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September 22nd, 2011

Firms invited to get in line for Digital 395 jobs

September 22, 2011

High-speed broadband capability is coming to Inyo County and local contractors and vendors are being asked to help speed it along.
According to Dan Stone, president of the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association, the California Broadband Cooperative, Inc., which is funding the Digital 395 project, is working with the OVCVA to ensure local businesses are on board and have first dibs on economy-boosting contracts the project will bring.

Inyo-Mono tours being offered

September 22, 2011

What started as an effort to educate those on the front-lines of Inyo’s tourist-based economy about local attractions, has blossomed into a series of tours open to anyone and everyone interested in some of the area’s more overlooked destinations.
Based on the success of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Frontline Tourist Providers Tours” in August, which saw hotel, visitors center and other service industry employees taking advantage of the opportunity to better assist tourists, the Chamber has launched a similar program for the public at large.

Cultural festival returns to Bishop Reservation

September 22, 2011

An inter-tribal gathering, a sharing of different tribal cultures, a dance, social party, spiritual event and for some a way of life – a pow wow is a combination of all these things, according to Wanda Summers, one of the organizers of this year’s 31st Annual Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow to be held on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation this weekend.

September 20th

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.

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