Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
Inyo County leaders will meet today to discuss creating a local Area Agency on Aging, public safety realignment and mandatory recycling laws that will be implemented this July.
The Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence, will also consider a number of new hires in the Public Works Department, Water Department, Probation Department and Health and Human Services Department.
Local leaders in the law enforcement community are taking time this week to recognize and thank their support staff who donât always wear a badge or drive a squad car, but are none-the-less instrumental in serving and protecting the communities of the Eastern Sierra.
Each year, the second week in April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety dispatchers.
Locally there are four dispatch centers: the Inyo County Sheriffâs Office, Bishop Police Department, CHP and the Owens Valley Interagency Dispatch.
Inyo County is facing a lawsuit associated with allegations that District Attorney Art Maillet wrongfully terminated his assistant without providing the proper employee reviews or explanations.
Attorney Will Richmond was hired as a temporary Assistant District Attorney on Oct. 5, 2010 before being brought on full-time as the Assistant D.A. on Jan. 1, 2011.
A mandatory commercial recycling law, seeking to reduce Californiaâs solid waste by 75 percent through source reduction, recycling and composting, will change the way businesses and residents take out their trash.
In order to help business- and multifamily dwelling-owners comply with the new law, Sierra Conservation Project is offering a free start-up recycling program. Inyo County Integrated Waste Management is offering education, outreach and information as part of mandates of Assembly Bill 341, which spawned the Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law.
In what has been described as an experience rarer than walking on the moon, residents reported witnessing an earthquake-related âtsunamiâ at the isolated Devils Hole area of Death Valley National Park.
According to the National Park Service, on March 20, Devils Hole was jolted by the shockwaves from a large-scale earthquake that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico. Devils Hole is located in the Amargosa Valley in Nevada.
Mule Days event organizers announced Tuesday that concert headliner Terri Clark has cancelled her May 24 appearance at the Tri-County Fairgrounds.
âItâs our understanding Ms. Clark cancelled four West Coast appearances in May, including ours, due to scheduling conflicts,â Barbara Laughon, Bishop Mule Days spokesman, said. âWhile naturally this is a disappointment, we are in talks with another nationally-recognized vocalist who is willing to step in at this late date.â
Phase one of the Warren Street Improvements project â conceived to functionally and aesthetically rejuvenate and expand Bishopâs commercial district â is under way and City of Bishop Public Works Department is actively soliciting public input.
Two separate fires in Big Pine Saturday destroyed two separate homes, one on Hill Street and a second at the end of West Street in an area known as Indian Camp.
According to Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Marzano, Big Pine firefighters were just mopping up after the home fire on Hill Street when the call came in at about 4:30 p.m. for a second structure fire on West Street.
Officials with CalFire are looking into the cause of the structure fire at Indian Camp although no foul play is suspected, according to the chief.
A Big Pine resident is being hailed as a hero after noticing smoke coming from a neighborâs house and breaking down the door to wake the sleeping occupants.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, Galen and Veronica Moore, of 994 Bowers St. in Big Pine, saw black smoke rising from their neighborâs home at 994 Hill St. Saturday morning.
âAs Galen ran up to the residence he could see flames on the east side of the residence,â the press release states. âGalen attempted to open the front door but the door handle was too hot.â
City leaders are teaming up with the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action to apply for state funds to tear down and rebuild a senior living facility that has been in operation since the 1940s.
Last week, the Bishop City Council approved IMACAâs request that the city apply for $1.1 million of state Community Development Block Grant to reconstruct the Valley Apartments on Clarke Street.