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November 3rd, 2011

Final report on deadly 2010 crash released

November 3, 2011

The long-awaited crash report on the deadly multi-vehicle accident that occurred in August 2010 has been released.
New details emerge in the report, but the questions that have been most asked still have no answers. There was no determination made on the cause of the driver distraction or inattention that ultimately led to the crash or what caused one of the vehicles to catch on fire.

Chamber strong despite city budget concerns

November 3, 2011

The City of Bishop is preparing its next budget, with a chunk of the funds going to promote the town. However, as with nearly any and every other city and state in the nation right now, Bishop is facing yet another year of lower revenues which means less money for advertising. This has been the same old song and dance since 2008, the beginning of the Great Recession.

Local court projects get state go-ahead

November 3, 2011

State court officials are considering stopping at least two court construction projects and delaying several more to fill a budget gap.
According to the Administrative Office of the Court, a working group tasked by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to oversee the judicial branch’s facilities program is recommending several ways to proceed with “minimal delay on most projects in the court construction program as well as the elimination of two projects in Alpine and Sierra counties.”

Dance like a zombie

November 3, 2011

Today is the day when tens of thousands of wanna-be zombies and ghouls around the world will growl and boogie in unison for the “Thrill the World.” It is an international attempt to set the world-record for simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” song and video and Bishop’s undead will be joining in this year.
Erin Livingston organized the local dance and has been holding lessons all month long.

October 27th

Adventure Trails focus shifts to public outreach

October 27, 2011

Local residents and community leaders will be meeting next month in Independence to kickstart the next leg of the new all-terrain vehicle route system.
Advocates for Access to Public Lands President and Project Leader Dick Noles told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that there is still a lot of work to be done before the Adventure Trails System is implemented, but, after the Nov. 9 meeting, the public should be involved for the remainder of the planning stages.

Postal Service opts to close Darwin office

October 27, 2011

With the post office scheduled to close in Darwin, local leaders met Tuesday to discuss how residents in that part of the county will be receiving their mail.
Interim Public Works Director Doug Wilson said the U.S. Postal Service, after deciding to close the post office without so much as notifying the county, decided recently to place a set of cluster mail boxes on a county right-of-way – again, without any conversation with Inyo officials.

City budget projections may be too ‘optimistic’

October 27, 2011

What have previously been considered routine budget adjustments and commission recommendations came under careful consideration and close scrutiny Monday as the Bishop City Council works to make every penny count with fewer of them rolling in.
There is an approximate $723,774 deficit between projected expenditures, $9,604,253, and revenues, $8,880,479, for fiscal year 2012-13 and Councilmember David Stottlemyre said he’s afraid the deficit gap could widen as he perceives the revenue forecasts to be too optimistic.

October 25th

Youths suspected in felony bus vandalism

October 25, 2011

Local authorities are looking for information regarding a felony vandalism case involving buses in the Bishop Unified School District motor pool last week.
According to the Bishop Police Department, officers responded to a report of three juveniles seen in the area of Elm and Home Street schools at about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 22.
“Upon search of Elm Street School, officers found small amounts of graffiti located on building number 36 and no further damage was located at the time of the original search.”

City hosting day-long Halloween soiree

October 25, 2011

City officials are providing a central location for Halloween festivities this weekend in hopes of bringing the community together and giving kids a safe trick-or-treating environment.
The second annual Truck or Treat event will be held from noon to about 9:30 p.m. Saturday between fields one and two in the Bishop City Park and will include a costume and vehicle decorating contest, a fun run and movies.

Bishop’s success stories going online

October 25, 2011

The City of Bishop has been chosen by the League of California Cities to join a new and unique program aimed at trying to help state municipalities share success stories as they weather the current financial crisis.
Bishop is one of the first two dozen out of more than 450 cities to be included in the program, a joint effort of the California City Management Foundation and League of California Cities known as “Strong Cities, Strong State.”


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