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October 4th, 2013

Shutdown enters Day 5

October 4, 2013

With more than 800,000 federal employees out of work and national parks closed due to the government shutdown, impacts are being felt locally even as some federal services are being maintained.
As the nation heads into its fifth day of the government shutdown meanwhile, officials in Washington are beginning to voice concerns that the country could reach its debt ceiling – legislative restriction on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the Treasury – by Oct. 17.

For the Love of Swing prepares for swan song

October 4, 2013

After nearly two decades of keeping their fan following delighted and raising funds for local charities at the same time, For the Love of Swing will play its last concert this month.

October arrives with annual fun run not far behind

October 4, 2013

The Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance is honoring cancer patients and survivors by hosting its 13th annual walk/fun run event and launching new programs during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On behalf of cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones, ESBCA is inviting the entire community to join in the organization’s largest fundraiser, a 5K walk and 10K fun run, Treasurer Andrea Shallcross said.

October 2nd

Fall Colors Car Show rolling into Bishop Friday night

October 2, 2013

Fast cars, fine art, antiques and collectibles – as well as bargains on just about anything else – will be on tap at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds this weekend.

Canadian couple ties knot on High Sierra horse drive

October 2, 2013

More than wagons got hitched up this weekend as pack station wranglers drove their livestock to southern pastures for the winter.
André Desjardins, 53, and Marie-Janik Dubreuil, 45, of Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Quebec, Canada got married under a canopy of tree limbs at the Laws Railroad Museum gazebo, surrounded by family and friends, new and old, from as close as the Eastern Sierra and as far as Quebec. It was a brilliantly sunny fall afternoon on Oct. 1 as the Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfit horse drive guests became husband and wife.

October 1st

Local attractions shut down with U.S. Government

October 1, 2013

Yosemite National Park’s 123rd anniversary is today, but the park’s famous sights and attractions are off limits due to a nationwide government shutdown that took effect at midnight Monday.
Federal government operations shut down and national treasures were closed to the public after House representatives refused to budge on their effort to link the passage of the 2014 federal budget to a delay in the implementation of health care reform.

September 30th

Grant funding projects for Bishop, IMACA

September 30, 2013

The City of Bishop is planning a variety of improvements to the city using a large, recently received, Community Development Block grant.

Opening a dialogue about the desert

September 30, 2013

Film historian Chris Langley and photographer Osceola Refetoff are in the process of birthing a blog about the changing face of the Mojave in an effort to inform and engage people about how that change will impact everyone’s future.
Langley and Refetoff plan to unveil the working-titled blog, “High and Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain” this year. The title alludes to “the desert non-fiction of author Mary Austin’s ‘Land of Little Rain,’ which really describes our area very accurately,” Langley said.

September 27th

Possible impacts from solar ranch still a sticking point

September 27, 2013

Residents wanting to go on record with comments in response to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch now have until Nov. 2 to do so.
The public comment period for LADWP’s Draft Environment Impact Report has been extended from 45 days to 60 total and, in addition to two recent meetings held in the Owens Valley, may also include a hearing in Los Angeles to gather the input of stakeholders there – specifically, members of the Japanese American community with close ties to Manzanar National Historic Site.

Residents give officials an earful on frog habitat

September 27, 2013

Residents of the Eastern Sierra gathered Monday to speak with state and federal representatives who are proposing to list more than 2,000 acres of the Sierra as critical habitat for the yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad.
Inyo National Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Desert Area Assistant Field Supervisor Carl Benz, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Scientist and Fisheries Biologist James Erdman, Jr. and California Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Supervisor Heidi Sickler attended to answer what questions they could Monday.

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