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October 14th, 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.
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.
âRemembering the wisdom of our pastâ 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 âthe people come together for harvest celebration.â
Residents in the Eastern Sierra may experience a warmer-than-average winter this coming season. But predictions arenât all bad, as there is a chance this winter could bring above-average precipitation.
Early winter weather predictions suggest that it may be a weak to moderate El NiĂ±o year. For the Eastern Sierra, El NiĂ±o, a warming trend in the Pacific, means warmer weather with increased chances of rain and, in the higher elevations, snow.
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Home Street Middle School is going full-bore in its efforts to raise awareness while fostering the anti-bullying antidote â kindness.
âGood things are happening at Home Street Middle School,â Administrative Assistant Kristin Carr said. âStaff and students are aware and concerned about bullying in their community and on surrounding campusesâ and are involved in HSMSâ multi-pronged anti-bullying campaign.
The federal employees prohibited from going to work and the businesses losing money generated by tourists drawn to Yosemite, Death Valley and Manzanar arenât the only local victims of the nationwide government shutdown, now in its 10th day.
The mandatory closure of National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service offices, and the suspension of services that have been deemed ânon-essential,â have had what Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley called âa rather devastating effectâ on local filming.
With the Jan. 1 deadline to sign up for healthcare looming over the nation, Toiyabe Indian Health Project staff is providing help and getting training to help Native American community members understand where they fit into the Affordable Care Act.
Chief Executive Officer David Lent said that his Contract Healthcare Department staff is now providing tribal members with ACA information as well as helping them understand how the Covered California program can benefit them and their clinic.
Volunteer fire departments throughout the Owens Valley will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-11, with a series of open houses.
Sunday kicked off National Fire Prevention Week and local fire departments are reminding residents to check their smoke alarms, be fire conscious and to drop by their communityâs fire station for helpful tips or just to say hello.
Local Internet providers are testing connections with Digital 395 and hope to be providing more bandwidth to residents by Thanksgiving at the latest.
According to Praxis Associates President Mike Ort, only small portions on the fiber-optic backbone still need to be built. Those sections are located on National Forest land. Ort said construction crews need the go-ahead from the Forest Service to proceed, and the government shutdown has severed communication with those officials.
He said he hopes the problem will be resolved soon.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in America. It is responsible for more injuries to women than car accidents and rape combined.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Wild Iris, the Inyo and Mono domestic violence prevention group, is asking that residents educate themselves on the warning signs of domestic abuse and the aid that is available for those suffering from abuse.
Throughout the month, Wild Iris will be out and about in local communities to help spread the word.
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 â legislative restriction on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the Treasury â by Oct. 17.