Professional stargazers and their toys have discovered a planet in a Goldilocks Zone with many similarities to Earth and possibly containing life. The planet, Kepler-22b, is 600 light years away and would take a space shuttle 22 million years to travel to the planet.
To study the potentially water- and life-bearing planet, some researchers and scientists are not expected to travel quite that far, but perhaps as far as Big Pine.
Over the weekend local law enforcement officials teamed to help 22 young citizens tackle Christmas to-do lists that might otherwise have gone unfinished.
For the first year ever, the Inyo County Deputy Sheriffâ€™s Association and Bishop Police Officers Association partnered with their Mono County counterparts, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officerâ€™s Association and Mono County Deputyâ€™s Association, and the California Highway Patrol to give a group of hand-picked youngsters a Christmas shopping spree.
Each year the Wish Tree program provides a way for generous souls to help make local childrenâ€™s holiday wishes come true. The deadline to help fulfill those dreams this Christmas is approaching fast â€“ Monday â€“ and there are still plenty of children in need.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Wish Trees around Inyo County were still filled with bulbs, actually ornament-shaped slips of paper with a childâ€™s age and gender along with a small wish list from income-eligible families and children.
Film and television commercial producers continue to pump money into the local economy thanks to Inyo Countyâ€™s unique and not-so-unique surroundings.
Mule Days organizers have signed veteran country music star Terri Clark to headline the eventâ€™s 2012 concert.
Clark is set to follow in the footsteps of country-music legends and past Mule Days entertainers Neal McCoy, the late Chris Ledoux, Michael Martin Murphy and Blake Shelton when she takes the stage in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds this May.
The concert is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 24.
Tickets for the concert and all Mule Days events go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Bishop Mule Days Office, 1141 N. Main St.
John Val Clark
John Val Clark was born Aug. 11, 1948 in Bishop. He and his family lived in June Lake for several years before moving to Bishop. John grew up hunting and fishing in the Owens Valley with his grandfather, brothers and friends.
The Bishop Broncosâ€™ soccer team made it to the semifinals at the Palmdale Classic Tournament held at the Lancaster National Soccer Center, Dec. 2-3.
Bishop beat out their High Desert League nemesis, the Rosamond Roadrunners, in the quarterfinals on a sudden-death penalty kick.
Soccer coach John McGurke chose the Palmdale tourney specifically to test the Div. 6 Broncos against stiff competition from larger schools.
The Broncosâ€™ first match, against Div. 5 Maranatha High from Pasadena, ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Big Pine Warriors basketball squad lived up to its name Monday night in a down-to-the-wire, 42-39 win over the Mammoth Huskies.
Big Pine went 3 points ahead of Mammoth off two free throws from Ryan Carrington. With eight seconds left in the game and three Huskies capable of hitting 3-pointers, the Warriorsâ€™ defense held the line.
What made the win that much sweeter is the fact Big Pine had just enough athletes to take the court, 5, competing against the 9-man Mammoth team.
â€śWe started slow,â€ť said coach Darren Chirrick. â€śWe didnâ€™t play very aggressively to keep out of foul problems.â€ť
Members of Inyo Countyâ€™s Occupy movement are getting more organized and working on establishing leadership roles.
At the next demonstration, scheduled for this Sunday in the Bishop City Park, Occupy 395 demonstrators will have an opportunity to have their opinion heard at a general assembly meeting.
At the general assembly, all participants will be able to vote on seven steering committee members, who will serve as organizers for the next two weeks.
A new election will be held every two weeks until a more permanent standing committee is elected at a later date.
The City of Bishop is looking into the possibility of consolidating its General Municipal Elections held in March of odd years with Inyo County General Elections held in November of even years.
Bishop primarily only holds elections for City Council, meaning a consolidation would cause a four-month reduction to some council member terms. And, according to some opposing arguments to the consolidation, it may mean focus on local council members and measures may get lost in the hyperbole of a presidential election, when local candidates accompany national candidates on a ballot.