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August 26th, 2013
Inyo County courts are facing drastic cutbacks due to state budget constraints.
Effective Oct. 17, the Bishop and Independence offices of the Superior Court of California will begin reducing hours of service for the public and will be reducing its staff by 40 percent. These cuts are taking place as the State Administrative Offices of the Courts prepares to move forward on a multi-million dollar court construction project in Bishop.
An 11-year-old piano prodigy, a John Denver impersonator and an angelic trio of fiddle-playing siblings are some of the offerings to be presented by the Bishop Community Concerts Association during its upcoming, 67th annual season.
The season runs from October to April, with a total of five concerts planned. While the BCCA has always made outreach to local schools a priority ‚Äď by arranging for visiting musicians to visit Bishop campuses ‚Äď those efforts have been expanded in 2013-14 to include students in Mono County.
Local law enforcement identified and eradicated what they are calling a ‚Äúmassive‚ÄĚ marijuana grow operation west of Independence this week, arresting eight individuals believed to be associated with the operation.
Agents with the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team and U.S. Forest Service have been investigating the grow site and gathering evidence since May of this year, and moved on the site Thursday, Aug. 22.
FRIDAY, AUG. 23, 2013 ‚Äď A multiagency search and rescue effort to locate Matthew Mooney, a 47 year old man from Swall Meadows, concluded yesterday late Thursday afternoon when Mooney was located deceased.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Search and rescue team members discovered Mooney in a chute above Tamarac Lake; he is believed to have fallen approximately 30 feet.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013 ‚Äď A multi-agency search and rescue effort was launched at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night after Inyo County Sheriff's dispatch was notified of an overdue hiker.
According to Sheriff's Public Information Officer Carma Roper, 47 year-old Swall Meadows resident Matthew Mooney set out Tuesday for a day hike in the Rock Creek area. Mooney contacted family via cell phone at about noon Tuesday, saying he was returning from Round Valley Peak and would be home in a couple hours. He has not been seen or heard from since.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 21, 2013 ‚Äď For the first time ever, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be offering live interactive telecasts of its Board of Commissioners meetings in the Owens Valley beginning with the Tuesday, Aug. 27 meeting.
The meeting will be televised at 1:30 p.m. in the LADWP Administrative Office at 300 Mandich St. in Bishop.
Charges are pending against a Benton man taken into custody Tuesday evening by Mono County Sheriff‚Äôs deputies following what the department describes as a possible suicide attempt.
Sheriff‚Äôs dispatch received a 911 call around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday regarding a shooting at the Mammoth Lakes Fish Hatchery, or Hot Creek Hatchery.
Deputies responded along with the California Highway Patrol, Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Paramedics and Long Valley Fire Department.
(Read more in the Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.)
A handful of Lone Pine residents gathered at Statham Hall Monday evening to hear information about the new county consolidated office building that is being proposed in Bishop, but only a few residents voiced opinions or asked questions about the proposal.
Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce Director Kathleen New said she has heard a number of negative comments from various Southern Inyo County residents, and local leaders stressed that there are no plans to move offices or services from Lone Pine or any other communities to Bishop if the building is approved.
With a fraction of the budget of other counties and a display they built themselves at home, Rich and Kathy White not only took home another gold medal at the California State Fair for their Inyo County exhibit, but also one of the most important awards offered at the 17-day event.
The Whites, aided by a hearty contingent of fellow volunteers, secured for Inyo County the 2013 People‚Äôs Choice Award ‚Äď a sought-after honor that‚Äôs viewed as an endorsement of the tens of thousands of fairgoers who visit the California‚Äôs Counties Exhibit portion of the State Fair.
Members of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday received the third in a trilogy of workshops regarding Inyo County‚Äôs landfills and its overall solid waste program.
During the presentation, Deputy County Administrator and Integrated Waste Manager Pam Hennarty said that changes must be made to the county‚Äôs solid waste program to make it self-sufficient. Those changes may come in the form of increased rates, or changes to the way commercial waste haulers are regulated, or a combination of both.