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September 20th, 2011

Scott receives Gov.’s Medal of Valor

September 20, 2011

Inyo County Sheriff’s Investigator Shane Scott was among 13 first responders to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, California’s highest public safety award, for their bravery and commitment to the people of California. Above, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (l) joins Governor Jerry Brown (r) in presenting the award to Scott on Sept. 14 in Sacramento. Scott has received many commendations following his selfless act of pulling 22-year-old Derek Thomas from a burning vehicle on Aug. 9, 2010.

Tecopa losing its post office?

September 20, 2011

Federal officials are considering closing the Tecopa Post Office while residents in that community fight to keep it.
The U.S. Postal Service has posted a notice to customers in Tecopa that it is proposing to close the local office and consolidate operations with Baker 50 miles away.
“We’re studying it right now, looking at the advantages, disadvantages and savings, so it is important for customers there to speak up,” U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Eva Jackson said.

Impending road work sparks concern for ancient burial sites

September 20, 2011

Road construction will soon start in and around Fort Independence. The work will include the building of a new, full-access semi-truck-friendly entrance into the Winnedumah Winn’s Casino and resurfacing of roads on the Fort Independence Reservation proper.
There have been concerns from some tribal members and land owners that the project will disturb Native American archaeological and burial sites. Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians Chairperson Israel Naylor said through a spokesperson he “ensures” that all measures have been taken not to disturb any archaeological sites.

Grants awarded for water projects in Inyo and Mono

September 20, 2011

Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.

September 16th

Adventure Trails bill on governor’s desk

September 16, 2011

A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.

Caltrans’ Olancha/Cartago decision a balancing act

September 16, 2011

Caltrans’ decision to construct a bypass around two Southern Inyo communities not only doesn’t disregard the public’s wishes, as alleged, but was made with the public’s best interests in mind, according to the agency.
District 9 officials said this week that public input was carefully considered and local groups were heavily involved in the process used to select a preferred route for the Olancha/Cartago Four-Lane Project.

Big Pine fire contained at 5,000-plus acres

September 16, 2011

Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.

September 15th

Fire scorches 2,000 acres south of Big Pine

September 15, 2011

A fire south of Big Pine had burned 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and was reportedly 15 percent contained. While there have been no reports of any lightning in the area at the time the blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 500 personnel have been assigned to the help fight the fire.
There is a standing evacuation advisory in place for residents who live in southwest Big Pine and several roads remained closed, including Crocker/Glacier Lodge west of West Street, Pole Line Road and McMurry Meadows Road.

Blood drive in Bishop

September 15, 2011

Less than a week after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, which spurred the country’s most profuse blood donations in recent memory, United Blood Services is asking residents to support its fall blood drive.
United Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
According to Donor Recruitment Representative Jan McKee, “we’ve only gotten two appointments scheduled for the drive, but we’re hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.”

Millpond Music Festival kicks off 20th year Friday

September 15, 2011

Live, eclectic music and cultural connections will be set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada this weekend at the 20th annual Millpond Music Festival.
In addition to musical acts including the Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, The Bills, the Joe Craven Trio and world famous Los Lobos, this year’s festival will feature food and art vendors, kids crafts and two authentic cultural villages.

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