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September 27th, 2013
Residents wanting to go on record with comments in response to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch now have until Nov. 2 to do so.
The public comment period for LADWPâs 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 â specifically, members of the Japanese American community with close ties to Manzanar National Historic Site.
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.
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 âdual useâ and be open to licensed drivers of off-highway vehicles such as dirt bikes, quads and side-by-sides like the Yamaha Rhino.
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 âscientific management practicesâ introduced in the early 1900s to improve productivity and control the diverse workforce.
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.
When Utah residents Belinda Crnich and Charity Winsor decided they wanted to get married, they knew theyâd have to go to California â 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 theyâd had to have their civil ceremony in Independence, Calif. â a town whose name struck a chord with the women who have experienced their share of oppression, discrimination and prejudice.
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.
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.
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.
Massive forest fires, like Californiaâs Rim Fire that blanketed the Eastern Sierra in a stinging haze for weeks, generate different reactions.
East of the Rockies, itâs 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: âIt could, or has, been us.â For those who know the Yosemite Valley, threatened by Rim, the reaction is deeply personal.
But for Bishopâs James Denver, major forest fires are a whole different ball game; theyâre a job.