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February 6th, 2013

Safety a priority at local schools

February 6, 2013

The Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn. opened a dialogue in Inyo County and across the country. How safe are local schools? How can a young man be so critically broken and go without real help? Should the nation restrict assault weapons or arm our teachers?
The gun debate will not be solved in the Owens Valley, but county educators, mental health specialists and law enforcement came together at the Inyo Office of Education to begin what County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer called “an uncomfortable conversation.”

February 4th

Recreation Plan approved for June

February 4, 2013

Residents and visitors were given the greenlight this week to enjoy backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in and around June Mountain Ski Area for the rest of the winter season.
Restrictions prohibiting such winter activities on national forest lands within the ski area boundaries have been lifted, now that the Forest Service and Mammoth Mountain Ski Area finalized an operations plan for June Mountain.
The Forest Service still urges extreme caution in some areas due to avalanche danger.

Building better business through Digital 395

February 4, 2013

Various state and regional entities are hosting webinars to help local entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses via the Digital 395 project.
This ongoing, online series of business management webinars at Inyo, Kern and Mono County locations were designed to assist business owners find financing and more.

County leaders to revisit Langley’s Contract

February 4, 2013

County leaders will meet today to re-open discussions regarding Inyo County Film Commissioner Chris Langley’s contract, the Forest Service Plan Revision and developments with the Eastern Sierra Agency on Aging.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
At the opening of the meeting, representatives of Inyo County Health and Human Services will update the board on an ongoing investigation into the theft of public welfare funds. As of press time Monday, no arrests have been made in that case.

February 1st

BLM recovers artifacts

February 1, 2013

Ancient petroglyph panels stolen from a cultural site north of Bishop last fall
were recovered this week
by the Bureau of Land Management.
Investigators are still looking for the thieves, meanwhile, and continue to ask for the public’s help.
BLM Archaeologist Greg Haverstock said the stolen artifacts were recovered as the result of “information provided by an anonymous tip.”
Because authorities are still seeking those responsible for the theft and associated vandalism, the BLM is keeping the details about how it recovered the ancient rock art under wraps at this time.

Pursuit ends in fatal crash

February 1, 2013

A 22-year-old Big Pine man was killed late Thursday evening during a short, high-speed pursuit west of Bishop.
John Ericson, Jr. suffered fatal injuries when he lost control of his vehicle while allegedly fleeing from local authorities.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2005 Nissan traveling at about 80 miles per hour on Brockman Lane at 11:04 p.m.
The CHP reported that the subject, later identified as Ericson, “accelerated and began to flee at a high rate of speed.”

Job fair brings employers and employees together

February 1, 2013

An upcoming job fair is designed to make career connections by introducing job-seekers to potential employers and to provide information about how to improve their marketability as potential employees this Thursday.
At the 2013 Career Connections Event, a free event open to the public, more than 15 Inyo and Mono County business and agency representatives have already committed to attend to offer job opening and application information and more.

Chamber organizes welcoming committee

February 1, 2013

Local merchants are extending a welcome-to-the-neighborhood handshake to new Bishop residents in the form of an informational gift package.

January 30th

Council to appoint new member at next meeting

January 30, 2013

This week, the Bishop City Council was split on how to select its fifth member and fill the seat vacated by Jeff Griffiths when he took his position as Second District Inyo County Supervisor at the beginning of the year.
Ultimately, the council decided to appoint the fourth highest vote-getter from the November election, but that motion was only approved to avoid a special election.

Hospital transitions to federally required ACO

January 30, 2013

Owens Valley Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients, which comprise at least half of Northern Inyo Hospital’s patients, can expect changes in the near future – changes in the way their health care is managed and, consequently, provided.
Following federal mandate, NIH is in initial negotiations with Renown Health, a Reno-based Accountable Care Organization, which could result in reduced Medicare claims by initiating a new payment and managed care structure.

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