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January 4th, 2013

Return of the Home Room at Bishop High

January 4, 2013

Home Room had a vague function years ago: a place to study, or not, and to get brief notices from school administrators. That ancient definition of Home Room is far from what Bishop Union High School students will be involved in beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The 30-minute period had been referred to as a “flex period” or an “advisory period,” but will be officially Home Room with a flexible function exceeding the traditional concept.

January 2nd

Supporting educational technology at Bishop High

January 2, 2013

Since 1985, a group of concerned local business leaders in Bishop have worked to support the educational needs of Bishop Union High School. According to the group’s president, Wendy Duncan, for the past 27 years the Foundation for Excellence has worked hard, with the support of the community, to raise funds to benefit the needs of the teachers and students at the school.
According to Duncan, the work of the foundation is especially important today.

Year in Review – Part 1 County leaders look back at major projects, successes

January 2, 2013


There were plenty of highlights in Inyo County government during 2012, ranging from seemingly small victories to major realignments to simply continuing to deliver a high level of services and programs in the face of tight budgets. 

Mural ready to migrate from Indy

January 2, 2013

Travelers journeying along U.S. 395, their eyes inevitably drawn to the imposing escarpment of the Eastern Sierra, now have a unique opportunity to glimpse the seldom-seen bighorn that dwell in the most rugged terrain of the mountains. At the south end of the town of Independence, motorists encounter the first in a series of four “Migrating Murals” planned for the highway corridor, which tells the story of the migratory and endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the need to protect them.

December 28th, 2012

New laws cover broad range in 2013

December 28, 2012


School gardens, space flight, Facebook passwords, predatory lenders, suspicious irrigation equipment and reporting elder abuse are all the subject of new laws taking effect in the new year.

June Mtn. may be harder to close than open again

December 28, 2012

June Mountain Ski Area just might be more difficult to keep closed than it is to keep open.
Although the ski area will not open this winter, the mountain itself is still there – big, gorgeous, tree-free, covered in a deep blanket of white – and it’s proving irresistible to some snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.
There’s only one problem.
It might get them hurt, or even killed.
That’s because the ski area right now is neither fish nor fowl, neither a true, groomed and heavily managed ski area, nor a true wilderness backcountry.
That makes it dangerous.

At-risk youth gain volunteer advocates

December 28, 2012

Several local residents have taken an oath, swearing to look after some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens.
On Monday, Dec. 17, Presiding Inyo County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Judge Dean Stout conducted a swearing-in ceremony for the first group of Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Eastern Sierra in the historic courtroom in Independence.

Pilot survives jet crash at Owens Dry Lake

December 28, 2012

A routine California Air National Guard training exercise came to an abrupt halt Thursday afternoon when an F-16C fighter jet from Fresno crashed on Owens Lake about 10 miles south of Lone Pine.
According to the Air National Guard, the pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft after reporting an in-flight emergency at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

CHP to be out in force on New Year’s

December 28, 2012

In a continuing effort to prevent New Year’s revelers from driving while intoxicated, public and private enterprises are offering free or affordable rides home Dec. 31 for residents and visitors who have had too much to drink.
The Automobile Club of Southern California will be offering its Tipsy Tow service for the 16th consecutive year and Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will be running its Dial-a-Ride services in Bishop and the trolley in Mammoth until 2 a.m.

NIH staff not feeling the love after shift in personnel policy

December 28, 2012

Northern Inyo Hospital’s slogan is “People You Know Caring for People You Love,” but many of its staff, past and present, are not feeling cared for or loved due to a recent, unannounced change in the way it enforces its employee medical leave policy.

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