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January 13th

Blum – Wesley this time – headed for Sacramento

January 13, 2011

For the second year in a row, the Bishop VFW and Auxiliary Post will be sending a local student to Sacramento to participate in the Voice of Democracy, and for the second year in a row, a member of the Blum family will be making the trip.
The Voice of Democracy invites high school students statewide to write an essay and give a three- to five-minute audio presentation of the speech on a theme selected by the VFW. The winners from each VFW post go on to district judging, and the winner from that contest advances to the state level.

January 11th

Former city administrator easing into role as county supervisor

January 11, 2011

Following a 30-year career in city government, serving as administrator for the City of Bishop, Rick Pucci stepped into a new, although not unfamiliar role last week.
Retired from his post at the local municipality and having successfully won a bid for Third District Inyo County Supervisor in June, Pucci took his seat on Jan. 4 at the dais alongside other members of the Board of Supervisors.

Town of Mammoth lands in hot water with loss of Hot Creek appeal

January 11, 2011

A travesty of justice?
The California Third Appellate District Court sure didn’t think so.
The three-member panel unanimously upheld a $30 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes in the Hot Creek Aviation litigation.
It wasn’t even close.
Thus ends the litigation in a dispute that began in 1997. Now begin the myriad questions facing the town and what it’s going to do about them.

Third Annual Community Reads kicks off Thursday

January 11, 2011

The first year centered around Manzanar and Japanese-American internees, in 2010 it was all about Jill Kinmont Booth and this year the focus will be Native Americans. These have been the various topics of discussion that accompany the annual Community Reads event in Inyo County.

January 10th

Coso completes first year of Hay Ranch pumping

January 10, 2011

Coso Operating Company has completed its first year of pumping water from its Hay Ranch site to its geothermal power plant, and it’s time to check the numbers.
Coso started pumping 1,860 gallons per minute of water on Dec. 25, 2009 and as part of the Conditional Use Permit allowing it to do so, the project has to be monitored, recalibrated and potentially changed due to any harmful environmental impacts. The CUP issued by Inyo County stated that the project would have to be evaluated and recalibrated prior to the one-year benchmark before further pumping would be allowed.

Hugelman wins case against Town of Mammoth Lakes

January 10, 2011

Former Mammoth Lakes Police Department Sergeant Eric Hugelman won a decisive judgment against the Town last week.
Hearing Officer Roberto Morales ruled that Hugelman’s termination a year-and-a-half ago was unjustified and ruled that he should be reinstated.
Morales ruled that Hugelman should have been suspended for three weeks, at most.
Now the question is whether Hugelman will, in fact, rejoin the force and how much back pay he is entitled to.
The Town Council took up the matter in closed session after Wednesday night’s regular meeting, but no decision came out of the session.

Local Native dancers take fancy footwork, culture to Rose Parade

January 10, 2011

Seven Owens Valley residents made the trip down to Pasadena last week to participate in the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Led by Sage Romero, the Aka-Mya dance group was featured in the RFD-TV parade entry with a “One Nation” theme.
According to Romero, RFD-TV “originally had a vision of having a representative for each of the 552 tribes in the U.S., but I guess they didn’t get too much of a response, and ended up bringing the list down to 40.”

January 6th

Health benefit costs rise for non-union county employees

January 6, 2011

Beginning this week, county department heads and employees who are not represented by unions or special associations will begin paying part of their own health insurance.
The change is a move on the part of county leaders hoping to save money during challenging fiscal times by having about 70 employees pick up the difference of increased insurance costs.
Traditionally, Inyo County has paid the monthly cost of insurance for its employees.

Flood damage in Southeast Inyo still being assessed

January 6, 2011

There was an island in the desert over the Christmas holiday weekend, but it was no mirage and no paradise. The small hamlet of Tecopa in remote southeast Inyo County was cut off from the rest of the world when, on Dec. 22, floods took over the three paved arteries that are the only means in or out of the town.

January 4th

City’s newest leader keeping close eye on budget in 2011

January 4, 2011

Keeping with the City of Bishop’s motto, “100 Years of Service,” new City Administrator Jim Southworth said he plans on making sure those services, such as public safety and infrastructure improvements, are still available through the dark financial days that lie ahead.
Southworth, who has more than 30 years of administration under his belt, said in a recent interview that he will try and maintain the economically conservative nature of the city’s administration, while recognizing room for growth and meeting generational expectations.

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