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February 16th, 2012

County’s mid-year budget outlook cautiously optimistic

February 16, 2012

Halfway through the fiscal year, and Inyo County seems to be doing better than many California counties – at least according to initial reports from department heads.
“The crystal ball is very murky,” County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said, “the budget is far from being in the red at this juncture. Things are looking pretty good, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty.”
Carunchio said much of that uncertainty comes from instability at the state level.

February 14th

County to weigh budget matters

February 14, 2012

County leaders will meet today to discuss mid-year budget updates and consider potential raises for staff at the Coroner’s Office.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board is scheduled to discuss the mid-year financial report and approve specific budget action items and recommendations discussed in the report.
The discussion is scheduled to take place at 9:15 a.m.

Powder day for Mammoth

February 14, 2012

The latest in a series of brief winter storms dumped eight inches of snow at the Mono County resort since Saturday, bringing the base at the mountain to an estimated 3-5 feet – above the ski area’s dismal levels earlier this winter (1.5-2.5 feet) but still far below where it was this time last winter (8.5-14.5 feet). Ski area prognosticators expected another seven inches of the white stuff before the day was over Monday, but according to other forecasts, that could be all she wrote for the rest of the week.

Candidate filing period begins today

February 14, 2012

Feb. 14 may be Valentine’s Day, but in this election year, it also brings one more milestone along the road to the June 5 Primary.
Today marks the opening of the official filing period for Declaration of Candidacy papers, the next step in a political hopeful guaranteeing his or herself a spot on the June ballot.
The opening of the candidacy period may also signal the start of races for seats on the Inyo County Board of Education and both the Democratic and Republican central committees.

Burn projects to continue in Lone Pine

February 14, 2012

CalFire and the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council are joining forces to protect residents from wildfire danger.
The two agencies are planning to take advantage of recent winter moisture to complete a series of burn projects this week.
“These projects are necessary to reduce the overgrowth of decadent vegetation that has occurred in that area which will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine,” a press release from CalFire states.

February 13th

Jill Kinmont Boothe mourned at 75

February 13, 2012

Inyo Country is mourning the loss of one of its most inspiring residents and a pillar of the community.
Jill Kinmont Boothe, born Feb. 16, 1936, passed away from complications related to surgery Thursday, Feb. 9.
Boothe was born in Los Angles but grew up in Bishop, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain and earning herself a spot in the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. And even when that dream was cut short by a tragic accident, Boothe proved resilient and unstoppable – carving out for herself a legacy of fearlessness, compassion, determination, generosity, success and gentle spirit.

Changes coming to elections

February 13, 2012

Voters can expect major changes on the statewide political scene this election year as new legislation takes effect and the results of last year’s Census-related redistricting become more fully realized.
Impacts from the redrawn political districts throughout California – affecting legislative representation in the state Senate and Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives – will be seen as early as the June 5 Primary election, which will decide the frontrunners for the Nov. 6 General Election.

County unveils new tool in vermin fight

February 13, 2012

Residents who struggle with rodent problems in the spring and summer months in Inyo County now have a new resource that will teach them the best way to handle rats, rabbits, squirrels and other pests.
Peter Newman, a staff research associate with the University of California, was in Inyo County earlier this week setting up a digital learning center at the Agricultural Department to familiarize residents about the safest and most effective methods of dealing with rodent problems.

February 9th

Inyo supports clean air projects

February 9, 2012

County leaders endorsed three proposals for Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District grants Tuesday.
The Inyo County Planning and Public Works departments are each planning to submit applications for the Clean Air Projects Program grants, while a grant application of the Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action now has the support of the county behind it.
According to Darren Malloy of IMACA, the non-profit agency is currently offering assistance to residents who wish to replace old, inefficient wood-burning stoves with modern heaters that result in less pollutants.

Resident nabbed on rape charges

February 9, 2012

A Bishop man is being held in county jail this week for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child – 17 years after being convicted on similar charges.
Deputies with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department arrested Richard Ferrell Andreas, Sr. on Friday, Feb. 3 for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14.
The 51-year-old Andreas, a resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, was transported to Inyo County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

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