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March 11th, 2011

Suspected bank robber nabbed outside of Bishop

March 11, 2011

A routine traffic stop outside of Bishop earlier this week led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber wanted by the FBI.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, Charles R. Leighton was arrested Thursday night after being identified as the suspect in a Nevada bank robbery.
Cleland said a CHP officer initiated a stop on the 43-year-old for “a mechanical violation” at about noon Thursday on U.S. 395 near Pine Creek.

New art center gives Tribal youth a place to ‘stand up’ for their future

March 11, 2011

The Bishop Paiute Reservation has a new place for all youths, teens and young adults to “wünüt” or “stand up” – be creative, constructive and learn skills they will take with them for the rest for their lives.
The WünüT Novi Youth Media Arts and Infoshop was born out of the loss of young people to violence and drugs and alcohol. Still in its infancy, the program is seeking more volunteers and donations that will allow the center to stay open longer and offer more to the community.

March 10th

BIA directs Timbisha to hold a new election

March 10, 2011

After more than two years of controversy, complaints and appeals to federal authorities, the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe will have its day at the polls to elect a new tribal government.
Friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year, creating a dispute about which Tribal Council is the recognized body.

Proposed cuts threaten local services

March 10, 2011

The budget crunch in Washington may soon be felt locally with the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to social programs.
On the chopping block are grants that help fund food banks and housing programs that will be cut in half if the budget proposal passes.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action is the local organization that provides these social services, and has been holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the area to discuss the proposed cuts and their implications. The meetings will also offer suggestions for action to those who want to speak up for these services.

Suspected repeat sex offender behind bars

March 10, 2011

Thomas Michael “Mikey” Tharp, a 38-year-old Bishop resident, is in custody at the Inyo County Jail on allegations of child molestation.
Tharp is facing one felony and one misdemeanor charge of molestation and an additional misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “investigators became aware of Tharp after the parents of two alleged victims came forward.”

Griffiths, Ellis take city seats

March 10, 2011

Voters of the City of Bishop exercised their constitutional rights on Tuesday electing Jeff Griffiths and Jim Ellis to serve on the City Council for the next four years.
The final tally had incumbent Griffiths with 430 votes, newcomer Ellis with 350 and incumbent Bruce Dishion with 315 out of a total of 673 ballots cast.
The final numbers were preceded by a suspenseful 30 minutes of numbers slowly dribbling in after the polls from the city’s two precincts closed at 8 p.m.

March 8th

Ellis, Griffiths take Bishop City Council seats

March 8, 2011

The March 8 Municipal Election for the City of Bishop was decided a scant 45 minutes after the poll closed with Jim Ellis and incumbent Jeff Griffiths decided by voters as Bishop City Council members for the next four years. This will be Griffths' second term and Ellis' first at a publicly elected post.

Students required to get whooping cough vaccine

March 8, 2011

Students throughout Inyo County will soon be getting mandatory vaccines in response to what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak of whooping cough in five decades.
According to Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson, California experienced the most cases of Pertussis – whooping cough – in 2010 than it has seen in 52 years.
Johnson noted that, as in the rest of the state, Inyo County “had several cases” of Pertussis among school-age children.

City to celebrate Arbor Week with special ceremony

March 8, 2011

The first fruits of the long-term lease for the Bishop City Park will be celebrated this week with the ground breaking of a long-awaited arboretum.
The arboretum will represent the ecosystems and flora of the area – the Sierra Nevada, the valley floor and the White-Inyo Range.
In conjunction with the statewide Arbor Week, March 7-14, the city plans to celebrate with a formal dedication of the Children’s Christmas Tree, a 16-foot Giant Sequoia that will serve as the gateway to the arboretum, or tree museum.

Day of decision arrives in City Council contest

March 8, 2011

Today, voters of the City of Bishop will decide who will occupy two top leadership positions for the next four years.
Jim Ellis, Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion are the three candidates citizens will be casting their votes for today on the March 8 General Municipal Election ballots.
The single polling place, the City Hall Auditorium at 377 W. Line St., will open at 7 a.m. Mail-in and absentee ballots can also be dropped off but must be received by the close of polls at 8 p.m. to be counted.

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