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March 1st

Aid available to local farmers

March 1, 2013

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.

Salvation Army seeks increase in donations for new facility

March 1, 2013

An increased demand for help from the needy during the 2012 holiday season has infused a local ministry’s 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.

February 27th

Work progressing at Cottonwood

February 27, 2013

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.

February 26th

Resident arrested in connection with Riverside stabbing

February 26, 2013

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.

February 25th

Fire burns 250 acres near river east of Lone Pine

February 25, 2013

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.

Inyo’s courthouse project facing another delay

February 25, 2013

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.

Local interpreter to lead state association

February 25, 2013

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.

LP School District needs money for repairs, upgrades

February 25, 2013

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.

February 22nd

Was fee collected for rural fire suppression misused?

February 22, 2013

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 Attorney’s Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.

Hospice merging with Pioneer Home Health

February 22, 2013

Two major local home healthcare providers have merged in the hopes of benefitting the community and streamlining operations.
Pioneer Home Health Care, Inc. and Hospice of The Owens Valley have joined forces under Pioneer’s roof and under its operational umbrella effective this month. The merger, according to both administrators, is expected to enhance both entities in a variety of ways.

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