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‘Easy Rider’ asks: Did my generation blow it?

December 31, 2013

Last time we closed with Wyatt’s statement at the end of “Easy Rider,” saying, “We blew it.”

Feds cite ‘waste and abuse’ at OV Housing Authority

December 31, 2013

Federal officials have reviewed the Owens Valley Indian Housing Authority’s use of several federal grants, and have put the organization on notice.
The OVIHA has been given until Feb. 1 to correct several serious accounting discrepancies and program deficiencies or face having to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City Council sizing up retailers’ reactions to a plastic bag ban

December 31, 2013

Bishop area elected officials and community leaders are in the process of gauging the retail sector’s reaction to a possible statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.
An online survey created by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau asks merchants, among other questions, whether such a ban would create a financial burden and if so, whether they would pass that expense on to the customer.

Changes on tap for Bishop’s water and sewer rates?

December 31, 2013

Citizens interested in weighing in on proposed City of Bishop water and sewer rate changes must do so by the first week in February.
The City Council approved the Notice of Public Hearing and proposed water and sewer fees presented by Public Works Director David Grah on Dec. 9. That same week, notice of the upcoming public hearing went out to 1,232 property owners and ratepayers, Public Works Secretary Michelle Thomas said. The hearing is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the Council Chambers at 377 W. Line St.

December 30th

New year, new laws

December 30, 2013

Traditional first-of-the-year recaps of new laws that go into effect either on the first day of each year, or shortly thereafter, generally exemplify good-news/bad-news.
For instance, the minimum wage in California will go up July 1, good news for minimum wage service workers, bad news for their employers. The distance motorists must allow when passing a cyclist has been codified at three feet; good news for cyclists, bad news for motorists caught behind a cyclist. And, the list goes on, though not each and every one of the approximately 1,000 bills signed into law in 2013 is covered.

Prospective candidates start coming forward

December 30, 2013

Several political hopefuls have already taken out Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees – the first step in running for public office this coming June.
Two business days into the initial filing period, seven incumbents and two challengers have thrown their hats into the ring for nine of the 16 available seats coming up for election on June 3.

Tax-Aide volunteers needed

December 30, 2013

With a new year dawning, a new tax season is just over the horizon.
This year the AARP Tax-Aide program is in desperate need of volunteers who are good with numbers and interested in helping local seniors.
A five-day training class for tax aide volunteers will begin Jan. 22 and run through Jan. 28 in the Owens Valley Career Development Center’s computer lab. All volunteers will be trained and certified by the IRS on the computer program used for income tax filing, and the level of tax law required for preparing and filing tax returns.

City ends 2013 on high note with award for Hospice heroes

December 30, 2013

Honored for decades of incalculable service to valley residents during their final days on earth, Hospice of the Owens Valley volunteers were the last but not the least to be awarded in 2013 with the City of Bishop’s Quarterly Citizens Award.
For 30 years, HOV, which is now a Pioneer Home Health Care program, has been providing “the dignity, privacy and comfort” of allowing people to die in their own homes, said Laura Smith, then mayor and now council member, when she presented the award at the Dec. 9 City Council meeting.

December 27th

Another dry January on tap?

December 27, 2013

With 2013 wrapping up and 2014 rolling in next week, local weather forecaster Dennis Mattinson is saying the first couple weeks of January may be a repeat of last year.
Back in October, Mattinson said very preliminary information suggested that California could expect a moderate El Niño year and the warm, wet weather it brings.
That was good news for the Owens Valley, which is putting a cap on one of the driest years on record.

Mono County honors its mountain rescue volunteers

December 27, 2013

Three Eastern Sierra residents were recognized earlier this month for their outstanding service to the public – a service that not only represents the act of going above and beyond, but can quite literally mean the difference between life and death for those they serve.
Steve Case, Heidi Vetter and Glenn Goryl were presented with special honors during the Mono County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team Annual Awards Dinner, held Dec. 14. The 2013 honorees were presented with laser engraved plaques at the dinner in the team’s new building.

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