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May 30th, 2014

Public comment period on sage grouse plan coming to a close

May 30, 2014

About a dozen Eastern Sierra residents, representing both Inyo and Mono counties, attended the final public hearing on a proposal to list the bi-state distinct population of sage grouse as threatened and create nearly 2 million acres of critical habitat to help the bird recover.
Despite the sparse turnout, two local leaders, Mono County Supervisors Larry Johnston and First District Inyo County Supervisor Linda Arcularius, spoke on the matter.
Thursday’s meeting was the final public hearing on the proposed sage grouse designations. The deadline for comments is June 9.

Bishop Chamber working to leverage upcoming visits

May 30, 2014

Visitation is on the rise in Bishop, with current numbers set to eclipse a record set in 2006.
It’s a trend the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau hopes to maintain over the next few weeks, not just for Bishop but for the entire Eastern Sierra as two major events bring hundreds of travelers and potential media exposure to the area.

May 29th

End of the road

May 29, 2014

After more than two decades, and with a heavy heart, Randy Gillespie announced this week he will be closing his ATV and motorcycle sales and repair business.
Located at 174 S. Main St., Bishop, Golden State Cycle has been an institution in the local motorsports scene.
For 14 years, from 1995 to 2008, Golden State Cycle sponsored the Bishop Arenacross every summer at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, and more recently, through Gillespie, has been a supporter of the Eastern Sierra Adventure Trails System.

May 28th

Dist. 1 candidates address the issues

May 28, 2014

With exactly a week to go before election day, candidates for District 1 Supervisor gathered at the Bishop Senior Center Tuesday to face constituents and answer questions about county and district-specific issues.
Tuesday’s Candidate’s Forum, hosted by the Independence Civic Club and The Inyo Register with help from Blogging Bishop owner Dee Younger, included four prepared questions about county-wide issues, and 10 questions from constituents. (Read about the Q&A in Saturday’s edition of The Inyo Register.)

Vendor facing criminal charges

May 28, 2014

A vendor at Bishop Mule Days ran afoul of local game wardens – and California state law – over the weekend when he tried to sell a conscientious citizen a necklace made of bear claws.
Because the sale of any type of bear parts from any type of bear is illegal in California, the vendor, a local man, could face either misdemeanor or felony charges. Whether charges are filed at all, and at what level, will be determined by the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office.

May 23rd

County working with courts on new Indy facility

May 23, 2014

Inyo County is attempting to push the state of California and Administrative Offices of the Courts through a quagmire of bureaucracy in an effort get a new court facility built in Independence.
Earlier this month, the Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the AOC that will facilitate lease negotiations for a piece of county property near the jail in Independence to be used for the new courthouse.

City, school district team up on sports project

May 23, 2014

City officials are teaming with the Bishop Unified School District to enable more sporting opportunities for the community and enhance the existing City Park campus.
In the next week or two, the city will be opening a public comment period for an environmental analysis of plans to construct a multi-use sports field on the long-vacant lot south of the Bishop Senior Center and east of the existing park.

Local lifesavers complete week-long training

May 23, 2014

Last Wednesday, a group of Inyo County Search and Rescue members finished up a seven-day training exercise on the Birdie Cracks off Chalk Bluff Road north of Bishop. The task at hand: lowering a litter down the side of the mountain, with the help of ropes and guide lines.

Popular teacher’s dismissal causes uproar among graduating seniors

May 23, 2014

Students at Bishop High School have rallied around teacher Zack Quintana since the graphic design/multi-media teacher was let go Tuesday. At this point, realizing they can’t undo what’s already happened, the hope of the most active students is that at least their teacher will be able to attend graduation.
The details of the firing are from Quintana’s perspective. As a Regional Occupation Program teacher, the Inyo County Office of Education does the hiring, the vetting and the firing. School administrators cannot speak to personnel matters. Administrators are standing by their decision.

Inyo County a future transmission corridor?

May 23, 2014

Local leaders met Tuesday to discuss transmission corridor planning in Inyo County that could impact renewable energy development in the Owens Valley and other parts of Inyo.
Over the years, the Owens Valley has been targeted for a number of transmission corridors that would transmit solar and wind energy from areas as far north as Oregon and Washington, to reaches as far south as Los Angeles.

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