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June 11th, 2014
A chapter in the Owens Valley water story became crystal clear during cattleman Mark Laceyâ€™s presentation at the Metabolic Studioâ€™s IOU Garden in Lone Pine Monday evening.
The 1991 Long Term Water Agreement between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power appeared to provide a steady flow of irrigation and stock water for the valleyâ€™s ranchers. Those ranchers are now caught between a long history of consistency in both LADWP lease agreements and water supply and the added pressure of water diversions for restoration of Mono and Owens lakes and consecutive drought years.
With California enduring its third consecutive drought year, two water-related bills that may impact the Owens Valley are being pushed through the state legislative process.
According to Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington the Water Bond legislation will likely bring money to the area to the area for regional water management planning, water system funding and watershed restoration projects. However, the more controversial, and more â€ścomplicatedâ€ť measure, Harrington said, is the statewide Groundwater Management legislation.
Who better to help another person with their problems than one who has the same or similar problems?
Two local veterans, Steven Canter and Dan Stone, both of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, have stepped up to provide that help in the Bishop area.
The two decided to start a local group for veterans suffering from PTSD offering them a place to turn, in a group setting, to discuss their problems stemming from the disorder.
Not even the arts are immune from Americaâ€™s economic downturn, which has hit many local businesses and individuals.
Last week, Playhouse wrapped up a successful 50/50 raffle at Bishop Mule Days, and is kicking off its annual membership drive this week to ensure that the show can indeed go on.
According to Playhouse Treasurer Stan Conger, the all-volunteer community theater group struggled through the recession only to find that after three good, but financially disappointing events in a row, the group is extremely low on operating capital.
While the West Bishop area still suffers from a water table gone wild, the area water association came to two agreements at Tuesday eveningâ€™s packed meeting: Rock Baker is the new board member and lawyers seem to have gummed up the effort to keep water in the ditches through the year.
Though the mountain yellow legged frogs and Yosemite toad have been listed as endangered and threatened, respectively, the controversial critical habitat designation associated with those listings is still up in the air.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, outlining local concerns about the habitat proposals and how they will impact residents and visitors to the area and requesting that popular recreation areas remain accessible to residents and visitors.
Alice Piper, a local Native American heroine, was celebrated in Big Pine with a new memorial statue unveiled Monday, June 2 on the lawn outside the Big Pine High School. The full-size bronze statue is the work of Matt Glenn of Big Statues of Provo, Utah.
It was 90 years ago, in 1923, that this 15-year-old from Fish Lake Valley was denied entry to the newly built Big Pine High School on the basis of her race.
UPDATE 4:30 PM: Unofficial, final election results have Dan Totheroh winning election to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors by the slimmest of margins.
According to Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, a hand count of the remaining provisional ballots on Thursday afternoon gave Totheroh an additional six votes, bringing his total share of the District 1 vote to 50 percent plus 1-and-a-half. In races where there are more than two people running, a candidate must garner at least 50 percent plus 1 to win; otherwise, the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff in the next election.
The University of Chicago, University of Maryland, CalTech, UC Berkeley and University of Illinois are welcoming the public to their annual open house at CARMA â€“ the Combined Array for Millimeter-wave Astronomy â€“ at Cedar Flat this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. CARMA is the worldâ€™s largest and most powerful observatory of its kind.
In just a few days, the horse trailers and motorhomes and RVs will begin rolling into the Owens Valley once more.
Only this time, theyâ€™re not bringing mules and mule owners from around the country; no, this caravan is reserved for the California High School Rodeo Association State Finals, returning to Bishop for the 10th consecutive year.