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March 1st, 2011

Surveying the Sierra snowpack

March 1, 2011

The air is crisp at Tom’s 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.
“Do you have extra clothes? Bring all you’ve got,” says snow-surveyor Brian Norris, “It’s cold up there.”
It only takes a few minutes outside of the car to numb fingers, cheeks and nose and there’s still another 3,000 feet to go up to the first survey spot.

February 24th

State’s silence on funding causes local budget concerns

February 24, 2011

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.

Forest Service planning now for future planning efforts

February 24, 2011

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 “a framework for integrating resource management.”

Donate blood, save a life

February 24, 2011

It’s 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 year’s 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.

February 22nd

Police planning DUI checkpoint

February 22, 2011

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.

Accused arsonist sentenced to time served, 5 years of probation

February 22, 2011

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 Visitor’s Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in September 2008 has been sentenced to time served and five years formal probation.

Accused arsonist sentenced to time served, 5 years of probation

February 22, 2011

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 Visitor’s Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in September 2008 has been sentenced to time served and five years formal probation.

February 17th

Team effort led to new rodeo contract

February 17, 2011

The words of poets past and present filled the room last Friday evening at Inyo Council for the Arts, as eight anxious yet excited students from local high schools recited the poems they had chosen for the county finals of the Poetry Out Loud program.
The first-place winner, Tyler Holt, a senior at Big Pine High School, impressed the audience with his recitation of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” and his second poem, “Ways of Talking,” by the contemporary Chinese poet, Ha Jin.

Human remains found in desert near Nevada

February 17, 2011

A grim discovery in a remote region of southeastern Inyo County has authorities searching for answers.
Sheriff’s investigators are attempting to piece together clues that may lead to a positive ID and possibly even cause of death for a body found late last week near Pahrump, Nev.
An individual recreating in the desert last Friday located what are said to be skeletal remains in a remote area west of Pahrump.
According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “the remains were fairly deteriorated, so they could have been out there for months.”

High profile cases return to court

February 17, 2011

Three high-profile criminal cases will be returning to Inyo County Superior Court today. Murder suspects Louis LePlat and Edward Keller, Jr. along with self-confessed arsonist John Christiana will appear before a judge today in Independence.
Christiana was scheduled to appear for sentencing Tuesday, Feb. 8 but, according to the Court Clerk’s Office, his date was pushed back due to a long calendar that day. The office also said he is acting as his own counsel, or pro per.

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