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Update: BLM, CAL FIRE suspend burn permits

BLM news release BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office has issued seasonal fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, July 1, due to increased wildland fire danger in the region. The restrictions will remain in effect until November 1, or until wildland fire conditions on […]

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Reds Meadow to open Thursday

USFS news release The United States Forest Service will be opening the gate to Reds Meadow with access to valley destinations and the Devils Postpile National Monument on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The extraordinary past winter that saw a snowpack of 170% above average, presented many operational challenges for the opening of the Reds Meadow […]

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Mono County 2018-2019 Grand Jury report released

Mono County news release The Superior Court of California for Mono County has released the 2018-2019 Grand Jury Final Report. There were four major subjects of this year’s Final Report. The first was an investigation of the Hilton Creek Community Services District, a Special District located in the Crowley Lake area. The second investigation was […]

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Wilson and Mill: A tale of two creeks

By Deb Murphy Public, private and advocacy groups came to the Mono County Board of Supervisors last week, some with hope the County had the wisdom and power of Solomon to solve the issue of water in Wilson and Mill creeks. The Board didn’t have that power or will. The only real solution to maintaining […]

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Inyo Supervisors deal with short-term rentals, again

By Deb Murphy The unintended consequences of some Inyo County short-term rental ordinances came back to bite the Board of Supervisors at yesterday’s meeting. Now that the ordinances have been in place for more than a year, the Board and Planning Department will focus on options to fix those consequences. Planning Director Cathreen Richards ran […]

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Bishop Airport receives $7.8 million FAA grant

FAA news release WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase the airports’ […]

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Mono Supervisors react to proposed hydroelectric project

By Deb Murphy The Mono County Board of Supervisors didn’t mince their words or hide their feelings about the massive hydroelectric project proposed for Wheeler Crest, Lower Rock Creek and Owens River gorges at Tuesday’s meeting. “What are these people thinking? Are they insane?” was Supervisor Bob Gardner’s reaction. Supervisors Stacy Corless and Jennifer Halferty […]

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Inyo County warns of jury scam phone calls

Inyo County news release The Superior Court of California, County of Inyo has received several calls from community members stating they received a SCAM phone call from someone claiming to be the Court. The caller claims that the person they are calling failed to appear for jury duty and are therefore being fined. The caller […]

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LA/Inyo Standing Committee covers a lot of ground

By Deb Murphy Here are the positive take-aways from Monday’s Standing Committee meeting: Los Angeles’s Green New Deal outlines a pathway for the City to source 70-percent of its water locally by 2035; both members of the Committee, Los Angeles and Inyo County, are open to a second look at changes to the document managing […]

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Mono Supervisors to look at hydro project

By Deb Murphy Mono County Board of Supervisors will get briefed today on the details and process of the Owens Valley Pumped Storage Project. Currently Premium Energy Holdings is in stage one toward a preliminary permit to explore the possibility of reservoirs on Wheeler Crest and the Owens River and/or Rock Creek gorges in a […]

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