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March 14th, 2014
Top Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials made a trip to the Owens Valley this week, just days after the Inyo County Board of Supervisors reached out to the utility for an update on the status of its controversial solar project.
But Assistant Director of Power System Planning and Development Michael Webster and Yamen Nanne, an engineer on the solar project, werenât here to meet with county officials. Rather, they were on a two-day public relations junket filled with meetings with local chambers of commerce, tribes, school officials and National Park Service representatives.
FRIDAY, 4:15 p.m. âââ Forest Service are currently responding to a half-acre blaze in the Blackrock area of Inyo County.
This fire, according to Inyo National Forest, is visible along U.S. Highway 395 along Division Creek near Sawmill Meadow.
A helicopter has been ordered. There is no threat to life or property at this time, a spokesperson said.
Owens Valley School District in Independence is putting on a show tonight and inviting the community to come watch.
Missoula Children's Theatre's "Cinderella" will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Owens Valley School gym, 202 S. Clay St. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 18 and under.
Dozens of students in grades K-12 have been cast in the play, and spent the past week rehearsing for several hours each day after school in preparation for tonight's performance.
The community is invited to attend and support the students' theatrical endeavor.
Some of you might think the only fun, educational items on the Internet are pictures of cats.
Not so. Right behind cats, the next biggest category of âstuffâ on the Internet is advice about various topics and trends you probably didnât know you needed help dealing with, and the always popular âstrange news.â I spent a few hours last weekend cruising through various sites on the Interweb, and found the following random bits of advice, counsel and oddities.
County leaders on Tuesday agreed to postpone a March 18 vote on a General Plan amendment that many fear will open the flood gates to large-scale, industrial solar and wind renewable energy development.
Any decision by the Board of Supervisors on whether to approve the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment has been put on hold until April 1, in favor of a presentation on March 18 by the Planning Department.
Sunny with a high of 67 degrees â thatâs the weather forecast for this Saturdayâs 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby held at Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
The elderly gentlemanâs eyes sparkle a bit while a smile crosses his lips as he talks about moving carefully over the barbed wire fence under the cover of darkness, being careful not to drop his homemade fishing pole and tackle. He relates how he and other fisherman were sneaking out of the Manzanar War Relocation Center so they could breathe the fresh, free air of the towering Sierra Nevada mountains and enjoy the simple pleasures that come from fishing for trout in high country streams and lakes.Â
Six years ago, the sound of construction came to a stop in the city of Bishop. With the U.S. economy slipping into recession, general contractors found themselves sitting on their hands as money stopped circulating. âThere was not a lot of work and a lot of contractors were going out of business,â said Dan Stone, a co-founder of the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
In a plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorneyâs Office, resident Howard Walters pleaded guilty to one charge of misdemeanor vandalism and was ordered to pay $3,823 in restitution to the Bureau of Land Management after he damaged a cultural site in the Chalfant area.
Law enforcement rangers and archaeological staff from the BLM Bishop Field Office opened an investigation into the damage of a cultural resource site in the Chalfant Valley in January after rangers received a report of a man digging in the area.
The economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots are significant â as long as access to those areas is preserved.
A recent report released by the National Park Service concludes that, nationwide, the countryâs parks have contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. A separate report suggests that 2013âs numbers will tell a different story due to the 16-day government shutdown in October.