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June 25th, 2013

Dry summer means more fire restrictions

June 25, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 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.”

June 24th

What is 07.12.13?

June 24, 2013

Owens Valley residents who read The Inyo Register, frequent Facebook or check out public bulletin boards have probably see it by now: 07.12.13.
And along with sightings of the digits have probably come some questions, chief among them being: “What does it mean?”
The theories have been abundant, and entertaining.
Are these lottery numbers?
Is this some sort of Dooms Day prophecy?
Is this the combination to a safe as part of some major cash giveaway?
Is Publisher Dion Agee planning to tightrope walk across the Owens River Gorge on this date?
No, these are not lottery numbers.

June 21st

County to repay Coso

June 21, 2013

Coso Operating Company has settled its appeal of Inyo County’s property tax assessment for 2010-12 for Coso’s geothermal plant in Southeast Inyo. The re-assessed property value means the county owes the company for taxes that were paid.
The county won’t be hit for the total $825,000 difference, as the Board of Supervisors, in response to Coso’s appeal, “impounded” $1.1 million in taxes that Coso paid on the 2010 assessment.

USFWS proposal sparks concern

June 21, 2013

Eastern Sierra residents and visitors are being urged to help fight a proposal that aims to save three amphibian species, but could devastate the local tourist-dependent economy and restrict access to popular recreation destinations in the process.

June 20th

Comments needed on yellow-legged frog proposal

June 20, 2013

Residents of Inyo County are being asked to get their comments in on a proposed critical habitat designation in the Sierra.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat for the yellow-legged frog, the Yosemite toad and the northern population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog in California.

Films focusing on local water

June 20, 2013

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 – Two water-wise documentaries by two different filmmakers are in the works in the Owens Valley.
Jenna Cavelle’s short documentary, “Paya – The Untold Story of the L.A.-Owens Valley Water War,” has met its Kickstarter funding goal and filming is under way with a projected August or early September completion date.
A new project headed up by the Owens Valley Committee and Bristlecone Media, with Cavelle serving as a coproducer, “Slake: Water and Power in the Eastern Sierra,” is in the fundraising stage.

June 19th

‘Vision or Villainy’ author talks about Austins, L.A.’s celebration

June 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013 – Sometimes it’s best to start at the beginning and finish at the end.
That’s the approach that will be taken by historian and author Dr. Abraham Hoffman when he discusses two critical aspects of the Los Angeles Aqueduct story: The public role played by Mary and Stafford Austin to protest Los Angeles’ land purchases in 1905, and the culmination of the Aqueduct’s construction when Owens River water rushed down the Cascades in 1913.

June 18th

Remains found in renewed search for missing hiker

June 18, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013 – Inyo County Search and Rescue may be able to close a case it opened last October.
According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Corporal and Search and Rescue Coordinator Terry Waterbury search efforts for Lawrence Conn, 53, of Pacific Palisades, who went missing last fall, resumed this month. Waterbury said some personal effects identified as Conn’s have been located near what are believed to be human remains.
Those remains have been turned over too the Inyo County Coroner’s Office for positive identification.

Fire near Mono City

June 18, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013 – A five-acre wildfire is burning in the area of Mono City near Lundy Lake, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Department.
Fire personnel "are making good progress in full containment," Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Hansen said, noting there is no current threat to homes in the area of Mono City or Lundy Lake, or to anyone traveling on U.S. 395.

June 17th

City Council approves promotional video project

June 17, 2013

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013 – A promotional video about the City of Bishop has run into initial criticism for its content – very little about the actual city limits or downtown business district – and its perceived purpose: recruiting new residents who will most likely have to live outside of the city, rather than focusing on tourism.

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