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January 30th, 2012

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.

Dr. Andrew Bourne found dead

January 26, 2012

Dr. Andrew Bourne, 46, the former chief of staff at Mammoth Hospital and subject of an ongoing criminal investigation in Santa Barbara, died Tuesday, authorities said.
The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Mono County Sheriff’s Department, according to department spokesperson Jennifer Hansen.
A department e-mail distributed to the media Tuesday afternoon states police found Bourne “unresponsive” in the Mammoth Lakes area at about 4 p.m.

January 24th

Storm brings snow to Owens Valley

January 24, 2012

After a warm, dry start to the winter, residents in the northern part of Inyo County woke up Monday to a blanket of snow that slowed traffic in Bishop for much of the morning and required chain and snow-tire restrictions on a number of local highways.
Within the city of Bishop, several inches of snow were recorded and communities as far south as Independence said they got a dusting.
Bishop and Big Pine area schools, including Round Valley Elementary and Cerro Coso Community College, closed for the day Monday.
Schools from Independence south remained open Monday.

Organizers getting a jump-start on Fair

January 24, 2012

With a fresh blanket of snow in the Owens Valley it may seem to be a little early to begin making plans for the summer, but the folks at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair are doing just that and asking residents to help.
Fair officials have already decided what the major contests at this year’s Fair will be and selected the theme, but it is up to residents to come up with the official slogan for 2012.

Head’s up for downed trees

January 24, 2012

A massive wind storm has downed trees and caused major damage at some Sierra Nevada locations. A White Mountain Research Station weather station atop 14,000-foot White Mountain Peak recorded gusts in excess of 170 mph on Nov. 20, 2011. The clean-up of the damage could become a problem as well, with fewer federal dollars being spent on trail crews, which means fewer hands to help with the effort.
The wind storm from Nov. 30 ravaged the entire state, causing nearly 500,000 utility customers to lose electricity and leading several Southland cities to ask for damage related relief assistance.

Casteel sentenced to ‘time served’

January 24, 2012

Embezzlement suspect and controversial jailhouse informant Daniel Casteel is a free man – after being sentenced last week on long-standing charges of forging checks, use of a forged card to steal from dependents or seniors and possession of methamphetamine.
Casteel is out of jail on time served after receiving a sentence of four years and four months on a plea agreement. A restitution review hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 14.

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