Archive - 2013
After 20 years of service as race director for the annual Bishop High Sierra Ultramarathon, Marie Boyd has stepped down with regret and relief, leaving a vacancy that will be difficult to fill.
The race director job, now open to interested qualified applicants, is pivotal to the BHS Ultra, which is Northern Inyo Hospital Foundationâ€™s biggest fundraiser. â€śThe ultra has raised more than $120,000 over the last 18 years,â€ť Boyd said, bringing in more than $15,000 this year alone.
Local leaders last week appointed longtime Agricultural Department employee Nate Reade as the Inyo and Mono county Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures.
Reade has worked in the Agricultural and Weights and Measures Department for the past 12 years, most recently serving as deputy Agricultural Commissioner and deputy sealer of weights and measures.
â€śOut in the tulesâ€ť is the unique California (or Inyo County) slang equivalent for being â€śout in the boondocksâ€ť elsewhere in the country. Generally it refers to living somewhere that is â€śout of the way,â€ť remote or isolated, and not a particularly good place to live.
However, for most living in Inyo and Mono counties, living â€śout in the tulesâ€ť is just fine and it is a very good lifestyle choice.
Despite new drinks, new nibbles and new plans afoot, the Looney Bean in Bishop will still be the same old comfortable community gathering spot its patrons know and love, say the shopâ€™s new owners.
Wife-and-husband-team Corrie and Dustin del Giudice are bringing a fresh menu, event ideas and their own unique brewing and management skills to the Looney Bean coffee house scene, located at 399A N. Main St.
Corrieâ€™s specialty is customer service and Dustinâ€™s is marketing. â€śI see the value of marketing something you are passionate about, getting someone to try something new,â€ť Dustin said.
District Attorney Art Maillet will be returning to civilian life this weekend after 10-and-a-half years as Inyo Countyâ€™s lead prosecutor.
Maillet will be leaving his office in the hands of Assistant D.A. Joel Samuels, albeit for a much shorter amount of time than he hoped.
Dead fish in the Lower Owens River are being chalked up to heavy runoff from seasonal rain storms in the Eastern Sierra, which went charging down the natural river channel from the Alabama Gates spillway.
The result was low dissolved oxygen and high turbidity levels in the Lower Owens, both proving lethal to the warm-water fishery.
Recently, both Northern and Southern Inyo hospitals took the big step toward Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act compliance by signing with an accountable care organization to manage Medicare patient healthcare.
This trend will eventually affect all patients â€“ ACOs will start with Medicare but they will eventually work with private payers (insurance companies) and state payers like Medi-Cal, said Georgia Green, executive director of the Nevada City-based National Rural ACO Corporation.
Inyo County Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said last week that she assumes full responsibility for the embezzlement of $1.5 million that took place under her watch in the countyâ€™s Public Assistance Office.
In an interview on Friday, July 26, Turner shed some light on department conditions and some circumstances surrounding the theft, which was allegedly perpetrated over an eight-year period by a longtime department manager who, along with her husband, is now facing 34 charges related to the embezzlement.
A clearer picture of the damage done by recent thunderstorms is being revealed â€“ and itâ€™s not pretty.
More than a dozen roads on national forest, national park and county land are either temporarily closed or were rendered completely impassable by two separate storms over a one-week period.
The County of Inyo alone, according to Administrator Kevin Carunchio, is looking at an estimated $1.2 million in repairs.
â€śThatâ€™s conservative,â€ť he said of the preliminary estimate, noting it could â€śeasily go up to â€ś$2 million.â€ť
Rick Apted has been operating the Lake Sabrina Boat Landing for 40 years. This past week he pulled his boats back up from the exposed lake bottom; the cafĂ© will only be open on weekends. His boat landing has been reduced to a snack and tackle shop.