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April 7th, 2014

How to sign up for Alabama Hills Day events and tours

April 7, 2014

The Alabama Hills will be alive with all sorts of sounds this Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. as the community turns out for the third annual Alabama Hills Day.
Co-sponsored by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, Inc. and the Bureau of Land Management – Bishop Field Office in partnership with the Lone Pine Film History Museum, the event celebrates the scenic landscape and educates the public about the variety of groups and activities that access and interact with the Alabamas.

High school peer court on the horizon?

April 7, 2014

By next fall, juvenile offenders may have an alternative that keeps them out of the legal system with no record of their “stupid kid stuff.” That’s how Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer describes the type of misdemeanors that could be coming before a new Peer Court system.

Groups urge continued vigilance

April 7, 2014

Though Inyo residents are breathing a sigh of relief after last week’s unveiling of a revised draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment, the focus is now shifting to the work that remains to be done.
A workshop today on the county’s renewable energy ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting in Independence is expected to draw another large crowd.

OP-ED: Mental health and the military: a veteran’s perspective

April 7, 2014

The recent shooting at Fort Hood has everyone talking about what is going on in our military. There are speculations ranging from mental illness to combat related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to substance abuse and more. These may all have relevance to the rising crisis in the ranks but they do not lie at the root level.

Significant Details: What Can You Trust?

April 7, 2014

First was total disbelief, followed by bargaining, then despair and finally anger.
Acceptance will never be part of the equation, because I feel duped, tricked, misled and stupid for not seeing the “truth” that was recently revealed.
News stories spelled out the source of my angst: “Wall Street is Rigged,” the screaming headlines screamed. “Traders Get Rich, Investors Get Ripped Off.”
Yeah, I know. Hard to believe, right? Wow. Crazy talk. And who knew? Anyone see that coming? Not me.

OP-ED: Something we can all support

April 7, 2014

APRIL 5, 2014 –––– Live in Inyo County for any significant length of time and you get used to some things: impenetrable cliques found in almost every demographic; keeping your mouth shut to avoid preaching to a bored choir surrounded by hostile audience members; and when it comes to policy-making, watching common sense be introduced as the last resort.
You also learn a few things about the people: who’s friends with whom, who does or doesn’t support which groups or causes, who’s in it for the accolades and who’s in it for the greater good.

April 4th

Death Valley gets surprise blanket of wildflowers

April 4, 2014

Spring is in the air and in Death Valley, that means wildflowers are sprouting from the ground.
Death Valley National Park announced earlier this week that the spring wildflower bloom has begun and with the mild April temperatures and colorful display of wildflowers beginning to bud, park staff says there’s no better time to explore Death Valley.

Alabama Hills Day coming April 12

April 4, 2014

Filmmaking, ATV riding, horseback riding, bouldering, jogging, bird watching, camping, fishing, location scouting, photography, rock hounding, hunting. These are just some of the different activities enjoyed by diverse groups and outdoor enthusiasts on the same public lands west of Lone Pine.
The wide variety of recreational opportunities and stakeholders passionate about the landscape is all part of the magic of the Alabama Hills and the secret to keeping them accessible – two concepts being celebrated next weekend via the Third Annual Alabama Hills Day.

Sierra snowpack 30 percent of normal

April 4, 2014

Hydrologists with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have released the April 1 Eastern Sierra snow survey and the numbers are grim.
Overall, the Eastern Sierra snowpack is 30 percent of normal, which means there is 70 percent less water in the mountains than what can be expected in a “normal” year.

April 3rd

Groups planning to call for REGPA revisions

April 3, 2014

APRIL 1, 2014 ---- With many questions left unanswered, or rather, answered in generalities as opposed to specifics, residents will be looking to their elected officials today with what’s been described as a mixture of anxiety, hope and fear.
Following a presentation scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m., the Inyo County Board of Supervisors is set to provide input on the Planning Department’s Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment – the first time Inyo’s top officials are expected to offer substantive feedback or opinion on the controversial document.

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