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August 11th, 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. Mondayâs Bishop City Council meeting included a closed session agenda item to discuss a âpublic employee performance evaluation.â After a short meeting behind closed doors, the council returned to chambers with the following announcement.
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 Bishopâs 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.
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.
County leaders approved a proposal to add some additional security to the Eastern Sierra Transit motor pool.
Last Tuesday, Interim Public Works Director Doug Wilson said there is funding available through the Local Transportation Commission to construct security lighting and fencing at ESTAâs headquarters at the county-operated Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
The board approved a proposal in February that would have provided the lighting, however, with a fast approaching grant deadline for the funding, no bids were submitted for the project.
A massive truck hauling spent nuclear machinery will be passing through Inyo County on a 21-day journey from San Onofre to Clive, Utah. The super load measures 399 feet long, 20 feet wide and more than 16 feet tall with 200 or so tires, consisting of a trailer weighing more than one million pounds and three trucks.
The loads are reportedly the heaviest in California history. This trip is the first of four scheduled for this year.
There are small notebooks, or sometimes just a few bits of paper, and a writing utensil, stuffed into a can or box of some sort at the highest point of nearly every mountain in the Sierra Nevada and beyond. These summit registers are a record of the peakâs visitors, considered historical documents by some.
Unfortunately, the registers have become a target for thieves.
The local public transportation system is growing â slowly, and sometimes painfully, but it is growing.
Amid funding shortages and other setbacks â such as a delay in delivery of vehicles for the Reds Meadow shuttle program and increasing fuel costs â the organization will have to cut some services but will retain its workforce. It is also asking less of its member agencies than it has in the past to get over this time of yearâs financial hump.
District 9 California High School Rodeo received this week one of the largest donations in the districtâs history â from a local employees union.
Workers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power donated $1,032 to the Bishop-based high school rodeo on Thursday, surprising plenty of young cowboys and cowgirls in the process.
According to LADWP Store Keeper Adele Pratt, the donation is a direct result of employees with the department wanting to give back to the community.
The Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center will be offering a free crash course in Eastern Sierra tourism and destinations for those on the frontline of tourism.
For three consecutive Wednesdays in August, those in tourism-related fields can take a tour of some of the best attractions and destinations the Owens Valley has to offer. Reservations for the limited number of seats is required at least one week prior to the tours.
The federal budget, more precisely the national debt and the attempts to reduce it, are being felt locally with Forest Service campground closures and reduced hours at some visitors centers.
Visitors in need of agency services are encouraged to plan ahead.
The Inyo National Forest is having to take some drastic measures to balance its budget this fiscal year, and in unprecedented actions is closing some campgrounds and reducing services and interpretive programs at visitor centers in the middle of the summer, according to Forest Supervisor Ed Armenta in a press release.