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July 16th, 2012

Realtors briefed on state sign laws

July 16, 2012

A sweep removing illegally placed signs in Caltrans rights-of-way has started a movement to amend state law and, hopefully, boost the struggling economy.
The Bishop Listing Service, a coalition of local Realtors, recently experienced a mass disappearance of “For Sale” and “Open House” signs from state highway rights-of-way.

Bishop school board deals with $820K deficit

July 16, 2012

In a universal era of belt tightening, the Bishop Unified School District will be working with a budget that reflects an $820,647 difference between income and expenses, and not to the good.
The money picture was not entirely without some good news. Due to the focus of recent money-raising efforts, instructional aides for grades K-5 will be reinstated, at least for this school year.

July 12th

Volunteers helping keep art alive in classrooms

July 12, 2012

When Inyo County Art Docent Program volunteers arrive in elementary school classrooms, the students expect to have fun, but they also receive a supplemental fine arts education through what program organizer Liz McAteer called a “museum experience in the classroom.”
Even if children are shy or academically-challenged, it makes no difference during art docent visits, said McAteer, also the school arts coordinator with Inyo Council for the Arts. “Art is the great equalizer,” she said.

Law enforcement looking for backup

July 12, 2012

Local authorities are looking for residents who are interested in serving their community by donning a badge and working part-time enforcing local and state laws.
According to Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, a number of law enforcement agencies in Inyo and Mono counties are looking for reserve peace officers to work side-by-side with full-time officers in helping to police the streets.

PD asking for new route for Christmas parade

July 12, 2012

In an effort to save money on overtime pay, the Bishop Police Department has asked the Chamber of Commerce to consider a new route for the traditional Bishop Christmas Parade.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said there are pros and cons to the suggested change and community input will be a determining factor in the decision-making process.

July 10th

Cops warn against synthetic pot products

July 10, 2012

Local authorities are warning citizens that a product being billed as a safe, legal alternative to marijuana is neither safe nor legal.
In a press release issued by the Bishop Police Department last week, officers said synthetic marijuana, also known as “Spice” or “K2” which can be purchased locally, has been known to have dangerous side effects, including seizures, paranoia, vomiting and loss of consciousness.
“Bishop is not immune to this product,” the press release from the PD states. “We have had reports of juveniles purchasing synthetic marijuana and becoming very ill.”

Big Pine threatened by wildfire – again

July 10, 2012

More than 1,000 acres were scorched just south of Big Pine Saturday afternoon, putting residents on alert for the second weekend in a row.
The Fish Fire was approximately 90 percent contained by Monday morning with full containment expected by evening.
Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department and CalFire were alerted at 1:59 p.m., Saturday. Firefighters from as far as Olancha and Mono County responded through the afternoon.
Ten fire engines, eight crews and five water tenders and 190 personnel were on the fire lines at the height of the blaze.

July 6th

2012 Junior Livestock Show starts Wednesday

July 6, 2012

Student agriculturists will once again exhibit their livestock and their showmanship at the annual Junior Livestock Auction, while giving the public a rare opportunity to bid on a high-quality, natural product – all in support of California’s number one industry: agriculture.

Mammoth going to bankruptcy court

July 6, 2012

Mammoth’s legal team kicked into high gear this past week, preparing for a make-or-break appeal to a Sacramento bankruptcy court.
The process will begin next week, said Mammoth Town Manager Dave Wilbrecht.
If the legal team, led by Town Attorney Andrew Ross, wins its case, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for a town carrying a $43 million legal debt that it says it cannot pay.

July 5th

Mammoth CEO: ‘Irresponsible of me to have not faced facts sooner’

July 5, 2012

Rusty Gregory knows people are not happy with him for closing June Mountain.
In the end, facing a loss of an average of $1.5 million a year, that wasn’t enough to stop him.
“Personally, I’m incredibly disappointed as well,” he said. “I realize that the people in June are shocked and very disappointed, and angry with me. But the idea of subsidizing June without a view of an end result is not sustainable.”
He also said skier visits have gone from an average of 80,000 per season to 45,000 last season.

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