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November 18th, 2011

Wish Trees sprout throughout Inyo next week

November 18, 2011

Inyo County residents have an opportunity to get in the giving spirit next week by making a local youngster’s Christmas wish come true.
The 16th Annual Wish Tree program will kick off Wednesday when Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action sets up Wish Trees at The Inyo Register, Mountain Light Gallery, AltaOne and Studio 27 in Bishop; Hi-Country Market and Hardware in Big Pine; at Jenny’s Cafe in Independence; and at El Dorado Savings and the Espresso Parlor in Lone Pine.

November 17th

County funds $100K in project grants

November 17, 2011

County leaders approved $100,000 worth of Community Project Sponsorship Grants to help promote tourism Tuesday.
According to County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant, there were 30 applications seeking funding for various community events submitted by local chambers of commerce and community groups.
Of the 30 applications, only 22 received funding.

Turning feedback into greenbacks

November 17, 2011

Information gleaned from a retail analysis of Bishop businesses done earlier this year is still pertinent and valuable to local commerce, said members of both the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
The chamber and OVCVA will be holding a series of workshops in January and February 2012 to discuss the report completed by The Retail Coach and other ways to boost business in town. Questionnaires are being sent out in anticipation of the workshops, asking business owners and retailers what information they want to hear.

BP Tribe planning travel plaza

November 17, 2011

Tribal leaders and the Big Pine Tribal Development Corporation have plans to stimulate the local economy and create at least 40 new jobs.
Mark Tillemans, director of the Tribal Development Corp., said he is working with the tribe to construct a truck stop at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Butcher Lane in Big Pine.
The truck stop would feature a 2,500 square-foot casino, four commercial fueling islands, six passenger vehicle fueling islands, a 6,000 square-foot convenience store, a 1,750 square-foot dining area and a lounge, laundry facilities and showers for long-haul truckers.

November 15th

Salvation Army gears up for holidays

November 15, 2011

The local branch of the Salvation Army is in the eye of the Thanksgiving tornado – gathering donations, swirling turkeys, pies and stuffing into gift baskets and organizing the whirlwind of basket deliveries to families in need from Walker to Lone Pine and beyond next Monday.
And, in the midst of the Thanksgiving rush, the Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas holiday which will include distributing more food baskets along with clothes and gifts to needy families.

Developers say water holding up project

November 15, 2011

There is an empty bit of privately owned land in northern Inyo County that’s ready for housing development – if only the water were turned on.
According to the owners of the plot located behind Value Sports in Bishop, they are hoping to join the Meadowcreek Mutual Water Company in order to proceed with a development that’s been stalled for the past six years.
The narrow strip of property at the corner of North Barlow Lane and North Sierra Highway has come to be known as the “Arbors” – the name of the original project that included 22 town homes at the busy intersection.

Quintet rescued in Death Valley

November 15, 2011

Several hikers were rescued from the wilds of Death Valley late last week after becoming lost and then stranded.
Inyo County Search and Rescue personnel along with Death Valley National Park rangers headed up a successful search effort Friday that resulted in the return of five young adults to safety from the area of Telescope Peak.

November 14th

Scholarships to Cerro Coso now available

November 14, 2011

Local residents hoping to enroll at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop have an opportunity to catch a full ride this year.
Now in its 17th year, the Eastern Sierra Foundation is preparing to offer scholarships designed to ease the burden of obtaining a college education.
The Eastern Sierra Foundation Scholarship is available to any Inyo County, Chalfant or Benton resident who has lived in California for at least a year. The Foundation will pay full tuition and up to $300 for textbooks for eligible students planning to attend Cerro Coso full-time (12 units or more per semester).

Residents floating their own sewer rate proposal

November 14, 2011

Rather than merely oppose a proposed sewer rate increase, residents in Big Pine have drafted an alternative plan that they say will be easier on the pocketbook during these tough economic times.
The group of long-time residents and community advocates said the rate increase proposed by the Big Pine Community Services District is both “excessive” and “oppressive.” Tom Phifer used those two words over and over again when talking about the proposed increase during an interview at the home of fellow opponent Bob Steele.

Supes split over Inyo film commish contract

November 14, 2011

Local leaders were at odds Tuesday when the issue of renewing the contract for the Inyo County film commissioner was brought to light.
The board was scheduled to approve a $40,000, one-year contract to retain Film Commissioner Chris Langley as a sole source provider for his services – but the issues of the perception of fairness versus preservation of valuable expertise collided at the dais.
When the county approves a sole source provider, it does not submit a Request for Proposals for the position in question, and does no outside recruitment.

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