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July 11th, 2011
Fresh on the heels of Gordon Boettger’s recent, record-setting soaring adventures, more than 50 glider pilots converged on the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in recent weeks to similarly take advantage of the Owens Valley’s world-class soaring conditions.
No new records have been set locally since Boettger and copilot Hugh Bennett rode a Sierra wave cloud for 2,200 kilometers – approximately 1,367 miles – in 13 hours back in April, claiming the Northern Hemisphere record for distance around three turn-points.
For 10 years now, students at Bishop Elementary School have been given an opportunity to be immersed in a foreign language. This year marks the fifth class of fifth- graders to graduate from the program.
The immersion class is a âunique and exceptional program,â said Teresa Eckland, Bishop Union School District bilingual coordinator. âLearning a second language in childhood is the best time to develop fluency, accurate pronunciation, and a natural ease of expression. They become âlanguage experts.ââ
With the help of Inyo County, Death Valley National Park officials are planning to add bike paths within the park to accommodate tourists who rent two-wheelers from Furnace Creek.
Despite concerns that the park would be competing with the county to obtain state and federal grant funding for bike paths, county leaders decided Tuesday to amend the Collaborative Bikeways Plan to incorporate parts of Death Valley.
A proposed Adventure Trails System for Inyo County has passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee unanimously and will be heading for the Senate Appropriations Committee later this summer for final approval.
California State Assembly Bill 628, introduced by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, aims to authorize a pilot project in Inyo County to interconnect existing trails designed for off-highway vehicles, such as four wheelers. If approved, the bill will allow OHV users to travel a small distance on surface streets to access amenities such as food and fuel.
A local woman is going to give her kidney to someone she hardly knows, and is giving it selflessly.
âI never thought twice or wondered why I should do this,â Tonya Miller said at the home of Stan Summers, the man she plans on donating her kidney to. She said before she even knew she was going to donate, God had spoken to her and told her she was a match and that she could withstand this challenge.
God must have known that Miller is what is known as a âuniversal donor.â This includes more than her universally accepted type O-negative blood.
With July 4 approaching, Americans are asked to remember the sacrifices that this countryâs service members make every day in the name of freedom.
Among those preparing to fight, protect and serve in the name of freedom overseas is Lance Cpl. Caylen S. Vetter, 24, of Bishop.
Vetter, a 2005 Bishop Union High School graduate, is gearing up with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to be deployed to Afghanistan this summer.
Vetter has been in the military for two years.
A cross-country trip on U.S. 6 will bring travelers through a number of small towns and across even more scenic stops, but, according to Malerie Yolen-Cohen, Inyo Countyâs attractions have been some of the best so far.
Yolen-Cohen, a Stamford, Conn. resident and travel writer, is making the trip from Provincetown, Mass. to Long Beach, the traditional beginning and end of U.S. 6. Along the way, she has been blogging about her adventures.
The geothermal project in Southern Inyo County has had its credit rating reduced due to lowered energy capacity and output, and mounting debt.
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Coso Geothermalâs rating from a âB+â to âB.â
According to Standard and Poorâs, another credit rating firm, âcredit ratings are not investment advice, or buy, hold, or sell recommendations. They are just one factor investors may consider in making investment decisions.â
Fun, friends and fireworks are just some of the attractions residents will find at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop this year as the Bishop Volunteer Fire Departments hosts its annual Independence Day fireworks show.
Itâs a celebration that almost wasnât this year, when the department considered cancelling the traditional festivities due to budget and manpower concerns â essentially the drain the show puts on both.
In the end, and hoping the community will pitch in with gate fees and donations, the volunteer firefighters decided the show must go on.
Local leaders are looking to the public for input on where supervisorial districts should be drawn.
Every 10 years, after the federal census is complete, the county is required to review its district boundaries and, if the population change found by the census shows a shift in the countyâs population, re-draw the boundaries to be sure each county supervisor is serving approximately the same number of citizens.
According to Planning Director Josh Hart, each supervisor must represent between 17 and 23 percent of the population.