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June 26th, 2012

County wants in on Forest Planning Rule process

June 26, 2012

Representatives with the U.S. Forest Service met with county leaders last Tuesday to give them some insight into the process the federal agency is using to develop a new Forest Planning Rule.
For their part, the county supervisors wanted to ensure they will be consulted throughout the process and have an opportunity to weigh in on how the new plan impacts local residents and the economy.
When complete, the Planning Rule will provide a framework for future actions on the forest, such as resource management, habitat enhancement and wildlife management.

Failure is not an option

June 26, 2012

Bishop Elementary School Principal Betsy McDonald isn’t pulling any punches when she says the education of “our next generation is at stake.”
In continuing to make an impassioned plea for the Bishop community’s support of the “Keep Instructional Aides” fundraiser, McDonald explained that student success is at risk amidst ongoing budget cuts, growing class size and resulting lack of opportunity for individualized instruction.

June 25th

June Mountain Ski Area shuts down

June 25, 2012

June Mountain Ski Area has suspended its operations for the foreseeable future, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area announced on Thursday.
The resort will shut down immediately. Its summer season, set to open Thursday, June 21 was cut down. The 2012-13 winter season will not happen at all, leaving the lifts idle and employees scrambling to find work.
The news came as a “complete surprise” to June Lake’s incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.

DWP tells state board it’s ‘done’ at Owens Lake

June 25, 2012

State air quality watchdogs have a little less than two weeks to decide whether the City of Los Angeles is required to continue dust mitigation efforts on the Owens Dry Lake – despite city attorneys’ adamant assertions that L.A. is “done” with any such obligations.
The California Air Resources Board met last Friday to hear arguments from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District regarding a disagreement between the two entities over mandated mitigation measures.

Long summer vacation ahead for local teachers

June 25, 2012

 

“An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

Fishing report

June 25, 2012

Lake Sabrina
It was the week of four-letter words – w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d, w-i-n-d – it just happened to be the same four-letter word. But you wouldn’t know it Saturday morning; they were lined up at the door, out they went and back they came with limits. All in all it was a pretty weekend at the lake.

June 21st

Virginia F. Leatham

June 21, 2012

Virginia F. Leatham

1915-2012

 

Collective Language offering youth-driven self-expression

June 21, 2012

Youth from all over the Owens Valley are being called on to support and even participate in a growing effort to showcase the area’s rich local talent pool – and enjoy free entertainment.
Organized by the very artists who will be performing, Collective Language is an eclectic, monthly offering featuring live music of varying styles, live art demonstrations and a safe and healthy environment for anyone of any age looking to have a good time.
The next Collective Language concert happens tomorrow, June 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Wünüt Novi on the Bishop Paiute Reservation

NPS putting together plan for Saline Valley

June 21, 2012

Officials with the National Park Service have extended the scoping period for public input to help inform the development of a management plan and Environmental Impact Statement for the Saline Valley Warm Springs area of Death Valley National Park.
Comments for this phase of the planning process will now be accepted until Aug. 6, 2012.
“Public input is very important to this planning process, and the NPS is extending the comment period to allow for all members of the interested public to share their perspectives and suggestions,” a press release from the National Park Service states.

Ham Radio Field Day this weekend in LP

June 21, 2012

Despite the Internet, cell phones, e-mail and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves cut off. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate.
In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio.
This weekend, local Owens Valley “hams” will join thousands of amateur radio operators throughout the U.S. in demonstrating their emergency communications skills.

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