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March 26th, 2014

20 years of Banff in Bishop

March 26, 2014

The return of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour to the Eastern Sierra this week marks not only the event’s 20th anniversary, but adds credence to the modern axiom that if you build it – or in this case screen it – they will come.
Indeed, what began as an idea to promote a local business and simply offer something to do in Bishop has become one of the Eastside’s most popular and enduring annual events, drawing upwards of 1,000 residents and visitors over its two-night run.

March 25th

Alabama Hills Day celebration expanded in 2014

March 25, 2014

For the third year in a row, Eastside residents and visitors are invited to join in a celebration of one of the world’s most famous landscapes.
The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group is gearing up for the rapidly approaching 2014 Alabama Hills Day, a festival devoted to appreciating and educating others about the beloved geologic area.
The all-day event – by all accounts a greatly expanded version of previous celebrations – is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

March 24th

OVC doing solar right

March 24, 2014

A combination of local energy and regional political pressure can help Inyo County take advantage of its solar power potential and maybe stymie plans by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to build a large-scale commercial solar project in the county.
That one-two combo was suggested by consultant Bill Powers during a presentation called “Solar Done Right.” The main tenets of “Solar Done Right” are threefold: aggressive energy efficiency, small scale solar installations and local control of energy policy and policy implementation, said Powers.

Inagural Family Farm Read slated for April 5

March 24, 2014

This Saturday, Bishop Union High School’s Future Farmers of America is hosting the premier Family Farm Read event intended to encourage reading while introducing the world of farm animals to local youngsters.

Bishop refuses sale for court project

March 24, 2014

The state’s plans to build a new Inyo County courthouse in Bishop came to a momentary standstill last week when the city declined to accept the court’s offer to buy the state Administrative Office of the Courts’ first-choice building site.

County looking deeper into General Plan update

March 24, 2014

At the conclusion of last week’s Renewable Energy General Plan workshop, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved a grant application to the California Energy Commission that will help fund continued research on renewable energy and energy transmission.

March 21st

BUHS Room 208: a triumph in multimedia

March 21, 2014

Behind the unassuming gray door of room 208 in the Bishop High School math building, an upbeat technological world lies in wait. The classroom acts as newsroom, makeshift film set and tech center – an oasis of opportunity for those students journalistically, technologically and artistically inclined.
An array of PCs and Macs perch on the table tops in an orderly matrix, making room 208 one of the only hybrid classrooms in the state. This variety provides the platform for real-life experience with both programs.

Alpers trophy trout latest victim of low run-off year

March 21, 2014

The drought’s impact on Eastern Sierra tourism took a serious turn for the worse this week when the source for Alpers Trophy Trout literally dried up.
Inland Aquaculture Group, the area source for the Alpers trout operating out of Conway Ranch, was informed by Southern California Edison last October that there would not be enough water to support the fishery through this winter. The Lundy Lake watershed is at 24 percent of normal.

Manzanar Committee makes plans for annual gathering

March 21, 2014

Planning is underway for the 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage and related events.
Each year, hundreds of students, teachers, community members, clergy and former incarcerees attend the Pilgrimage to reflect on life in the World War II Interment camp and educate the public on the history of the Japanese Americans incarcerated there.
The 45th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, sponsored by the Manzanar Committee, is scheduled for noon on Saturday, April 26 at the Manzanar National Historic Site, located on U.S. 395 between Lone Pine and Independence.

March 20th

Significant Details: A St. Patty’s Day past

March 20, 2014

MARCH 15, 2014 –– This is a saga of a soggy day for some sons of the sod who binged on blarney, loaded up with liquid courage and made their Irish ancestors proud.
As the luck of the Irish would have it, I was there to record their achievement: Taking part in the shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade ever held.

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