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December 17th

Chief planning wildland fire training

December 17, 2012

New recruits will be fighting a live brush fire in Bishop as part of a training exercised designed to give the volunteers some much-needed experience.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said the volunteer fire department is planning to ignite a fire in the vacant lot on the northwest corner of the intersection Yaney and Spruce streets to simulate a wildland fire, something the new recruits will likely experience this spring.
Seguine said a wildland fire experience cannot be simulated at the department’s training facility on East Line Street.

Schools react to Sandy Hook tragedy

December 17, 2012

As the nation comes to grips with Friday’s deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., local law enforcement is showing a more visible presence at school campuses.
On Monday, uniformed personnel from the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol were making their presence known as students arrived at and left school campuses from Bishop to Lone Pine.

Community comes to rescue of Community Christmas Dinner

December 17, 2012

The public is invited to enjoy a hearty holiday Christmas Day menu, complimented by heaping helpings of caroling and conviviality at the 23rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner, hosted by the United Methodist Social Services Soup Kitchen.
Soup Kitchen Supervisor Laura Smith said everyone is invited to dinner from 12:30-3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Bishop United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler St. Need is not an issue, she added. “We just want everyone who wants to come to have the opportunity to be there.”

December 14th

Wishes needing sponsors

December 14, 2012

Each of these colored, paper “bulbs” represents the Christmas wishes of a local child in need, and because there are still plenty hanging from the 10 Wish Trees located throughout the county (including The Inyo Register, above), Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action has extended the deadline to Monday, Dec. 17 in order to give residents additional time to participate in the program. Participants are asked to select a bulb off of any Wish Tree, then do a little Christmas shopping for the youngster and return the new, unwrapped gifts to the IMACA Office, 224 S. Main St. in Bishop, by Monday.

LADWP, Inyo undertake annual river-project review

December 14, 2012

Monitoring of the Lower Owens River Project has given Inyo County, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and residents an insight into how habitats on the project are developing.
Both LADWP and Inyo County Water Department officials said LORP goals were met this past year, despite dry conditions, and, over all, coordinated team-work between the LADPW and Inyo County, as well as consultants, has led to a growing habitat along the river.

Owners want to hear your ideas for Cottonwood Plaza

December 14, 2012

Owners of the Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop are looking to the community for input on the future of the shopping center as local contractors continue renovations on the buildings.
After years of legal debates that stalled efforts to re-open the plaza, then the death of an owner earlier this year, the Denman family has gotten the ball rolling on internal improvements intended to bring Cottonwood’s buildings up to code and attract businesses to the long-vacant complex.

December 12th

To protect and serve … & spread holiday cheer

December 12, 2012

With their squad car lights flashing and sirens wailing, Eastern Sierra law enforcement officers will be rounding up scores of minors this weekend – but these kids aren’t delinquents. Rather, the raucous round-up will mark the return of a special day of holiday fun for the officers and more than 20 lucky youngsters.
Door-to-door service, a hot breakfast, a shopping spree and a snap shot on Santa’s knee are all part of the Second Annual Shop with a Cop event being held this Saturday, Dec. 15 in Bishop.

City offers Jeff Griffiths best wishes at county

December 12, 2012

Jeff Griffiths has made his final motion as a member of the Bishop City Council and is preparing to take his seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors in January.
Griffiths, a councilman for the past six years, will become Inyo County’s new Second District Supervisor, a position he won in the June Primary,

Fate of Darwin Post Office up in air

December 12, 2012

Residents in Darwin learned earlier this month that the U.S. Postal Service will be suspending operations at their local post office, forcing them to retrieve their mail 25 miles away in Keeler, in a region of the county that does not have public transportation.
In a letter mailed to Darwin residents Nov. 30, the USPS said the Darwin Post Office, located at 251 Reddy St., will be suspended effective Monday, Dec. 31 because “lease negotiations with the current landlord have failed and attempts to locate a suitable new location within the city limits of Darwin have been unsuccessful.”

December 10th

Tree removal on hold in Independence

December 10, 2012

Independence residents rallied to the cry of a chainsaw last week when crews hired by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began cutting down several trees in their community.
Residents said the LADWP had no right to remove the trees because they are located on county property adjacent to a City of Los Angeles parcel in Independence.


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