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June 6th, 2011

Lone Pine man busted for looting ancient site

June 6, 2011

A local man has been caught digging for Native American artifacts near Lone Pine and, through a plea agreement, is now banned for life from entering certain lands in that area. However, this is reportedly just one of 30-40 acts of looting allegedly committed by Norman E. Starks of Lone Pine.
Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said that Starks has been seen digging in other areas since the January 2011 court decision. Starks could not be reached for comment.

In pursuit of his dreams

June 6, 2011

At 60 years old, and having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years, Mike Barker of Ahwahnee knows that it is too late to die young, so he is making the best of the time he has left.
Not only is Barker living his life to the fullest, but he hopes that he can lead others by example and encourage them to do the same.
“I follow my dreams, and if I’m going to give advice, I’d say follow your dreams, life is too short,” said Barker on Thursday on the tarmac of the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, as he set next to a plane that he just flew, without the use of his legs or right arm.

Drunken ‘car surfing’ ends in injury, arrest

June 6, 2011

A 23-year old Orange resident is behind bars this week after allegedly drinking and driving and running over a friend Sunday night.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Chris D. Meyer was driving a 1994 Chevy Blazer northbound on Movie Road in Lone Pine at about 12 a.m. Sunday with Greg W. Dischner, 23, of Orange in the passenger seat. A third person, Justin M. Parillo, 28, of Orange, was allegedly “car surfing on the hood.”
According to the CHP, Parillo apparently fell off the hood and was “partially run over by the vehicle, sustaining major injuries.”

A mending wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bishop

June 6, 2011

There have been famous and infamous walls throughout history such as the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Troy, Hadrian’s Wall and the Walls of Jericho. Some were built to keep foreign invaders out while another, such as the Berlin Wall, was to keep those seeking freedom from escaping.
A well-known poem, “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, metaphorically addresses the pointlessness of a wall along which two neighbors walk every year, congenially talking and “mending” the wall’s fallen stones as they move along.

Local youth reaching for the stars with help of science

June 6, 2011

A select group of Bishop Union High School students are taking to the sky, skimming the upper atmosphere, taking pictures and experimenting with possible Martian life forms.
The students’ cosmic adventures are possible due to a father with a Doctorate in Astronomy who started teaching his curious daughter and her friends calculus in fifth grade; they’ve stayed together conducting experiments and having fun with science ever since.

DWP defends its latest pump plan

June 6, 2011

Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are objecting to recent allegations that they are out to grab as much water from the Owens Valley as possible this year.
In February, the LADWP announced that, with an Eastern Sierra snowpack runoff forecast to be 616,900 acre-feet, or 150 percent of average, it anticipates pumping about 91,000 acre-feet of groundwater during the runoff year.

Friendship Ctr. relying on kindness of strangers

June 6, 2011

With no financial help from state or federal government agencies, the local Alzheimer’s day care and advocacy group is looking for outside donations to keep the doors open and to continue services to the community.
The Friendship Center in Bishop is currently only seeing clients one day a week and is open one additional day a week to host a support group. The center is hoping the raffling of an original oil painting of Devil’s Postpile by former local artist, Carol Lucas, will help it stay above water.

Time to get ready for the runoff

June 6, 2011

With a heavy snowpack lingering in the Sierra, residents in Inyo County are being advised to clear their ditches and ponds to prepare for the inevitable influx of water as summer temperatures begin to creep into the Owens Valley.
According to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Public Information Officer Chris Plakos, the department is doing its part, with crews working daily to ensure ditches are ready for the runoff.

June 1st

Blaze breaks out west of Bishop

June 1, 2011

A fire broke out on the north side of McGee Creek in the Buttermilk Boulder area west of Bishop shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, trapping several campers behind the fireline.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department and other state, federal and local fire agencies immediately responded to the blaze, but moderate winds and the rugged, sloping hills of the Buttermilk area and a number of unattended camp sites made evacuations and fire suppression efforts a difficult task.

May 24th

Broadband survey deadline extended

May 24, 2011

Eastern Sierra residents are going digital, there’s no doubt about it, but how and where a new fiber-optic cable will be utilized is up to local residents.
Digital 395, a project that will provide a new 583-mile, fiber-optic network following U.S. 395 from Barstow to the Nevada border, will bring high-speed Internet and broadband capabilities to remote areas of Inyo County that don’t currently have service.

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