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January 9th

Stout makes it official for new supervisors

January 9, 2013

Dozens gathered in the historic courtroom in Independence Monday to witness three new public servants being sworn into office.
According to those in attendance, the courtroom was overflowing with family, friends and supporters, as well as many county officials and administrators, to watch as Jeff Griffiths of Bishop, Mark Tillemans of Big Pine and Matt Kingsley of Lone Pine took oaths of office administered by Superior Court Judge Dean Stout.
Standing together, the trio went from Inyo County supervisors-elect to the official representatives of their respective districts.

NIH’s first ortho clinic opening soon

January 9, 2013

For the first time in its history, Northern Inyo Hospital will have an orthopedic clinic under its management.
Formerly run by Mammoth Hospital, the existing orthopedic clinic in Bishop will be taken over by NIH and renamed Sierra Crest Orthopedics and Neurology.
Orthopedist Dr. Mark Robinson, who has worked at the clinic since 2005, will run the facility.

Residents show support for widespread tribal issues

January 9, 2013

A youth-oriented public awareness movement that began with indigenous nations in Canada has made its way to the Owens Valley, prompting three local demonstrations organized by young tribal members.
The “Idle No More” movement got its start in Saskatchewan, Canada with the passage of Bill C-45, an omnibus package that included a reduction in the amount of federally-protected waterways and a fast-tracked process to surrender reserve lands.
The movement began when organizers said a majority of Canadian tribal members didn’t speak out about the bill.

January 8th

OV earthquakes

January 8, 2013

Two earthquakes rattled nerves in Bishop Tuesday morning, but didn’t otherwise cause any damage.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake, a 2.3 on the Richter Scale, took place at 9:43 a.m. about five miles northeast of Bishop. About a half-hour later, a second quake, a 2.6, was recorded in the same location.
The two Owens Valley quakes come on the heels of a 2.6 recorded near Mammoth Lakes at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.

January 7th

Inyo National Forest’s ‘voice’ moves on to greener pastures

January 7, 2013

Stretching from Tioga Pass south to Olancha, taking in every peak in the Sierra between, the giant Inyo National Forest pretty much dominates everything that does – and does not – happen in the southern half of the Eastern Sierra.
Last week, this land of granite peaks and mile-high meadows lost one of its most familiar and constant voices when Public Affairs Officer Nancy Upham retired Jan. 3.
For 28 years, Upham was in the middle of every single decision – beloved, hated, or often, both at once – rendered by the forest’s revolving door of supervisors.

NIH invests in newest mammogram technology

January 7, 2013

The local hospital facility is adding a new piece of equipment designed to provide women with a more accurate breast cancer detection screening modality.
Northern Inyo Hospital’s Board of Directors recently said yes to Radiologist Dr. Stuart Souders’ request to add a state-of-the-art somo•V Platinum Automated Breast Ultrasound System to NIH’s breast cancer prevention arsenal.

First bundle of joy of 2013

January 7, 2013

The McGraw family of Bishop, including mom Beau and dad Aaron, welcome baby girl Piper DeAnn McGraw. Born at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Northern Inyo Hospital, Piper is not only the latest addition to the McGraw family but also the first baby born in 2013 in Inyo County. The newborn weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long. Welcome to the world, Piper!

January 4th

County leaders continue look back at 2012

January 4, 2013

In offering recent year-end reviews of 2012 county operations, more than a dozen department heads and elected officials spotlighted accomplishments that ranged from seemingly small victories to major realignments to simply continuing to deliver a high level of services and programs in the face of tight budgets.
Their reports were delivered during the last Board of Supervisors meeting of 2012, when they discussed what they said were the “highlights” of the year in their departments.

Sierra snowpack looking good

January 4, 2013

Just three days into the new year and state officials say a healthy-looking Sierra snowpack – with above-average stores of water west of Bishop – could mean an ample water supply for millions of Californians this spring and summer.
An abundant snow year in the Sierra generally translates to increased visitation at Mammoth Mountain, which, in turn, means increased traffic (and business transactions) along U.S. 395. A promising spring runoff for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power might not be out of the question, either.

Return of the Home Room at Bishop High

January 4, 2013

Home Room had a vague function years ago: a place to study, or not, and to get brief notices from school administrators. That ancient definition of Home Room is far from what Bishop Union High School students will be involved in beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The 30-minute period had been referred to as a “flex period” or an “advisory period,” but will be officially Home Room with a flexible function exceeding the traditional concept.

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