Archive - 2013 - News Article
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.
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.
An increased demand for help from the needy during the 2012 holiday season has infused a local ministryâs 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.
Construction crews continue to be a regular fixture at Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop and local officials say the project is moving along at its own pace.
While no updates on the high-profile property or plans involving possible tenants have been forthcoming from the owners in months, Bishop Public Works Director Dave Grah said improvements have been ongoing at the site at the corner of North Main and Yaney streets.
A Bishop resident was arrested in Riverside early Tuesday morning in connection with what officials are calling a strange string of crimes.
Shannon Lynn Jones, 25, was arrested by the Riverside Police Department at about 2 a.m. on charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, burglary, animal cruelty and vehicle theft.
More than 300 local and state firefighters responded to a wind-driven blaze east of Lone Pine Sunday morning.
The River Fire, which remains under investigation, burned a narrow strip of about 250 acres near the Lower Owens River between Narrow Gauge Road to the north and State Route 136 to the east.
According to CalFire Information Officer Bill Peters, the blaze was about 40 percent contained Monday morning, with full control predicted for this evening.
Eleven California counties, including Inyo, could see delays in courthouse construction projects unless the state legislature sees fit to restore funding to the judicial branch.
The Judicial Council of California is meeting today to discuss future budgets and how state proposals may impact planned court facility projects.
According to one local bilingual healthcare professional, simple translation and healthcare interpreting are two vastly different skills that can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Northern Inyo Hospital Language Services Manager Jose Garcia knows that difference and was recently honored for it, NIH Director of Community Development, Marketing and Grant Writing Angie Aukee said.
With facilities ranging in age from 60 to 97 years old, Lone Pine Unified School District faces issues not uncommon to home owners with old houses and dated infrastructure.
Pipes burst and heating systems took a dive during a cold snap in mid-January at Lo-Inyo Elementary School and parts for a cracked boiler radiator had to be custom fabricated and are still in transit.
Less than a year after implementing an unpopular fee for rural fire suppression, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials are taking heat for misusing those funds.
CalFire is being accused of using the fees to prosecute arson suspects and seek restitution. More than $3.6 million in wildfire settlement money has been placed in an account kept by the California District Attorneyâs Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.