Archive - 2011 - News Article
The Bishop City Council has decided to move forward with consolidating municipal elections with county and federal elections as a cost-cutting move, despite the decision costing council members four months of their respective terms. Traditionally, the council elections were held in March, but now will be held in November of even-numbered years.
If the United States put all of the solid waste it has collected in a line of average garbage trucks, that line of trucks could cross the country, extending from New York City to Los Angeles, more than 100 times.
In an effort to reduce the amount of waste Americans are putting into local landfills on a daily basis, Bishop Disposal and the Sierra Conservation Project are teaming up to expand recycling services in Bishop.
While the holiday season comes with parties and gatherings, presents for the kids and charitable endeavors to assist the less fortunate, according to local health care and social service advocates, it can also bring on feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression and desertion â€“ especially for the mobility-challenged senior citizen population.
Officials with the City of Los Angeles say the city is meeting its obligations for water flow down the Lower Owens River, but there is room for improvement in the surrounding areas.
In accordance with the Inyo-L.A. Long-Term Water Agreement, the Los Amgeles Department of Water and Power released its annual Lower Owens River draft report earlier this month, outlining efforts in the past year to restore the river and surrounding habitat.
Another step has been completed in the project aimed at supplying high-speed Internet access to communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.
Jensen Precast, of Sparks, Nev., has been awarded the subcontract to build hundreds of concrete barrel vaults that will be buried underground at various locations along the 583-mile project.
A death on the Bishop Paiute Reservation on Tuesday night may be the result of foul play and a local resident has been taken into custody in connection to the case.
Details are scant and the investigation is still under way, but law enforcement sources said Wednesday afternoon that officials are hoping that releasing what information is available now may help with the investigation.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Daniel Barlow, 45, of Bishop was pronounced dead at Northern Inyo Hospital on Tuesday evening.
Remote control car racing is gaining in popularity and the sportâ€™s local enthusiasts are hoping to build a track at the Bishop Park. The track would be free and open to the public.
A public hearing was held on the initial environmental study of the proposal at Mondayâ€™s Bishop City Council meeting. There were many vocal opponents of the project, and ultimately the cityâ€™s elected leaders decided to review the study again and address some of the concerns raised.
But, the majority of the council supported the track idea and hoped it would not be scrapped.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer and Assistant Superintendent Pamela Jones have crowned the 2011 Spelling champions.
Forty-one students from nine local elementary, middle and high schools participated in the 2011 competition, held at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.
Thirty-one students made it to the final rounds.
Eastern Sierra Land Trustâ€™s latest conservation project is a local farm tucked under the towering White Mountains, north of Bishop. Richard Moss and his wife Barbara have preserved their organic alfalfa farm, known as Cinnamon Ranch, in the Hammil Valley.
The Mossâ€™ purchased the 602-acre ranch in 1970, making alfalfa hay the primary agricultural product from the ranch.
As part of the agreement, the long-time landowners retain title and management of their property, while designating how their land may be used now and in the future.
County leaders learned Tuesday that Mono County is not willing to help cover more of the administrative cost of running the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging program.
In response, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to notify the state that it would be opting out of the regional program in favor of Inyo County administering its own senior work.
Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said the transition will not impact senior services locally, as the county is only dealing with the cost of administration, and not the programs themselves.