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January 5th, 2015

Eastern Sierra loses an icon

January 5, 2015

Benett Kessler, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Eastern Sierra for a generation, has died. She was 65.
Kessler died Jan. 2 in Northern Inyo Hospital after battling cancer for more than three years, her close friend Scott Clark, a physician at the Bishop facility, said.
Kessler, the majority owner of Sierra Broadcasters, LLC in Independence, was a daily presence in Owens Valley and Mono County homes, delivering news reports and opinion pieces on television, radio, online and in print for 38 years about the most controversial issues in the region.

Great Basin breathing easier

January 5, 2015

Last year ended on a high note for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, which received word Dec. 31 that dust mitigation on Owens Lake should be completed in the next two years.
Sacramento Superior Court issued a stipulated judgement against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuit that claims that dust mitigation is a waste of water that requires dust mitigation work to be completed.

There’s a new undersheriff in town

January 5, 2015

Longtime Inyo County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Hollowell has been promoted to Inyo County Undersheiff.
Hollowell was sworn in by Sheriff Bill Lutze Monday, and immediately began work in his new position.
With years of experience with the Sheriff’s Department, Lutze said Monday that Hollowell was the obvious choice to fill the shoes of Keith Hardcastle, who retired as undersheriff at the end of last month.
As undersheriff, Lutze said Hollowell is the number two man in the department, responsible for overseeing virtually all aspects of the operation, from budgeting to personnel matters.

Pro Football Playoff Previews and Predictions

January 5, 2015

Next Week’s Matchups:
Dallas @ Green Bay
What to watch for:
Dallas will travel to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and their dynamic offense. Green Bay has not lost at Lambeau Field yet this year. Dallas matches up well with Green Bay because they have a strong running game that can keep the clock running and keep the ball out of Green Bay’s hands. The weather might get the best out of Dallas as it is likely to be extremely cold. Green Bay’s offense will be looking to feast on a weak Dallas secondary.
Pick: Green Bay 31-24

Carolina @ Seattle
What to watch for:

Pro Football Playoff Round Up

January 5, 2015

Saturday 1/3/15

Carolina (8-8-1) 27 vs
Arizona (11-6) 16

December 31st, 2014

D.A. headed to court for high-profile cases

December 31, 2014

Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy is preparing for a busy January, with several cases on the docket.
Hardy said Wednesday that a settlement conference for the case against Bishop residents Dawndee and Ken Rossy, who are accused of embezzlement of public assistant funds from Inyo County Health and Human Services, has been set for Jan. 8.
Hardy said a trial date may be set during that conference. If that happens, he expects the trial will be set for late spring or early summer.

‘Bad apples’ causing problems in DVNP

December 31, 2014

After discovering damage to the Ibex Dunes in Death Valley, the National Park Service is warning that “a few bad apples” can spoil the fun for everyone.
The Ibex Dunes in Death Valley National Park are a refuge of natural quiet; a dramatic contrast to the wild fun of Dumont Dunes, the popular off-highway vehicle area on nearby BLM lands.
“Unfortunately, a few ‘bad apples’ are flaunting the law and giving a bad reputation to all of the law-abiding off-road enthusiasts,” a press release issued by Death Valley National Park on Christmas Eve states.

December 30th

New laws for the new year

December 30, 2014

More than 900 new laws were approved last year in California, running the gamut from health, employment and medical benefits to criminal penalties, law enforcement procedures and motor vehicle rules, to education, pet care and children’s welfare.
Many of the new laws become enforceable today, Thursday, Jan. 1.

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Bishop resident leads on-air house hunt

December 30, 2014

Mammoth Lakes business owner and Bishop resident Maggie Larson will be featured in a new reality show, “Sharing Paradise,” debuting on HGTV at 2 p.m. today.
According to Larson, the show, which follows various groups of home hunters who are interested in purchasing property together, will kick off with an episode in Mammoth Lakes.
For the second episode, Larson works with two couples – a brother and sister and their spouses – to find the perfect mountain retreat with all the features and amenities each of the four buyers are looking for.

Big Pine eatery a local success story

December 30, 2014

Under new management since late 2013, Country Kitchen in Big Pine has undergone a number of improvements that have many locals and visitors to the Eastern Sierra talking about the restaurant’s new menu and great service. Located just off U.S. Highway 395 in the center of Big Pine, Country Kitchen offers travelers a welcome break.

 

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