Archive - Jan 24, 2012 - News Article
After a warm, dry start to the winter, residents in the northern part of Inyo County woke up Monday to a blanket of snow that slowed traffic in Bishop for much of the morning and required chain and snow-tire restrictions on a number of local highways.
Within the city of Bishop, several inches of snow were recorded and communities as far south as Independence said they got a dusting.
Bishop and Big Pine area schools, including Round Valley Elementary and Cerro Coso Community College, closed for the day Monday.
Schools from Independence south remained open Monday.
With a fresh blanket of snow in the Owens Valley it may seem to be a little early to begin making plans for the summer, but the folks at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair are doing just that and asking residents to help.
Fair officials have already decided what the major contests at this yearâ€™s Fair will be and selected the theme, but it is up to residents to come up with the official slogan for 2012.
A massive wind storm has downed trees and caused major damage at some Sierra Nevada locations. A White Mountain Research Station weather station atop 14,000-foot White Mountain Peak recorded gusts in excess of 170 mph on Nov. 20, 2011. The clean-up of the damage could become a problem as well, with fewer federal dollars being spent on trail crews, which means fewer hands to help with the effort.
The wind storm from Nov. 30 ravaged the entire state, causing nearly 500,000 utility customers to lose electricity and leading several Southland cities to ask for damage related relief assistance.
Embezzlement suspect and controversial jailhouse informant Daniel Casteel is a free man â€“ after being sentenced last week on long-standing charges of forging checks, use of a forged card to steal from dependents or seniors and possession of methamphetamine.
Casteel is out of jail on time served after receiving a sentence of four years and four months on a plea agreement. A restitution review hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The latest idea to trim the budget presented by the stateâ€™s elected leaders is to cut transportation funding to schools. The cuts amount to half the transportation budget for all California schools.
According to opponents of the move, the transportation cuts not only make it tough for students to get an education, but to learn social skills and that connection to the outside world that school provides but which cannot be taught via a computer.
Rehabilitation at Buckley Ponds east of Bishop is nearing completion thanks to the work put in by dozens of volunteers.
Organizers Dick Noles and Dale Comontofski said the goal of the Buckley Ponds project is to eliminate yearsâ€™ worth of tule growth to provide a healthier fish and water fowl habitat.
Buckley Ponds is a group of bodies of water, and the volunteers are tackling one at a time.
Work on the restoration project began with Pond No. 3 back in December when the Los Angeles of Water and Power diverted water from the ponds, allowing crews to burn the existing tule growth.