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February 17th, 2014

DWP halts work at dry lake cultural site

February 17, 2014

Efforts to preserve a culturally sensitive site on Owens Lake have resulted in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agreeing to halt work on the site for the next week.
Between now and Feb. 24, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the LADWP will work to determine if the site should be considered culturally sensitive and reviewed by a cultural resources task force that was created by an agreement between the two agencies last year.

State helps fund local road projects

February 17, 2014

Inyo County and the City of Bishop will benefit from newly-allocated California Transportation Commission funds which will allow several Public Works projects to move forward.
The CTC recently allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects aimed at improving infrastructure such as highways, bridges and passenger rail, while also strengthening the state’s economy, according to a Jan. 31 Caltrans news release.

High winds cause rollover, hour delays on U.S. Hwy. 395

February 17, 2014

High winds on U.S. Highway 395 caused one big rig rollover that prompted the California Highway Patrol to begin escorting vehicles along the main corridor over the weekend.
While conducting escorts, the winds were so strong that one officer reported blowing rocks and sand broke the window of his patrol vehicle Saturday.
According to a press release, the CHP received reports of a single-vehicle big rig rollover about a quarter-mile north of State Route 167 north of Lee Vining at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.

NIH’s Kristin Collins is a doctor without borders

February 17, 2014

Northern Inyo Hospital Dr. Kristin Collins has returned from Haiti with a continued passion for the service and rewards she experiences from practicing pediatric medicine abroad.
Like Bishop, Deschapelles, Haiti is a small town nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. Like Bishop, the wide-spread population depends heavily on its rural hospital. Deschapelles is home to Hospital Albert Schweitzer where Collins spent May 2013 giving of her medical skill set and learning more about how to upgrade medical care in simple but profoundly effective ways.

Significant Details: It's too easy

February 17, 2014

PUBLISHED FEB. 15, 2014 –– Taking potshots at the Olympics is easier than having Ole Einar Bjoerndalen shoot fish in a barrel. Actually, since he’s the 10K Sprint Biathlon gold-medalist from Norway, it’s more like shooting pickled herring in a hot tub. Which would look like fish soup.

February 14th

Fair on look-out for new CEO

February 14, 2014

The Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds is looking for a new boss.
The Tri-County Fair 18th District Agricultural Association Board of Directors will meet at noon Wednesday, Feb. 19 to consider, among other things, selection of a new CEO.
Interim Fair CEO Sam Dean said this week that the board has not actually made the decision to hire a new leader for the fairgrounds, and will have to check its finances before any final decision is made.
What the board will be doing next week is interviewing two final candidates who have applied for the position.

Honoring Alice Piper

February 14, 2014

Ninety years ago, a 15-year old Native American girl from Fish Lake Valley took an important step toward access to quality education. Alice Piper and six unnamed co-plaintiffs sued the Big Pine School District and prevailed in the California Supreme Court.
While the court’s judgment stopped short of abolishing the concept of “separate but equal,” the case is considered a precedent for the United States Supreme Court decision that did, Brown v Board of Education.

Sheriff’s Office launches crime data webpage

February 14, 2014

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office took steps this week to simultaneously reduce costs and provide the public with easier access to current crime-related information.
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office launched a new, online Citizen RIMS program that can be accessed by anyone, anywhere looking for information from the department, freeing staff from having to process those requests over the phone or in person.

Every little bit helps boost local disabled athletes

February 14, 2014

On behalf of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, Bishop’s Independent Living Center Bowling Team recently accepted a donation from Happy Hoods founder Carri Coudek.
Through the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market sales of her anti-bullying Happy Hoods program gear, Coudek raised enough funds to donate $20 to DSES on Feb. 6 at the Back Alley, 649 N. Main St., where the United Methodist Church Social Services team meets twice-weekly. Since Happy Hoods was founded in 2012, Coudek has routinely donated to various local causes $1 for each smiley-face, anti-bullying hoodie she sells.

February 13th

Significant Details: The Little Things

February 13, 2014

FEB. 8, 2013 –– There’s a sappy little saying that assures us “it’s the little things in life that count.” Well, here are some little things that are annoying, amusing and befuddling, especially if you’re getting grumpy about getting older.
It’s not reassuring when you walk into an antique store and your first thought is, “Gee, I didn’t realize all my kitchen utensils and equipment are worth so much money.”

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