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April 7th, 2011

Feds step in with disaster loans for BP

April 7, 2011

The financial cavalry has arrived for victims of the Center Fire.
Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration set up shop in Big Pine at noon on Tuesday to assist community members in applying for federal disaster relief loans.

April 5th

Verdict reached in murder case

April 5, 2011

A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young man’s future will be decided for his alleged role in the death of a relative.
After a month-long trial, Bishop resident Edward Keller, Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Inyo County jury on Friday.
Keller was charged with killing his 29-year-old cousin, James Eugene Williams, at a party on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Attorney Thomas Hardy acted as Keller’s public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Retired county clerk honored with lasting gift

April 5, 2011

Mary Roper may have retired from public service in January, but her presence will be felt in the county seat for decades to come, thanks to the planting of a tree in her honor last week.
Former colleagues and friends gathered on the lawn of the historic Inyo County Courthouse Friday to plant a young Colorado Spruce in recognition of the retired county clerk-recorder’s many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.

Investigators working to ID remains found in Death Valley

April 5, 2011

County officials are working to positively identify three different sets of human remains found in remote areas of southeast Inyo County over the past five months.
Assistant Coroner Jeff Mullenhour has been collaborating with local and out-of-the area forensics experts to match DNA and dental records of the remains to missing persons reports.
Mullenhour is investigating a set of bones located in the Anvil Springs Canyon area, believed to belong to one of four missing German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley in 1996.

April 4th

First-ever beer fest coming to Bishop

April 4, 2011

Inyo County will get its first taste of a craft beer festival this spring.
Bishop will play host to its first microbrew festival Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 in conjunction with the annual Bishop Home Show and Laws Railroad Museum Choo Choo Swap Meet.
Bishop Mikro Bier Fest organizers are currently looking for local residents and businesses who would like to volunteer or sponsor the event.
Currently, event organizer Britta Wichers is working with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Manor Market to attract more breweries and out-of-the-area residents who follow trade beer events.

March 31st

Couple nabbed for drug trafficking

March 31, 2011

A routine traffic stop Monday on U.S. 395 near Manzanar led to the arrest of two Southern California residents on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine through Inyo County on their way to Carson City.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol officers clocked Victoria Wood, 38, and her passenger Joseph Navetta, 41, both of the Long Beach area, traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in a silver Jaguar sedan at about 7 a.m. Monday.

McAteer puts vocational emphasis on ROP courses

March 31, 2011

It’s that time of year in the Golden State when legislators argue about how to divvy up dwindling revenues against the wall of a multi-billion dollar deficit.
While legislators propose to raise or lower taxes, schools must still prepare budgets.

March 29th

Mentors needed in Inyo County

March 29, 2011

Volunteer numbers for the Inyo County Mentor Program continue to rise thanks to efforts by Inyo County Health and Human Services to raise awareness of local youth in need of guidance from older role models.
Health and Human Services is planning an appreciation dinner for the five adult volunteers who are working with or training to work with local youth. The county is also asking anyone who would like to volunteer with the program to sign up for the program.

Alabama Hills group honored

March 29, 2011

Local men and woman who have devoted themselves to caring for one of the Eastern Sierra’s most precious landscapes have been recognized by the Sierra Business Council with a 2011 Vision Award.
Announced earlier this month, the Sierra Vision Award is being accepted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Program as both a validation of the group’s blood, sweat and tears and a source of inspiration as they continue their efforts to preserve and protect the public lands west of Lone Pine.

March 24th

Big Pine relief efforts grow, get organized

March 24, 2011

“Show Big Pine home is where the heart is,” Sherri Newman of Jake’s Saloon said in a press release announcing its own benefit fundraiser for victims of the Center Fire. “The time is now to show our support at home. Bring it in, bring it big, bring it for Big Pine.”
Relief efforts for victims of the blaze continue to be organized, locally and throughout the state. There are fundraisers and clean-ups of all sorts planned for the days and weeks ahead.

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