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July 23rd, 2012

Board OKs $20K in community grants

July 23, 2012

County leaders may be revisiting the criteria they previously established for the award of Inyo’s Community Project Sponsorship Grant Program.
During a discussion about how to dole out $20,000 among 11 applicants, First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius, who helped set the grant funding guidelines, said she was confused about why a three-person review panel chose which projects to fund.
Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant program for the county, said a total of $59,360 was requested for the $20,000 grant cycle.

July 19th

Grand Jury probes Inyo D.A.’s Office

July 19, 2012

Even Inyo County’s Grand Jury, which is charged with investigating “willful or corrupt misconduct in office,” couldn’t get an answer out of District Attorney Art Maillet as to why his office released inappropriate information about his political opponent back in 2010.
According to the 2011-12 Grand Jury Final Report, Maillet declined to answer any questions on the matter, citing private personnel matters in his public office.

Focusing on family literacy

July 19, 2012


Longtime local veterinarian retiring

July 19, 2012

July 30 will be Dr. Carl Lind’s last day at Bishop Veterinary Hospital.
His plans for the future reflect the man close friends like Craig London know. He’s going to watch his grandsons play Bronco football, help kids learn to read and, with his wife Carol, travel with Alaska, Canada and New Orleans high on the itinerary.

July 17th

County Clerk responds to Grand Jury

July 17, 2012

In response to citizen concerns, the 2011-12 Inyo County Grand Jury took a closer look at the process for appointing or electing citizen representation to the more than 30 Special Districts in Inyo County.
In its Final Report, the jury offered tips to County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote on how to improve the election and appointment process in regards to Special Districts. Foote, in her response, said she was only partially responsible for some of the recommendations the Grand Jury made and has already implemented some of their suggestions.

New division chief for CalFire’s OV Camp

July 17, 2012

CalFire San Bernardino Unit Owens Valley Conservation Camp has a veteran firefighter taking the reigns as division chief.
Replacing Chief Bart Chambers, Paul Melendrez began his new position as the head of the local CalFire division last week.
Melendrez steps into the top post from his position as a battalion chief for the CalFire San Bernardino-Inyo-Mono Unit’s Owens Valley Division.
As division chief, Melendrez oversees more than 200 inmate firefighters at the Owens Valley and Fenner Canyon Conservation camps and dozens of state firefighters.

Advocates for local foster children needed

July 17, 2012

Inyo County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate program is in need of a few good men and women.
CASA of the Eastern Sierra, a non-profit collaboration and partnership between Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center and the Inyo and Mono County Superior Courts, is seeking dedicated volunteers to advocate on behalf of foster children trying to navigate the often confusing and frightening dependency court system.
According to program leaders, “CASA volunteers are the bridge between the reality of a foster care or placement existence and a brighter future.”

July 16th

Grand Jury releases report of findings

July 16, 2012

According to the Inyo County Grand Jury Report for 2011-12, local corrections facilities are running smoothly and a consolidated office space for county departments is a good idea.

Realtors briefed on state sign laws

July 16, 2012

A sweep removing illegally placed signs in Caltrans rights-of-way has started a movement to amend state law and, hopefully, boost the struggling economy.
The Bishop Listing Service, a coalition of local Realtors, recently experienced a mass disappearance of “For Sale” and “Open House” signs from state highway rights-of-way.

Bishop school board deals with $820K deficit

July 16, 2012

In a universal era of belt tightening, the Bishop Unified School District will be working with a budget that reflects an $820,647 difference between income and expenses, and not to the good.
The money picture was not entirely without some good news. Due to the focus of recent money-raising efforts, instructional aides for grades K-5 will be reinstated, at least for this school year.


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