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December 26th

Council votes for budget transparency

December 26, 2012

Local leaders are giving the public an opportunity to get more information on the City of Bishop’s financial picture by providing a snapshot of the budget online.
Acting on a request from Bishop Councilmember David Stottlemyre, on Dec. 10 the City Council unanimously approved a month-to-month contract with the Delphi company to provide an Internet service that will provide residents with an inside look at the city’s finances.
Stottlemyre said he attended an Eastern Sierra Council of Governments meeting where representatives from Delphi discussed the program and its benefits to citizens.

December 21st

Lady Eagles level Huskies

December 21, 2012

The 2012-13 Mammoth Lady Huskies basketball team is young; with the experience gained during what is developing into a rough season, they could be a force to be reckoned with in coming years.
This is a polite way of leading into a recap of the Huskies’ cataclysmic loss to the Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The Eagles have had a deadly defense all season and the Huskies got a strong taste of that ferocity in Lone Pine. With the exception of senior point guard Desarae Coats, the offense has been tentative. But not Tuesday night.

Cops, caregivers, road crews: the unsung heroes of Christmas

December 21, 2012

As Inyo County residents and visitors gather today and tomorrow to enjoy the warmth of family and crackling fires, hundreds of men and women are on the job this Christmas, ensuring that the streets are safe, the electricity is on and the roads are clear.
Each year, local law enforcement personnel patrol the streets, Public Works employees plow the roads and doctors and nurses staff local hospitals so everyone else can enjoy a merry Christmas. Hundreds more residents keep their cell phones and handheld radio nearby in an on-call capacity in case of an emergency.

Quilters send troops love, thanks from home

December 21, 2012

Local quilters once again covered the nation’s troops with love from home by sending another Quilts of Valor care package to soldiers overseas.
Several members of the Calico Quilters Guild recently made quilts for wounded service members being treated at an Army base in Germany as part of their desire to let the troops know people at home still care.
The quilters have been providing this service for more than a decade.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

December 21, 2012

The iconic American image of Christmas morning is covered in snow – not the scraped, shoveled, heavily trodden, 2-day-old grey slush, but a pristine, freshly-fallen blanket of pure white.
It doesn’t matter if those Christmas cards or Lifetime movie versions are on display in Florida or Los Angeles; snow would provide the final touch to the holiday – the insulator from all the last-minute shopping, the long lines and longer lists, all the clutter of Christmas.

Phillip Dean Smith

December 21, 2012


Phillip Dean Smith



December 20th

Great Basin $1.1 million

December 20, 2012

Kern County Superior Court ruled this week that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power must pay more than $1 million in fees to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
According to the courts, the fees were withheld by the LADWP as it contested orders for mitigation work on Owens Lake.
Great Basin said the $1.1 million the courts ordered the department to pay will be used to pay for legal costs incurred by the Air Pollution Control District in its legal battle with the LADWP over the utility’s obligation to prevent dust from blowing off Owens Lake.

Officials prepared to help cottage food businesses

December 20, 2012

Local officials have put together a plan to help home-based food entrepreneurs set up businesses making and selling their culinary specialties in 2013.

Council moves to make health contributions equal

December 20, 2012

Monday, Dec. 10’s Bishop City Council Meeting provided a first for one council member and a last for another.
In her first act as a Bishop City Council member, Pat Gardner asked that city leaders discuss and approve a resolution that would make members of the City Council pay the same contributions to medical benefits as other city employees.
Second District Supervisor-elect Jeff Griffiths, in his final act as a City Council member, made a unanimously supported motion to approve the resolution.

Legion provides city with sign

December 20, 2012

Members of American Legion Post No. 118 and representatives of the City of Bishop prepare to hang a new sign in front of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The new sign on Main Street will advertise the location of the Bishop Senior Center behind the city park. The American Legion raised money for the new sign and City Parks and Recreation Department staff installed it earlier this month.


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