Archive - 2013 - News Article
Inyo County is looking to its residents to help fund a better home for lost and orphaned animals after years of failed attempts to find state or federal money.
Local leaders on Tuesday approved a plan that relies on donations to fund the construction of a new animal shelter on county-owned property in Big Pine where the current facility is located.
Deputy Public Works Director Jim Tatum presented three conceptual drawings of a new shelter that range in price from $450,000 to $725,000 and would include 24 dog kennels and 24 cat cages.
A new state law, intended to support home-based entrepreneurs start up and flourish, has run into a local snag that currently has new business progress at a near stand-still.
The Cottage Food Law, in effect since Jan. 1, is intended to help home-based food industries operate under a set of regulations that are less expensive, more flexible and more streamlined than that of other businesses.
In an intertribal-city collaboration, the Eastern Sierra has joined a countrywide healthy living trend intended to promote community wellness for all.
There will be a grand unveiling of the Eastern Sierraâs first outdoor exercise center, located in Bishop City Park, a gift to the entire community from the Board of Directors of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project.
In this unique setting, people can workout while surveying the grandeur of the White and Sierra mountain ranges, the progress of the community garden and of the pink and white spring blossoms at the parkâs edge.
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.
âFor now, they have to stay in evidence, and thereâs not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,â Lovato said. âThen we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.â
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 AB97âs âdevastatingâ 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.
The Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office announced this week it is taking over the Bishop Police Departmentâs investigation of alleged embezzlement at Health and Human Services.
Police Chief Chris Carter has turned the case over to D.A. Art Maillet after a 2.5-month investigation. The chief has also informed the D.A. that his department will go no further with the investigation âdue to the lack of resources.â
With ongoing litigation tying up the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs mitigation work on Owens Lake, the utility is hoping to take the initiative and develop a long-term solution to dust blowing off the lake.
The LADWP issued a statement earlier this week telling members of the Owens Lake Master Plan Committee that it will begin working on a project design that would incorporate elements that it hopes will meet the needs and goals of each member agency.
Text messaging and talking on cell phones have proven to be as dangerous as drunk driving and local law enforcement will be cracking down on both this coming month.
The Bishop Police Department is joining the nationwide Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign starting April 1. BPD will show âzero toleranceâ to drivers who put themselves and others at risk by texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Chief Chris Carter.
There is light at the end of a tunnel for a City of Bishop Public Works project that will renovate an intersection which has been the site of a higher-than-average number of collisions over the years.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvements Project is intended to reconfigure the Wye Road-North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, which lies west of the Kmart/Vons area, thereby creating a throughway that is more clearly and safely navigable.