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May 21st, 2014
Federal Fish and Wildlife authorities have rescheduled two public hearings on a proposal to designate the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of the greater sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended the comment period for the Sage Grouse proposal for 60 days, making the deadline June 9. According to USFWS Deputy State Supervisor for Nevada Carolyn Swed, the new hearing schedules were set to give residents more time to review information and make informed comments on the proposal.
Mule Days isnâ€™t the only hub of activity in Bishop this week, thanks to the Inyo Council for the Arts and its popular, bi-annual Arts and Crafts Fair in the Bishop City Park.
With everything from photography and other fine arts, to edibles like homemade brittle, jams and jellies, the Memorial Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Fair is a must for residents and visitors enjoying Mule Days or a long fishing weekend alike.
According to ICA Director Lynn Cooper, the event includes 135 vendors and food booths from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday.
Officials at June Mountain are hoping to extend the season by accessing groundwater under the ski resort.
The Inyo National Forest has received a proposal from June Mountain Ski Area to drill three or four test wells to see if the mountain has enough water in the ground to blow more snow next season.
In two weeks, residents of the First District of Inyo County will head to the polls to select a new supervisor for the first time in 24 years.
With six-time incumbent Linda Arcularius deciding not to run for re-election, three newcomers threw their hats in the ring for the open seat â€“ one of five on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and one of two seats up for election in the June 3 Primary.
Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci ended up running for a second term unopposed.
Everyone in Inyo County is aware that Bishop is celebrating Mule Days this week with traditional rodeo events, food and lots of family fun. What many residents may not know, however, is that many Mule Days activities are free and open to all.
Mule Days officially kicks off today with morning and afternoon shows in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena, shops and vendors selling wares at the fairgrounds and demonstrations from veteran cowboys and cowgirls.
Home Street Middle Schoolâ€™s music students earned a huge victory May 2 in Placentia and Anaheim, earning top honors in a competition against 40 other schools from across the U.S.
The schoolâ€™s jazz band and the concert band each won the title of Best Overall Junior High/Middle School band at the May 2 Music in the Parks competition in Placentia. Awards ceremonies were held at Disneyland.
Home street students competed in the single A category, which includes schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. However, there were a number of Double A schools competing.
The Bishop Unified School Districtâ€™s trustees were unanimous in their support of Career Choices as a requirement for incoming freshman, but split on the future of geography as a required course.
The trustees voted 3-2 on the motion made by Trina Orrill to replace geography with Career Choices but keep geography in the curriculum as a one-semester elective.
The decision was made at Thursdayâ€™s Board of Trustees meeting after a debate that picked up where it left off at the special meeting held Monday.
Inyo County and Caltrans are partnering to apply for state funds to improve pedestrian safety and promote foot travel in three local communities.
Local leaders hope to harness more than $4.5 million in state Active Transportation Program grants to build sidewalks adjacent to U.S. Highway 395 in Lone Pine and Bishop, and to build a bike lane in Big Pine.
Granicus, the computer program city officials mentioned earlier this year during deliberations about whether to move nighttime council meetings to the afternoon, will soon be up and running on the City of Bishop website.
After at least seven months of discussions and even demonstrations and training sessions from Granicus representatives, the council unanimously approved spending $16,198 in start-up costs and $10,188 a year over at least the next three years to add the web-based program to city operations. The program will be launched in late August or early September.
Inyo County has taken one more step towards the construction of a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
On Tuesday, the board approved plans and specifications and declared that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment before authorizing Public Works Director Clint Quilter to seek bids for the construction project.
The proposed animal shelter will be located just west of the existing shelter, a converted dairy barn that was built in the 1920s, on County Road in Big Pine.