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January 28th, 2013

Report finds local tobacco control efforts lacking

January 28, 2013

Eastern Sierra health officials regard a recent tobacco survey as both flawed in areas and, in others, as indicative of changes for which to strive.
Both Inyo and Mono counties and the City of Bishop received overall F grades in all three categories of the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2013 – California Local Grades report. Mammoth Lakes fared better with an overall C, having failed in only one of the categories.

PD identifies ‘person of interest,’ serves search warrant

January 28, 2013

Police Chief Chris Carter has identified “a person of interest” in the investigation into the theft of public funds from the Bishop welfare office.
According to Carter, his officers and the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office executed a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at the home of Dondee Rossy, 46.
He said Rossy was not arrested as a result of the search warrant’s execution, nor have any charges been filed against her at this time.

Janice E. Groff (Sweger)

January 28, 2013

Janice E. Groff (Sweger)
1937-2013

Janice Groff, 75, passed away peacefully following a long illness on Jan. 15, 2013 in Brea.
Janice was born May 15, 1937 to Lewis E. Sweger and Eunice (Dixie) Bright in Mojave. Three years later her brother, Larry Paul Sweger followed. Janice’s childhood years were spent in and around the Lone Pine/Big Pine area with countless hours spent at the family’s silver mines. This began her lifelong love of rocks, minerals, geodes, science and nature and her collection of antique purple glass.

Mary Ann ‘Sunshine’ Billingsley-Moore

January 28, 2013

Mary Ann ‘Sunshine’ Billingsley-Moore
1956-2013

Mary Ann “Sunshine” Billingsley-Moore passed Jan. 14, 2013 at the age of 56 at the Hospice of Kitsap from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She loved all who came to visit her in her last days and hours.
Mary Ann was born on July 3, 1956 to Colonel (Cricket) and Martha Billingsley of Chico. The family later moved to Chalfant.

January 25th

Probe of welfare theft ongoing

January 25, 2013

As the Bishop Police Department continues investigating allegations that a county employee embezzled taxpayer money from the local Health and Human Services welfare office, county officials refuse to comment on the employee’s current employment status with the county.
County Counsel Randy Keller said Friday that he will not discuss if any action has been taken at the county level, citing Section 3.12 of the county personnel rules and regulations, which he says prohibits him from disclosing personnel information.

PD and Sheriff’s Dept. investigating burglaries

January 25, 2013

Local law enforcement launched dual investigations early Friday morning into the burglaries of Holy Smoke Texas Barbecue on Main Street in Bishop and the Chevron Station in Big Pine.
As of press time yesterday, it was unclear if the two incidents were related, but Bishop Police officials say they have promising information in regards to the Holy Smoke break-in. The Big Pine Chevron burglary is being investigated by the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department.

Community Reads embraces Latino culture

January 25, 2013

In a continued effort to unite the communities of Inyo County, bridge cultural differences and promote reading, the Inyo County Office of Education is launching its Fifth Annual Community Reads Program.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer announced this week that the 2013 program will revolve around the book “Into the Beautiful North,” by best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Urrea.

Digital 395 on track

January 25, 2013

Despite an ambitious time line demanding completion by this summer, Digital 395 project proponents say everything is on schedule and looking good for the proposed July 31 “light-up” date.
In a presentation to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Mike Ort, CEO of Praxis, the contractor handling construction of the California Broadband Cooperative project, said major construction to bring a fiber-optic backbone and high-speed Internet capability to the Eastern Sierra is set to begin in Inyo County.

January 23rd

Embezzlement suspected at county office

January 23, 2013

Bishop police officers are investigating the alleged embezzlement of welfare funds in the Bishop Office of Health and Human Services.
According to Police Chief Chris Carter, the investigation is ongoing and authorities “are playing this close to the vest” until the investigation is concluded.

Kingsley asks to revisit Inyo Film contract talks

January 23, 2013

Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley said Tuesday that he is hoping to re-open discussions at the board’s next meeting about the contract for the position of Inyo County Film Commissioner.
Kingsley said he felt he had misunderstood the county’s rules for ratifying contracts while discussing the contract last week – and ultimately voting against giving Film Commissioner Chris Langley seven months’ back pay even though he was initially in favor of doing so.

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