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June 18th, 2012

Inyo County sued over Adventure Trails project

June 18, 2012

As volunteer crews and the Inyo County Road Department work to implement the pilot Adventure Trails system in Southern Inyo, two out-of-the-area environmental groups have taken legal action to stop the project in its tracks.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit this week in which they claim county leaders did not adequately address environmental concerns.

June 14th

Botanical benefit will delight public

June 14, 2012

Lyn and Ralph Haber’s four-acre Swall Meadows botanical garden preserve will be open for a public tour as a benefit for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project. It may actually serve as a double benefit: a fundraiser for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project and a learning opportunity for local gardening devotees. “The tour is (especially) welcoming to newcomers who don’t know what grows here,” said Charles Milligan, one of the tour organizers.

$4.5 million needed to keep county fleet legal

June 14, 2012

Local leaders met last week to discuss the county’s fleet of vehicles and what state-mandated emission regulations might mean for county-owned vehicles.
Through responsible use and careful maintenance, Inyo County has been able to maintain a large fleet of vehicles at minimal cost to the citizens. However, with state-mandated emissions regulations going into affect over the next few years, there are concerns that many older vehicles will need to be replaced or the county will face fines and fees for being out of compliance.

Tribe teams with HUD to build 19 new homes

June 14, 2012

Nineteen new homes are under construction on the Bishop Paiute Reservation thanks to a Department of Housing and Urban Development Title VI Loan Guarantee.
According to the tribe, HUD has backed the tribe for a $3 million loan for the construction of 18 new homes on tribal lands. The last home will be built using Community Development Department reserves.
The HUD loan is a rare opportunity for the tribe.

June 12th

Tribe’s public safety efforts earn accolades

June 12, 2012

Bishop tribal leaders and community members had an opportunity to meet with high-ranking state officials last month to discuss the tribe’s successful law enforcement and tribal court programs.
According to the Bishop Paiute Tribe, a collaborative meeting was held Wednesday, May 9, with the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel White, U.S. Attorney’s Office Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar, U.S. Attorney’s Office Law Enforcement Coordinator George Anderson and Bureau of Indian Affairs/Office of Justice Services’ new Special Agent in Charge of California Carleen Fischer.

WAG to open ‘Love Letters’ next week

June 12, 2012

Building on the momentum from its first, full-fledged Eastern Sierra stage production – and the overwhelmingly positive reviews and amount of support it received in the process – the Writers Actors Guild of the Eastern Sierra is forging ahead with its next labor of love.
As with its adaptation of “Tuesdays with Morrie” this past winter, WAG is bringing to local stages a popular, if not beloved, piece of work ripe for yet one more exploration of its highly relatable themes.

Griffiths in; Cash and Cervantes out

June 12, 2012

A final tally of Tuesday’s votes shows two out of three incumbent county supervisors have been unseated and the third is headed to a runoff election in November.
After verifying and tallying all but 70 outstanding provisional ballots, the Inyo County Elections Department released a final count late Thursday night that reveals essentially the same results as those reported immediately after the June 5 Presidential Primary.

Bishop suiting up for more State Rodeo Finals action

June 12, 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.

June 7th

Early election results show at least two runoffs

June 7, 2012

Preliminary results from Tuesday’s Primary election show close races for County Supervisor seats in Southern Inyo – and possible runoff elections – 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 opts for its own LORP work plan options

June 7, 2012

County leaders Tuesday rejected the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’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 utility’s share of the cost of hydrologic monitoring, biologic and water quality monitoring, mosquito abatement, beaver control, adaptive management and invasive weed species control.

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