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November 29th, 2011
Itâ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bishop and the local Chamber of Commerce is ringing in the season with a holiday bash this weekend.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and local business owners are inviting the community out to Bishopâ€™s annual small-town gathering, tree lighting ceremony and the ever-popular Street of Lights this Friday.
The evening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. when Santa Claus arrives at the Chamber of Commerce to hear what local youngsters want under their tree this year and have photos taken.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department and Bishop Rural Fire Protection District have made some recent clarifications to its list of responsibilities, as well as to those of some the volunteers.
Ski areas in California received good news this past week from the U.S. Forest Service, with the promise of up to 600 new jobs.
The Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011, which was signed by President Barack Obama on Nov. 7, is estimated to create and annually sustain up to 600 extra jobs nationwide.
â€śThis is very good news for us,â€ť said Mammoth Mountain Ski Area spokesperson Joani Lynch.
She was not alone in her enthusiasm.
â€śThis is great news for promoting job growth and economic stimulus in California,â€ť said Regional Forester Randy Moore.
Bishopâ€™s Public Works Department is planning major projects for the near future to replace aging infrastructure and possibly add to the commercial viability of the city.
According to Public Works Director Dave Grah, a 1,000-foot section of busy sewer line located in the City Park needs to be replaced and a street improvement project is being planned for Warren Street.
Despite the cramped quarters, the Bishop Police Department is expanding in staffing and on the World Wide Web.
The PD recently added a public information officer position to its roster and is making daily activities logs and press releases available on the Internet. The push toward increased transparency and public outreach by the department will not be a new cost for taxpayers, either.
â€śItâ€™s not a paid position,â€ťsaid BPD Dispatcher and new PIO Katie Coffman. â€śWe all wear a lot of different hats around here.â€ť
Coffman works with Pam Galvin, records supervisor, who updates the website.
Independence residents are inviting community members from throughout the county to one of the holiday seasonâ€™s funkiest festivities.
Residents and visitors are encouraged to find those old bell bottoms because it is back to the â€™60s for this yearâ€™s Fruitcake Festival, scheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 at the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Today, many Eastern Sierra residents will be enjoying a bountiful dinner of traditional fare that they might otherwise have gone without, were it not for the generous donations of the community, the Salvation Army and the Bishop Elks.
This December Lone Pine will be deviating from the norm and ditching tradition for a new community event.
Rather than hosting the annual Christmas Parade this Dec. 3, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Department to unite the community as they kick off the holiday season.
â€śWe just wanted to do something new,â€ť Chamber of Commerce Director Kathleen New said.
Todayâ€™s Thanksgiving holiday will be followed across the country by a celebration for the U.S. economy: Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days in America.
With Black Friday slowly becoming Black Thursday â€“ as more big-box and department stores are starting the shopping frenzy Thanksgiving evening â€“ grassroots efforts are under way across the nation to direct consumersâ€™ holiday season spending sprees to where they would be most beneficial.
California legislators and the governor decided in June to cut all funding to county and state fairs. This includes approximately $200,000 in lost revenue for the Tri-County Fairgrounds that operates on an annual budget of $900,000.