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December 2nd

Grant programs take aim at improving air quality

December 2, 2011

A local environmental watchdog group and a local community advocacy group are working together toward cleaner air and warmer homes in the Owens Valley.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has nearly $5 million to put toward air pollution reduction. And, the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action has been awarded $500,000 by Great Basin to replace residents’ inefficient fire places and old wood stoves. IMACA will start in the southern part of Inyo County and work its way north.

Stuff-A-Bus food drive event in Bishop today

December 2, 2011

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is seeking charitable people who care about the communities in the Eastern Sierra to help “Stuff-A-Bus” with non-perishable food items to support the Salvation Army food pantry.
Food collected during the Stuff-A-Bus campaign will be distributed to families in need this holiday season.
ESTA currently has donation boxes on each bus in the Bishop, Lone Pine and Mammoth areas to collect non-perishable food items from riders and has teamed up with KIBS/KBOV for a live remote broadcast from the Kmart parking lot today from 1-3 p.m.

December 1st

High winds prompt burn ban, health advisories

December 1, 2011

CalFire and air quality control officials are on full alert this week due to extreme winds that began hammering the Eastern Sierra yesterday.
The state fire agency suspended all burn permits on state responsibility lands within Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties, while Great Basin Air Pollution Control District issued health advisories related to blowing dust.

Class helps students help town’s economy

December 1, 2011

A new class at Big Pine High School aims to teach students marketable skills while at the same time trying to boost the town’s commerce and visibility.
The town lacks a Chamber of Commerce so the Inyo County Office of Education has prepared an accredited course for students that will also fill the void left from by the lack of a chamber.

K-9 officer credited with early Saturday drug bust

December 1, 2011

It was either a bathroom break for X-Ray, Bishop’s K-9 police officer, or an “area check” that led to the weekend arrest of a 23-year-old Bishop resident for alleged possession of illegal narcotics.
According to a Bishop PD press release, Officer Brent Gillespie “conducted an area check” in a parking lot between Willow Street and Whitney Alley, “allowing his canine partner, X-Ray, to check the parking lot” at about 2:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
The parking lot is not far from a local saloon and used by patrons of that establishment.

November 29th

Christmas cheer coming to Bishop park

November 29, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bishop and the local Chamber of Commerce is ringing in the season with a holiday bash this weekend.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and local business owners are inviting the community out to Bishop’s annual small-town gathering, tree lighting ceremony and the ever-popular Street of Lights this Friday.
The evening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at the Chamber of Commerce to hear what local youngsters want under their tree this year and have photos taken.

Fire Chief says some aid may be a liability

November 29, 2011

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and Bishop Rural Fire Protection District have made some recent clarifications to its list of responsibilities, as well as to those of some the volunteers.

Mammoth expects economic boost

November 29, 2011

Ski areas in California received good news this past week from the U.S. Forest Service, with the promise of up to 600 new jobs.
The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually sustain up to 600 extra jobs nationwide.
“This is very good news for us,” said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Joani Lynch.
She was not alone in her enthusiasm.
“This is great news for promoting job growth and economic stimulus in California,” said Regional Forester Randy Moore.

Public Works projects to bring changes to Bishop

November 29, 2011

Bishop’s Public Works Department is planning major projects for the near future to replace aging infrastructure and possibly add to the commercial viability of the city.
According to Public Works Director Dave Grah, a 1,000-foot section of busy sewer line located in the City Park needs to be replaced and a street improvement project is being planned for Warren Street.

PD moves towards greater transparency

November 29, 2011

Despite the cramped quarters, the Bishop Police Department is expanding in staffing and on the World Wide Web.
The PD recently added a public information officer position to its roster and is making daily activities logs and press releases available on the Internet. The push toward increased transparency and public outreach by the department will not be a new cost for taxpayers, either.
“It’s not a paid position,”said BPD Dispatcher and new PIO Katie Coffman. “We all wear a lot of different hats around here.”
Coffman works with Pam Galvin, records supervisor, who updates the website.

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