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Sheriff Jeff Hollowell

Inyo County Sheriff Hollowell on Bias

By Deb Murphy Three weeks after George Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest from a Minneapolis police officer’s knee on his neck, the uproar seemed to turn toward reform of both bias and deadly force by police departments. Then, last Friday in Atlanta, Rayshard Brooks was shot twice in the back as he fled two police […]

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https://monocounty.ca.gov/sites/default/files/fileattachments/elections/page/30549/electionsummaryreportrpt_semi-final.pdf For national news nerds, Tuesday night was the semi-culmination of a two-year wait. With eight months to go for the big finale, here are the local results as of the first report-out with less than 50-percent of eligible votes: County Supervisorial Races District 3 Supervisor Bob Gardner and District 4’s John Peters running uncontested. […]

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Homeless by choice?

Third in a series By Deb Murphy “I never thought of myself as homeless until somebody told me,” said Steve Seats, recuperating at his Horton Creek camp site from a nasty rock climbing accident illustrated by x-rays of multiple foot fractures. Seats made a decision that a lot of us have toyed with: do we […]

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The latest chapter in the LORP

By Deb Murphy The partners to the 1997 Memorandum of Understanding that established marching orders for the Lower Owens River Project met last Tuesday to go over the latest set of conditions and concerns. All six parties have to agree to any change to the MOU and after more than a year of meetings, the […]

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Progress on Black Rock 94

By Deb Murphy The Black Rock 94 dispute resolution has taken a few steps forward, but also a step or two back. Originally scheduled for a control burn of approximately 212 acres this winter, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had to stop short because of high wind predictions. Those predictions proved all […]

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Harry Williams

Another view of the Owens River

By Deb Murphy Harry Williams looks at the Owens River with different eyes. Nobody ever told his people that “man has dominion over all the earth.” The relationship between Native Americans and the world they live in is familial. “If we don’t take care of Mother Earth,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday, “she […]

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Groundwater issues for Tri-Valley growers

By Deb Murphy The handful of growers on 3,000 to 4,000 acres of alfalfa in the Hammil, Benton and Chalfant areas aren’t anti-groundwater sustainability. What they are trying to avoid is the cost and complexity of California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, passed last fall. All they have to do is convince the state they’re not […]

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Inyo Supervisors OK Adventure Trails Project

By Deb Murphy After nearly eight years, multiple trips to Sacramento, public information meetings and nearly 10 hours of the final public hearing, the Adventure Trails passed the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Thursday evening.   What passed is a pilot program whittled down to seven routes with stringent implementation procedures. But, it passed and […]

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Still dim numbers for water content

By Deb Murphy While some Southern California weathermen optimistically look at current conditions as a glass half full, the truth is the glass isn’t even half full. Try less than 10 percent full. Inyo County Water Department Director Bob Harrington delivered the latest numbers at Monday evening’s meeting of the Water Commission. The only optimistic […]

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