Archive - Sep 2010 - News Article
Bishop police investigators are looking into the second burglary of a downtown business in less than a week.
According to Sgt. Dave Jepson, Schat.net, located at 174 N. Main St. was burglarized at about 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.
It appears a burglar or burglars entered the electronic store through the rear door in Whitney Alley.
The thief or thieves stole various electronic items, including new XBox 360 game units that retail for between $300 and $450 each, and iPods. The burglar also stole a roll of receipt paper.
The seats were full at Mondayâs meeting of the Bishop City Council as friends, family and current and former colleagues gathered to witness Rick Pucci in action one last time as city administrator.
Pucci, attending his final City Council meeting as an employee of the City of Bishop, has been administrator for 30 years, during which time he has racked up more than 720 City Council meetings and seen two dozen council members come and go through the chambers in City Hall.
The accolades were showered on Pucci from former councilmembers, government officials and friends.
The leaves are starting to change colors and there is a chill in the early morning air â a time of year described by the Coalition of Chambers of Commerce as âperfectâ for touring the back roads and out-of-the-way byways of Inyo County by vehicle.
For almost the 10th year, the Coalition is celebrating October as Motor Touring Month in Inyo, and encouraging both residents and visitors to buckle up and do some responsible, on-road exploring.
It may be another six months before state officials decide where to build a new $30 million court facility in Inyo County.
Representatives from Inyo County Superior Court announced last week that the Administrative Offices of the Court, which has the final say on where the new facility will be located, will conduct its own âcomprehensive reviewâ of the options that are available for site selection for the new facility.
The AOC has asked Presiding Judge Brian Lamb to hold off on making his recommendation on where to build the new facility until it has completed its review.
Residents of the Eastern Sierra continue to cope with haze and smoke as the Sheep Fire in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park continues to burn.
Fire lines have been cut to stop the fireâs progress, but officials â reluctant to say exactly when the fire will be out and the skies will clear up â are hopeful that the three-month-old, 7,800-acre blaze will be out soon.
The fire was ignited by a lightning strike in early July, and has burned 3,089 in Kings Canyon National Park and 4,798 in the Sequoia National Forest.
Police officers in Bishop have been busy this week, investigating an early-morning burglary at a Main Street business and a high- speed pursuit through the city that landed Bishop resident David Lawrence Baker behind bars.
The work week started off early for Bishop officers as a burglary alarm sounded at about 3:30 a.m. Monday morning at Supply Audio & Video on Main Street.
According to Bishop Police Detective Mark Gutierrez, the burglar or burglars broke into the shop through the rear glass doors, stealing approximately $3,000 worth of HP laptops, iPods and camcorders.
The fourth Friday in September is California Indian Day and the local Native American community is joining the celebration with a parade, Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow and traditional handgames all weekend long.
The pow wow, now in its 30th year, draws dancers and artists from all over the country. The event is also a rare opportunity for the public to view and purchase Native American art from around the U.S.
All activities are offered free and open to the public.
The Los Angeles City Council approved Tuesday the release of 24 land parcels in Owens Valley for sale, opening the way for a public auction tentatively planned for this winter.
According to a Department of Water and Power official, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has 10 days to approve the decision, followed by a 30-day review period, then âwe go to auction.â
In the meantime, the parcels will be reappraised to ensure the opening bid reflects current market value.
County utility bills in Independence may soon be going down as solar arrays go up on the County Administrative Center, the Historic Court, Jail and Juvenile Detention Facility.
County leaders tentatively approved a $3.3 million contract with Solar City Corporation for a 612.8 kilowatt photovoltaic electric system for the county buildings in Independence last week.
Engine No. 18, the historic locomotive in Dehy Park in Independence, has been placed on the fast-track to restoration and may be making trips between Independence and Laws sometime in the next several years.
The Carson and Colorado Railway Society received permission from Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power last week to make the narrow gauge locomotive operational.