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June 30th, 2011
Fun, friends and fireworks are just some of the attractions residents will find at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop this year as the Bishop Volunteer Fire Departments hosts its annual Independence Day fireworks show.
Itâs a celebration that almost wasnât this year, when the department considered cancelling the traditional festivities due to budget and manpower concerns â essentially the drain the show puts on both.
In the end, and hoping the community will pitch in with gate fees and donations, the volunteer firefighters decided the show must go on.
Local leaders are looking to the public for input on where supervisorial districts should be drawn.
Every 10 years, after the federal census is complete, the county is required to review its district boundaries and, if the population change found by the census shows a shift in the countyâs population, re-draw the boundaries to be sure each county supervisor is serving approximately the same number of citizens.
According to Planning Director Josh Hart, each supervisor must represent between 17 and 23 percent of the population.
The murder trail stemming from the death of James Eric Rambeau, Jr. in June 2009 has included many tangents, such as the revelation of questionable behavior at the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office, the use of a widely mistrusted jailhouse informant, threats against D.A. Art Maillet and arresting officers, bomb threats at the jail, and a change of venue for the trial from Inyo to Ventura counties.
The famous Owens Valley âBig Earsâ site is about to get even bigger.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology is planning to expand operations at the California Institute of Technology Radio Observatory north of Big Pine by adding a new set of radio telescopes.
With the backdrop of the Eastern Sierra, still covered in snow, and the citizens of Bishop wearing “Welcome Home” T-shirts, the California High School Rodeo Association held its State Finals June 13-17.
Fast runs were made, champions were named and the entire week was a huge success. Behind the scenes, many people worked hard to see that success happen.
Legislators of the Golden State have yet to pass a budget and now these elected officials will not get paid for each day it continues to go unbalanced and unsigned by the governor.
State Controller John Chiang decided this week to enforce two separate voter-approved measures: one that requires a balanced budget and one that holds lawmakers accountable for failing to meet the first mandate.
Inyoâs county seat of Independence is not only appropriately named for Fourth of July celebrations, but the residents there work overtime to make sure the Southern Inyo town is the place to celebrate Americaâs birthday.
That extra effort results each year in patriotic and otherwise July 4-themed action from morning through the night with a flag-raising, parade, barbecue, kids games, arts and crafts fair, a marathon and a pyrotechnics display at the Independence Airport.
In a county where only 2 percent of the land is owned by private citizens, finding a large parcel of property for development can be a difficult task.
Inyo County will be watched by a new set of eyes when the 2011-12 Grand Jurors is sworn in on July 5.
The group of 11 residents commits an entire year to working on an annual report, a summary of investigations of departments and functions in the county and the cities and towns therein, brought to their attention by citizens.
The jurorsâ mission statement states it âwill act as the publicâs âwatchdogâ by investigating the affairs of governmentâ and â(w)ill judiciously investigate all allegations against and misconduct by public officials.â
Today marks the first day of summer and organizers at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair already have many of the logistics ironed out for this yearâs much-anticipated event.
Officials have confirmed that the popular Russell Brotherâs Circus and Discovering Science shows will be returning and flavors for various cooking and baking contests have been selected.
The theme for this yearâs event is âHappy Days are Yours and Mine,â and event organizers are planning a â50s theme reflecting the good old days of the hit TV show âHappy Days.â