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February 4th, 2013

Building better business through Digital 395

February 4, 2013

Various state and regional entities are hosting webinars to help local entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses via the Digital 395 project.
This ongoing, online series of business management webinars at Inyo, Kern and Mono County locations were designed to assist business owners find financing and more.

County leaders to revisit Langley’s Contract

February 4, 2013

County leaders will meet today to re-open discussions regarding Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley’s contract, the Forest Service Plan Revision and developments with the Eastern Sierra Agency on Aging.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
At the opening of the meeting, representatives of Inyo County Health and Human Services will update the board on an ongoing investigation into the theft of public welfare funds. As of press time Monday, no arrests have been made in that case.

February 1st

BLM recovers artifacts

February 1, 2013

Ancient petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall
were recovered this week
by the Bureau of Land Management.
Investigators are still looking for the thieves, meanwhile, and continue to ask for the public’s help.
BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock said the stolen artifacts were recovered as the result of “information provided by an anonymous tip.”
Because authorities are still seeking those responsible for the theft and associated vandalism, the BLM is keeping the details about how it recovered the ancient rock art under wraps at this time.

Pursuit ends in fatal crash

February 1, 2013

A 22-year-old Big Pine man was killed late Thursday evening during a short, high-speed pursuit west of Bishop.
John Ericson, Jr. suffered fatal injuries when he lost control of his vehicle while allegedly fleeing from local authorities.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan traveling at about 80 miles per hour on Brockman Lane at 11:04 p.m.
The CHP reported that the subject, later identified as Ericson, “accelerated and began to flee at a high rate of speed.”

Job fair brings employers and employees together

February 1, 2013

An upcoming job fair is designed to make career connections by introducing job-seekers to potential employers and to provide information about how to improve their marketability as potential employees this Thursday.
At the 2013 Career Connections Event, a free event open to the public, more than 15 Inyo and Mono County business and agency representatives have already committed to attend to offer job opening and application information and more.

Chamber organizes welcoming committee

February 1, 2013

Local merchants are extending a welcome-to-the-neighborhood handshake to new Bishop residents in the form of an informational gift package.

January 30th

Council to appoint new member at next meeting

January 30, 2013

This week, the Bishop City Council was split on how to select its fifth member and fill the seat vacated by Jeff Griffiths when he took his position as Second District Inyo County Supervisor at the beginning of the year.
Ultimately, the council decided to appoint the fourth highest vote-getter from the November election, but that motion was only approved to avoid a special election.

Hospital transitions to federally required ACO

January 30, 2013

Owens Valley Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients, which comprise at least half of Northern Inyo Hospital’s patients, can expect changes in the near future – changes in the way their health care is managed and, consequently, provided.
Following federal mandate, NIH is in initial negotiations with Renown Health, a Reno-based Accountable Care Organization, which could result in reduced Medicare claims by initiating a new payment and managed care structure.

January 29th

PD seeks burglary suspects

January 29, 2013

Police on Tuesday released surveillance photos of two men wanted in connection to last week’s break-in at Holy Smoke Texas Barbecue in Bishop.
According to the Bishop Police Department, the two male subjects are being sought as suspects in the PD’s grand theft investigation stemming from a burglary at the Main Street eatery that occurred at about 2:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25.
The men appear to be African American male adults in their early- to mid-20s.

January 28th

Inyo conveys energy plan concerns

January 28, 2013

As the state moves forward with its Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, local officials fear Inyo is identified mostly as a mitigation area for projects in other counties rather than its potential for solar, wind and geothermal energy potential.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors, last week, reviewed seven alternatives that have been developed for the DRECP, which identifies areas throughout the West that are suitable for renewable energy projects along with areas that are suitable for mitigation projects associated with large-scale renewable energy projects.

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