Archive - 2012 - News Article
Lone Pine High School graduate Ash Seiter is attempting to open up some dialogue about how the world is evolving.
To accomplish that task, Seiter is hosting a series of controversial films exploring national politics, the food industry and the all-important struggle over the worldâ€™s dwindling oil reserves. Each film showing is followed by a discussion where all in attendance are encouraged to share their opinion and point of view.
Seiterâ€™s series features films by Michael Moore, Al Gore, Peter Joseph, Dylan Avery and other provocative filmmakers.
Last Thursday night, new officers were sworn in to serve on the board of the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at the annual installation dinner. It was a fun-filled evening with more than 64 local business owners and visitors in attendance, some from as far away as Death Valley, Bishop and Ridgecrest.
The search is over for a new city administrator for Bishop.
The Bishop City Council voted unanimously in closed session on Monday to appoint Interim City Administrator Keith Caldwell to the official administrator position.
The City Council approved a new five-year City Administrator/City Clerk Employment Agreement. Under that agreement, Caldwell will be paid a salary of $135,000 per year without any built-in increases which results in a net savings to the city. Caldwell will also continue to perform the functions of community services director.
What was touted as being a free and constructive activity for kids, old and young alike â€“ a remote control car track at the Bishop City Park â€“ has been scrapped.
Owensville RC Club President Sam Vargas told the Bishop City Council that due to time restraints and a vocal opposition, â€śThe club has lost interest in a track at the park.â€ť
Vargas said it was a very tough decision to make, but so have the hoops and hurdles the club and himself have gone through in their efforts.
The tragic events of Aug. 9, 2010, when two vehicles loaded with students-athletes collided head-on in a fiery blaze on U.S. 395, killing four and injuring 15, are still being felt and honors still being awarded.
Bishop residents John Williamson and Amy Steinwand will be receiving the Valor and Merit awards, respectively, from the California State Firefighterâ€™s Association tonight in Bishop.
After eight years of paying on a school bond for a new gymnasium in Benton, the bond oversight committee had proposed to reallocate that money, $4 million, to other schools in the district for maintenance. The committeeâ€™s decision is following a dramatic decrease in students at the elementary level in the area, the numbers cut from 80 to 53.
The money was originally for a new school in Chalfant, but after that project fell through, the money was promised to Benton for a gym.
Forest Service officials are currently working through a federally mandated Environmental Policy Act review in order to exchange 20.6 acres of land in Mammoth Lakes for 1,715 acres of privately owned land.
The Mammoth Base Land Exchange proposes trading the 20.6 acres of National Forest system lands in Mammoth Lakes that is managed by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for smaller parcels in Inyo, Plumas, Eldorado and Stanislaus national forests and two small parcels in Inyo County that are outside the National Forest.
Discussions about what to do with some left over money, applying for grants to get more money, a new lawn mower, department head reports, and a story about community cooperation in the face of potential disaster were all in another dayâ€™s work for the cityâ€™s elected leaderâ€™s, the Bishop City Council.
Dr. Andrew Bourne, 46, the former chief of staff at Mammoth Hospital and subject of an ongoing criminal investigation in Santa Barbara, died Tuesday, authorities said.
The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department, according to department spokesperson Jennifer Hansen.
A department e-mail distributed to the media Tuesday afternoon states police found Bourne â€śunresponsiveâ€ť in the Mammoth Lakes area at about 4 p.m.
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.