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Inyo County 150 Celebration

Inyo County Sesquicentennial Tuesday

Inyo County Sesquicentennial Celebration puts spotlight on History and Local Pie Bakers

submitted by Inyo County
March 21, 2016

While not everyone enjoys celebrating historic milestones, pretty much everyone enjoys homemade pie. And though there might be a slim number of pie haters out there, it’s a pretty good bet they like ice cream.

               Inyo County is covering all those bases on Tuesday, March 22, when the county marks its 150th birthday with an official ceremony on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in Independence, starting at 10 a.m., followed by a Community Pie and Ice Cream Social.

Mementos of the milestone will include a souvenir program, a tee shirt emblazoned with the Inyo County Sesquicentennial Logo, and a recipe book that serves up morsels of Inyo County history and about 50 tried-and-true pie recipes from local bakers.

               Everyone in Inyo County is invited to enjoy the ceremony on the courthouse steps, which will include some “pomp and circumstance,” with an Inyo County twist. For example, a local politician will sing the national anthem, and the music for the ceremony will be provided by the volunteer musicians of the Lone Pine Pep Band. There will also be proclamations, entertaining and educational featured speakers, and comments from dignitaries.

               The reward for “enjoying” that ceremony will be immediate. As soon as the group sing-along of “America The Beautiful” wraps up, and after everyone gathers for a crowd “selfie” on the courthouse steps, the assembled Inyoites will stream to the Independence American Legion Hall to consume slices of pie, scoops of ice cream and beverages.

               Since not even the most committed pie-lovers could sample all the pies on hand at the event, pie afficeinadoes will get the next best thing: dozens of pie recipes. The Inyo County Sesquicentennial Committee solicited pie recipes from many of the county’s bakers. Those recipes, along with a dollop of advice, were gently stirred until they were well-mixed. Next, a heaping dose of local history was folded in and the finished product is “Heritage and Humble Pie: Inyo 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Keepsake.”

               The Keepsake will be available for free to those attending the event.

INYO 150 Keepsake PIE

               The 120-page pie book features all manner of regular pies, and more than a few specialty pies that will pique the curiosity of everyone with a working oven.

               First things first. The booklet starts with Inyo’s Paiute people and early explorers. Then comes pie crust. Several crust recipes are sprinkled throughout the volume. Big Pine’s Kevin Carunchio offers up a crust featuring vodka, Sandee Bilyeu, of Independence, reveals Katherine Krater’s “perfect pie crust,” and Pat Gunsolley of Bishop, guides bakers through a “classic pie crust.”

               Dangerous treks through Death Valley are recounted, and comfort is found in Furnace Creek Inn Date Nut Bread, a bit hit since about 1927.

               While pondering the early settlements and towns of Inyo County and the arrival of the US Army, readers can also consider a Maple Syrup Pie, submitted by Judy Peek of Lone Pine, who got the family recipe from her mother, Dee Collins.

               The arrival of miners and mining schemes balanced with the expanding population of farmers, families and business folks that eventually lead to the formation of Inyo County in 1866. Forming an Angel Pie, as directed by Sarah Sheehan, of Bishop, is much easier, despite the pie’s exotic roots in Colonial India. Exotic brandy enhances the Eggnog Custard Pie, from Shirley Ellsworth of Bishop.

               The start of the 20th century brought the “Water Seekers” from Los Angeles, followed by the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which gave Inyo County a unique combination of competing interests, governments and conflicts which endures to this day.

               Another, more enjoyable combination comes in the form of a Pumpkin Pie Cake, shared by Sharyl Stephens, of Fort Independence, from a recipe she got from her relative, Phyllis Hunter.

               Paying homage to the county’s ranching heritage is a Dutch oven strawberry cobbler, which Linda Arcularius, of Bishop, has been cooking and feeding to local cowboys and cowgirls for years during spring branding season.

               And of course, Independence Fruitcake Queen Nancy Masters submitted a recipe for Western Fruitcake and an essay on how “fostering civil society” has been accomplished in Inyo County, thanks to the Independence Fruitcake Festival.

               Also intriguing is the rather spiritual exercise that results in Methodist Pie, a heaven-sent recipe from Karen Scott, of Bishop.

               Offering a bit more sustenance is the Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie, from Linda Hubbs, of Lone Pine.

               Offering sustenance for those with a sweet tooth is an Easy Ice Cream Pie, submitted by Jennifer Duncan, of Independence.

