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March 3rd

Manzanar Committee denounces county plan

March 3, 2014

With the Inyo County Board of Supervisors scheduled to make a final ruling on the controversial proposed Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment at its Tuesday, March 18 meeting, a number of community members and organizations are publicly opposing the amendment.

CalFire: burn while you can

March 3, 2014

Recent storms that washed through the Owens Valley provided as much as a half inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain on the Owens Valley floor and 36-48 inches of snow in the Mammoth area.
That was enough moisture for state fire officials to lift a burn suspension that has been in place since the beginning of the year.
CalFire Public Information Officer Elizabeth Brown said Monday the burn suspension was lifted in both Inyo and San Bernardino counties as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. The burn suspension in Mono County was lifted in January.

Bishop Chamber visits, promotional efforts steady

March 3, 2014

From the perspective of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the current drought has had little impact on visitation or local events and promotions.
At the Feb. 24 City Council meeting, Chamber Executive Director Tawni Thomson painted an optimistic picture of what the agency “has been up to,” including local and Southern California events, a new hiking publication, an international TV spot and upcoming public mixers and meetings.

March 2nd

Op-Ed: Why is the county ignoring its constituents?

March 2, 2014

MARCH 1 ––– Like a lot of residents, I’m perplexed by the actions of the Inyo County Planning Commission this week. More than that, I’m outraged.
I’ve observed and reported on local government and its agents for the past 14 years. What I’ve witnessed, for the most part, is democracy in action: citizens providing guidance to their elected leaders or volunteers appointed to digest that input on the elected officials’ behalf and pass it on in the form of a policy recommendation.

February 28th

Development plan closer to adoption

February 28, 2014

The public comments from some of the 70-plus residents present at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting in Independence showed overwhelming disapproval of the draft General Plan amendment on renewable energy.
All but one of the 32 speakers offering public comments over three hours strongly opposed the Inyo County
Planning Department’s request for approval to send the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the county Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Match made in heaven

February 28, 2014

Newly appointed Fairgrounds CEO Sally Symons, a longtime community volunteer, is preparing to begin work at the fairgrounds this Monday.
Symons is a Bishop native who has volunteered her time to do everything from serve on civic boards and committees, to mentor local youngsters interested in agriculture. Now, she said she is looking forward to earning a living doing the things she has always volunteered to do.
Tri-County Fair Board President Maria Kemp said the board felt Symons’ local roots and passion for the community made her a perfect candidate for the position of Fairgrounds CEO.

Event to raise funds for social services

February 28, 2014

Bishop’s First United Methodist Church is inviting residents to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of its numerous social services programs.
The church’s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the FUMC Community Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Proceeds from the evening – via a silent and live auction and any additional donations collected – will assist FUMC in its efforts to provide aid to vulnerable community members.

February 26th

NIH’s Ungersma to serve on statewide hospital board

February 26, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors board member Dr. John Ungersma recently began a three-year term as treasurer of the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
In a recent news release, the ACHD Board of Directors said it is pleased to make the announcement. Ungersma said he is also very pleased to accept the position of treasurer for this prestigious organization. ACHD is an association of 77 state healthcare districts that serve 10 percent of California’s population, approximately 10 million people, he explained.

Southern Inyo waters open for fishing Saturday

February 26, 2014

Cooler temps and cloudy skies forecast for this weekend – after weeks of unseasonably warm weather two months into the Eastern Sierra new year – could be a blessing in disguise for anyone planning to take advantage of the Southern Inyo Early Trout Opener.

Changes coming to landfills

February 26, 2014

Local leaders are re-designing the way Inyo County Integrated Waste does business in an effort to close a $300,000 budget gap and meet state mandates for waste diversion and recycling.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve a temporary transfer of two equipment operators from the Solid Waste Department to the Road Department to fill two equipment operator vacancies.
According to Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty, this move will save the Solid Waste Department about $160,000 a year in salaries without the county having to lay off any employees.

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