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November 18th, 2010
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.
Local law enforcement is trying to contact every household in the county to be sure it has the means to notify all residents of disasters or emergencies in their communities.
The Inyo County Sheriffâs Department tested its CodeRED Emergency Notification System Nov. 4, and is now asking any resident who did not receive an automated call to contact the Sheriffâs Department and have their phone number added to the system.
With the advent of the holiday season comes the approach of the internationally acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival.
In addition to hosting and showcasing dozens of homemade fruitcakes and eggnog selections, organizers have added a new spin to this yearâs event, scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 in the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Complementing the 2010 theme, âAmericaâs Got Fruitcakeâ theme, organizers are inviting all Fruitcake Festival attendees to showcase their talents.
By Mike Bodine
A series of small brush fires in the Bishop area over the weekend and past couple weeks have been attributed to arson. According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, three residents linked to the crimes were taken into custody Sunday.
The suspects charged with alleged arson and conspiracy to commit arson are Thomas Stone, 18, Jared Manga, 18, and one 16-year-old juvenile, all three from Bishop. Bail for Stone and Manga has been set at $250,000.
Officials in Los Angeles are considering two different locations on the Owens Dry Lake that may suit its needs for a proposed 1,600-acre, 200 megawatt solar ranch.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recently released a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report that will determine which site is most suitable for the project, and what impacts the solar ranch will have on the surrounding environment and the community of Lone Pine.
There is a shortage of trained, volunteer first responders in the area. From firefighters to emergency medical technicians, Inyo County needs more able-bodied people to help out, and it needs a way to keep the ones it has.
But, as stressed by more than one local leader, âIf someone calls 911, someone will answer that call â the ambulance will still arrive.â
recent study confirms what county leaders and residents have long suspected: The Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository becoming reality in nearby Nye County, Nev. will be bad business for Inyo.
Because tourism is the primary driver of the local economy, Gruen Gruen and Associates conducted surveys of visitors in Death Valley National Park to gauge likely socioeconomic impacts.
Enrollment at Owens Valley High School is at its minimum and the district will be holding a special meeting tonight to discuss the implications of such low student numbers.
Principal and Superintendent Joel Hampton said Monday the district has been notified that its high school enrollment will not meet education codes and the district may face lapsation, or closure.
He said the high school enrollment is down farther than had been anticipated.
A single-vehicle accident in the Bishop area on Saturday has left a 20-year-old Long Beach man dead.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Raphael Contreras suffered fatal injuries after losing control of his 1994 Honda on U.S. 395 northwest of Bishop.
The CHP reported that Contreras was traveling southbound on U.S. 395 south of Mill Creek Road around 10:45 a.m. when, for an unknown reason, Contreras let the vehicle move to the left, onto the left shoulder. Contreras turned the vehicle to the right and lost control of the Honda.