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July 22nd, 2013
While the mosquito population is currently low during this low-water year, the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program crew is daily treating pastures and lake areas in preparation for the peak August/September mosquito season.
OVMAP Manager Chris Wickham said the crew has been applying larvicides to pasture areas adjacent to Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine and Independence as well as in the Owens Lake area near Keeler since March.
âAnywhere we find mosquitoes breeding near human populations is our highest priority,â he said.
Inyo residents have another opportunity to weigh in on the discussion about the mountain yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toad and how critical habitat endangered/threatened species designations may impact life in the Eastern Sierra.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it is reopening the public comment period for its proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
With Inyo County Consolidated Waste facing a deficit for the coming fiscal year, local leaders are looking at ways to boost revenue and reduce expenses.
One option for maintaining state compliance while getting a clearer picture of the amount of waste going into local dumps, Senior Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty said, would be including scales at the Bishop-Sunland Landfill.
Longtime Inyo County District Attorney Art Maillet announced this week that he will be retiring early next month.
Maillet, who is retiring for medical reasons, said he is not one for goodbyes, but said âit has been an honor to serve the publicâ in Inyo County, and added that he is happy to report that he will be retiring with âa successful prosecution rate.â
Maillet will officially step down as D.A. Aug. 10.
Inyo County is approaching the end of its ânon-bindingâ agreement to research construction of a consolidated office building. But before moving into the binding phase of the project, it is planning to confer with residents and gauge public opinion.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to host a series of meetings in August to present the design and financial plan for the building and hear input from residents.
The City of Bishopâs Wye Road Intersection Improvement project will be nearer its final phase once the City Council approves the announcement of construction bids, thus helping to secure increased future traffic safety at the Wye Road/U.S. 6 intersection.
According to Public Works Director David Grah, consideration of opening the bids will be on the Monday, July 22 Council agenda. If approved, open bidding for the $600,000 construction job would advertised the following day. Bid deadline is Thursday, Aug. 22.
A second round of controversial statewide fire fee bills are being sent out, and local property owners residing outside of local fire districts can expect to get their bills soon.
The new bills are set to go out beginning the week of July 15. The bills went out to home owners of record on July 1, for homes in state fire responsibility areas (any area outside of a municipal fire district) where CalFire is responsible for fire suppression.
On July 6, Gia Joy, Heather and Mike Gehringer were met by a crowd of well-wishers upon their return home to Bishop after a seven-month stay at Childrenâs Hospital Los Angeles where the toddler successfully completed treatment for cancer.
About 30-40 friends and family, carrying homemade signs and balloons, had waited nearly an hour on the street outside the Gehringersâ home, unsure of the familyâs exact arrival time.
âThe love was definitely apparent,â Giaâs maternal grandfather Howard Lehwald said.
Initial plans have been solidified for the City of Bishopâs first promotional branding-concept video.
Details were hammered out at a July 9 planning meeting, where City Administrator Keith Caldwell facilitated discussions between citizens and film professionals.
âAttracting people to the area for potential business opportunities is our real focus,â Caldwell said. The five-minute introductory video and five, three-minute companion chapters â business, healthcare, real estate, schools and tourism â will promote the family and social quality of life here available in Bishop, he added.
Some might call him a jack of all trades, other might say he is a Renaissance man but whatever the case, Bishop local Robert Miller never stops learning, creating and growing.
Since Millerâs May 31 art show and sale at East Side Books, the self-taught artist/architect/inventor/photographer/machinist and soon-to-be nonagenarian said he is deeply involved in experimenting with various ways to use charcoal. âThatâs where I live, in the journey of art.â