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January 28th, 2013
As the state moves forward with its Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, local officials fear Inyo is identified mostly as a mitigation area for projects in other counties rather than its potential for solar, wind and geothermal energy potential.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors, last week, reviewed seven alternatives that have been developed for the DRECP, which identifies areas throughout the West that are suitable for renewable energy projects along with areas that are suitable for mitigation projects associated with large-scale renewable energy projects.
In a show of force, nearly 100 local, state and federal firefighters responded to a blaze southeast of Bishop this weekend to ensure high winds didnât drive the fire into local communities.
According to CalFire, the lead agency on the blaze, the fire broke out at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday south of Warm Springs Road and east of the Owens River.
CalFire Forester Glenn Barley said the cause of the 15-acre Spring Fire is still under investigation.
âThe fire was burning in medium brush with strong, 18 mile per hour winds, and low humidity (13 percent) helping to spread the flames,â Barley said.
Eastern Sierra health officials regard a recent tobacco survey as both flawed in areas and, in others, as indicative of changes for which to strive.
Both Inyo and Mono counties and the City of Bishop received overall F grades in all three categories of the American Lung Associationâs State of Tobacco Control 2013 â California Local Grades report. Mammoth Lakes fared better with an overall C, having failed in only one of the categories.
Police Chief Chris Carter has identified âa person of interestâ in the investigation into the theft of public funds from the Bishop welfare office.
According to Carter, his officers and the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office executed a search warrant at 8:30 a.m. Friday morning at the home of Dondee Rossy, 46.
He said Rossy was not arrested as a result of the search warrantâs execution, nor have any charges been filed against her at this time.
As the Bishop Police Department continues investigating allegations that a county employee embezzled taxpayer money from the local Health and Human Services welfare office, county officials refuse to comment on the employeeâs current employment status with the county.
County Counsel Randy Keller said Friday that he will not discuss if any action has been taken at the county level, citing Section 3.12 of the county personnel rules and regulations, which he says prohibits him from disclosing personnel information.
Local law enforcement launched dual investigations early Friday morning into the burglaries of Holy Smoke Texas Barbecue on Main Street in Bishop and the Chevron Station in Big Pine.
As of press time yesterday, it was unclear if the two incidents were related, but Bishop Police officials say they have promising information in regards to the Holy Smoke break-in. The Big Pine Chevron burglary is being investigated by the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department.
In a continued effort to unite the communities of Inyo County, bridge cultural differences and promote reading, the Inyo County Office of Education is launching its Fifth Annual Community Reads Program.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer announced this week that the 2013 program will revolve around the book âInto the Beautiful North,â by best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Urrea.
Despite an ambitious time line demanding completion by this summer, Digital 395 project proponents say everything is on schedule and looking good for the proposed July 31 âlight-upâ date.
In a presentation to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Mike Ort, CEO of Praxis, the contractor handling construction of the California Broadband Cooperative project, said major construction to bring a fiber-optic backbone and high-speed Internet capability to the Eastern Sierra is set to begin in Inyo County.
Bishop police officers are investigating the alleged embezzlement of welfare funds in the Bishop Office of Health and Human Services.
According to Police Chief Chris Carter, the investigation is ongoing and authorities âare playing this close to the vestâ until the investigation is concluded.
Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley said Tuesday that he is hoping to re-open discussions at the boardâs next meeting about the contract for the position of Inyo County Film Commissioner.
Kingsley said he felt he had misunderstood the countyâs rules for ratifying contracts while discussing the contract last week â and ultimately voting against giving Film Commissioner Chris Langley seven monthsâ back pay even though he was initially in favor of doing so.