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January 20th, 2014

State moves on city court project

January 20, 2014

City Council, the City of Bishop and Administrative Office of the Courts staff are making some headway on plans for a new Inyo County Court Building to be located near City Hall.
With a potential site selected and several preliminary studies begun, construction of the proposed building could begin during the first quarter of 2017, said AOC Office of Court Construction and Management staff at their first-ever presentation to City Council on Jan. 13.

City Council considers daytime meetings

January 20, 2014

Bishop’s elected officials are considering leaving primetime.
The City Council has proposed changing its meeting times from the evening to the afternoons as part of yet another cost-saving measure.
“It’s just one of many things we are discussing, looking at ways to save money,” said Councilman David Stottlemyre, who floated the idea at the council’s Dec. 11 budget workshop.

January 17th

DROUGHT: Calif. governor declares state of emergency

January 17, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of drought emergency for California Friday, asking residents to cut their water use by at least 20 percent.
Locally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Inyo and Mono are among dozens of California and Nevada counties that have been designated primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the affected counties qualify for natural disaster assistance as of Jan. 15.

Mule Days announces concert headliners

January 17, 2014

Mule Days has some surprises in store for attendees this year, as it continues an effort begun in 2013 to return to its Western heritage.
With a nod to its roots, the Bishop Mule Days Celebration has tapped award-winning cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey to headline the 2014 concert, with nationally-known cowboy poet Baxter Black serving as the opening act.

Wild Iris finds a more comfortable headquarters

January 17, 2014

Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center has moved to a new and improved Main Street location, where it will continue to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Wild Iris is now offering its clients more room and greater confidentiality at 148-150 N. Main St., just northeast of West Line Street.
“After 30-plus years, we have gone from a private home, one rotary phone and one client to an office on Main Street, a 24-hour hotline” and a client base numbering in the hundreds, Executive Director Lisa Reel said.

Home Street Happenings: Winter brings a play, book battle, tourney and a dance

January 17, 2014

Winter has been a blast for Home Street. A lot of preparation for spring and upcoming events are taking place right as you read this.
Coming soon is our first-ever Drama Club production, “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street,” from the “Twilight Zone.” This performance will be held in the Multi-purpose Room at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets for the show will be sold at the door for a cost of $2 per person.

January 15th

Feds release frog analysis

January 15, 2014

Federal officials have released a draft economic analysis of its proposal to designate 1,831,820 acres of critical habitat in California for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog and the Yosemite toad.

Journey of a lifetime

January 15, 2014

One Hundred Mules Walking the L.A. Aqueduct was just the backdrop for what became a “life-changing” experience for the local packers, mule skinners and other residents who made the commemorative artist action a reality.

Mammoth woman killed in head-on collision

January 15, 2014

A fatal collision on U.S. 395 south of Bridgeport Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of Mammoth resident Suzanne Stokes, 86.
According to the Bridgeport Office of the California Highway Patrol, officers were dispatched to reports of the head-on collision shortly before 12:30 p.m..
Bridgeport Fire Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Paramedics and Caltrans responded to the scene to find Stokes’ 1996 Subaru and a 2012 GMC van driven by Barbara Koehler, 62, of Minden, Nev. blocking the southbound lanes of traffic.

City’s support of plastic bag ban up in the air

January 15, 2014

The City of Bishop’s vote on whether to support a statewide phase-out of plastic shopping bags has again been postponed.
A poll of the City Council Monday evening revealed an even split down the middle with two members in favor of supporting SB 405 and two members against it. The deciding vote belonged to Councilman Keith Glidewell, who was absent.

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