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August 4th, 2014

River Summit attendees ‘optimistic’

August 4, 2014

The River Summit ended at noon last Thursday with what some attendees emerging from the two-and-a-half day meeting described as “cautious optimism,” an over-used phrase but possibly the best outcome from the divergent groups invited or required to attend.
“We have to be really smart in the way we do this,” said Owens Valley Committee President Mary Roper. “We can make this work; we just have to keep an eye on the goal.”

For the full story, read the Tuesday, Aug. 5 edition of The Inyo Register.

CARMA future uncertain

August 4, 2014

A funding setback at the Caltech-operated Owens Valley Radio Observatory may mean the facility will have to close the world-famous Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy, which is located at Cedar Flat above Westgard Pass east of Big Pine.
Dr. John Carpenter, OVRO executive director, explained that CARMA applies for funding to the National Science Foundation every three years to operate the observatory. This year, the National Science Foundation returned the grant application with favorable reviews, but declined the request for funding.

August 1st

Celebrate with ‘selfies’

August 1, 2014

This year, the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair is celebrating the “Open Spaces and Happy Places” of Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties and to gear up for the biggest end-of-summer bash in the Sierra, The Inyo Register wants to see readers enjoying themselves in the great outdoors.
Each Tuesday throughout the month of August, the Register is planning to run a series of reader-submitted “selfies,” that show residents and visitors enjoying the wealth of open spaces and happy places in the Eastern Sierra.

City open house draws public opinion

August 1, 2014

The City of Bishop’s July 30 Economic Development Open House drew numbers, diversity and input that exceeded expectation, said city and agency officials.
The open house, organized by the city, Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce, Sandra Bauer of Bauer Planning & Environmental Services and BBC Research  & Consulting staff, was designed “to get public input on the Economic Development Element of (the city’s) General Plan,” BBC Director of Research Adam Orens said - “how to strengthen and diversify the city’s economy,” in other words.

Searchers find hiker’s remains

August 1, 2014

The search ended this week for 75-year-old Dawson Johnson, a hiker who disappeared Tuesday while hiking to and from Mt. Whitney.
Johnson’s remains were spotted by helicopter in Sequoia National Park on the north slope of Mt. Whitney (approximately 13,300 feet in elevation) just before nightfall on Thursday.
It’s believed Johnson fell in “a very rocky and steep area” of the mountain.

July 31st

VIDEO: Viewer Reaction: 'Sharknado 2'

July 31, 2014

The eagerly-awaited sequel to "Sharnado" premiered last night on the SyFy Channel. Reviews have been … mixed. But part of the fun came from seeing which celebrity would pop up next. In fact, there were more celebrity cameos in "Sharknado 2" than a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Which was your favorite?

July 30th

Jim Tatum named city administrator

July 30, 2014

On Monday, Bishop City Council approved the hiring of James “Jim” Jay Tatum as the new city administrator when current administrator, Keith Caldwell, retires on Friday, Aug. 29.
According to the city, Tatum brings more than 20 years of management-level experience, which he will use to “facilitate the realization of the significant potential that exists within the city.” The appointment comes after a lengthy vetting period, which Tatum and several council members addressed at the July 28 Council meeting.

Read the full story in the Thursday, July 31, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

Standoff ends in arrest

July 30, 2014

A short standoff at 489 Pa Me Ln. in Bishop ended peacefully Tuesday with the arrest of Bishop resident Sam Vega Jr., 38.
The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department received a call at about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday reporting that a male subject had threatened a Southern California Edison Employee with a firearm.

Read the full story in the Thursday, July 31, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

LP ambulance service on life support

July 30, 2014

The Lone Pine Volunteer Fire Protection District will have a measure on the November ballot asking for a $100 parcel tax to support its ambulance service. The papers have been filed with the County Clerk; a ballot measure number has not yet been issued.
The district’s finances just don’t add up, said Fire Chief LeRoy Kritz. The fire department is funded through property taxes but the ambulance service, taken over by the department when a private service left the area in 1994, has to be self-supporting. “Initially it wasn’t self-supporting,” Kritz said.

Search for Cottonwood tenants ongoing

July 30, 2014

Residents may be able to kick off their 2014 Christmas shopping at Cottonwood Plaza, which is expected to open with new tenants before the end of the year.
As the City of Bishop prepares to embark on an economic development study to improve commerce within the city limits, Inyo County Realtor Stan Smith of Pleasant Valley Associates is looking for tenants interested in leasing space located in the long-vacant shopping center at the corner of North Main and Yaney streets.

Read the full story in the Thursday, July 31, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.

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