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April 29th, 2013

Traffic stop nets three on felony drug charges

April 29, 2013

A traffic stop for a “minor traffic infraction” has landed three Southern California residents in jail on felony charges.
The Bishop Police Department announced late Monday afternoon the early-morning arrests of Raymond Louis Rodriguez, 25, of Upland, Toni Lorell Zarate, 27, of Azusa, and Ky Ta, 38, of Alta Loma, on numerous drug-related charges – including transporting and possessing controlled substances for the purposes of selling them.

PD investigating embezzlement at local business

April 29, 2013

The Bishop Police Department announced late Monday afternoon that it is investigating yet another case of alleged embezzlement in the City of Bishop.
According to Bishop PD Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, police were notified last Thursday, April 29 of “possible embezzlement occurring at Inyo Mono Body Shop.” The specific charge the PD is now investigating is 508 PC, the California Penal Code for embezzlement of more than $950.

A High Sierra tradition

April 29, 2013

Team Sierra, a group of friends and family members from Southern California, has made Convict Lake their annual vacation destination every Opening Day for the past several years. The group arrives early, setting up at its favorite spot on the south shore at midnight and waiting until sun-up to cast a line. This year the group saw record numbers (top), with 21 attending the annual fishstravaganza. Shown at bottom left are Jeff and John Diaz with Jeff’s 4.1-lb. rainbow; and at far right are Tom and Jesse Diaz with their healthy stringers. For more Opening Day photos, see pg.

Inyo official fights drastic rate hike

April 29, 2013

One Inyo County official is leading the charge against legislation she says will cost local residents 700 percent more than they are accustomed to.
Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, serving as co-chair of the California Clerk-Recorders Legislative Committee, has been working to prevent the passage of SB 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act.

April 25th

Have you seen this Colt?

April 25, 2013

Home Street Middle School announced this week the launching of a unique fundraising activity in which the community can be “Colted.”
Basically, if residents wake up to find an obnoxiously painted wooded colt in their yard, they’ve been “Colted.”
But it’s all in good fun – and for a good cause, according to the school.
“Victims” of the colt prank can call HSMS at (760) 872-1381 to have the hideously-painted likeness of the school’s mascot removed, or, for a $25 donation, can select the colt’s next resting place.

Bridgeport bank manager arraigned for embezzlement

April 25, 2013

Roxanna Foley, 52, of Bridgeport, was arraigned today in federal court in Sacramento.
She was indicted on April 18 by a federal grand jury on charges of theft and “embezzlement by a bank employee,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment alleges that Foley embezzled approximately $320,000 from Eastern Sierra Community Bank over a four-month period.
She was employed at the bank as a manager.
For more, see Saturday’s edition of The Inyo Register.

Sonora Pass open

April 25, 2013

In yet another sign that summer is on its way to the Eastern Sierra, Caltrans has removed the packed winter snow, cleared the debris and made the necessary repairs to open State Route 108 over Sonora Pass.
“The diligent work of Caltrans crews enabled the opening of the pass for motorists who utilize this route,” said Public Information Officer Florene Trainor. “Caltrans crews responsible for the pass opening extend their best wishes for safe summer traveling to those who enjoy the recreational opportunities this part of California has to offer.”

Feds arraign Mammoth man on child porn charges

April 25, 2013

Gene Wayne Harris, 41, of Mammoth Lakes, was arraigned in federal court today on a grand jury indictment that charges him with attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

Pilgrimage brings civil rights into focus

April 25, 2013

Historical realities merge with contemporary concerns at an annual event that will combine a wide variety of exhibits, art, dance, discussion and more at Manzanar this weekend.
Manzanar National Historic Site invites everyone to participate in a weekend of special activities in honor of the Manzanar Committee’s 44th Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. All of the many events are free.

April 22nd

Tioga Pass cleared to eastern park entrance

April 22, 2013

A crew from Caltrans clears the road on Tioga Pass just in time to allow brave and hearty anglers access to high-country fishing spots during this weekend’s fishing opener. Caltrans has re-opened the pass (State Route 120 West/Tioga Pass Road) to the east Yosemite Park Entrance Gate. The highway will remain closed beyond the park. “Users can access S.R. 120 for recreational activities from the junction of U.S. 395 at Lee Vining up to the park entrance closure gate,” a press release from Caltrans states. This partial opening is dependent on favorable weather.

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