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November 27th, 2013
In the City of Bishopâs second annual State of the City address before City Council on Nov. 12, city staff gave extensive, overall optimistic reports of the cityâs accomplishments over the last year.
City Administrator Keith Caldwell expressed gratitude for the opportunity to present the achievements of Bishopâs âoutstandingâ 38-employee staff and the âwonderful thingsâ they do on a daily basis.
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierraâs Summer Cycling Group started the summer of 2013 with the âSix Million Dollar Manâ-esque goals of making themselves âbetter, stronger, faster.â By the end of the seasonâs last ride on Oct. 30, the cyclists who make up the group had achieved these goals and more.
Inyo County Search and Rescue had a busy weekend, responding to reports of a fallen climber at the Happy Boulders Saturday afternoon, then rescuing two hikers from the Mt. Whitney area after snow stranded them in the backcountry Sunday.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, dispatch received a phone call reporting that a climber had fallen and injured herself at the Happy Boulders near Chalk Bluff Road at about 3 p.m. Saturday. According to the caller, the woman landed on her back and was screaming in pain.
The nationwide holiday shopping blitz known as Black Friday kicks off tomorrow â and at some national retailers, tonight â with deals at big box stores across the U.S. But in the Eastern Sierra, community leaders are asking residents to think local first.
In Inyo County, businesses ranging from the Lone Pine Film History Museum to Dwayneâs Friendly Pharmacy are offering holiday shopping opportunities on Friday, followed by the locally celebrated Small Business Saturday counterpart to Black Friday.
Your Money Goes Farther
When You Shop Locally
Two climbers are trapped by the first big snow storm of the season. Off-track climbers are stranded above a cliff. A man, encamped at 11,000 feet, is immobilized by high-altitude pulmonary edema. An experienced mountaineer disappears on a day hike. A family disappears from stranded car in the desert.
While individual Inyo County school districts were âheld harmlessâ with the stateâs new Local Control Funding Formula â that is, no one lost income â no district came out in the winnersâ column with a windfall of new income. However, county students will be on the receiving end, if indirectly, of additional funding to the Inyo County Office of the Superintendent of Schools to the tune of $680,825 from the LCFF.
Residents of Inyo County made the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority and Salvation Armyâs Seventh Annual Stuff-a-Bus one of the most successful in the eventâs history.
According to ESTA Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, donations from residents and a number of service clubs and organizations mean that dozens of local families will not have to go without this holiday season.
Both county educators and community members have expressed the hope that area students will âgo out into the world,â get an education and bring those new skills back to benefit Inyo County. As of the end of this school year, the road out into the world may be due north on U.S. 395.
An ocean and 2,562 miles from Inyo County, Maui resident Janna Hoehn is working to help memorialize those who never returned home from the Vietnam war.
Hoehn, who has never visited Inyo County and knows nothing of its war dead other than that their names are etched on a wall alongside more than 58,000 others, is trying to honor the men and women of the armed services by locating photos of Vietnam veterans and ensuring that the U.S. government can provide a face for each name on the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
Inyo County is looking to shave $2 million from its operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
With an already lean budget of $76.9 million for the current budget year, the fear among county employees is that the budget savings may have to come in the form of layoffs, reduced hours and other personnel cuts.
County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said eliminating staff members is âprobably the easiest approach to cutting $2 millionâ from the budget, but he added that he hopes more creative solutions to the bleak budget outlook can be found.