November 8th, 2012
Inyo County and Los Angeles officials will be meeting in Southern California Thursday to discuss a number of water-related issues concerning the Owens Valley.
The Inyo/L.A. Standing Committee is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at 111 N. Hope St. in Los Angeles.
The committee is scheduled to discuss an ongoing issue regarding water at the McNally Ponds in Laws, weed control throughout the Owens Valley (and the Lower Owens River Project specifically) and a number of reports on ongoing activities.
With the help of local businesses, schools and community members, several local organizations have launched drives to provide essentials to families and individuals during the holidays.
It is anticipated that ongoing programs will fill food pantry stores and dinner baskets, provide hot meals and warm coats and put toys in the little onesâ€™ hands to help families in need.
In four days, Inyo County residents who havenâ€™t already voted by mail will be heading to the polls to help decide the fate of political offices from the City of Bishop to the White House.
Local voters will also be weighing in on 11 state ballot propositions â€“ and helping determine whether they pass or fail â€“ that deal with a wide range of budgetary and quality-of-life issues.
Inyo County court officials received permission last week to proceed with their new court facilities project, beginning with site selection in Bishop.
Jim Tatum is hanging up the keys to his tractor.
In what he described Friday as a â€świn-win situationâ€ť for himself and the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Tatum announced he would be vacating his post as fairgrounds CEO at the end of the month to free up critically needed funding.
According to Tatum, he has accepted the position of deputy Public Works director with the County of Inyo.
The massive structures going up in Big Pine schoolsâ€™ parking lot are not two carport on steroids. By early next week, solar panels will be installed on top of the girders and the Big Pine Unified School District will be on its way to near energy self-sufficiency.
When completed by mid-December, the solar installation will provide 80 percent of the schoolsâ€™ electricity, indirectly, and, even more importantly, reduce their bill by the same. With an average monthly $5,000 electricity bill, that translates into a $48,000 annual savings.
Toiyabe Indian Health Project is gearing up for the 31st annual Toiyabe Road Run scheduled for this Saturday at the Millpond Recreation Center.
The annual road run is designed to get residents of all ages and abilities together for a fun, healthy day of activity and fellowship centered around three races of various lengths, a 10K, a 5K and a 1K.
City of Bishop Public Works continues to court community input on proposed upscale upgrades to the Warren Street corridor.
Although the project wonâ€™t break ground for several years, the look of the completed project is taking shape on project drawings and an environmental analysis is also in the works. Progress can be greatly furthered by community feedback, said Director of Public Works David Grah. â€śPublic input is a continuous process.â€ť
Inyo officials are beginning an effort to locate and catalogue every physical address in the county this week.
The Sheriffâ€™s Department, utilizing a 2011 Homeland Security Grant, has contracted with Geographic Technologies Group to verify addresses throughout the county.
According to Sheriffâ€™s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, crews from GTG will be out and about for the next month to ensure that every building in Inyo has a physical address that is correctly recorded in county documents.
Jane Elizabeth Distler