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A rain gauge half full

January 31, 2014

The Owens Valley woke up, happily, Friday morning to a blanket of snow down to 4,500-5,000 feet in the Sierra and a healthy blanket of white on the White Mountains (above) after the Eastern Sierra saw its first precipitation in what seemed like an eternity Thursday morning. The small storm dropped just over a foot on Mammoth Mountain and more at Lake Tahoe. Rain totals for Bishop reached .04 inches over 24 hours on Thursday with an additional spattering Friday night.

Kristina Blum to appear on ‘Katie Couric Show’

January 31, 2014

Miss California USA’s Miss Congeniality is headed to New York to appear on the “Katie Couric Show” this week.
Kristina Blum, 22, of Bishop, said she will be boarding a flight in Los Angles Tuesday to make her first trip to the Big Apple to appear on the talk show, which is broadcast nationwide on the ABC Network.
Blum said Thursday she has been invited to appear on the show to discuss her experience in the Miss California USA Pageant held Jan. 2-4 in Long Beach.

No changes made to Senior Meal programs

January 31, 2014

There is a common saying that a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get to the door. False rumors also seem to share the same characteristic of a lie.
Rumors were flying fast and furious around the county for the past week over proposed changes coming to the Senior Lunch Program (a.k.a. Elderly Nutrition Program). Seniors were concerned that the program was going to be radically changed. As often happens with rumors that take on a life of their own, they became more and more inaccurate with each telling.

January 29th

Council closer to daytime meetings

January 29, 2014

Bishop’s City Council is one step closer to changing its meeting times from evening to afternoon.
By a split vote of 4-1, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that could eventually change the way the elected panel has historically done business.
The move is being proposed as a cost-saver, one of many being considered over the past several months as department heads and the council brainstorm ways to reduce expenses in the face of less revenue.

Water distribution big issue for Water Association

January 29, 2014

The lack of water, everywhere, reached critical mass Monday night at the annual meeting of the Bishop Creek Water Association. The meeting venue had to be moved to accommodate nearly 100 people.
While little could be resolved in the face of a possible third year of drought conditions, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta expressed a willingness to work with Southern California Edison, the utility that controls the flows out of Bishop Creek reservoirs at Lake Sabrina and South Lake.

Manhunt ends in arrest

January 29, 2014

Inyo County’s Special Weapons Enforcement Team, a multi-agency equivalent of a SWAT team, ended a manhunt in the Bishop area this morning by taking Allen Harlan Stone, 24, of Bishop, into custody on two felony warrants.
Two other subjects, Emmett James Davis, III, 21, of Bishop and David Martinez, 34, of Bishop, were also taken into custody.
According to Sheriff Bill Lutze, Stone was wanted on felony warrants and had eluded local law enforcement for the past month.

January 28th

Significant Details: California’s plain plates a golden opportunity

January 28, 2014

When it comes to catchy license plate slogans, California’s plate is empty. It’s devoid of any crumb of creativity, boosterism or even buffoonery. The state’s car plates have no cool colors, no catchy slogans, no boasting, no bragging, no nothing. Just the word “California” and the DMV website. That bland combo can’t compete with, say, New Mexico’s bright yellow, art-accented “Land of Enchantment.” Or even the totally bogus boast, “Ski Utah,” from a state with a mere sliver of mountains.

January 27th

Whiskey owner sets his sights on re-opening

January 27, 2014

A perfect storm of circumstances led to the unexpected closure of the Whiskey Creek restaurants in Mammoth and Bishop this past Friday, but the reaction from shocked community members just may have saved the Bishop eatery.
Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander said Monday that an outpouring of support from local residents on Friday and over the weekend reinforced a passion to overcome the challenges he’s facing and re-open the Bishop mainstay.

‘Extreme’ fire season expected in 2014

January 27, 2014

Amidst one of the worst droughts in California’s recorded history, state officials have issued a burn suspension in Inyo and Mono counties due to “extreme” potential for wildfires.
Firefighters across the state are preparing for what may turn out to be one of the earliest and hardest fire seasons in recent memory by fully manning fire stations and educating the public on the hazards wildfires could pose.

Local fire districts disagree on TOT increase

January 27, 2014

A recent effort to put a Transient Occupancy Tax increase ballot measure before voters in June was abandoned due to non-support by several county supervisory boards. The increase was intended to benefit fire protection district services countywide.
Inyo County fire chiefs for the Southern Inyo, Lone Pine, Independence, Olancha, Big Pine and Bishop fire districts met on Jan. 23 to decide whether to place one-percent county TOT increase measure on the June 2014 primary supervisory election ballot, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said.

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