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June 12th, 2012
Bishop will see an influx of visitors this weekend as hundreds of California High School Rodeo Association finalists and their families take up residence for six days of exciting rodeo action.
Approximately 260 competitors, the best in the state from nine rodeo districts stretching from the Oregon to Mexico borders, will be putting their skill and talent to the test for the chance to advance to the National Finals in Iowa.
Preliminary results from Tuesdayâ€™s Primary election show close races for County Supervisor seats in Southern Inyo â€“ and possible runoff elections â€“ and, in Bishop, a victory for challenger Jeff Griffiths over incumbent Susan Cash.
As of midnight on Wednesday, 1,300 provisional and absentee ballots still had be counted, so a runoff between Griffiths and Cash is not out of the question, depending on the contents of those outstanding votes.
County leaders Tuesday rejected the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâ€™s annual Lower Owens River Project Work Plan and Budget in favor of a plan they drafted. The county plan includes all the traditional elements and funding the two agencies have approved in past years.
Per an agreement between the two agencies, the annual work plan and budget has traditionally outlined the county and utilityâ€™s share of the cost of hydrologic monitoring, biologic and water quality monitoring, mosquito abatement, beaver control, adaptive management and invasive weed species control.
Altrusa, Inyo County First 5, Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, Owens Valley Edible Gardens, Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action and 20 Clarke Street Head Start preschoolers christened a new multi-purpose childrenâ€™s garden Tuesday, June 5.
Not long after their teacher, Robin Murray, helped the youngsters cut a flowered-garland â€śribbonâ€ť with large pruning sheers did they scamper off into their produce garden to pick strawberries.
When Bishop California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland asked the Lone Pine High School student body IMPACT Teen Drivers assembly audience, â€śWhat is lethal,â€ť they called out answers like: driving under the influence, using a cell phone, texting, driving with both ear phones in, drugs, no seat belts and even eating. Cleland commented on that last one. â€śYes, thatâ€™s the deadliest restaurant.â€ť
With major decisions to be made in regards to the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy has scheduled a busy week that includes a tour of the facility outside of Independence, the award of nearly $5 million in grants and a reception.
A grim discovery in Mono County earlier this week may have re-opened the book on a two-year-old bank robbery case out of Bishop.
Mono sheriffâ€™s deputies located the remains Tuesday of a man believed to be Steven Craig Wiswell, the suspect in the March 17, 2010 armed robbery of Bishopâ€™s Chase Bank.
According to Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Lieutenant Robert Weber, deputies were notified about 3 p.m. May 22 that residents in the Benton area had possibly found a human skull off a dirt road, in tall sage brush, on the west side of U.S. 6 near Benton.
With commercial permits almost assured by legislation, the final chapter on the High Sierra Hikers Associationâ€™s lawsuit against the National Park Service that threatened to shut down stock packers in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks may have been written.
On a recent walking tour, Bishop Mural Society members shared local history and kept the humorous anecdotes flowing as they showed off nine of the organizationâ€™s 15 murals with locals and 12 members of a Southern California Airstream club, in for Mule Days.
Mural Society board member Shirley Fendon, president Patty Holton, secretary Betty Cameron and treasurer Andrea Shallcross painted a vivid picture of the power of murals as they revealed the rich history behind the works of art which citizens walk or drive past every day.
With the concrete dry and rails secured, the youth of Southern Inyo are heading out to the brand-new Lone Pine Skate Plaza.
After a year-and-a-half of planning, Lynn Bunn said the skate park officially opened last week, and has already seen a lot of attention from Lone Pine youngsters.
â€śYou canâ€™t believe the number of kids who are out there skating already,â€ť Bunn said. â€śThe other morning there were some kids, 4 or 5 years old, on Razor scooters, and they were just having a great time.â€ť