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June 30th, 2011

Coso’s credit rating downgraded

June 30, 2011

The geothermal project in Southern Inyo County has had its credit rating reduced due to lowered energy capacity and output, and mounting debt.
Fitch Ratings has downgraded Coso Geothermal’s rating from a “B+” to “B.”
According to Standard and Poor’s, another credit rating firm, “credit ratings are not investment advice, or buy, hold, or sell recommendations. They are just one factor investors may consider in making investment decisions.”

The show will go on

June 30, 2011

Fun, friends and fireworks are just some of the attractions residents will find at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop this year as the Bishop Volunteer Fire Departments hosts its annual Independence Day fireworks show.
It’s a celebration that almost wasn’t this year, when the department considered cancelling the traditional festivities due to budget and manpower concerns – essentially the drain the show puts on both.
In the end, and hoping the community will pitch in with gate fees and donations, the volunteer firefighters decided the show must go on.

June 28th

County seeking input on district boundaries

June 28, 2011

Local leaders are looking to the public for input on where supervisorial districts should be drawn.
Every 10 years, after the federal census is complete, the county is required to review its district boundaries and, if the population change found by the census shows a shift in the county’s population, re-draw the boundaries to be sure each county supervisor is serving approximately the same number of citizens.
According to Planning Director Josh Hart, each supervisor must represent between 17 and 23 percent of the population.

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.”

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