November 8th, 2012
Local authorities are putting Inyo County residents and visitors on alert today about extremely high winds and the possibility of related power outages.
Sheriffâs Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper said mid-morning Thursday that officials were notified by the National Weather Service that âextreme winds in the Owens Valley beginning around noon today.â
Peak winds are projected to arrive around 4 p.m. and are estimated to be sustained at 60 mph with gusts of up to 90 mph, she said.
Inyo County voters turned out in near-record numbers Tuesday to cast ballots in an election that saw President Barack Obama re-elected to a second term, California retain its death penalty and incumbents holding onto their school board seats in Big Pine and Independence.
With the exception of the race for Bishop City Council, most local elections were still too close to call Wednesday afternoon as county officials set about counting about 1,650 absentee and provisional ballots that were still outstanding.
The following is a comparison of the preliminary results of Tuesday’s General Election for Inyo County, California and the nation, as of press time Wednesday.
The winner of each race, at each level, appears in bold.
A new state law eases the way for culinary entrepreneurs to legally create and operate food-related businesses in their kitchens, producing homemade edibles for sale to businesses and to the public.
Two local workshops will be offered this Saturday to provide information about the law and how it benefits citizens interested in starting their own cottage industries to produce baked goods, preserves, dried herbs and fruits, teas and roasted coffee, granola and popcorn, honey, empanadas and more.
Inyo County and Los Angeles officials will be meeting in Southern California Thursday to discuss a number of water-related issues concerning the Owens Valley.
The Inyo/L.A. Standing Committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at 111 N. Hope St. in Los Angeles.
The committee is scheduled to discuss an ongoing issue regarding water at the McNally Ponds in Laws, weed control throughout the Owens Valley (and the Lower Owens River Project specifically) and a number of reports on ongoing activities.
With the help of local businesses, schools and community members, several local organizations have launched drives to provide essentials to families and individuals during the holidays.
It is anticipated that ongoing programs will fill food pantry stores and dinner baskets, provide hot meals and warm coats and put toys in the little onesâ hands to help families in need.
In four days, Inyo County residents who havenât already voted by mail will be heading to the polls to help decide the fate of political offices from the City of Bishop to the White House.
Local voters will also be weighing in on 11 state ballot propositions â and helping determine whether they pass or fail â that deal with a wide range of budgetary and quality-of-life issues.
Inyo County court officials received permission last week to proceed with their new court facilities project, beginning with site selection in Bishop.
Jim Tatum is hanging up the keys to his tractor.
In what he described Friday as a âwin-win situationâ for himself and the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Tatum announced he would be vacating his post as fairgrounds CEO at the end of the month to free up critically needed funding.
According to Tatum, he has accepted the position of deputy Public Works director with the County of Inyo.
The massive structures going up in Big Pine schoolsâ parking lot are not two carport on steroids. By early next week, solar panels will be installed on top of the girders and the Big Pine Unified School District will be on its way to near energy self-sufficiency.
When completed by mid-December, the solar installation will provide 80 percent of the schoolsâ electricity, indirectly, and, even more importantly, reduce their bill by the same. With an average monthly $5,000 electricity bill, that translates into a $48,000 annual savings.