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January 13th, 2014

Latest report on Inyo National Forest IDs areas needing change

January 13, 2014

Forest Service officials have decided what “needs to change” on the Inyo National Forest as they move forward with a federally mandated Forest Plan Revision. Residents and other forest users are invited to submit comments on the preliminary plan.
The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region released the final assessments for the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo national forests in late December, along with a bio-regional assessment and a preliminary “Need to Change” document.

Sheriff wants to scramble scanner signals

January 13, 2014

Several years ago, in the mid-2000s, The Inyo Register’s Badge Byline column featured an entry about a police officer who responded to a local residence and, through the window, saw drugs and drug paraphernalia on the man’s coffee table – right next to a police scanner. And there the scanner sat while the resident was taken into custody.
While the incident made for good reading and inspired plenty of “dumbest criminal” jokes, it could have had a very different outcome had the man inside the home actually been listening to the scanner and decided to put up a preemptive fight.

Adjustment of LORP flows discussed

January 13, 2014

The message delivered at the Lower Owens River Project update Monday morning was clear: the health of the Lower Owens River is in jeopardy and changes need to be made and made quickly.

Tax help coming soon to Eastern Sierra

January 13, 2014

AARP Tax-Aide Free Program in Inyo County is still in great need of volunteers for the 2013 tax return prep season in the Bishop and Lone Pine areas.
As the Feb. 3 opening of the income tax return preparation season rapidly approaches, local AARP Tax-Aide Free Program coordinators encourage anyone interested in doing voluntary tax preparation to contact them immediately.

January 10th

LADWP chief resigns

January 10, 2014

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Chief Ron Nichols submitted his resignation to the L.A. Board of Water and Power Commissioners and City Council Thursday morning, citing “personal reasons.”
General manager of LADWP since January 2011, Nichols has been embroiled in controversy in recent months as the department made a move towards electronic billing – a system that has proven problematic from the get-go, with incorrect utility bills being sent out to thousands of ratepayers and an auto-payment function that took money directly from customer’s bank accounts.

Water table dropping fast in West Bishop

January 10, 2014

When Phil Anaya addressed the Inyo County Water Commission on Jan. 6 about the restoration of water levels in South Lake and Lake Sabrina through this summer, he had no idea the next speaker would add substance to his initiative.

Warm temps and endless attractions await in Death Valley

January 10, 2014

In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, Jan. 20, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to its parks and encouraging the public to take advantage of the recreational opportunities available.
The staff at Death Valley National Park welcomes visitors to partake of warm temperatures and sunny skies while they explore popular attractions such as the Badlands and Artist’s Drive.
The latter is famous for its multi-colored claystones from ancient ashfalls, which creates a tapestry of browns, grays and brilliant turquoise woven into the desert landscape.

Community Reads 2014 highlights local ranching legacy

January 10, 2014

Residents and visitors are invited to help launch the sixth annual Community Reads event with a ranch-style chili-cook-off kick-off party this Tuesday in Bishop.
This year, the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Office and Inyo Council for the Arts are promoting “Eventide” by Kent Haruf for Community Reads, which encourages everyone in the community to read the same book and engage in a dialogue about it.
And there will be plenty of opportunity for comments and discussions about “Eventide” at each of the 14 free Community Reads events to be held from Jan. 14 through March 8.

January 8th

Blum wins title at state pageant

January 8, 2014

Step back Sandra Bullock – Bishop’s Kristina Blum is the new Miss Congeniality, after winning the title in the Miss California USA 2014 pageant.
Representing the Eastern Sierra, 22-year-old Blum competed in the Miss California USA 2014 Pageant Jan. 2-4 in Long Beach. She is the first blind contestant to compete in that pageant and “hopes to challenge others to be all they can be no matter what challenges they face,” said Micah Williams, Blum’s acting public relations person and significant other.

D.A. asks for trial date in HHS embezzlement

January 8, 2014

Inyo County Superior Courts have been asked to set a trial date for Dawndee and Kenneth Rossy, the Bishop couple accused of embezzling as much as $1.5 million from the Inyo County Health and Human Services Public Assistance program while Dawndee worked as a supervisor in the department.
District Attorney Tom Hardy said Tuesday that during a Dec. 18 hearing on the embezzlement case, he requested the courts schedule a trial for this coming May. The courts are now tasked with deciding if that is an appropriate time line for the trial to begin.

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