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June 26th, 2012

Failure is not an option

June 26, 2012

Bishop Elementary School Principal Betsy McDonald isn’t pulling any punches when she says the education of “our next generation is at stake.”
In continuing to make an impassioned plea for the Bishop community’s support of the “Keep Instructional Aides” fundraiser, McDonald explained that student success is at risk amidst ongoing budget cuts, growing class size and resulting lack of opportunity for individualized instruction.

June 25th

June Mountain Ski Area shuts down

June 25, 2012

June Mountain Ski Area has suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.
The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open Thursday, June 21 was cut down. The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.
The news came as a “complete surprise” to June Lake’s incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.

DWP tells state board it’s ‘done’ at Owens Lake

June 25, 2012

State air quality watchdogs have a little less than two weeks to decide whether the City of Los Angeles is required to continue dust mitigation efforts on the Owens Dry Lake – despite city attorneys’ adamant assertions that L.A. is “done” with any such obligations.
The California Air Resources Board met last Friday to hear arguments from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District regarding a disagreement between the two entities over mandated mitigation measures.

Long summer vacation ahead for local teachers

June 25, 2012

 

“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

June 21st

Collective Language offering youth-driven self-expression

June 21, 2012

Youth from all over the Owens Valley are being called on to support and even participate in a growing effort to showcase the area’s rich local talent pool – and enjoy free entertainment.
Organized by the very artists who will be performing, Collective Language is an eclectic, monthly offering featuring live music of varying styles, live art demonstrations and a safe and healthy environment for anyone of any age looking to have a good time.
The next Collective Language concert happens tomorrow, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Wünüt Novi on the Bishop Paiute Reservation

NPS putting together plan for Saline Valley

June 21, 2012

Officials with the National Park Service have extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.
Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until Aug. 6, 2012.
“Public input is very important to this planning process, and the NPS is extending the comment period to allow for all members of the interested public to share their perspectives and suggestions,” a press release from the National Park Service states.

Ham Radio Field Day this weekend in LP

June 21, 2012

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves cut off. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.
This weekend, local Owens Valley “hams” will join thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. in demonstrating their emergency communications skills.

June 19th

Sierra Conservation Project keeping recyclable material out of local landfills

June 19, 2012

When Brian Robinette moved to the Eastern Sierra 10 years ago looking for a new business venture, he noticed that recycling opportunities were scarce in Inyo and Mono counties.
And when the urban refugee launched Sierra Conservation Project in response to that need, “It was just me and a pickup truck,” said Robinette.
Since then, the residential and commercial recycling subscription service has grown from a one-pickup-truck enterprise to a small recycling truck capable of a 20-house haul to a large truck that services 100 homes at a time.

Farewell to a friend

June 19, 2012

When American science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury died June 5 at the age of 91, his passing was mourned not only by fans and friends the world over, but also by a loyal cadre of Eastern Sierra residents and local graduates who are feeling the loss on a personal level.
Widely known and acclaimed as the author of 27 novels and more than 600 short stories, Bradbury was also a friend to the Owens Valley – sharing a mutual admiration and affection for its people as well as an appreciation for its wild places.

June 18th

Fact-finding efforts under way in possible hatchery takeover

June 18, 2012

How Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery is managed, and by whom, is till a topic of discussion for the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Game, which is currently responsible for the facility.
Last week the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery met with members of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to tour the facility and discuss the possibility of the SNC taking ownership of it.

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