Archive - 2014 - News Article
Eastern Sierra Land Trust ended 2013 and kicked off the new year with a new addition to its collection of preserved wild spaces in the Eastern Sierra.
In the final days of 2013, ESLT accepted what it is calling a â€śvery generous giftâ€ť fromÂ the David and Elva Sinai Foundation. The group donated an important, 40-acre conservation property along Green Creek, in the hills south of Bridgeport.
Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance has begun offering yet another service to residents fighting cancer.
ESBCA has formed a support group as part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial as well as emotional support to all cancer patients.
The first session was offered in December. Dubbed the ESBCA Coffee Â & Cream Cancer Support Group Conversation, the meetings are being offered monthly from 9-11 a.m. at Jacks Restaurant in Bishop. The next session is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3.
With federal officials proposing more endangered species listings for threatened animals in Inyo County, local leaders are concerned that the feds are ignoring impacts on local communities.
Federal officials are moving forward with plans to designate thousands of acres of Inyo Countyâ€™s backcountry as critical habitat for the mountain yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad. On Tuesday, local leaders are expressed â€śdeep concernâ€ť about another plan to add dozens of animals to the federal Endangered Species list.
Inyo County residents have an opportunity to see a world-renowned piano solo prodigy at the next offering of the 2013-14 Community Concert Season.
Umi Garrett will be performing live at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Bishop Union High School auditorium.
Garrett began playing piano when she was four years old. By age 8, she made an appearance on NBCâ€™s â€śThe Ellen DeGeneres Show. By 9, she rleased her first album and she hasnâ€™t looked back.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine brought it to the attention of the City Council at its Jan. 13 meeting that, with the exception of all-electric homes, all homes are required to have properly installed and maintained carbon monoxide detectors.
Bishop native Sky Mote, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines, was posthumously awarded one of the Marine Corps highest honor, the Navy Cross, last week for his heroic actions and sacrifice in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Marine Corps, Mote, 27, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded during an â€śinsider attackâ€ť . Despite his wounds, he â€śexposed himself to more gunfire in an attempt to draw attention away from his fellow Marines and distract the shooter.â€ť
A recent Earth to Sky Calculus research balloon flight provided panoramic visuals of the effects of the drought plaguing the Sierraâ€™s natural environment and local communities.
On Jan. 8, Bishop Union High School student members of the Earth to Sky science club launched a balloon into the stratosphere â€śto investigate a solar radiation storm.Â At the apex of the flight we took some beautiful pictures of the Sierra, which look remarkably brown for this time in year because of the severe drought,â€ť club advisor Dr. Tony Phillips said.
City Council, the City of Bishop and Administrative Office of the Courts staff are making some headway on plans for a new Inyo County Court Building to be located near City Hall.
With a potential site selected and several preliminary studies begun, construction of the proposed building could begin during the first quarter of 2017, said AOC Office of Court Construction and Management staff at their first-ever presentation to City Council on Jan. 13.
Bishopâ€™s elected officials are considering leaving primetime.
The City Council has proposed changing its meeting times from the evening to the afternoons as part of yet another cost-saving measure.
â€śItâ€™s just one of many things we are discussing, looking at ways to save money,â€ť said Councilman David Stottlemyre, who floated the idea at the councilâ€™s Dec. 11 budget workshop.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of drought emergency for California Friday, asking residents to cut their water use by at least 20 percent.
Locally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Inyo and Mono are among dozens of California and Nevada counties that have been designated primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the affected counties qualify for natural disaster assistance as of Jan. 15.