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March 15th, 2013

‘Pink Ladies’ gear up for blood drive, fundraising efforts

March 15, 2013

The Pink Ladies are always busy anyway but right now they are in the midst of a flurry of activities aimed at bolstering their continued contributions to the local hospital.
The Northern Inyo Hospital’s Auxiliary’s affectionately nicknamed the Pink Ladies are beefing up their membership, spiffing up their gift shop inventory, amping up their fundraising – and, oh yes, planning the upcoming blood drive it helps organize for United Blood Services. All of this is, as always, in service of NIH and its patients.

Program helping young immigrants stay in U.S. legally

March 15, 2013

Local immigrant youth are starting to take advantage of a fast-track immigration program that could successfully net them a work permit, driver’s licence and other documentation.
One local youth has taken advantage of a recent governmental immigration policy change to get legitimate U.S. residency and continue with his education here. Although he declined to give his name, he reports that his experience is “a positive thing” though stressful, and that he is currently obtaining a driver’s licence and Social Security card.

March 13th

Outside-the-box attitude guides new Bishop eatery

March 13, 2013

It’s no secret that there will be a big party with nibbles, noshes and music at the grand opening of a local eatery this weekend.
The Secret Sandwich Society owners Kymberlee Nalumaluhia and her husband have joined forces with associates Kate Clarke and Sterling Schat to expand the business to include The Yard Sale Café, a new, sit-down, mid-day eatery in Bishop. Everyone is invited to join the grand opening from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 16 at 124 S. Main St. behind Spellbinder Books.

PD finds link in credit/debit card thefts

March 13, 2013

Even local law enforcement were not immune to the recent rash of credit-card fraud that reportedly victimized hundreds of Bishop residents through sophisticated cybercrime techniques.
Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that his bank account had also been illegally accessed by a thief or thieves who had remotely and electronically obtained his credit or debit card number.
According to the chief, he was among as many as 200 local residents whose card numbers had been illegally used.

Community Reads author builds social bridges

March 13, 2013

At a variety of venues, this year’s Community Read author, discussed with community members young and old the value of literature, the revelatory process of writing and honoring and expressing one’s personal truth.

Community bidding fond farewell to longtime fire chief

March 13, 2013

John Marzano is a man of few words. So few in fact, that in preparation for his retirement from the Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, information on the man who has been integral to the department had to be cobbled together from those who have known him over the years.
Big Pine is throwing a party for Marzano this Saturday at the high school gym. True to form, Marzano didn’t really want a party for simply doing what had to be done for the past 54 years.

March 11th

Friday’s blaze being called ‘suspicious’

March 11, 2013

Investigators have determined that the Five Bridges Fire that broke out Friday morning north of Bishop was “suspicious” in nature.
CalFire Public Information Officer Bill Peters said that an official cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but investigators have said the fire was human-caused.

Grant to help Inyo keep invasive weeds at bay

March 11, 2013

Inyo County recently received $88,000 to manage invasive weeds along the Lower Owens River.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board approved $5.2 million in Proposition 84 grant awards last week to assist Sierra ranchers and farmers in 18 counties with conservation measures designed to protect California’s most important watersheds. The funding award includes $88,249 for weed control in Inyo and Mono counties, which will be used along the Lower Owens River Project.

Luminary Walk to shine light on cancer fight

March 11, 2013

Cancer survivors, their families and the community are invited to walk in honor of cancer patients and cancer survivors at the second annual Shine on the Sierra Luminary Walk this week.
This culminating, public event is in memory of and in support of cancer patients – those who died, those who still struggle with all forms of the disease and those who have vanquished it.
The luminary walk is the big finalé to Bishop Unified School District’s Feb. 25 through March 15 district-wide Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

March 8th

County takes over patient-advocacy program

March 8, 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.
“After 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,” OASIM Executive Director Kathyrn Williams said.

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