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March 4th

PD continues investigation into theft of welfare funds

March 4, 2013

Detectives with the Bishop Police Department continue looking into the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the welfare division of Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case, and no new information is available.
The last update from the PD regarding its investigation into the theft came in late January, when the PD issued a search warrant for the home of Bishop resident Dondee Rossy, 46, an Inyo County HHS manager who was named as “a person of interest” in the case.

NIH eyeing Hospice building for clinic expansion

March 4, 2013

The recent, overall merger of Pioneer Home Health Care and Hospice of the Owens Valley has gone smoothly but there are still a few loose ends.
Right now, the biggest still-to-do on the list concerns an ongoing negotiation over the disposition of Hospice’s former home at 155 Pioneer Ln. in Bishop.
NIH, which owns the building and property, is eyeing the facility for a future Rural Health Clinic expansion. However, since Hospice raised all the money to pay for the building’s construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.

Anticipation building for 46th Annual Blake Jones

March 4, 2013

A dearly-loved spring tradition will be drawing anglers to High Sierra waterways again this month for pre-season fishing, competitions and prizes.
The 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held at the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and nearby Owens River Saturday, March 16.
“Since the event lands the day before Saint Patrick’s Day this year, (we) hope to have “good luck putting on the biggest and best derby yet,” said Tawni Thomson, executive director of Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is hosting the derby.

March 1st

Winter visitor numbers up in Bishop

March 1, 2013

Just two months in, and it already appears that 2013 may be a promising year on the tourism front.
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Director Tawni Thomson told the Bishop City Council Monday that the Visitors Bureau is seeing more walk-in traffic in February and March of 2013 than it did the previous year. She also said that the Chamber of Commerce, which serves a different function than the Visitors Bureau, is in the process of adding one new program and improving its presence on the Internet.

Aid available to local farmers

March 1, 2013

Federal officials are offering aid to local farmers and ranchers who have lost revenue due to drought conditions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three counties and an independent city in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, as well as five adjacent counties in California, including Inyo.
Farmers and ranchers in the natural disaster area are eligible for financial compensation for their losses.

Salvation Army seeks increase in donations for new facility

March 1, 2013

An increased demand for help from the needy during the 2012 holiday season has infused a local ministry’s new-facility fundraising and building plans efforts with renewed vigor.
For three-and-a-half years, the Salvation Army has been planning to build a brand-new facility, designed to consolidate all of its programs, and as the corps nears the midway point in its $1 million capitol campaign fundraiser goal, an end may be in sight this year.

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