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January 6th, 2011
There was an island in the desert over the Christmas holiday weekend, but it was no mirage and no paradise. The small hamlet of Tecopa in remote southeast Inyo County was cut off from the rest of the world when, on Dec. 22, floods took over the three paved arteries that are the only means in or out of the town.
Keeping with the City of Bishopâ€™s motto, â€ś100 Years of Service,â€ť new City Administrator Jim Southworth said he plans on making sure those services, such as public safety and infrastructure improvements, are still available through the dark financial days that lie ahead.
Southworth, who has more than 30 years of administration under his belt, said in a recent interview that he will try and maintain the economically conservative nature of the cityâ€™s administration, while recognizing room for growth and meeting generational expectations.
Self-confessed Schulman Grove Visitors Center arsonist John Thomas Christiana is preparing to serve as his own counsel in Inyo County Superior Court.
Christiana recently appealed court orders that he is incompetent to stand trial and that he be subject to involuntarily administration of anti-psychotic medication. On Dec. 10, the court rejected the first contention but reversed the order authorizing the medication. There is no word of when Christiana will be standing trial.
Manzanar National Historic Site is preparing to open a new interpretive exhibit and to conduct more interviews with former internees, camp staff and local residents.
Paying for the new features at the historic site is the Friends of Manzanar, which recently received $58,833 in grant money from the National Park Service.
According to Manzanar Chief of Interpretation Alisa Lynch, staff will utilize the grant money to review archives and find information to put on display at the newly refurbished mess hall.
In remembrance, and as a possible inspiration for others to donate, fellow quilter and friend of the sisters Cathryn Cotler of Smith Valley, Nev. has donated a quilt to the cause. The winner of the quilt will be chosen at random from those who have donated to the Jeff and Alie McKee Family Fund. That fund is set up at The Santa Lucia Bank, P.O. Box 6047, Atascadero CA 93423. The winner of the quilt will be chosen on Jan. 31. No tickets are being sold. The quilt measures 61 inches by 61 inches and is machine-pieced and machine-quilted.
December 28th, 2010
Sometimes no news is good news and the past holiday weekend was no exception.
Despite a record-setting snow storm, heavy traffic and bitter temperatures, Inyo County experienced what local first responders are calling a â€śquietâ€ť holiday weekend. Law enforcement and fire departments had little if anything to report on Monday.
For many local families, the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport played a silent but no less critical role in todayâ€™s Christmas celebrations.
This is particularly true, according to airport officials, if one or more presents unwrapped by happy loved ones this morning was purchased online earlier this month as part of holiday shopping meant to save both time and money.
With the cold temps comes the need for heat. With the heat should come vigilance by consumers in ensuring that the heat source is not compromised. An expert on the subject, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine, recently offered a laundry list of safety tips to be fire and heat safe this winter season.
Grants are still available through the City of Bishopâ€™s first-time homebuyer assistance program. The assistance comes in the form of loans that will act as a silent second, or a matching amount, for a mortgage.
The program started taking applications in April and still has money available.
Though they continue to support the Alabama Hills Stewardship Groupâ€™s efforts to have a federal designation placed over the Alabama Hills, county leaders expressed fear that legislation creating a National Scenic area will be put into an omnibus bill.
In a 4-1 vote, the board decided to send a letter of support for the Alabama Hills designation to Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA-D), who has said she would carry the bill if it had community support.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney voted against the letter, saying he did not support more land designations in the county.