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July 5th, 2012
Rusty Gregory knows people are not happy with him for closing June Mountain.
In the end, facing a loss of an average of $1.5 million a year, that wasnât enough to stop him.
âPersonally, Iâm incredibly disappointed as well,â he said. âI realize that the people in June are shocked and very disappointed, and angry with me. But the idea of subsidizing June without a view of an end result is not sustainable.â
He also said skier visits have gone from an average of 80,000 per season to 45,000 last season.
There is no shortage of gloom in June Lake.
When Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced last week (June 21) that it would close down the June Mountain ski area at least until the end of the 2012-13 ski season, the reaction was swift and tense.
âI think itâs been pretty clear the entire eight years since I was elected that this is exactly what I have been working to avoid,â said June Lakeâs county supervisor, Vikki Bauer.
Ceremonial speeches, bilingual blessings and cutting of a custom-made cake ushered in a new era for Northern Inyo Hospital at the grand opening of its recently completed medical facility Sunday, July 1. The community surged throughout the facility, taking photos, asking questions of the myriad NIH staff present, and oohing and aahing at the latest in medical technology.
County leaders got in another heated discussion regarding the controversial proposal to construct a new consolidated office facility in Bishop.
Inyo County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to extend an exclusive negotiating agreement contract with Joseph Enterprises to allow county staff more time to review designs for the building.
As part of the non-binding exclusive negotiating agreement, Joseph Enterprises has been meeting with county department heads to evaluate space needs for the various county offices.
Three major film productions shot in Inyo County in the past year, helping to strengthen the areaâs reputation as a film friendly community while pouring money into the local economy.
Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley, in his annual report to the Board of Supervisors, said the hard numbers on how much each production spent in the area are not yet available, but he did have a lot of information to share about local film projects.
Inyo County leaders will now be the governing body for senior services in the Eastern Sierra.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of the Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging, effectively disbanding the Inyo-Mono Area Agency on Aging.
Under the new agency, the Board of Supervisors will serve as the governing board, and members from the former IMAAA Advisory Council will continue to guide the future of senior services as the ESAAA Advisory Council.
After a decade of planning, design, red tape and construction, Northern Inyo Hospital District officially opens the doors to its new, two-story medical facility this weekend.
First conceived of about 10 years ago, and funded in large part by taxpayers, the building is being unveiled during a grand opening ceremony this Sunday, July 1.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, and get an up-close view of what hospital officials call a âstate-of-the-artâ facility offering patients the latest in medical technology with large side orders of privacy, comfort and security.
State and local law enforcement agencies are on the look-out for two convicts who apparently âwalked awayâ from a local detention facility last week.
A search was launched at about 10:10 p.m. Friday, June 22, when Owens Valley Conservation Camp inmates Jessy Lopez, 39, and Otoniel Aldana, 42, were not present during the evening head-count.
According to a press release from the minimum-security detention facility, camp personnel immediately activated âescape procedures,â notifying local authorities and surrounding residents.
Representatives with the U.S. Forest Service met with county leaders last Tuesday to give them some insight into the process the federal agency is using to develop a new Forest Planning Rule.
For their part, the county supervisors wanted to ensure they will be consulted throughout the process and have an opportunity to weigh in on how the new plan impacts local residents and the economy.
When complete, the Planning Rule will provide a framework for future actions on the forest, such as resource management, habitat enhancement and wildlife management.