Archive - Feb 2013 - News Article
The nationwide, flu-viruses epidemic continues to take its toll locally.
As of late February, the Eastern Sierra is still seeing widespread levels of influenza and a sharp increase in the stomach flu bug â with medical visits to match.
âClinics, doctorâs offices and emergency departments are still showing an increased number of visits for respiratory illness,â Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson said. There have been âhalf a dozen hospitalizations between Mono and Inyo counties,â he added, âbut no deaths.â
New, reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates could adversely affect patient treatment and even threaten the very existence of a local hospital district.
Like many critical access hospitals, Southern Inyo Healthcare District and its skilled nursing facility are in danger of closing if drastically-reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates are retroactively enforced effective January 2013, SIHD Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer Lee Barron said.
Ideas for economic development in the Eastern Sierra have been the subject of a number of studies, and now one group is hoping to put hammer to nail and get some work done.
The Eastern Sierra Regional Broadband Consortium is inviting residents to attend the next meeting of the Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council to help get economic development rolling in Inyo County.
As the Inyo National Forest moves forward with a revision of its Forest Plan, officials are asking those who know the forest best to help them identify areas that can be improved.
Residents and visitors are being asked to help identify trends associated with forest resources, such as fishing, hiking and climbing, and help analyze the current condition of the forest resources.
INF officials will be collecting this information at a series of meetings in Bishop and Mammoth next month.
Reaganâs Sporting Goods opened the weekend of the Blake Jones Trout Derby in March of last year. Nearing his first anniversary, owner Reagan Slee is about to more than double the size of the store on Main Street to make room for more hunting and camping gear.
Bishopâs Quarterly Citizen Award was presented to a beloved, local teacher in the very same City Hall room in which she began her teaching career 50 years ago.
Friends and family from far and near gathered at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting to surprise Bishop Elementary School kindergarten teacher Valerie Needham. They included four generations of family; out-of-town friends; current and former colleagues, aides and classroom volunteers; and many former students â notably, Ira Bradley, who was a student in Needhamâs first class in 1963.
A seven-hour standoff in Bishopâs Shady Rest Trailer Park between a suicidal man and police came to an end Sunday night with the resident being taken down with a beanbag round.
Arnold Patzkowski, 56, was taken to Northern Inyo Hospital for evaluation and placed under arrest. He is being charged with allegedly making criminal threats and making criminal threats against a police officer.
The end of the standoff also ended a road closure for Yaney and Hanby streets and a mandatory evacuation order for the other residents of Shady Rest.
Community members, students and school administrators gathered at Big Pine School last week to celebrate the completion of a long-awaited solar project that will cut utility costs at the school and allow the district to protect a part of Big Pineâs history.
To preserve âthe heartâ of its community, Big Pine Unified School District will create a fund to maintain the districtâs nearly 100-year-old Big Pine High School building with savings from SolarCityâs installation of more than 800 solar panels on the districtâs new parking lot shade structures.
The hub of the wheel that is city hall will soon be replaced when the current city clerk retires at the end of the month.
Executive Secretary/Assistant City Clerk Denise Gillespieâs official title gives some indication of the extensiveness her duties. She has executed them so deftly for the last 15 years that Public Works Director David Grah said, âSheâs been the heart of the city.â
Bishop resident Keith Glidewell is the cityâs newest council member.
The City Council voted Monday night to appoint Glidewell to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Griffiths when he resigned to serve on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors effective Jan. 1.
Glidewell will be serving out the remainder of Griffithsâ term on the council, which expires in November 2014.
âI am looking forward to participating in all aspects of the council and to contributing as much as I possibly can to the council and to our community,â Glidewell said Wednesday.