May 22nd, 2012
Agriculture, the number-one industry in the Eastern Sierra, saw a boon this past year in Inyo County.
According to Agricultural Commissioner George Milovich, the combined agricultural production for 2011 saw an increase of 26 percent over 2010 totals, making it the best financial year for agriculture on record.
Milovich said the agricultural industry brought in $79,412,962 to the economies of Inyo and Mono counties.
County leaders learned last week that an effort is under way to transfer ownership of the historic Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery from the California Department of Fish and Game to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
Currently, the SNC is looking into the legal requirements and development of an action plan and future use plan for the property, should it decide to take over management of the facility.
Linda Lemmons-Hein, a 1968 Montclair High School graduate, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 13, 2012. Surrounded by her loving husband and children, Linda ended her battle with pancreatic cancer peacefully in her sleep at home.
More than 100 residents showed up at Lone Pine’s Statham Hall last week to hear the Fifth District Supervisor candidates’ take on issues ranging from potential conflicts of interest to the equitable distribution of county tax dollars.
After sitting through the responses of incumbent Richard Cervantes and challengers Jim Gentry and Matt Kingsley to five questions posed by the forum host, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, audience members were given the chance to query the contenders as well.
Packers have reason to celebrate this Mule Days.
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act Thursday afternoon.
Yesterday morning the House of Representatives approved the changes made by the Senate to its original H.R. 4849.
The bill requires the National Park Service to issue permits to commercial pack stock operations.
The Big Pine Warriors lived up to their names Friday afternoon with a 2-1 win over the Academy of Career and Exploration Eagles in round one of the CIF Division 7 baseball playoffs.
The Warriors take on the New Roads Jaguars on home field this afternoon. The Jags finished the season as Coastal League champions, advancing to round two with a 23-2 win over Public Safety Academy.
The Santa Monica school has an enrollment eight times that of Big Pine, but theyâre not Warriors.
Bishop Bronco Brendon Shibley and Lone Pineâs Casey Sullivan moved on to round two of the CIF individual golf tournament, making the cut at Mission Lakes Golf Course Monday.
Sullivan, Shibley and Bishop golfers Joey Medora and Sean Mitton represented High Desert League on the par 71 Desert Hot Springs course.
The players were competing against a cut at 79 strokes. Sullivan finished with an impressive 2-over par at 73, Shibley with a 78 to qualify for the next round.
According to Lone Pine coach Terry Fenske, Sullivan made an eagle putt, putting him 1-under par.
As the dust settles on regular league play, the Bishop Lady Broncos JV softball team stands alone at the top of the High Desert League standings with a 9-1-0 record, 16-6-1 overall.
The single league loss was to Kern Valley, by 1 run.
The final win over Desert, 8-3 on May 10, marked the end of the JV teamâs season.
âDesert played great defense,â said coach Patty Cummings, âleaving us scoreless at the bottom of the first, so the girls knew they needed to be aggressive at the plate, and thatâs what they did.â
Last fall, the Hi-Lo League football champion Lone Pine Eagles were punted out of the playoffs by a huge, brutal Excelsior Education Center team.
It took a few months, but the Golden Eagles struck back with a 4-2 win over the Excelsior Eagles in the Wild Card bracket of the CIF baseball playoffs.
âWe were solid defensively,â said coach Chris Riesen. âIt was one of our better games. We put everything together and Michael (Cappello) threw well.â
Lone Pine travels to Pasadena today for a match-up with the Poly Pasadena Panthers, the 2011 Division 6 champions.
Bishopâs Lady Broncos beat the Nuview Bridge Knights, 9-8, in the final inning of the Division 6 CIF playoffs Wild Card round Tuesday.
The Broncos travel to the coast this afternoon to take on the Carpenteria Warriors, Frontier League champions.
The Knights took an early 4-1 lead in the first inning. At the end of four innings, the Knights were ahead 2-8, but the Broncos kicked their game into high gear.
âWe had a big 6-hit inning,â said coach Stacy Van Nest, âthen the Knights couldnât stop our momentum.â