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December 18th

The Hills have ayes

December 18, 2010

Though they continue to support the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group’s efforts to have a federal designation placed over the Alabama Hills, county leaders expressed fear that legislation creating a National Scenic area will be put into an omnibus bill.
In a 4-1 vote, the board decided to send a letter of support for the Alabama Hills designation to Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D), who has said she would carry the bill if it had community support.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney voted against the letter, saying he did not support more land designations in the county.

December 16th

Carter appointed new chief of police

December 16, 2010

The City of Bishop has a new police chief.
Chris Carter, who has been with the department for seven years and has acted as interim-chief since the departure of Kathleen Sheehan in September, was officially given the top cop job this month and sworn in before a packed house Monday at City Hall.
The first three rows of the Council Chambers were reserved for Carter’s friends, family and fellow law enforcement brothers, and every seat was full. Some had traveled more than six hours to speak praise for Carter and laud the council and city for making such a good choice for the position.

tate IDs Bishop as prime courthouse site

December 16, 2010

State court officials have decided that it would be best to build the new, $33 million Inyo County Courthouse in Bishop rather than Independence, despite protests from residents.
The Administrative Offices of the Court released a draft report this week analyzing the two proposed court facility locations, Bishop or Independence, and is asking residents to review and make comments.
The draft report recommends that the project be located in Bishop.

Local high school grad smokes competition in LP ‘Shoot-Out’

December 16, 2010

Lone Pine Chamber Director Kathleen New had the idea of an amateur photo contest to be held during the 2010 Lone Pine Film Festival which, according to New, was a great opportunity to become more involved in the film festival activities. She added, “It also opened a door to local photographers to showcase their work and our beautiful surroundings.”
Contest photographs had to be taken within Inyo County in 2009 or 2010 and up to three entries were allowed. The contestants also had to sign over use of the photographs by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce for use in promoting the area.

December 13th

Ready, set, spell

December 13, 2010

Inyo County’s top spellers took center stage Thursday for the 35th Annual Spelling Bee. With looks of astonishment and dropped jaws from audience members, these masters of the dictionary did not disappoint.
Students from nine local elementary, middle and high schools throughout Inyo County struggled to spell words like “solicitous” and “belligerent.” Some spellers were cool and composed, smiling and politely asking for definitions or to use the word in a sentence. Some were clearly nervous and lacked confidence, despite having earned one of the 46 seats at the prestigious event.

OVC plans to step up its watch-dog efforts

December 13, 2010

After several years of being busy behind the scenes, the Owens Valley Committee is back in the spotlight, spreading the word of its accomplishments and its ongoing efforts to hold Los Angeles accountable for its water-related commitments.
The OVC is the only local watchdog group keeping an eye on both the City of LA and its Department of Water and Power, and Inyo County as well, to ensure water agreements and memorandums of understanding are upheld.

December 7th

Medical Marijuana now available in Mammoth

December 7, 2010

Inyo County residents who have received a medical marijuana recommendation from their doctor no longer have to travel as far as Los Angeles or Tahoe to pick up their medicine.
Mammoth Lakes Wellness, a medical marijuana cooperative owned by Robert Calvert, has opened at 33999 Main Street in Mammoth and is currently accepting customers.
Back in February of 2007, Big Pine resident Brett Bermingham meet with the Bishop City Council and the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to discuss his idea to open a medical marijuana dispensary locally.

Efficiency is key

December 7, 2010

Homeowners in Inyo County will soon be able to apply for grants to improve their home’s energy efficiency and the work will be done by local contractors.
The California Rural Home Mortgage Finance Authority, of which Inyo is one of 20 participating counties, has recently received a $16.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The grant money will be available soon to local homeowners and local contractors. Those who have been certified to prescribed work will have first crack at the bidding.

Surprising Mono Lake discovery changes conceptions of life

December 7, 2010

The discovery of an arsenic-loving bacteria swimming in Mono Lake may change the basic understanding of how life is formed from its fundamental elements.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Thursday that astrobiologists have found a bacteria that uses otherwise poisonous arsenic instead of phosphorus as apart of its DNA. Until this recent discovery at the famous lake, phosphorous has been believed to be an essential component of DNA and life, and life would not be possible without the chemical element.

December 2nd

Missing Whitney hiker found dead

December 2, 2010

A search for a missing hiker in the Eastern Sierra wilderness came to a grim end this week with the discovery of the Portland, Ore. resident’s body.
Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of 37-year-old Christian Meining Wednesday afternoon near the Mt. Whitney Trail, nearly 24 hours after he was first reported missing.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, search crews were dispatched Monday morning when Meining failed to hike out of the Whitney Portal area Friday morning as scheduled.

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