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January 26th, 2015

Power to the Indian Creek-Westridge water wells

January 26, 2015

The Indian Creek - Westridge Community Services District has completed work on a new generator that will power the district’s two largest water wells.
This improvement, which comes with a price tag of $120,000, serves to satisfy state fire-flow regulations.
It’s been a three-year process for Indian Creek CSD Manager Terry Tye, who first approached the Inyo County Planning Department in December of 2011 about the need for upgrades to the district’s water pumping capability. “This was not only overdue, but necessary to keep us safe,” said Tye.

Tesla charging station opens in Lone Pine

January 26, 2015

Construction on the Owens Valley’s first Tesla Supercharghing Station is complete and Tesla drivers could start charging their cars in Lone Pine as early as today.
“We received word today that Tesla’s ‘Commissioning’ team will be on location, at the new Tesla Supercharging Station located at The Lone Pine Film History Museum, Tuesday morning,” Museum CEO Bob Sigman said Friday.
The team will be on hand to conduct test runs on the facility from 9 a.m.-noon today.

January 23rd

Adventure Trails approved

January 23, 2015

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to approve the Adventure Trails Environmental Impact Report and to approve seven routes for the combined-use route pilot project.
Thursday’s 10-hour-plus special supervisors included staff reports from various county department heads and agencies that will be impacted by the proposed trail system, a report from the project proponents, an analysis of the eight routes that were proposed for designation and nearly five hours of public comments.

Number one in the nation

January 23, 2015

When Hank Otten and his son, Matt, opened up their barbecue stand in 2013, they did so with the motto, “Food Makes Friends.”
Two years later, Copper Top BBQ’s many friends have helped it earn one of the most coveted honors in the food industry – a title four-star restaurants on the Vegas Strip or in downtown Manhattan have clamored for and lost.
Just this week, it was announced that online review site Yelp named Copper Top BBQ in Big Pine the No. 1 Place to Eat in the U.S.
Not the No. 1 barbecue restaurant. Not the No. 1 place for regional cuisine. Not even the No. 1 small-town eatery.

Party held to launch new book

January 23, 2015

The Inyo and Mono County Master Gardeners are hosting a party to premiere their new book, “A Gardener’s Companion for the Eastern Sierra.”
The event is set for 1 p.m., tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Bishop Nursery located at 798 Home St. Entry is free and anyone interested is invited to attend. First editions of the book will be available for $24.99. It is currently available for sale at local book retailers, including Spellbinder Books, Range and River Books and Dwayne’s in Bishop, Joseph’s in Bishop and Lone Pine and The Booky Joint in Mammoth.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 2015 'Bad Lip Readings' video spoofs NFL football stars

January 23, 2015

The latest 'Bad Lip Readings' video skewers many of the NFL's biggest stars with some unforgettable lines.

January 21st

Cook comes to Inyo

January 21, 2015

Congressman Paul Cook has been to Death Valley before, but last weekend’s Inyo Associates gathering was the first time he was able to see the landscape – and the communities surviving there – through the eyes of Inyo County residents.
Cook made a special trip to Furnace Creek last Friday from D.C. to attend the annual caucus of local leaders, business owners and agency representatives as a guest of the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce.

Bridal faire gaining traction

January 21, 2015

A first-ever event for Bishop is shaping up to be the first of many.
Tri-County Fair CEO Sally Symons had expressed hope in December that the upcoming Bridal and Quinceañera Faire would grow into an annual affair for the Owens Valley, and it looks like it’s on track to do so given the community’s response to the inaugural event.
“I have 16 vendors so far with probably five or six more committed,” she said. “If it keeps going this well we might outgrow the Home Economics Building the first year.”

Mule Days announces concert headliner

January 21, 2015

The 2015 Mule Days concert will be headlined by western singer/songwriter Brenn Hill.
Nine hundred tickets will be available for the concert, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 in the Charles Brown Auditorium at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 2 at the Mule Days Office located at 1141 N. Main St., Bishop.

January 19th

Supes decide on Trails proposal Thursday

January 19, 2015

Inyo County is scheduled to make a ruling on the Adventure Trails proposal this Thursday.
With a decision from the state Fair Political Practices Committee that says all five members of the Board of Supervisors are eligible to vote on Adventure Trails, the board will consider approval of the project’s Final Environmental Impact Report and decide if the combined-use route program should be implemented.

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