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March 8th, 2013

Visitors have Martian experience in Death Valley

March 8, 2013

Hundreds of science fans recently got the best idea of what life on Mars could be like and how scientists are researching the red planet, all without ever having to leave Earth.
During the second Mars Festival in Death Valley National Park, visitors had an opportunity to hear NASA scientists, go to “Mars Hill,” look down into a hydro-magmatic crater and learn about microbes in the muck at Badwater Basin.
The event included presenters from several institutions who highlighted current research being conducted both in Death Valley and on Mars. 

Fire off Five Bridges

March 8, 2013

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire and crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power responded to a wind-driven fire off Five Bridges Road north of Bishop at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crews were able to contain the fire to a few acres, but a stiff breeze caused spot fires to break out downwind of the main blaze. Shortly before noon it appeared firefighters had beaten the burn into submission. Crews remained on the fire to ensure no hot spots flared up. No other information was available at press time.

March 6th

Residents can help shape new Forest Plan

March 6, 2013

Residents are urged to take part in a series of meetings scheduled to begin Monday in Bishop to share with Inyo National Forest officials their vision for local public lands.
At the meetings, the Forest Service will be looking at resource trends on the INF in preparation for its Forest Plan Revision, a multi-year process that could change how officials manage the INF.

Author to tell his tale

March 6, 2013

An acclaimed cross-cultural writer will visit the Owens Valley as the fundamental event in this year’s Inyo County Community Reads agenda.
“Into the Beautiful North” author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak about his novel, his craft and his life journey – from “growing up on dirt streets in Tijuana to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist, beloved storyteller” and literature professor at numerous universities, said Trinity Ray, president of the Tuesday Agency, Urrea’s lecture agent.

PD asks citizens to report identity theft

March 6, 2013

By simply reporting identity theft when it happens, local residents have an opportunity to help reveal a pattern that could help investigators solve identity theft crimes.
Several Bishop residents have apparently been struck by identity thieves in the last week who were able to use either their debit or credit card numbers on purchases made out of the area.
But because these thefts and fraud attempts have not been reported to the Bishop Police Department, authorities are unable to establish a link between the victims that could help in tracking down the perpetrators.

Help is out there for Child Support issues

March 6, 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 state’s 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 – some of the amount due could even be forgiven.

March 4th

PD continues investigation into theft of welfare funds

March 4, 2013

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 “a person of interest” in the case.

NIH eyeing Hospice building for clinic expansion

March 4, 2013

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 Hospice’s 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 building’s construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.

Anticipation building for 46th Annual Blake Jones

March 4, 2013

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.
“Since the event lands the day before Saint Patrick’s Day this year, (we) hope to have “good luck putting on the biggest and best derby yet,” said Tawni Thomson, executive director of Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is hosting the derby.

March 1st

Winter visitor numbers up in Bishop

March 1, 2013

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.

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