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March 6th, 2013
An upcoming workshop could help local residents who owe child support payments to the state find ways to help themselves, their families and the taxpaying public.
The workshop will focus on the stateâs Compromise of Arrears Program, designed for eligible parents whose children were on public assistance and who cannot afford to pay their past due child support repayments to the state. COAP will help them pay in full or in part what they owe to the state â some of the amount due could even be forgiven.
Detectives with the Bishop Police Department continue looking into the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the welfare division of Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case, and no new information is available.
The last update from the PD regarding its investigation into the theft came in late January, when the PD issued a search warrant for the home of Bishop resident Dondee Rossy, 46, an Inyo County HHS manager who was named as âa person of interestâ in the case.
The recent, overall merger of Pioneer Home Health Care and Hospice of the Owens Valley has gone smoothly but there are still a few loose ends.
Right now, the biggest still-to-do on the list concerns an ongoing negotiation over the disposition of Hospiceâs former home at 155 Pioneer Ln. in Bishop.
NIH, which owns the building and property, is eyeing the facility for a future Rural Health Clinic expansion. However, since Hospice raised all the money to pay for the buildingâs construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.
A dearly-loved spring tradition will be drawing anglers to High Sierra waterways again this month for pre-season fishing, competitions and prizes.
The 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held at the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and nearby Owens River Saturday, March 16.
âSince the event lands the day before Saint Patrickâs Day this year, (we) hope to have âgood luck putting on the biggest and best derby yet,â said Tawni Thomson, executive director of Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is hosting the derby.
Just two months in, and it already appears that 2013 may be a promising year on the tourism front.
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Director Tawni Thomson told the Bishop City Council Monday that the Visitors Bureau is seeing more walk-in traffic in February and March of 2013 than it did the previous year. She also said that the Chamber of Commerce, which serves a different function than the Visitors Bureau, is in the process of adding one new program and improving its presence on the Internet.
Federal officials are offering aid to local farmers and ranchers who have lost revenue due to drought conditions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three counties and an independent city in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, as well as five adjacent counties in California, including Inyo.
Farmers and ranchers in the natural disaster area are eligible for financial compensation for their losses.
An increased demand for help from the needy during the 2012 holiday season has infused a local ministryâs new-facility fundraising and building plans efforts with renewed vigor.
For three-and-a-half years, the Salvation Army has been planning to build a brand-new facility, designed to consolidate all of its programs, and as the corps nears the midway point in its $1 million capitol campaign fundraiser goal, an end may be in sight this year.
Construction crews continue to be a regular fixture at Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop and local officials say the project is moving along at its own pace.
While no updates on the high-profile property or plans involving possible tenants have been forthcoming from the owners in months, Bishop Public Works Director Dave Grah said improvements have been ongoing at the site at the corner of North Main and Yaney streets.
A Bishop resident was arrested in Riverside early Tuesday morning in connection with what officials are calling a strange string of crimes.
Shannon Lynn Jones, 25, was arrested by the Riverside Police Department at about 2 a.m. on charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, burglary, animal cruelty and vehicle theft.
More than 300 local and state firefighters responded to a wind-driven blaze east of Lone Pine Sunday morning.
The River Fire, which remains under investigation, burned a narrow strip of about 250 acres near the Lower Owens River between Narrow Gauge Road to the north and State Route 136 to the east.
According to CalFire Information Officer Bill Peters, the blaze was about 40 percent contained Monday morning, with full control predicted for this evening.