Tag Archives | Olancha

Fire approached Hwy 136.  Photo by Dennis Mattinson.

Fire east of Lone Pine

Sunday morning, fire broke out somewhere near the Lone Pine dump and spread north and south, whipped by extremely high winds.  Lone Pine Fire Chief Leroy Kritz said that eight agencies responded.  At 6pm Sunday, the fire had calmed way down and crews were being released. Fire Chief Kritz said he and others are not […]

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Crystal Geyser plans bottling plant expansion

Crystal Geyser promotes its bottled water as “the only major U.S. spring water bottled exclusively at the source.” The company shows eight sources, and the one in Olancha has plans for expansion. The public can now comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Report on Crystal Geyser’s expansion plan for a 198,500 square foot bottling plant […]

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Olancha-area man hits cyberspace to oppose Caltrans

An Olancha area property owner has taken cyberspace action to oppose Caltrans’ plans to build a bypass around that area.  Scott Palamar objected strongly to the Caltrans plan to blend two alternatives with no public discussion.  Now, he has created a website for the purpose of fighting the Highway 395 bypass. Palamar has said that […]

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Caltrans director answers to Olancha 4 lane beefs

In response to public criticism of his choice for four-lanes in the Olancha area and his refusal to hold an immediate public workshop, Caltrans Director Tom Hallenbeck points to environmental law and to what he sees as a realistic assessment of costs. Business owners and citizens in Olancha have publicly attacked Hallenbeck for his choice […]

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Caltrans says no to public request for meeting

A number of Olancha residents are still seething over how Caltrans has handled the four-lane project through their town and property. Citizens asked for a public meeting on the Caltrans plan, but on Monday Caltrans Director Tom Hallenbeck sent a letter to the Inyo Local Transportation Commission to say there will be no meeting until […]

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