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January 17th, 2012

Solar projects have yet to be plugged into SCE grid

January 17, 2012

For an unknown reason, Southern California Edison is delaying the connection of multiple solar projects to the state’s grid, including those at Death Valley and Mono Lake.
Multiple solar projects have been installed at dozens of state parks and recreation areas as part of federal mandates to be more energy-efficient. And although most have been approved and accepted with other utilities, SCE has more than two dozen systems waiting to go on the grid – some for as long as three years.

Supes to consider more salary adjustments

January 17, 2012

County leaders will be getting off to an early start this morning for this week’s meeting of the Inyo County Board of Supervisors.
The board will convene at 8 a.m. for public comment before adjourning to closed session to discuss the appointment of a new Public Works Director and enter into wage and benefits negotiations with the candidate.
The board will reconvene in open session at approximately 10 a.m. to take up the regular agenda.

Polly Hankins

January 17, 2012

Polly Hankins
1919-2012

Polly Hankins, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Bishop Care Center. Polly was born in Los Angeles in 1919, the daughter of the late Frederick and Mabel Springer. They moved to the Owens Valley

Dorothy C. Burnstrom

January 17, 2012

Dorothy C. Burnstrom
1924-2012

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 32-year Bishop resident Dorothy C. Burnstrom. Rev. Kathleen Puntar of the First United Methodist Church will officiate.
Born Aug. 19, 1924 in New York City, N.Y., Dorothy passed away Jan. 12, 2012 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 87.
Dorothy worked for Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for 12 years. She also worked at Ganer Sports in Bishop.

Where is all the snow?

January 17, 2012

Unseasonably warm weather and little moisture this winter has raised some concerns among residents about tourism, fire hazards and possible drought.
Weather forecasters predict rain in Bishop for the coming weekend, but with the warm weather, will the moisture be enough?
According to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s snowpack report, the 2011-12 winter has been among the driest on record, with only 2.3 inches of snow in the Mammoth Pass area as of early January.
That number is right in line with the driest year on record, 1976-77.

Incumbents throw their hats back in supervisor ring

January 17, 2012

Inyo County’s registered voters will visit polling places twice this year, with local supervisorial seats and other open public offices coming with the June 5 Primary Election and the Nov. 6 Presidential Election.
Several prospective candidates and incumbents have taken out election papers, specifically Petitions for Signatures in Lieu of Filing Fees. This does not mean the political hopefuls will be on the ballot in June, but rather that at this point they have shown interest in running for the respective positions.

January 12th

Blake Jones Derby set for St. Patty’s Day

January 12, 2012

2012 will mark the 45th consecutive year that Bishop celebrates the sport of trout fishing by hosting an early-season derby bearing the name of legendary fisherman Blake Jones.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce said it expects upwards of 1,000 anglers from across the state to make their annual pilgrimage to Inyo County to participate in the Saturday, March 17 contest, which is one of the state’s largest annual single-day fishing events.

Big changes on tap at Bishop casino

January 12, 2012

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is getting off to a busy start in 2012 with a number of projects aimed at improving the community and the offerings at its largest commercial enterprise.
The tribe is currently working on a renovation process at the Paiute Palace Casino to update decor, provide more room at the TuKaNovie restaurant and create what it calls a more comfortable gaming experience.

Energy-saving efforts meeting with success

January 12, 2012

High Sierra Energy Foundation, the local group self-elected to promote the benefits of energy conservation and efficiency, is back on the radar. In the summer of 2011, the entire board decided to step down, hoping for new members and a fresh start to the program.
The foundation and partner Southern California Edison gave a presentation Monday to the Bishop City Council on its past and future endeavors. According to SCE, it has been promoting and making headway against energy loss and inefficiency with its Energy Action Plan.

Joseph Mikalowsky

January 12, 2012

Joseph Mikalowsky
1938-2011

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and died in Lone Pine, California at age 73.
Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in May 1957, served proudly for 28 years including tours in Vietnam and Korea and then retired to Lone Pine.
During his 26 years in Lone Pine, Joe served as the VFW Post Commander, manager of the Mt. Whitney Golf Club and helped Ernie Laskey at Ernie’s Tin Roof by Diaz Lake.
Joe was well known and liked by many, he will be greatly missed.

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