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June 27th, 2014

Closures and cautions for the 4th of July

June 27, 2014

Local agencies are closing area roads for safety reasons during the July 4th holiday.
In an effort to enhance public safety while encouraging safe and responsible 4th of July recreating, the Bishop Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Road Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and Bishop Fire have developed a cohesive enforcement and operations plan for the citizens and visitors of Bishop.
Effective on July 4, the following areas of Bishop will have enforced, temporary no parking zones:

June 25th

County Office of Ed rescinds offer to help Lone Pine

June 25, 2014

The Inyo County Office of Education officially cut both the “strings” attached to its offer of funds to the Lone Pine Unified School District and the offer itself.
The Lone Pine board made no final decision in response to the county’s offer of funding for facility improvements in exchange for a number of conditions at its June 18 special meeting, deferring action until this evening’s board meeting.

Family, Tribal Council at loggerheads in land dispute

June 25, 2014

A decades-old dispute between Bishop Tribal member Ron Napoles and the Bishop Paiute Tribe escalated earlier this month, with assault charges filed against tribal employees, and trespassing citations issued to Napoles and his family members.
Napoles and the tribe have been at odds for years over the ownership of two land allotments on North Pa Ha Lane, south of the Paiute Palace Casino. Recently, the dispute has gone public, with protests, petitions and op-ed pieces in the newspaper.

June 23rd

Spaghetti dinner last fundraising push for new animal shelter

June 23, 2014

Residents and visitors are invited to head over to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds this weekend to help with the final fundraising push for a new Inyo County Animal Shelter.
Just last week, Inyo County released a request for bids for the new shelter in Big Pine. Thus far, there have been three responses, ranging from $700,000 to $767,000 for the construction of the project, which will also require about $100,000 worth of site grading work.
To date, ICARE has raised between $750,000 and $770,000 for the new shelter.

Film museum benefactor dead at 75

June 23, 2014

Lone Pine lost a dear friend this past weekend, but his legacy will live on through the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum.
Jim Rogers, a business owner and philanthropist who helped Lone Pine’s dream of building a film history museum come true eight years ago, died Saturday evening at his Las Vegas home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
According to Bob Sigman, executive director of the museum, Rogers was a lifelong fan of classic Westerns and many of those films were shot in and around Lone Pine.

Luxury haven for adventurers opens in Bishop

June 23, 2014

The Chalfant House on Academy Avenue is seeing a bustle of activity lately, reminiscent of times past. Its rooms and kitchen are once again filled with a multitude of strangers, friends and stories.
While this is nothing new for this property, the person who brought them here is.

June 20th

Authors talk about Rufus, Death Valley’s ‘Rescue Dog’

June 20, 2014

Authors John and Barbara Marnell will be making a presentation and signing copies of their book “Good Samaritans of Death Valley: Lou Westcott Beck and Rufus,” at the Eastern California Museum in Independence today, Saturday, June 21.
The slide show and presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. In addition, the authors will be at the museum to sign copies of their book from 1-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

McAteer offers LPUSD a deal it can’t refuse?

June 20, 2014

Half of the hurdles in the final resolution of the Blackrock 94 dispute have been cleared; the final once will be dealt with at Tuesday’s Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power approved the resolution Tuesday, June 17; the California Environmental Quality Act documents have been prepared and attached to the existing Environmental Impact Report. The dispute resolution will be on the supervisors’ meeting agenda this coming Tuesday.

Massive search ends with recovery effort

June 20, 2014

One of the largest search and rescue operations in Inyo County history came to an end this week with the discovery of hiker John Likely’s body.
The discovery – made early Thursday evening during the last planned reconnaissance flight of the day – brought a sad conclusion to a massive, five-day search involving almost 100 experts and professionals from across California.
It was obviously not the conclusion hoped for by either Likely’s family or the searchers themselves, who refused to consider their mission a recovery rather than a rescue operation.

June 18th

What ‘needs to change’ on Inyo Nat’l. Forest?

June 18, 2014

Residents and visitors are invited to weigh in on the future of the Inyo National Forest as the Forest Service wades deeper into Forest Plan revisions this week.
A public workshop will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop to discuss the Inyo’s “Need to Change” document and share their thoughts on what the Forest should look like.

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