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February 24th, 2014

Inyo IDs areas for solar, wind development

February 24, 2014

County planners will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of solar development in Inyo County and exactly where any new, large-scale solar or wind farms should be located if more developers set their sights on Inyo County.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposing a widely unpopular 1,200-acre solar ranch east of U.S. Highway 395 across from Manzanar, the Inyo Planning Department is moving forward with a General Plan amendment that will identify areas of the county that local leaders feel are appropriate for renewable energy development.

Year of the woman?

February 24, 2014

While the national news media has been promoting the 2014 election as “The Year of the Woman” in politics, it doesn’t appear to be the case in Inyo County.
When it comes to the Board of Supervisors, the county’s top political decision-making body, as of yesterday not a single woman has filed for the available seats in either District 1 or District 3, according to the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office.

Council OKs new water and sewer fee structure

February 24, 2014

Effective July 1, City of Bishop property owners and other ratepayers will see a new water and sewer rate fee schedule that officials believe is simplified and more equitable.
Despite a few protests, the City Council adopted the 2014-19 fee schedule earlier this month, which includes increases in some places and decreases in others. Overall, according to the council, the new structure is the fairest way to charge system users in the absence of meters.
The fee schedule was based on the 2013 Water and Sewer Rate Study initiated last spring.

February 21st

Days of remembrance

February 21, 2014

There are days in American history that are not simply remembered; they are engraved in the thoughts of those who lived through them. We recall where we were and what we were doing on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 – a day now referenced with the code phrase “9/11.” Baby boomers vividly remember obscure details of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Symons named Fair CEO

February 21, 2014

Bishop native Sally Symons, who has been an active participant in activities at the Tri-County Fairgrounds since she was 9 years old, has been hired as its new CEO.
Symons will begin work March 1, taking over a post that has been vacant for almost two years following the departure of Jim Tatum in November 2012.

Drought relief coming in form of financial aid

February 21, 2014

As the hope of a rainy February fades, information on grant and loan assistance for those in Inyo County financially impacted by the third year of drought is starting to drizzle in, even if the clouds fail to release any moisture.
Both the county and the Inyo/Mono Agriculture Commissioner’s Office are getting the information out as quickly as it becomes available.
This year’s record-breaking lack of rain follows two consecutive low-rain, low-snowpack years, forcing ranchers, farmers and area residents to make some tough decisions.

February 20th

Arrest made in fairgrounds embezzlement case

February 20, 2014

An arrest has been made in connection with an embezzlement investigation launched at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds last August.
Rebecca Bragdon a former employee of the Tri-County Fair Administration Office, was arrested this morning on charges of felony grand theft and misdemeanor embezzlement and booked into Inyo County Jail. Bail has been set at $150,000.
The California Highway Patrol has forwarded its report on the investigation to the Inyo District Attorney's Office.

February 19th

City supports county’s effort to boost Bishop corridor

February 19, 2014

With an eye toward further economic development of the North Sierra Highway corridor, the Bishop City Council recently approved Inyo County’s request for city partnership in applying for a $750,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.

Inyo Associates look to spring, summer

February 19, 2014

As winter starts winding down, it’s time to get wound up about the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Local chambers of commerce and nonprofit groups are preparing for a busy March, while spring will see a continued emphasis on local and regional promotional efforts.

LP School District seeking input on use of funding

February 19, 2014

The Lone Pine Unified School District opened up a discussion with the community on how best to use its resources under the new state school funding process.

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