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February 8th, 2013
Eight young poetry recitalists competed for a chance to represent Inyo County at the state and national levels for a chance to win prestige and substantial monetary prizes.
Bishop, Lone Pine and Owens Valley high school students delved deeply into their intellectual, emotional and public speaking repertoires this past Tuesday at the third annual Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Finals.
Inyo Council of the Arts School Arts Coordinator Liz McAteer emceed the POL event.
Inyo County will be dividing $80,000 among 13 different programs and 7 agencies through the county-funded Community Project Sponsorship Grant program.
Local leaders awarded funds to the Lone Pine, Death Valley and Bishop chambers of commerce, Playhouse 395, the Bishop Museum and Historical Society, the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and the Bishop Mural Society.
County leaders decided this week to rescind a decision it made in January, approving a retroactive contract for Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley to ensure he is paid for work he did out of contract last year.
The board voted 4-1, with First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius as the dissenting vote, for a $30,000 contract from July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
Langleyâ€™s film commission contract expired in June 2012 as county staff prepared a Request for Proposals for the position in response to requests from the public.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District said it has won another victory in the fight for dust control on Owens Lake.
Kern County Superior Court ruled earlier this week that the LADWP is responsible for paying penalties associated with its decision to withhold $1.1 million in air pollution control fees last year.
Those penalties could reach up to $8 million.
The LADWP sued Great Basin and the State Air Resource Board last year, claiming that it had met its obligation for dust control measures on Owens Lake.
The Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn. opened a dialogue in Inyo County and across the country. How safe are local schools? How can a young man be so critically broken and go without real help? Should the nation restrict assault weapons or arm our teachers?
The gun debate will not be solved in the Owens Valley, but county educators, mental health specialists and law enforcement came together at the Inyo Office of Education to begin what County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer called â€śan uncomfortable conversation.â€ť
Residents and visitors were given the greenlight this week to enjoy backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in and around June Mountain Ski Area for the rest of the winter season.
Restrictions prohibiting such winter activities on national forest lands within the ski area boundaries have been lifted, now that the Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finalized an operations plan for June Mountain.
The Forest Service still urges extreme caution in some areas due to avalanche danger.
Various state and regional entities are hosting webinars to help local entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses via the Digital 395 project.
This ongoing, online series of business management webinars at Inyo, Kern and Mono County locations were designed to assist business owners find financing and more.
County leaders will meet today to re-open discussions regarding Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langleyâ€™s contract, the Forest Service Plan Revision and developments with the Eastern Sierra Agency on Aging.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
At the opening of the meeting, representatives of Inyo County Health and Human Services will update the board on an ongoing investigation into the theft of public welfare funds. As of press time Monday, no arrests have been made in that case.
Ancient petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall
were recovered this week
by the Bureau of Land Management.
Investigators are still looking for the thieves, meanwhile, and continue to ask for the publicâ€™s help.
BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock said the stolen artifacts were recovered as the result of â€śinformation provided by an anonymous tip.â€ť
Because authorities are still seeking those responsible for the theft and associated vandalism, the BLM is keeping the details about how it recovered the ancient rock art under wraps at this time.
A 22-year-old Big Pine man was killed late Thursday evening during a short, high-speed pursuit west of Bishop.
John Ericson, Jr. suffered fatal injuries when he lost control of his vehicle while allegedly fleeing from local authorities.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan traveling at about 80 miles per hour on Brockman Lane at 11:04 p.m.
The CHP reported that the subject, later identified as Ericson, â€śaccelerated and began to flee at a high rate of speed.â€ť