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December 21st

Quilters send troops love, thanks from home

December 21, 2012

Local quilters once again covered the nation’s troops with love from home by sending another Quilts of Valor care package to soldiers overseas.
Several members of the Calico Quilters Guild recently made quilts for wounded service members being treated at an Army base in Germany as part of their desire to let the troops know people at home still care.
The quilters have been providing this service for more than a decade.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

December 21, 2012

The iconic American image of Christmas morning is covered in snow – not the scraped, shoveled, heavily trodden, 2-day-old grey slush, but a pristine, freshly-fallen blanket of pure white.
It doesn’t matter if those Christmas cards or Lifetime movie versions are on display in Florida or Los Angeles; snow would provide the final touch to the holiday – the insulator from all the last-minute shopping, the long lines and longer lists, all the clutter of Christmas.

December 20th

Great Basin $1.1 million

December 20, 2012

Kern County Superior Court ruled this week that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power must pay more than $1 million in fees to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
According to the courts, the fees were withheld by the LADWP as it contested orders for mitigation work on Owens Lake.
Great Basin said the $1.1 million the courts ordered the department to pay will be used to pay for legal costs incurred by the Air Pollution Control District in its legal battle with the LADWP over the utility’s obligation to prevent dust from blowing off Owens Lake.

Officials prepared to help cottage food businesses

December 20, 2012

Local officials have put together a plan to help home-based food entrepreneurs set up businesses making and selling their culinary specialties in 2013.

Council moves to make health contributions equal

December 20, 2012

Monday, Dec. 10’s Bishop City Council Meeting provided a first for one council member and a last for another.
In her first act as a Bishop City Council member, Pat Gardner asked that city leaders discuss and approve a resolution that would make members of the City Council pay the same contributions to medical benefits as other city employees.
Second District Supervisor-elect Jeff Griffiths, in his final act as a City Council member, made a unanimously supported motion to approve the resolution.

Legion provides city with sign

December 20, 2012

Members of American Legion Post No. 118 and representatives of the City of Bishop prepare to hang a new sign in front of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. The new sign on Main Street will advertise the location of the Bishop Senior Center behind the city park. The American Legion raised money for the new sign and City Parks and Recreation Department staff installed it earlier this month.

December 19th

Be careful with last-minute gifts

December 19, 2012

This Kmart gift card stand is a small mall loaded with last-minute, gift-buying opportunities for family and friends near and far. According to National Retail Federation, gift cards have been the most-requested gift for five years running. However, consumers are strongly advised before purchasing these cards to check for front- and back-end, inactivity and transaction fees and expiration dates that can end up costing their recipients or even render them useless. Want to shop locally?

Inyo, BrightSource at odds over mitigation estimates

December 19, 2012

County leaders said last week that they support a proposal for a large solar energy plant in southeast Inyo County, but only if the project proponent can guarantee that it won’t cost the county.
BrightSource Energy is proposing to build two 250-megawatt solar thermal power plants on a 5.1 square-mile site in the area north of Old Spanish Trail Highway, just west of the Nevada border in Charleston View.

D.A. closes three cases

December 19, 2012

Inyo County District Attorney Art Maillet announced Monday what he calls successful resolutions to three different criminal cases, two of which involved the deaths of residents.
According to Maillet, Bishop resident Harlan Dewey, Jr., 41, pleaded no contest Dec. 7 to felony involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Jan. 13, 2011 death of Daniel Barlow.
Dewey will be sentenced Jan. 11, 2013. Maillet said Dewey is facing a maximum sentence of three years.

Driver hurt in hit-and-run

December 19, 2012

Authorities are searching for the driver who crashed into another motorist Tuesday night on Sherwin Grade and then fled the scene.
The other motorist, 57-year-old Charles Baviera of Crowley Lake, suffered moderate injuries when his truck rolled off the highway and down an embankment. According to the California Highway Patrol, Baviera was able to climb out of his truck and walk back up to U.S. 395 where he flagged down a passing motorist for assistance. The driver of the vehicle who caused the collision had driven away, meanwhile.


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