Archive - 2013
Federal authorities are re-opening the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository, asking local governments that may be impacted by the proposed nuclear waste site to offer suggestions on how to proceed.
According to Greg James, the county-contracted attorney who handles all Yucca Mountain matters, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reconsidering Yucca Mountain as a nuclear repository site in response to lawsuits filed by the state of Washington and North Carolina after licensing proceedings for Yucca Mountain were suspended in 2009 due to a lack of funding.
Massive forest fires, like Californiaâ€™s Rim Fire that blanketed the Eastern Sierra in a stinging haze for weeks, generate different reactions.
East of the Rockies, itâ€™s hard to imagine the intensity of fire fed by years of underbrush racing to the top of 12,000-foot peaks. West of the Rockies, the reactions are more personal: â€śIt could, or has, been us.â€ť For those who know the Yosemite Valley, threatened by Rim, the reaction is deeply personal.
But for Bishopâ€™s James Denver, major forest fires are a whole different ball game; theyâ€™re a job.
Inyo County and the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife will be meeting Monday to give Inyo County residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed critical habitat designations in the Eastern Sierra.
This weekend Millpond County Park will be the stage for a three-day music festival featuring a medley of melodies from an eclectic mix of musicians.
The weekend also includes workshop performances that allow attendees to interact with performers, as well as arts and crafts and face painting for youth.
According to Inyo Council for the Arts Director Lynn Cooper, the event is also a final summer camping trip for many residents and visitors.
After a period of no communication about an account in arrears, the Bishop Police Department and Symons Emergency Specialties are currently in negotiations with the hopes of renewing the contract for the benefit of both entities and the community at large.
Residents in Inyo County have an opportunity this month to help shape the future as the county Planning Department moves forward to update the countyâ€™s General Plan and Zoning Code.
The countyâ€™s General Plan guides the Board of Supervisors and other local leaders in decisions about land use policies and growth and development within local communities and establishes goals for the county in general.
Having been trained in some of the nationâ€™s latest law enforcement techniques, Bishop Police Department Sgt. Dan Nolan will soon graduate from the FBI National Academy.
According to the PD, Nolan is expected to graduate from the 254th session of the FBI academy on Sept. 20 and will be returning to the PD to share what he learned with the rest of the department.
In the first theatrical screening in nearly a year, the acclaimed documentary â€śThe Manzanar Fishing Clubâ€ť will be one of the highlighted features of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival in Mammoth Lakes next week.
In addition to the screening, fly fisherman Mas Okui, who learned to fish while interned at Manzanar, and writer Richard Imamura will be on hand for a special question and answer session following the screening at Mammothâ€™s Minaret Cinema.
Bishop Union High School science club Earth to Sky Calculus routinely makes experimental balloon launches to the edge of space and a recent launch landed them in Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not.
Earth to Sky members were notified on Aug. 28 that one of their recent experiments made it into Ripleyâ€™s latest hardback. Earth to Sky student members, mentored by local astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips, are Justin Gilpin, Olivia Grah, Anna and Jordan Herbst, Sam Johnson, Melodie Lawrence, Rachel Molina, Ginger Perez, Amelia Phillips, Carson Reid, Bronwyn Stephenson and Michael White.
The Bishop Police Department announced today that it does not have a current contract with Symons Ambulance Service.
Traditionally, the PD has provided dispatching service for Symons, but, according to Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, that contract recently expired and "due to various issues the City Council recently approved notifying Symons that the Police Department would discontinue providing dispatching services."