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October 11th, 2010
The Lone Pine Fire Department will be showing off a returning member of the team at the 21st Annual Lone Pine Film Festival parade on Sunday. The member is a 1934 Chevrolet fire truck, recently found in a private collection and in near-mint condition.
Fire Chief Le Roy Kritz said the truck is quite possibly the first engine the department and district ever owned. He said heâs seen pictures of the 1889 Lone Pine Fire Brigade with pull-along carts, but no engines before this one.
A recent surveying effort has revealed that hiking is the top reason most visitors come to Inyo County, second only to sightseeing.
Mount Whitney, of course, is Inyoâs most popular destination.
The majority of those surveyed said they enjoyed their visit to the area and there was very little that needed to be changed to make the experience better.
The surveys also revealed that most visitors would not change their plans if the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository was in operation.
Recent rain and snow in the Sierra have stopped growth of the Sheep Fire, which has been the source of smoky skies in the Owens Valley since it was ignited by a lightning strike in July.
The blaze has burned 8,962 acres â 5,837 in Sequoia National Forest and 3,125 in Kings Canyon National Park â over the past two and a half months.
The fire began in the southern cliffs above Cedar Grove and has grown predominately to the west.
Members of the Big Pine Tribe are asking the Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council to re-evaluate the way they do business.
The Tribe logged an official complaint late last month claiming the Inyo County-L.A. Standing Committee violated the Brown Act when the Inyo County Board of Supervisors discussed the August Standing Committee meeting in the regular board meeting on Aug. 24 and directed its members on how to vote.
The Tribe is also alleging that, as there were no members of the L.A. City Council present, there was no quorum at the Aug. 27 Standing Committee meeting.
A Mammoth Lakes resident has been arrested for attempted murder and domestic violence after first allegedly claiming to be his brother, then allegedly beating up his girlfriend. To the girlfriendâs dismay, the suspect, Jonathon Anderson, 24, was eventually found hiding under her bed while she slept.
Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reporting that the incident started around 1:40 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.
With the allure of cooler temperatures and a holiday weekend coming, staff at Death Valley National Park are asking visitors to remain aware of the inherent dangers of the heat of the park and its beautiful landscapes that can be dangerous distractions.
Park officials are using one recent day in Death Valley, which saw the rescue of two different parties, as a reminder of dangers facing visitors.
Thanks to recent changes in programs and administration, Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer told the Board of Supervisors that Inyo Countyâs schools are in good shape despite financial challenges and declining enrollment that is threatening one school.
Owens Valley High School, with only 11 students this year, may be facing closure due to a lack of enrollment.
âWe all have declining enrollment, but the Owens Valley High School is nearing lapsation. If it goes into lapsation, it will face disposal of school territory and property,â McAteer said.
From the ashes of a devastating fire comes a new visitors center to welcome people from all over the world into the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest â home to some of the oldest living things on Earth.
It has been two years since an alleged arsonist burnt the log cabin structure to the ground, but now funding has been secured and a contractor has been chosen to begin the re-building process.
Lone Pineâs annual celebration of the countyâs rich film history â and the movies, TV shows and men and women who contributed to this cinematic legacy â returns to the spotlight next weekend.
The classic Lone Pine Film Festival festival highlights, such as the parade and tours in the Alabama Hills, are back on the script this year, joining some new scenes and attractions.
Bishop police investigators are looking into the second burglary of a downtown business in less than a week.
According to Sgt. Dave Jepson, Schat.net, located at 174 N. Main St. was burglarized at about 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.
It appears a burglar or burglars entered the electronic store through the rear door in Whitney Alley.
The thief or thieves stole various electronic items, including new XBox 360 game units that retail for between $300 and $450 each, and iPods. The burglar also stole a roll of receipt paper.