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January 9th, 2015

County takes a look at code enforcement

January 9, 2015

Local leaders have approved a new policy that relies on residents to be the eyes and ears of local departments charged with enforcing building, electrical and planning codes.
Inyo County voted Tuesday to enact Title 22, which amends Inyo County codes, at its meeting on Tuesday.
According to the Inyo County Planning Department, the new ordinance approved this week provides a comprehensive, countywide guideline for processing code violations, which could be anything from remodeling without a permit to illegally operating a home business.

Unseated incumbents seeking appointment to City Council

January 9, 2015

City Council will convene Monday night to appoint a member to former councilman Dave Stottlemyre’s empty seat. The vacancy comes by way of Stottlemyre being elected as Inyo County auditor.
Due to budget concerns expressed by members, City Council has chosen to appoint a new member to the seat rather than hold a special election.
In regards to the decision against holding a special election, Mayor Pat Gardner said, “It was the recommendation of the administrator (Jim Tatum) that it would strain the budget if we decided to go that way.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month. Obama administration officials are not providing any details about the proposal to give every American student two years of community college for free... no word on where the money would come to pay for it.

January 7th

Search is on for new deputy CAO

January 7, 2015

Inyo County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio is in the market for a new Number 2, as current Deputy CAO Pam Foster (formerly Hennarty) plans to resign Dec. 15.
Foster is planning to take a position as Inyo County Superior Court’s Executive Officer of the Courts, meaning the county will need to find a new manager to oversee the Parks and Recreation and Integrated Solid Waste departments and oversee several other projects and programs.
The CAO’s office is authorized to employ a Deputy CAO and a Senior CAO or Assistant CAO.

Bishop will have a health food store

January 7, 2015

“Coming Soon” read the sign on the store front window at 192 W. Line St., Bishop. What was to be shortly arriving to the former Holmes Health Haven location was the question.
Blue Lupine Health Goods, another health food store, is the answer.
After Holmes Health Haven closed its doors in the summer of 2014, longtime employee Gale Lober went to work revamping the store in her own image.

Personnel changes at IR

January 7, 2015

Some positive changes have been taking place in The Inyo Register’s newsroom, culminating in the hire of a new general assignment reporter.
Justin Hoover, 32, has officially joined the Register news team, which this past winter has consisted of only senior reporter Mike Gervais and editor Darcy Ellis.
As always, the small staff will share and rotate “beats” and assignments when necessary, but Hoover will be covering some specific news areas: issues and projects related to the City of Bishop, Northern Inyo Hospital, law enforcement, education, outdoor recreation and new businesses.

January 5th

Eastern Sierra loses an icon

January 5, 2015

Benett Kessler, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Eastern Sierra for a generation, has died. She was 65.
Kessler died Jan. 2 in Northern Inyo Hospital after battling cancer for more than three years, her close friend Scott Clark, a physician at the Bishop facility, said.
Kessler, the majority owner of Sierra Broadcasters, LLC in Independence, was a daily presence in Owens Valley and Mono County homes, delivering news reports and opinion pieces on television, radio, online and in print for 38 years about the most controversial issues in the region.

Great Basin breathing easier

January 5, 2015

Last year ended on a high note for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, which received word Dec. 31 that dust mitigation on Owens Lake should be completed in the next two years.
Sacramento Superior Court issued a stipulated judgement against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuit that claims that dust mitigation is a waste of water that requires dust mitigation work to be completed.

There’s a new undersheriff in town

January 5, 2015

Longtime Inyo County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Hollowell has been promoted to Inyo County Undersheiff.
Hollowell was sworn in by Sheriff Bill Lutze Monday, and immediately began work in his new position.
With years of experience with the Sheriff’s Department, Lutze said Monday that Hollowell was the obvious choice to fill the shoes of Keith Hardcastle, who retired as undersheriff at the end of last month.
As undersheriff, Lutze said Hollowell is the number two man in the department, responsible for overseeing virtually all aspects of the operation, from budgeting to personnel matters.

Pro Football Playoff Previews and Predictions

January 5, 2015

Next Week’s Matchups:
Dallas @ Green Bay
What to watch for:
Dallas will travel to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and their dynamic offense. Green Bay has not lost at Lambeau Field yet this year. Dallas matches up well with Green Bay because they have a strong running game that can keep the clock running and keep the ball out of Green Bay’s hands. The weather might get the best out of Dallas as it is likely to be extremely cold. Green Bay’s offense will be looking to feast on a weak Dallas secondary.
Pick: Green Bay 31-24

Carolina @ Seattle
What to watch for:

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