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June 4th, 2014
In just a few days, the horse trailers and motorhomes and RVs will begin rolling into the Owens Valley once more.
Only this time, theyâ€™re not bringing mules and mule owners from around the country; no, this caravan is reserved for the California High School Rodeo Association State Finals, returning to Bishop for the 10th consecutive year.
With the clock counting down to City Administrator Keith Caldwellâ€™s imminent departure, Bishopâ€™s City Council looks to be on the verge of hiring his replacement.
Caldwellâ€™s position was advertised both locally and nationally, resulting in a pool of candidates from across the Eastern Sierra and the country that the City Council has narrowed down to two top prospects.
According to Caldwell, the councilâ€™s final interview with one of those candidates is set for Monday during closed session of a special meeting called at noon.
A tally of the mail-in ballots received by the Inyo County Elections Department prior to today's election has been finished.
Shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m., election workers completed an initial count of 1,733 ballots sent in by vote-by-mail voters or those living in mail-in precincts.
Of those ballots, 429 came from District 1. The early count has Dan Totheroh in the lead for Supervisor with 222 votes, followed by David Tanksley with 161 and Bill Stoll with 46.
Across California today, voters will be helping to narrow the field of candidates in eight races for state office, including governor and attorney general.
Residents of various districts throughout the state will also be weighing in on races involving the state Assembly, Senate and their Congressional representatives.
Today is the big day with residents from all over the county encouraged to head to the polls.
The only race in Inyo County is the one District 1 residents will be deciding for the seat on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors being sought by Dave Tanskley, Dan Totheroh and Bill Stoll.
Last Tuesday, The Inyo Register and the Independence Civic Club hosted a candidateâ€™s night at the Bishop Senior Center to allow voters to get to know the candidates a little better.
This yearâ€™s continued drought may be contributing to recent bear sightings in the Bishop area.
Reports came in over the weekend placing one or more bears on West Line Street in the area of Calvary Baptist Church, and in the Round Valley area near the CalFire Conservation Corps camp.
Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Public Information Officer Carma Roper said Monday that sheriffâ€™s dispatch was notified of a bear on West Line Street at about 10 p.m. Sunday.
First District Supervisor Rick Pucci sweeps up after a single-vehicle collision Friday evening at Bishop Chevron at 950 Tu Su Ln. Pucci said he is a friend of the businesses owner. According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Carolyn Rose Kaatz, 69, of Bishop, was driving through the parking lot of the gas station at about 10 miles per hour. For an unknown reason, Kaatz failed to stop in a parking stall in front of the convenience store, and drove through a glass window, into the business. Cleland said no injuries were reported.
At this past Tuesdayâ€™s candidateâ€™s forum for District 1 Supervisor hopefuls Bill Stoll Dave Tanskley and Dan Totheroh had an opportunity to field questions from constituents.
In the Q&A portion of the Candidateâ€™s Night Forum, residents were invited to submit a question or questions to one or all three candidates. The forum co-host, the Independence Civic Club, screened the questions to ensure there were no repeats. (See the Thursday, May 29, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register to see how candidates responded to four questions given in advance regarding countywide issues.)
About a dozen Eastern Sierra residents, representing both Inyo and Mono counties, attended the final public hearing on a proposal to list the bi-state distinct population of sage grouse as threatened and create nearly 2 million acres of critical habitat to help the bird recover.
Despite the sparse turnout, two local leaders, Mono County Supervisors Larry Johnston and First District Inyo County Supervisor Linda Arcularius, spoke on the matter.
Thursdayâ€™s meeting was the final public hearing on the proposed sage grouse designations. The deadline for comments is June 9.
Visitation is on the rise in Bishop, with current numbers set to eclipse a record set in 2006.
Itâ€™s a trend the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau hopes to maintain over the next few weeks, not just for Bishop but for the entire Eastern Sierra as two major events bring hundreds of travelers and potential media exposure to the area.