August 7th, 2013
District Attorney Art Maillet will be returning to civilian life this weekend after 10-and-a-half years as Inyo County‚Äôs lead prosecutor.
Maillet will be leaving his office in the hands of Assistant D.A. Joel Samuels, albeit for a much shorter amount of time than he hoped.
Dead fish in the Lower Owens River are being chalked up to heavy runoff from seasonal rain storms in the Eastern Sierra, which went charging down the natural river channel from the Alabama Gates spillway.
The result was low dissolved oxygen and high turbidity levels in the Lower Owens, both proving lethal to the warm-water fishery.
Recently, both Northern and Southern Inyo hospitals took the big step toward Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance by signing with an accountable care organization to manage Medicare patient healthcare.
This trend will eventually affect all patients ‚Äď ACOs will start with Medicare but they will eventually work with private payers (insurance companies) and state payers like Medi-Cal, said Georgia Green, executive director of the Nevada City-based National Rural ACO Corporation.
Inyo County Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said last week that she assumes full responsibility for the embezzlement of $1.5 million that took place under her watch in the county‚Äôs Public Assistance Office.
In an interview on Friday, July 26, Turner shed some light on department conditions and some circumstances surrounding the theft, which was allegedly perpetrated over an eight-year period by a longtime department manager who, along with her husband, is now facing 34 charges related to the embezzlement.
A clearer picture of the damage done by recent thunderstorms is being revealed ‚Äď and it‚Äôs not pretty.
More than a dozen roads on national forest, national park and county land are either temporarily closed or were rendered completely impassable by two separate storms over a one-week period.
The County of Inyo alone, according to Administrator Kevin Carunchio, is looking at an estimated $1.2 million in repairs.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs conservative,‚ÄĚ he said of the preliminary estimate, noting it could ‚Äúeasily go up to ‚Äú$2 million.‚ÄĚ
Rick Apted has been operating the Lake Sabrina Boat Landing for 40 years. This past week he pulled his boats back up from the exposed lake bottom; the caf√© will only be open on weekends. His boat landing has been reduced to a snack and tackle shop.
It‚Äôs hard to match the physical scale and impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, but walking 100 mules along the length of the aqueduct, from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, might match the aqueduct for sheer audacity and could top the 100-year-old structure when it comes to creating a landscape-scale artwork.
The mule caravan will also likely be the most visible, unique and, in some situations, unavoidable event marking the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which started bringing water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 1913.
Bishop Mayor Laura Smith showered the Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles with several well-received, meaningful gifts during her recent goodwill visit that she says yielded promised talks about local land releases.
At the June 28 City and County Liaison Committee meeting, city council members hit upon the idea of a mayor-to-mayor visit ‚Äúto introduce ourselves to the new mayor of Los Angeles, (Eric Garcetti), congratulate him on his election and possibly breach the topic of (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) land releases in our area,‚ÄĚ Smith said.
Inyo County has lost not only its Citizen of the Year, but also a beloved community leader, philanthropist and friend to virtually anyone in need.
Those are the words being used to describe Lone Pine‚Äôs ‚ÄúRattlesnake‚ÄĚ Dave Haas, who died early Tuesday morning with friends and family by his side. He was 78.
Haas will be remembered for his many philanthropic endeavors, not the least of which is the refurbishing of ‚ÄúThe Building‚ÄĚ to serve as a community center in Lone Pine, or his many hours at the grill or skillet as he cooked up fundraiser breakfasts and dinners.
TUESDAY, JULY 30 ‚Äď‚Äď‚Äď Inyo County sheriff‚Äôs officials said an Orange County family is lucky to be alive after a single-engine airplane carrying them home from Mammoth Lakes had to make an emergency landing in a field south of Lone Pine.
According to Sheriff‚Äôs Public Information Officer Carma Roper, pilot Sohail Simjee and three passengers, all of Orange County, flew out of the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday in a small Bonanza aircraft.