Spring has sprung and with warmer temperatures and longer days come some hazards for recreators.
Local officials are warning of avalanche danger in higher elevations caused by melting snowpack and of fire hazards in the Owens Valley caused by a drier-than-normal conditions.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine conducted a live fire training exercise just east of Bishop Saturday morning and said dry conditions on the valley floor are something residents should be aware and cautious of.
The investigation into the theft of six priceless artifacts chiseled from the rocks of a local petroglyph site continues, as the pieces of ancient artwork sit in evidence storage at the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM Field Manager Bernadette Lovato said last week that no official plans have been made for the six petroglyph panels that were stolen late last year and anonymously returned in late January.
â€śFor now, they have to stay in evidence, and thereâ€™s not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,â€ť Lovato said. â€śThen we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.â€ť
A new state bill has been introduced to combat the devastating effects of impending Medi-Cal cuts on small rural skilled nursing facilities and the community is being called upon to spring into immediate action to support it.
The California Hospital Association continues to challenge implementation of AB97â€™s â€śdevastatingâ€ť Medi-Cal cuts which affect rural long-term care patients as well as the districts and facilities that serve them, including Southern Inyo Hospital and its Skilled Nursing Unit.