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Preparing for Mule Days

January 31, 2012

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the 43rd Annual Mule Days Celebration. This includes tickets to nearly every event this Memorial Day weekend, May 22-27, from the Opening Night Supper to various arena events to headliner, Terri Clark on Thursday night.
There are special packages, all show passes and general admission tickets going on sale on a first-come first-served basis at the Mule Days box office on North Main Street, across from Home Lumber Company at the northeast entrance to the fairgrounds or online at muledays.org.

June Primary taking shape

January 31, 2012

Voters in Inyo County and the state and nation should begin bracing themselves for another election year. The June 5 Primary Election will have Inyo voters choosing for three county supervisorial seats as well as Inyo County Board of Education Areas 2 and 4 and several county central committee spots.
Declaration of Candidacy papers, which officially places a person as a candidate on the ballot, are due between Feb. 14 and March 9, and several candidates have already filed Petitions for Signatures in Lieu of Filing Fee.

Add to the discussion

January 31, 2012

Lone Pine High School graduate Ash Seiter is attempting to open up some dialogue about how the world is evolving.
To accomplish that task, Seiter is hosting a series of controversial films exploring national politics, the food industry and the all-important struggle over the world’s dwindling oil reserves. Each film showing is followed by a discussion where all in attendance are encouraged to share their opinion and point of view.
Seiter’s series features films by Michael Moore, Al Gore, Peter Joseph, Dylan Avery and other provocative filmmakers.

LP Chamber installs officers for 2012

January 31, 2012

Last Thursday night, new officers were sworn in to serve on the board of the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce at the annual installation dinner. It was a fun-filled evening with more than 64 local business owners and visitors in attendance, some from as far away as Death Valley, Bishop and Ridgecrest.

January 30th

City appoints new Administrator

January 30, 2012

The search is over for a new city administrator for Bishop.
The Bishop City Council voted unanimously in closed session on Monday to appoint Interim City Administrator Keith Caldwell to the official administrator position.
The City Council approved a new five-year City Administrator/City Clerk Employment Agreement. Under that agreement, Caldwell will be paid a salary of $135,000 per year without any built-in increases which results in a net savings to the city. Caldwell will also continue to perform the functions of community services director.

RC track plans scrapped

January 30, 2012

What was touted as being a free and constructive activity for kids, old and young alike – a remote control car track at the Bishop City Park – has been scrapped.
Owensville RC Club President Sam Vargas told the Bishop City Council that due to time restraints and a vocal opposition, “The club has lost interest in a track at the park.”
Vargas said it was a very tough decision to make, but so have the hoops and hurdles the club and himself have gone through in their efforts.

Couple honored for going above and beyond

January 30, 2012

The tragic events of Aug. 9, 2010, when two vehicles loaded with students-athletes collided head-on in a fiery blaze on U.S. 395, killing four and injuring 15, are still being felt and honors still being awarded.
Bishop residents John Williamson and Amy Steinwand will be receiving the Valor and Merit awards, respectively, from the California State Firefighter’s Association tonight in Bishop.

January 26th

Benton gets go-ahead for gym

January 26, 2012

After eight years of paying on a school bond for a new gymnasium in Benton, the bond oversight committee had proposed to reallocate that money, $4 million, to other schools in the district for maintenance. The committee’s decision is following a dramatic decrease in students at the elementary level in the area, the numbers cut from 80 to 53.
The money was originally for a new school in Chalfant, but after that project fell through, the money was promised to Benton for a gym.

Mammoth and Forest Service plan land trade

January 26, 2012

Forest Service officials are currently working through a federally mandated Environmental Policy Act review in order to exchange 20.6 acres of land in Mammoth Lakes for 1,715 acres of privately owned land.
The Mammoth Base Land Exchange proposes trading the 20.6 acres of National Forest system lands in Mammoth Lakes that is managed by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area for smaller parcels in Inyo, Plumas, Eldorado and Stanislaus national forests and two small parcels in Inyo County that are outside the National Forest.

New street improvements for Bishop?

January 26, 2012

Discussions about what to do with some left over money, applying for grants to get more money, a new lawn mower, department head reports, and a story about community cooperation in the face of potential disaster were all in another day’s work for the city’s elected leader’s, the Bishop City Council.

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