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In a continuing effort to prevent New Yearâs revelers from driving while intoxicated, public and private enterprises are offering free or affordable rides home Dec. 31 for residents and visitors who have had too much to drink.
The Automobile Club of Southern California will be offering its Tipsy Tow service for the 16th consecutive year and Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will be running its Dial-a-Ride services in Bishop and the trolley in Mammoth until 2 a.m.
Northern Inyo Hospitalâs slogan is âPeople You Know Caring for People You Love,â but many of its staff, past and present, are not feeling cared for or loved due to a recent, unannounced change in the way it enforces its employee medical leave policy.
With new snow on the ground and plenty more on the way, residents and visitors alike are looking forward to a variety of winter recreation opportunities available on the Inyo National Forest â including June Mountain Ski Area.
Residents interested in a career in law enforcement have a three-day window to apply for a position with the California Highway Patrol next month.
The CHP will be accepting applications from Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. Andrea Witmer, captain of the CHPâs Bishop Field Office, said this is the first time in three years the CHP will be accepting applications for officer positions.
The Owens Valley got its Christmas snow, all right. It just waited until mid-evening â about 9 p.m. â to show up, surprising most weather forecasters and torturing holiday motorists. Residents were greeted Wednesday morning with chain or 4-wheel drive with snow tire requirements on U.S. 395 from south of Olancha to the Nevada border as 3-6 inches of snow blanketed the valley just in time for the morning commute. A 20 percent chance of snow continued into Wednesday evening, followed by a week of cold and dry with a typical winter mix of clouds and sun.
Excuses for not keeping one of the most common new yearâs resolutions are rapidly dwindling with the advent of Bishopâs new, free-of-charge community gym in 2013.
In fact, said Toiyabe Indian Health Projectâs Director of Preventive Medicine Rick Frey, the new 20-piece workout station, outdoor exercise equipment in the Bishop City Park on Park Avenue, south of Bishop Senior Center, is a gift to the entire community from the Bishop Paiute Tribe.
Local leaders are giving the public an opportunity to get more information on the City of Bishopâs financial picture by providing a snapshot of the budget online.
Acting on a request from Bishop Councilmember David Stottlemyre, on Dec. 10 the City Council unanimously approved a month-to-month contract with the Delphi company to provide an Internet service that will provide residents with an inside look at the cityâs finances.
Stottlemyre said he attended an Eastern Sierra Council of Governments meeting where representatives from Delphi discussed the program and its benefits to citizens.
As Inyo County residents and visitors gather today and tomorrow to enjoy the warmth of family and crackling fires, hundreds of men and women are on the job this Christmas, ensuring that the streets are safe, the electricity is on and the roads are clear.
Each year, local law enforcement personnel patrol the streets, Public Works employees plow the roads and doctors and nurses staff local hospitals so everyone else can enjoy a merry Christmas. Hundreds more residents keep their cell phones and handheld radio nearby in an on-call capacity in case of an emergency.
Local quilters once again covered the nationâs troops with love from home by sending another Quilts of Valor care package to soldiers overseas.
Several members of the Calico Quilters Guild recently made quilts for wounded service members being treated at an Army base in Germany as part of their desire to let the troops know people at home still care.
The quilters have been providing this service for more than a decade.
The iconic American image of Christmas morning is covered in snow â not the scraped, shoveled, heavily trodden, 2-day-old grey slush, but a pristine, freshly-fallen blanket of pure white.
It doesnât matter if those Christmas cards or Lifetime movie versions are on display in Florida or Los Angeles; snow would provide the final touch to the holiday â the insulator from all the last-minute shopping, the long lines and longer lists, all the clutter of Christmas.