Archive - Jun 27, 2013 - News Article
A general lack of precipitation in the Eastern Sierra has led to fire and fireworks restrictions on public lands.
Effective Friday, the Bureau of Land Management-Bishop Field Office and the Inyo National Forest are implementing fire restrictions.
âOngoing drought conditions, well below average rain and snowfall this past winter and warmer than average temperatures have led to very dry conditions for this time of year,â said INF Supervisor Ed Armenta. âWe are experiencing very high fire danger and continued hot and dry weather patterns here in the Eastern Sierra.â
A multi-agency collaboration to enforce a special parking restriction plan on July 4 met with controversy at the June 24 City Council meeting.
Before the council approved the proposed Fourth of July âNo Parkingâ plan which would restrict parking on certain city and county roads, a wide variety of positions and opinions were aired â environmental and community safety versus the financial survival of Bishopâs 60-year fireworks show tradition versus personal freedom on Independence Day.
Federal officials with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife have said that Eastern Sierra residents will have more opportunities to comment on habitat and endangered/threatened species designations of two populations of the Mountain Yellow Legged Frog and Yosemite Toad.
With Bishopâs livestock show and auction slated for July 10-13, Bishop High Schoolâs Future Farmers of America are going into high gear with a preview show, providing members with a chance to perfect showmanship techniques and giving prospective buyers a first glance at home-grown, well-fed, well-groomed pigs, lambs and calves.
The preview will start at 10 a.m. at the school farm on Sunland, but the real work for the students started two years ago for the calf projects or earlier this year for the pigs and lambs.
After months of intensive research and success at regional and state level competitions, Laura Stickells, a 2013-14 senior at Bishop Union High School, earned second place and the silver medal at National History Day on June 13 in College Park, MD. Her individual senior exhibit was titled, âThe Bonus Army: A Turning Point in Veteran Rights.â
Stickells said her award-winning entry, presented on a large six-foot-tall exhibit board of âquotes, pictures, your own writing and analysis of the event,â was suggested to her by her history teacher Karyn Helfrich-Holland.
In response to the arrest earlier this year of a Health and Human Services employee for allegedly stealing taxpayer money for eight years, virtually all Inyo County staff will be participating in a fraud training exercise Wednesday and Thursday.
The fraud training will be held in Bishop, and according to Inyo County Auditor-Controller Amy Shepherd, most county employees, from managers to clerical staff to museum employees, are required to attend.
As Inyo County Health and Human Services takes over the Eastern Sierraâs ombudsman program, it is sending out an all-call. Wanted: volunteers who are interested in the welfare of elderly Eastern Sierra residents. Flexible hours and locations. Training will be provided.
The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, part of HHSâ Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging division since April 1, is preparing to launch a multi-phase volunteer recruitment campaign in Owens Valley. Currently, Ombudsman is operating with one administrator and one part-time volunteer.