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March 1st, 2012

River recreation options unveiled in Lone Pine

March 1, 2012

A generally receptive and supportive crowd received a presentation of the Lower Owens River Project Recreation Use Plan Friday evening, Feb. 24, at the Boulder Creek Club House in Lone Pine.
Consultant Dean Apostol of MIG previewed the results of the plan which includes three levels of options for offering recreational opportunities in and around the revitalized river.

County and city agree to combine Nov. elections

March 1, 2012

Inyo County approved a resolution Tuesday to consolidate the City of Bishop General Election with the statewide General Election held on the first Tuesday of November on even-numbered years.
With approval from the Board of Supervisors, the city will now hold its General Election Nov. 6, 2012.
The approval of the consolidation means that in November, residents will be voting for president, state and federal officials and city council members, as well as Board of Supervisors members, should the June Primary result in run-offs for those county seats.

Plaza owners vow to move ahead after tragedy

March 1, 2012

Plans to refurbish, revitalize and eventually reopen the long-defunct Cottonwood Plaza shopping center in Bishop will be moving forward.
A press release issued by the current owners reiterates the property holders’ commitment to both their commercial enterprise and the community – despite recent, and even tragic, setbacks.
Ray and Liz Eslamiyeh had vowed to get the shopping center opened to businesses as soon as possible upon closing escrow on the property last summer.

February 28th

Supes to discuss elections, office space and road rehab

February 28, 2012

County leaders have a full day scheduled for the Board of Supervisors this week as the board has opted to cancel its regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday, March 6.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss consolidating the Bishop municipal election with the Statewide General Election, county office space needs, building upgrades and road rehabilitation.

Election deadlines approach for voters and candidates

February 28, 2012

A mid-May deadline looms for residents interested in voting in the June 5 Primary election.
Anyone not previously registered to vote, or who needs to change party affiliation, must register or re-register by Monday, May 21.
According to Inyo County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, changing party affiliation – and thus re-registering – may be necessary this election cycle because of an exemption to Proposition 14, also known as the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act.

Digital 395 Project focusing on jobs

February 28, 2012

Hundreds of new, full-time jobs are in the process of being added to the Eastern Sierra workforce as progress continues on the Digital 395 broadband project.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the Stimulus Act, the project involves building a fiber-optic backbone along a 583-mile stretch of U.S. 395 through the Eastern Sierra.
By the time project leaders break ground this spring, they estimate they will have hired close to 300 laborers, professionals and tradesmen from local communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.

February 27th

More concern at Owens Dry Lake

February 27, 2012

As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District debate the future of dust mitigation on Owens Lake, another issue has come to light that may delay projects currently in the works.
Kathy Bancroft, historical preservation officer for the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, said Owens Lake and its surrounding area are home to a number of historical sites with tribal significance.

Utah burglary suspect linked to Inyo County

February 27, 2012

Law enforcement officials in Utah are searching for a man with ties to Inyo County who they say may be armed and dangerous.
Troy James Knapp, 44, has been identified as a long-sought suspect in the burglaries of more than two dozen remote cabins in the wilderness near Zion National Park.
Knapp’s story is reminiscent of the infamous Ballarat Bandit of Inyo County, who eluded police for years while preying upon the campsites and remote dwellings in small, southeast Inyo County and western Nevada towns.

Phone scam targeting local residents

February 27, 2012

A telephone scam preying on residents’ fears, sympathies and familial instincts has reared its head once again in the Owens Valley.
Commonly known as the “Grandparents Scam,” the scheme appears to be recirculating through the Bishop area, where at least one resident was cheated out of an undisclosed, but substantial amount of money.
According to the Bishop Police Department, the victim had wired the money to an address in Mexico City, where she thought the funds would be used to bail her family member out of jail.

February 23rd

Inyo moving forward in bid to take over senior services

February 23, 2012

Inyo County took another step this week towards separating its senior programs from Mono County’s.
Inyo County Health and Human Services, earlier this week, submitted a letter to the California Department of Aging expressing interest in becoming the designated Area Agency on Aging for Inyo County.
Last year, Inyo County sent a request to Mono County, asking them to pitch more money into the joint program to help cover administrative costs (which Inyo County has traditionally funded).

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