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March 8th, 2013
An organization that has befriended, defended and advocated for local long-term care facility residents for decades is scheduled to be permanently dismantled at the end of the month, with its services to then be provided by the county.
âAfter nearly 23 years as the state-designated provider of long-term care ombudsman services in Inyo and Mono counties, Ombudsman Advocacy Services of Inyo & Mono will close its doors on March 31,â OASIM Executive Director Kathyrn Williams said.
With completion of the Digital 395 project slated for July, local Internet service providers are looking at what kinds of service packages they can offer to residents.
Digital 395 proponents have said that the completion of the backbone project has the potential to improve local Internet speeds, but by how much and at what cost is going to be up to service providers.
Hundreds of science fans recently got the best idea of what life on Mars could be like and how scientists are researching the red planet, all without ever having to leave Earth.
During the second Mars Festival in Death Valley National Park, visitors had an opportunity to hear NASA scientists, go to âMars Hill,â look down into a hydro-magmatic crater and learn about microbes in the muck at Badwater Basin.
The event included presenters from several institutions who highlighted current research being conducted both in Death Valley and on Mars.Â
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire and crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power responded to a wind-driven fire off Five Bridges Road north of Bishop at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crews were able to contain the fire to a few acres, but a stiff breeze caused spot fires to break out downwind of the main blaze. Shortly before noon it appeared firefighters had beaten the burn into submission. Crews remained on the fire to ensure no hot spots flared up. No other information was available at press time.
Residents are urged to take part in a series of meetings scheduled to begin Monday in Bishop to share with Inyo National Forest officials their vision for local public lands.
At the meetings, the Forest Service will be looking at resource trends on the INF in preparation for its Forest Plan Revision, a multi-year process that could change how officials manage the INF.
An acclaimed cross-cultural writer will visit the Owens Valley as the fundamental event in this yearâs Inyo County Community Reads agenda.
âInto the Beautiful Northâ author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak about his novel, his craft and his life journey â from âgrowing up on dirt streets in Tijuana to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist, beloved storytellerâ and literature professor at numerous universities, said Trinity Ray, president of the Tuesday Agency, Urreaâs lecture agent.
By simply reporting identity theft when it happens, local residents have an opportunity to help reveal a pattern that could help investigators solve identity theft crimes.
Several Bishop residents have apparently been struck by identity thieves in the last week who were able to use either their debit or credit card numbers on purchases made out of the area.
But because these thefts and fraud attempts have not been reported to the Bishop Police Department, authorities are unable to establish a link between the victims that could help in tracking down the perpetrators.
An upcoming workshop could help local residents who owe child support payments to the state find ways to help themselves, their families and the taxpaying public.
The workshop will focus on the stateâs Compromise of Arrears Program, designed for eligible parents whose children were on public assistance and who cannot afford to pay their past due child support repayments to the state. COAP will help them pay in full or in part what they owe to the state â some of the amount due could even be forgiven.
Detectives with the Bishop Police Department continue looking into the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the welfare division of Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case, and no new information is available.
The last update from the PD regarding its investigation into the theft came in late January, when the PD issued a search warrant for the home of Bishop resident Dondee Rossy, 46, an Inyo County HHS manager who was named as âa person of interestâ in the case.
The recent, overall merger of Pioneer Home Health Care and Hospice of the Owens Valley has gone smoothly but there are still a few loose ends.
Right now, the biggest still-to-do on the list concerns an ongoing negotiation over the disposition of Hospiceâs former home at 155 Pioneer Ln. in Bishop.
NIH, which owns the building and property, is eyeing the facility for a future Rural Health Clinic expansion. However, since Hospice raised all the money to pay for the buildingâs construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.