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February 21st

Symons named Fair CEO

February 21, 2014

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.

Drought relief coming in form of financial aid

February 21, 2014

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 Commissioner’s Office are getting the information out as quickly as it becomes available.
This year’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.

February 20th

Arrest made in fairgrounds embezzlement case

February 20, 2014

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.

February 19th

City supports county’s effort to boost Bishop corridor

February 19, 2014

With an eye toward further economic development of the North Sierra Highway corridor, the Bishop City Council recently approved Inyo County’s request for city partnership in applying for a $750,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.

Inyo Associates look to spring, summer

February 19, 2014

As winter starts winding down, it’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.

LP School District seeking input on use of funding

February 19, 2014

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.

February 17th

DWP halts work at dry lake cultural site

February 17, 2014

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.

State helps fund local road projects

February 17, 2014

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 state’s economy, according to a Jan. 31 Caltrans news release.

High winds cause rollover, hour delays on U.S. Hwy. 395

February 17, 2014

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.

NIH’s Kristin Collins is a doctor without borders

February 17, 2014

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.

Summary and Trail Report Highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s with afternoon cloud cover...
The following are the last of the Bishop results from the June 20-22 Bishop Invitational Swim Meet...
Bishop barrel racer Kayla Inderbieten finished her first go at the National High School Rodeo...

 

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