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February 20th, 2012

Plan for PD expected to save city $80K-plus

February 20, 2012

City leaders this week backed a plan to help maintain public services while alleviating some of the workload on an understaffed Police Department – all at an expected cost savings to Bishop taxpayers.
Chief Chris Carter earned approval Monday from the City Council to create a new Police Service Technician position out of an existing dispatcher vacancy.

Curtis exhibit coming to a close soon

February 20, 2012

There is only a short time left to experience the extremely popular exhibit of photogravures of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis at the Eastern California Museum. The last day the exhibit will be shown in its present form will be Wednesday, Feb. 29.
The museum is open all three days of the President’s Day Weekend, which offers locals and visitors a good opportunity to view the Curtis exhibit.

February 16th

Lifelong dreams getting real for Jesse Steele

February 16, 2012

Local high school graduate Jesse Steele is making good on his dream of working in the movies in L.A. and recently celebrated the premier of his first feature film.
Steele has been somewhat of a local celebrity, working on his own television program, “Get Real with Jesse Steele” when he was still in high school and moving on to theater productions put on by the Inyo Council for the Arts and Playhouse 395.
About two years ago, Steele moved to Southern California in an effort to further his career.

County’s mid-year budget outlook cautiously optimistic

February 16, 2012

Halfway through the fiscal year, and Inyo County seems to be doing better than many California counties – at least according to initial reports from department heads.
“The crystal ball is very murky,” County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said, “the budget is far from being in the red at this juncture. Things are looking pretty good, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty.”
Carunchio said much of that uncertainty comes from instability at the state level.

February 14th

County to weigh budget matters

February 14, 2012

County leaders will meet today to discuss mid-year budget updates and consider potential raises for staff at the Coroner’s Office.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board is scheduled to discuss the mid-year financial report and approve specific budget action items and recommendations discussed in the report.
The discussion is scheduled to take place at 9:15 a.m.

Powder day for Mammoth

February 14, 2012

The latest in a series of brief winter storms dumped eight inches of snow at the Mono County resort since Saturday, bringing the base at the mountain to an estimated 3-5 feet – above the ski area’s dismal levels earlier this winter (1.5-2.5 feet) but still far below where it was this time last winter (8.5-14.5 feet). Ski area prognosticators expected another seven inches of the white stuff before the day was over Monday, but according to other forecasts, that could be all she wrote for the rest of the week.

Candidate filing period begins today

February 14, 2012

Feb. 14 may be Valentine’s Day, but in this election year, it also brings one more milestone along the road to the June 5 Primary.
Today marks the opening of the official filing period for Declaration of Candidacy papers, the next step in a political hopeful guaranteeing his or herself a spot on the June ballot.
The opening of the candidacy period may also signal the start of races for seats on the Inyo County Board of Education and both the Democratic and Republican central committees.

Burn projects to continue in Lone Pine

February 14, 2012

CalFire and the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council are joining forces to protect residents from wildfire danger.
The two agencies are planning to take advantage of recent winter moisture to complete a series of burn projects this week.
“These projects are necessary to reduce the overgrowth of decadent vegetation that has occurred in that area which will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine,” a press release from CalFire states.

February 13th

Jill Kinmont Boothe mourned at 75

February 13, 2012

Inyo Country is mourning the loss of one of its most inspiring residents and a pillar of the community.
Jill Kinmont Boothe, born Feb. 16, 1936, passed away from complications related to surgery Thursday, Feb. 9.
Boothe was born in Los Angles but grew up in Bishop, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain and earning herself a spot in the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. And even when that dream was cut short by a tragic accident, Boothe proved resilient and unstoppable – carving out for herself a legacy of fearlessness, compassion, determination, generosity, success and gentle spirit.

Changes coming to elections

February 13, 2012

Voters can expect major changes on the statewide political scene this election year as new legislation takes effect and the results of last year’s Census-related redistricting become more fully realized.
Impacts from the redrawn political districts throughout California – affecting legislative representation in the state Senate and Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives – will be seen as early as the June 5 Primary election, which will decide the frontrunners for the Nov. 6 General Election.

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