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February 22nd, 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 Attorneyâs Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.
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 Pioneerâs 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.
Plans for Inyo Countyâs 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.
This yearâs 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 â now itâs OVCVAâs baby. The showâs new name is Home, Garden and Recreation Show. And, the event is striving to be a bit more family-friendly, he said.
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 â with medical visits to match.
âClinics, doctorâs offices and emergency departments are still showing an increased number of visits for respiratory illness,â Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson said. There have been âhalf a dozen hospitalizations between Mono and Inyo counties,â he added, âbut no deaths.â
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.
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.
As the Inyo National Forest moves forward with a revision of its Forest Plan, officials are asking those who know the forest best to help them identify areas that can be improved.
Residents and visitors are being asked to help identify trends associated with forest resources, such as fishing, hiking and climbing, and help analyze the current condition of the forest resources.
INF officials will be collecting this information at a series of meetings in Bishop and Mammoth next month.
Reaganâs Sporting Goods opened the weekend of the Blake Jones Trout Derby in March of last year. Nearing his first anniversary, owner Reagan Slee is about to more than double the size of the store on Main Street to make room for more hunting and camping gear.
Bishopâs Quarterly Citizen Award was presented to a beloved, local teacher in the very same City Hall room in which she began her teaching career 50 years ago.
Friends and family from far and near gathered at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting to surprise Bishop Elementary School kindergarten teacher Valerie Needham. They included four generations of family; out-of-town friends; current and former colleagues, aides and classroom volunteers; and many former students â notably, Ira Bradley, who was a student in Needhamâs first class in 1963.