Through what appears to be a mutually agreeable decision, Bishop City Administrator Jim Southworth has stepped down after 10 months on the job.
Southworth had been on administrative leave since July 27. Mondayâ€™s Bishop City Council meeting included a closed session agenda item to discuss a â€śpublic employee performance evaluation.â€ť After a short meeting behind closed doors, the council returned to chambers with the following announcement.
Hangar fees at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport are going up, but not yet.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to increase fuel and ramp fees at Bishopâ€™s airport, the only county-operated facility that sells aviation fuel. But when it came time to discuss raising fees for hangar rentals and tie-downs, the board members were surprised to learn the increase would apply to all county operated airports.
The Lion Wildland Fire in Sequoia National Forest that has been a source of smoke and headaches for many in Inyo County, is 75 percent contained.
The blaze, now at 20,166 acres, was sparked by lightning on July 8 and has been allowed to run its natural course, ridding the forest of dead and downed brush to create what officials say will be safer, more manageable fire conditions in the future.
Fire officials expect the fire to grow approximately 150 acres over the next several days, until it reaches the perimeter line to the south along Alpine Creek.