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LADWP talks to supes about solar

April 16, 2014

Local leaders finally got some long-awaited answers about the proposed, widely unpopular Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch.
Representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power met with the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday to give local officials and concerned residents information on the LADWP project.
LADWP Assistant Director of Power System Planning and Development Michael Webster and Yamen Nanne, an engineer on the solar project, explained why the department feels it needs a 200 megawatt, 1,200-acre solar station in the Owens Valley.

Celebrate Earth Day 2014

April 16, 2014

An event fast becoming local tradition returns to Bishop City Park this Saturday, encouraging celebration of natural resources, healthy lifestyles and an engaged community.
Now in its fourth year, the Bishop Earth Day Celebration starts at 10 a.m. at the front of the park and runs until 4 p.m. Offered during those six hours will be the first annual “Sierra’s Got Talent” talent show, a recycled art competition, arts and crafts and dozens of booths of the educational and commercial variety.

Birthday bash celebrates Norman Clyde, a Sierra original

April 16, 2014

Norman Clyde remains a larger-than-life figure whose accomplishments as a mountaineer and climber are sometimes overshadowed today by a focus on a small number of personal quirks and amazing accomplishments that have also added to his status as a legendary figure in the history of the Eastern Sierra.

Bishop Rotary donates to housing project

April 16, 2014

Bishop philanthropists recently reached out to their Mammoth counterparts with financial support for an international relief effort.
The Rotary of Club donated $1,000 to the Mammoth Lakes Noon Rotary Club for its Corazon project in Mexico.
Bishop Club President Maggie Kingsbury presented the check to Dan Watson, project coordinator, at the Mammoth club’s March 27 meeting.

Significant Details: Headline news

April 16, 2014

April 12 ––––– The following headline made a screaming appearance just in time for the dreaded income tax deadline: “Procrastinating on those taxes? Blame your genes.”
Great. Two days after I quit procrastinating and actually did my taxes, they come up with an excuse – “failure to evolve” – that could have let me dally another couple of days. So I procrastinated by reading the article. Waste of good wasted time. It was 1,000 words of contradictory gibberish, like most “genetic/DNA/science” articles, and it concluded procrastination is about half genetics and half just being lazy.

Fighting fire with fire

April 14, 2014

A recent study by the U.S. Forest Service, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy suggests that the state can save millions by investing in local forests.
More specifically, the study indicates this investing is best done via pre-emptive forest fires and otherwise clearing away debris that could later on fuel catastrophic wild fires.

County setting its sights on illegal dumping

April 14, 2014

Inyo County is exploring ways to keep litter bugs from trashing local landscapes and may be seeking the public’s help.
As local leaders consider ways to close a $400,000 budget gap in the Inyo County Solid Waste Department, which may include increased fees at local landfills, county staff is considering the idea of surveillance at known illegal dumping sites. Also proposed are increased fines and fees for those caught littering and the implementation of a tip line to help catch illegal dumpers.

Easter eggstravanzas planned this weekend

April 14, 2014

This weekend, community members of all ages are invited to gather at their local parks from Bishop to Lone Pine to engage in some eggsellent family fun time.
Traditional Easter egg hunts are planned for Saturday and Sunday, and hosted by a number of local organizations.
Following is a look at those made known to the Register by Monday afternoon.

Saturday, April 19

Brown’s Town
The Salvation Army, Inyo County Probation Community Work Service and City of Bishop are presenting the 13th Annual Bishop Easter Egg Hunt at Brown’s Town.

Schedule set for Norman Clyde birthday bash

April 11, 2014

Bluegrass music, free food and cake, a “Pack With Legs” fun walk, vintage camping and climbing exhibits, and guest speakers will all be part of the first annual Norman Clyde Birthday Bash, scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to whenever the band stops playing, at the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

Watching the Lower Owens

April 11, 2014

The Lower Owens River Project was an action item on yesterday’s Technical Group meeting agenda as well as the subject of a recent study session called by the Owens Valley Committee.
With agreement from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Inyo County Water Department and the LORP consultants, Ecosystem Sciences, the Tech Group agreed Friday there would be no seasonal flow down the river channel this year.

Can Title 21 help Inyo County?

April 11, 2014

As California utility companies work to achieve the state-mandated 33 percent renewable energy goal, Inyo County is struggling with the implications.
County leaders began exploring Inyo County’s solar potential and the impacts those developments could have on local landscapes, wildlife and people four years ago. Ultimately, the board adopted Title 21 in 2010 in an attempt to allow the county to maintain some control over the expected renewable energy boom.

Can L.A. reduce its annual water use by 30 percent?

April 11, 2014

The public is invited to "An Evening with Andy Lipkis: Could L.A. Really Use 30 Percent Less Water a Year?" from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Mountain Light Gallery, 106 S. Main St., Bishop. Donations are welcome at the door to cover expenses.
Lipkis has spearheaded an approach using trees and forest-inspired technologies to make cities sustainable while mitigating floods, drought, pollution and global warming. Called “Functioning Community Forests,” it is being demonstrated in L.A. as a model for cities everywhere.

The Reel Deal: Foreign film fest

April 9, 2014

Reviews of notable new releases …

‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ (NC-17, France)

Hikers find human remains in Casa Diablo

April 9, 2014

A grim discovery in the Casa Diablo Range area Saturday afternoon has led to a number of unanswered questions for Mono County investigators.
Authorities with the Mono County Sheriff’s Department are currently trying to determine if bones found by a group of hikers are indeed human and if so, who they belonged to and how that person ended up dead at Casa Diablo.
The Sheriff’s Department was first notified of the remains about 4:20 p.m. Saturday when the hikers called to report the discovery of several bones they believed to be human.

Bringing bighorns back from the brink

April 9, 2014

Sierra bighorn sheep spend much of their lives nimbly navigating around cliffs and along rocky ledges far above timberline, displaying an uncanny ability to scramble around what appears to be imminent danger.

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