               That sampling menu of pies is just a taste of the delights awaiting the county’s ambitious cooks and bakers between the covers of “Heritage and Humble Pie: Inyo 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration Keepsake.”

               For more information about the Sesquicentennial Celebration and the Heritage and Humble Pie Keepsake, contact the Eastern California Museum, 760-878-0258.

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BLM holding Alabama Hills Hikes

BLM hosting Interpretive Hikes in the Alabama Hills

submitted by the BLM
March 2, 2016

LONE PINE, Calif. -The Bureau of Land Management will host interpretive hikes in the Alabama Hills to discuss film history and view scenic arches in March.

An “Explore the Arches” hike will be held on two Saturdays, March 5 and 26. A “Film History in the Alabama Hills” hike will be held on two Sundays, March 6 and 20. For all the hikes, participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, at the corner of Highway 395 and State Route 136 in Lone Pine, to carpool to the site. The driving time is about 10 minutes. Each hiker should carry at least one quart of water and dress in layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions.

“On the arches hike, you can learn about the geologic processes that shaped the hills. The hike includes Mobius, Heart, and Eye of the Alabama arches. You’ll also discover that there’s more to the Alabama Hills than just Movie Flat! The hike includes scenic vistas of the Sierra, Inyo Mountains and Owens Lake, plus a visit to a riparian zone in the heart of the hills,” said Dave Kirk, Alabama Hills steward for the BLM’s Bishop Field Office. The arches hike will take 2 ½ to three hours and requires a good fitness level. The hike is a loop about 3.5 miles in distance with some moderately strenuous sections. The entire hike is on trail and/or multi-use routes. Appropriate footwear is required.

“There have been more than 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills. On the film history hike, you will hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as you explore the camera locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable films such as “Gunga Din,” “Bad Day at Black Rock,” “Tremors” and “Django Unchained,’” said Kirk. The film history hike will take 1 to 1½ hours and is a relatively easy walk covering less than a mile.

For more information on interpretative hikes in the Alabama Hills, contact Dave Kirk via email at dmkirk@blm.gov, or the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center at (760) 876-6222.

Cover Photo by Gary Young.

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Inyo County Wants your take on Adventure Trails

Inyo County is collecting input on Adventure Trials

submitted by Inyo County Public Works
February 10, 2016

Inyo County continuing to seek input and collect data regarding the Adventure Trails Combined Use Project.

In January, 2015, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved designation of seven (7) combined use routes for certain off-highway vehicles (OHV). Of these, three (3) of the routes have been opened to the public since July and August 2015. The approved and open routes include:

• Independence Route 1 from Independence to Mazourka Canyon.
• Lone Pine Route 1 from Boulder Creek RV Resort to Horseshoe Meadows Road.
• Bishop Route 15 from Laws to the Poleta OHV Area.

Concurrently, the County set up a website to collect input regarding the three opened routes, including feedback, suggestions, and/or complaints. The website can be viewed at www.inyoltc.org/ab628impl.html.

Again, the website is to share information and collect input regarding only the approved and open routes of the Adventure Trails Project, not OHVs being operated outside Project’s three open routes.

Information collected on the website, as well as extensive field surveys and operational data, was included in a report to the State of California in December 2015.

Inyo County is still collecting data, and requests continuing public input. To learn more about the project, provide input electronically, and review the report, please visit www.inyoltc.org/ab628impl.html.

For more information or questions please contact the Public Works Department at: (760) 878-0207 or ab628@inyocounty.us.

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Keeler Valentines Fun Day

Keeler Valentines Fun Day Saturday

submitted by KEEPS
February 9, 2016

Come spend an enjoyable day at the Second Annual Keeler Valentines Fun Day featuring a swap meet, street fair, arts and crafts, cactus sales, barbecue, horseshoe tournament, music and activities for the kids. It will take place in Keeler by “The Plunge” on Malone Street, Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 to 4 p.m.

The Keeler Early Era Preservation Society (KEEPS) aims to preserve historic buildings of Keeler and history related to the town. Once a booming port on the Owens Lake, Keeler holds the remnants of a century-old railroad station, talc mill, two-room schoolhouse and homes of a bygone era. The little town boomed and busted with the fates of mining and survives as “an almost ghost town.”

