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October 21st, 2013

County project generates savings

October 21, 2013

The bright sunshine in Independence last Tuesday matched the sunny financial projections for Inyo County’s recently completed $2 million solar project which includes three separate arrays of photovoltaic solar panels that are capable of generating 430 kilowatts of electricity.

October 18th

End of shutdown opens up national parks in Eastern Sierra

October 18, 2013

Sixteen days and more than $24 billion in lost revenue and wages later, the U.S. government shutdown has ended with approval of a national spending plan that will be in place from now through Jan. 15.
Federal officials have also agreed to raise the nation’s debt limit through Feb. 7 to avoid defaulting on debt.
The end of the shutdown means workers deemed “non-essential” who were furloughed Oct. 1 have been allowed to return to work and the “non-essential” federal services that were shut down will resume.
Locally, the national parks are once again open to residents and travelers.

Bishop mourns passing of former mayor, longtime resident

October 18, 2013

Longtime Bishop resident Kathryn Henderson passed away last week just after her 80th birthday, leaving behind the lifetime legacies of a loving family and a strong commitment to community and public service.
Henderson died on Oct. 13, 2013 at Renown Medical Center in Reno surrounded by family, according to daughter-in-law Cindy Henderson. In her obituary, son Don Henderson wrote, “She was a born-again Christian who loved her family and savior, Jesus Christ.”

Privacy breach at NIH could result in criminal charges

October 18, 2013

Local law enforcement has opened an investigation into the theft of medical records from Northern Inyo Hospital in a case that has shaken community members and NIH itself.
This past summer, hospital officials noticed that an employee in the records department had illegally obtained and was in possession of a patient’s medical file. Hospital Administrator John Halfen said Thursday that the employee, Cherie LaBraque, was fired within hours of the discovery, but the ramifications of the theft are far-reaching.

Mules in place for historic, 240-mile march

October 18, 2013

One hundred sure-footed, long-eared equines are hitched up and lined up along Aberdeen Station Road – across the highway from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct Intake – in anticipation of a 240-mile journey to Southern California.
LADWP and City of L.A. officials were on hand for a plaque ceremony that memorializes the opening of the Intake and the L.A. Aqueduct in February, 1913.

October 16th

Veterans helping Wounded Warriors hit Sierra slopes

October 16, 2013

“We believe the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges changes lives. No one should be left behind simply because of a disability.”  
– Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
 
The American Legion will be banding together with Carl’s Jr. to raise funds in support of Wounded Warrior Project athletes who will be attending the upcoming Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra winter event.

‘100 Mules’ head out Friday en route to Los Angeles

October 16, 2013

One hundred mules will step out in formation on Friday, Oct. 18 to start a 240-mile journey alongside the Los Angeles Aqueduct that will take them from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles in about 27 days to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Aqueduct.

Bishop going after ‘Tree City USA’ designation

October 16, 2013

The City of Bishop declared a local Arbor Day in order to become an official Tree City USA, a designation that will further the city’s overall nationwide status and its City Park Arboretum Project.

October 14th

Timeline decided for new county animal shelter

October 14, 2013

Inyo County has approved a game-plan for approaching fundraising, design and construction of a new Inyo County Animal Shelter.
Local leaders finalized a time-line last Tuesday that will get the ball rolling on design of the new building once fundraising efforts conclude in December.

Celebrating autumn with BP Tribe’s Fall Fandango

October 14, 2013

The Big Pine Paiute Tribe is hosting its 2013 Fall Fandango this month with traditional and contemporary events in celebration of the time of harvest.
“Remembering the wisdom of our past” is the 2013 theme of the Oct. 18-19 weekend Big Pine Fall Fandango, or Tovowahamatu Nawenikina Pabanawani. Big Pine Paiute Tribe Community Projects Coordinator Sage Romero explained that Tovowahamatu is the original Paiute name for the Big Pine area and nawenikina pabanawani means “the people come together for harvest celebration.”

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