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August 9th, 2011

Inyo to protect ESTA motor pool

August 9, 2011

County leaders approved a proposal to add some additional security to the Eastern Sierra Transit motor pool.
Last Tuesday, Interim Public Works Director Doug Wilson said there is funding available through the Local Transportation Commission to construct security lighting and fencing at ESTA’s headquarters at the county-operated Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
The board approved a proposal in February that would have provided the lighting, however, with a fast approaching grant deadline for the funding, no bids were submitted for the project.

‘Super load’ en route to Inyo

August 9, 2011

A massive truck hauling spent nuclear machinery will be passing through Inyo County on a 21-day journey from San Onofre to Clive, Utah. The super load measures 399 feet long, 20 feet wide and more than 16 feet tall with 200 or so tires, consisting of a trailer weighing more than one million pounds and three trucks.
The loads are reportedly the heaviest in California history. This trip is the first of four scheduled for this year.

August 8th

Thieves on the tops of mountains

August 8, 2011

There are small notebooks, or sometimes just a few bits of paper, and a writing utensil, stuffed into a can or box of some sort at the highest point of nearly every mountain in the Sierra Nevada and beyond. These summit registers are a record of the peak’s visitors, considered historical documents by some.
Unfortunately, the registers have become a target for thieves.

ESTA slowed by economy

August 8, 2011

The local public transportation system is growing – slowly, and sometimes painfully, but it is growing.
Amid funding shortages and other setbacks – such as a delay in delivery of vehicles for the Reds Meadow shuttle program and increasing fuel costs – the organization will have to cut some services but will retain its workforce. It is also asking less of its member agencies than it has in the past to get over this time of year’s financial hump.

Rising rodeo stars get a lift

August 8, 2011

District 9 California High School Rodeo received this week one of the largest donations in the district’s history – from a local employees union.
Workers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power donated $1,032 to the Bishop-based high school rodeo on Thursday, surprising plenty of young cowboys and cowgirls in the process.
According to LADWP Store Keeper Adele Pratt, the donation is a direct result of employees with the department wanting to give back to the community.

August 3rd

Educating Inyo’s frontline tourist service providers

August 3, 2011

The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be offering a free crash course in Eastern Sierra tourism and destinations for those on the frontline of tourism.
For three consecutive Wednesdays in August, those in tourism-related fields can take a tour of some of the best attractions and destinations the Owens Valley has to offer. Reservations for the limited number of seats is required at least one week prior to the tours.

Forest Service closes area campgrounds, cuts hours

August 3, 2011

The federal budget, more precisely the national debt and the attempts to reduce it, are being felt locally with Forest Service campground closures and reduced hours at some visitors centers.
Visitors in need of agency services are encouraged to plan ahead.
The Inyo National Forest is having to take some drastic measures to balance its budget this fiscal year, and in unprecedented actions is closing some campgrounds and reducing services and interpretive programs at visitor centers in the middle of the summer, according to Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta in a press release.

Smoke lifting as fire officials gather input

August 3, 2011

Officials continue to make progress in attempts to control the Lion Fire in Sequoia National Park as skies begin to clear over the Eastern Sierra.
At more than 19,000 acres, the Lion Fire has raised concerns among Inyo County residents as smoke has flowed over the Sierra and into the valley, obscuring views of the scenic mountains.

August 2nd

A gathering place

August 2, 2011

The sun is bright and hot in the west, there is a faint smell of soil and earth in the air among the fragrances of fresh flowers and vegetables picked just hours prior. Vendors talk with customers, both sharing ideas and stories, kids laugh and play.
It’s another Friday at the Farmer’s Market in Bishop.
The market, in its sixth week of the year, has moved from its location at the Bishop City Park on Saturday mornings to after 5 on Friday evenings downtown, just off Main Street at Talmadge Park on the corner of Academy and Main streets.

ESLT program targets Owens Valley visitors

August 2, 2011

A local volunteer is attempting to fill a gap that has been left by federal budget cuts and limited recreational opportunities for visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
David Woodruff, deputy director of the Eastern Sierra Land Trust, will be kicking off a weekly program for visitors that will tell the story of the Owens Valley, from its humble beginnings as a frontier community, to its agricultural boom to its present state as a vacation destination for people from all over the world.

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