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August 25th, 2011
Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.
Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workersâ€™ union and Safeway â€“ Vonsâ€™ parent corporation â€“ have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.
County leaders are considering taking a loan to help pay for some capital improvements, but want to ensure Inyo will get the most bang for its buck before committing.
Inyo County paid off its debt earlier this year, and since then has boasted that it is one of the few debt-free counties in the state, or even the U.S.
This week, Auditor Controller Leslie Chapman went before the board during a budget hearing to broach the subject of taking on new debt that would keep county resources and facilities up-to-date and in operational order.
Organizers of the Eastern Sierra Certified Farmers Market are hoping that the third timeâ€™s the charm.
The Farmers Market/marketplace has moved again, this time to the area next to the gazebo behind City Hall.
The market had been held Saturday mornings in the Bishop City Park for years. At the beginning of this yearâ€™s season, organizers and some participants wanted to move the market to Friday nights on Main Street, next to Talmage Park. The market will still be from 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays until mid-November, weather and harvests permitting.
It might not feel like it but summer is unofficially over â€“ at least for local youth.
School starts next week for most Inyo County students, and has already started for some. Students in the Bishop Unified School District and Round Valley start school this coming Monday, Aug. 22;Big Pine students start Tuesday, Aug. 23; Lone Pine kids go back to class, Wednesday, Aug. 24; and class is in session for the Death Valley School District starting Monday, Aug. 29.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors has reiterated its long-standing support for the construction of a new courthouse in Independence by offering the state a free parcel of land for the new courthouse.
The board also officially requested that the state court system authorize spending $2.3 million in state court funds to build the new, modular courthouse, which would be located adjacent to the county jail in Independence.
Early in the 2011-12 budgeting process, Inyo County is looking at a $9 million deficit.
During a hearing Tuesday to review preliminary budget requests, County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said most county departments were able to maintain budgets similar to last yearâ€™s numbers. Some departments, he said, are requesting larger budgets to fill positions that were left vacant last year to save money, and all departments are dealing with the rising cost of doing business.
Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan â€“ When the Army goes on missions outside the wire, they are susceptible to any number of threats, ranging from extreme weather conditions and rocks being thrown at them to small arms fire and roadside bombs. Having well trained medical professionals attached to Army units ensures a quick response in the event a Soldier is wounded and in need of emergency medical attention.
With a federal grant in hand, Inyo County is on its way to identifying property that can be used for renewable energy generation and transportation.
Inyo County is now partnering with Nye, Esmeralda, Lincoln and White Pine counties in Nevada to spend $1 million on a quest for land that can be used for renewable energy.
The five-county cooperative group received an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant to conduct environmental site assessments and area-wide planning in support of renewable energy, transmission and economic development.
County leaders approved a $75,000 project Tuesday that will get a long awaited project at the Bishop Sunland Landfill off the ground.
Using a local contractor, the county will install a new building at the gate of the landfill, providing handicapped accessibility, new restroom facilities and storage and work space for landfill employees.
Deputy Public Works Director Jeff Alstrom said the county received five bids for the project, which aims to erect a modular building at the entrance to the landfill along with a new sceptic system and water lines.