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November 30th, 2010
Members of the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group will be updating Lone Pine residents this week on the designation process that aims to generate federal money for maintenance in the Hills.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History.
Stewardship Group members are scheduled to give residents a progress report on the designation and discuss proposed volunteer projects in the Hills.
Some might argue that the lone, stately sequoia that stands north of the Big Pine business district is already âgreen,â but this year it is even âgreenerâ thanks to new LED Christmas lights replacing the traditional incandescent lights of the past.
Purchased with donations from local residents, the new LED lights use much less energy, last much longer than incandescent lights and will substantially reduce the costs to light the communityâs Christmas tree.
The tree is located on the corner of U.S. 395 and State Route 168.
Members of the Carson & Colorado Railway Society have made visible progress in their mission to restore the historic No. 18 locomotive in Independence.
This past weekend, volunteers with the Railway Society and Miller Towing of Lone Pine took the water tender from its longtime home in Dehy Park and transported it to the Eastern California Museum, where it will be stored while volunteer crews work to restore the locomotive in the park.
This holiday season a group of military doctors and surgeons are asking local residents to reach out to people theyâve never met and wish them a merry Christmas.
Doctors and staff members from the Naval hospital in San Diego are currently collecting cards, letters and gifts for Marines stationed at âCamp Leatherneckâ in Afghanistan.
Allison (Wilson) Robinson, a Big Pine native and surgeon at the Naval hospital, is helping to spread the word in her hometown and surrounding communities, hoping Inyo County will join the effort to spread holiday cheer to the Marines.
Southern Inyoâs flurry of filming projects continues, with Ford Motor Company shooting yet another commercial in the Alabama Hills and Lone Pine recently.
According to Inyo Film Commissioner Chris Langley, the star of the Nov. 14-15 shoot was not the three new Ford prototypes that could not be photographed, but rather two trained bears.
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to erect five weather towers to assess the viability of wind power on approximately 20,000 acres in Southern Inyo.
If the lands prove worthy of supporting a commercial wind power project, Colorado-based RES Americas Development, Incorporated would be the interested applicant.
Several local businesses, organizations, clubs and residents are offering hot meals and other food donations to ensure nobody in the community has to go without this holiday season.
In Lone Pine, residents have two holiday meal options this week, depending on their age.
Residents can head over to VFW Post No. 8036 for its annual, free community dinner. The Ladies Auxiliary will be serving Thanksgiving dinner from 2-6 p.m., and all are invited to attend.
Local tribal members are waiting to hear if the Bureau of Indian Affairs will certify an election from last week.
According to tribal members, friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year.
In the past, the BIA has refused to certify either elections, telling tribal members that they must hold one consolidated election.
The seemingly tireless efforts of Superior Court Judge Dean Stout to build a better community have caught the attention of a statewide committee.
Currently the presiding judge of the Inyo County Juvenile Court, Stout has been appointed co-chair for the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Family and Juvenile Law.
He was named âJuvenile Court Judge of the Yearâ by the Juvenile Court Judges Association in 2006.
Before making any final decisions regarding the future of Owens Valley School, local leaders have decided to take a close look at the possibility of consolidating the Independence school district with another local school.
Owens Valley is facing lapsation, or closure, due to declining enrollment.
The Inyo County Committee on School District Organization, comprised of members of the Inyo County Board of Education, decided Tuesday to perform a unification study that will answer questions about staffing and funding a unified district.