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March 29th, 2013

LADWP developing long-term dry lake plan

March 29, 2013

With ongoing litigation tying up the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s mitigation work on Owens Lake, the utility is hoping to take the initiative and develop a long-term solution to dust blowing off the lake.
The LADWP issued a statement earlier this week telling members of the Owens Lake Master Plan Committee that it will begin working on a project design that would incorporate elements that it hopes will meet the needs and goals of each member agency.

Cops to crack down on distracted driving

March 29, 2013

Text messaging and talking on cell phones have proven to be as dangerous as drunk driving and local law enforcement will be cracking down on both this coming month.
The Bishop Police Department is joining the nationwide Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign starting April 1. BPD will show “zero tolerance” to drivers who put themselves and others at risk by texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Chief Chris Carter.

Wye Road Improvements Project could start by fall

March 29, 2013

There is light at the end of a tunnel for a City of Bishop Public Works project that will renovate an intersection which has been the site of a higher-than-average number of collisions over the years.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvements Project is intended to reconfigure the Wye Road-North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, which lies west of the Kmart/Vons area, thereby creating a throughway that is more clearly and safely navigable.

March 27th

Dual-use trail network under review

March 27, 2013

Inyo County is on the road to adventure now that planning efforts for a dual-use on- and off-road network are awaiting approval from state and local agencies.
The Adventure Trails map is currently in the hands of county road planners, the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Once those agencies sign off on the proposal, project proponents will seek community input before beginning implementation.

Civil rights activist visiting Manzanar this April

March 27, 2013

The daughter of an early civil rights activist will be honored for her father’s contributions in that field as well as her own at this year’s Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Civil rights advocate Karen Korematsu will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at noon on Saturday, April 27. She is also a co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, which was named after her father who challenged the 1942 U.S. government internment order and was later integral in establishing an act that attempted to remedy that wrong.

Langley given new film commissioner contract

March 27, 2013

Lone Pine resident Chris Langley will continue to serve as the Inyo County film commissioner for at least another year.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a long-term contract with Langley that allows him to continue work he’s been doing on the county’s behalf for five years – and get paid for it.
Langley’s new contract will run from April 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $71,975.

March 25th

Threat of ‘superbugs’ low in Eastern Sierra

March 25, 2013

With cases of infection by antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” on the rise nationwide, local health facilities are on standby – although they say the chances of cases developing in this area are very low.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an increasing number of cases of new superbugs, a group of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which are not treatable with the strongest antibiotics currently available.

Farewell party Wednesday for longtime Healthy Communities director

March 25, 2013

Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo is saying farewell to its longtime director at the end of this month and in the meantime, community members are invited to join various local officials and residents in bidding Charles James a fond farewell later this week.
The Healthy Communities Board of Directors, along with a number of residents whose lives have been touched by James, are planning a farewell celebration of his service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at “The Building” in Lone Pine.

Debit, credit card thefts continue

March 25, 2013

Local authorities say residents are still being victimized by credit card fraud that, in many cases, can be traced to local businesses’ hacked computer systems.
As the Bishop Police Department continues its investigation, authorities are advising residents to use cash or checks whenever possible to protect their financial information from cybercrime hackers.
“We’re still getting reports on a day-to-day basis,” Bishop PD Public Information Officer Katie Coffman said. “It’s been slowing down some over the past couple weeks, but we’re still seeing about six reports, or more, a day.”

Dramatic mock crash focuses on distracted driving

March 25, 2013

Owens Valley youth are getting the benefit of a new focus on mock crash demonstrations that impress the potentially devastating results of distracted driving by teenage drivers – text messaging.
During a simulated vehicle collision, complete with play victims and real rescue and law enforcement personnel, Death Valley Unified School District middle and high school students saw the increasingly prevalent, devastating results of texting while driving, said DVUSD Superintendent Jim Copeland.

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