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January 3rd, 2012

State budget cuts to impact research facility

January 3, 2012

A weak economy and state budget cuts have taken a chunk out of state libraries, prisons and education and now, local science and research.
The White Mountain Research Station, a staple of high-altitude related research and of the Owens Valley since 1950, has announced plans for a partial closure of some of its facilities.
Some year-round employees are being laid off for the winter and some full-time staff will be reduced to 50 percent, according to WMRS personnel.
The well attended Thursday night lecture series and the Barcroft Open House may be on the chopping block as well.

Program offering Inyo health care relief

January 3, 2012

Inyo County is one of 34 California counties slated to receive early federal medical relief.
The County Medical Services Program Governing Board announced recently that it will expand health care coverage to an additional 30,000 low-income adults living in 34, mostly rural counties beginning Jan. 1 under the new Path2Health program.

INF revamps wilderness reservation framework

January 3, 2012

Inyo National Forest is catching up with the times by offering reservations for wilderness permits online through the contractor Reserve America.
Reservations can now be made online at, or by phone at (877) 444-6777.
Though reservations are no longer being made through the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office, Forest Service Public Information Officer Nancy Upham said there will still be a Permit Office locally, which will be available to answer questions and direct reservation seekers to the appropriate websites and phone numbers.

2012 Community Reads selection announced

January 3, 2012

Those who resolve to read more in the coming year can get a little help in the form of accountability thanks to the Inyo County Community Reads program.
Community Reads aims to encourage literacy by selecting one book for everyone in the county to read, from the school-aged to retired, and everyone in between.
This year’s Community Reads Program is unique because Inyo and Mono counties are teaming up and have invited a celebrity author to speak about what’s been called his empowering true story.

New Year ushers in new laws

January 3, 2012

A bevy of new laws will go into effect in California in 2012. Several of the new laws address homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues while others deal with carrying a handgun, illegal immigration and Internet sales tax. In all, more than 750 new laws are slated to go into effect on Jan. 1 or July 1.

Will record-setting Christmas dinner be Center’s last?

January 3, 2012

Through the generosity of volunteers and donors, the Bishop Senior Center offered up another Christmas dinner, its 23rd in a row, and set a record by serving more than 600 local residents – most of those meals being home deliveries. But, with budget cuts and the rising cost of food, this may be the last Christmas dinner the center can afford to offer.

December 30th, 2011

Premium placed on tradition at local Christmas celebration

December 30, 2011

Someone once said that the message of Christmas is that we are never alone.
Certainly this was the case at the Owens Valley Indian Housing Authority annual Christmas celebration held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Lone Pine Tribe’s Gymnasium. Offered as part of the OVIHA’s Community Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program, dozens of families attended to hear the message from Rick Frey on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse on their community.

Ellis to walk in Rose Parade

December 30, 2011

A local Rotarian will be walking in the 123rd Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 2. Patricia Ellis of Bishop will be one of 15 Rotarians chosen to be an “outwalker” with this year’s Rotary Rose Parade Float.
Ellis, secretary for the local district, was chosen after Bishop won a fundraiser raffle, according to Rotary Club of Bishop President Dr. Leo Pisculli.

Charges pending related to Big Pine’s Center Fire?

December 30, 2011

Investigators with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office are asking every individual who lost property in the Center Fire to contact them.
Investigator Lewis Roberts said the D.A.’s Office has a list of 20-30 fire victims from its initial investigation, and is hoping to verify those numbers before potentially filing criminal charges against those believed to be responsible for the late-March blaze.
A total of 19 homes were destroyed in the 800-acre fire. Estimates put the cost of damages from the fire at $4.5 million.

December 27th

End in sight for NIH construction project

December 27, 2011

Construction of a new Main Building at Northern Inyo Hospital has gone from an idea and local bond measure, demolition and a hole in the ground, to a steel skeleton to a what looked like a large white present complete with red bow during the building’s interior construction to its current resemblance to a modern healthcare facility.


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