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September 27th, 2011
As the culmination of a month dedicated to addiction awareness, the public is invited to a recovery celebration at the Bishop City Park.
Throughout the month of September, National Recovery Month, there has been a push by the Inyo County Addictions Task Force and its partner agencies to raise awareness of those with addictions and those in recovery throughout Inyo County.
One of Bishop‚Äôs most important cultural resources is getting some financial aid from Southern California Edison.
According to Emma Williams of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, SCE has awarded a $10,000 grant for restoration of the Owens Valley Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center on West Line Street in Bishop.
Williams said the Edison grant will be used to install a new security system.
‚ÄúThe whole grant will probably go to the new electric security system, which we hope to have up next month,‚ÄĚ Williams said. ‚ÄúThere are also ongoing projects, like archiving and updating the database.‚ÄĚ
High-speed broadband capability is coming to Inyo County and local contractors and vendors are being asked to help speed it along.
According to Dan Stone, president of the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association, the California Broadband Cooperative, Inc., which is funding the Digital 395 project, is working with the OVCVA to ensure local businesses are on board and have first dibs on economy-boosting contracts the project will bring.
What started as an effort to educate those on the front-lines of Inyo‚Äôs tourist-based economy about local attractions, has blossomed into a series of tours open to anyone and everyone interested in some of the area‚Äôs more overlooked destinations.
Based on the success of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs ‚ÄúFrontline Tourist Providers Tours‚ÄĚ in August, which saw hotel, visitors center and other service industry employees taking advantage of the opportunity to better assist tourists, the Chamber has launched a similar program for the public at large.
An inter-tribal gathering, a sharing of different tribal cultures, a dance, social party, spiritual event and for some a way of life ‚Äď a pow wow is a combination of all these things, according to Wanda Summers, one of the organizers of this year‚Äôs 31st Annual Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow to be held on the Bishop Paiute Indian Reservation this weekend.
Inyo County Sheriff‚Äôs Investigator Shane Scott was among 13 first responders to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, California‚Äôs highest public safety award, for their bravery and commitment to the people of California. Above, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (l) joins Governor Jerry Brown (r) in presenting the award to Scott on Sept. 14 in Sacramento. Scott has received many commendations following his selfless act of pulling 22-year-old Derek Thomas from a burning vehicle on Aug. 9, 2010.
Federal officials are considering closing the Tecopa Post Office while residents in that community fight to keep it.
The U.S. Postal Service has posted a notice to customers in Tecopa that it is proposing to close the local office and consolidate operations with Baker 50 miles away.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre studying it right now, looking at the advantages, disadvantages and savings, so it is important for customers there to speak up,‚ÄĚ U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Eva Jackson said.
Road construction will soon start in and around Fort Independence. The work will include the building of a new, full-access semi-truck-friendly entrance into the Winnedumah Winn‚Äôs Casino and resurfacing of roads on the Fort Independence Reservation proper.
There have been concerns from some tribal members and land owners that the project will disturb Native American archaeological and burial sites. Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians Chairperson Israel Naylor said through a spokesperson he ‚Äúensures‚ÄĚ that all measures have been taken not to disturb any archaeological sites.
Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.
A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.