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November 3rd

Bishop named a Top 10 U.S. 6 attraction

November 3, 2011

Self-proclaimed travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has named Bishop one of the Top 10 cities to visit along U.S. 6, the nation’s longest federal contiguous highway, on her blogspot “Stay on Route 6.”
But it is not the area’s well-known fishing, hiking, climbing or adventure trail systems that caught the eye of Yolen-Cohen; it was Bishop’s advertised history, its story-telling with pictures on local business’ walls, that earned the city a ninth-place ranking.

County opposes planned land trade

November 3, 2011

County leaders are crying foul about a U.S. Forest Service plan to trade property with the Town of Mammoth Lakes in exchange for more than 1,000 acres of non-federal land in Inyo, El Dorado, Plumas and Stanislaus counties.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday the proposed land exchange, known as the Mammoth Base Land Exchange, conflicts with the Inyo County General Plan, which states that the county is opposed to any loss of private property in Inyo County.

Teens jailed in connection to school bus vandalism

November 3, 2011

The three teenagers suspected of smashing $10,000 worth of school bus windows at Bishop Elementary School earlier this month were caught over the weekend after allegedly attempting a repeat incident on Sierra Street.
A 19-year-old man allegedly along for the latest adventure was also arrested.
Austin Cole Montgomery and three male youths ages 14, 15 and 17 were taken into custody early Sunday for their alleged role in vandalism on Sierra Street. The juveniles were also arrested in connection to the Oct. 21 vandalism at Bishop Elementary School.

Final report on deadly 2010 crash released

November 3, 2011

The long-awaited crash report on the deadly multi-vehicle accident that occurred in August 2010 has been released.
New details emerge in the report, but the questions that have been most asked still have no answers. There was no determination made on the cause of the driver distraction or inattention that ultimately led to the crash or what caused one of the vehicles to catch on fire.

Chamber strong despite city budget concerns

November 3, 2011

The City of Bishop is preparing its next budget, with a chunk of the funds going to promote the town. However, as with nearly any and every other city and state in the nation right now, Bishop is facing yet another year of lower revenues which means less money for advertising. This has been the same old song and dance since 2008, the beginning of the Great Recession.

Local court projects get state go-ahead

November 3, 2011

State court officials are considering stopping at least two court construction projects and delaying several more to fill a budget gap.
According to the Administrative Office of the Court, a working group tasked by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to oversee the judicial branch’s facilities program is recommending several ways to proceed with “minimal delay on most projects in the court construction program as well as the elimination of two projects in Alpine and Sierra counties.”

Dance like a zombie

November 3, 2011

Today is the day when tens of thousands of wanna-be zombies and ghouls around the world will growl and boogie in unison for the “Thrill the World.” It is an international attempt to set the world-record for simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song and video and Bishop’s undead will be joining in this year.
Erin Livingston organized the local dance and has been holding lessons all month long.

October 27th

Adventure Trails focus shifts to public outreach

October 27, 2011

Local residents and community leaders will be meeting next month in Independence to kickstart the next leg of the new all-terrain vehicle route system.
Advocates for Access to Public Lands President and Project Leader Dick Noles told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that there is still a lot of work to be done before the Adventure Trails System is implemented, but, after the Nov. 9 meeting, the public should be involved for the remainder of the planning stages.

Postal Service opts to close Darwin office

October 27, 2011

With the post office scheduled to close in Darwin, local leaders met Tuesday to discuss how residents in that part of the county will be receiving their mail.
Interim Public Works Director Doug Wilson said the U.S. Postal Service, after deciding to close the post office without so much as notifying the county, decided recently to place a set of cluster mail boxes on a county right-of-way – again, without any conversation with Inyo officials.

City budget projections may be too ‘optimistic’

October 27, 2011

What have previously been considered routine budget adjustments and commission recommendations came under careful consideration and close scrutiny Monday as the Bishop City Council works to make every penny count with fewer of them rolling in.
There is an approximate $723,774 deficit between projected expenditures, $9,604,253, and revenues, $8,880,479, for fiscal year 2012-13 and Councilmember David Stottlemyre said he’s afraid the deficit gap could widen as he perceives the revenue forecasts to be too optimistic.

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