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July 24th, 2013

Mother Nature, abatement efforts keep skeeter populations low

July 24, 2013

While the mosquito population is currently low during this low-water year, the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program crew is daily treating pastures and lake areas in preparation for the peak August/September mosquito season.
OVMAP Manager Chris Wickham said the crew has been applying larvicides to pasture areas adjacent to Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine and Independence as well as in the Owens Lake area near Keeler since March.
“Anywhere we find mosquitoes breeding near human populations is our highest priority,” he said.

Listening to the universe

July 24, 2013

The Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-Wave Astronomy offers much to boggle the mind. The drive through a landscape, beautiful in its starkness, ends with a display of sky-focused dishes at Cedar Flat, a scene so incongruous it’s reminiscent of “Lost.” The dishes themselves are giving scientists a look at the birth of new planets formed from the gas and dust whirling around young stars, the same process that produced Earth.

July 23rd

Mud slide closes highway

July 23, 2013

UPDATE: 4:28 p.m. – U.S. 395 has just been closed at Haiwee Reservoir due to flooding and extensive mud and debris, according to Caltrans Public Information Officer Florene Trainor. Whitney Portal Road, meanwhile, remains closed while county road crews attempted to fix extensive damage caused by overnight flooding. The threat of flash floods in Death Valley continues. With rain continuing to fall, Sheriff Bill Lutze said his office was "keeping an eye" on the streams as well as the thunderheads building over Mt. Whitney. S.R.

July 22nd

Phone scam targeting Bishop area

July 22, 2013

Residents being targeted by the latest phone scam are being given the same advice by local law enforcement: never give personal information to strangers.
Following that simple suggestion could not only save residents the money they stand to lose when the scammers get a hold of your info, but in this case, also maybe the cost of a new computer.

Mother Nature, abatement efforts keep skeeter populations low

July 22, 2013

While the mosquito population is currently low during this low-water year, the Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program crew is daily treating pastures and lake areas in preparation for the peak August/September mosquito season.
OVMAP Manager Chris Wickham said the crew has been applying larvicides to pasture areas adjacent to Bishop, Big Pine, Lone Pine and Independence as well as in the Owens Lake area near Keeler since March.
“Anywhere we find mosquitoes breeding near human populations is our highest priority,” he said.

July 19th

USFWS reopens comment period

July 19, 2013

Inyo residents have another opportunity to weigh in on the discussion about the mountain yellow-legged frogs and Yosemite toad and how critical habitat endangered/threatened species designations may impact life in the Eastern Sierra.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it is reopening the public comment period for its proposal to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

County weighing options for dump fees

July 19, 2013

With Inyo County Consolidated Waste facing a deficit for the coming fiscal year, local leaders are looking at ways to boost revenue and reduce expenses.
One option for maintaining state compliance while getting a clearer picture of the amount of waste going into local dumps, Senior Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty said, would be including scales at the Bishop-Sunland Landfill.

D.A. Maillet to retire

July 19, 2013

Longtime Inyo County District Attorney Art Maillet announced this week that he will be retiring early next month.
Maillet, who is retiring for medical reasons, said he is not one for goodbyes, but said “it has been an honor to serve the public” in Inyo County, and added that he is happy to report that he will be retiring with “a successful prosecution rate.”
Maillet will officially step down as D.A. Aug. 10.

County nearing commitment phase for new building

July 19, 2013

Inyo County is approaching the end of its “non-binding” agreement to research construction of a consolidated office building. But before moving into the binding phase of the project, it is planning to confer with residents and gauge public opinion.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to host a series of meetings in August to present the design and financial plan for the building and hear input from residents.

Wye Road Project could soon go out to bid

July 19, 2013

The City of Bishop’s Wye Road Intersection Improvement project will be nearer its final phase once the City Council approves the announcement of construction bids, thus helping to secure increased future traffic safety at the Wye Road/U.S. 6 intersection.
According to Public Works Director David Grah, consideration of opening the bids will be on the Monday, July 22 Council agenda. If approved, open bidding for the $600,000 construction job would advertised the following day. Bid deadline is Thursday, Aug. 22.

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