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February 28th

Development plan closer to adoption

February 28, 2014

The public comments from some of the 70-plus residents present at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting in Independence showed overwhelming disapproval of the draft General Plan amendment on renewable energy.
All but one of the 32 speakers offering public comments over three hours strongly opposed the Inyo County
Planning Department’s request for approval to send the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the county Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Match made in heaven

February 28, 2014

Newly appointed Fairgrounds CEO Sally Symons, a longtime community volunteer, is preparing to begin work at the fairgrounds this Monday.
Symons is a Bishop native who has volunteered her time to do everything from serve on civic boards and committees, to mentor local youngsters interested in agriculture. Now, she said she is looking forward to earning a living doing the things she has always volunteered to do.
Tri-County Fair Board President Maria Kemp said the board felt Symons’ local roots and passion for the community made her a perfect candidate for the position of Fairgrounds CEO.

Event to raise funds for social services

February 28, 2014

Bishop’s First United Methodist Church is inviting residents to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of its numerous social services programs.
The church’s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the FUMC Community Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Proceeds from the evening – via a silent and live auction and any additional donations collected – will assist FUMC in its efforts to provide aid to vulnerable community members.

February 26th

NIH’s Ungersma to serve on statewide hospital board

February 26, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors board member Dr. John Ungersma recently began a three-year term as treasurer of the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
In a recent news release, the ACHD Board of Directors said it is pleased to make the announcement. Ungersma said he is also very pleased to accept the position of treasurer for this prestigious organization. ACHD is an association of 77 state healthcare districts that serve 10 percent of California’s population, approximately 10 million people, he explained.

Southern Inyo waters open for fishing Saturday

February 26, 2014

Cooler temps and cloudy skies forecast for this weekend – after weeks of unseasonably warm weather two months into the Eastern Sierra new year – could be a blessing in disguise for anyone planning to take advantage of the Southern Inyo Early Trout Opener.

Changes coming to landfills

February 26, 2014

Local leaders are re-designing the way Inyo County Integrated Waste does business in an effort to close a $300,000 budget gap and meet state mandates for waste diversion and recycling.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve a temporary transfer of two equipment operators from the Solid Waste Department to the Road Department to fill two equipment operator vacancies.
According to Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty, this move will save the Solid Waste Department about $160,000 a year in salaries without the county having to lay off any employees.

February 24th

Inyo IDs areas for solar, wind development

February 24, 2014

County planners will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of solar development in Inyo County and exactly where any new, large-scale solar or wind farms should be located if more developers set their sights on Inyo County.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposing a widely unpopular 1,200-acre solar ranch east of U.S. Highway 395 across from Manzanar, the Inyo Planning Department is moving forward with a General Plan amendment that will identify areas of the county that local leaders feel are appropriate for renewable energy development.

Year of the woman?

February 24, 2014

While the national news media has been promoting the 2014 election as “The Year of the Woman” in politics, it doesn’t appear to be the case in Inyo County.
When it comes to the Board of Supervisors, the county’s top political decision-making body, as of yesterday not a single woman has filed for the available seats in either District 1 or District 3, according to the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

Council OKs new water and sewer fee structure

February 24, 2014

Effective July 1, City of Bishop property owners and other ratepayers will see a new water and sewer rate fee schedule that officials believe is simplified and more equitable.
Despite a few protests, the City Council adopted the 2014-19 fee schedule earlier this month, which includes increases in some places and decreases in others. Overall, according to the council, the new structure is the fairest way to charge system users in the absence of meters.
The fee schedule was based on the 2013 Water and Sewer Rate Study initiated last spring.

February 21st

Days of remembrance

February 21, 2014

There are days in American history that are not simply remembered; they are engraved in the thoughts of those who lived through them. We recall where we were and what we were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 – a day now referenced with the code phrase “9/11.” Baby boomers vividly remember obscure details of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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