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January 29th, 2014
Bishop‚Äôs City Council is one step closer to changing its meeting times from evening to afternoon.
By a split vote of 4-1, the council approved the first reading of an ordinance Monday night that could eventually change the way the elected panel has historically done business.
The move is being proposed as a cost-saver, one of many being considered over the past several months as department heads and the council brainstorm ways to reduce expenses in the face of less revenue.
The lack of water, everywhere, reached critical mass Monday night at the annual meeting of the Bishop Creek Water Association. The meeting venue had to be moved to accommodate nearly 100 people.
While little could be resolved in the face of a possible third year of drought conditions, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Aqueduct Manager Jim Yannotta expressed a willingness to work with Southern California Edison, the utility that controls the flows out of Bishop Creek reservoirs at Lake Sabrina and South Lake.
Inyo County‚Äôs Special Weapons Enforcement Team, a multi-agency equivalent of a SWAT team, ended a manhunt in the Bishop area this morning by taking Allen Harlan Stone, 24, of Bishop, into custody on two felony warrants.
Two other subjects, Emmett James Davis, III, 21, of Bishop and David Martinez, 34, of Bishop, were also taken into custody.
According to Sheriff Bill Lutze, Stone was wanted on felony warrants and had eluded local law enforcement for the past month.
When it comes to catchy license plate slogans, California‚Äôs plate is empty. It‚Äôs devoid of any crumb of creativity, boosterism or even buffoonery. The state‚Äôs car plates have no cool colors, no catchy slogans, no boasting, no bragging, no nothing. Just the word ‚ÄúCalifornia‚ÄĚ and the DMV website. That bland combo can‚Äôt compete with, say, New Mexico‚Äôs bright yellow, art-accented ‚ÄúLand of Enchantment.‚ÄĚ Or even the totally bogus boast, ‚ÄúSki Utah,‚ÄĚ from a state with a mere sliver of mountains.
A perfect storm of circumstances led to the unexpected closure of the Whiskey Creek restaurants in Mammoth and Bishop this past Friday, but the reaction from shocked community members just may have saved the Bishop eatery.
Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander said Monday that an outpouring of support from local residents on Friday and over the weekend reinforced a passion to overcome the challenges he‚Äôs facing and re-open the Bishop mainstay.
Amidst one of the worst droughts in California‚Äôs recorded history, state officials have issued a burn suspension in Inyo and Mono counties due to ‚Äúextreme‚ÄĚ potential for wildfires.
Firefighters across the state are preparing for what may turn out to be one of the earliest and hardest fire seasons in recent memory by fully manning fire stations and educating the public on the hazards wildfires could pose.
A recent effort to put a Transient Occupancy Tax increase ballot measure before voters in June was abandoned due to non-support by several county supervisory boards. The increase was intended to benefit fire protection district services countywide.
Inyo County fire chiefs for the Southern Inyo, Lone Pine, Independence, Olancha, Big Pine and Bishop fire districts met on Jan. 23 to decide whether to place one-percent county TOT increase measure on the June 2014 primary supervisory election ballot, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said.
Local Bishop High School students took top honors at a free flight competition for model airplanes held in Eloy, Ariz. two weekends ago.
A newcomer to the event, sophomore Garrett Tremayne placed first; junior Logan Tetrick, third. The wins placed both boys in the top three in the United States. Both qualified for the World Championships Model Airplane held in Solanta, Romania this July where they will compete with entries from 16 countries. The international event is held every two years.
The Whiskey Creek restaurants in Bishop (above) and Mammoth closed Friday, possibly for good. The Bishop restaurant had a sign on the door apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the ‚Äútemporary‚ÄĚ closure. Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander, who could not be reached for comment, told another local media outlet this week that the closures are the result of lease issues paired with slow business due to three consecutive dry winters. An employee at the Bishop restaurant said staff was ‚Äúlet go‚ÄĚ Friday morning. Whiskey Creek is the second local longtime eatery to shutter its doors this winter.
Federal prosecutors announced earlier this week that the first of several subjects arrested in association with a large-scale marijuana grow northwest of Lone Pine last year has pleaded guilty.
On Tuesday, Javier Rios Morales, 25, of Jalisco, Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 3,405 marijuana plants and 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from a grow site in the Inyo National Forest, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.