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Harry Potter actor found dead in Death Valley

July 11, 2014

The body of British actor Dave Legeno, 50, was discovered in Death Valley Sunday.
Deputy Inyo County Coroner Jason Molinar said Thursday that Legeno died as a result of heat stroke in a remote area of the national park west of Zabriskie Point.
As of Friday morning, neither the Inyo County Coroner’s Office nor the public information officer with the Sheriff’s Department would confirm the Legeno discovered in Death Valley was the famed actor.

Readers urged to participate in 2nd annual ‘Day in the Life’

July 9, 2014

This coming Monday, July 14, most Inyo County residents will presumably be doing what they always do on Monday: going to work, spending time in the garden, going to the gym, having lunch with the spouse, hitting local trails, catching up on housework, doing the week’s grocery shopping …
Others might be starting or ending a long-awaited vacation, welcoming out-of-town guests, launching a massive home improvement project or floating the Owens River.

Read the full story in the Thursday, July 10, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

Bishop Creek contamination could pose health risks

July 9, 2014

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors convened a workshop on Tuesday, July 1, to address the results of a fecal coliform bacteriological monitoring study of Bishop Creek conducted by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the City of Bishop, the Bishop Paiute Tribe, County of Inyo and other interested parties. Study findings showed frequently high levels of bacterial concentrations, exceeding both Water Board and US EPA water quality criteria, at some locations of Bishop Creek.

Planning Dept. proposes fee increases

July 9, 2014

Inyo County Planning Director Josh Hart proposed several fee changes in his department report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in an effort to generate new revenue or at least break even on some department responsibilities.
Hart proposed fee increases for mine evaluations, appeals and for the Lone Pine Architectural Design Review Board. He also proposed legalizing and taxing the use of vacation homes in residential areas, and a switch to online notices for the Planning Commission agenda.

Read the full story in the in the Thursday, July 10, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

Alleged kidnapping leads to dog shooting

July 9, 2014

An afternoon contact between Inyo County sheriff’s deputies and an alleged kidnapper resulted in the fatal shooting of a local resident’s dog Monday.
During the incident, Raymond Denver, 42, was arrested for alleged kidnapping, assault and other felony and misdemeanor charges.

Read the full story in the Thursday, July 10, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

A big day out

July 7, 2014

The Evolution Group, a subrange of the Sierra Nevada, was the site of an important milestone in local climbing last month.
Twenty-six-year-old Austin Siadak left his car at North Lake on June 23, hiked over Lamarck Col to Darwin Bench in Sequoia-Kings National Park, climbed roughly eight miles of technical alpine rock, then retraced his steps back to his car, in less than 24 hours. On June 24, after 23 hours and 58 minutes on the go, Siadak became the first recorded person to complete this mission within one day. Previously, the fastest car-to-car time was 27 hours.

Junior Livestock Show starts July 9

July 7, 2014

This week the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds will be buzzing with the activity of hundreds of local and visiting youth as they prepare to show and sell at the annual Junior Livestock Show and Auction.
Residents have an opportunity to join in the festivities as spectators at the shows and as buyers at the live auction to be held at 6 p.m. this Saturday.

Help for businesses wanting online presence

July 7, 2014

With the Digital 395 fiber-optic backbone in place, the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium is helping locally owned small businesses capitalize on the improved Internet access.
The ESCRBC is giving away $700 and $1,300 “online deployment packages” that will partner local businesses with professional web designers to increase convenience for local shoppers and access a new market of out-of-the-area customers.
Those who would like to apply for the ESCRBC online deployment packages are asked to apply at escrbconsortium.org/online-presence/ by July 20.

NIH adjusts pay, personnel policies

July 3, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital has approved a balanced budget, but to continue operating in the black, administrators say the district must reconsider how it does business.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the hospital Board of Directors approved a set of personnel policies that will allow NIH to maintain its balanced budget despite increasing costs and a decrease in the number of patients using the hospital.
“We’re just trying to turn the corner before the corner smacks us in the face,” said Hospital Administrator Victoria Alexander-Lane.

High school entrepreneurs launch innovative advertising concept

July 3, 2014

An extracurricular Bishop Union High School science club has officially launched a stratospheric commercial company that literally allows clients to test and publicize their products from the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

Try Tyee Lakes for an alpine escape

July 3, 2014

If you’re looking for an excellent hike to an isolated lake basin with grand scenery that offers one of the best chances for quiet seclusion in Bishop Creek Canyon, the hike to the Tyee Lakes is for you.
The trail begins less than two miles from South Lake on the west side of South Lake Road. Take Highway 168 west from downtown Bishop to South Lake Road and then look for the Tyee Lakes information board at the trailhead, where there’s a bridge over the South Fork Bishop Creek.

Board votes to have Library, Museum share staff

July 2, 2014

County leaders agreed Tuesday to move forward with a reorganization of the Inyo County Library system and Museum Services Department, with the caveat that things can change if the new system doesn’t work out.
The board voted unanimously to allow the Library to hire a new, part-time employee. The Eastern California Museum’s current part-time employee will now split time between the Museum and the Library (though, an exact schedule of when the employee will be working at each department has not been identified).

D.A. gearing up for Rossy trial

July 2, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is preparing for an Oct. 6, 2014 trial in the case against Dawndee and Ken Rossy, the Bishop couple who stand accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Dawndee allegedly stole the funds over an eight-year period from HHS’ Public Assistance Program, where she worked until last year.
Last month, an Inyo County Superior Court judge denied a request from Dawndee’s attorney to suppress statements she made to law enforcement during the investigation.

Independence honors John and Tansy Smith as grand marshals

July 2, 2014

This year’s Independence Fourth of July grand marshals are John K. and Tansy Smith, long-time Independence community members.
Tansy moved to Independence with her mother and stepfather in the 1930s. She and John met in college. The two married during World War II, while John was in the Navy on the East Coast. They returned together, as soon as they could, to the Owens Valley, where they operated the Independence Dairy and ranched.

Inyo ready to celebrate July 4

June 30, 2014

From Bishop to the county seat, residents and visitors will come together this Friday for community celebrations in honor of Independence Day.
In Independence, the Civic Club, Lions Club and other groups are teaming to host another of their famous day-long July 4 festivals.
Big Pine’s Volunteer Fire Department will once again host a variety of festivities that include exercise and lots of food. Farther north, the City of Bishop is also encouraging outdoor activities via its Big Day in the Park.
Following are details about each communities’ planned celebrations.

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