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November 21st, 2011
High winds and blowing dust are responsible for three different collisions on U.S. 395 Friday that prompted the closure of the highway for a short time.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, high winds blew a dust storm over U.S. 395 between Independence and Big Pine, creating unsafe driving conditions that led to the collisions.
The first collision occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when Michael Quinn, 68, was traveling northbound in a 1990 Dodge Ram.
With the Adventure Trails dual-use route system process moving along, county leaders met with Public Works staff to decide how it will handle its responsibilities in approving county roads in the system.
The Adventure Trails system aims to allow green-sticker off-highway vehicle users to travel up to 10 miles on county roads to access in-town amenities, such as food and fuel, and off-road destinations. To complete the system, the Board of Supervisors will be required to review and approve each selected route that will be on a county road.
Brent Kennedy likes to say there are a thousand ways to ruin a good cup of coffee.
He should know.
For the past 15 years, the Owens Valley native and Bishop High School graduate has been evolving from a self-described heavy-on-the-cream-and-sugar guy to one of the most respected roast masters in the country.
The Bishop City Council heard from an unexpected guest while discussing an agenda item on Monday, the annexation process of approximately 15 acres near Hanby Street to the city.
The parcel is owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and scheduled for eventual release under the Long-Term Water Agreement, but not â€śscheduled for releaseâ€ť as written in the agenda item, said Inyo County Second District Supervisor Susan Cash.
Inyo County residents have an opportunity to get in the giving spirit next week by making a local youngsterâ€™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 Jennyâ€™s Cafe in Independence; and at El Dorado Savings and the Espresso Parlor in Lone Pine.
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.
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.
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.
The local branch of the Salvation Army is in the eye of the Thanksgiving tornado â€“ 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.
There is an empty bit of privately owned land in northern Inyo County thatâ€™s ready for housing development â€“ 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 thatâ€™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 â€śArborsâ€ť â€“ the name of the original project that included 22 town homes at the busy intersection.