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August 25th, 2011

Tragedy claims life of Half Dome climber

August 25, 2011

While preparing to climb the north face of Half Dome, two local climbers witnessed a man fall down the 2,000-foot precipice Monday evening.
According to a press release from Yosemite National Park, Ryan Leeder, 23, of Los Gatos, fell to his death at approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. The cause is still under investigation.
Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a call of a person falling off the face of Half Dome, but due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts Monday night, according to the press release.

9/11 memorial event planned in Big Pine

August 25, 2011

In the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001, wars are still being fought – one the longest in U.S. history – at a cost of trillions of dollars and thousands dead.
The community of Big Pine will be holding a day of remembrance for those who perished on 9/11 in the armed conflicts since, as well as to give thanks to those who stepped up during the town’s catastrophic Center Fire. The event at Mendenhall Park starts at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

County repeals solar amendment under threat of Sierra Club suit

August 25, 2011

Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.

Another supermarket strike imminent?

August 25, 2011

Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workers’ union and Safeway – Vons’ parent corporation – have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.

August 23rd

Should Inyo County take on more debt?

August 23, 2011

County leaders are considering taking a loan to help pay for some capital improvements, but want to ensure Inyo will get the most bang for its buck before committing.
Inyo County paid off its debt earlier this year, and since then has boasted that it is one of the few debt-free counties in the state, or even the U.S.
This week, Auditor Controller Leslie Chapman went before the board during a budget hearing to broach the subject of taking on new debt that would keep county resources and facilities up-to-date and in operational order.

Farmers Market still expanding in Bishop

August 23, 2011

Organizers of the Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market are hoping that the third time’s the charm.
The Farmers Market/marketplace has moved again, this time to the area next to the gazebo behind City Hall.
The market had been held Saturday mornings in the Bishop City Park for years. At the beginning of this year’s season, organizers and some participants wanted to move the market to Friday nights on Main Street, next to Talmage Park. The market will still be from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays until mid-November, weather and harvests permitting.

August 22nd

Back to school time for Inyo’s youth

August 22, 2011

It might not feel like it but summer is unofficially over – at least for local youth.
School starts next week for most Inyo County students, and has already started for some. Students in the Bishop Unified School District and Round Valley start school this coming Monday, Aug. 22;Big Pine students start Tuesday, Aug. 23; Lone Pine kids go back to class, Wednesday, Aug. 24; and class is in session for the Death Valley School District starting Monday, Aug. 29.

County pushes for Indy courthouse build to begin

August 22, 2011

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has reiterated its long-standing support for the construction of a new courthouse in Independence by offering the state a free parcel of land for the new courthouse.
The board also officially requested that the state court system authorize spending $2.3 million in state court funds to build the new, modular courthouse, which would be located adjacent to the county jail in Independence.

August 18th

County begins budget talks

August 18, 2011

Early in the 2011-12 budgeting process, Inyo County is looking at a $9 million deficit.
During a hearing Tuesday to review preliminary budget requests, County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said most county departments were able to maintain budgets similar to last year’s numbers. Some departments, he said, are requesting larger budgets to fill positions that were left vacant last year to save money, and all departments are dealing with the rising cost of doing business.

Deployed medics care for, bond with soldiers

August 18, 2011

Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan – When the Army goes on missions outside the wire, they are susceptible to any number of threats, ranging from extreme weather conditions and rocks being thrown at them to small arms fire and roadside bombs. Having well trained medical professionals attached to Army units ensures a quick response in the event a Soldier is wounded and in need of emergency medical attention.

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