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July 5th, 2013

Tribe’s plan raises concerns

July 5, 2013

With a tribal vote concerning a proposed $118-plus-million-dollar, 20-acre casino/hotel/ resort fast approaching, certain tribal members are weighing in with some of the pros and cons of the Bishop Paiute Tribal Council’s plan.
On Tuesday, July 9, tribal members will be asked to vote on Phase 1 of the project, which involves securing funding for a 60-room hotel, swimming pool and additional restaurant.

Meet the Reades: Independence’s July 4 grand marshals

July 5, 2013

“As a matter of fact, we met each other on the Fourth of July,” said Dan Reade, about his first encounter with his wife and fellow Independence Fourth of July grand marshal, Kelly Reade. “We met at 7-11 on the Fourth of July 40 years ago,” Kelly added.
They spent that July 4, 1973 shooting fireworks off over San Dimas Reservoir. Kelly grew up in Southern California, while Dan’s family moved there after a childhood in Courtland, Calif. When their children got to third and seventh grade, they were looking to relocate. “I was raised in a small town,” Dan said. “I missed that so bad.”

July 2nd

The boys and girls of summer

July 2, 2013

There is a group of young men and women, many just boys and girls, for whom summer is an eagerly anticipated season. They are known in Spanish as “salvavidas” or “Savior of life”; we call them “lifeguards” in the United States. Remarkably for such an important role, they are mostly young people with an average age of only 16, and most are paid minimum wage or slightly higher.

Death Valley temps soar to 129ºF

July 2, 2013

Death Valley National Park turned into a tourist and media hot-spot this past weekend as the park’s famous thermometer soared.
With near record-setting temperatures forecast throughout the West last weekend, visitors from all over the world traveled to Death Valley to see if a new world record would be set in what’s already considered the hottest place on Earth.

Inyo prepares to celebrate Fourth of July

July 2, 2013

In a letter to wife Abigail about the advent of independence in the American colonies, John Adams wrote, “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”
– “John Adams” by David McCullough

July 1st

Cooling centers set up countywide

July 1, 2013

In response to the extremely high, potentially life-threatening temperatures expected this weekend, local officials have collaborated to have “cooling centers” and other disaster relief services at the ready.
Working on the effort are Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Health and Human Services and the office of County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, the county disaster services coordinator.

DWP not responsible for Keeler Dunes

July 1, 2013

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have reached an agreement on how to control dust on the Keeler Dunes and one of the last stretches of Owens Lake targeted for dust control.
An agreement that was approved this week by both the LADWP and Great Basin will allow Los Angeles to work around certain culturally-sensitive sites identified within the Phase 7a dust mitigation project. The LADWP and Great Basin will determine if and how dust will be mitigated in areas containing Native American artifacts at a later date.

June 28th

Cooling centers set up countywide

June 28, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 – In response to the extremely high, potentially life-threatening temperatures expected this weekend, local officials have collaborated to have “cooling centers” and other disaster relief services at the ready.
Working on the effort are Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Health and Human Services and the office of County Administrator Kevin Carunchio, the county disaster services coordinator.

DWP not responsible for Keeler Dunes

June 28, 2013

FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013 – Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have reached an agreement on how to control dust on the Keeler Dunes and one of the last stretches of Owens Lake targeted for dust control.

June 27th

Dry conditions means 4th of July restrictions

June 27, 2013

A general lack of precipitation in the Eastern Sierra has led to fire and fireworks restrictions on public lands.
Effective Friday, the Bureau of Land Management-Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.
“Ongoing drought conditions, well below average rain and snowfall this past winter and warmer than average temperatures have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,” said INF Supervisor Ed Armenta. “We are experiencing very high fire danger and continued hot and dry weather patterns here in the Eastern Sierra.”

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