This year, local musician Coale Johnson will entertain from12:30 to 2:30 p.m. He describes his musical style as “folk/rock/jazz with a subtle twang.” Johnson’s extensive playlist draws from his seven recorded albums, plus covers from Muddy Waters to Gordon Lightfoot, from the Beatles to Merle Haggard, from Frank Sinatra to Emmy Lou Harris and Billy Holiday. You can hear samples of his music at : http://www.coale-johnson.com/

To participate in the swap meet, arts and crafts, or street fair, just bring your wares to sell. It’s free! You can choose to donate some, none or all of your proceeds to KEEPS. You may also donate items for KEEPS booth or raffle.  A Corsica Perception full sized kayak, pre-owned, with paddle is currently at the top of the list of raffle items. Call (760) 608-3208 for information or donations.

For information about the horseshoe tournament call Bailey at (760) 614-0203.

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Inyo Spelling Bee

Inyo County Spelling Bee is Thursday

submitted by Ilissa Twomey, spelling bee coordinator

Students from six of our local elementary and middle schools will compete in the 40th Annual Inyo County Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 21, 2016.  The competition will be at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.  Our local Altrusa chapter sponsors this event.  The events will begin with a written Preliminary Elementary/Middle School Competition at 5:00 p.m.  The public events for Elementary/Middle School Championship Competition begin at 6:00 pm. Altrusa representatives will hand out awards for the first, second, and third place winners from the competition.

The top two 4-6 grade elementary and top two 7-9 grade middle school spellers qualify to participate in the Elementary and Junior High State Spelling Championship competitions in the spring.

The public is invited to attend the county Spelling Bee Competitions beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Jill Kinmont Boothe School in the Great Room.  For more information, please contact Ilissa Twomey in Education Services at 873-3262 x2197

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Key Inyo County posts up for Election

Key Dates approach for Inyo County Election

submitted by Inyo County Clerk-Recorder

Kammi Foote, Inyo County Clerk, reminds voters that there are several offices up for election at the June 7, 2016 Primary Election:
Superior Court Judge
Supervisor Districts 2, 4 & 5
Inyo County Board of Education – Trustee Areas 2 & 4
Republican County Central Committee

Persons interested in running for Superior Court Judge, County Supervisor or Inyo County Board of Education may pick up paperwork to circulate and file their petitions for signatures in lieu of filings fees beginning on January 4, 2016. Persons interested in running for Republican County Central Committee may pick up Nomination forms beginning on January 4, 2016.

Declaration of Candidacy forms and Nomination papers can be filed beginning on February 16, 2016. The last day to file for one of these offices is March 11, 2016.

For further information about running for office in Inyo County you can view the Candidate’s Guide for the June 7, 2016 Primary Election on the Inyo County Clerk/Recorder’s Website: www.elections.inyocounty.us .

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Election’s Department at 760-878-0224.

cover photo by Gary Young

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Inyo Supervisors restocking SIH board

Inyo Board meeting Tuesday to appoint SIH board members

statement from the Inyo County Board of Supervisors

Inyo Board of Supervisors Will Convene in Special Session Tomorrow to Appoint a New Southern Inyo Hospital Board

INDEPENDENCE – The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has called a Special Meeting for the purpose of appoint a quorum to the Board of Directors of the Southern Inyo Hospital District. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2015. The need to appoint a quorum – three members – to the Southern Inyo Hospital Board was necessitated by the recent resignations, in masse, of the entire Board of Directors for the Southern Inyo Health Care District.

The situation led one observer to comment, “The Southern Inyo Hospital ship does not have a captain or a rudder, and it’s in very rough seas.” The appointment of a quorum tomorrow will re-establish a governance structure to interface with State regulators, employees, the community and creditors, and make decisions about the hospital’s future.

Inyo County issued a press release last week informing the public that it might be necessary for the Inyo County Board of Supervisors to make emergency appointments to establish a quorum on the Southern Inyo Health Care District Board, and asking for letters of interest from residents of the Hospital District. Because of uncertainty about if, or when appointments might be necessary, the County announced that it would accept letters of interest on an on-going basis.

The agenda for the Special Meeting notes that letters of interest have been received from Richard P. Fedchenko, Jaque Hickman, and Mark Lacey. The agenda also notes that the Board of Supervisors will also consider nominations for appointment, self and otherwise, from the floor during the meeting.

In order to qualify for an appointment you must be a voting resident of the District.

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