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August 2nd, 2011

ESLT program targets Owens Valley visitors

August 2, 2011

A local volunteer is attempting to fill a gap that has been left by federal budget cuts and limited recreational opportunities for visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
David Woodruff, deputy director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, will be kicking off a weekly program for visitors that will tell the story of the Owens Valley, from its humble beginnings as a frontier community, to its agricultural boom to its present state as a vacation destination for people from all over the world.

August 1st

Smoke from West Side fire raises residents’ ire

August 1, 2011

Fire officials say the Lion Fire, which has been the source of smoky and hazy skies in Inyo County for the past several weeks, has grown to 16,350 acres.
The National Park Service, in response to a number of complaints from Eastern Sierra residents about smoke impacts from the fire, has scheduled a public meeting in Southern Inyo next week.
At times, smoke from the fire has completely obscured the view of the Sierra from the communities of Lone Pine and Independence.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1 at the Boulder Creek Resort on U.S. 395 south of Lone Pine.

Adopt-A-Creek has planted its last Alpers

August 1, 2011

The program that has brought more than a half-million dollars worth of Alpers trout to the streams and ponds in the high-country west of Bishop has dried up.
Adopt-A-Creek organizers announced this week there will not be a future plant of the trophy fish and the program will come to an end Aug. 15 after a 17-year run.

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.

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