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October 17th, 2011
Local leaders at the city and county level took some time this week to recognize local volunteer firefighters who are willing to train year-round for an opportunity to serve the community.
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors honored Assistant Bishop Fire Chief Pat Oâ€™Neil as Firefighter of the Year.
A few hours later, the Bishop City Council, meeting on Tuesday due to the Columbus Day holiday, elected to honor the entire Bishop Volunteer Fire Department as the Citizen of the Quarter, an honor the council gives out every four months.
This has, undoubtedly, been a busy season for search and rescue personnel.
In the past 12 days alone, Inyo County Search and Rescue responded to nine separate calls, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. From overdue hikers to a hiker who perished from suspected high altitude sickness, SAR has been beating the trails and assisting folks in the backcountry from Mt. Whitney to Bishop Pass.
Inyo County signed off on a new draft pumping plan by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that addresses concerns local officials had about potential over-pumping.
The LADWP released a draft pumping plan this spring that called for pumping levels in the Independence Blackrock area that the Board of Supervisors and Inyo County Water Department said were unacceptable.
In response, the LADWP presented a new, modified draft pumping plan that would reduce activity in the Independence Blackrock well field, but increase pumping at the Laws and Independence Oak well fields.
Consistently ranked as one of the nationâ€™s toughest colleges to get into, Deep Springs has recently doubled its number of possible applicants.
The college, founded in 1917, will no longer have an all-male student body. After brief pilot and summer programs with coeducation, the trustees of the remote college/working ranch voted 10-2 in September to begin accepting female applicants.
Townsfolk and business people in Bishop and beyond have been chomping at the bit to learn the fate of Cottonwood Plaza. And, due to circumstances outside anyoneâ€™s control, what is to become of the plaza will have to be put on hold a little longer.
There are new owners of the property and the buildings, Ray and Lis Eslamiyeh of Southern California. Tom Schaniel of TSchaniel Architecture of Bishop has been putting together plans to refurbish the infrastructure of the buildings â€“ fire suppression, electrical and plumbing â€“ with more landscaping and exterior work to be done as well.
A bomb goes off in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power office on Mandich Street in Bishop, destroying most of the building.
Police and fire personnel rush to the scene and begin to extinguish the blaze, evacuate nearby homes and businesses and begin rescue efforts, but the disaster has far reaching consequences for residents and the state at large. So, what happens next?
Public safety personnel from throughout Inyo County, 36 in all, gathered in Bishop Thursday to practice management techniques for just such a disaster.
Governor Jerry Brown signed off on Assembly Bill 628 Friday, creating the pilot program for the Inyo County Adventure Trails system.
Designed to boost the local economy and give off-road recreators the ability to drive their green sticker vehicles for up to 10 miles on county roads, A.B. 628 has seen widespread support in Inyo County.
Among those who endorsed the bill are local chambers of commerce, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
Cancer is still in the top five leading causes of death for Americans, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Preventionâ€™s data for 2007, the most recent, complete statistics available. Cancer is number two on the top 10 list, just behind heart disease and way ahead of stroke and chronic respiratory disease. Cancer accounted for 562,875 deaths of the 2,423,712 deaths in 2007 in the U.S., or approximately 20 percent, according to the CDC.
Winter weather predictions for 2011 are not in line with historic models, indicating the Eastern Sierra could be in for another unusually wet winter this season and a snow line that could be as high as last yearâ€™s.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association has released a La NiÃ±a Advisory, as part of the El NiÃ±o Southern Oscillation Diagnostic Discussion issued by the Climate Prediction Center.
2010 was a La NiÃ±a weather pattern year and the 2011-12 winter season looks to be another La NiÃ±a year.
Perhaps a previously fashion-forward coworker has taken to wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants in warm weather. Or a once outgoing student has become withdrawn, sullen and even combative on the playground. Maybe a client shows up for a haircut appointment wearing a hat, underneath which there are clear signs clumps of her hair have been yanked from her scalp. Or perhaps thereâ€™s been constant yelling and sounds of things breaking from the apartment or house next door ever since that seemingly loving couple moved in.