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April 6th, 2013

Hidden Hills project on hold

April 6, 2013

Less than a month after reaching an agreement with Inyo County to mitigate impacts to services created by the Hidden Hills Solar Project, the proponent, BrightSource Energy, Inc., has pulled its permit application and put the project on hiatus.

BrightSource announced this week that it has withdrawn its application for the 250 megawatt, 3,280-acre project proposed in southeast Inyo County, citing “challenges associated with the project schedule and uncertainty around the timing of transmission upgrades.”

Southern Sierra gets first new sheep herd in 100 years

April 6, 2013

With the population of the endangered Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep at 500 and rising, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is attempting to establish a new herd near Olancha Peak.

The DFW worked March 25-27 to relocate 14 bighorn sheep from healthy herds to the Olancha Peak area, which was home to a herd that died out in the early 1900s.

The creation of the Olancha Peak herd represents the first reintroduction of Sierra bighorn to historical habitat since 1986.

LADWP lake plan stirs up mixed reactions

April 6, 2013

Mixed reviews are coming in for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposal to develop a workable plan for long-term dust and habitat control on Owens Lake.

Second annual Hills celebration coming soon

April 6, 2013

Upcoming festivities will celebrate a Southern Inyo treasure with tours, films, workshops and a membership drive this month.

The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group will hold its Second Annual Alabama Hills Day from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 in Lone Pine at the convention center, in the film museum and out among hills.

AHSG invites the public to participate in this special, free event. Family and friends are welcome to show their support for the Alabama Hills, enjoy a unique learning experience and make this another successful event.

Focus being put on preventing child abuse, sexual assault

April 6, 2013

Local crisis centers are reaching out to the public by adding awareness-raising events to their ongoing services as a part of this month’s nationwide Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention Month campaigns.

In the face of pervasive sexual abuse against women, men and children, Owen Valley’s Wild Iris Crisis Centers are increasing their activities in tandem with April’s national Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

April 3rd

New animal shelter for Inyo?

April 3, 2013

Inyo County is looking to its residents to help fund a better home for lost and orphaned animals after years of failed attempts to find state or federal money.
Local leaders on Tuesday approved a plan that relies on donations to fund the construction of a new animal shelter on county-owned property in Big Pine where the current facility is located.
Deputy Public Works Director Jim Tatum presented three conceptual drawings of a new shelter that range in price from $450,000 to $725,000 and would include 24 dog kennels and 24 cat cages.

Taxing question surfaces in slow-growing cottage food industry

April 3, 2013

A new state law, intended to support home-based entrepreneurs start up and flourish, has run into a local snag that currently has new business progress at a near stand-still.
The Cottage Food Law, in effect since Jan. 1, is intended to help home-based food industries operate under a set of regulations that are less expensive, more flexible and more streamlined than that of other businesses.

Toiyabe, City to unveil gift to community this Saturday

April 3, 2013

In an intertribal-city collaboration, the Eastern Sierra has joined a countrywide healthy living trend intended to promote community wellness for all.
There will be a grand unveiling of the Eastern Sierra’s first outdoor exercise center, located in Bishop City Park, a gift to the entire community from the Board of Directors of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project.
In this unique setting, people can workout while surveying the grandeur of the White and Sierra mountain ranges, the progress of the community garden and of the pink and white spring blossoms at the park’s edge.

April 1st

High fire danger levels return to Owens Valley

April 1, 2013

Spring has sprung and with warmer temperatures and longer days come some hazards for recreators.
Local officials are warning of avalanche danger in higher elevations caused by melting snowpack and of fire hazards in the Owens Valley caused by a drier-than-normal conditions.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine conducted a live fire training exercise just east of Bishop Saturday morning and said dry conditions on the valley floor are something residents should be aware and cautious of.

BLM still deciding future of recovered ancient artifactsv

April 1, 2013

The investigation into the theft of six priceless artifacts chiseled from the rocks of a local petroglyph site continues, as the pieces of ancient artwork sit in evidence storage at the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM Field Manager Bernadette Lovato said last week that no official plans have been made for the six petroglyph panels that were stolen late last year and anonymously returned in late January.
“For now, they have to stay in evidence, and there’s not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,” Lovato said. “Then we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.”

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