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November 13th, 2013

County approves Bishop office building designs

November 13, 2013

Local leaders have approved the final, non-binding concept plans for the proposed county consolidated office building in Bishop.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors signed off on designs for a 41,944 square-foot building to house county Health and Human Services, Sheriff’s Department facilities and other departments who have offices or work primarily in Bishop.

NIH CEO search down to three

November 13, 2013

The Northern Inyo Hospital Board of Directors is in the process of completing its final interviews with candidates vying for the position of NIH’s new chief operating officer.
In its search for a replacement for Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer John Halfen, who plans to retire in July 2014, the board of directors conducted the first of three final candidate interviews this past Monday evening. The candidate had spent the day meeting NIH staff and familiarizing himself with the facility, said board President Dr. John Ungersma.

Swashbuckling thespians present Playhouse operetta

November 13, 2013

The show must go on, but how? The Playhouse 395 “Pirates of Penzance Jr.” cast of young actors recently took a break from a dress rehearsal to reflect on the artistic process.

Saving pieces of cinematic history

November 13, 2013

In the first 50 years of filmmaking in the U.S., posters were considered consumables. Theaters used them to market the next film, and after the run of the show, they were often stored away, unprotected from the ravages of time.
While film fans and historians have come to realize that these artifacts are part of this country’s cultural history, the understanding comes too late for many of the posters. They are in various stages of decomposition.

November 12th

LADWP to hold L.A. hearing on solar project

November 12, 2013

Locally, it’s been called a good project in a bad location – an undertaking that, when finished, will reduce a metropolis’ reliance on non-renewable energy sources but permanently scar 1,200 acres of wild and historically important landscape.
It’s also been called the beginning of the end for the Owens Valley’s relatively untouched open spaces – the start of piece-meal industrialization.
Now, residents of Los Angeles will have their chance to weigh in on the L.A. Department of Water and Power’s proposed Southern Owens Valley Solar Ranch at a public hearing on Nov. 16.

November 11th

ICARE launches official fundraising campaign for new animal shelter

November 11, 2013

People in Inyo and Mono counties who love animals will be pleased to know a final, mighty effort is under way to get the rest of the money needed to build a brand new animal shelter and pet adoption center in Big Pine.
The fundraising campaign, organized by the ICARE animal welfare nonprofit, is being called “Raise the Roof – a Cause for Paws,” and is designed to wring the last of the capital needed from the Inyo/Mono community. About $300,000 is still required to build the facility, which is estimated to cost $800,000.

Arbitration panel finds impacts at Blackrock

November 11, 2013

A recent ruling on Inyo County’s claims that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s water-gathering efforts have had an adverse effect on vegetation in the Blackrock area is being viewed as a win for Inyo County, its residents and the environment.
On Oct. 21, a three-member arbitration panel released a 14-page decision about the dispute between Inyo County and the LADWP over whether LADWP’s groundwater pumping and surface water management practices have adversely affected vegetation in the approximately 330 acres of the Blackrock area.

New art walk coming to downtown Bishop

November 11, 2013

Leading the way in holiday festivities, this week’s inaugural Downtown Bishop Chocolate Art Walk will be a combination of a grand opening, art, music and, yes, chocolaty treats.
Event founder and key organizer Bruce Licher encourages everyone to attend his and wife Karen Neilsen Licher’s grand opening of The Project Room gallery in their shop, Independent Press Project, which is the centerpiece of the art walk’s agenda from 5-8 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 15.

November 8th

Local veterans putting spotlight on POWs and MIAs

November 8, 2013

This Monday, residents across the nation will be celebrating the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served to preserve the nation’s freedom.
Though Veterans Day is a celebration of all members of the armed forces, this holiday weekend, the Bishop Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, veterans all, are remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and never returned home from foreign conflicts.

L.A. officials done dwelling on the past

November 8, 2013

There it went.
As Los Angeles speeds into its next century of water history, it has put the Los Angeles Aqueduct squarely in the rearview mirror.

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