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November 20th

Think local this holiday shopping season

November 20, 2012

Big-box retailers have Black Friday, Internet companies have Cyber Monday and, for the past couple years, the little guy has had its own post-Thanksgiving/specially-designated shopping day to boost that bottom line before the end of the year.
Nationwide, Nov. 24 will be recognized as Small Business Saturday, a day where locally-owned, mom-and-pop shops are encouraged to offer their best deals and residents looking to get a jump on their holiday shopping are encouraged to patronize independently-owned businesses.

Wye Rd. project focused on safety

November 20, 2012

A City of Bishop Public Works improvement project, designed to increase public safety by decreasing the potential for traffic accidents, is nearing the breaking-ground stage.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvement Project is designed to improve the Wye Road and North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, said Public Works Director David Grah. The project was conceived to make the intersection safer, he explained, an intersection that saw about 2,200 vehicles per day in 2007. “The City Council is anxious to get this project constructed.”

Contractors group, Chamber won’t be merged

November 20, 2012

The Owens Valley Contractor and Vendors Association last week rejected an idea to consolidate with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau but agreed to take the lead in organizing the Tri-County Fair Home Show.
OVCVA President Dan Stone said the group had entertained the idea of merging with the Chamber of Commerce because both entities are focused on improving the local business community’s bottom line, and wanted to see if consolidation would improve services from both groups.

November 19th

Ancient artifacts stolen, desecrated near Bishop

November 19, 2012

Six ancient works of art were stolen from the volcanic tablelands north of Bishop last month in what officials are calling one of the most grievous acts of vandalism ever at an Owens Valley archeological site.
According to Bureau of Land Management Archaeologist Greg Haverstock, an unknown individual or individuals ravaged a half-mile federally protected archaeological site by using power tools to remove petroglyphs that could date back as much as 10,000 years.

Spreading the word about Digital 395

November 19, 2012

With high-speed Internet capabilities making their way to Inyo County through the Digital 395 project, local residents and business owners are joining forces through the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium to promote the project and technologies that will be available locally.
Before the Digital 395 project is completed and turned on next summer, the Consortium hopes to get local communities up to speed on what a fiber-optic backbone means for the business community and private sector.

Stuff-a-Bus kicks off giving season

November 19, 2012

Bishop’s private and business community gave by the basketful and by the bus load during this past weekend’s coat and food drives for The Salvation Army.
The Kmart parking lot was the hub of much philanthropic activity on Saturday, Nov. 17, with citizens, businesses and service organizations collaborating to provide necessities to support fellow community members in need.
An Eastern Sierra Transit Authority bus was there for the company’s Sixth Annual Stuff-a-Bus food drive, held to help stock the Salvation Army’s food pantry during the holiday season.

November 16th

Digital 395 work to start soon in Inyo

November 16, 2012

High-speed Internet capabilities and increased regional bandwidth is making its way to Inyo County and bringing with it the promise of immediate economic opportunities for local contractors and future long-term possibilities for residents and businesses.
The California Broadband Cooperative, through Praxis, Inc., is using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus package to lay more than 500 miles of fiber-optic conduit from Barstow to Carson City, creating a looped system that will increase Internet speeds and capabilities and prevent outages along its route.

Night class gives locals a leg-up in medical field

November 16, 2012

An ongoing vocational night class offers interested community members an introduction to skills needed to enter the medical assisting profession.
The current Medical Assisting: Intro to Front and Back Offices adult night class is being held 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 136 at Bishop Union High School. “The class was started to help people find good jobs,” said instructor Laura Smith, “to provide an introduction to the skills needed to work as a medical assistant in a variety of medical settings … I have had physician offices call me to refer students to them.”

Let it snow … or rain

November 16, 2012

Clouds enshroud the Sierra Nevada outside of Bishop Friday afternoon courtesy of a storm that was expected to bring more snow to Mammoth and rain showers to the Owens Valley this weekend. Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, which officially opened Nov. 8 for the 2012-13 season, has already received 17.7 inches of the white stuff this month – three inches of that fresh snow over a three-day period just this week. MMSA’s website announced on Friday expectations for snow all weekend and at least another three inches by Sunday.

November 14th

Community drug, alcohol awareness event planned

November 14, 2012

A local sports coach is calling for community support to help realize a Drug and Alcohol Awareness Day centered around substance abuse awareness, recovery alternatives and sober fun for local youth.
“We, as a community, have the chance to show our youth how much we care about the choices they make,” said Bishop Union High School head varsity baseball coach Tim Reid, the event organizer who has been clean and sober “going on 20.”

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