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June 28th, 2011

A life lost: Rambeau’s family speaks out

June 28, 2011

The murder trail stemming from the death of James Eric Rambeau, Jr. in June 2009 has included many tangents, such as the revelation of questionable behavior at the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office, the use of a widely mistrusted jailhouse informant, threats against D.A. Art Maillet and arresting officers, bomb threats at the jail, and a change of venue for the trial from Inyo to Ventura counties.

Caltech’s valley site in line for more ‘ears’

June 28, 2011

The famous Owens Valley “Big Ears” site is about to get even bigger.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology is planning to expand operations at the California Institute of Technology Radio Observatory north of Big Pine by adding a new set of radio telescopes.

June 23rd

Bishop hosts successful state high school rodeo finals

June 23, 2011

With the backdrop of the Eastern Sierra, still covered in snow, and the citizens of Bishop wearing “Welcome Home” T-shirts, the California High School Rodeo Association held its State Finals June 13-17.
Fast runs were made, champions were named and the entire week was a huge success. Behind the scenes, many people worked hard to see that success happen.

No state budget equals no pay for lawmakers

June 23, 2011

Legislators of the Golden State have yet to pass a budget and now these elected officials will not get paid for each day it continues to go unbalanced and unsigned by the governor.
State Controller John Chiang decided this week to enforce two separate voter-approved measures: one that requires a balanced budget and one that holds lawmakers accountable for failing to meet the first mandate.

County seat celebrating ‘Passport to Freedom’

June 23, 2011

Inyo’s county seat of Independence is not only appropriately named for Fourth of July celebrations, but the residents there work overtime to make sure the Southern Inyo town is the place to celebrate America’s birthday.
That extra effort results each year in patriotic and otherwise July 4-themed action from morning through the night with a flag-raising, parade, barbecue, kids games, arts and crafts fair, a marathon and a pyrotechnics display at the Independence Airport.

Is there room in Inyo for big solar?

June 23, 2011

In a county where only 2 percent of the land is owned by private citizens, finding a large parcel of property for development can be a difficult task.

June 21st

New watch dogs lined up for Inyo County

June 21, 2011

Inyo County will be watched by a new set of eyes when the 2011-12 Grand Jurors is sworn in on July 5.
The group of 11 residents commits an entire year to working on an annual report, a summary of investigations of departments and functions in the county and the cities and towns therein, brought to their attention by citizens.
The jurors’ mission statement states it “will act as the public’s ‘watchdog’ by investigating the affairs of government” and “(w)ill judiciously investigate all allegations against and misconduct by public officials.”

‘Happy Days’ are coming soon

June 21, 2011

Today marks the first day of summer and organizers at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair already have many of the logistics ironed out for this year’s much-anticipated event.
Officials have confirmed that the popular Russell Brother’s Circus and Discovering Science shows will be returning and flavors for various cooking and baking contests have been selected.
The theme for this year’s event is “Happy Days are Yours and Mine,” and event organizers are planning a ’50s theme reflecting the good old days of the hit TV show “Happy Days.”

June 20th

Comment sought on bighorn sheep plan

June 20, 2011

Residents are being asked to weigh in on the fate of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep as officials consider a new monitoring program that includes helicopters and radio tracking devices.
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service-Inyo National Forest, is seeking public comments about a proposal to conduct population monitoring, research and translocation of federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Ceremony honors sheriff’s personnel

June 20, 2011

Inyo County residents were afforded a rare glimpse this week of the internal honor code and hierarchy of the cadre of men and women sworn to protect them.
Virtually every available sheriff’s deputy was on hand Thursday for a formal promotion and inspection ceremony that was equal parts pomp and circumstance, and rigid discipline.
In addition to conducting a formal personnel inspection, Sheriff Bill Lutze and other administrative officials promoted two deputies for their outstanding service and welcomed two new recruits into their ranks.

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