October 10th, 2012
Regardless of how residents feel about the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs activities in the Owens Valley, preparations are being made to celebrate the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct nearly 100 years ago.
Over the course of its century-long history, the 419-mile aqueduct has been contested as an environmental detriment, illegally diverted and even blown up, but itâs also been heralded as one of the greatest engineering feats of its time.
Residents countywide are encouraged to get a jumpstart on fall clean-up projects this weekend, with a particular focus on making their properties less susceptible to the threat of fire.
Local fire-safe councils and fire departments are urging residents to take advantage of a special fee waiver at Inyo County landfills Saturday as they create âdefensible spaceâ around their homes and other buildings to help reduce potential fire hazards by trimming trees, shrubs and brush.
Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Aloi
In January, the residents of Inyo County’s largest supervisorial district will have new elected representation.
While the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power works with the Big Pine Fire Safe Council and CalFire on fuel reduction, the emphasis turns to the community itself this Saturday with an official clean-up day, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week.
Building character, enhancing self-confidence and learning successful people skills are paramount aims of Owen Valleyâs brand new beauty pageants for teenage girls and young women.
Former beauty pageant contestant and model Kristina Roberts said she received official approval last month from City of Bishop and Parks and Recreation Commission to establish the first-ever Miss Teen City of Bishop Pageant for 14- to 19-year-olds and Miss City of Bishop for young ladies 20- to 29-year-olds.
Dorcas Haynes Birchim
Last monthâs Northern Inyo Local Hospital District meeting revealed that Northern Inyo Hospital is financially stable with strong assets, clear accounts and ongoing plans for a secure future.
At the regular meeting of the NIH Board of Directors, held Sept. 19, discussions of several loan transactions, new earthquake insurance, employee pensions, funding sources and other agenda items ended on one note: a strong bottom line for Northern Inyo Hospital.
Volunteer fire departments throughout the Owens Valley will be celebrating Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13 with a series of open houses.
Each department will be inviting residents into the fire house Tuesday or Wednesday to check out firefightersâ equipment, tour the station, meet the volunteer first responders and enjoy a barbecue.
(The following is the final installment of a two-part series covering the Fourth District County Supervisorial debate held last week in Independence. For Part One, see the Tuesday, Oct. 2 edition of The Inyo Register.)