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July 12th, 2011

Accounting for the sales tax decrease

July 12, 2011

The elected officials of the Golden State have passed a budget that includes the discontinuance of a 1 percent sales tax increase.
As of July 1, the first day of the 2011-12 fiscal year, the statewide base use rate is 7.25 percent; in Inyo County, it is 7.75 percent, to accommodate additional, local taxes.
The State Board of Equalization explained in a press release, “In areas where there are voter-approved district taxes, the total tax rate related to sales and purchases is the statewide base tax rate of 7.25 percent plus any applicable district tax.”

Junior Livestock Show returns

July 12, 2011

A tradition more than 50 years old returns to Bishop this week with hundreds of hard-working youth and their locally raised livestock in tow.
Future Farmers of America students and 4-H members from the Eastern Sierra and neighboring Nevada counties will converge on the Tri-County Fairgrounds for nearly a week of activities that showcase both the quality of their animals and the youths’ skill and dedication in raising and caring for them.

July 11th

Illegal road-building in Pine Creek area?

July 11, 2011

Forest Service officials are investigating an incident in which someone used an excavator to carve a road into a non-motorized area of Forest Service land.
Local officials were made aware of the alleged road-building when a citizen notified the Inyo National Forest on Sunday, June 26 that an individual was using heavy equipment to widen a single-track trail in the Pine Creek Canyon area.

Finding their bliss

July 11, 2011

Fresh on the heels of Gordon Boettger’s recent, record-setting soaring adventures, more than 50 glider pilots converged on the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in recent weeks to similarly take advantage of the Owens Valley’s world-class soaring conditions.
No new records have been set locally since Boettger and copilot Hugh Bennett rode a Sierra wave cloud for 2,200 kilometers – approximately 1,367 miles – in 13 hours back in April, claiming the Northern Hemisphere record for distance around three turn-points.

July 7th

Dual immersion program marks 10 years

July 7, 2011

For 10 years now, students at Bishop Elementary School have been given an opportunity to be immersed in a foreign language. This year marks the fifth class of fifth- graders to graduate from the program.
The immersion class is a “unique and exceptional program,” said Teresa Eckland, Bishop Union School District bilingual coordinator. “Learning a second language in childhood is the best time to develop fluency, accurate pronunciation, and a natural ease of expression. They become ‘language experts.’”

Park Service plans bike paths for DV

July 7, 2011

With the help of Inyo County, Death Valley National Park officials are planning to add bike paths within the park to accommodate tourists who rent two-wheelers from Furnace Creek.
Despite concerns that the park would be competing with the county to obtain state and federal grant funding for bike paths, county leaders decided Tuesday to amend the Collaborative Bikeways Plan to incorporate parts of Death Valley.

July 6th

Adventure Trails System bill gaining momentum

July 6, 2011

A proposed Adventure Trails System for Inyo County has passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously and will be heading for the Senate Appropriations Committee later this summer for final approval.
California State Assembly Bill 628, introduced by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, aims to authorize a pilot project in Inyo County to interconnect existing trails designed for off-highway vehicles, such as four wheelers. If approved, the bill will allow OHV users to travel a small distance on surface streets to access amenities such as food and fuel.

Gift of life

July 6, 2011

A local woman is going to give her kidney to someone she hardly knows, and is giving it selflessly.
“I never thought twice or wondered why I should do this,” Tonya Miller said at the home of Stan Summers, the man she plans on donating her kidney to. She said before she even knew she was going to donate, God had spoken to her and told her she was a match and that she could withstand this challenge.
God must have known that Miller is what is known as a “universal donor.” This includes more than her universally accepted type O-negative blood.

Local Marine preparing to deploy

July 6, 2011

With July 4 approaching, Americans are asked to remember the sacrifices that this country’s service members make every day in the name of freedom.
Among those preparing to fight, protect and serve in the name of freedom overseas is Lance Cpl. Caylen S. Vetter, 24, of Bishop.
Vetter, a 2005 Bishop Union High School graduate, is gearing up with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to be deployed to Afghanistan this summer.
Vetter has been in the military for two years.

June 30th

Coast to coast

June 30, 2011

A cross-country trip on U.S. 6 will bring travelers through a number of small towns and across even more scenic stops, but, according to Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Inyo County’s attractions have been some of the best so far.
Yolen-Cohen, a Stamford, Conn. resident and travel writer, is making the trip from Provincetown, Mass. to Long Beach, the traditional beginning and end of U.S. 6. Along the way, she has been blogging about her adventures.

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