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June 6th, 2012
When Bishop California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland asked the Lone Pine High School student body IMPACT Teen Drivers assembly audience, âWhat is lethal,â they called out answers like: driving under the influence, using a cell phone, texting, driving with both ear phones in, drugs, no seat belts and even eating. Cleland commented on that last one. âYes, thatâs the deadliest restaurant.â
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.
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 sheriffâs deputies located the remains Tuesday of a man believed to be Steven Craig Wiswell, the suspect in the March 17, 2010 armed robbery of Bishopâs Chase Bank.
According to Mono County Sheriffâs 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.
With commercial permits almost assured by legislation, the final chapter on the High Sierra Hikers Associationâs 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.
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 organizationâs 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.
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.
âYou canât believe the number of kids who are out there skating already,â Bunn said. âThe other morning there were some kids, 4 or 5 years old, on Razor scooters, and they were just having a great time.â
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.
Armentaâs 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.
Summer is fast approaching and Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance is gearing up for a busy season ahead.
First and foremost is the groupâs Fifth Annual Night of Lights Walk. The community is invited to this social/charity event on Saturday, June 2 â to gather their friends, family and walking buddies and head over to âthe Bishop Union High School track for a night of fundraising and good, healthy fun,â said ESBCA board member and public relations person Heather Marvin.
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 â a four-year term being sought by incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Genrty and Matt Kingsley.
More than 100 residents showed up at Lone Pineâs Statham Hall last week to hear the Fifth District Supervisor candidatesâ 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 candidatesâ responses.