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February 6th, 2013

Court says LADWP owes for penalties

February 6, 2013

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District said it has won another victory in the fight for dust control on Owens Lake.
Kern County Superior Court ruled earlier this week that the LADWP is responsible for paying penalties associated with its decision to withhold $1.1 million in air pollution control fees last year.
Those penalties could reach up to $8 million.
The LADWP sued Great Basin and the State Air Resource Board last year, claiming that it had met its obligation for dust control measures on Owens Lake.

Safety a priority at local schools

February 6, 2013

The Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn. opened a dialogue in Inyo County and across the country. How safe are local schools? How can a young man be so critically broken and go without real help? Should the nation restrict assault weapons or arm our teachers?
The gun debate will not be solved in the Owens Valley, but county educators, mental health specialists and law enforcement came together at the Inyo Office of Education to begin what County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer called “an uncomfortable conversation.”

Lady Broncos wallop Kern Valley by 31 points

February 6, 2013

The Bishop Lady Broncos first match up with Kern Valley, Jan. 18, was a 1-point, last minute win. Tuesday’s match up was a 63-32 Broncos’ blow-out.
The Broncos’ executed a take-no-prisoners defense; they rained 3-pointers; they played the full 32-minutes as if it was a close game. As coach Brian Pennington said, “it was a thing of beauty.”
Bishop is a solid third in High Desert League at 6-3. The Broncos take on Rosamond on the road tonight for the final league game, with no possibility of being knocked out of the CIF playoffs.

Thanks to Rosamond loss, Bishop’s shot at championship is still alive

February 6, 2013

Despite a tough loss to the Kern Valley Broncs, the Bishop Broncos’ night wasn’t all bad as High Desert League play winds down to its final game tonight.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Bishop was tied for the league championship with the Rosamond Roadrunners at 6-2. Both were a game ahead of third place Kern Valley.
Bishop fell to 6-3; Kern rose to 6-3. Then, low and behold, the Rosamond Roadrunners fell to 6-3 with a loss to the Frazier Mountain Falcons.

Broncos win the soccer horserace

February 6, 2013

The Bishop Broncos’ soccer squads solidified their spots in CIF playoffs with dual wins over the Kern Valley Broncs on the road Tuesday.
The final High Desert League game will be on Broncos’ turf, against the Rosamond Roadrunners this afternoon.
With the 2-0 win over Kern Valley and an 8-1 league record, the boys team will be playing for the HDL championship against the 7-1-1 Roadrunners.
Pedro Ibarra and Angel Aranzubia scored Bishop’s goals with assists from Angel Flores and Ibarra.

Broncos win the soccer horserace

February 6, 2013

The Bishop Broncos’ soccer squads solidified their spots in CIF playoffs with dual wins over the Kern Valley Broncs on the road Tuesday.
The final High Desert League game will be on Broncos’ turf, against the Rosamond Roadrunners this afternoon.
With the 2-0 win over Kern Valley and an 8-1 league record, the boys team will be playing for the HDL championship against the 7-1-1 Roadrunners.
Pedro Ibarra and Angel Aranzubia scored Bishop’s goals with assists from Angel Flores and Ibarra.

Warriors fight to the finish

February 6, 2013

The Big Pine Warriors basketball team beat the Immanuel Christian Crusaders, 61-46, on home court Tuesday night.
Four of the five Warriors were in double digits; the fifth, freshman Austin Jones, came close with 9 points, including a 3-pointer and a perfect 2/2 from the line. Seniors Micah Bacoch and Parker Bear both had double/doubles with 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively.
It was a good night to be a Warrior.

February 4th

Recreation Plan approved for June

February 4, 2013

Residents and visitors were given the greenlight this week to enjoy backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in and around June Mountain Ski Area for the rest of the winter season.
Restrictions prohibiting such winter activities on national forest lands within the ski area boundaries have been lifted, now that the Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finalized an operations plan for June Mountain.
The Forest Service still urges extreme caution in some areas due to avalanche danger.

Building better business through Digital 395

February 4, 2013

Various state and regional entities are hosting webinars to help local entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses via the Digital 395 project.
This ongoing, online series of business management webinars at Inyo, Kern and Mono County locations were designed to assist business owners find financing and more.

County leaders to revisit Langley’s Contract

February 4, 2013

County leaders will meet today to re-open discussions regarding Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley’s contract, the Forest Service Plan Revision and developments with the Eastern Sierra Agency on Aging.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
At the opening of the meeting, representatives of Inyo County Health and Human Services will update the board on an ongoing investigation into the theft of public welfare funds. As of press time Monday, no arrests have been made in that case.

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