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February 8th, 2011

IMACA to gather input on need in low-income sector

February 8, 2011

A series of town hall meetings will be held in March to gather input on the needs of low-income families throughout Inyo and Mono counties.
Jane McDonald of Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action said IMACA holds these meetings every two years to adjust its Community Action Plan, and attempt to meet the changing needs of the community. McDonald explained that this is a way for the group “to keep the finger on the pulse” of the community.
The meetings are also a way for IMACA to plan ahead, financially, in trying to meet demands.

Bocce Ball course opens at Bishop City Park

February 8, 2011

Bishop bocce ball beginners and experts now have a place to practice.
The Bishop Bocce Association and city Parks and Recreation officials recently completed construction of Bishop’s first bocce course at the City Park.
The $1,000 project began last year with fundraising efforts by the Bishop Bocce Club, and culminated Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Mayor Jeff Griffiths throwing the first official ball.

Coso groundwater study completed

February 8, 2011

The Inyo County Water Department is accepting comments on the Coso/Hay Ranch Groundwater Transfer Project evaluation. The project has completed its first year of operation and has been evaluated and recalibrated by a third-party consulting firm.
The Conditional Use Permit for the project allows Coso Operating Company to pump water from its Hay Ranch property for use at its geothermal power plant. The Hay Ranch sits atop the Rose Valley aquifer.

February 3rd

ICE to use biometrics to track criminal aliens

February 3, 2011

Inyo is among six northern California counties to benefit next from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement strategy to use biometrics to identify and remove aliens convicted of a crime
Inyo and five other northern California counties, including Amador, Calaveras, Glenn, Modoc and San Benito, became the latest in the state to benefit from an ICE federal information-sharing capability this week.

Wenzel pleads guilty to Stolen Valor charges

February 3, 2011

What were once serious allegations concerning stolen valor, have now been confirmed.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Bill Wenzel, one-time candidate for Fifth District Supervisor and former commander of the Lone Pine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8036, pleaded guilty to a single charge of “falsely altering military discharge certificates” and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service on Oct. 15, 2010. The community service was in lieu of a $500 fine.

$500 reward offered for info on burglary

February 3, 2011

Following a burglary on Monday evening, the Petite Pantry Restaurant is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the burglar or burglars.
The eatery, located on North Sierra Highway north of Bishop, was broken into, according to the owner Jay Jimenez. He said that sometime between closing on Sunday night and opening Monday morning a person, or persons pried open the back door of the establishment.

Future of Cottonwood Plaza looks promising

February 3, 2011

Cottonwood Plaza is still empty, but there is work being done to fill it. While waiting on environmental reports, the prospective buyer has reportedly been accepting bids to retrofit the plaza with new windows.
Realtor Stan Smith of Pleasant Valley Associates said Tuesday that everyone involved is awaiting the results of soil samples from the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.
“No one’s backing out,” Smith said.

February 1st

Cultures converging in Indy

February 1, 2011

Inyo County has another piece of history to add to its collection at the Eastern California Museum thanks to a donation from the Moore Family Trust.
According to Inyo County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, the Moore Family Trust donated a set of 30 “non-vintage posthumous edition photogravure prints struck from original copper photogravure plates made by Edward S. Curtis.”

Bishop’s back in the saddle again

February 1, 2011

The California High School Rodeo Association will be holding its finals at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop for the next four years with a possible two-year extension on top of that. The rodeo attracts more than 700 parents and participants that stay and spend in Bishop.
The CHSRA contracts for holding the finals has always been competitive, said Jim Tatum, fairgrounds general manager, but he said Bishop made the CHRSA an offer it couldn’t refuse. He added that he has only had phone confirmation and details are still being hammered out.

Can Adopt-A-Creek stay afloat for 2011 season?

February 1, 2011

The really big fish that have been caught along Bishop Creek – those lunker Alpers trout – could soon be a thing of the past.
Adopt-A-Creek, the group of volunteers that has raised nearly a half-million dollars in the past dozen years to stock those trophy fish, luring the tourists and their money, has lost its major source of funding.
Founder Ron Scira said this week that he’ll make an announcement at the Annual Fishing Opener Press reception, held the Friday before Fishmas, whether the non-profit organization will dissolve or continue.

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