February 25th, 2014
Ruth Marie Barney
County planners will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of solar development in Inyo County and exactly where any new, large-scale solar or wind farms should be located if more developers set their sights on Inyo County.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposing a widely unpopular 1,200-acre solar ranch east of U.S. Highway 395 across from Manzanar, the Inyo Planning Department is moving forward with a General Plan amendment that will identify areas of the county that local leaders feel are appropriate for renewable energy development.
While the national news media has been promoting the 2014 election as âThe Year of the Womanâ in politics, it doesnât appear to be the case in Inyo County.
When it comes to the Board of Supervisors, the countyâs top political decision-making body, as of yesterday not a single woman has filed for the available seats in either District 1 or District 3, according to the County Clerk-Recorderâs Office.
Effective July 1, City of Bishop property owners and other ratepayers will see a new water and sewer rate fee schedule that officials believe is simplified and more equitable.
Despite a few protests, the City Council adopted the 2014-19 fee schedule earlier this month, which includes increases in some places and decreases in others. Overall, according to the council, the new structure is the fairest way to charge system users in the absence of meters.
The fee schedule was based on the 2013 Water and Sewer Rate Study initiated last spring.
There are days in American history that are not simply remembered; they are engraved in the thoughts of those who lived through them. We recall where we were and what we were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 â a day now referenced with the code phrase â9/11.â Baby boomers vividly remember obscure details of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Bishop native Sally Symons, who has been an active participant in activities at the Tri-County Fairgrounds since she was 9 years old, has been hired as its new CEO.
Symons will begin work March 1, taking over a post that has been vacant for almost two years following the departure of Jim Tatum in November 2012.
As the hope of a rainy February fades, information on grant and loan assistance for those in Inyo County financially impacted by the third year of drought is starting to drizzle in, even if the clouds fail to release any moisture.
Both the county and the Inyo/Mono Agriculture Commissionerâs Office are getting the information out as quickly as it becomes available.
This yearâs record-breaking lack of rain follows two consecutive low-rain, low-snowpack years, forcing ranchers, farmers and area residents to make some tough decisions.
Earlene Wright passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 11, 2014. She was 80 years old.
She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, William; brother, Bud (Maurine) of Bakersfield; son, Randy (SharonLea) of Bishop; daughters, Pam (David Kim) of Sparks, Nev. and Tam (Mike, deceased) of Oroville; five grandchildren, Chris, Bryan, Melissa, Mandy and Kelsey; and four great-grandchildren, Jack, Henry, Cameron and Kylie.
An arrest has been made in connection with an embezzlement investigation launched at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds last August.
Rebecca Bragdon a former employee of the Tri-County Fair Administration Office, was arrested this morning on charges of felony grand theft and misdemeanor embezzlement and booked into Inyo County Jail. Bail has been set at $150,000.
The California Highway Patrol has forwarded its report on the investigation to the Inyo District Attorney's Office.
Leslie Barbara Crellin
Lone Pine resident Leslie B. Crellin, 67, born in San Mateo on Oct. 20, 1946 passed away Feb. 10, 2014.
Leslie is survived by her brother, Kevin Ernst; sister, Meredith Crellin Langley; uncle, Tom Crellin; and her cat, Beckham.
At her request, no memorial services will be held.
Any donations should be sent to her favorite charity, ICARE â New Animal Shelter Fund, Box 76, Bishop, CA. 93515, in her memory.