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October 14th, 2010

Economic study under way in Eastern Sierra

October 14, 2010

Eastern Sierra business leaders are getting ready to launch off the spring board of the Digital 395 Project that will bring faster Internet connections to Inyo and Mono counties.
The Sierra Business Council and the Sonoran Institute are in the preliminary stages of identifying local economic strengths and weaknesses to take full advantage of the project when the time comes.
“The timing is right,” said Vickie Taton, Eastern Sierra field representative for Sierra Business Council.

Council weighs contractors’ needs vs. taxpayer concerns

October 14, 2010

Bishop’s City Council and staff got an ear full from area contractors on Monday as the city’s leaders try to hash out a way to give local businesses an upperhand when it comes to bidding on municipal jobs.
The main point of contention at the meeting, for the council and the city attorney, is how much preference can be given within legal boundaries. The contractors’ concern was that the preference was not enough to make an impact.

October 12th

Breast cancer walk coming soon

October 12, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and community members will soon be taking part in the annual walk at the park to raise money for patients and to remember and honor those who have fought long and hard against the disease.
The Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance will be holding its 10th annual walk this year at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Bishop City Park. This is the ESBCA’s largest fundraiser of the year.
The ESBCA’s primary goal is to help patients pay for the costs associated with cancer, be it for travel or simple living expenses.

BP Tribe ready to celebrate

October 12, 2010

Autumn is here. The days are getting shorter, the weather is cooling off, the leaves are changing and the Big Pine Paiute Tribe is preparing for one of its favorite festivities, the Fall Fandango.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 14, the Big Pine Tribe will host a slew of festivities, including the Miss Big Pine Paiute Tribe, an art show and reception, community breakfast and dinner, live music, hand games and more.
Everything kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Little Miss and Miss Big Pine Tribe pageant and art show reception.

Living long and prospering

October 12, 2010

At 92 years old, Bishop resident James Hurlburt has witnessed the invention of and American infatuation with radio and television, the long reign of Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees, the Great Depression, seven American wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the moon landing and much, much more.

October 11th

Relic returned to Lone Pine Fire Dept.

October 11, 2010

The Lone Pine Fire Department will be showing off a returning member of the team at the 21st Annual Lone Pine Film Festival parade on Sunday. The member is a 1934 Chevrolet fire truck, recently found in a private collection and in near-mint condition.
Fire Chief Le Roy Kritz said the truck is quite possibly the first engine the department and district ever owned. He said he’s seen pictures of the 1889 Lone Pine Fire Brigade with pull-along carts, but no engines before this one.

Surveys reveal top local attractions

October 11, 2010

A recent surveying effort has revealed that hiking is the top reason most visitors come to Inyo County, second only to sightseeing.
Mount Whitney, of course, is Inyo’s most popular destination.
The majority of those surveyed said they enjoyed their visit to the area and there was very little that needed to be changed to make the experience better.
The surveys also revealed that most visitors would not change their plans if the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository was in operation.

October 7th

Rain stops growth of Sheep Fire

October 7, 2010

Recent rain and snow in the Sierra have stopped growth of the Sheep Fire, which has been the source of smoky skies in the Owens Valley since it was ignited by a lightning strike in July.
The blaze has burned 8,962 acres – 5,837 in Sequoia National Forest and 3,125 in Kings Canyon National Park – over the past two and a half months.
The fire began in the southern cliffs above Cedar Grove and has grown predominately to the west.

BP Tribe alleges Brown Act violations

October 7, 2010

Members of the Big Pine Tribe are asking the Board of Supervisors and Los Angeles City Council to re-evaluate the way they do business.
The Tribe logged an official complaint late last month claiming the Inyo County-L.A. Standing Committee violated the Brown Act when the Inyo County Board of Supervisors discussed the August Standing Committee meeting in the regular board meeting on Aug. 24 and directed its members on how to vote.
The Tribe is also alleging that, as there were no members of the L.A. City Council present, there was no quorum at the Aug. 27 Standing Committee meeting.

Mammoth man arrested for trying to kill girlfriend

October 7, 2010

A Mammoth Lakes resident has been arrested for attempted murder and domestic violence after first allegedly claiming to be his brother, then allegedly beating up his girlfriend. To the girlfriend’s dismay, the suspect, Jonathon Anderson, 24, was eventually found hiding under her bed while she slept.
Mammoth Lakes Police Department is reporting that the incident started around 1:40 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 4.

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