June 28th, 2012
Constance Elizabeth Lowgren
Three major film productions shot in Inyo County in the past year, helping to strengthen the areaâs reputation as a film friendly community while pouring money into the local economy.
Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley, in his annual report to the Board of Supervisors, said the hard numbers on how much each production spent in the area are not yet available, but he did have a lot of information to share about local film projects.
Inyo County leaders will now be the governing body for senior services in the Eastern Sierra.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the formation of the Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging, effectively disbanding the Inyo-Mono Area Agency on Aging.
Under the new agency, the Board of Supervisors will serve as the governing board, and members from the former IMAAA Advisory Council will continue to guide the future of senior services as the ESAAA Advisory Council.
After a decade of planning, design, red tape and construction, Northern Inyo Hospital District officially opens the doors to its new, two-story medical facility this weekend.
First conceived of about 10 years ago, and funded in large part by taxpayers, the building is being unveiled during a grand opening ceremony this Sunday, July 1.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, and get an up-close view of what hospital officials call a âstate-of-the-artâ facility offering patients the latest in medical technology with large side orders of privacy, comfort and security.
Defense was the deciding factor in Monday eveningâs softball game between the Native Mixed and Shirts and Skirts, both teams within striking distance of the top of the City Adult Softball Leagueâs A/B Coed Division.
Both teams were strong at the plate, but Native Mixedâs defense was quick and lethal in the 19-13 win over Shirts and Skirts.
James E. Duncan
State and local law enforcement agencies are on the look-out for two convicts who apparently âwalked awayâ from a local detention facility last week.
A search was launched at about 10:10 p.m. Friday, June 22, when Owens Valley Conservation Camp inmates Jessy Lopez, 39, and Otoniel Aldana, 42, were not present during the evening head-count.
According to a press release from the minimum-security detention facility, camp personnel immediately activated âescape procedures,â notifying local authorities and surrounding residents.
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.
Bishop Elementary School Principal Betsy McDonald isnât pulling any punches when she says the education of âour next generation is at stake.â
In continuing to make an impassioned plea for the Bishop communityâs support of the âKeep Instructional Aidesâ 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 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 âcomplete surpriseâ to June Lakeâs incoming county supervisor, Tim Alpers. He was in Southern California on business when he found out.