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September 23rd, 2013

County hears feedback on what’s working, what’s not

September 23, 2013

Last week, residents of Big Pine and Independence weighed in with their opinions on the proposed General Plan and Zoning Code Update at workshops held by the Inyo County Planning Department.
Many of the comments mirrored those made in other community workshops, while some were contradictory.

September 20th

More funding needed for new Animal Shelter

September 20, 2013

For 16 years, animal care workers and residents of Inyo County have been trying to fund a new animal shelter to replace the outmoded facility currently operating in Big Pine. With the adoption of a new county operating budget on Sept. 17, the project will finally be getting under way.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has earmarked $200,000 toward the shelter project, which brings the total funds to roughly $500,000 to build a brand-new shelter to replace the aging cement structure on County and Reynolds roads.

Energy Dept. resurrects Yucca Mountain project

September 20, 2013

Federal authorities are re-opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, asking local governments that may be impacted by the proposed nuclear waste site to offer suggestions on how to proceed.
According to Greg James, the county-contracted attorney who handles all Yucca Mountain matters, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reconsidering Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository site in response to lawsuits filed by the state of Washington and North Carolina after licensing proceedings for Yucca Mountain were suspended in 2009 due to a lack of funding.

James Denver on the front lines of California’s wildfires

September 20, 2013

Massive forest fires, like California’s Rim Fire that blanketed the Eastern Sierra in a stinging haze for weeks, generate different reactions.
East of the Rockies, it’s hard to imagine the intensity of fire fed by years of underbrush racing to the top of 12,000-foot peaks. West of the Rockies, the reactions are more personal: “It could, or has, been us.” For those who know the Yosemite Valley, threatened by Rim, the reaction is deeply personal.
But for Bishop’s James Denver, major forest fires are a whole different ball game; they’re a job.

September 18th

County calls meeting to get answers on frog proposal

September 18, 2013

Inyo County and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife will be meeting Monday to give Inyo County residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed critical habitat designations in the Eastern Sierra.

22nd Annual Millpond Fest begins Friday

September 18, 2013

This weekend Millpond County Park will be the stage for a three-day music festival featuring a medley of melodies from an eclectic mix of musicians.
The weekend also includes workshop performances that allow attendees to interact with performers, as well as arts and crafts and face painting for youth.
According to Inyo Council for the Arts Director Lynn Cooper, the event is also a final summer camping trip for many residents and visitors.

Bishop PD and Symons negotiating for contract renewal

September 18, 2013

After a period of no communication about an account in arrears, the Bishop Police Department and Symons Emergency Specialties are currently in negotiations with the hopes of renewing the contract for the benefit of both entities and the community at large.

September 16th

Residents weigh in on Inyo’s planning update

September 16, 2013

Residents in Inyo County have an opportunity this month to help shape the future as the county Planning Department moves forward to update the county’s General Plan and Zoning Code.
The county’s General Plan guides the Board of Supervisors and other local leaders in decisions about land use policies and growth and development within local communities and establishes goals for the county in general.

PD sergeant trains with FBI

September 16, 2013

Having been trained in some of the nation’s latest law enforcement techniques, Bishop Police Department Sgt. Dan Nolan will soon graduate from the FBI National Academy.
According to the PD, Nolan is expected to graduate from the 254th session of the FBI academy on Sept. 20 and will be returning to the PD to share what he learned with the rest of the department.

September 13th

Manzanar doc returns to Eastern Sierra

September 13, 2013

In the first theatrical screening in nearly a year, the acclaimed documentary “The Manzanar Fishing Club” will be one of the highlighted features of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes next week.
In addition to the screening, fly fisherman Mas Okui, who learned to fish while interned at Manzanar, and writer Richard Imamura will be on hand for a special question and answer session following the screening at Mammoth’s Minaret Cinema.

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