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April 18th, 2011

Pilgrimage to honor civil rights pioneers

April 18, 2011

From its humble and passionate beginnings in 1969, the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage has become more than just a way to honor those who were interned at the camp. It has also become a way to honor those who continue to fight for reparations and civil rights, and those who are committed to preserving the memory of the World War II Japanese internment camps that serve as an example of how fragile civil rights in America are.

April 14th

Survey says … residents would prefer higher dump fee to tax hike

April 14, 2011

Inyo officials are preparing to decide how to deal with a $600,000 deficit for county integrated waste management.
Inyo County Integrated Waste hosted three public meetings in February, one each in Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, to discuss the possibility of raising fees or reducing hours at local landfills to help close the budget gap. The meetings were met with little, and in some cases, zero interest from citizens,

Community Garden taking root in Independence

April 14, 2011

New life and hope are the themes this year in Independence, where committed residents, working together with Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action, Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, and Owens Valley Unified School District, have come together to create an oasis in the midst of the desert – or in this case, a garden in the midst of what has been in past years a parking lot and a baseball field.

Zoning issue sparks concern about homeless

April 14, 2011

A zoning move taken by the City of Bishop earlier this week sparked concern from residents over the potential opening of homeless shelters in their neighborhoods.
As mandated by state law, the city must allow zoning for emergency shelters within the city limits. Although there are no plans to develop any such facility, citizens expressed trepidation that the city was giving a greenlight to the development of homeless shelters.

April 12th

Coronor makes positive ID on remains

April 12, 2011

Local authorities have positively identified one of three sets of human remains located in southeast Inyo County in the past several months.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour announced last week that remains located in the Badwater region of Death Valley are those of Carson City resident Norman Cox.
Cox was reported missing in August of 2010 after his family received a suicide note posted from Death Valley.
Local law enforcement conducted a search of the Death Valley area in August of that year, but was unable to locate any signs of Cox and eventually called off the search.

Traffic stop yields pounds of pot

April 12, 2011

Bishop police officers arrested an Arizona man on felony drug charges last week after following up on reports of someone smoking marijuana in public.
Rex Alan Hornbaker, 56, was arrested on Monday, April 4 for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.
Police officers made a traffic stop on Hornbaker’s vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. after a concerned resident reported witnessing a man smoking marijuana near Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market on Main Street.

Earth Day fete to focus on a self-sustaining Bishop

April 12, 2011

Residents of and visitors to Bishop are invited to celebrate Earth Day next Saturday at a first-ever event geared toward bringing both fun and awareness to downtown Bishop.
According to organizers, the Earth Day event will be a way to celebrate the environment, as well as boost awareness of local businesses.
There will be live music, food vendors, artisans and craftsmen, fun for the kids and more than 40 educational, informational and non-profit booths.

April 11th

Nationwide health rankings a ‘tool’ for IDing local problems

April 11, 2011

A recent survey ranking the health conditions of U.S. counties reveals mixed results for Inyo.
In the same study, titled “County Health Rankings,” Inyo is ranked second for “clinical care” and “physical environment” but 50th out of 56 counties for “health outcomes.”
Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson said this year’s rankings will be compared to last year’s rankings to see what can be gleaned from the information.

April 7th

Financial aid sought for terminal cancer patient

April 7, 2011

Local cancer patient Sandra “Sandee” Dohnel Moore never needed help before, her friends explained, and it was even harder for her to ask for it. So her friends are doing it for her.
Moore has terminal breast cancer and her doctors have told her she only has a short time to live. To make matters worse, her friends said, Moore is having trouble paying the bills, let alone setting anything aside – as grim as it sounds – for inevitable funeral costs she doesn’t want to burden loved ones with.

County fireworks ban shot down

April 7, 2011

Inyo leaders rejected a suggestion Tuesday to implement heightened regulations on fireworks in the county.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney brought a request to the board in hopes of banning the use of fireworks in areas of the county that do not have fire protection districts. The use of fireworks within fire protection districts would have been allowed at the discretion of local fire chiefs.

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