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.
Local quilters once again covered the nationâ€™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.
The iconic American image of Christmas morning is covered in snow â€“ not the scraped, shoveled, heavily trodden, 2-day-old grey slush, but a pristine, freshly-fallen blanket of pure white.
It doesnâ€™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 â€“ the insulator from all the last-minute shopping, the long lines and longer lists, all the clutter of Christmas.
Phillip Dean Smith
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 utilityâ€™s obligation to prevent dust from blowing off Owens Lake.
Local officials have put together a plan to help home-based food entrepreneurs set up businesses making and selling their culinary specialties in 2013.
Monday, Dec. 10â€™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.
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.
Darwin Tockey, Sr.
Marvin Gene Shuey