January 27th, 2014
Amidst one of the worst droughts in Californiaâs recorded history, state officials have issued a burn suspension in Inyo and Mono counties due to âextremeâ potential for wildfires.
Firefighters across the state are preparing for what may turn out to be one of the earliest and hardest fire seasons in recent memory by fully manning fire stations and educating the public on the hazards wildfires could pose.
A recent effort to put a Transient Occupancy Tax increase ballot measure before voters in June was abandoned due to non-support by several county supervisory boards. The increase was intended to benefit fire protection district services countywide.
Inyo County fire chiefs for the Southern Inyo, Lone Pine, Independence, Olancha, Big Pine and Bishop fire districts met on Jan. 23 to decide whether to place one-percent county TOT increase measure on the June 2014 primary supervisory election ballot, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said.
Local Bishop High School students took top honors at a free flight competition for model airplanes held in Eloy, Ariz. two weekends ago.
A newcomer to the event, sophomore Garrett Tremayne placed first; junior Logan Tetrick, third. The wins placed both boys in the top three in the United States. Both qualified for the World Championships Model Airplane held in Solanta, Romania this July where they will compete with entries from 16 countries. The international event is held every two years.
The Whiskey Creek restaurants in Bishop (above) and Mammoth closed Friday, possibly for good. The Bishop restaurant had a sign on the door apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the âtemporaryâ closure. Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander, who could not be reached for comment, told another local media outlet this week that the closures are the result of lease issues paired with slow business due to three consecutive dry winters. An employee at the Bishop restaurant said staff was âlet goâ Friday morning. Whiskey Creek is the second local longtime eatery to shutter its doors this winter.
Federal prosecutors announced earlier this week that the first of several subjects arrested in association with a large-scale marijuana grow northwest of Lone Pine last year has pleaded guilty.
On Tuesday, Javier Rios Morales, 25, of Jalisco, Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 3,405 marijuana plants and 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from a grow site in the Inyo National Forest, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.
Eastern Sierra Land Trust ended 2013 and kicked off the new year with a new addition to its collection of preserved wild spaces in the Eastern Sierra.
In the final days of 2013, ESLT accepted what it is calling a âvery generous giftâ fromÂ the David and Elva Sinai Foundation. The group donated an important, 40-acre conservation property along Green Creek, in the hills south of Bridgeport.
John Ross Storm
John Ross Storm passed away on Jan. 9, 2014 at home in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was born on March 30, 1924 in the city of Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Arthur and Frances Storm and brother of the late Arthur A. Storm and Donald J. Storm.
Upon graduation from high school, John enlisted in the Army Air Force. During his time with the Army Air Force he served as a Flight Engineer in the B-17 and B-19 planes. He was honorably discharged in 1946. Shortly thereafter he married Jean Frederick of Bradford, Pa. on Sept. 14, 1946.
Aiden Christopher Bacoch
Aiden Christopher Bacoch was born Christmas night at 10:16 p.m. to Ana Bacoch at Northern Inyo Hospital. He went with the Lord on January 13, from Loma Linda Childrenâs Hospital, to be with his great-grandpa and great-grandma, Michael and Geraldine Bacoch, Sr., and his cousin, Tiana Hooper.
Eastern Sierra Breast Cancer Alliance has begun offering yet another service to residents fighting cancer.
ESBCA has formed a support group as part of its ongoing efforts to provide financial as well as emotional support to all cancer patients.
The first session was offered in December. Dubbed the ESBCA Coffee Â & Cream Cancer Support Group Conversation, the meetings are being offered monthly from 9-11 a.m. at Jacks Restaurant in Bishop. The next session is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 3.
With federal officials proposing more endangered species listings for threatened animals in Inyo County, local leaders are concerned that the feds are ignoring impacts on local communities.
Federal officials are moving forward with plans to designate thousands of acres of Inyo Countyâs backcountry as critical habitat for the mountain yellow legged frog and Yosemite toad. On Tuesday, local leaders are expressed âdeep concernâ about another plan to add dozens of animals to the federal Endangered Species list.