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Celebrating The Alabama Hills National Scenic Area designation

By Deb Murphy The Alabama Hills has been a National Scenic Area since February of this year when the Natural Resources Management Act passed both Houses of Congress. But, Saturday, that designation became really official with a celebration at the Lone Pine Film Festival and the unveiling of a sign in the Hills. Most of […]

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Alabama Hills Scenic Area Designation a presidential signature away from reality

By Deb Murphy A group of Owens Valley residents may be heading to Washington, D.C. within the next 10 days to witness the, at one time, unbelievable: the Presidential signature on legislation that includes the official designation of Alabama Hills as a National Scenic Area. That bi-partisan effort, the Natural Resources Management Act, passed the […]

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Langleys, Prathers honored for years of teaching excellence

By Charles James It was a joyous affair as four beloved school teachers which collectively hold 120 years of teaching experience teaching students in Inyo County, were honored with the new Science Lab at Lo Inyo School was dedicated in their names by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and Lone Pine Unified School District […]

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A flood control pond on the Owens Lake hosts birds and creates a scenic landscape, thanks to the Sierra in the background. Photo by Robin Black

‘Life on the Lake’ opens Saturday at Eastern California Museum

Press release The Eastern California Museum in Independence will unveil its newest exhibit, Life on the Lake, on Saturday March 5, from 2-5 p.m. The photo exhibit combines contemporary and historic photos of the Owens Lake to explore its “recent” transformation from an active industrial location to a source of hazardous dust to a budding […]

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Inyo Supervisors and Water Commission – it’s complicated

By Deb Murphy The Inyo County Board of Supervisors acknowledged the complexity of water issues in Inyo County at Tuesday’s meeting. What it didn’t do was accept recommendations presented by Water Commission Chair Mike Prather and Commissioner Craig Patton. While the details of mitigation projects, groundwater basins and pumping impacts may be complicated, to Prather […]

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Inyo Water Commission looks at proposed new LADWP wells

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s intent to put in three new production wells and replace an 87-year old well in Laws did not go over well at Monday evening’s Inyo County Water Commission meeting. The strongest reaction came from Commissioner Craig Patten. Considering the drought, “we’re playing with fire,” Patten said. “We […]

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Water Commission: appointments, Blackrock, and a tale of two rivers

Inyo County’s Water Policy adopted in 1999 spells out the duties of the Inyo Water Commission, which could be summarized as environmental watchdogs over the Long Term Water Agreement. The Supervisors will appoint two members to that Commission next month and the Commission itself will meet Monday. According to the Board Clerk, five people, at […]

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Wade and learn at the Lower Owens River

– Press release  The public is invited to wade into the middle of the Lower Owens River and soak up the latest developments and information about the massive river restoration project. The field trip is being led by Leigh Parmenter and Katie Quinlan, the principles of the Eastern Sierra Watershed Project, which is part of […]

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Inyo Supervisors lodge critical comments on DWP solar project

Inyo County Planning staff wrote strong comments of concern about the Department of Water and Power’s proposed mega-solar project south of Independence. Tuesday, the Inyo Supervisors were supportive of the concerns. The Supervisors made some changes and voted unanimously to send a letter and the Planning Staff comments to DWP during the comment period which […]

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Metabolic Studio: Conversations About Water

The Metabolic Studio is Hosting Conversations About Water during the Centenary of the LA Owens River Aqueduct. CONVERSATION 33: Bad Day at Blackrock:  Water Management, Self Deception, and Colonial Rule in the Owens Valley.  This Conversation, led by Owens Valley Committee member Daniel Pritchett, will  examine the Black Rock area as a case study of […]

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