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July 15th, 2011

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.

July 14th

Inyo County balks at DWP pumping totals

July 14, 2011

Local leaders are contesting the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s operations projections for the coming year.
The county has initiated legal action requesting that the LADWP reduce the amount of groundwater it plans to pump from the Owens Valley over the next 12 months.
In its annual Owens Valley Operations and Pumping Plan, the LADWP said it planned to pump 91,000 acre-feet of groundwater from the valley, the highest level of groundwater pumping by LADWP since 1989.

Residents aid ailing veteran

July 14, 2011

“There are still people out here in America, in these small towns, that still take care of veterans,” an emotional Bruce Scott said after a group from the community donated and set up an exercise pool for the Vietnam veteran. “I’m still pinching myself, I can’t believe it.”

Deputy attacked by dog while investigating bomb threat

July 14, 2011

An alleged bomb threat that turned into a foot pursuit and then a dog attack on a deputy and the arrest of three local residents, kept local law enforcement busy for a couple hours in Bishop on Monday night.
Christina Perez, 28, Joel Soto, 19, and a 16-year-old male, all of Bishop, were arrested on charges ranging from resisting arrest to battery on a peace officer.
The juvenile was cited and released to his parents.
Perez was booked to Inyo County Jail on charges of allegedly resisting arrest with bail set at $5,000. She was also held on $200,000 in out-of-county warrants.

July 12th

Accounting for the sales tax decrease

July 12, 2011

The elected officials of the Golden State have passed a budget that includes the discontinuance of a 1 percent sales tax increase.
As of July 1, the first day of the 2011-12 fiscal year, the statewide base use rate is 7.25 percent; in Inyo County, it is 7.75 percent, to accommodate additional, local taxes.
The State Board of Equalization explained in a press release, “In areas where there are voter-approved district taxes, the total tax rate related to sales and purchases is the statewide base tax rate of 7.25 percent plus any applicable district tax.”

Junior Livestock Show returns

July 12, 2011

A tradition more than 50 years old returns to Bishop this week with hundreds of hard-working youth and their locally raised livestock in tow.
Future Farmers of America students and 4-H members from the Eastern Sierra and neighboring Nevada counties will converge on the Tri-County Fairgrounds for nearly a week of activities that showcase both the quality of their animals and the youths’ skill and dedication in raising and caring for them.

July 11th

Illegal road-building in Pine Creek area?

July 11, 2011

Forest Service officials are investigating an incident in which someone used an excavator to carve a road into a non-motorized area of Forest Service land.
Local officials were made aware of the alleged road-building when a citizen notified the Inyo National Forest on Sunday, June 26 that an individual was using heavy equipment to widen a single-track trail in the Pine Creek Canyon area.

Finding their bliss

July 11, 2011

Fresh on the heels of Gordon Boettger’s recent, record-setting soaring adventures, more than 50 glider pilots converged on the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in recent weeks to similarly take advantage of the Owens Valley’s world-class soaring conditions.
No new records have been set locally since Boettger and copilot Hugh Bennett rode a Sierra wave cloud for 2,200 kilometers – approximately 1,367 miles – in 13 hours back in April, claiming the Northern Hemisphere record for distance around three turn-points.

July 7th

Dual immersion program marks 10 years

July 7, 2011

For 10 years now, students at Bishop Elementary School have been given an opportunity to be immersed in a foreign language. This year marks the fifth class of fifth- graders to graduate from the program.
The immersion class is a “unique and exceptional program,” said Teresa Eckland, Bishop Union School District bilingual coordinator. “Learning a second language in childhood is the best time to develop fluency, accurate pronunciation, and a natural ease of expression. They become ‘language experts.’”

Park Service plans bike paths for DV

July 7, 2011

With the help of Inyo County, Death Valley National Park officials are planning to add bike paths within the park to accommodate tourists who rent two-wheelers from Furnace Creek.
Despite concerns that the park would be competing with the county to obtain state and federal grant funding for bike paths, county leaders decided Tuesday to amend the Collaborative Bikeways Plan to incorporate parts of Death Valley.

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