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March 15th, 2011
With the Southern Inyo Early Opener Trout Derby in the books, anglersâ attention has now turned to the Eastern Sierraâs other major pre-season fishing tradition: The Blake Jones Trout Derby.
Named for a beloved longtime local resident and angling promoter, the annual derby returns this Saturday to Pleasant Valley Reservoir, where the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau gives fishermen yet another chance to compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights â or simply gather the family to cast a line in prime Eastern Sierra waters â well in advance of the regular fishing season.
Inyo County Integrated Waste is facing a half-million dollar operating deficit this year and is looking for residents to help decide how to solve the budget shortfall.
During an almost empty public meeting in Lone Pine on Wednesday, Jeff Ahlstrom, managing landfill engineer, laid out six plans that would close the projected $592,874 gap. Those plans include three basic strategies to save on costs and generate more revenue, ranging from fee hikes to layoffs to reductions in services.
A routine traffic stop outside of Bishop earlier this week led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber wanted by the FBI.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, Charles R. Leighton was arrested Thursday night after being identified as the suspect in a Nevada bank robbery.
Cleland said a CHP officer initiated a stop on the 43-year-old for âa mechanical violationâ at about noon Thursday on U.S. 395 near Pine Creek.
The Bishop Paiute Reservation has a new place for all youths, teens and young adults to âwĂŒnĂŒtâ or âstand upâ â be creative, constructive and learn skills they will take with them for the rest for their lives.
The WĂŒnĂŒT Novi Youth Media Arts and Infoshop was born out of the loss of young people to violence and drugs and alcohol. Still in its infancy, the program is seeking more volunteers and donations that will allow the center to stay open longer and offer more to the community.
After more than two years of controversy, complaints and appeals to federal authorities, the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe will have its day at the polls to elect a new tribal government.
Friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year, creating a dispute about which Tribal Council is the recognized body.
The budget crunch in Washington may soon be felt locally with the Obama Administrationâs proposed cuts to social programs.
On the chopping block are grants that help fund food banks and housing programs that will be cut in half if the budget proposal passes.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action is the local organization that provides these social services, and has been holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the area to discuss the proposed cuts and their implications. The meetings will also offer suggestions for action to those who want to speak up for these services.
Thomas Michael âMikeyâ Tharp, a 38-year-old Bishop resident, is in custody at the Inyo County Jail on allegations of child molestation.
Tharp is facing one felony and one misdemeanor charge of molestation and an additional misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
According to Sheriffâs Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, âinvestigators became aware of Tharp after the parents of two alleged victims came forward.â
Voters of the City of Bishop exercised their constitutional rights on Tuesday electing Jeff Griffiths and Jim Ellis to serve on the City Council for the next four years.
The final tally had incumbent Griffiths with 430 votes, newcomer Ellis with 350 and incumbent Bruce Dishion with 315 out of a total of 673 ballots cast.
The final numbers were preceded by a suspenseful 30 minutes of numbers slowly dribbling in after the polls from the cityâs two precincts closed at 8 p.m.
The March 8 Municipal Election for the City of Bishop was decided a scant 45 minutes after the poll closed with Jim Ellis and incumbent Jeff Griffiths decided by voters as Bishop City Council members for the next four years. This will be Griffths' second term and Ellis' first at a publicly elected post.
Students throughout Inyo County will soon be getting mandatory vaccines in response to what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak of whooping cough in five decades.
According to Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson, California experienced the most cases of Pertussis â whooping cough â in 2010 than it has seen in 52 years.
Johnson noted that, as in the rest of the state, Inyo County âhad several casesâ of Pertussis among school-age children.