Inyo County leaders continue to look into the possibility of constructing a new county office building at the intersection of Wye Road in Bishop.
The county is currently in lease negotiations with Joseph Enterprises of Bishop, which owns the property.
Last week the Board of Supervisors held a closed-session lease negotiation with Joseph Enterprises to work out a land exchange. The county is proposing to trade a piece of property it owns south of Jack in the Box in Bishop for the parcel at the northeast corner of the Wye Road/U.S. Highway 6 intersection.
In an effort to avoid litigation, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to amend the Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impacts for the Munro Valley Solar project, a four megawatt solar facility in Olancha.
This weekâs amendments request that the developer, Munro Valley LLC, keep the project as far away from U.S. Highway 395 as possible and conduct archeological studies before a building permit is issued.
The Big Pine Chevron Gas Station and Food Mart was forced to close recently for not meeting environmental requirements for its secondary containment system.
Gas stations are among some of the most stringently regulated businesses in the state, overseen by multiple departments and agencies. They are required to have multiple backup systems to protect the environment which includes everything from airborne pollution to groundwater contamination.
Underground utility work on the Warren Street Improvement Project continues this month as the City of Bishop prepares for concrete work scheduled to commence early next year.
âWe have a lot of work now complete,â said Public Works Director Dave Grah. He went on to say that the contractors working on underground utilities along the Warren Street corridor worked with the communityto minimize impacts. He added that underground construction work always poses challenges, and the contractor and city were prepared to handle those issues.
Ann Keely Matthiessen
In the afternoon of Dec. 2, 2014, Ann died unexpectedly at her home in Bishop, California. At the time of her death, she was painting, laughing and lunching with friends â three of the activities that she loved most in life. She was 77 years old.
The youngest of three children and the only daughter to Charles âClarkeâ and Beatrice Sargeant Keely, she was born on Feb. 14, 1937, in Los Angeles.
In a move Superintendent Barry Simpson called a âgame-changerâ for students at Bishop Union High School, the district will be converting its traditional library into a modern âlearning center.â
The Bishop City Council said farewell to Mayor Jim Ellis and Councilman Keith Glidewell Monday, and administered the oath of office to Nov. 4 election winners Karen Schwartz and Joe Pecsi.
The council also assigned temporary committee assignments to the new council members, and decided to â appoint a resident when the time comes â to fill Councilman Dave Stottlemyreâ s seat this January, when he assumes the position of Inyo County auditor.
Lone Pine is kicking off its Christmas celebrations this week with a brand new pet parade on Main Street and an opportunity for local children and adults â and their pets â to meet Santa Claus.
Lone Pine chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathleen New said festivities began Tuesday with the popular Holiday Chamber Mixer, held at the historic Down Villa. That event drew more than 100 residents and visitors to the hotel to spread holiday cheer.
The community will gather at 1 p.m. this Saturday for the annual Lone Pine Christmas parade, which has been a community tradition since 1944.