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November 16th, 2010

Fruitcakes returning to Indy

November 16, 2010

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 year’s event, scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 in the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Complementing the 2010 theme, “America’s Got Fruitcake” theme, organizers are inviting all Fruitcake Festival attendees to showcase their talents.

Three arrested for recent rash of suspicious fires

November 16, 2010

By Mike Bodine
Register Staff

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 Sheriff’s 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.

November 12th

L.A. preparing for 3-year solar project on Owens Lake

November 12, 2010

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.

Inyo facing first-responder shortage

November 12, 2010

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, “If someone calls 911, someone will answer that call – the ambulance will still arrive.”

November 11th

Study predicts Yucca Mtn. will hurt tourism

November 11, 2010

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.

OV to brainstorm ideas for keeping school open

November 11, 2010

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.

Crash kills visitor northwest of Bishop

November 11, 2010

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.

November 4th

Turnout at annual cancer walk exceeds expectations

November 4, 2010

Almost 350 men, women and children from the Eastern Sierra and beyond gathered last weekend to show their moral and financial support for cancer victims far and wide.
A sea of pink – balloons, streamers, T-shirts, hats – greeted spectators and participants of Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance’s 10th Annual 5K Walk/10K Fun Run at the Bishop City Park on Saturday.

Chicken measure flies with voters

November 4, 2010

The feathers are still up in the air, but preliminary results show that chickens will be coming home to roost in the City of Bishop.
As of Wednesday morning, the Inyo County Elections Office said that Measure C, dubbed the “Chicken Measure,” received 474 “Yes” votes over 338 “No” votes in Tuesday’s election.

Brown elected governor again, Prop 19 a no-go and Boxer back in

November 4, 2010

California voters elected Jerry Brown as governor, shot down the legalization of marijuana via Proposition 19 and voted against Proposition 21 that adds an $18 surcharge for vehicle licensing to help support state parks.
Inyo County residents, however, would have elected Meg Whitman as governor and defeated the vehicle licensing fees proposition.
In most cases, Inyo County’s election results differed from the state as a whole, with local residents favoring Republican candidates while the statewide majority of the votes going to Democratic candidates in most races.

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