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April 19th, 2011

County, LADWP celebrate long-awaited airport lease

April 19, 2011

Years of cooperative effort between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power paid off this week with a lease signing that gives local government greater control over the land it uses at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
During a presentation Monday at the airport, L.A. Department of Water and Power signed a lease agreement with the county for more than 600 acres at the airport in Bishop that’s valid “in perpetuity.”

Survey targets local Internet use, needs

April 19, 2011

Residents in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties have an opportunity to tell Internet providers what kinds of service they receive, if any, and what kinds of services they would like to see in the area.
The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently launched an Eastern Sierra Connect broadband survey. The survey aims to help identify the unserved and underserved communities in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties that need broadband Internet connectivity and the broadband technologies that might be appropriate and affordable to residents and businesses.

April 18th

Center Fire probe continues

April 18, 2011

Fire officials continue to interview witnesses and investigate the origin and path of the Center Fire in Big Pine, hoping to release a final report on their findings in the near future.
According to Lead CalFire Investigator Bart Chambers, “everything plays into our investigation, we have to get statements from witnesses, from the first responders on scene, look at the burn indicators” and compile all that information into one coherent report.

Council honors Bishop treasure, hears from AAPL

April 18, 2011

The Bishop City Council was busy at its regular meeting on Monday with awards, presentations and department head reports.
The city’s elected leaders started the meeting off with a presentation of its Quarterly Council Citizen Award to Leland Campbell, affectionately known the “Sierra Street Waver.” Campbell can be seen most days sitting on a scooter at the corner of Sierra and Main streets with his dog, “King,” waving and smiling at every passing motorist.

Pilgrimage to honor civil rights pioneers

April 18, 2011

From its humble and passionate beginnings in 1969, the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage has become more than just a way to honor those who were interned at the camp. It has also become a way to honor those who continue to fight for reparations and civil rights, and those who are committed to preserving the memory of the World War II Japanese internment camps that serve as an example of how fragile civil rights in America are.

April 14th

Survey says … residents would prefer higher dump fee to tax hike

April 14, 2011

Inyo officials are preparing to decide how to deal with a $600,000 deficit for county integrated waste management.
Inyo County Integrated Waste hosted three public meetings in February, one each in Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, to discuss the possibility of raising fees or reducing hours at local landfills to help close the budget gap. The meetings were met with little, and in some cases, zero interest from citizens,

Community Garden taking root in Independence

April 14, 2011

New life and hope are the themes this year in Independence, where committed residents, working together with Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action, Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, and Owens Valley Unified School District, have come together to create an oasis in the midst of the desert – or in this case, a garden in the midst of what has been in past years a parking lot and a baseball field.

Zoning issue sparks concern about homeless

April 14, 2011

A zoning move taken by the City of Bishop earlier this week sparked concern from residents over the potential opening of homeless shelters in their neighborhoods.
As mandated by state law, the city must allow zoning for emergency shelters within the city limits. Although there are no plans to develop any such facility, citizens expressed trepidation that the city was giving a greenlight to the development of homeless shelters.

April 12th

Coronor makes positive ID on remains

April 12, 2011

Local authorities have positively identified one of three sets of human remains located in southeast Inyo County in the past several months.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour announced last week that remains located in the Badwater region of Death Valley are those of Carson City resident Norman Cox.
Cox was reported missing in August of 2010 after his family received a suicide note posted from Death Valley.
Local law enforcement conducted a search of the Death Valley area in August of that year, but was unable to locate any signs of Cox and eventually called off the search.

Traffic stop yields pounds of pot

April 12, 2011

Bishop police officers arrested an Arizona man on felony drug charges last week after following up on reports of someone smoking marijuana in public.
Rex Alan Hornbaker, 56, was arrested on Monday, April 4 for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.
Police officers made a traffic stop on Hornbaker’s vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. after a concerned resident reported witnessing a man smoking marijuana near Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market on Main Street.

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