is 15 years to life. LePalt will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. on May 27 in Ventura.
Case information from Ventura County Superior Court states the jury was reportedly “hung” on the first-degree murder charge the day before finding LePlat guilty of second-degree murder on April 29.

May 4th

Almaguer sentenced to 60-years to life

May 4, 2011

Its been a long time coming, but finally, some of the victims of day care provider Guadalupe Almaguer know what power – and justice – feel like.
Last Tuesday, Mono County Superior Court Judge Mark Magit sentenced former Mammoth day care provider “Lupe” Almaguer, 58, to 60- years to life in prison, following his arrest in early October 2010 on suspicion of child sexual abuse.

May 2nd

LORP comes back to life

May 2, 2011

With the water comes the fun, as is the case in Southern Inyo County with the return of water to the Lower Owens River. The once lush and green Owens Valley floor south of Big Pine, that became a desert after the water was taken by the City of Los Angeles, is turning back into a riparian area full of life and adventure.
The Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power want to know exactly what kind of fun people want to have there. The two are developing a recreation plan for the Lower Owens River Project and are asking the public for input.

April 29th

South Lake fishing should be prime this season

April 29, 2011

Things will be business as usual at South Lake this year. They may start a little later than usual but with the incredible snowpack built up over the winter, getting to any high-elevation lake will be a challenge until the summer thawing.
“We’re going to be ready for the Opener,” said Jared Smith, general manager for Parchers Resort and the South Lake Boat Landing. “The lake should be full just a couple weeks later than usual, and it should be much better than a usual year.”

April 27th

Fee going up at local landfills

April 27, 2011

Before county staff members develop a final resolution concerning increased fees at local landfills the Inyo County Board of Supervisors wanted to weigh in one last time.
The board met Tuesday with Integrated Waste Manager Chuck Hamilton and two local solid waste service providers to hammer out some of the finer details about what dump fees will be raised to close a $695,000 Integrated Waste Department deficit.

Pilgrimage returns Saturday

April 27, 2011

The annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is a time to remember and honor the past and those who fought and died for civil rights, and a time to reflect upon the future. This weekend marks the 42nd annual pilgrimage to the site, an internment camp complete with gun turrets and barbed-wire fence south of Independence that was the relocated home to more than 10,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.

Tangled web in D.A.’s Office?

April 27, 2011

Testimony from the Louis LePlat murder trial, now in the jury deliberation phase, is revealing more than details about the case.
According to the defense attorney for LePlat, the testimony is also drudging up details about a complex web of questionable behavior by the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office, involving deals with jailhouse informants, reliance on “shady” witnesses and political sabotage.
District Attorney Art Maillet was unavailable for comment, and has refused to respond to media inquiries for months.

April 26th

Supes not on board submitting TEA grant request

April 26, 2011

County leaders decided last week to opt out of a Transportation Enhancement Activities grant request it began working on in 2004 to create a Transportation Wing of the Eastern California Museum.
When the project was first brought before the Board of Supervisors in October 2004, the Carson and Colorado Railway Society proposed applying for the TEA grant to construct a facility to restore and eventually house Engine No. 18.

Fire Safe Council working to make LP safe from fire

April 26, 2011

Southern Inyo community members continue to cut and clear fields in and around Lone Pine to protect the town’s people and property from wildfires.
Utilizing a 2009 U.S. Forest Service grant, the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council has targeted more than 140 acres of vacant, overgrown land for fire management work this year.

April 25th

Fishing may still go on at South Lake this spring

April 25, 2011

Southern California Edison and the Forest Service have made additional information available concerning upcoming South Lake dam work and access.
A press release dated Wednesday, April 13 states, “Southern California Edison and the Forest Service would like to take this opportunity to clarify issues of access to South Lake while the upgrade work to the dam is occurring this spring and summer.

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