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January 18th, 2011

Protecting land in perpetuity comes with tax incentive

January 18, 2011

Congress recently renewed a tax incentive for private landowners – especially working family farmers and ranchers – who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement.
The incentive, which had expired at the end of 2009, helped Eastern Sierra Land Trust work with willing landowners to preserve 635 acres of natural areas between 2006 and 2009.

Mental health of murder suspect being questioned

January 18, 2011

Some light is being shed on the dark incidents of Christmas Day when two local women were shot to death while visiting in San Luis Obispo County.
Owens Valley residents and sisters Beverly Reilly and Kathy Yeager were murdered Dec. 25 while visiting relatives for the holidays at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.

Backcountry stewards to hold annual fundraiser

January 18, 2011

The Eastern Sierra unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California will be holding its annual dinner and fundraiser with musical accompaniment by a band featuring Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter.
The horsemen (and women) are the folks on the mountain trails in early summer clearing away snow and debris, opening the way for every traveler. The unit donates more than $120,000 a year in trail support. The group also offers free equestrian first-aid and packing classes.

Child care specialists spearhead effort to aid local senior citizens

January 18, 2011

With hopes of generous donations from locals, donation boxes for “Socks and Slippers of Love” will be set up at several locations in Bishop today.
Depending on how well the boxes are filled, many Bishop area senior citizens could be sporting new, warm and cozy footwear for Valentine’s Day.
Sponsored by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and its Special Education Department, the fundraiser of sorts is asking for new footwear – men’s and women’s – to brighten the spirits and warm the toes of seniors in the city’s care center facilities for the heart-shaped holiday in February.

Mammoth not alone in its dismay over court decision

January 18, 2011

It seems to be something that most people have forgotten.
In all the brouhaha over the airport lawsuit appeal, the Town of Mammoth wasn’t the only town challenging the Bridgeport jury’s finding that the Town is liable for $30 million in damages.
Far from it.
In fact, every city and county in the state of California sided with the Town, as “friends of the court” or “amici curiae.” The appellate judges’ decision is rattling municipal nerves across the state.

January 13th

Andria Witmer takes wheel at Bishop CHP

January 13, 2011

Bishop’s office of the California Highway Patrol has a new leader at the helm, one who hopes to carry the area office through tough financial times and bring a little stability to the local command.

Bishop Reservation housing project nearing completion

January 13, 2011

The first designated sober living spaces on the Bishop Paiute Reservation are nearing completion.
Ground was broken in November 2008 on the Coyote Mountain Apartments. Since then, homegrown labor and local contractors have been the primary muscle at the site, and will see the project through to a projected completion date of March 1.
Robert Vance, director of the Bishop Paiute Community Development Department and lead planner for the project, said the estimated finish date for the six, two-story buildings is still on track “as long as the weather holds.”

Blum – Wesley this time – headed for Sacramento

January 13, 2011

For the second year in a row, the Bishop VFW and Auxiliary Post will be sending a local student to Sacramento to participate in the Voice of Democracy, and for the second year in a row, a member of the Blum family will be making the trip.
The Voice of Democracy invites high school students statewide to write an essay and give a three- to five-minute audio presentation of the speech on a theme selected by the VFW. The winners from each VFW post go on to district judging, and the winner from that contest advances to the state level.

January 11th

Former city administrator easing into role as county supervisor

January 11, 2011

Following a 30-year career in city government, serving as administrator for the City of Bishop, Rick Pucci stepped into a new, although not unfamiliar role last week.
Retired from his post at the local municipality and having successfully won a bid for Third District Inyo County Supervisor in June, Pucci took his seat on Jan. 4 at the dais alongside other members of the Board of Supervisors.

Town of Mammoth lands in hot water with loss of Hot Creek appeal

January 11, 2011

A travesty of justice?
The California Third Appellate District Court sure didn’t think so.
The three-member panel unanimously upheld a $30 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes in the Hot Creek Aviation litigation.
It wasn’t even close.
Thus ends the litigation in a dispute that began in 1997. Now begin the myriad questions facing the town and what it’s going to do about them.

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