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September 4th, 2012
Amidst a flurry of pomp and circumstance, this weekendâ€™s grand opening of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forestâ€™s Schulman Grove Visitor Center will celebrate its long-awaited recovery and rebirth from the destruction caused by an arsonistâ€™s flames.
Residents have spoken, local officials have listened and the Bishop Christmas Parade will remain on its traditional route.
In an effort to help cut costs at the Police Department, which accumulates expensive overtime, city staff suggested in late June that Police Chief Chris Carter look into the possibility of re-routing the annual parade to an area with less intersections.
Carter said parade detail eats up a large percentage of the departmentâ€™s overtime budget as it takes most PD employees to operate traffic control during parades on Main Street.
Efforts to convert Bishopâ€™s Warren Street into a pedestrian-friendly commercial center have grown in recent months to include ideas for shade trees, seating, parks and even patterned pavement.
These proposed changes and more are bourne of ongoing collaboration between City of Bishop Public Works and a volunteer, citizen focus group.
Bishop is one small town that did more than its fair share toward making a big contribution to a national cure-for-cancer funding organization. Taking a multi-pronged approach, local schools raised thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this past March.
Starting March 7 with a blood drive and bone marrow registry and ending on March 23 with the Shine on the Sierra luminary walk, a series of fundraising efforts netted a total of $9,536.
For the first time in about 30 years, the Fort Independence Paiute Tribe will be hosting a Native American Pow Wow.
The Independence tribe will be sharing its culture, history and heritage through a number of cultural events, including dances, interpretive displays and good old fashioned fellowship this fall, and organizers are hoping to attract local and out-of-the-area visitors to participate.
Cottonwood Plaza at the corner of Main and Yaney in Bishop is under construction and contractors hope to have it inhabitable sometime in the near future.
Property owners have hired Rudolph Construction and architect Tom Schaniel to rehabilitate the long-vacant shopping center in hopes of drawing new tenants to the downtown core of Bishop.
â€śWeâ€™re working away, rehabilitating the buildings, so nothing is going to be torn down,â€ť Schaniel said.
Dealing with a cramped working environment, and hearing from the Inyo County Grand Jury about it for the past decade, the Bishop Police Department has abandoned piece-meal fixes in favor of a more lasting solution.
And it may not even have to relocate.
The Town of Mammoth Lakes on Tuesday reached a settlement agreement with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition over the townâ€™s $43 million judgment, according to Assistant Town Manager Marianna Marysheva-Martinez.
Both sides made the announcement jointly.
The terms of the agreement remain vague but clearly a bridge has been crossed, said longtime Town Councilmember Rick Wood, an attorney.
â€śGive peace a chance,â€ť said John Lennon and thatâ€™s what the Happy Hoods art contest was all about. The contest sought kidsâ€™ input in a multi-state, youth-oriented, anti-bullying campaign.
The Happy Hoods Anti-Bullying Art Contest was held for several awareness-raising reasons, explained the programâ€™s founder, Carri Coudek.
â€śI wanted to get kids involved â€¦ to have a say â€¦ Their voices need to be heard.â€ť And, Coudek added, â€śtheir artwork encouraged me to put together presentation kitsâ€ť for implementation by schools, youth groups and any other interested parties.
Inyo Superior Courtâ€™s two Courthouse Facilities Projects have been indefinitely paused, and, according to local officials, are â€śin grave jeopardy of cancellationâ€ť due to state budget cuts.
These projects include the new, $33 million court facility in Bishop, and a $1.5 million facility in Independence.