Archive - News Article
April 1st, 2013
Spring has sprung and with warmer temperatures and longer days come some hazards for recreators.
Local officials are warning of avalanche danger in higher elevations caused by melting snowpack and of fire hazards in the Owens Valley caused by a drier-than-normal conditions.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine conducted a live fire training exercise just east of Bishop Saturday morning and said dry conditions on the valley floor are something residents should be aware and cautious of.
The investigation into the theft of six priceless artifacts chiseled from the rocks of a local petroglyph site continues, as the pieces of ancient artwork sit in evidence storage at the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM Field Manager Bernadette Lovato said last week that no official plans have been made for the six petroglyph panels that were stolen late last year and anonymously returned in late January.
‚ÄúFor now, they have to stay in evidence, and there‚Äôs not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,‚ÄĚ Lovato said. ‚ÄúThen we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.‚ÄĚ
A new state bill has been introduced to combat the devastating effects of impending Medi-Cal cuts on small rural skilled nursing facilities and the community is being called upon to spring into immediate action to support it.
The California Hospital Association continues to challenge implementation of AB97‚Äôs ‚Äúdevastating‚ÄĚ Medi-Cal cuts which affect rural long-term care patients as well as the districts and facilities that serve them, including Southern Inyo Hospital and its Skilled Nursing Unit.
The Inyo County District Attorney‚Äôs Office announced this week it is taking over the Bishop Police Department‚Äôs investigation of alleged embezzlement at Health and Human Services.
Police Chief Chris Carter has turned the case over to D.A. Art Maillet after a 2.5-month investigation. The chief has also informed the D.A. that his department will go no further with the investigation ‚Äúdue to the lack of resources.‚ÄĚ
With ongoing litigation tying up the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power‚Äôs mitigation work on Owens Lake, the utility is hoping to take the initiative and develop a long-term solution to dust blowing off the lake.
The LADWP issued a statement earlier this week telling members of the Owens Lake Master Plan Committee that it will begin working on a project design that would incorporate elements that it hopes will meet the needs and goals of each member agency.
Text messaging and talking on cell phones have proven to be as dangerous as drunk driving and local law enforcement will be cracking down on both this coming month.
The Bishop Police Department is joining the nationwide Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign starting April 1. BPD will show ‚Äúzero tolerance‚ÄĚ to drivers who put themselves and others at risk by texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Chief Chris Carter.
There is light at the end of a tunnel for a City of Bishop Public Works project that will renovate an intersection which has been the site of a higher-than-average number of collisions over the years.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvements Project is intended to reconfigure the Wye Road-North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, which lies west of the Kmart/Vons area, thereby creating a throughway that is more clearly and safely navigable.
Inyo County is on the road to adventure now that planning efforts for a dual-use on- and off-road network are awaiting approval from state and local agencies.
The Adventure Trails map is currently in the hands of county road planners, the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Once those agencies sign off on the proposal, project proponents will seek community input before beginning implementation.
The daughter of an early civil rights activist will be honored for her father‚Äôs contributions in that field as well as her own at this year‚Äôs Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Civil rights advocate Karen Korematsu will be the featured speaker at the 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage at noon on Saturday, April 27. She is also a co-founder of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, which was named after her father who challenged the 1942 U.S. government internment order and was later integral in establishing an act that attempted to remedy that wrong.
Lone Pine resident Chris Langley will continue to serve as the Inyo County film commissioner for at least another year.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a long-term contract with Langley that allows him to continue work he‚Äôs been doing on the county‚Äôs behalf for five years ‚Äď and get paid for it.
Langley‚Äôs new contract will run from April 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014 in an amount not to exceed $71,975.