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July 27th, 2011

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.

July 20th

USDA offering farm aid for 2009 losses

July 20, 2011

Farmers who suffered significant production losses in 2009 due to drought or other natural disasters could be eligible for federal aid.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the 2009 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program.
According to USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Klint Koble, “The SURE program compensates producers for production and/or quality losses during times of disaster. All producers who have experienced crop production and/or crop quality losses must apply for SURE program benefits by the July 29 deadline.”

County, courts hammer out new service contract

July 20, 2011

County leaders and state court officials have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the responsibilities of each entity as they work together to provide court services to rural Inyo County.
Since the State of California assumed responsibility for the operation and funding of the Superior Court, the county has continued to provide certain services to the court under an MOU, including bailiff services provided by the Sheriff’s Department.

July 15th

Buttermilk area in need of ‘facilities’?

July 15, 2011

Everybody does it, even climbers, hikers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts. And, there are so many of them doing it in Buttermilk area that the Forest Service is thinking about putting in facilities – yes, toilets – near the popular climbing boulders.
The Inyo National Forest is wrapping up a public comment period on its proposal to construct up to two permanent, vault toilets near the Buttermilk climbing area. The proposal provides two possible locations for the toilets: the first at Birthday Boulders and the second, if needed in the future, at the Borrow Pit.

Teen follows his dreams to Julliard

July 15, 2011

It may sound like a clichéd movie plot: a small-town boy, following his dream, practices diligently, puts his heart and soul into his work, overcomes the odds and earns the chance to make his dream a reality.
But this is no Hollywood script, it’s the real life of Bishop teen Andrew Hallenbeck, who got to audition with the prestigious Juilliard School.
Hallenbeck was vying for one of just a 150 or so spots among thousands of applicants from more than 40 countries. And – spoiler alert – the kid knows what he wants, and knows how to get it.

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