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March 12th, 2012

City Council seeking out voice of youth

March 12, 2012

City leaders will be going back to school next week as part of their ongoing efforts to encourage widespread participation in municipal government.
Through a program called “Council on Campus,” Bishop’s elected officials have arranged for their next, bi-monthly study session to take place in an auditorium full of high school seniors and other members of the public.
According to City Administrator Keith Caldwell, Monday’s meeting at Bishop Union High School represents perhaps the first time in Bishop’s history that the City Council has convened in open session at a school campus.

Bringing two worlds together

March 12, 2012

Mammoth Lakes resident Wangdowa Sherpa might be the only man in town who considers the 14,000-foot peaks outside of town to be a bit short.
But he can be forgiven.
Sherpa was born in a small village in Nepal, not far from 29,029-foot Mount Everest, where anything below 15,000 feet is considered the foothills.

March 8th

Ralston brings message of hope to Inyo County

March 8, 2012

Inspirational adventurer and author Aron Ralston joined Inyo County’s Community Reads project Tuesday to share his story of hope and survival.
This year’s Community Read’s book, Ralston’s “Between a Rock and a Hard Place” and the subsequent movie “127 Hours” starring James Franco, tell the tale of Ralston’s fateful trip into the remote Utah wilderness in 2003.
While hiking solo down Blue John Canyon in Canyonlands National Park, Ralston dislodged a boulder that came crashing down on top of him, crushing Ralston’s hand against the walls of the narrow canyon.

Observance raising awareness of problem gambling

March 8, 2012

The 10th annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week seeks to raise public awareness of the tragic effects of compulsive gambling while drawing attention to the widespread recovery services available.
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is observed March 4-10 to “educate the public about signs of problem and pathological gambling behavior,” said Karen Kong of Inyo County Health and Human Services’ Prevention arm.

Clean air project proposals far exceed expectations

March 8, 2012

In another sign of the depressed economic and increased environmental awareness times, the Clean Air Projects Program recently announced that it received 49 proposals requesting $16.5 million in funding for “clean air projects” throughout the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, with includes Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties.
With a budget of $5 million, it was noted that CAPP administration and the Air District’s proposal review committee “undeniably have their work cut out” as they cull a majority of the requests and select the best of the proposal crop.

March 6th

Chamber points to optimism among Bishop biz community

March 6, 2012

As part of its mission to support and boost tourism and retail efforts, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced ongoing, multifaceted plans which include revitalizing Bishop’s economy, attracting new businesses, being a presence at major seasonal trade shows, upgrading the Bishop Visitors Bureau and even sprucing up vacant storefront windows.
In addition, four new businesses have opened in Bishop this month alone and mainstays such as Bar-B-Que Bill’s, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.

Efforts under way to create a fire-safe Big Pine

March 6, 2012

With the visible scars of last year’s Center Fire still evident, residents of Big Pine took the first step toward forming a Fire Safe Council last Thursday night.
Representatives from CalFire, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held meetings last week to discuss the advantages of establishing the community-driven councils in both Independence and Big Pine.

Prudent policy produces healthy bottom line for city

March 6, 2012

Civic leaders’ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishop’s workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishop’s hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.

March 5th

Supes split on idea of office consolidation

March 5, 2012

County leaders are at odds when it comes to the idea of constructing a consolidated office building in Bishop to house county services.
While four members of the Board of Supervisors are willing to delve deeper into the details of the project, Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes is passionately opposed to the idea and would rather see it go away than continue to weigh the costs and benefit.

Putting a face on the fight against cancer

March 5, 2012

Teachers, students and administrators throughout the Bishop Unified School District are launching a campaign this month to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia and other cancers.
At the heart of the campaign is a little boy whose battle with leukemia has provided the inspiration for two major fundraising events.

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