Archive - Dec 2013
Comments for, against or straddling the fence in response to the proposed 1,200-acre solar ranch south of Independence must be submitted to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power no later than 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20.
Input on the controversial project is being sought as part of the state-mandated public review period that followed LADWPâ€™s Aug. 30 publication of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for its proposal.
Weather forecasters say there is a chance Bishop will see a little snow today and the Bishop Public Works Department is reminding residents and visitors to be prepared for icy streets and sidewalks.
In a press release, the Public Works Department advised that residents should use snow tires or chains on Bishop streets when they are required on area highways. â€śA good guideline to determine if snow tires or chains should be used on city streets is if Caltrans requires them on state highways in the area,â€ť the press release states.
Several Inyo County roads that were washed away by this past summerâ€™s â€śRoad Eaterâ€ť and â€śCanyon Crusherâ€ť thunder storms continue to be a hazard to motorists.
Local officials are warning residents to be mindful of several closures, including those on Trona Wildrose, Panamint Valley and Saline Valley roads â€“ as well as many smaller off-shoots from each of those roads.
John Miller of Miller Towing in Lone Pine said that he has witnessed a noticeable increase in calls for assistance on the remote roads since the washout occurred in late July.
At the end of months of off-and-on negotiations, the City of Bishop and Symons Emergency Specialties representatives have come to whatâ€™s being called a mutually beneficial agreement.
At a Dec. 16 meeting, owner Judd Symons, City Administrator Keith Caldwell and Police Chief Chris Carter ironed out a two-part agreement. BPD dispatch will continue â€śto provide dispatch service at a reduced amount and Symons agreed to pay its in-arrears account, through the end of 2013,â€ť Carter said.
Starting this week, City of Bishop Assistant Finance Director Cheryl Solesbee will be training her replacement until Solesbee retires in January, ending, by all accounts, a 27-year career of outstanding, to-the-penny services and exceptional commitment.
After much anticipation and still in time for the holiday shopping season, The Inyo Register is unveiling today its first-ever and first annual calendar compiled solely of local residentsâ€™ photographs.
The 2014 â€śImages of Inyo Countyâ€ť calendar is being inserted into todayâ€™s edition as a gift to the Registerâ€™s loyal subscribers and a thank you to everyone who reads Inyo Countyâ€™s hometown newspaper.
The calendar features 14 photographs submitted by amateur shutterbugs from throughout Inyo and Mono counties; all photos adhere to the 2014 calendar theme of â€śLocal Beautyâ€ť in Inyo County
Fresh on the heels of its letter-writing campaign, the Manzanar Committee launched an online campaign Friday encouraging residents to sign a petition calling on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to halt its proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch project.
Jillian Sedivec, 28, a Bishop resident most recently of Oceanside, was killed alongside her 4-year-old daughter, Savanah, on Dec. 10 in a traffic accident north of Oceanside.
The single mother leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter, Cydney, as well as funeral and memorial expenses.
A fund has been established at Fundrazr to help the family in its time of need. Donations can made securely online at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/8f0c6.
As of the Dec. 9 City Council meeting, the City of Bishopâ€™s contract to provide police department emergency dispatch service to Symons Emergency Specialties was still not solidified but new possible future outcomes were discussed at length.
Inyo County agencies and organizations are offering a variety of assistance to homeless community members during this yearâ€™s bitterly cold winter season.
Along those lines, a program is currently being established that is especially dedicated to addressing the needs of the homeless population.
The Eastern Sierra Continuum of Care Program, a state- and federally-funded program, would provide essential services to the homeless population of Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties, said Larry Emerson, housing and planning director for Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action.