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May 28th

Vendor facing criminal charges

May 28, 2014

A vendor at Bishop Mule Days ran afoul of local game wardens – and California state law – over the weekend when he tried to sell a conscientious citizen a necklace made of bear claws.
Because the sale of any type of bear parts from any type of bear is illegal in California, the vendor, a local man, could face either misdemeanor or felony charges. Whether charges are filed at all, and at what level, will be determined by the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

May 23rd

County working with courts on new Indy facility

May 23, 2014

Inyo County is attempting to push the state of California and Administrative Offices of the Courts through a quagmire of bureaucracy in an effort get a new court facility built in Independence.
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the AOC that will facilitate lease negotiations for a piece of county property near the jail in Independence to be used for the new courthouse.

City, school district team up on sports project

May 23, 2014

City officials are teaming with the Bishop Unified School District to enable more sporting opportunities for the community and enhance the existing City Park campus.
In the next week or two, the city will be opening a public comment period for an environmental analysis of plans to construct a multi-use sports field on the long-vacant lot south of the Bishop Senior Center and east of the existing park.

Local lifesavers complete week-long training

May 23, 2014

Last Wednesday, a group of Inyo County Search and Rescue members finished up a seven-day training exercise on the Birdie Cracks off Chalk Bluff Road north of Bishop. The task at hand: lowering a litter down the side of the mountain, with the help of ropes and guide lines.

Popular teacher’s dismissal causes uproar among graduating seniors

May 23, 2014

Students at Bishop High School have rallied around teacher Zack Quintana since the graphic design/multi-media teacher was let go Tuesday. At this point, realizing they can’t undo what’s already happened, the hope of the most active students is that at least their teacher will be able to attend graduation.
The details of the firing are from Quintana’s perspective. As a Regional Occupation Program teacher, the Inyo County Office of Education does the hiring, the vetting and the firing. School administrators cannot speak to personnel matters. Administrators are standing by their decision.

Inyo County a future transmission corridor?

May 23, 2014

Local leaders met Tuesday to discuss transmission corridor planning in Inyo County that could impact renewable energy development in the Owens Valley and other parts of Inyo.
Over the years, the Owens Valley has been targeted for a number of transmission corridors that would transmit solar and wind energy from areas as far north as Oregon and Washington, to reaches as far south as Los Angeles.

May 21st

Jazz comes West for Concert in the Rocks

May 21, 2014

Jazz is coming out west early next month for the Lone Pine Film History Museum’s annual Concert in the Rocks fundraiser, featuring world renowned jazz pianist Monty Alexander.
Joining Alexander for the benefit will be Hassan Shakur on bass and Jeff Hamilton on drums, with guests Frank Vignola on guitar and singer Allan Harris.
Each June, the scenic Lone Ranger Canyon in the Alabama Hills is transformed into an “under the stars” venue for hosting the annual “Concert in the Rocks.”

Sage grouse meetings pushed back to May 28-29

May 21, 2014

Federal Fish and Wildlife authorities have rescheduled two public hearings on a proposal to designate the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of the greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the comment period for the Sage Grouse proposal for 60 days, making the deadline June 9. According to USFWS Deputy State Supervisor for Nevada Carolyn Swed, the new hearing schedules were set to give residents more time to review information and make informed comments on the proposal.

Memorial Day craft fair coming to City Park

May 21, 2014

Mule Days isn’t the only hub of activity in Bishop this week, thanks to the Inyo Council for the Arts and its popular, bi-annual Arts and Crafts Fair in the Bishop City Park.
With everything from photography and other fine arts, to edibles like homemade brittle, jams and jellies, the Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair is a must for residents and visitors enjoying Mule Days or a long fishing weekend alike.
According to ICA Director Lynn Cooper, the event includes 135 vendors and food booths from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.

June Mtn. wants to drill test wells for future snowmaking

May 21, 2014

Officials at June Mountain are hoping to extend the season by accessing groundwater under the ski resort.
The Inyo National Forest has received a proposal from June Mountain Ski Area to drill three or four test wells to see if the mountain has enough water in the ground to blow more snow next season.

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