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Inyo native receives high honors from the U.S. Navy

January 20, 2014

Bishop native Sky Mote, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines, was posthumously awarded one of the Marine Corps highest honor, the Navy Cross, last week for his heroic actions and sacrifice in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Marine Corps, Mote, 27, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded during an “insider attack” . Despite his wounds, he “exposed himself to more gunfire in an attempt to draw attention away from his fellow Marines and distract the shooter.”

Earth to Sky flight captures photos of Sierra drought

January 20, 2014

A recent Earth to Sky Calculus research balloon flight provided panoramic visuals of the effects of the drought plaguing the Sierra’s natural environment and local communities.
On Jan. 8, Bishop Union High School student members of the Earth to Sky science club launched a balloon into the stratosphere “to investigate a solar radiation storm. At the apex of the flight we took some beautiful pictures of the Sierra, which look remarkably brown for this time in year because of the severe drought,” club advisor Dr. Tony Phillips said.

State moves on city court project

January 20, 2014

City Council, the City of Bishop and Administrative Office of the Courts staff are making some headway on plans for a new Inyo County Court Building to be located near City Hall.
With a potential site selected and several preliminary studies begun, construction of the proposed building could begin during the first quarter of 2017, said AOC Office of Court Construction and Management staff at their first-ever presentation to City Council on Jan. 13.

City Council considers daytime meetings

January 20, 2014

Bishop’s elected officials are considering leaving primetime.
The City Council has proposed changing its meeting times from the evening to the afternoons as part of yet another cost-saving measure.
“It’s just one of many things we are discussing, looking at ways to save money,” said Councilman David Stottlemyre, who floated the idea at the council’s Dec. 11 budget workshop.

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