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Challenger emerges in City Council race

July 31, 2012

With less than two weeks to go before the filing period closes, four residents have secured themselves a place on Bishop ballots in hopes of being elected this November to one of three available City Council seats.
Incumbents Laura Smith, Susan Cullen and David Stottlemyre will be joined in the Nov. 7 General Election by Keith Glidewell, a local educator.

Focus on health, wellness realized in new Tribal facility

July 31, 2012

All-day, free festivities herald the grand opening celebration of a new facility in Big Pine established with the goal of promoting health and wellness throughout the entire community.
This Saturday, Aug. 4, the Big Pine Paiute Development Corporation invites the public to tour its new fitness facility, The Wellness Center, which offers equipment and programs for toddlers to teens and adults of all ages.

Program puts teens to work for summer

July 31, 2012

Lone Pine High School and Metabolic Studio teamed up this summer to help fund summer jobs at local businesses for 26 local students.
Summer Youth Employment and Training Program Coordinator Stacy Ayers said a grant from Metabolic Studio has allowed the school district to employ students at a number of Lone Pine businesses, ranging from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Lone Pine Cemetery District to the Chamber of Commerce, the Lone Pine Memorial Plunge and the Lone Pine Film History Museum, among many others.

July 30th

Search for hiker ends with grim discovery

July 30, 2012

Search and rescue crews have located what they believe to be the body of missing San Rafael hiker Thomas Heng, 31.
Inyo County Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour said he expected to positively identify the body and possibly establish a cause of death before the end of the day Friday, but that information was not available as of press time.
A multi-agency search effort was initiated Monday morning after Inyo County authorities were notified that Heng had not returned for a solo hike to Mt. Langley that afternoon.

Pair arrested for grand theft auto

July 30, 2012

A routine traffic stop Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of two Lancaster residents and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.
According to Bishop Police Department Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, an officer stopped Ryan William Dunham, 33 and Charity Leeann Swagler, 34, at about 11:13 a.m. for a “minor” infraction involving a defective windshield.
While running the driver, Swangler, and vehicle information, officers were advised by dispatch that the vehicle, a 2002 Mercedes, had been reported stolen out of the Lancaster area more than a month ago.

Council seeks balance on invocation issue

July 30, 2012

City leaders took a look at First Amendment rights Monday and decided to update Bishop’s policy on pre-meeting prayers to ensure the city is not at risk of being sued for its traditional invocations.
City Attorney Peter Tracy said that several cities in California have been threatened with lawsuits over invocations being given at the start of government meetings. The threats have come from a group that is attempting to ensure the First Amendment is being practiced in local government.

July 26th

Music for the masses

July 26, 2012


Collective Language, a youth-driven effort to promote artwork in the Owens Valley, will be returning to the Wünüt Novi Youth Center this Friday.

Keeping prescription drug use under control

July 26, 2012

There is an increasingly pervasive threat lurking in medicine cabinets throughout the community. Abuse of commonly found prescription drugs is leading people to hospitals, rehab, criminal court and even to the grave. Fortunately, preventative information and recovery treatment are available – and those topics will be discussed at an upcoming, local prescription medication abuse symposium.

Bishop on board with Adventure Trails

July 26, 2012

Bishop leaders took the first step towards approving a system of roads inside the city limits that will be available to off-highway vehicles.
The City Council approved a draft map of local streets and roads that could be used for the proposed Adventure Trails system, which will allow green-sticker OHV’s with licensed drivers to travel up to 10 miles on paved roads to travel between OHV recreation areas and amenities in town.

July 24th

Local exhibit turning heads at State Fair

July 24, 2012

California State Fair judges have selected Inyo County’s exhibit for honors once again based on its appeal to visitors.
This year’s exhibit theme, “I Wish …,” provides an opportunity for nine local exhibit volunteers to teach residents from all over the state that if they ever wished to be a cowboy or a movie star, an angler or an archeologist – or just about anything else – Inyo County is the star they can wish upon to make their dreams come true.

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