Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
School gardens, space flight, Facebook passwords, predatory lenders, suspicious irrigation equipment and reporting elder abuse are all the subject of new laws taking effect in the new year.
June Mountain Ski Area just might be more difficult to keep closed than it is to keep open.
Although the ski area will not open this winter, the mountain itself is still there â€“ big, gorgeous, tree-free, covered in a deep blanket of white â€“ and itâ€™s proving irresistible to some snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.
Thereâ€™s only one problem.
It might get them hurt, or even killed.
Thatâ€™s because the ski area right now is neither fish nor fowl, neither a true, groomed and heavily managed ski area, nor a true wilderness backcountry.
That makes it dangerous.
Several local residents have taken an oath, swearing to look after some of the communityâ€™s most vulnerable citizens.
On Monday, Dec. 17, Presiding Inyo County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Judge Dean Stout conducted a swearing-in ceremony for the first group of Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Eastern Sierra in the historic courtroom in Independence.
A routine California Air National Guard training exercise came to an abrupt halt Thursday afternoon when an F-16C fighter jet from Fresno crashed on Owens Lake about 10 miles south of Lone Pine.
According to the Air National Guard, the pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft after reporting an in-flight emergency at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
In a continuing effort to prevent New Yearâ€™s revelers from driving while intoxicated, public and private enterprises are offering free or affordable rides home Dec. 31 for residents and visitors who have had too much to drink.
The Automobile Club of Southern California will be offering its Tipsy Tow service for the 16th consecutive year and Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will be running its Dial-a-Ride services in Bishop and the trolley in Mammoth until 2 a.m.
Northern Inyo Hospitalâ€™s slogan is â€śPeople You Know Caring for People You Love,â€ť but many of its staff, past and present, are not feeling cared for or loved due to a recent, unannounced change in the way it enforces its employee medical leave policy.
With new snow on the ground and plenty more on the way, residents and visitors alike are looking forward to a variety of winter recreation opportunities available on the Inyo National Forest â€“ including June Mountain Ski Area.
Residents interested in a career in law enforcement have a three-day window to apply for a position with the California Highway Patrol next month.
The CHP will be accepting applications from Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. Andrea Witmer, captain of the CHPâ€™s Bishop Field Office, said this is the first time in three years the CHP will be accepting applications for officer positions.
The Owens Valley got its Christmas snow, all right. It just waited until mid-evening â€“ about 9 p.m. â€“ to show up, surprising most weather forecasters and torturing holiday motorists. Residents were greeted Wednesday morning with chain or 4-wheel drive with snow tire requirements on U.S. 395 from south of Olancha to the Nevada border as 3-6 inches of snow blanketed the valley just in time for the morning commute. A 20 percent chance of snow continued into Wednesday evening, followed by a week of cold and dry with a typical winter mix of clouds and sun.
Excuses for not keeping one of the most common new yearâ€™s resolutions are rapidly dwindling with the advent of Bishopâ€™s new, free-of-charge community gym in 2013.
In fact, said Toiyabe Indian Health Projectâ€™s Director of Preventive Medicine Rick Frey, the new 20-piece workout station, outdoor exercise equipment in the Bishop City Park on Park Avenue, south of Bishop Senior Center, is a gift to the entire community from the Bishop Paiute Tribe.