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July 2nd, 2014

Board votes to have Library, Museum share staff

July 2, 2014

County leaders agreed Tuesday to move forward with a reorganization of the Inyo County Library system and Museum Services Department, with the caveat that things can change if the new system doesn’t work out.
The board voted unanimously to allow the Library to hire a new, part-time employee. The Eastern California Museum’s current part-time employee will now split time between the Museum and the Library (though, an exact schedule of when the employee will be working at each department has not been identified).

D.A. gearing up for Rossy trial

July 2, 2014

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office is preparing for an Oct. 6, 2014 trial in the case against Dawndee and Ken Rossy, the Bishop couple who stand accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Dawndee allegedly stole the funds over an eight-year period from HHS’ Public Assistance Program, where she worked until last year.
Last month, an Inyo County Superior Court judge denied a request from Dawndee’s attorney to suppress statements she made to law enforcement during the investigation.

Independence honors John and Tansy Smith as grand marshals

July 2, 2014

This year’s Independence Fourth of July grand marshals are John K. and Tansy Smith, long-time Independence community members.
Tansy moved to Independence with her mother and stepfather in the 1930s. She and John met in college. The two married during World War II, while John was in the Navy on the East Coast. They returned together, as soon as they could, to the Owens Valley, where they operated the Independence Dairy and ranched.

June 30th

Inyo ready to celebrate July 4

June 30, 2014

From Bishop to the county seat, residents and visitors will come together this Friday for community celebrations in honor of Independence Day.
In Independence, the Civic Club, Lions Club and other groups are teaming to host another of their famous day-long July 4 festivals.
Big Pine’s Volunteer Fire Department will once again host a variety of festivities that include exercise and lots of food. Farther north, the City of Bishop is also encouraging outdoor activities via its Big Day in the Park.
Following are details about each communities’ planned celebrations.

Library, museum managers might be safe

June 30, 2014

Looks like the Inyo County Free Library and Eastern California Museum might be allowed to continue operating with their two, respective managers in place.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled today to consider approval of a budget plan for the library that will create a library/museum assistant position and allow for staff flexibility between the two departments.

Read the full story in the Tuesday, July 1, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

Forest Service meeting draws concerns over multi-use

June 30, 2014

About 70 interested members of the public attended the Forest Plan workshop, including three Inyo County Supervisors, held from 5-8 p.m. June 19 at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop. The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on the Inyo Forest’s “Updated Need to Change” document.

Pollini named city’s ‘Citizen of the Quarter’

June 30, 2014

Bishop’s City Council recently acknowledged Joe Pollini’s decades of contribution to the community by awarding him the city’s Quarterly Citizen’s Award at the June 23 City Council meeting.
“He has a passion, an amazing commitment to sharing this area, not just with outsiders, but also with people who live here,” Councilmember Laura Smith said of Pollini. “He loves to see other people experience the grandeur and beauty here, all the Sierra has to offer.”

Read the full story in teh Tuesday, July 1, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

June 27th

Sending them on their way

June 27, 2014

Kayla Inderbieten, an incoming senior at Bishop Union High School, and Torrie Johnston, a recent BUHS graduate, have done themselves and the Eastern Sierra proud.
But outcompeting several hundred other rodeo contestants across the state for a chance at National High School Rodeo Association Finals was only the first hurdle to realizing their rodeo dreams.
Raising the funds to get to the big show in Wyoming is the second. As word of their need spreads through the community, donations are coming in from groups such as the Lions Club, Sunrise Rotary and Altrusa.

County rejects tax hike idea

June 27, 2014

County leaders decided Tuesday to tackle their financial issues with creative budget measures rather than placing the burden on tax payers.
They came to this conclusion in response to a request from the City of Bishop to consider raising the county Transaction Use Tax.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed that a “tax and spend” policy would not be in the best interest of county residents in a time when county department heads have been tasked with trimming $1.06 million from the overall county budget.

CHP captain retiring Monday

June 27, 2014

Bishop Area California Highway Patrol Captain Andria Witmer announced this week that she will be retiring at the end of the month.
Witmer said Thursday that her successor, Lt. Tim Noyes, of Riverside, will be promoted to captain and begin work at the Bishop office of the CHP Sept. 1. In the interim, she said area CHP sergeants will be handling day-to-day operations.
Witmer has been an officer with the CHP for nearly 30 years. She came to Bishop from Southern California on Dec. 2, 2010.

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