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October 26th, 2010

Cottonwood deal close to closing

October 26, 2010

“The buyers are chomping at the bit,” said Realtor Stan Smith of Pleasant Valley Associates, speaking of the new owners of the Cottonwood Plaza.
He said the current owner, Robert Crosby of Bishop, and the buyers, a private party represented by Stacy Bardfield of Mammoth Sierra Properties, are awaiting a report from the Lahontan Regional Water Board before moving ahead.

October 22nd

Supes uphold disputed decision

October 22, 2010

In response to claims that it violated the Brown Act, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday that it could have worded an agenda item from its Aug. 24 meeting better, but voted not to change its stance on the Big Pine Re-Greening Project at this time.
The board did agree to revisit the scoping document at the next Inyo-County Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting to review a new alternative for the project that will prevent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from activating a well that the Big Pine Tribe says will deplete its water table.

Five missing hikers found near Lone Pine

October 22, 2010

Two groups of hikers were stranded in the Sierra Nevada near Lone Pine caught in the October storms. One group made its way out of the Meysan Lakes area, but ended up more than 50 miles off course while the other group was stuck on top of Mount Whitney.

October 21st

County finds way out of Tecopa sewer predicament

October 21, 2010

After years of financial challenges and concerns about displacing an endangered species, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors appears to have solved the Tecopa sewer pond problem and will soon have a contractor working on repairs.
Tuesday, the board awarded the $793,370 contract for repairs at the sewer lagoon to Prominent Systems, Inc. of Industry.
Inyo County Parks and Recreation is currently responsible for maintenance and operations at the Tecopa Hot Springs Park and campground, which is located on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management.

Resurrecting a fall tradition

October 21, 2010

A 1911 postcard touting the “First Annual Harvest Festival, Bishop Ca.” promised attendees “a day of jollification” and celebration in “the Owens Valley, the land of plenty.”
Now, 99 years later, the Eastern California Museum in Independence will try to provide the public another “day of jollification” during its first annual Harvest Heritage Day on Saturday, Oct. 23. The “jollification” will commence at 1 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m., at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant St., in Independence (three blocks west of the historic courthouse).

‘He knew no one would hear me call out for help.’

October 21, 2010

“At first, I was afraid to talk, even in the police department,” said “Nancy,” a local resident recounting the beginning of the end of a nightmarish two-year relationship with an abusive partner.
According to Nancy, her abuser forced her to tell law enforcement that there was no abuse, after the victim’s coworkers – suspecting domestic violence in the relationship – called the police. She said she did as she was told out of fear, “and it was still a blood bath that night.”

October 18th

PD to crank anti-DUI efforts up a no

October 18, 2010

Local law enforcement is planning to focus more attention on drunk driving offenders and motorcycle safety while the state Office of Traffic Safety is going to be picking up the tab.
The Bishop Police Department has been awarded a new $53,000 traffic safety grant for a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on local roadways.

Celebrating the harvest

October 18, 2010

The first annual Harvest Heritage Day Celebration is asking for donations from local gardeners of their large zucchini, pumpkins or squash so they can be dressed in clothes during the event.

August crash claims 4th life

October 18, 2010

The toll taken by the fiery crash on U.S. 395 in August has increased, with a fourth victim succumbing to injuries.
The California Highway Patrol reported that John Nathan Adams, a popular coach with Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, died on Oct. 9 at Renown Medical Center in Reno after being taken off life support.
Officer Laura Roberts, public information officer for the CHP, said that the cause of death is listed as “multiple blunt force trauma and burns.”

Climber suffers fall in Owens Gorge

October 18, 2010

A 29-year-old woman survived an estimated 100-foot fall on Saturday while climbing the Owens River Gorge.
The victim reportedly free fell about 40 feet from the face of the Gorge just north of China Wall on the east side of the Owens River, before becoming tangled in her climbing rope and falling an additional 60 feet to the ground.
Climber and Bishop resident Olivia Nguyen witnessed the accident about 3 p.m. from the opposite side of the Gorge while belaying a climbing partner.

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