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November 27th, 2013

Council hears 2nd annual State of the City reports

November 27, 2013

In the City of Bishop’s second annual State of the City address before City Council on Nov. 12, city staff gave extensive, overall optimistic reports of the city’s accomplishments over the last year.
City Administrator Keith Caldwell expressed gratitude for the opportunity to present the achievements of Bishop’s “outstanding” 38-employee staff and the “wonderful things” they do on a daily basis.

Pursuing new horizons

November 27, 2013

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Summer Cycling Group started the summer of 2013 with the “Six Million Dollar Man”-esque goals of making themselves “better, stronger, faster.” By the end of the season’s last ride on Oct. 30, the cyclists who make up the group had achieved these goals and more.

SAR comes to rescue

November 27, 2013

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 Sheriff’s 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.

November 26th

Let the holiday shopping begin at home

November 26, 2013

The nationwide holiday shopping blitz known as Black Friday kicks off tomorrow – and at some national retailers, tonight – 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 Dwayne’s 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

Inyo SAR ready to respond

November 26, 2013

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.

Office of Ed gets $680K in ‘extra’ state funding

November 26, 2013

While individual Inyo County school districts were “held harmless” with the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula – that is, no one lost income – no district came out in the winners’ 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.

November 25th

Bus stuffed during annual food drive

November 25, 2013

Residents of Inyo County made the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority and Salvation Army’s Seventh Annual Stuff-a-Bus one of the most successful in the event’s 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.

Putting college within reach

November 25, 2013

Both county educators and community members have expressed the hope that area students will “go out into the world,” 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.

Effort under way to honor fallen soldiers

November 25, 2013

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.

November 22nd

County facing $2 million budget gap

November 22, 2013

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 “probably the easiest approach to cutting $2 million” from the budget, but he added that he hopes more creative solutions to the bleak budget outlook can be found.

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