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June 20th, 2011

Comment sought on bighorn sheep plan

June 20, 2011

Residents are being asked to weigh in on the fate of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep as officials consider a new monitoring program that includes helicopters and radio tracking devices.
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service-Inyo National Forest, is seeking public comments about a proposal to conduct population monitoring, research and translocation of federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Ceremony honors sheriff’s personnel

June 20, 2011

Inyo County residents were afforded a rare glimpse this week of the internal honor code and hierarchy of the cadre of men and women sworn to protect them.
Virtually every available sheriff’s deputy was on hand Thursday for a formal promotion and inspection ceremony that was equal parts pomp and circumstance, and rigid discipline.
In addition to conducting a formal personnel inspection, Sheriff Bill Lutze and other administrative officials promoted two deputies for their outstanding service and welcomed two new recruits into their ranks.

June 15th

Inyo officials decide where to spend road funds

June 15, 2011

County leaders decided how they would spend more than $2 million in state road funding last week.
Inyo is eligible for $2,188,192 in Prop 1B road funds for the 2009-10 funding cycle, but, in order to receive those funds, the county is required to develop a project list and include those projects in a budget that has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
In accordance with Prop 1B funding, the county will be reimbursed for the road work once it is completed.

Council weighs mixed bag

June 15, 2011

Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting was an eclectic mix of air tanks, Farmer’s Market bureaucracy, the skate community, parking on Short Street and the Beatles.
Newly-sworn Eagle Scout Giacomo Timbrello was recognized by the council with a commendation for his accomplishments. Timbrello in turn wanted to thank the council with a rendition of “Blackbird” by the Beatles. His solo guitar strumming and vocals brought smiles to many, if not all, in the audience. He was there with his family, including his little sister, Anastasia. “She’s radical,” Timbrello told the council.

Relief still coming for Big Pine fire victims

June 15, 2011

The greenery of spring and summer has popped up among the acres blackened and scorched by the Center Fire in Big Pine, March 18. However, that does not mean things are going back to normal for the small community or the 20 families that lost their homes to a blaze that, fueled by strong winds, seemed to cut through the community like a laser beam.
“The relief efforts are on-going,” said the Reverend Dr. Karen Moore of the Big Pine Methodist Church on June 6. Moore was accepting donations from the Bishop Youth Football League and Bishop Waste Disposal.

June 14th

Inyo sheriff’s deputy honored for heroism

June 14, 2011

The after-effects of the multi-vehicle crash that killed four and injured 15 on Aug. 11, 2010 are still being felt. But now, much deserved honors are being bestowed upon an Inyo County sheriff’s deputy for what many are calling courageous and heroic actions.
Shane Scott, recently promoted to investigator, was reportedly the first responder on the scene of the accident, and with little regard for his own safety, entered a burning vehicle to save the life of a 22-year-old college student, Drew Constantine Delis.

Local church group on relief mission in Japan

June 14, 2011

Originally planned to help a church in the Sendai Prefecture, a small group of local students and chaperones is in Japan helping to clean up after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Nine residents are part of the local Calvary Baptist Church group that had planned, as early as November, to go to Japan. Following the natural disaster of March 11, those plans have had to be altered slightly. Steve Stutler, leader of the group, said travel and other restrictions have been lifted only in the past few weeks and the group is still excited to go.

Big Pine Schools eye energy, cash savings

June 14, 2011

With summer here, Big Pine School is hoping to harness the sun to power the campus.
Last year, voters approved two bond measures that the school will be using to construct a solar array in the school parking lot.
According to Superintendent Pamela Jones, the project is expected to produce 200 kilowatts of energy per day and will cover approximately 80 percent of the school’s energy use.
In addition to the savings on energy costs, the school will also be eligible for rebates through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jones said the rebates could total $500,000.

June 11th

Casteel to answer to embezzlement charges?

June 11, 2011

Questions about the involvement of alleged embezzler Daniel Casteel in a recent high-profile murder case, and exactly what Casteel got in return for his disputed testimony, continue to go unanswered as the Bishop man prepares for a court appearance next week.
Casteel is scheduled to appear in Inyo County Superior Court Tuesday, according to the Court Clerk’s Office, for a settlement conference – related to what, exactly, is unclear.

County opts to hike airport hangar fees

June 11, 2011

County leaders decided earlier this week that in order to maintain services at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, airport users will have to pay higher fees.
But those airport users, many of whom were at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, say they’ll be paying higher fees for services they don’t even need.
The county currently charges fees for a variety of services, including fuel, hangers and tie-downs. The last time the fees at the airport were raised was in 2005.

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