Archive - 2014 - News Article
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.
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.
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 âhas been up to,â including local and Southern California events, a new hiking publication, an international TV spot and upcoming public mixers and meetings.
MARCH 1 âââ Like a lot of residents, Iâm perplexed by the actions of the Inyo County Planning Commission this week. More than that, Iâm outraged.
Iâve observed and reported on local government and its agents for the past 14 years. What Iâve 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 officialsâ behalf and pass it on in the form of a policy recommendation.
The public comments from some of the 70-plus residents present at Wednesdayâs 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 Departmentâs request for approval to send the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the county Board of Supervisors for adoption.
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 Symonsâ local roots and passion for the community made her a perfect candidate for the position of Fairgrounds CEO.
Bishopâs First United Methodist Church is inviting residents to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of its numerous social services programs.
The churchâs 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 â via a silent and live auction and any additional donations collected â will assist FUMC in its efforts to provide aid to vulnerable community members.
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 Californiaâs population, approximately 10 million people, he explained.
Cooler temps and cloudy skies forecast for this weekend â after weeks of unseasonably warm weather two months into the Eastern Sierra new year â could be a blessing in disguise for anyone planning to take advantage of the Southern Inyo Early Trout Opener.
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.