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February 27th, 2012

Phone scam targeting local residents

February 27, 2012

A telephone scam preying on residents’ fears, sympathies and familial instincts has reared its head once again in the Owens Valley.
Commonly known as the “Grandparents Scam,” the scheme appears to be recirculating through the Bishop area, where at least one resident was cheated out of an undisclosed, but substantial amount of money.
According to the Bishop Police Department, the victim had wired the money to an address in Mexico City, where she thought the funds would be used to bail her family member out of jail.

February 23rd

Inyo moving forward in bid to take over senior services

February 23, 2012

Inyo County took another step this week towards separating its senior programs from Mono County’s.
Inyo County Health and Human Services, earlier this week, submitted a letter to the California Department of Aging expressing interest in becoming the designated Area Agency on Aging for Inyo County.
Last year, Inyo County sent a request to Mono County, asking them to pitch more money into the joint program to help cover administrative costs (which Inyo County has traditionally funded).

February 22nd

DWP, Great Basin at odd over Owens Lake dust work

February 22, 2012

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is saying it has fulfilled its legal obligation to mitigate impacts of dust blowing off Owens Lake.
In a presentation to Great Basin last week, the LADWP said that it is not solely responsible for dust blowing off the lake and that dust was an issue in the Owens Valley long before the Southern California utility began exporting water from the area.
In short, the LADWP said it believes it has done all it is required to on the lake.
Great Basin Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade said the LADWP’s position is “nonsense.”

RC Club back on track with new home

February 22, 2012

Owensville RC Club members and their scaled-down dirt-track race cars have a new, permanent home.
The club had been set up temporarily in an area of the Tri-County Fairgrounds designated for 4-H animals while the members worked on approval from the City of Bishop for a spot at the park. After objections were filed by residents near the park, the club withdrew its application and Jim Tatum, CEO of the Tri-County Fairgrounds stepped up with a solution: just under an acre of land on the north end of the fairgrounds, facing North Sierra Highway near the Bishop Veterinary Hospital.

Estella Mae Jones

February 22, 2012

Estella Mae Jones
1922-2012

Estella Mae Jones was born May 19, 1922 and passed away Feb. 13, 2012. Her husband of 60 years, Albert Lee Jones, was by her side. She had been ill for several months.
Besides her husband Al, Estella leaves three children, Carol Law, George Davis and Jeffrey Jones; and one granddaugher, Julie.

February 21st

Rediscovering what matters most

February 21, 2012

For its first official, full-length theater production, the Writers Actors Guild will be staging an adaptation of one of the most popular and widely praised memoirs of the modern era.
In doing so, WAG hopes “Tuesdays with Morrie” will provide the fledgling collective with both the support and foundation needed to stage future, original productions penned by its members.

Inyo officials seek way to continue nixed state program

February 21, 2012

Inyo County’s Health and Human Services and Probation departments have joined forces to come up with the funds to continue a program that was abandoned by the state three years ago.
Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said that despite the discontinuation of the state-funded Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention program, the county was able to continue the project through 2012 via a cooperative effort by HHS and Probation.

Supes to get preview of Friday water meeting

February 21, 2012

County leaders have scheduled a short meeting today to discuss personnel matters in the Health and Human Services Department and talk about an upcoming Inyo County-Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Standing Committee gathering.
Today’s Board of Supervisors meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board will also discuss the county’s stance on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act.”

Kenneth Martin Sample

February 21, 2012

Kenneth Martin Sample
1937-2012

Kenneth Martin Sample passed away Feb. 15, 2012, after a courageous five-year struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was a true gentleman who touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

Kenneth Glenn Partridge

February 21, 2012

Kenneth Glenn Partridge
1915-2012

A graveside service will be held at East Line Street Cemetery at 1 p.m. Wednesday for Kenneth Glenn Partridge who passed away Feb. 18, 2012. He was 96.
Kenneth was born Dec. 9, 1915 in Bishop to an Owens Valley pioneering  family. His grandparents, Philip and Rhoda Partridge, came on the Slim Princess in 1888 to settle on a ranch eight miles south of Bishop.

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