Archive - Mar 2014 - News Article
The elderly gentlemanâs eyes sparkle a bit while a smile crosses his lips as he talks about moving carefully over the barbed wire fence under the cover of darkness, being careful not to drop his homemade fishing pole and tackle. He relates how he and other fisherman were sneaking out of the Manzanar War Relocation Center so they could breathe the fresh, free air of the towering Sierra Nevada mountains and enjoy the simple pleasures that come from fishing for trout in high country streams and lakes.Â
Six years ago, the sound of construction came to a stop in the city of Bishop. With the U.S. economy slipping into recession, general contractors found themselves sitting on their hands as money stopped circulating. âThere was not a lot of work and a lot of contractors were going out of business,â said Dan Stone, a co-founder of the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
In a plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorneyâs Office, resident Howard Walters pleaded guilty to one charge of misdemeanor vandalism and was ordered to pay $3,823 in restitution to the Bureau of Land Management after he damaged a cultural site in the Chalfant area.
Law enforcement rangers and archaeological staff from the BLM Bishop Field Office opened an investigation into the damage of a cultural resource site in the Chalfant Valley in January after rangers received a report of a man digging in the area.
The economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots are significant â as long as access to those areas is preserved.
A recent report released by the National Park Service concludes that, nationwide, the countryâs parks have contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. A separate report suggests that 2013âs numbers will tell a different story due to the 16-day government shutdown in October.
Community members have invested more than just time and labor in planning this Saturdayâs Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night.
Numerous individuals, families and business owners have donated approximately $10,000 worth of products, services and other auction items in an effort to help United Methodist Church re-invest those donations back into the community.
Live and silent auctions will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Methodist Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Appetizers, dessert and beverages will be served at no charge.
As Bishop officials continue to weigh the Administrative Office of the Courtsâ proposal to build a court facility on municipal property behind City Hall, the public response so far has been overwhelmingly negative.
The actual plans for the new Inyo County courthouse in Bishop are still on hold, meanwhile, pending necessary documentation.
Inyo Countyâs hometown newspaper will be heading into its 144th year with a new leader at the helm.
Rena Mlodecki has been appointed the new CEO/publisher of the Register effective March 3. She brings with her 36 years of experience in the newspaper industry, along with a commitment to excellence deeply rooted in the values of community journalism.
Mlodecki is settling in and enjoying getting to know both the area and its people.
âI am pleased to already have met a very friendly variety of business owners and residents,â she said.
âWho is Alice Piperâ is the question driving the Big Pine Unified School District and Big Pine Paiute Tribe in the effort to raise funds for a statute honoring the Paiute from Fish Lake Valley.
The life-size statue, designed by Matt Glenn of Big Statues in Provo, Utah from a sketch done by Robert Guiteriez, will be placed on the front lawn of the Big Pine High School, surrounded by a garden area and seating.
Cerro Coso Bishop campusâ hallway was packed on Tuesday with Inyo and Mono county educators, local officials, students and other community members at a reception for University of Nevada at Reno staff in a celebration of the Inyo-Mono Promise.
Long-term employees were recently recognized by Northern Inyo Hospital during an annual event meant to honor those recording milestone years with the healthcare facility.
NIH hosted a breakfast celebration at the Tallman Pavilion at the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop on Feb. 13, honoring 61 employees for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 35 and 40 years of service to the hospital district.