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May 13th, 2011

Local CHP adds fresh new face to its ranks

May 13, 2011

Local officers with the California Highway Patrol welcomed a new member to their ranks this week.
Veterans with the Lone Pine CHP office will spend the next 45 days “breaking in” Officer Jeremy Patch, who graduated from the grueling 27-week CHP Boot Camp April 29 and reported for duty in Inyo County this past Monday.
Patch will be living in Lone Pine and working out of the Southern Inyo office.
As with all new officers, Patch had an opportunity to visit Inyo County prior to graduation from the academy to tour his duty station and conduct a ride-along with a local officer.

Future of fireworks show up in the air

May 13, 2011

The airport in Bishop could be quiet this Fourth of July.
The rising cost of fireworks, the incredible amount of manpower required and dwindling donations are major factors in the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department’s decision of whether to have a show this year.
Fire Chief Ray Seguine said the volunteers will decide at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 17 if the sky will be full of the flowers of fire this Fourth.

May 12th

More cowbell coming to Tri-County Fair

May 12, 2011

Officials at the Tri-County Fair sought Tuesday to put an end to speculation about the 2011 headliner, announcing that none other than Blue Öyster Cult will be taking the stage on Friday night, Sept. 2.
“Tickets are not yet on sale for the fairtime concert, but many people have been asking who this year’s band would be,” said Fairgrounds CEO Jim Tatum. “We are so excited to bring back a classic rock concert and we hope everyone comes out to enjoy Blue Öyster Cult.”

Fiesta marks 10 years

May 12, 2011

In 2001, a group of local Lone Pine residents got together to discuss how they could bring their community together. Rather than having a Cinco de Mayo celebration, they decided to expand the concept to hold it the week afterward to include everyone in the community, celebrate Mother’s Day as well, and call it Fiesta de Lone Pine.

A new and improved hatchery

May 12, 2011

Nearly four years after the 55,000-acre Complex Fire of July 2007 nearly burnt the structure down and three years after heavy rainfall on the burnt areas sent a flood of mud and debris through the historic grounds, the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery is not only recovered but newly expanded.
Friends of Mt. Whitney Hatchery are inviting the public to celebrate the opening of the new Wildlife Interpretive Center at the hatchery this Saturday.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. with dinner, live music by Sandy and Clay Anderson and cowboy poetry by Duane Rossi.

May 10th

Citizens invited to comment on NFS plan

May 10, 2011

The National Park Service is seeking public input in the development of a Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement to guide existing and future wilderness use and management at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The parks’ eastern boundary is the western boundary for much of the Inyo National Forest along the summit crest of the Sierra Nevada.

Local tribe, volunteers purchase fire equipment

May 10, 2011

The fire department in Bishop is staffed fully by volunteers, except for the chief. Not only do these volunteers dedicate their spare time, and dedicate themselves to drop whatever they’re doing to respond to a call at anytime of the day or night, but now they’re putting their donations together to buy a new truck for the department and the community.
The department has also received an Indian Gaming grant totalling $26,900 that will go toward new pagers used to notify volunteers when their services are needed.

Bishop talks transportation

May 10, 2011

The City of Bishop wants to know how its citizens are getting around and plan on getting around in the 21st century. It is set to update its long term transportation plan and will hold an informational open house on May 12 to open the dialogue between the city and its citizens on mobility.
The Getting Around in Bishop Open House will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at City Hall, 377 W. Line St.

Future uncertain for local business, youth hangout

May 10, 2011

Tim Reid’s life has been a series of ups and downs. Today, he’s in a pretty good place with his Bishop Broncos baseball team undefeated in league play and almost assured a spot in the CIF playoffs.
But, the Broncos Bullpen batting cages, a business he started last July, is in danger of closing. What he didn’t figure on was the interminable slow period during the winter. Now he’s in a hole and needs help.

May 6th

Louis LePlat found guilty of second-degree murder

May 6, 2011

The verdict is in on murder suspect Louis LePlat. He has been found guilty of second-degree murder and found not guilty of murder in the first-degree. The state mandated sentence for the offense is 15 years to life. LePalt will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. on May 27 in Ventura.
Case information from Ventura County Superior Court states the jury was reportedly “hung” on the first-degree murder charge the day before finding LePlat guilty of second-degree murder on April 29.

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