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June 18th, 2012
As volunteer crews and the Inyo County Road Department work to implement the pilot Adventure Trails system in Southern Inyo, two out-of-the-area environmental groups have taken legal action to stop the project in its tracks.
The Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed a lawsuit this week in which they claim county leaders did not adequately address environmental concerns.
Lyn and Ralph Haberâs four-acre Swall Meadows botanical garden preserve will be open for a public tour as a benefit for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project. It may actually serve as a double benefit: a fundraiser for the Bishop City Park Arboretum Project and a learning opportunity for local gardening devotees. âThe tour is (especially) welcoming to newcomers who donât know what grows here,â said Charles Milligan, one of the tour organizers.
Local leaders met last week to discuss the countyâs fleet of vehicles and what state-mandated emission regulations might mean for county-owned vehicles.
Through responsible use and careful maintenance, Inyo County has been able to maintain a large fleet of vehicles at minimal cost to the citizens. However, with state-mandated emissions regulations going into affect over the next few years, there are concerns that many older vehicles will need to be replaced or the county will face fines and fees for being out of compliance.
Nineteen new homes are under construction on the Bishop Paiute Reservation thanks to a Department of Housing and Urban Development Title VI Loan Guarantee.
According to the tribe, HUD has backed the tribe for a $3 million loan for the construction of 18 new homes on tribal lands. The last home will be built using Community Development Department reserves.
The HUD loan is a rare opportunity for the tribe.
Bishop tribal leaders and community members had an opportunity to meet with high-ranking state officials last month to discuss the tribeâs successful law enforcement and tribal court programs.
According to the Bishop Paiute Tribe, a collaborative meeting was held Wednesday, May 9, with the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Laurel White, U.S. Attorneyâs Office Outreach Specialist Sean Vassar, U.S. Attorneyâs Office Law Enforcement Coordinator George Anderson and Bureau of Indian Affairs/Office of Justice Servicesâ new Special Agent in Charge of California Carleen Fischer.
Building on the momentum from its first, full-fledged Eastern Sierra stage production â and the overwhelmingly positive reviews and amount of support it received in the process â the Writers Actors Guild of the Eastern Sierra is forging ahead with its next labor of love.
As with its adaptation of âTuesdays with Morrieâ this past winter, WAG is bringing to local stages a popular, if not beloved, piece of work ripe for yet one more exploration of its highly relatable themes.
A final tally of Tuesdayâs votes shows two out of three incumbent county supervisors have been unseated and the third is headed to a runoff election in November.
After verifying and tallying all but 70 outstanding provisional ballots, the Inyo County Elections Department released a final count late Thursday night that reveals essentially the same results as those reported immediately after the June 5 Presidential Primary.
Bishop will see an influx of visitors this weekend as hundreds of California High School Rodeo Association finalists and their families take up residence for six days of exciting rodeo action.
Approximately 260 competitors, the best in the state from nine rodeo districts stretching from the Oregon to Mexico borders, will be putting their skill and talent to the test for the chance to advance to the National Finals in Iowa.
Preliminary results from Tuesdayâs Primary election show close races for County Supervisor seats in Southern Inyo â and possible runoff elections â and, in Bishop, a victory for challenger Jeff Griffiths over incumbent Susan Cash.
As of midnight on Wednesday, 1,300 provisional and absentee ballots still had be counted, so a runoff between Griffiths and Cash is not out of the question, depending on the contents of those outstanding votes.
County leaders Tuesday rejected the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs annual Lower Owens River Project Work Plan and Budget in favor of a plan they drafted. The county plan includes all the traditional elements and funding the two agencies have approved in past years.
Per an agreement between the two agencies, the annual work plan and budget has traditionally outlined the county and utilityâs share of the cost of hydrologic monitoring, biologic and water quality monitoring, mosquito abatement, beaver control, adaptive management and invasive weed species control.