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March 8th, 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 â€śclean air projectsâ€ť 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 Districtâ€™s proposal review committee â€śundeniably have their work cut outâ€ť as they cull a majority of the requests and select the best of the proposal crop.
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 Bishopâ€™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 Billâ€™s, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.
With the visible scars of last yearâ€™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.
Civic leadersâ€™ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishopâ€™s workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishopâ€™s hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.
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.
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.
Adventurer-turned-author Aron Ralston will be in Bishop Tuesday to discuss his book, harrowing story of survival and answer questions from residents.
Ralstonâ€™s autobiographical â€śBetween a Rock and A Hard Placeâ€ť is the subject of this yearâ€™s Community Reads Program.
Community Reads is an effort to get everyone in Inyo County on the same page by reading a single book.
A generally receptive and supportive crowd received a presentation of the Lower Owens River Project Recreation Use Plan Friday evening, Feb. 24, at the Boulder Creek Club House in Lone Pine.
Consultant Dean Apostol of MIG previewed the results of the plan which includes three levels of options for offering recreational opportunities in and around the revitalized river.
Inyo County approved a resolution Tuesday to consolidate the City of Bishop General Election with the statewide General Election held on the first Tuesday of November on even-numbered years.
With approval from the Board of Supervisors, the city will now hold its General Election Nov. 6, 2012.
The approval of the consolidation means that in November, residents will be voting for president, state and federal officials and city council members, as well as Board of Supervisors members, should the June Primary result in run-offs for those county seats.
Plans to refurbish, revitalize and eventually reopen the long-defunct Cottonwood Plaza shopping center in Bishop will be moving forward.
A press release issued by the current owners reiterates the property holdersâ€™ commitment to both their commercial enterprise and the community â€“ despite recent, and even tragic, setbacks.
Ray and Liz Eslamiyeh had vowed to get the shopping center opened to businesses as soon as possible upon closing escrow on the property last summer.