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March 6th, 2013
By simply reporting identity theft when it happens, local residents have an opportunity to help reveal a pattern that could help investigators solve identity theft crimes.
Several Bishop residents have apparently been struck by identity thieves in the last week who were able to use either their debit or credit card numbers on purchases made out of the area.
But because these thefts and fraud attempts have not been reported to the Bishop Police Department, authorities are unable to establish a link between the victims that could help in tracking down the perpetrators.
An upcoming workshop could help local residents who owe child support payments to the state find ways to help themselves, their families and the taxpaying public.
The workshop will focus on the state‚Äôs Compromise of Arrears Program, designed for eligible parents whose children were on public assistance and who cannot afford to pay their past due child support repayments to the state. COAP will help them pay in full or in part what they owe to the state ‚Äď some of the amount due could even be forgiven.
Detectives with the Bishop Police Department continue looking into the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the welfare division of Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case, and no new information is available.
The last update from the PD regarding its investigation into the theft came in late January, when the PD issued a search warrant for the home of Bishop resident Dondee Rossy, 46, an Inyo County HHS manager who was named as ‚Äúa person of interest‚ÄĚ in the case.
The recent, overall merger of Pioneer Home Health Care and Hospice of the Owens Valley has gone smoothly but there are still a few loose ends.
Right now, the biggest still-to-do on the list concerns an ongoing negotiation over the disposition of Hospice‚Äôs former home at 155 Pioneer Ln. in Bishop.
NIH, which owns the building and property, is eyeing the facility for a future Rural Health Clinic expansion. However, since Hospice raised all the money to pay for the building‚Äôs construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.
A dearly-loved spring tradition will be drawing anglers to High Sierra waterways again this month for pre-season fishing, competitions and prizes.
The 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held at the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and nearby Owens River Saturday, March 16.
‚ÄúSince the event lands the day before Saint Patrick‚Äôs Day this year, (we) hope to have ‚Äúgood luck putting on the biggest and best derby yet,‚ÄĚ said Tawni Thomson, executive director of Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is hosting the derby.
Just two months in, and it already appears that 2013 may be a promising year on the tourism front.
Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau Director Tawni Thomson told the Bishop City Council Monday that the Visitors Bureau is seeing more walk-in traffic in February and March of 2013 than it did the previous year. She also said that the Chamber of Commerce, which serves a different function than the Visitors Bureau, is in the process of adding one new program and improving its presence on the Internet.
Federal officials are offering aid to local farmers and ranchers who have lost revenue due to drought conditions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated three counties and an independent city in Nevada as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought, as well as five adjacent counties in California, including Inyo.
Farmers and ranchers in the natural disaster area are eligible for financial compensation for their losses.
An increased demand for help from the needy during the 2012 holiday season has infused a local ministry‚Äôs new-facility fundraising and building plans efforts with renewed vigor.
For three-and-a-half years, the Salvation Army has been planning to build a brand-new facility, designed to consolidate all of its programs, and as the corps nears the midway point in its $1 million capitol campaign fundraiser goal, an end may be in sight this year.
Construction crews continue to be a regular fixture at Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop and local officials say the project is moving along at its own pace.
While no updates on the high-profile property or plans involving possible tenants have been forthcoming from the owners in months, Bishop Public Works Director Dave Grah said improvements have been ongoing at the site at the corner of North Main and Yaney streets.
A Bishop resident was arrested in Riverside early Tuesday morning in connection with what officials are calling a strange string of crimes.
Shannon Lynn Jones, 25, was arrested by the Riverside Police Department at about 2 a.m. on charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, burglary, animal cruelty and vehicle theft.