Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
As the public comment period for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch project ticks away, the County of Inyo is working on a game plan to protect taxpayers.
Concerned âfirst and foremostâ with the projectâs potential impacts on local services, the county is reviewing a Draft Environmental Impact Report that LADWP released to the public Sept. 4 per the California Environmental Quality Act.
The purpose of the review is multi-fold, according to County Administrator Kevin Carunchio.
Arnie and Kelliann Palu received the Quarter Council Citizen Award at Mondayâs Bishop City Council meeting.
âTo a lot of people, (the Palus) are super duper special, a great example,â said Mayor Laura Smith. âItâs people like you that make this a great community.â
Bishop native Kelliann has worked at Dwayneâs Friendly Pharmacy for 19 years. She is music director, elder and choir member at First Presbyterian Church. She also is the organizer of the clown troupe that performs at the Mule Days and Christmas parades, Smith said.
Bishopâs Mule Days Executive Committee has named Tammy Mandrell as Bishop Mule Daysâ new Executive Director.
Mandrell assumed her new role on Sept. 3.
Mule Days Executive Board President Dan Dean said that while Mandrell is a welcome addition to the Mule Days office, she is not new to the Mule Days event.
A long-awaited Bishop Paiute Tribe road project is under way and while many families heave a grateful sigh of relief, there are some who express concerns.
The ongoing three-road project will create paved roads where unnamed dirt roads have cut through residential land assignments for decades. Road construction requires that affected residents provide easement, or the right to use their land, Assistant Tribal Administrator David ThunderEagle said, to which they agreed upon assignment of land.
Work continues on Digital 395, which was supposed to be completed last month but was delayed by permitting and funding issues.
A new completion date for the project, which involves the installation of fiber-optic cable to allow access to faster Internet speeds, has been set for October.
Most of the work along the U.S. 395 corridor from Carson City to Barstow has been finished, meanwhile. Crews are currently working to install fiber-optic cable in the Crowley Lake and Casa Diablo areas.
Inyo County, in an effort to bolster the local economy, is handing out $20,000 to various community organizations to help fund local events and draw visitors to the area.
For the fall 2013-14 Advertising County Resources grant cycle, the county is funding six different programs that were reviewed and recommended by a volunteer panel. The projects range from the 2013 Millpond Music Festival and the Lone Pine Film Festival, to a guide to easy hikes in Inyo County.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has released for public review a Draft Environmental Impact Report in which it presents its proposal to construct a 1,200-acre solar ranch south of Independence and east of Manzanar National Historic Site.
Prepared with the assistance of Anaheim-based POWER Engineers, Inc., the three-volume document details not just the project itself but also its potential impacts, ultimately concluding that LADWPâs proposal âwould not result in significant unavoidable adverse impacts.â
Eighth District Congressman Paul Cook (R) held a town hall meeting in Bishop Thursday to discuss everything from the conflict in Syria and his stance on American involvement, to wilderness designations, to veterans rights.
Cook, a freshman Congressman, serves on House Committee on Veteransâ Affairs among other committees in Washington. He is a retired Marine Colonel and Vietnam vet who has served in local government in Yucca Valley and served six years in the state Assembly.
Hear about it in the park, read about it in the papers â Inyo County officially recognizes Recovery Month and joins in its national observance with a grand event, personal testimonials and informational articles.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â On Sept. 3, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors proclaimed September as Recovery Month, Director of Inyo County Health and Human Services Jean Turner said. Recovery Month should heighten public awareness and discussion of âthe prevalence of mental and substance-use disordersâ and HHSâ many recovery and wellness, she added.
All month, City of Bishop Community Services will be offering new and returning recreational, social and entertainment opportunities for Bishop residents, from tots to elders.
Dance and art programs, multi-level gymnastics and a festival for senior citizens are all in the offing as the fall season gets under way.