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March 29th, 2014

Do new leases violate Water Agreement?

March 29, 2014

Recent changes in the language of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power grazing leases have raised concern among Owens Valley ranchers. In response, Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington notified Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta where that language conflicts with the Inyo-L.A. Long Term Water Agreement.

March 28th

Changing of the guard at ES Realty

March 28, 2014

Like several family members before her, Randi Pritchard has been a local business owner for several years, taking pride in serving both residents of and visitors to the Eastern Sierra.
Earlier this year, the Bishop Union High School graduate went from co-owner of Eastern Sierra Realty to sole proprietor following the retirement of longtime broker and business partner Ann Wong.

March 26th

Get your garden growing

March 26, 2014

A beta and seed swap, along with a local plant sale, are some of the highlights of Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s upcoming GardenFest, an event geared toward both novice and green-thumb growers.
ESLT will help residents kick off the growing season from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at its office garden at 176 Home St., Bishop.
Attendees are invited to ask for advice from Master Gardeners, trade heirlooms in the seed swap, purchase plants from local nurseries and organizations, and much more.

Inyo leaders look at budget solutions

March 26, 2014

Inyo County staffers and department heads met with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss progress on the county’s “Creative Budget Solutions” initiative – an effort to cut costs, generate revenue and partner with other area agencies to close a $1.06 million budget gap anticipated for the coming 2014-15 fiscal year.

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.

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