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March 10th, 2014

BLM nabs man for digging at cultural site

March 10, 2014

In a plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorney’s 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.

Report confirms National Parks are big business

March 10, 2014

The economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots are significant – as long as access to those areas is preserved.
A recent report released by the National Park Service concludes that, nationwide, the country’s parks have contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. A separate report suggests that 2013’s numbers will tell a different story due to the 16-day government shutdown in October.

Community generous with auction fundraiser donations

March 10, 2014

Community members have invested more than just time and labor in planning this Saturday’s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night.
Numerous individuals, families and business owners have donated approximately $10,000 worth of products, services and other auction items in an effort to help United Methodist Church re-invest those donations back into the community.
Live and silent auctions will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Methodist Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Appetizers, dessert and beverages will be served at no charge.

March 7th

Court idea raises ire

March 7, 2014

As Bishop officials continue to weigh the Administrative Office of the Courts’ proposal to build a court facility on municipal property behind City Hall, the public response so far has been overwhelmingly negative.
The actual plans for the new Inyo County courthouse in Bishop are still on hold, meanwhile, pending necessary documentation.

New CEO at helm of Inyo County paper

March 7, 2014

Inyo County’s hometown newspaper will be heading into its 144th year with a new leader at the helm.
Rena Mlodecki has been appointed the new CEO/publisher of the Register effective March 3. She brings with her 36 years of experience in the newspaper industry, along with a commitment to excellence deeply rooted in the values of community journalism.
Mlodecki is settling in and enjoying getting to know both the area and its people.
“I am pleased to already have met a very friendly variety of business owners and residents,” she said.

Community comes together to support Alice Piper project

March 7, 2014

“Who is Alice Piper” is the question driving the Big Pine Unified School District and Big Pine Paiute Tribe in the effort to raise funds for a statute honoring the Paiute from Fish Lake Valley.
The life-size statue, designed by Matt Glenn of Big Statues in Provo, Utah from a sketch done by Robert Guiteriez, will be placed on the front lawn of the Big Pine High School, surrounded by a garden area and seating.

Inyo-Mono Promise widens pathway to college

March 7, 2014

Cerro Coso Bishop campus’ hallway was packed on Tuesday with Inyo and Mono county educators, local officials, students and other community members at a reception for University of Nevada at Reno staff in a celebration of the Inyo-Mono Promise.

NIH honors loyal employees

March 7, 2014

Long-term employees were recently recognized by Northern Inyo Hospital during an annual event meant to honor those recording milestone years with the healthcare facility.
NIH hosted a breakfast celebration at the Tallman Pavilion at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop on Feb. 13, honoring 61 employees for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 35 and 40 years of service to the hospital district.

March 6th

Op-Ed: L.A.’s 20th century solution to a 21st century issue

March 6, 2014

Does the sun no longer shine in Los Angeles? This is essentially what the city’s utility is asserting, for why else would a metropolis with millions of acres in rooftops and parking lots and thoroughfares under the Southern California sky look to a coveted landscape 200 miles away to install solar panels? Any thinking person can see that California would be a better place if solar panels were integrated into the city.

March 5th

Owens Valley ranching in the spotlight

March 5, 2014

Last Thursday’s Ranchers Panel portion of the Community Reads program was held just a day after the Owens Valley woke up to clouds and puddles following the first night of rain in nearly two months.
The rain made for a more optimistic panel of four cattlemen and the topic of the first question asked by County Office of Education Superintendent Terry McAteer. Tom Noland with the Spainhower Ranch in Lone Pine admitted he ran outdoors at 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 and “got wet.”

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