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BIA directs Timbisha to hold a new election

March 10, 2011

After more than two years of controversy, complaints and appeals to federal authorities, the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe will have its day at the polls to elect a new tribal government.
Friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year, creating a dispute about which Tribal Council is the recognized body.

Proposed cuts threaten local services

March 10, 2011

The budget crunch in Washington may soon be felt locally with the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to social programs.
On the chopping block are grants that help fund food banks and housing programs that will be cut in half if the budget proposal passes.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action is the local organization that provides these social services, and has been holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the area to discuss the proposed cuts and their implications. The meetings will also offer suggestions for action to those who want to speak up for these services.

Suspected repeat sex offender behind bars

March 10, 2011

Thomas Michael “Mikey” Tharp, a 38-year-old Bishop resident, is in custody at the Inyo County Jail on allegations of child molestation.
Tharp is facing one felony and one misdemeanor charge of molestation and an additional misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “investigators became aware of Tharp after the parents of two alleged victims came forward.”

Griffiths, Ellis take city seats

March 10, 2011

Voters of the City of Bishop exercised their constitutional rights on Tuesday electing Jeff Griffiths and Jim Ellis to serve on the City Council for the next four years.
The final tally had incumbent Griffiths with 430 votes, newcomer Ellis with 350 and incumbent Bruce Dishion with 315 out of a total of 673 ballots cast.
The final numbers were preceded by a suspenseful 30 minutes of numbers slowly dribbling in after the polls from the city’s two precincts closed at 8 p.m.

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