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Residents urged to prepare for snow

December 18, 2013

Weather forecasters say there is a chance Bishop will see a little snow today and the Bishop Public Works Department is reminding residents and visitors to be prepared for icy streets and sidewalks.
In a press release, the Public Works Department advised that residents should use snow tires or chains on Bishop streets when they are required on area highways. “A good guideline to determine if snow tires or chains should be used on city streets is if Caltrans requires them on state highways in the area,” the press release states.

Travelers not faring well on closed roads

December 18, 2013

Several Inyo County roads that were washed away by this past summer’s “Road Eater” and “Canyon Crusher” thunder storms continue to be a hazard to motorists.
Local officials are warning residents to be mindful of several closures, including those on Trona Wildrose, Panamint Valley and Saline Valley roads – as well as many smaller off-shoots from each of those roads.
John Miller of Miller Towing in Lone Pine said that he has witnessed a noticeable increase in calls for assistance on the remote roads since the washout occurred in late July.

Symons, city reach dispatch agreement

December 18, 2013

At the end of months of off-and-on negotiations, the City of Bishop and Symons Emergency Specialties representatives have come to what’s being called a mutually beneficial agreement.
At a Dec. 16 meeting, owner Judd Symons, City Administrator Keith Caldwell and Police Chief Chris Carter ironed out a two-part agreement. BPD dispatch will continue “to provide dispatch service at a reduced amount and Symons agreed to pay its in-arrears account, through the end of 2013,” Carter said.

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