Archive - 2014 - News Article
Everyone in Inyo County is aware that Bishop is celebrating Mule Days this week with traditional rodeo events, food and lots of family fun. What many residents may not know, however, is that many Mule Days activities are free and open to all.
Mule Days officially kicks off today with morning and afternoon shows in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena, shops and vendors selling wares at the fairgrounds and demonstrations from veteran cowboys and cowgirls.
Home Street Middle Schoolâ€™s music students earned a huge victory May 2 in Placentia and Anaheim, earning top honors in a competition against 40 other schools from across the U.S.
The schoolâ€™s jazz band and the concert band each won the title of Best Overall Junior High/Middle School band at the May 2 Music in the Parks competition in Placentia. Awards ceremonies were held at Disneyland.
Home street students competed in the single A category, which includes schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. However, there were a number of Double A schools competing.
The Bishop Unified School Districtâ€™s trustees were unanimous in their support of Career Choices as a requirement for incoming freshman, but split on the future of geography as a required course.
The trustees voted 3-2 on the motion made by Trina Orrill to replace geography with Career Choices but keep geography in the curriculum as a one-semester elective.
The decision was made at Thursdayâ€™s Board of Trustees meeting after a debate that picked up where it left off at the special meeting held Monday.
Inyo County and Caltrans are partnering to apply for state funds to improve pedestrian safety and promote foot travel in three local communities.
Local leaders hope to harness more than $4.5 million in state Active Transportation Program grants to build sidewalks adjacent to U.S. Highway 395 in Lone Pine and Bishop, and to build a bike lane in Big Pine.
Granicus, the computer program city officials mentioned earlier this year during deliberations about whether to move nighttime council meetings to the afternoon, will soon be up and running on the City of Bishop website.
After at least seven months of discussions and even demonstrations and training sessions from Granicus representatives, the council unanimously approved spending $16,198 in start-up costs and $10,188 a year over at least the next three years to add the web-based program to city operations. The program will be launched in late August or early September.
Inyo County has taken one more step towards the construction of a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
On Tuesday, the board approved plans and specifications and declared that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment before authorizing Public Works Director Clint Quilter to seek bids for the construction project.
The proposed animal shelter will be located just west of the existing shelter, a converted dairy barn that was built in the 1920s, on County Road in Big Pine.
In the field on Home Street, where Bishop Creek runs through town, some of Mr. Hollandâ€™s sixth-grade science class from Home Street Elementary school could be seen holding cut up milk cartons, nets, tape measures, charts and other tools recently.
For the past 12 years Co-Coordinators of the Eastern Sierra Watershed Project Katie Quinlin and Leigh Parmentor, along with volunteer docents, have been helping to educate many elementary school children with the watershed project, giving students a chance to see their home in the Owens Valley as a living laboratory.
Clean minded Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Bishop hit the road last month to help clean up the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395 by Millk Creek, just south of the Pine Creek turn-off.
The work crew was assigned two miles of the highway on Tuesday, April 29, and collected several bags of trash.Â
The Bishop Club has participated in this project for almost 20 years.Â Robert Atlee, who is in charge of the clean-up project this year, Josh Ingram, DeEtte Johnston, Corene Seaver and Andria Witmer all volunteered their time to clean the highway.Â
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be pumping approximately 65,000 acre-feet during the 2014 runoff year.
The figure represents nearly half the volume â€“ 134,411 acre-feet â€“ that the Inyo-L.A. Long Term Water Agreement identifies as being available for pumping. Runoff for this year is forecast to be 42 or 43 percent of normal, down from last yearâ€™s forecast of 46 percent of normal when LADWP pumped about 70,000 acre-feet of groundwater. The utility pumped 88,681 acre-feet in 2012-13.
The Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department is seeking information that could tell investigators how a fetus ended up in the Rovana Sewer Ponds last week.
According to Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Lieutenant Jeff Hollowell, an employee working at the sewer ponds noticed the tiny remains on Friday, May 9 and notified law enforcement.
Deputy Coroner Bill Stinnett said a pathologist has examined the fetus and determined it was between 12 and 18 weeks old.