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March 4th, 2011
Recent controlled burns in the Owens Valley have sparked concern in at least one local resident who fears using fire for forest management will negatively impact residents and businesses.
When local resident Liz OâSullivan saw smoke lingering in the air earlier this week due to a series of controlled burns conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she filed a formal complaint in hopes of getting the crews to stop burning until the smoke had dissipated.
A group of Southern Inyo residents hope to boost the Lone Pine economy and quality of life by building a brand new multi-purpose community center in Spainhower Park.
The Lone Pine Community Center Planning Committee appeared before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request support for a plan to build the 200-person capacity center, using funds donated by local philanthropist Dave Haas.
After three months of door-to-door campaigning, increasing yard signage and glossy fliers appearing in mailboxes, the race for two Bishop City Council seats will be soon be decided.
Once the polls close Tuesday, March 8, the three candidates vying for those two seats – newcomer Jim Ellis and incumbents Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion – will also know their political fates.
With the fate of Owens Valley School up in the air due to declining enrollment, a recent study has shined some light on options for educating youth in Independence.
A study committee made up of representatives from Lone Pine, Owens Valley and Big Pine school districts released its consolidation study regarding the future of Owens Valley School as it faces lapsation.
Owens Valley School District will lapse if it falls below the state-mandated 12 students.
It currently has 11 kids enrolled.
The air is crisp at Tomâs Place at 8 a.m. The slight breeze blows around ice crystals, dazzling in the sun light, tiny floating prisms. Drips of coffee freeze to the side of the mug.
âDo you have extra clothes? Bring all youâve got,â says snow-surveyor Brian Norris, âItâs cold up there.â
It only takes a few minutes outside of the car to numb fingers, cheeks and nose and thereâs still another 3,000 feet to go up to the first survey spot.
Inyo County is still operating under a cloud of fiscal uncertainty due to state budget concerns, but county department heads continue to tighten their belts and, in most cases, live within their means.
In his annual mid-year budget update, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said the local government has reason to be proud, but also plenty of reasons to worry.
According to Carunchio, county department heads have held to their mid-year projections without going over budget, but state budget issues may still have an impact.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a proposed planning rule to guide future planning rules. The plan will update procedures that have been in place since 1982. The new proposed planning process will, reportedly, use the latest in science-based approaches to management of lands, such as recognizing and preparing for climate change.
Nancy Upham, public information officer for the Inyo National Forest, called the new planning plan âa framework for integrating resource management.â
Itâs time to pull up a sleeve and save a life. Residents of Southern Inyo are being asked to donate blood, once again, at the Lone Pine Blood Drive and to fulfill the need for plasma throughout the U.S. 395 corridor.
The goal for this yearâs drive is 55 pints, up from 50 last year. Jan McKee, senior donor recruitment representative for Untied Blood Service of Reno, said she hopes that new Southern Inyo Coordinator Donna Carson will be bringing in plenty of donors.
The drive will be held from noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Statham Hall.
In attempt to make the roads a little safer one car at a time, the Bishop Police Department will be checking for drunk and unlicensed drivers via a checkpoint this weekend.
Officers will be stopping all traffic on an undisclosed road Saturday, Feb. 26 between 8 p.m. and midnight to ensure motorists are following traffic laws.
Inyo County Superior Court judges passed down sentencing on one high-profile defendant and set trial dates for two others.
The Bay Area man charged with torching the Schulman Grove Visitorâs Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in September 2008 has been sentenced to time served and five years formal probation.