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Be prepared – Inyo County offers free sandbags

News release Inyo County Emergency Services is working with local Fire Departments to provide free sandbags to residents and business owners in Inyo County. Free sandbags for flood preparedness are available at the following locations: Ø  Bishop Fire Station, 209 W. Line Street, April 25, 8:00am-5:00pm (closed noon to 1:00) Ø  Big Pine Fire Station, […]

 
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More public comments being accepted on sage-grouse

Press release RENO, Nevada — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting additional public comment on its proposed rule to list the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. As its name suggests, the Bi-State greater sage-grouse DPS straddles the California-Nevada border, where six […]

 
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Inyo’s short-term rentals hit a bump in the road

By Deb Murphy Tuesday’s review of Inyo County’s short-term rental policy is a prime example of good intentions going awry. The issue that rose to the surface of associate planner Tom Schaniel’s review of numbers and problems focused on non-hosted Airbnbs with unresolved complaints due in large part because the property owner was nowhere in […]

 
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Bishop City Council responds to proposed fishing regulations

By Deb Murphy Joe Pecsi gave Bishop City Council a template to respond to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s new proposed fishing regulations, highlighting a lot of things wrong with those regs. A former Councilman and chair of the Inyo County Fish and Wildlife Commission, Pecsi followed F&W’s biologist Jim Erdman’s brief summary […]

 
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State of the Inyo National Forest

USFS news release, prepared by Deb Schweizer I received several calls inquiring about a State of the Inyo, so here it is.  There are only a handful of changes: The Glacier Lodge Rd is open (Big Pine) and Caltrans opened Hwy 120E (Benton) today. Inyo County reports that they are starting to clear roads: Whitney […]

 
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Four rescued by CHP, Inyo SAR near Mt. Russell

Inyo County Sheriff’s Department news release On the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency satellite transmission requesting a rescue near Mt. Whitney. A party of four climbers attempting to summit Mt. Russell (14,088’) had gotten off route while descending and were stuck on the side of a cliff […]

 
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Mammoth Lakes Fire Council receives grant for Lakes Basin

News releases The Mammoth Lakes Fire Safe Council (MLFSC) has received approval from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) on a grant application for the Lakes Basin Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in the amount of $1,000,000 to conduct mechanical and hand thinning, fuel breaks, roadside and campground fuels reduction, forest restoration, and meadow aspen release treatments […]

 
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Meeting on proposed trout regulations set for Wednesday

News release The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will host a series of statewide meetings to inform the public and seek input on the proposed new statewide changes for trout fishing regulations. “The California Fish and Game Commission directed our department to make the regulations and seasons more simple and easy to understand, […]

 
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Inyo County approves grants to non-profit groups

Press release The Inyo County Board of Supervisors recently approved nine grants to various local, non-profit community groups and organizations, for a total of $20,984. The grant process is part of the county’s Community Project Sponsorship Program, which awards grants to projects and programs that will help promote the area to visitors, create events that […]

 
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Snowmobilers asked to respect off-limit areas

INF news release Based upon reports from rangers and visitors, the Inyo National Forest is reminding snowmobilers to respect off-limit areas of the forest that are closed to snowmobiles. The Inyo National Forest provides a wide spectrum of winter recreational activities. Visitors and residents can vastly improve these recreational opportunities and reduce conflict and by […]

 
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Alabama Hills National Scenic Area becomes law

Alabama Hills Stewardship Group press release Lone Pine, CA (March 12, 2019) – The Alabama Hills Stewardship Group, along with dozens of area stakeholders and the community of Lone Pine are celebrating the passage of a congressional measure that will create the first ever “Alabama Hills National Scenic Area”! “All these years of community input […]

 
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