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January 15th, 2013

ESTA tech upgrades geared toward efficiency

January 15, 2013

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is getting a technological upgrade that aims to reduce wait times for riders and improve efficiency for drivers and dispatchers.
ESTA recently purchased computerized scheduling and dispatch software, called RouteMatch, for its Bishop Dial-a-Ride buses.
The $50,000 RouteMatch system, funded completely through state and federal transit grants, will provide an electronic tablet for each driver. Software on the portable computers will give ESTA dispatchers the real-time GPS locations of individual drivers each time a customer calls requesting a pick-up.

Local library benefits from volunteer’s generosity

January 15, 2013

In a classic incident of the ripple effect on the pond of human life, a local man decided to turn his grief into gain for local library, giving it a facelift one book and one shelf at a time.
During a challenging time in his life, Richard Kizer turned to helping others and the Bishop branch of the Inyo County Free Library became the beneficiary of that philanthropic diversion, resulting in what library staff call a dramatically improved, reorganized, refurbished facility.

Filmmaker bringing story of ‘paya’ to the masses

January 15, 2013

With the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct looming, a filmmaker is asking for help in her effort to tell an untold portion of the Owens Valley water wars.
Jenna Cavelle has been working on her documentary, “PAYA: The Untold Story of the L.A.-Owens Valley Water War” for the past year-and-a-half, and recently launched a Kick Starter page to help raise the funds needed to complete the project by its proposed release date this summer. “Paya” is the Paiute word for “water.”

Faith, support buoy family in time of need

January 15, 2013

A local family is feeling the power of prayer, as well as that of financial support, during a harrowing chapter in their young daughter’s life.
Heather and Mike Gehringer’s 16-month-old daughter, Gianna Joy was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in December. In the weeks that followed, as young Gia began expensive medical treatments, the community – locally and globally – has rallied behind the couple and their daughter.

Flu starting to hit Eastern Sierra

January 15, 2013

It’s been a little more than a month since the probability was discussed of an early and bad flu season. Well, it is now happening.
Across the country, influenza activity continues its sharp rise, with reports of influenza-like-illness nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons. So far, there is no peak in sight, and this is predicted to be the worst flu season in decades.

January 9th

Stout makes it official for new supervisors

January 9, 2013

Dozens gathered in the historic courtroom in Independence Monday to witness three new public servants being sworn into office.
According to those in attendance, the courtroom was overflowing with family, friends and supporters, as well as many county officials and administrators, to watch as Jeff Griffiths of Bishop, Mark Tillemans of Big Pine and Matt Kingsley of Lone Pine took oaths of office administered by Superior Court Judge Dean Stout.
Standing together, the trio went from Inyo County supervisors-elect to the official representatives of their respective districts.

NIH’s first ortho clinic opening soon

January 9, 2013

For the first time in its history, Northern Inyo Hospital will have an orthopedic clinic under its management.
Formerly run by Mammoth Hospital, the existing orthopedic clinic in Bishop will be taken over by NIH and renamed Sierra Crest Orthopedics and Neurology.
Orthopedist Dr. Mark Robinson, who has worked at the clinic since 2005, will run the facility.

Residents show support for widespread tribal issues

January 9, 2013

A youth-oriented public awareness movement that began with indigenous nations in Canada has made its way to the Owens Valley, prompting three local demonstrations organized by young tribal members.
The “Idle No More” movement got its start in Saskatchewan, Canada with the passage of Bill C-45, an omnibus package that included a reduction in the amount of federally-protected waterways and a fast-tracked process to surrender reserve lands.
The movement began when organizers said a majority of Canadian tribal members didn’t speak out about the bill.

January 8th

OV earthquakes

January 8, 2013

Two earthquakes rattled nerves in Bishop Tuesday morning, but didn’t otherwise cause any damage.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the first quake, a 2.3 on the Richter Scale, took place at 9:43 a.m. about five miles northeast of Bishop. About a half-hour later, a second quake, a 2.6, was recorded in the same location.
The two Owens Valley quakes come on the heels of a 2.6 recorded near Mammoth Lakes at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7.

January 7th

Inyo National Forest’s ‘voice’ moves on to greener pastures

January 7, 2013

Stretching from Tioga Pass south to Olancha, taking in every peak in the Sierra between, the giant Inyo National Forest pretty much dominates everything that does – and does not – happen in the southern half of the Eastern Sierra.
Last week, this land of granite peaks and mile-high meadows lost one of its most familiar and constant voices when Public Affairs Officer Nancy Upham retired Jan. 3.
For 28 years, Upham was in the middle of every single decision – beloved, hated, or often, both at once – rendered by the forest’s revolving door of supervisors.


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