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March 10th, 2011
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.
The first fruits of the long-term lease for the Bishop City Park will be celebrated this week with the ground breaking of a long-awaited arboretum.
The arboretum will represent the ecosystems and flora of the area â the Sierra Nevada, the valley floor and the White-Inyo Range.
In conjunction with the statewide Arbor Week, March 7-14, the city plans to celebrate with a formal dedication of the Childrenâs Christmas Tree, a 16-foot Giant Sequoia that will serve as the gateway to the arboretum, or tree museum.
Today, voters of the City of Bishop will decide who will occupy two top leadership positions for the next four years.
Jim Ellis, Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion are the three candidates citizens will be casting their votes for today on the March 8 General Municipal Election ballots.
The single polling place, the City Hall Auditorium at 377 W. Line St., will open at 7 a.m. Mail-in and absentee ballots can also be dropped off but must be received by the close of polls at 8 p.m. to be counted.
Bishop Police Department has named its new lieutenant: two-decade veteran of the force Fred Gomez. Chief Chris Carter made the announcement to the Bishop City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The position is the second- in-command post at the department and one Gomez has risen to, from patrol officer in 1991, to detective in 2003, then to sergeant in 2006.
âThe job wasnât just handed to me,â Gomez said. âI tested for it like everybody else.â
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation and familiarity will make way for groundbreaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierraâs most popular fundraisers returns to Lone Pine.
âThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this yearâs Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,â Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.