November 17th, 2014
The City of Los Angeles and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District made history last week with the approval of a final dust control mitigation plan for Owens Lake that is supported by both agencies.
Last Fridayâs agreement puts to rest decades of disputes and back-and-forth negotiations and litigation between the two parties, while ensuring dust control will continue on the lake.
City leaders have approved a $1.7 million contract for paving and asphalt work on the Warren Street Improvement Project.
Last Monday, the Bishop City Council awarded the contract to Advanced Asphalt out of Truckee. The contract includes the construction of pavement, sidewalks and drainage. That work, Public Works Director Dave Grah said last week, is scheduled to begin in January, with completion slated for next spring.
âIâm happy to be to this stage,â Grah said. âItâs a big project but the improvements, I expect, will be in place for 100 years or so.â
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcettiâs office announced Friday that the City of Los Angeles and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District have reached an agreement regarding dust mitigation work on Owens Lake.
Currently, the LADWP uses about 25 billion gallons of water annually and has spent $1.3 billion since 2000 to control dust at Owens Lake. That is the equivalent of nearly two months out of every Los Angeles ratepayerâs annual water bill is spent on Owens Lake dust mitigation, including the cost of replacing the water used there.
Despite protests from audience members and the threat of a lawsuit, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors gave its stamp of approval to an environmental analysis and General Plan amendment that pave the way for a solar project in Southern Inyo.
After lengthy discussion, the board certified a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the Munro Valley Solar Project as presented by the Planning Commission, which essentially greenlights the project pending results of an archeological review.
The Bishop City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Bishop Tourism Improvement District, which will levy a 2 percent tax on local hotels and motels to help attract more tourists to the area.
The City of Bishop will collect the tax and hand the revenue, an estimated $296,000 each year, over to the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The Chamber board will decide how to spend the money, but the majority must be spent on sales and marketing.
Campus Insiders' Pete Fiutak explains why the 11th ranked Bruins deserve more consideration from the College Football Playoff Committee.
Inyo County and ICARE of the Eastern Sierra are inviting the community to head to Big Pine Friday morning to help celebrate the completion of a multi-year campaign to build a new animal shelter.
The county and ICARE will host a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new shelter, located on County Road in Big Pine.
The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and refreshments will be served.
There is a new public venue in Bishop that offers writing, arts and crafts and other classes Ââ no experience required â as well as space for events.
Last month, veteran writer/actor/educator Eva Poole-Gilson opened the doors of The Imagination Lab, a space for classes, workshops, parties, performances, meetings and events. It also houses a speech therapy and a tutoring business. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Larry âChiefâ Williams
Born Feb. 17, 1946 in Bishop, lifelong Owens Valley resident Larry âChiefâ Williams, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, Nov. 3.
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