Author Archive | Benett Kessler

DWP and Inyo talk power, solar and public opinion

At the Inyo Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday, during a break in the intense talk over the Department of Water and Power’s Solar Ranch plans south of Independence, Assistant Director of Power System Planning, Michael Webster made it clear that considering management, the Commission and the Mayor, there is clearly a chance that the project will not […]

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Final court decision goes against Mono County, for Madrid

In a recently filed decision, Judge James Garbolino has upheld the Arbitrator’s 2013 decision to reinstate Mono County Deputy Jon Madrid and denied the County a delay in enforcement of that decision. The Judge also awarded Madrid costs and attorneys’ fees. He once more said that evidence showed Madrid was harassed and the victim of […]

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Geothermal perspectives

The geothermal company in Mammoth Lakes, ORMAT, wants to expand its operations and drill up to 16 more geothermal wells. Mammoth Community Water District has appealed the EIR on that project and holds grave concerns about harmful impacts on Mammoth’s underground water supply. So, when an ORMAT representative spoke in public comment at Mammoth’s Planning […]

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Bishop City Council: online? Wye Rd., and finance software

With a growing use of the internet as a source of information, the Bishop City Council will consider Granicus, an online service that streams and archives public meetings. The Town of Mammoth Lakes uses it to make meetings of the Town Council, Planning and Economic Development Commission, Recreation Commission and other commissions available online. That […]

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Dennis Mattinson’s weekend outlook

FORECAST: Owens Valley, Mammoth and Mono County  FROM: Dennis Mattinson, Weather and Atmospheric Forecaster www.395travel.com / Sierra Wave Media: Eastern Sierra News / TV – 33 SATURDAY APR 12 2014 Quite a bit of thunder, lightening and isolated rain yesterday afternoon in the mountains around Lone Pine. All due to a low pressure system moving thru […]

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NIH’s new CEO deals with change

Northern Inyo Hospital’s new CEO, Victoria Alexander-Lane, attended her first board meeting Wednesday. She previewed more discussions to come at the April  16th regular Board Meeting. Lane told the Board that there is “a lot of change” going on. A new leader has come in, she said, and there is the need to have a […]

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TreePeople President to speak on less water use in LA

Since 1973, a Los Angeles organization called TreePeople has focused on growing trees in southern California. People in the Owens Valley have pointed out that Owens Valley water grows trees in LA while trees here have withered and died from water diversions and groundwater pumping. Now, the founder of TreePeople wants to address Owens Valley […]

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Bentley – found! (see video in story)

Two weeks ago, a woman from out of the area brought her dog to Mammoth Lakes, left it with a dog walker and Bentley the dog got away. He was sighted in several locations from Antelope Valley Road to the geothermal plant. Thursday, he was found by Mammoth Wildlife Specialist Steve Searles and patiently captured […]

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Inyo’s search for control over energy development

With the issue of large-scale solar development on the front burner, the Inyo Supervisors and Administrator took a look back on Tuesday to show the public where the County has been when it comes to solar regulation. That took them to an ordinance called Title 21. That ordinance spells out how solar developers need to […]

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