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January 8th

D.A. asks for trial date in HHS embezzlement

January 8, 2014

Inyo County Superior Courts have been asked to set a trial date for Dawndee and Kenneth Rossy, the Bishop couple accused of embezzling as much as $1.5 million from the Inyo County Health and Human Services Public Assistance program while Dawndee worked as a supervisor in the department.
District Attorney Tom Hardy said Tuesday that during a Dec. 18 hearing on the embezzlement case, he requested the courts schedule a trial for this coming May. The courts are now tasked with deciding if that is an appropriate time line for the trial to begin.

Fact or fiction: Local brothers join search for bigfoot

January 8, 2014

Has definitive proof been obtained to finally convince the world that one of its most enduring myths is actually reality? And did local brothers Daniel and David Greene play a key role in the discovery?
Neither the Greenes nor Spike TV will say, but urge the curious to tune in tomorrow night to the premier of the new reality series, “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.”

GED testing now available in Inyo

January 8, 2014

Starting this month and for the first time in more than 20 years, local residents will be able to take the General Education Degree test in Inyo County.
Through the coordinated efforts of Cerro Coso Community College and the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office, the Bishop campus of the Eastern Sierra College Center will be the site of monthly testing dates for a wide variety of state and national tests.

January 6th

10 of 12 incumbents to run for county office

January 6, 2014

All but two local public officials appear to be seeking re-election in the upcoming June 3 Primary.
With 59 days remaining in the filing period, nine other incumbents have taken out Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees and a 10th – Coroner Leon Brune – announced his intention to run for another term on Monday.
So far, 11 days into the 2014 election cycle, the field of prospective candidates includes 10 incumbents and two newcomers testing the waters for 16 public offices, which include four seats on the Inyo County Board of Education.

LORP progress report, public meeting on tap

January 6, 2014

In 1997, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and several others parties, including Inyo County, signed an agreement outlining the Lower Owens River Project.
That Memorandum of Understanding included the parameters of the project – the largest river restoration in the western U.S. – as well as its overriding goal.

A first for small businesses in high-speed Internet age

January 6, 2014 of Bishop got an early Christmas present last month when the California Public Utilities Commission approved a resolution that provides it with a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. This is the first time the CPUC has approved such a certificate, which is typically reserved for telephone companies, rather than independent Internet service providers. applied for the CPCN last February to qualify for California Advanced Services Fund grants for two proposed last-mile projects in Mono and Inyo counties.

January 3rd

New CEO for NIH

January 3, 2014

A relatively brief six-month search for Northern Inyo Hospital Administrator John Halfen’s successor has ended with the selection of a new chief executive officer with small-town, rural-hospital experience.
Victoria Alexander-Lane will take over leadership when Halfen retires in July, bringing more than 25 years of urban and rural healthcare experience to the job. NIH Board President M.C. Hubbard made the official offer via email earlier this week and Alexander-Lane accepted, Board Treasurer Pete Watercott said.

Valley in desperate need of rainfall

January 3, 2014

All eyes are turned to the skies or to the meteorologists for some indication that the past two years of drought conditions will change. With low precipitation records set in the Western states for the 2013 calendar year, the Eastern Sierra needs rain, snow and possibly the most important, snowpack, badly.

DUI arrests down over Christmas, New Year’s

January 3, 2014

Local offices of the California Highway Patrol saw “a tremendous decrease” in the amount of arrests made for driving under the influence this holiday season.
According to Officer Dennis Cleland, public information officer with the Bishop CHP Office, the Inland Division recorded zero fatalities and eight DUI arrests from Christmas to New Year’s – down from the 15 made in 2012.
One DUI arrest was made by the Bishop office during the Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period, compared to two made between Christmas and New Year’s last year.

Want to learn to can?

January 3, 2014

Passionate about food preservation? Want to learn and make friends with others also interested in canning, dehydrating and freezing?
The University of California Cooperative Extension of Inyo and Mono counties will be providing instructor training in food preservation in late March with applications for the course available now.

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