Archive - Feb 2014 - News Article
Bishop native Sally Symons, who has been an active participant in activities at the Tri-County Fairgrounds since she was 9 years old, has been hired as its new CEO.
Symons will begin work March 1, taking over a post that has been vacant for almost two years following the departure of Jim Tatum in November 2012.
As the hope of a rainy February fades, information on grant and loan assistance for those in Inyo County financially impacted by the third year of drought is starting to drizzle in, even if the clouds fail to release any moisture.
Both the county and the Inyo/Mono Agriculture Commissionerâ€™s Office are getting the information out as quickly as it becomes available.
This yearâ€™s record-breaking lack of rain follows two consecutive low-rain, low-snowpack years, forcing ranchers, farmers and area residents to make some tough decisions.
An arrest has been made in connection with an embezzlement investigation launched at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds last August.
Rebecca Bragdon a former employee of the Tri-County Fair Administration Office, was arrested this morning on charges of felony grand theft and misdemeanor embezzlement and booked into Inyo County Jail. Bail has been set at $150,000.
The California Highway Patrol has forwarded its report on the investigation to the Inyo District Attorney's Office.
With an eye toward further economic development of the North Sierra Highway corridor, the Bishop City Council recently approved Inyo Countyâ€™s request for city partnership in applying for a $750,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.
As winter starts winding down, itâ€™s time to get wound up about the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Local chambers of commerce and nonprofit groups are preparing for a busy March, while spring will see a continued emphasis on local and regional promotional efforts.
The Lone Pine Unified School District opened up a discussion with the community on how best to use its resources under the new state school funding process.
Efforts to preserve a culturally sensitive site on Owens Lake have resulted in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agreeing to halt work on the site for the next week.
Between now and Feb. 24, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the LADWP will work to determine if the site should be considered culturally sensitive and reviewed by a cultural resources task force that was created by an agreement between the two agencies last year.
Inyo County and the City of Bishop will benefit from newly-allocated California Transportation Commission funds which will allow several Public Works projects to move forward.
The CTC recently allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects aimed at improving infrastructure such as highways, bridges and passenger rail, while also strengthening the stateâ€™s economy, according to a Jan. 31 Caltrans news release.
High winds on U.S. Highway 395 caused one big rig rollover that prompted the California Highway Patrol to begin escorting vehicles along the main corridor over the weekend.
While conducting escorts, the winds were so strong that one officer reported blowing rocks and sand broke the window of his patrol vehicle Saturday.
According to a press release, the CHP received reports of a single-vehicle big rig rollover about a quarter-mile north of State Route 167 north of Lee Vining at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
Northern Inyo Hospital Dr. Kristin Collins has returned from Haiti with a continued passion for the service and rewards she experiences from practicing pediatric medicine abroad.
Like Bishop, Deschapelles, Haiti is a small town nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. Like Bishop, the wide-spread population depends heavily on its rural hospital. Deschapelles is home to Hospital Albert Schweitzer where Collins spent May 2013 giving of her medical skill set and learning more about how to upgrade medical care in simple but profoundly effective ways.