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December 16th

tate IDs Bishop as prime courthouse site

December 16, 2010

State court officials have decided that it would be best to build the new, $33 million Inyo County Courthouse in Bishop rather than Independence, despite protests from residents.
The Administrative Offices of the Court released a draft report this week analyzing the two proposed court facility locations, Bishop or Independence, and is asking residents to review and make comments.
The draft report recommends that the project be located in Bishop.

Local high school grad smokes competition in LP ‘Shoot-Out’

December 16, 2010

Lone Pine Chamber Director Kathleen New had the idea of an amateur photo contest to be held during the 2010 Lone Pine Film Festival which, according to New, was a great opportunity to become more involved in the film festival activities. She added, “It also opened a door to local photographers to showcase their work and our beautiful surroundings.”
Contest photographs had to be taken within Inyo County in 2009 or 2010 and up to three entries were allowed. The contestants also had to sign over use of the photographs by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce for use in promoting the area.

December 13th

Betty Jean Sorrells

December 13, 2010

Betty Jean Sorrells
1925-2010

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, Dec. 18 at the Mt. Whitney Funeral Home, 220 E. Post St. in Lone Pine for Betty Jean Sorrells.  A potluck gathering for family and friends will be held after the service in Independence at the Owens Valley School Multi-Purpose building at approximately 1 p.m.

Robert Edward Blair

December 13, 2010

Robert Edward Blair
1916-2010

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Saturday, at the Lone Pine Seventh Day Adventist Church, 105 N. Mt. Whitney Dr. for Robert Edward Blair.
Born March 20, 1916 in Long Beach, Bob died at home in Lone Pine on Nov. 23, 2010. He was 94.

Ready, set, spell

December 13, 2010

Inyo County’s top spellers took center stage Thursday for the 35th Annual Spelling Bee. With looks of astonishment and dropped jaws from audience members, these masters of the dictionary did not disappoint.
Students from nine local elementary, middle and high schools throughout Inyo County struggled to spell words like “solicitous” and “belligerent.” Some spellers were cool and composed, smiling and politely asking for definitions or to use the word in a sentence. Some were clearly nervous and lacked confidence, despite having earned one of the 46 seats at the prestigious event.

OVC plans to step up its watch-dog efforts

December 13, 2010

After several years of being busy behind the scenes, the Owens Valley Committee is back in the spotlight, spreading the word of its accomplishments and its ongoing efforts to hold Los Angeles accountable for its water-related commitments.
The OVC is the only local watchdog group keeping an eye on both the City of LA and its Department of Water and Power, and Inyo County as well, to ensure water agreements and memorandums of understanding are upheld.

December 7th

Three down, one to go

December 7, 2010

Bishop is going to the CIF divisional championships.
No, that’s not quite right. The CIF Northeast Division championship game is coming to Bishop this Saturday, 6 p.m., at John Schwab Stadium.
The Broncos secured their place in the finals with a 44-14 win over the Pasadena Poly Panthers Friday night. They will face Boron following the Bobcats 18-7 victory over Vasquez last Saturday.
“We have our work cut out for us,” said coach Bill Egan. “We have to bring our best game. Boron is a very aggressive, very physical team. But, we can bring that style of play too.”

Adeline Dena Joseph

December 7, 2010

Adeline Dena Joseph
1926-2010

Funeral services will be announced at a later date for Adeline Dena Joseph.
Born, Dec. 25, 1921 in Los Angeels, Adeline, Nana to her family, died Dec. 3, 2010.                                 
Adeline lived all of her life in California. The last 40 years she lived in Bishop surrounded by most of her family.

Medical Marijuana now available in Mammoth

December 7, 2010

Inyo County residents who have received a medical marijuana recommendation from their doctor no longer have to travel as far as Los Angeles or Tahoe to pick up their medicine.
Mammoth Lakes Wellness, a medical marijuana cooperative owned by Robert Calvert, has opened at 33999 Main Street in Mammoth and is currently accepting customers.
Back in February of 2007, Big Pine resident Brett Bermingham meet with the Bishop City Council and the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to discuss his idea to open a medical marijuana dispensary locally.

Efficiency is key

December 7, 2010

Homeowners in Inyo County will soon be able to apply for grants to improve their home’s energy efficiency and the work will be done by local contractors.
The California Rural Home Mortgage Finance Authority, of which Inyo is one of 20 participating counties, has recently received a $16.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The grant money will be available soon to local homeowners and local contractors. Those who have been certified to prescribed work will have first crack at the bidding.

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