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August 25th, 2011

9/11 memorial event planned in Big Pine

August 25, 2011

In the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001, wars are still being fought – one the longest in U.S. history – at a cost of trillions of dollars and thousands dead.
The community of Big Pine will be holding a day of remembrance for those who perished on 9/11 in the armed conflicts since, as well as to give thanks to those who stepped up during the town’s catastrophic Center Fire. The event at Mendenhall Park starts at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

County repeals solar amendment under threat of Sierra Club suit

August 25, 2011

Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.

Another supermarket strike imminent?

August 25, 2011

Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workers’ union and Safeway – Vons’ parent corporation – have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.

August 24th

Briefs

August 24, 2011

Last Early Registration for Gymnastics
This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the last early registration for the City of Bishop’s Gymnastics classes beginning the first week of September.
There will be an Open Gymnastics session in the City Auditorium from 9-11 a.m., $5 per child. Parents can register at this time from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is not available at City Hall.

Lone Pine Volleyball Indian Taco Sale Fundraiser
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles Volleyball Indian taco sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Lone Pine VFW, 481 S. Main St.

We’re on the eve of Destruction

August 24, 2011

The Tri-County Fair’s Destruction Derby looks like anger management gone very wrong, or the San Diego Freeway at rush hour. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.
Buckled hoods, accordioned trunks, bumpers dangling by thin membranes, steam spewing from fractured radiators; it’s all great fun and the major fundraiser for the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department for the last 35 years.

August 23rd

Should Inyo County take on more debt?

August 23, 2011

County leaders are considering taking a loan to help pay for some capital improvements, but want to ensure Inyo will get the most bang for its buck before committing.
Inyo County paid off its debt earlier this year, and since then has boasted that it is one of the few debt-free counties in the state, or even the U.S.
This week, Auditor Controller Leslie Chapman went before the board during a budget hearing to broach the subject of taking on new debt that would keep county resources and facilities up-to-date and in operational order.

Farmers Market still expanding in Bishop

August 23, 2011

Organizers of the Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market are hoping that the third time’s the charm.
The Farmers Market/marketplace has moved again, this time to the area next to the gazebo behind City Hall.
The market had been held Saturday mornings in the Bishop City Park for years. At the beginning of this year’s season, organizers and some participants wanted to move the market to Friday nights on Main Street, next to Talmage Park. The market will still be from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays until mid-November, weather and harvests permitting.

Bernadine ‘Babe’ Knudsen

August 23, 2011

Bernadine ‘Babe’ Knudsen
1927-2011

Born Oct. 15, 1927 in Newark, Ohio, Bernadine passed away Aug. 9, 2011 in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Jardine; her grandson, Tommy Jardine; her granddaughter, Dawn Jardine Brady; and her great-grandson, Uriah Brady.

August 22nd

Back to school time for Inyo’s youth

August 22, 2011

It might not feel like it but summer is unofficially over – at least for local youth.
School starts next week for most Inyo County students, and has already started for some. Students in the Bishop Unified School District and Round Valley start school this coming Monday, Aug. 22;Big Pine students start Tuesday, Aug. 23; Lone Pine kids go back to class, Wednesday, Aug. 24; and class is in session for the Death Valley School District starting Monday, Aug. 29.

County pushes for Indy courthouse build to begin

August 22, 2011

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has reiterated its long-standing support for the construction of a new courthouse in Independence by offering the state a free parcel of land for the new courthouse.
The board also officially requested that the state court system authorize spending $2.3 million in state court funds to build the new, modular courthouse, which would be located adjacent to the county jail in Independence.

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