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November 19th

Eastern Sierra in running for ‘American Pickers’ visit

November 19, 2014

One of the History Channel’s most popular reality shows is coming to California and has its sights set on the Eastern Sierra.
Earlier this week a producer with “American Pickers” contacted Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce Director Tawni Thomson, asking that she spread the word that anyone with a large collection of rare or antique items may have an opportunity to appear on the show.

Schade retiring from Great Basin

November 19, 2014

Longtime Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Officer Ted Schade is scheduled to retire this December, a little more than a month after the announcement that Great Basin and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reached an agreement on dust control on Owens Lake.
Schade started work at Great Basin in 1990 as the senior project manager for work on Owens Lake. In 2004 he was promoted to Air Pollution Control Officer.
Over the years, he has overseen work on Mono Lake and Owens Lake, as well as meeting federal air quality standards in Mammoth Lakes.

Mammoth execs confident of good season

November 19, 2014

Three more ski lifts are opening at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area this week at the start of what the resort – and local businesses dependent upon the visitors it attracts – hope will be a busy season.
The mountain opened to typical fanfare last Thursday, Nov. 13 and the ceremonial first chair banner breakthrough at 8:30 a.m. Mammoth had received a dusting of snow the night before and flurries all morning, adding some fresh powder to a base depth of 12 to 16 inches of natural and manmade snow.

November 18th

Pro Football Weekend Recap

November 18, 2014

Thursday Night Football 11/13

Miami (6-4) 22 vs
Buffalo (5-5) 9
Miami QB Ryan Tannehill threw 2 second half touchdowns to rally a comeback victory over Buffalo. Buffalo was moving the ball up and down the field early, but could not seem to find the end zone to cap drivers. They clung to a 9-3 lead as they kept Miami in check. Tannehill was able to rally his team’s offense to score 19 unanswered points to seal the game and second place in the AFC East.

Houston (5-5) 23 @
Cleveland (6-4) 7

November 17th

Owens Lake deal being called a ‘win-win-win’

November 17, 2014

The City of Los Angeles and the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District made history last week with the approval of a final dust control mitigation plan for Owens Lake that is supported by both agencies.
Last Friday’s agreement puts to rest decades of disputes and back-and-forth negotiations and litigation between the two parties, while ensuring dust control will continue on the lake.

Work begins on Warren St. project

November 17, 2014

City leaders have approved a $1.7 million contract for paving and asphalt work on the Warren Street Improvement Project.
Last Monday, the Bishop City Council awarded the contract to Advanced Asphalt out of Truckee. The contract includes the construction of pavement, sidewalks and drainage. That work, Public Works Director Dave Grah said last week, is scheduled to begin in January, with completion slated for next spring.
“I’m happy to be to this stage,” Grah said. “It’s a big project but the improvements, I expect, will be in place for 100 years or so.”

Bishop Motocross Highlights

November 17, 2014

November 14th

L.A., Great Basin strike Dry Lake accord

November 14, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office announced Friday that the City of Los Angeles and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District have reached an agreement regarding dust mitigation work on Owens Lake.
Currently, the LADWP uses about 25 billion gallons of water annually and has spent $1.3 billion since 2000 to control dust at Owens Lake. That is the equivalent of nearly two months out of every Los Angeles ratepayer’s annual water bill is spent on Owens Lake dust mitigation, including the cost of replacing the water used there.

Olancha solar projects get greenlight

November 14, 2014

Despite protests from audience members and the threat of a lawsuit, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors gave its stamp of approval to an environmental analysis and General Plan amendment that pave the way for a solar project in Southern Inyo.
After lengthy discussion, the board certified a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact for the Munro Valley Solar Project as presented by the Planning Commission, which essentially greenlights the project pending results of an archeological review.

Council OKs Bishop Tourism Improvement District

November 14, 2014

The Bishop City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the Bishop Tourism Improvement District, which will levy a 2 percent tax on local hotels and motels to help attract more tourists to the area.
The City of Bishop will collect the tax and hand the revenue, an estimated $296,000 each year, over to the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The Chamber board will decide how to spend the money, but the majority must be spent on sales and marketing.

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