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July 30th, 2013

L.A. man arrested after violent attacks

July 30, 2013

Despite wind, rain and floods that hampered initial response efforts, law enforcement officials were able to apprehend a man suspected of committing a violent robbery Sunday night in Pearsonville.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Pulido-Gonzalez, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested Tuesday, July 23 in the Kennedy Meadows area for an alleged car-jacking and attempted murder. He later confessed to Sunday night’s robbery during which he stabbed a convenience store clerk.

Aspen Fire continues to grow

July 30, 2013

The Aspen Fire, located within the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County about seven miles North of Big Creek continues to grow. As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the fire had grown from 11,101 to 14,147 acres. It is currently 25 percent contained.
The fire is currently burning off Stump Springs Road, North of Aspen Springs. The South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team is in command of the Aspen Fire.

July 26th

Remembering the voice of the Eastern Sierra

July 26, 2013

He had one of the most recognizable voices in the Eastern Sierra – a voice he used for more than two decades to greet listeners each morning with their favorite songs, humorous anecdotes, congratulations on milestones and achievements, event announcements and summaries of the important news of the day.
Chances are better than good that if you lived, worked or grew up in the Owens Valley during the 1980s or ’90s, at some point – if not on a regular basis – you started your day with John Young.

July 25th

Premier solar demo project comes to Bishop

July 25, 2013

Five local families are in the process of having their homes outfitted with money- and energy-saving solar electric systems this month as part of a first-ever tribal solar installation project.

Rains a mixed blessing for Inyo

July 25, 2013

Thunderstorms packing torrential rains may have been a welcome relief from the recent heat wave, but they also wreaked havoc on local roads and highways in the form of flash floods and mud slides.
Inyo County was under a “Flash Flood Watch” Monday night and all of Tuesday as a monsoonal weather system moved through the region, bringing electrical storms, high winds and heavy downpours – which gave the valley more precipitation than it received all winter.

Rains a mixed blessing for Inyo

July 25, 2013

Thunderstorms packing torrential rains may have been a welcome relief from the recent heat wave, but they also wreaked havoc on local roads and highways in the form of flash floods and mud slides.
Inyo County was under a “Flash Flood Watch” Monday night and all of Tuesday as a monsoonal weather system moved through the region, bringing electrical storms, high winds and heavy downpours – which gave the valley more precipitation than it received all winter.

Lightning starts fires on West Side

July 25, 2013

A lightning-sparked wildfire is burning uncontained on the west side of the Sierra this week and causing hazy skies on the east side.
The Aspen Fire, officials said, has grown to 3,000 acres since Sunday and, as of Wednesday afternoon, was 0 percent contained.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, the Sierra National Forest – where the fire is burning – has “received significant lightning activity” since Sunday. “These downstrikes have resulted in 15 new wildfires, the largest of which … is Aspen Fire located below Stump Springs Road just north of Aspen Creek.”

Robbery and attempted murder in Pearsonville

July 25, 2013

Wind, rain and floods provided an ominous backdrop for a violent robbery in Pearsonville Sunday night.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, Johnny Pulido-Gonzalez, 24, of Los Angeles was arrested Tuesday, July 23 in the Kennedy Meadows area for an alleged car-jacking and attempted murder. He later confessed to to being the suspect Sunday night’s robbery during which he stabbed a convenience store clerk.

July 24th

Mother Nature, abatement efforts keep skeeter populations low

July 24, 2013

While the mosquito population is currently low during this low-water year, the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program crew is daily treating pastures and lake areas in preparation for the peak August/September mosquito season.
OVMAP Manager Chris Wickham said the crew has been applying larvicides to pasture areas adjacent to Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine and Independence as well as in the Owens Lake area near Keeler since March.
“Anywhere we find mosquitoes breeding near human populations is our highest priority,” he said.

Listening to the universe

July 24, 2013

The Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy offers much to boggle the mind. The drive through a landscape, beautiful in its starkness, ends with a display of sky-focused dishes at Cedar Flat, a scene so incongruous it’s reminiscent of “Lost.” The dishes themselves are giving scientists a look at the birth of new planets formed from the gas and dust whirling around young stars, the same process that produced Earth.

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