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July 19th, 2013

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.

July 17th

Bills for contested ‘fire fee’ hitting mailboxes statewide

July 17, 2013

A second round of controversial statewide fire fee bills are being sent out, and local property owners residing outside of local fire districts can expect to get their bills soon.
The new bills are set to go out beginning the week of July 15. The bills went out to home owners of record on July 1, for homes in state fire responsibility areas (any area outside of a municipal fire district) where CalFire is responsible for fire suppression.

Welcome home, Gia Joy, Mike and Heather

July 17, 2013

On July 6, Gia Joy, Heather and Mike Gehringer were met by a crowd of well-wishers upon their return home to Bishop after a seven-month stay at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where the toddler successfully completed treatment for cancer.
About 30-40 friends and family, carrying homemade signs and balloons, had waited nearly an hour on the street outside the Gehringers’ home, unsure of the family’s exact arrival time.
“The love was definitely apparent,” Gia’s maternal grandfather Howard Lehwald said.

July 16th

Promo video hoped to reel in new biz

July 16, 2013

Initial plans have been solidified for the City of Bishop’s first promotional branding-concept video.
Details were hammered out at a July 9 planning meeting, where City Administrator Keith Caldwell facilitated discussions between citizens and film professionals.
“Attracting people to the area for potential business opportunities is our real focus,” Caldwell said. The five-minute introductory video and five, three-minute companion chapters – business, healthcare, real estate, schools and tourism – will promote the family and social quality of life here available in Bishop, he added.

Renaissance man

July 16, 2013

Some might call him a jack of all trades, other might say he is a Renaissance man but whatever the case, Bishop local Robert Miller never stops learning, creating and growing.
Since Miller’s May 31 art show and sale at East Side Books, the self-taught artist/architect/inventor/photographer/machinist and soon-to-be nonagenarian said he is deeply involved in experimenting with various ways to use charcoal. ”That’s where I live, in the journey of art.”

What’s in a name?

July 16, 2013

Change is coming to the Lone Pine Airport – the kind of change that local officials hope will help aviators identify the region they are in and the activities that are available when they fly into Lone Pine.
The Lone Pine Airport will be renamed the Lone Pine-Death Valley Airport. Local officials and a group of Lone Pine residents said Tuesday the new name will help tourists, especially foreign tourists, identify Lone Pine as a gateway to Death Valley.

July 15th

MediCal Managed Care is coming to Inyo County

July 15, 2013

Inyo County Health and Human Services/Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging will be sponsoring several community presentations about the two new Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans, HHS/Eastern Sierra Area Agency on Aging Director Jean Turner said.

New coming attractions for Lone Pine Museum

July 15, 2013

Beginning this Saturday, there is even more for community members and visitors to see at the Lone Pine Film History Museum.
Museum Director and former president and CEO of Republic Pictures Bob Sigman announced Monday that he completed a licensing negotiation with Swank Motion Pictures, Inc., one of three companies that handles film licensing for major studios, that will allow the museum’s theater to screen new-release DVDs for the community.
Swank provides both public performance licensing rights and licensed movies to numer-

July 12th

Faster Internet coming soon

July 12, 2013

Digital 395, the high-speed Internet project that will improve connections from Barstow to Reno, is nearing the last leg but unexpected delays may hold completion for another month.
The project was scheduled to be completed by July 31, but managers said the company building the fiber-optic backbone, Praxis Associates, said some permits from the U.S. Forest Service have yet to be issued, and some communities, including Inyo’s towns along the U.S. 395 corridor, probably won’t be completed until mid- or late August.

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