Archive - 2011 - News Article
CalFire and air quality control officials are on full alert this week due to extreme winds that began hammering the Eastern Sierra yesterday.
The state fire agency suspended all burn permits on state responsibility lands within Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties, while Great Basin Air Pollution Control District issued health advisories related to blowing dust.
A new class at Big Pine High School aims to teach students marketable skills while at the same time trying to boost the townâ€™s commerce and visibility.
The town lacks a Chamber of Commerce so the Inyo County Office of Education has prepared an accredited course for students that will also fill the void left from by the lack of a chamber.
It was either a bathroom break for X-Ray, Bishopâ€™s K-9 police officer, or an â€śarea checkâ€ť that led to the weekend arrest of a 23-year-old Bishop resident for alleged possession of illegal narcotics.
According to a Bishop PD press release, Officer Brent Gillespie â€śconducted an area checkâ€ť in a parking lot between Willow Street and Whitney Alley, â€śallowing his canine partner, X-Ray, to check the parking lotâ€ť at about 2:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
The parking lot is not far from a local saloon and used by patrons of that establishment.
Itâ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bishop and the local Chamber of Commerce is ringing in the season with a holiday bash this weekend.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and local business owners are inviting the community out to Bishopâ€™s annual small-town gathering, tree lighting ceremony and the ever-popular Street of Lights this Friday.
The evening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at the Chamber of Commerce to hear what local youngsters want under their tree this year and have photos taken.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and Bishop Rural Fire Protection District have made some recent clarifications to its list of responsibilities, as well as to those of some the volunteers.
Ski areas in California received good news this past week from the U.S. Forest Service, with the promise of up to 600 new jobs.
The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually sustain up to 600 extra jobs nationwide.
â€śThis is very good news for us,â€ť said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Joani Lynch.
She was not alone in her enthusiasm.
â€śThis is great news for promoting job growth and economic stimulus in California,â€ť said Regional Forester Randy Moore.
Bishopâ€™s Public Works Department is planning major projects for the near future to replace aging infrastructure and possibly add to the commercial viability of the city.
According to Public Works Director Dave Grah, a 1,000-foot section of busy sewer line located in the City Park needs to be replaced and a street improvement project is being planned for Warren Street.
Despite the cramped quarters, the Bishop Police Department is expanding in staffing and on the World Wide Web.
The PD recently added a public information officer position to its roster and is making daily activities logs and press releases available on the Internet. The push toward increased transparency and public outreach by the department will not be a new cost for taxpayers, either.
â€śItâ€™s not a paid position,â€ťsaid BPD Dispatcher and new PIO Katie Coffman. â€śWe all wear a lot of different hats around here.â€ť
Coffman works with Pam Galvin, records supervisor, who updates the website.
Independence residents are inviting community members from throughout the county to one of the holiday seasonâ€™s funkiest festivities.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to find those old bell bottoms because it is back to the â€™60s for this yearâ€™s Fruitcake Festival, scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Today, many Eastern Sierra residents will be enjoying a bountiful dinner of traditional fare that they might otherwise have gone without, were it not for the generous donations of the community, the Salvation Army and the Bishop Elks.