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February 17th, 2013

Local man in standoff with cops for 7 hours

February 17, 2013

A seven-hour standoff in Bishop’s Shady Rest Trailer Park between a suicidal man and police came to an end Sunday night with the resident being taken down with a beanbag round.
Arnold Patzkowski, 56, was taken to Northern Inyo Hospital for evaluation and placed under arrest. He is being charged with allegedly making criminal threats and making criminal threats against a police officer.
The end of the standoff also ended a road closure for Yaney and Hanby streets and a mandatory evacuation order for the other residents of Shady Rest.

February 15th

Big Pine School lights up 198 KwH solar project

February 15, 2013

Community members, students and school administrators gathered at Big Pine School last week to celebrate the completion of a long-awaited solar project that will cut utility costs at the school and allow the district to protect a part of Big Pine’s history.
To preserve “the heart” of its community, Big Pine Unified School District will create a fund to maintain the district’s nearly 100-year-old Big Pine High School building with savings from SolarCity’s installation of more than 800 solar panels on the district’s new parking lot shade structures.

Bishop saying goodbye to the ‘heart of the city’

February 15, 2013

The hub of the wheel that is city hall will soon be replaced when the current city clerk retires at the end of the month.
Executive Secretary/Assistant City Clerk Denise Gillespie’s official title gives some indication of the extensiveness her duties. She has executed them so deftly for the last 15 years that Public Works Director David Grah said, “She’s been the heart of the city.”

February 13th

Council appoints new member to fill vacancy

February 13, 2013

Bishop resident Keith Glidewell is the city’s newest council member.
The City Council voted Monday night to appoint Glidewell to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Griffiths when he resigned to serve on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors effective Jan. 1.
Glidewell will be serving out the remainder of Griffiths’ term on the council, which expires in November 2014.
“I am looking forward to participating in all aspects of the council and to contributing as much as I possibly can to the council and to our community,” Glidewell said Wednesday.

McAteer outlines status of Inyo schools

February 13, 2013

There are changes coming to local schools that will include improvements to campus safety and an opportunity for young students to get acquainted with popular technology.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer addressed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, updating the county leaders on progress local schools are making on technology upgrades and safety issues, as well as ideas to improve programs and address funding issues that may impact local districts.

Warren St. project clears environmental phase

February 13, 2013

An ongoing, “new Main Street” project has passed the environmental study stage which determined it will not have a negative impact on the downtown community.
At its meeting this past Monday, the Bishop City Council approved Public Works Department Director David Grah’s recommendation to adopt a Negative Declaration for the Warren Street Improvement Project. The Negative Declaration essentially and officially declared the project free of adverse environmental impacts.

February 11th

Not everyone is celebrating

February 11, 2013

The century-long relationship between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley was described by one city official as a tempestuous, long-distance marriage that has had some problems, but still needs to be nurtured and can be improved.
The two regions’ shared history and the need to work together to improve their relationship was a reoccurring theme outlined by upper-level officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during a program marking the Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake Centennial, 1913-2013, last Friday inside the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

Winter snowpack growth stalls following dry spell

February 11, 2013

This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last year’s drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winter’s snowpack.
The first snowpack survey of the Sierra was completed at the beginning of the month and it puts the Sierra at about 55 percent of normal for the whole winter, according to state data.

Theft investigation continues

February 11, 2013

Detectives with the Bishop Police Department are continuing their investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from the Inyo County Health and Human Services Department welfare division.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said there have been no new developments in the investigation, but ensured residents that the department is continuing to look into the case.
The PD, in cooperation with the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant for the home of Health and Human Services Supervisor Dondee Rossy, 46, of Bishop, in connection with the case Jan. 25.

Job fair caters to careers not just jobs

February 11, 2013

Potential employees met dozens of employers and employment services professionals at a recent two-county job fair, where opportunities ranged from entry- to professional-level and local to global.
Many job openings were posted at Career Connections 2013 this past Thursday, but education and career track development was the main focus of the job fair. Two hundred-plus attendees and 27 employers and agencies mingled at the Cerro Coso Community College Bishop campus.

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