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February 25th, 2013

Inyo’s courthouse project facing another delay

February 25, 2013

Eleven California counties, including Inyo, could see delays in courthouse construction projects unless the state legislature sees fit to restore funding to the judicial branch.
The Judicial Council of California is meeting today to discuss future budgets and how state proposals may impact planned court facility projects.

Local interpreter to lead state association

February 25, 2013

According to one local bilingual healthcare professional, simple translation and healthcare interpreting are two vastly different skills that can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Northern Inyo Hospital Language Services Manager Jose Garcia knows that difference and was recently honored for it, NIH Director of Community Development, Marketing and Grant Writing Angie Aukee said.

LP School District needs money for repairs, upgrades

February 25, 2013

With facilities ranging in age from 60 to 97 years old, Lone Pine Unified School District faces issues not uncommon to home owners with old houses and dated infrastructure.
Pipes burst and heating systems took a dive during a cold snap in mid-January at Lo-Inyo Elementary School and parts for a cracked boiler radiator had to be custom fabricated and are still in transit.

February 22nd

Was fee collected for rural fire suppression misused?

February 22, 2013

Less than a year after implementing an unpopular fee for rural fire suppression, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials are taking heat for misusing those funds.
CalFire is being accused of using the fees to prosecute arson suspects and seek restitution. More than $3.6 million in wildfire settlement money has been placed in an account kept by the California District Attorney’s Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.

Hospice merging with Pioneer Home Health

February 22, 2013

Two major local home healthcare providers have merged in the hopes of benefitting the community and streamlining operations.
Pioneer Home Health Care, Inc. and Hospice of The Owens Valley have joined forces under Pioneer’s roof and under its operational umbrella effective this month. The merger, according to both administrators, is expected to enhance both entities in a variety of ways.

County extends contract for office building for sixth time

February 22, 2013

Plans for Inyo County’s new consolidated office building in Bishop are taking a little longer to draft than anticipated, but local leaders are determined to see what the building could look like.
County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said another extension of an exclusive negotiation contract with Joseph Enterprises, LLC became necessary due to a busy schedule for county staff.

New leader at helm of Home Show

February 22, 2013

This year’s new spring Home Show planners are in the process of applying a fresh coat of paint to the event by combining a new focus with its traditional format.
There are all sorts of changes in the offing, Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association President Dan Stone said: Tri-County Fair planned the first 17 Home Shows – now it’s OVCVA’s baby. The show’s new name is Home, Garden and Recreation Show. And, the event is striving to be a bit more family-friendly, he said.

February 20th

Flu retains grip on Eastern Sierra

February 20, 2013

The nationwide, flu-viruses epidemic continues to take its toll locally.
As of late February, the Eastern Sierra is still seeing widespread levels of influenza and a sharp increase in the stomach flu bug – with medical visits to match.
“Clinics, doctor’s offices and emergency departments are still showing an increased number of visits for respiratory illness,” Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson said. There have been “half a dozen hospitalizations between Mono and Inyo counties,” he added, “but no deaths.”

Future of SIH, patient care threatened by Medi-cal cuts

February 20, 2013

New, reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates could adversely affect patient treatment and even threaten the very existence of a local hospital district.
Like many critical access hospitals, Southern Inyo Healthcare District and its skilled nursing facility are in danger of closing if drastically-reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates are retroactively enforced effective January 2013, SIHD Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer Lee Barron said.

Enough paperwork, more work

February 20, 2013

Ideas for economic development in the Eastern Sierra have been the subject of a number of studies, and now one group is hoping to put hammer to nail and get some work done.
The Eastern Sierra Regional Broadband Consortium is inviting residents to attend the next meeting of the Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council to help get economic development rolling in Inyo County.

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