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Archive - 2014

May 9th

County will explore city’s sales tax increase proposal

May 9, 2014

Inyo County is exploring the idea of partnering with the City of Bishop to raise the county’s Transaction and Use Tax from .05 percent to 1 percent to increase revenue for public services.
Bishop City Administrator Keith Caldwell went before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss the potential partnership. Caldwell also said that if the county doesn’t have an interest in raising the TUT county-wide, the city could pursue a Bishop-specific increase.

Farewell to a true Eastside champion

May 9, 2014

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is deeply saddened to report that late in March one of our dearest friends and supporters, ESLT Board Member Sid Tyler, passed away as a result of injuries he received in a biking accident near his home in Pasadena.
His death is intensely felt by all of us who knew him, and our hearts go out to Betsey, his wife of 60 years, and to his four grown children.

May 8th

Significant Details: Advice in advance of Mother’s Day

May 8, 2014

It’s nearly impossible to ruin one of those mushy, sentimental Mother’s Day cards, but it can be done if you also use the card to give Mom a little written “update” about your life or otherwise “catch up on a few things.” (Heaven forbid that you pick up the phone and call your mother.)
So, here are a few things that absolutely do not, repeat, do not belong on the inside flap of the mush missive you deliver to Mom on Mother’s Day.

Donald G. Plummer

May 8, 2014

Donald G. Plummer
1937-2014

Donald G. Plummer, 77, of Gridley, passed away on April 22, 2014 at the Gridley Health Care & Wellness Center where he had resided for the last few years due to declining health.

Dorothy Jean Cornwell

May 8, 2014

Dorothy Jean Cornwell
1928-2014

Dorothy Jean Cornwell of Independence passed away on May 1, 2014 in Bishop. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Inyo County. Dorothy was an active member of the Pioneer Methodist Church in Independence. Dorothy worked for the Justice Court at the courthouse in Independence.

Murder suspect known to frequent the Sierra

May 8, 2014

Local authorities have issued a be-on-the-lookout for a suspected murderer out of Sacramento who is known to frequent the Sierra Mountains and may be in Inyo or Mono counties.
Orville “Moe” Fleming is a CalFire battalion chief and is wanted for the May 1, 2014 murder of his girlfriend, Sarah Douglas, 26. According to law enforcement authorities, Fleming is considered armed and dangerous. “He is known to have a .45 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber pistol that are unaccounted for,” a wanted poster issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department states.

May 7th

Further-scaled-down REGPA OK’d by county

May 7, 2014

Thanks to the input of dozens of residents – and even some visitors – Inyo County is ready to complete a policy on renewable energy development.
County leaders approved a new, updated Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment this week, and directed county Planning staff to move forward with a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report on the amendment.
As approved, the REGPA prohibits wind energy development projects and significantly limits the acreage available for large-scale solar power developments.

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ …

May 7, 2014

Ever wondered what life on an old Western wagon train must have been like traveling from the East in the mid-1800s?
There were no smooth, level roads as we know of them today, let alone luxuries such as air conditioning, stereos, shock absorbers or rubber tires.
Curious residents and visitors can find out more this weekend at the grounds of the Lone Pine Film History Museum Grounds when the Corral No. 14 Wagon Train holds its 14th annual celebration and public meet-and-greet.

Tempest brewing in Water Association

May 7, 2014

Tuesday night’s meeting of the Bishop Creek Water Association ended with an agreement to put together a summit between all parties receiving water from Bishop Creek.
Those parties range from property owners in West Bishop to ranchers with irrigation and stock water, Inyo County Water Department staff, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison and the Bishop Paiute Tribe.
“We’ll get them all together if I have to hog tie them to get them there,” said newly-elected BCWA Board President Steve Stevens in a phone interview.
The meeting got off to a rough start.

Wildfire Awareness Week declared in California

May 7, 2014

Drought conditions have led to a significant increase in wildfire activity and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Jerry Brown declared May 4-10, “Wildfire Awareness Week” throughout the state.
In observance of the governor’s declaration, CalFire is reminding residents of the dangers posed by wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare for and prevent them.

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