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August 1st, 2011

If you make it, bake it or grow it, the Fair wants it

August 1, 2011

Now is the time for residents planning to enter exhibits into a Tri-County Fair contest to begin preparing their homemade, homegrown and handcrafted items.
Fair organizers recently released 1,500 copies of the Exhibitor’s Guidebook, which outlines the deadlines, rules and regulations for each of the hundreds of exhibitor contest categories.
The guidebooks are available at a number of local merchants, including Ben Franklin’s and Wye Road Feed and Supply in Bishop.

July 28th

City studies mobility in Bishop

July 28, 2011

The City of Bishop is updating its goals and objectives for transportation in the city, with public input the primary contributor to the new draft. Dubbed the Mobility Element, part of the city’s General Plan, it will help guide the city toward meeting those objectives, funding permitted.
The city is asking for more public input on this issue that will define how people will get around the city – on foot and by bike, bus, car or truck – in the future.
The element covers every facet of transportation, be it sidewalks, bike paths, semi-truck traffic or pedestrian safety.

Los Lobos to close out Millpond festival

July 28, 2011

This year’s Millpond Music Festival will feature just another band from East L.A. – Los Lobos. The band will close out the 20th Annual Millpond Music Festival on Sunday night, Sept. 18.
The band is best known for covering “La Bamba” for the movie of the same name, but the band has been honing its own brand of music – a mix of rock and roll, Mexican folklore, country, pop, blues, ethereal psychedelia and gorgeous ballads – for more than three decades.

July 27th

Opposition to Trails bill comes from SoCal

July 27, 2011

A group of Southern California residents is hoping to “bury” the Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails legislation as it winds through various state Senate committees on its way to becoming law.
Introduced as AB 628 by Assemblywoman Connie Conway, the bill aims to designate a number of local county roads as dual use, allowing licensed and insured riders of green sticker off-highway vehicles to travel up to 10 miles on paved roads to reach amenities such as food and gas, and travel back out to legal OHV routes.

Inyo County turning heads at State Fair

July 27, 2011

Inyo County’s wonders and attractions are on display and drawing crowds at the California State Fair in Sacramento.
This year’s exhibit, “Camp Inyo,” has caught the eye of fair judges, community leaders from across the state and the thousands of potential tourists who attend the annual expo.

July 25th

County upholds Coso Geo decision

July 25, 2011

County leaders decided Tuesday that the Coso Operating Company’s Hydrological Mitigation Monitoring Plan is adequate in addressing potential environmental impacts created by its pumping of water for use at its geothermal energy plant.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved a Conditional Use Permit in 2009 to allow the Coso Operating Company to pump groundwater from two existing wells on its Hay Ranch in Rose Valley and transport it via pipeline to Coso’s geothermal plant at China Lake Naval Weapons Station.

Fundraiser planned for local cancer victim

July 25, 2011

A small bump felt under an arm has in a matter of a couple months turned a family upside down.
Cancer has reared its ugly head in Southern Inyo, inflicting 30-year-old Kristin Palmer, wife and mother of four from Lone Pine.
Palmer is at the City of Hope in Duarte undergoing her first of 16 weeks of chemotherapy and then radiation treatments. Her cousin, Michelle Hykes, said despite the battery of tests and biopsies, doctors are still unsure exactly what kind of cancer Palmer has. It may be Stage III breast cancer or Stage IV lung cancer, Hykes said.

July 21st

Local girls hope to dance in Idaho pow wow

July 21, 2011

Two local girls have been traveling all summer, going to pow wows and representing the Owens Valley.
Now the two, Junior Miss Pabanamanina and Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe, want to dance and represent their communities, cultures and tribes at a giant Idaho pow wow and are hoping the public can help them get there.
Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe Bailee Piper, 13, and 11-year-old Aurora Toledo, Junior Miss Pabanamanina, have set their sights on the 48th Annual Shoshone Bannock Festival on the Fort Hall Reservation, Fort Hall, Ida.

Implementation of Travel Management Plan begins

July 21, 2011

Crews with the Inyo National Forest have begun converting words on paper from the 2009 Travel Management Decision into actual, on-the-ground actions.
As residents travel through the Inyo National Forest this summer they will likely see a diverse array of volunteers, partners and forest crews placing signs on newly designated routes, disguising and blocking unauthorized roads and fixing problem sections of system routes to ensure that they will be stable and can remain open for motorized use.

Waiver would benefit Big Pine residents rebuilding after fire

July 21, 2011

County leaders decided Tuesday to hold off on a motion that would waive building permit fees for residents of Big Pine who are rebuilding after the Center Fire earlier this year.
The potential move comes on the heels of Inyo County Public Works receiving requests from fire victims to waive certain building code provisions, such as snow load requirements and fire safety measures that were not required of older homes due to a grandfather clause.

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