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February 18th, 2013
Bishopâs Quarterly Citizen Award was presented to a beloved, local teacher in the very same City Hall room in which she began her teaching career 50 years ago.
Friends and family from far and near gathered at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting to surprise Bishop Elementary School kindergarten teacher Valerie Needham. They included four generations of family; out-of-town friends; current and former colleagues, aides and classroom volunteers; and many former students â notably, Ira Bradley, who was a student in Needhamâs first class in 1963.
A seven-hour standoff in Bishopâs 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.
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 Pineâs history.
To preserve âthe heartâ of its community, Big Pine Unified School District will create a fund to maintain the districtâs nearly 100-year-old Big Pine High School building with savings from SolarCityâs installation of more than 800 solar panels on the districtâs new parking lot shade structures.
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 Gillespieâs 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, âSheâs been the heart of the city.â
Bishop resident Keith Glidewell is the cityâs 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 Griffithsâ term on the council, which expires in November 2014.
âI 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,â Glidewell said Wednesday.
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.
An ongoing, ânew Main Streetâ 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 Grahâs 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.
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 regionsâ 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.
This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last yearâs drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winterâs 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.
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 Attorneyâs 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.