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March 8th, 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 â€“ 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 Childrenâ€™s Christmas Tree, a 16-foot Giant Sequoia that will serve as the gateway to the arboretum, or tree museum.
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.
Bishop Police Department has named its new lieutenant: two-decade veteran of the force Fred Gomez. Chief Chris Carter made the announcement to the Bishop City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The position is the second- in-command post at the department and one Gomez has risen to, from patrol officer in 1991, to detective in 2003, then to sergeant in 2006.
â€śThe job wasnâ€™t just handed to me,â€ť Gomez said. â€śI tested for it like everybody else.â€ť
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation and familiarity will make way for groundbreaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierraâ€™s most popular fundraisers returns to Lone Pine.
â€śThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this yearâ€™s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,â€ť Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.
Recent controlled burns in the Owens Valley have sparked concern in at least one local resident who fears using fire for forest management will negatively impact residents and businesses.
When local resident Liz Oâ€™Sullivan saw smoke lingering in the air earlier this week due to a series of controlled burns conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she filed a formal complaint in hopes of getting the crews to stop burning until the smoke had dissipated.
A group of Southern Inyo residents hope to boost the Lone Pine economy and quality of life by building a brand new multi-purpose community center in Spainhower Park.
The Lone Pine Community Center Planning Committee appeared before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request support for a plan to build the 200-person capacity center, using funds donated by local philanthropist Dave Haas.
After three months of door-to-door campaigning, increasing yard signage and glossy fliers appearing in mailboxes, the race for two Bishop City Council seats will be soon be decided.
Once the polls close Tuesday, March 8, the three candidates vying for those two seats – newcomer Jim Ellis and incumbents Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion – will also know their political fates.
With the fate of Owens Valley School up in the air due to declining enrollment, a recent study has shined some light on options for educating youth in Independence.
A study committee made up of representatives from Lone Pine, Owens Valley and Big Pine school districts released its consolidation study regarding the future of Owens Valley School as it faces lapsation.
Owens Valley School District will lapse if it falls below the state-mandated 12 students.
It currently has 11 kids enrolled.
The air is crisp at Tomâ€™s Place at 8 a.m. The slight breeze blows around ice crystals, dazzling in the sun light, tiny floating prisms. Drips of coffee freeze to the side of the mug.
â€śDo you have extra clothes? Bring all youâ€™ve got,â€ť says snow-surveyor Brian Norris, â€śItâ€™s cold up there.â€ť
It only takes a few minutes outside of the car to numb fingers, cheeks and nose and thereâ€™s still another 3,000 feet to go up to the first survey spot.
Inyo County is still operating under a cloud of fiscal uncertainty due to state budget concerns, but county department heads continue to tighten their belts and, in most cases, live within their means.
In his annual mid-year budget update, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio said the local government has reason to be proud, but also plenty of reasons to worry.
According to Carunchio, county department heads have held to their mid-year projections without going over budget, but state budget issues may still have an impact.