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August 23rd, 2012

Anti-bullying art contest draws youth involvement

August 23, 2012

“Give peace a chance,” said John Lennon and that’s what the Happy Hoods art contest was all about. The contest sought kids’ input in a multi-state, youth-oriented, anti-bullying campaign.
The Happy Hoods Anti-Bullying Art Contest was held for several awareness-raising reasons, explained the program’s founder, Carri Coudek.
“I wanted to get kids involved … to have a say … Their voices need to be heard.” And, Coudek added, “their artwork encouraged me to put together presentation kits” for implementation by schools, youth groups and any other interested parties.

State cuts put local court projects on hold

August 23, 2012

Inyo Superior Court’s two Courthouse Facilities Projects have been indefinitely paused, and, according to local officials, are “in grave jeopardy of cancellation” due to state budget cuts.
These projects include the new, $33 million court facility in Bishop, and a $1.5 million facility in Independence.

‘ … with a little help from my friends’

August 23, 2012

Sunday turned out to be a much longer day than planned for a group of hikers from the Los Angeles area. Their moderately difficult ascent of 14,035-foot Mt. Langley took a serious turn when a knee injury left one of the group unable to walk.
Mark Kuckelman, 56, of Long Beach suffered a twisted knee just 30 minutes into the descent from Langley’s summit. With a 10-mile hike and 4,000 vertical feet of descent ahead of them, the group, Bill Rudnisky, 32, Jeff Logan, 26 and Brian Hay, 26, along with Kuckelman, pondered the choices.

August 21st

New bristlecone visitor center opening soon

August 21, 2012

Visitors hoping to see some of the oldest living plants on the planet now have a brand-new visitor center to welcome them and introduce them to the Bristlecone Pine Forest.
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta announced last week that the long-anticipated opening of the new Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1.
A grand opening celebration is slated to take place at Schulman Grove with music starting at 1 p.m. and the formal ceremony at 2 p.m.

Driving ‘smart’ is focus of upcoming classes

August 21, 2012


In response to escalating statistics, Bishop California Highway Patrol will offer several Drive Smart program classes for young adults and senior citizens, free classes which are designed to lower vehicular collision-related injuries and fatalities.

End-of-summer pool party this weekend in LP

August 21, 2012

The Lone Pine Memorial Plunge celebrates the end of summer and the installation of a brand-new water slide with free fun, food and floats for the whole family.
“We’ve done this (party) every year for about eight years or so,” swim instructor and pool manager Charles James said.

August 20th

Not your grandfather’s Tri-County Fair

August 20, 2012

This year’s Tri-County Fair organizers have made lemonade from the several hundred thousand lemons handed down by the State of California.
Faced with a growing funding gap roughly equivalent to what it spends every year to put on an end-of-summer party for Eastern Sierra residents and visitors, the Tri-County Fair was faced with an all-too common choice: adapt or die.

August 16th

Plaque keeps fallen officer’s memory, local history alive

August 16, 2012

Eleven years to the day since Bishop Police Officer Richard E. Perkins was killed in the line of duty, local law enforcement and community leaders gathered to honor their friend and recognize his contributions to the community.
In addition to being an 11-year veteran of the city’s police force, Perkins was a member of the Bishop Mural Society and artist, and had an interest in local history.

County balks at fire fees

August 16, 2012

Inyo County is protesting a state move to charge residents $150 a year for fire prevention efforts.
The state announced earlier this month that it will begin billing for a State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee that was enacted in July 2011.
“Inyo County has a strong and ongoing opposition to these fees,” a press release from the Inyo County Planning Department states.
According to the state, the annual fee is to pay for administration of fire prevention efforts on state-managed lands that are outside of incorporated cities.

A first in city’s 109-year history

August 16, 2012

City leaders witnessed history Monday evening when Hindu Statesman Rajan Zed delivered the first Hindu invocation in the city’s 109-year history.
Just one month after the council approved a resolution updating city guidelines for invocations to ensure that it can continue the long-held tradition without endorsing any one religion, Zed delivered a Hindu invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures at the start of the City Council meeting. As he read the Sanskrit invocation, Zed paused occasionally to translate the prayer.

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