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April 3rd, 2013

Taxing question surfaces in slow-growing cottage food industry

April 3, 2013

A new state law, intended to support home-based entrepreneurs start up and flourish, has run into a local snag that currently has new business progress at a near stand-still.
The Cottage Food Law, in effect since Jan. 1, is intended to help home-based food industries operate under a set of regulations that are less expensive, more flexible and more streamlined than that of other businesses.

Toiyabe, City to unveil gift to community this Saturday

April 3, 2013

In an intertribal-city collaboration, the Eastern Sierra has joined a countrywide healthy living trend intended to promote community wellness for all.
There will be a grand unveiling of the Eastern Sierra’s first outdoor exercise center, located in Bishop City Park, a gift to the entire community from the Board of Directors of the Toiyabe Indian Health Project.
In this unique setting, people can workout while surveying the grandeur of the White and Sierra mountain ranges, the progress of the community garden and of the pink and white spring blossoms at the park’s edge.

April 1st

High fire danger levels return to Owens Valley

April 1, 2013

Spring has sprung and with warmer temperatures and longer days come some hazards for recreators.
Local officials are warning of avalanche danger in higher elevations caused by melting snowpack and of fire hazards in the Owens Valley caused by a drier-than-normal conditions.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine conducted a live fire training exercise just east of Bishop Saturday morning and said dry conditions on the valley floor are something residents should be aware and cautious of.

BLM still deciding future of recovered ancient artifactsv

April 1, 2013

The investigation into the theft of six priceless artifacts chiseled from the rocks of a local petroglyph site continues, as the pieces of ancient artwork sit in evidence storage at the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM Field Manager Bernadette Lovato said last week that no official plans have been made for the six petroglyph panels that were stolen late last year and anonymously returned in late January.
“For now, they have to stay in evidence, and there’s not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,” Lovato said. “Then we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.”

New bill bolsters fight against Medi-Cal cuts

April 1, 2013

A new state bill has been introduced to combat the devastating effects of impending Medi-Cal cuts on small rural skilled nursing facilities and the community is being called upon to spring into immediate action to support it.
The California Hospital Association continues to challenge implementation of AB97’s “devastating” Medi-Cal cuts which affect rural long-term care patients as well as the districts and facilities that serve them, including Southern Inyo Hospital and its Skilled Nursing Unit.

March 29th

PD turns embezzlement probe over to D.A.’s Office

March 29, 2013

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office announced this week it is taking over the Bishop Police Department’s investigation of alleged embezzlement at Health and Human Services.
Police Chief Chris Carter has turned the case over to D.A. Art Maillet after a 2.5-month investigation. The chief has also informed the D.A. that his department will go no further with the investigation “due to the lack of resources.”

LADWP developing long-term dry lake plan

March 29, 2013

With ongoing litigation tying up the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s mitigation work on Owens Lake, the utility is hoping to take the initiative and develop a long-term solution to dust blowing off the lake.
The LADWP issued a statement earlier this week telling members of the Owens Lake Master Plan Committee that it will begin working on a project design that would incorporate elements that it hopes will meet the needs and goals of each member agency.

Cops to crack down on distracted driving

March 29, 2013

Text messaging and talking on cell phones have proven to be as dangerous as drunk driving and local law enforcement will be cracking down on both this coming month.
The Bishop Police Department is joining the nationwide Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign starting April 1. BPD will show “zero tolerance” to drivers who put themselves and others at risk by texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Chief Chris Carter.

Wye Road Improvements Project could start by fall

March 29, 2013

There is light at the end of a tunnel for a City of Bishop Public Works project that will renovate an intersection which has been the site of a higher-than-average number of collisions over the years.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvements Project is intended to reconfigure the Wye Road-North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, which lies west of the Kmart/Vons area, thereby creating a throughway that is more clearly and safely navigable.

March 27th

Dual-use trail network under review

March 27, 2013

Inyo County is on the road to adventure now that planning efforts for a dual-use on- and off-road network are awaiting approval from state and local agencies.
The Adventure Trails map is currently in the hands of county road planners, the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. Once those agencies sign off on the proposal, project proponents will seek community input before beginning implementation.

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