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April 4th, 2014

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.

REGPA discussion Tuesday

April 3, 2014

MARCH 29, 2014 ----
Inyo County leaders will weigh in on the controversial Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment Tuesday and direct county planning staff on how to proceed with the document.
The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hear a presentation from Planning Department staff on the proposed draft REGPA at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administrative Center in Independence before providing input on the controversial plan.

April 2nd

Entrepreneur plans for Bishop hostel

April 2, 2014

Southern California entrepreneur and rock climbing devotee Matt Myers hit a bump in the road of his plans to open a small hostel in Bishop ,however he resolutely continues undeterred on the path to realizing his dream.

County unveils a much scaled-down REGPA

April 2, 2014

More than one Inyo County resident wondered aloud Tuesday if the Inyo County Planning Department was playing an April Fools Day prank when it presented an updated draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the Board of Supervisors.

April 1st

Bigfoot spotted

April 1, 2014

Bishop residents were shocked Monday afternoon when a creature that witnesses said resembled a Sasquatch turned up in Whitney Alley. Register photographer Justin Lawrence was on the scene and snapped a photo of the beast – described as ape-like in appearance, at least 7 feet tall standing upright, covered in thick dark hair – as it walked into Black Sheep Espresso Bar in front of startled onlookers. Said Lawrence, “He just kind of strode right by, looked over at me for a second, and walked into Black Sheep.

March 31st

Long-held dream closer to reality

March 31, 2014

ICARE of the Eastern Sierra is making the final push towards raising $800,000 for a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
During a presentation to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors March 25, ICARE President Ted Schade said that about $726,000 has been raised for the Raise the Roof – A Cause for Paws campaign. “We have about $70,000 to go to build the facility we think we need. We’re not there yet, we really haven’t reached the goal, but this is the final push, we’re in the home stretch.”

Trial date set in Rossy case

March 31, 2014

A trial date for the embezzlement case filed against Bishop residents Kenneth and Dawndee Rossy has been set for Oct. 6, 2014 in Independence.
The Rossys are accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from the public assistance program at Inyo County Health and Human Services, among other charges. A hearing was scheduled earlier this month so Inyo County courts could consider a motion filed by the defense to have comments Dawndee made to investigators suppressed. However, that hearing has been postponed.

March 29th

Do new leases violate Water Agreement?

March 29, 2014

Recent changes in the language of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power grazing leases have raised concern among Owens Valley ranchers. In response, Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington notified Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta where that language conflicts with the Inyo-L.A. Long Term Water Agreement.

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