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September 27th, 2013

City officials gearing up for Adventure Trails

September 27, 2013

Bishop residents gathered Wednesday evening to discuss the proposed route maps for the pilot Adventure Trails program.
City and county officials, with the help of the ATV Adventure Trails group, have released four proposed routes within the city limits that, if approved, will be classified as “dual use” and be open to licensed drivers of off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes, quads and side-by-sides like the Yamaha Rhino.

September 25th

Archaeologist digs up insight about life in aqueduct camp

September 25, 2013

The remnants of a Los Angeles Aqueduct construction camp have produced insights into how the aqueduct workforce lived and worked, what they ate, smoked and drank, and how the physical layout of the camp itself reflected “scientific management practices” introduced in the early 1900s to improve productivity and control the diverse workforce.

Manuel Ruiz Hollywood’s next big thing?

September 25, 2013

Lone Pine resident and 2012 graduate Manuel Ruiz has won second place in the prestigious annual L.A. Screenplay Competition, which announced the final five finalists last week. These scripts are specially marked for production and will be passed around to producers in the business in hopes someone will decide to develop the project.
The final competition was described in a letter and an invitation to the final five red carpet event and ceremony.

September 23rd

Freedom found in Independence

September 23, 2013

When Utah residents Belinda Crnich and Charity Winsor decided they wanted to get married, they knew they’d have to go to California – the closest state within driving distance where their union would be legally recognized.
And when the couple, dating for almost two years and living together for almost nine months, sat down to plan their nuptials, they knew they’d had to have their civil ceremony in Independence, Calif. – a town whose name struck a chord with the women who have experienced their share of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.

County hears feedback on what’s working, what’s not

September 23, 2013

Last week, residents of Big Pine and Independence weighed in with their opinions on the proposed General Plan and Zoning Code Update at workshops held by the Inyo County Planning Department.
Many of the comments mirrored those made in other community workshops, while some were contradictory.

September 20th

More funding needed for new Animal Shelter

September 20, 2013

For 16 years, animal care workers and residents of Inyo County have been trying to fund a new animal shelter to replace the outmoded facility currently operating in Big Pine. With the adoption of a new county operating budget on Sept. 17, the project will finally be getting under way.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has earmarked $200,000 toward the shelter project, which brings the total funds to roughly $500,000 to build a brand-new shelter to replace the aging cement structure on County and Reynolds roads.

Energy Dept. resurrects Yucca Mountain project

September 20, 2013

Federal authorities are re-opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, asking local governments that may be impacted by the proposed nuclear waste site to offer suggestions on how to proceed.
According to Greg James, the county-contracted attorney who handles all Yucca Mountain matters, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reconsidering Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository site in response to lawsuits filed by the state of Washington and North Carolina after licensing proceedings for Yucca Mountain were suspended in 2009 due to a lack of funding.

James Denver on the front lines of California’s wildfires

September 20, 2013

Massive forest fires, like California’s Rim Fire that blanketed the Eastern Sierra in a stinging haze for weeks, generate different reactions.
East of the Rockies, it’s hard to imagine the intensity of fire fed by years of underbrush racing to the top of 12,000-foot peaks. West of the Rockies, the reactions are more personal: “It could, or has, been us.” For those who know the Yosemite Valley, threatened by Rim, the reaction is deeply personal.
But for Bishop’s James Denver, major forest fires are a whole different ball game; they’re a job.

September 18th

County calls meeting to get answers on frog proposal

September 18, 2013

Inyo County and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife will be meeting Monday to give Inyo County residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed critical habitat designations in the Eastern Sierra.

22nd Annual Millpond Fest begins Friday

September 18, 2013

This weekend Millpond County Park will be the stage for a three-day music festival featuring a medley of melodies from an eclectic mix of musicians.
The weekend also includes workshop performances that allow attendees to interact with performers, as well as arts and crafts and face painting for youth.
According to Inyo Council for the Arts Director Lynn Cooper, the event is also a final summer camping trip for many residents and visitors.

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