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December 7th

Surprising Mono Lake discovery changes conceptions of life

December 7, 2010

The discovery of an arsenic-loving bacteria swimming in Mono Lake may change the basic understanding of how life is formed from its fundamental elements.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Thursday that astrobiologists have found a bacteria that uses otherwise poisonous arsenic instead of phosphorus as apart of its DNA. Until this recent discovery at the famous lake, phosphorous has been believed to be an essential component of DNA and life, and life would not be possible without the chemical element.

December 2nd

Missing Whitney hiker found dead

December 2, 2010

A search for a missing hiker in the Eastern Sierra wilderness came to a grim end this week with the discovery of the Portland, Ore. resident’s body.
Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of 37-year-old Christian Meining Wednesday afternoon near the Mt. Whitney Trail, nearly 24 hours after he was first reported missing.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, search crews were dispatched Monday morning when Meining failed to hike out of the Whitney Portal area Friday morning as scheduled.

Lone Pine tradition honors unsung heroes

December 2, 2010

Lone Pine residents will be honoring volunteer firefighters this holiday season with a Christmas parade dedicated to local men and women who volunteer to leap from bed, dash from the dinner table or leave their day jobs at the drop of a hat to help anyone in need.
The Lone Pine Christmas Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 and will feature firefighters from virtually every volunteer fire department in the county, dozens of entries from local citizens and Lone Pine Fire Chief LeRoy Kritz as grand marshal.

Disaster drill puts Southern Inyo first-responders to test

December 2, 2010

“A terrorist bomb has torn apart a water filtration facility in Southern Inyo, injuring approximately 15 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power employees. Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel from Lone Pine and Olancha responded quickly, triaging and transporting every victim from the scene and to medical facilities in Lone Pine in less than 45 minutes.”

November 30th

Celebrating two decades of securing independence, dignity

November 30, 2010

A local not-for-profit that has been helping the ill, frail and elderly to stay in their homes is turning 20 years old this week and the community is invited to help celebrate.
Pioneer Home Health Care is hosting a 20th Anniversary Gala from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at its office at 162 E. Line St., Bishop.
The public is invited to attend.

Hills meeting set for Wednesday

November 30, 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.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

November 30, 2010

Some might argue that the lone, stately sequoia that stands north of the Big Pine business district is already “green,” but this year it is even “greener” 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 community’s Christmas tree.
The tree is located on the corner of U.S. 395 and State Route 168.

Train restoration pushes onward

November 30, 2010

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.

Write-a-Marine campaign comes to Inyo

November 30, 2010

This holiday season a group of military doctors and surgeons are asking local residents to reach out to people they’ve 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 “Camp Leatherneck” 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.

Lights, cameras and bears, oh my!

November 30, 2010

Southern Inyo’s 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.

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