November 29th, 2011
Independence residents are inviting community members from throughout the county to one of the holiday seasonâs funkiest festivities.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to find those old bell bottoms because it is back to the â60s for this yearâs Fruitcake Festival, scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.
The Bishop Broncosâ 2011 football season came to an end Friday night in Lancaster. The High Desert League Champion Broncos lost to the Desert Christian Knights, 7-14, in the second round of CIF playoffs.
Today, many Eastern Sierra residents will be enjoying a bountiful dinner of traditional fare that they might otherwise have gone without, were it not for the generous donations of the community, the Salvation Army and the Bishop Elks.
This December Lone Pine will be deviating from the norm and ditching tradition for a new community event.
Rather than hosting the annual Christmas Parade this Dec. 3, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department to unite the community as they kick off the holiday season.
âWe just wanted to do something new,â Chamber of Commerce Director Kathleen New said.
Todayâs Thanksgiving holiday will be followed across the country by a celebration for the U.S. economy: Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days in America.
With Black Friday slowly becoming Black Thursday â as more big-box and department stores are starting the shopping frenzy Thanksgiving evening â grassroots efforts are under way across the nation to direct consumersâ holiday season spending sprees to where they would be most beneficial.
Lorene W. Lovell
California legislators and the governor decided in June to cut all funding to county and state fairs. This includes approximately $200,000 in lost revenue for the Tri-County Fairgrounds that operates on an annual budget of $900,000.
Residents in Lone Pine are working on a new recreational opportunity in their community.
Lynn Bunn, community volunteer and local mover-and-shaker is spearheading an effort to raise funds for the construction of a skate park near the high school in Lone Pine.
Bunn said she has been meeting with community members and local skaters since March, and the group has come up with a solid plan and design and even raised about $2,000 for the project.
High winds and blowing dust are responsible for three different collisions on U.S. 395 Friday that prompted the closure of the highway for a short time.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, high winds blew a dust storm over U.S. 395 between Independence and Big Pine, creating unsafe driving conditions that led to the collisions.
The first collision occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when Michael Quinn, 68, was traveling northbound in a 1990 Dodge Ram.
With the Adventure Trails dual-use route system process moving along, county leaders met with Public Works staff to decide how it will handle its responsibilities in approving county roads in the system.
The Adventure Trails system aims to allow green-sticker off-highway vehicle users to travel up to 10 miles on county roads to access in-town amenities, such as food and fuel, and off-road destinations. To complete the system, the Board of Supervisors will be required to review and approve each selected route that will be on a county road.