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July 24th, 2012

Inyo joins rural county lobbying group

July 24, 2012

Inyo County is teaming up with about 25 other state and county entities to strengthen its voice in the federal arena.
County leaders met last week with Ken Brown, a representative of the Western Counties Alliance, to discuss how membership with the organization can help Inyo in its endeavors.
“There is strength in numbers,” Brown said. “We work closely with the Farm Bureau and the Cattlemen’s Association so we can go after issues in a hurry when we need to.”

Youth learn life skills, help improve community through IMACA program

July 24, 2012

This summer, the Owens Valley is seeing community garden improvements, construction of year-round green houses and Wilderness Area revitalization – all thanks to local teens who are weathering summer’s searing rays and furnace-blast winds.

July 23rd

BP Fire Safe Council gaining momentum

July 23, 2012

At Monday’s fifth meeting of the Big Pine Fire Safe Council, residents learned just how close the bullet the community dodged on Saturday, July 7 actually came.
The large turnout, perhaps spurred on by two consecutive Saturdays of brush fires in or near the town, also began to come together with the first small steps in protecting themselves and their homes from the constant threat of wildland fires.

Residents rally to save Indy Kids Club

July 23, 2012

Citizens in Independence are rallying to save what they’re calling one of the best – and only – summer youth programs in their community.
On Tuesday evening at the Kids Club in Independence, a dozen local, concerned parents and community members met with Healthy Communities Board President Jaque Hickman and Vice President Lis Mazzu to discuss fundraising efforts to keep the club, which is located on the campus of the Owen Valley School, open for local youth.
The Kids Club offers afterschool homework assistance, supervised play and healthy snacks for local, school-aged youth.

Board OKs $20K in community grants

July 23, 2012

County leaders may be revisiting the criteria they previously established for the award of Inyo’s Community Project Sponsorship Grant Program.
During a discussion about how to dole out $20,000 among 11 applicants, First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius, who helped set the grant funding guidelines, said she was confused about why a three-person review panel chose which projects to fund.
Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant program for the county, said a total of $59,360 was requested for the $20,000 grant cycle.

July 19th

Grand Jury probes Inyo D.A.’s Office

July 19, 2012

Even Inyo County’s Grand Jury, which is charged with investigating “willful or corrupt misconduct in office,” couldn’t get an answer out of District Attorney Art Maillet as to why his office released inappropriate information about his political opponent back in 2010.
According to the 2011-12 Grand Jury Final Report, Maillet declined to answer any questions on the matter, citing private personnel matters in his public office.

Focusing on family literacy

July 19, 2012


Longtime local veterinarian retiring

July 19, 2012

July 30 will be Dr. Carl Lind’s last day at Bishop Veterinary Hospital.
His plans for the future reflect the man close friends like Craig London know. He’s going to watch his grandsons play Bronco football, help kids learn to read and, with his wife Carol, travel with Alaska, Canada and New Orleans high on the itinerary.

July 17th

County Clerk responds to Grand Jury

July 17, 2012

In response to citizen concerns, the 2011-12 Inyo County Grand Jury took a closer look at the process for appointing or electing citizen representation to the more than 30 Special Districts in Inyo County.
In its Final Report, the jury offered tips to County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote on how to improve the election and appointment process in regards to Special Districts. Foote, in her response, said she was only partially responsible for some of the recommendations the Grand Jury made and has already implemented some of their suggestions.

New division chief for CalFire’s OV Camp

July 17, 2012

CalFire San Bernardino Unit Owens Valley Conservation Camp has a veteran firefighter taking the reigns as division chief.
Replacing Chief Bart Chambers, Paul Melendrez began his new position as the head of the local CalFire division last week.
Melendrez steps into the top post from his position as a battalion chief for the CalFire San Bernardino-Inyo-Mono Unit’s Owens Valley Division.
As division chief, Melendrez oversees more than 200 inmate firefighters at the Owens Valley and Fenner Canyon Conservation camps and dozens of state firefighters.


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