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April 3rd, 2012
Getting a driverâs license may be longed-for rite of passage for many teenagers, but for 16-year-old Wesley Blum, it is ânot a priority.â
Blum has set his sights high, planning to earn his international pilotâs license by passing the Federal Aviation Administrationâs written, practical and oral tests in 2013.
Blum has come a long way since his first flight with family friend George Batchelder four years ago. While the young man isnât exactly sure when he caught the flying bug, Blum recalled that he âwatched (the movie) âTop Gunâ every single day as a kid.â
The scarred landscape was the first to recover after the Center Fire blew through Big Pine just over a year ago.
Mert Stewartâs pasture, blackened from fence line to fence line, sprouted green shoots within weeks. The skeletal trees above grazing land south of Baker Creek Road are shrouded in a pale green haze after lying dormant for the past year. Nature has a way of healing itself and so, to an extent, do the people who spent the night of March 18, 2011 wondering what they would come back to the next morning.
Lone Pine is inviting the community to save the date of April 14 for the communityâs first annual Alabama Hills Day, hosted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group.
The Stewardship Group has planned a full day worth of tours in the Hills, lectures on local history at the Lone Pine Museum of Film History and information sharing between different user groups who love the Hills.
Alabama Hills Day will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Commercial stock packers have found themselves, again, between a rock and hard place.
In response to a lawsuit filed by the High Sierra Hikers Association, the federal court has curtailed permits for commercial stock operators in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and that ruling may extend to all commercial uses of designated Wilderness areas within the Park.
âThe economic impact would be devastating,â said Craig London of Mt. Whitney Pack Trains and Rock Creek Pack Station. âIf packers are shut out of the Park for a year or two, we canât recover. This is a business, not a hobby.â
Despite environmental concerns being voiced about the Digital 395 broadband project, a spokesperson for the developer said work will be moving forward with little or no delay.
Elizabeth Glazner, communications director for Praxis Associates, said agencies such as the California Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service have raised a number of concerns about potential impacts resulting from Digital 395, which aims to construct a 583-mile fiber-optic underground cable network along U.S. 395 from Barstow to Carson City.
Incidents of domestic violence and sexual assault are on the rise and their tidal wave effects hit not only abused victims, but also the perpetrators, their families and communities, and society as a whole.
In response to these escalating social maladiesâ associated costs â emotional, physical, psychological and even financial â Wild Iris will be holding a workshop and certified crisis counselor training in coming days to educate the community.
The current job market slump called for Career Connections Job Fair presenters to get creative by encouraging job seekers to do the same.
While the pickings for actual employment opportunities offered at the March 16 job fair were slim, the message, especially from service agencies, was clear: looking for a job is a full time job – so develop a strategy and use it.
In an effort to make Inyo Countyâs recreational opportunities available for all, the Advocates for Access to Public Lands and the Bishop Lions Club recently completed an ADA accessible fishing deck at Rawson Pond No. 3.
While the deck is complete, AAPL and a handful of community volunteers are still working on rehabilitation projects at Buckley and Rawson ponds and, according to Project Coordinator and AAPL President Dick Noles, the fishery will not be in top shape for about a year.
As the U.S. Forest Service prepares to move forward with implementation of a new planning rule on the Inyo, Inyo County leaders are demanding that the federal agency gives local leaders a seat at the table as decisions on the plan are made.
With a little help from one of the worldâs most famous skateboarders, the Lone Pine Skate Park Project is moving forward.
According to project organizer Lynne Bunn, the Tony Hawk Foundation recently announced that it will be donating $10,000 to the skate park fund.