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February 11th, 2013

Winter snowpack growth stalls following dry spell

February 11, 2013

This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last year’s drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winter’s snowpack.
The first snowpack survey of the Sierra was completed at the beginning of the month and it puts the Sierra at about 55 percent of normal for the whole winter, according to state data.

Theft investigation continues

February 11, 2013

Detectives with the Bishop Police Department are continuing their investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from the Inyo County Health and Human Services Department welfare division.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said there have been no new developments in the investigation, but ensured residents that the department is continuing to look into the case.
The PD, in cooperation with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant for the home of Health and Human Services Supervisor Dondee Rossy, 46, of Bishop, in connection with the case Jan. 25.

Job fair caters to careers not just jobs

February 11, 2013

Potential employees met dozens of employers and employment services professionals at a recent two-county job fair, where opportunities ranged from entry- to professional-level and local to global.
Many job openings were posted at Career Connections 2013 this past Thursday, but education and career track development was the main focus of the job fair. Two hundred-plus attendees and 27 employers and agencies mingled at the Cerro Coso Community College Bishop campus.

February 8th

Emergency plans being prepared at local schools

February 8, 2013

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings in Newtown, Conn. two months ago, Inyo County school administrators and law enforcement have improved their comfort level in regards to school safety through planned changes to school campuses, a review of existing emergency plans, training and the on-going communication initiated at a school safety meeting held at the Inyo County Office of Education, Jan. 15.
The following is the second in a two-part series covering recent improvements to school safety.

Inyo students recite for honors at Arts Council

February 8, 2013

Eight young poetry recitalists competed for a chance to represent Inyo County at the state and national levels for a chance to win prestige and substantial monetary prizes.
Bishop, Lone Pine and Owens Valley high school students delved deeply into their intellectual, emotional and public speaking repertoires this past Tuesday at the third annual Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Finals.
Inyo Council of the Arts School Arts Coordinator Liz McAteer emceed the POL event.

$80,000 awarded to community events

February 8, 2013

Inyo County will be dividing $80,000 among 13 different programs and 7 agencies through the county-funded Community Project Sponsorship Grant program.
Local leaders awarded funds to the Lone Pine, Death Valley and Bishop chambers of commerce, Playhouse 395, the Bishop Museum and Historical Society, the Friends of the Mt. Whitney Fish Hatchery and the Bishop Mural Society.

February 6th

Supes agree to pay Langley

February 6, 2013

County leaders decided this week to rescind a decision it made in January, approving a retroactive contract for Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley to ensure he is paid for work he did out of contract last year.
The board voted 4-1, with First District Supervisor Linda Arcularius as the dissenting vote, for a $30,000 contract from July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
Langley’s film commission contract expired in June 2012 as county staff prepared a Request for Proposals for the position in response to requests from the public.

Court says LADWP owes for penalties

February 6, 2013

Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District said it has won another victory in the fight for dust control on Owens Lake.
Kern County Superior Court ruled earlier this week that the LADWP is responsible for paying penalties associated with its decision to withhold $1.1 million in air pollution control fees last year.
Those penalties could reach up to $8 million.
The LADWP sued Great Basin and the State Air Resource Board last year, claiming that it had met its obligation for dust control measures on Owens Lake.

Safety a priority at local schools

February 6, 2013

The Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn. opened a dialogue in Inyo County and across the country. How safe are local schools? How can a young man be so critically broken and go without real help? Should the nation restrict assault weapons or arm our teachers?
The gun debate will not be solved in the Owens Valley, but county educators, mental health specialists and law enforcement came together at the Inyo Office of Education to begin what County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer called “an uncomfortable conversation.”

February 4th

Recreation Plan approved for June

February 4, 2013

Residents and visitors were given the greenlight this week to enjoy backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in and around June Mountain Ski Area for the rest of the winter season.
Restrictions prohibiting such winter activities on national forest lands within the ski area boundaries have been lifted, now that the Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finalized an operations plan for June Mountain.
The Forest Service still urges extreme caution in some areas due to avalanche danger.


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