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August 18th, 2011

County begins budget talks

August 18, 2011

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 year’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.

Deployed medics care for, bond with soldiers

August 18, 2011

Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan – 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.

August 16th

Inyo joins four Nevada counties in land search

August 16, 2011

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.

Supes OK building at Bishop dump

August 16, 2011

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.

Fair exhibitor entry forms due this week

August 16, 2011

The sweet smell of the Tri-County Fair is in the air.
Entry forms for exhibits are being accepted starting this week and tickets go on sale next weekend in anticipation of the annual end-of-summer celebration scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 1.
The Fair exhibit office, located near the stables on the grounds, will be open all this week through Saturday to accept exhibit entry forms. Exhibits themselves will be accepted on varying schedules – depending on the type and contest – as outlined in the Fair’s Exhibit Guidebook.

August 15th

County leaders enter zoning talks

August 15, 2011

County leaders weighed in on the Planning Department’s move to update local zoning ordinances.
On Tuesday, the board reviewed five bullet points on local zoning laws, ranging from keeping animals to producing wind energy and working from home.
Earlier this year, Inyo County hired a consultant to review the current zoning ordinance and recommend updates and changes. The report the consultant delivered included many sections the county does not currently have on the books, such as rules and regulations for adult entertainment enterprises, that the board opted to leave out of the county code.

One year later, the healing continues

August 15, 2011

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of what has been called the worst vehicle accidents in Inyo County history. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol said a full report of the accident is due by the end of August.

August 11th

City boss steps down 10 months in

August 11, 2011

Through what appears to be a mutually agreeable decision, Bishop City Administrator Jim Southworth has stepped down after 10 months on the job.
Southworth had been on administrative leave since July 27. Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting included a closed session agenda item to discuss a “public employee performance evaluation.” After a short meeting behind closed doors, the council returned to chambers with the following announcement.

Hangar fee hike would apply to all county airports

August 11, 2011

Hangar fees at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport are going up, but not yet.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday to increase fuel and ramp fees at Bishop’s airport, the only county-operated facility that sells aviation fuel. But when it came time to discuss raising fees for hangar rentals and tie-downs, the board members were surprised to learn the increase would apply to all county operated airports.

Lion Fire grows to 20,166 acres

August 11, 2011

The Lion Wildland Fire in Sequoia National Forest that has been a source of smoke and headaches for many in Inyo County, is 75 percent contained.
The blaze, now at 20,166 acres, was sparked by lightning on July 8 and has been allowed to run its natural course, ridding the forest of dead and downed brush to create what officials say will be safer, more manageable fire conditions in the future.
Fire officials expect the fire to grow approximately 150 acres over the next several days, until it reaches the perimeter line to the south along Alpine Creek.

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