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March 2nd, 2014
MARCH 1 âââ Like a lot of residents, Iâm perplexed by the actions of the Inyo County Planning Commission this week. More than that, Iâm outraged.
Iâve observed and reported on local government and its agents for the past 14 years. What Iâve witnessed, for the most part, is democracy in action: citizens providing guidance to their elected leaders or volunteers appointed to digest that input on the elected officialsâ behalf and pass it on in the form of a policy recommendation.
The public comments from some of the 70-plus residents present at Wednesdayâs Planning Commission meeting in Independence showed overwhelming disapproval of the draft General Plan amendment on renewable energy.
All but one of the 32 speakers offering public comments over three hours strongly opposed the Inyo County
Planning Departmentâs request for approval to send the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the county Board of Supervisors for adoption.
Newly appointed Fairgrounds CEO Sally Symons, a longtime community volunteer, is preparing to begin work at the fairgrounds this Monday.
Symons is a Bishop native who has volunteered her time to do everything from serve on civic boards and committees, to mentor local youngsters interested in agriculture. Now, she said she is looking forward to earning a living doing the things she has always volunteered to do.
Tri-County Fair Board President Maria Kemp said the board felt Symonsâ local roots and passion for the community made her a perfect candidate for the position of Fairgrounds CEO.
Bishopâs First United Methodist Church is inviting residents to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of its numerous social services programs.
The churchâs Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the FUMC Community Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Proceeds from the evening â via a silent and live auction and any additional donations collected â will assist FUMC in its efforts to provide aid to vulnerable community members.
Northern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors board member Dr. John Ungersma recently began a three-year term as treasurer of the Association of California Healthcare Districts.
In a recent news release, the ACHD Board of Directors said it is pleased to make the announcement. Ungersma said he is also very pleased to accept the position of treasurer for this prestigious organization. ACHD is an association of 77 state healthcare districts that serve 10 percent of Californiaâs population, approximately 10 million people, he explained.
Cooler temps and cloudy skies forecast for this weekend â after weeks of unseasonably warm weather two months into the Eastern Sierra new year â could be a blessing in disguise for anyone planning to take advantage of the Southern Inyo Early Trout Opener.
Local leaders are re-designing the way Inyo County Integrated Waste does business in an effort to close a $300,000 budget gap and meet state mandates for waste diversion and recycling.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve a temporary transfer of two equipment operators from the Solid Waste Department to the Road Department to fill two equipment operator vacancies.
According to Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty, this move will save the Solid Waste Department about $160,000 a year in salaries without the county having to lay off any employees.
County planners will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of solar development in Inyo County and exactly where any new, large-scale solar or wind farms should be located if more developers set their sights on Inyo County.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposing a widely unpopular 1,200-acre solar ranch east of U.S. Highway 395 across from Manzanar, the Inyo Planning Department is moving forward with a General Plan amendment that will identify areas of the county that local leaders feel are appropriate for renewable energy development.
While the national news media has been promoting the 2014 election as âThe Year of the Womanâ in politics, it doesnât appear to be the case in Inyo County.
When it comes to the Board of Supervisors, the countyâs top political decision-making body, as of yesterday not a single woman has filed for the available seats in either District 1 or District 3, according to the County Clerk-Recorderâs Office.
Effective July 1, City of Bishop property owners and other ratepayers will see a new water and sewer rate fee schedule that officials believe is simplified and more equitable.
Despite a few protests, the City Council adopted the 2014-19 fee schedule earlier this month, which includes increases in some places and decreases in others. Overall, according to the council, the new structure is the fairest way to charge system users in the absence of meters.
The fee schedule was based on the 2013 Water and Sewer Rate Study initiated last spring.