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March 25th, 2013

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.

March 22nd

Youth getting AVID about their future

March 22, 2013

Home Street Middle School eighth-graders had a chance to get a bird’s eye view of college life that may impact the way they look at their high school career.
During a four-day tour of several Southern California universities, HSMS teacher Tiffany Randall’s eighth-grade AVID class broadened its academic horizons, went sightseeing and was inspired by a renowned educator, Randall said.

Local officials on the move

March 22, 2013

Inyo County is poised to lose two longtime public officials while gaining an experienced public servant from the Town of Mammoth Lakes.
In a bit of shuffling between the two counties, Auditor-Controller Leslie Chapman will be leaving the elected post she’s held since 2003 to take a similar position with Mono County. Mammoth Lakes Housing, Inc. Executive Director Pam Hennarty is resigning from her post, meanwhile, to serve as Inyo County’s deputy administrator, effective April 12 and Inyo County Counsel Randy Keller will be retiring this summer.

Sequester impacts coming to Eastern Sierra

March 22, 2013

Federal officials are working out the details of $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts to military and domestic programs that were to be implemented as part of the March 1 federal sequester.
Those cuts would be the start of $1 trillion in reductions over the next decade designed to stop government overspending. The largest hit will be a 14 percent cut to the U.S. Defense Department. But smaller cuts to agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Agriculture could impact residents and visitors in the Eastern Sierra.

Owens Valley community backs Lone Pine FFA program

March 22, 2013

Japanese farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka once said, “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Lone Pine High School’s Future Farmers of America program has been cultivating fine young adults for the past 19 years.
In a continuing show of support for the efforts of both the program and its students, dozens of community members turned out for the March 8 FFA Blue & Gold Fundraiser at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

March 20th

Students raise almost $11K for Leukemia, Lymphoma Society

March 20, 2013

Last Friday’s Luminary Walk, the grand finale of the local 2013 Pennies for Patients campaign, honored cancer patients and thanked the community for giving of their money, time, blood and even their hair.
At the March 15 Shine on the Sierra Luminary Walk held at the Bishop Union High School track, the Bishop Unified School District-wide fundraiser to benefit the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ended as luminaries were lit; people walked, ate, shopped and had their faces painted; music played on; and fundraising totals were announced.

Tumult in Big Pine Tribe?

March 20, 2013

A group of Big Pine Tribal members is seeking to have Tribal Chairman Dave Moose removed from office amid allegations of nepotism, inappropriate use of tribal funds and disregard for tribal process.
Two separate petitions have been circulated on the Big Pine Reservation, one receiving more than 120 signatures, calling for the removal of Moose from the position of tribal chair.

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