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June 6th, 2012

Sierra Nevada Conservancy board to meet in Inyo

June 6, 2012

With major decisions to be made in regards to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has scheduled a busy week that includes a tour of the facility outside of Independence, the award of nearly $5 million in grants and a reception.

June 4th

Mono remains may belong to Bishop bank robbery suspect

June 4, 2012

A grim discovery in Mono County earlier this week may have re-opened the book on a two-year-old bank robbery case out of Bishop.
Mono sheriff’s deputies located the remains Tuesday of a man believed to be Steven Craig Wiswell, the suspect in the March 17, 2010 armed robbery of Bishop’s Chase Bank.
According to Mono County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Robert Weber, deputies were notified about 3 p.m. May 22 that residents in the Benton area had possibly found a human skull off a dirt road, in tall sage brush, on the west side of U.S. 6 near Benton.

Court sides with packers

June 4, 2012

With commercial permits almost assured by legislation, the final chapter on the High Sierra Hikers Association’s lawsuit against the National Park Service that threatened to shut down stock packers in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks may have been written.

May 31st

Bishop’s buildings tell stories of the past

May 31, 2012

On a recent walking tour, Bishop Mural Society members shared local history and kept the humorous anecdotes flowing as they showed off nine of the organization’s 15 murals with locals and 12 members of a Southern California Airstream club, in for Mule Days.
Mural Society board member Shirley Fendon, president Patty Holton, secretary Betty Cameron and treasurer Andrea Shallcross painted a vivid picture of the power of murals as they revealed the rich history behind the works of art which citizens walk or drive past every day.

Skate park open for business

May 31, 2012

With the concrete dry and rails secured, the youth of Southern Inyo are heading out to the brand-new Lone Pine Skate Plaza.
After a year-and-a-half of planning, Lynn Bunn said the skate park officially opened last week, and has already seen a lot of attention from Lone Pine youngsters.
“You can’t believe the number of kids who are out there skating already,” Bunn said. “The other morning there were some kids, 4 or 5 years old, on Razor scooters, and they were just having a great time.”

Digital 395 clears another hurdle

May 31, 2012

Digital 395 has passed another milestone and is nearly ready for the construction phase.
On Wednesday, May 23, Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta signed a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Digital 395 Middle-Mile Project, essentially saying the project poses no major environmental concerns.
Armenta’s signature now allows Praxis, the contractor responsible for the project, to install, operate and maintain approximately 49 miles of underground fiber-optic cable in the Mammoth, Mono Lake and White Mountain Ranger districts of the Inyo National Forest.

May 29th

Exercise support for cancer awareness

May 29, 2012

Summer is fast approaching and Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance is gearing up for a busy season ahead.
First and foremost is the group’s Fifth Annual Night of Lights Walk. The community is invited to this social/charity event on Saturday, June 2 – to gather their friends, family and walking buddies and head over to “the Bishop Union High School track for a night of fundraising and good, healthy fun,” said ESBCA board member and public relations person Heather Marvin.

Coming to a ballot near you …

May 29, 2012

In addition to deciding the political fates of state and national lawmakers and the men and women challenging them for office, local residents in three areas of the county will also be casting votes on next Tuesday in races affecting the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.
Residents from Lone Pine south to the Kern County line and east to the Nevada state line will be voting for District 5 Supervisor – a four-year term being sought by incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Genrty and Matt Kingsley.

Voters quiz Dist. 5 hopefuls

May 29, 2012

More than 100 residents showed up at Lone Pine’s Statham Hall last week to hear the Fifth District Supervisor candidates’ take on issues ranging from potential conflicts of interest to the equitable distribution of county tax dollars.
After sitting through the responses of incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley to five questions posed by the forum host, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, audience members were given the chance to query the contenders as well.
Following are the questions asked and the candidates’ responses.

Dist. 5 Supervisor candidates face voters

May 29, 2012

On Tuesday night, May 8, the three candidates for Fifth District County Supervisor – incumbent Richard Cervantes and contenders Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley – met for a candidates’ forum hosted by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at Statham Hall. Assisting the chamber with the event were Independence Civic Club members Mary Roper, Nancy Masters, moderator Rose Masters and timer Annette Wood.
The forum was attended by more than 100 interested voters and supporters.


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