November 5th, 2012
Jim Tatum is hanging up the keys to his tractor.
In what he described Friday as a â€świn-win situationâ€ť for himself and the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds, Tatum announced he would be vacating his post as fairgrounds CEO at the end of the month to free up critically needed funding.
According to Tatum, he has accepted the position of deputy Public Works director with the County of Inyo.
The massive structures going up in Big Pine schoolsâ€™ parking lot are not two carport on steroids. By early next week, solar panels will be installed on top of the girders and the Big Pine Unified School District will be on its way to near energy self-sufficiency.
When completed by mid-December, the solar installation will provide 80 percent of the schoolsâ€™ electricity, indirectly, and, even more importantly, reduce their bill by the same. With an average monthly $5,000 electricity bill, that translates into a $48,000 annual savings.
Toiyabe Indian Health Project is gearing up for the 31st annual Toiyabe Road Run scheduled for this Saturday at the Millpond Recreation Center.
The annual road run is designed to get residents of all ages and abilities together for a fun, healthy day of activity and fellowship centered around three races of various lengths, a 10K, a 5K and a 1K.
City of Bishop Public Works continues to court community input on proposed upscale upgrades to the Warren Street corridor.
Although the project wonâ€™t break ground for several years, the look of the completed project is taking shape on project drawings and an environmental analysis is also in the works. Progress can be greatly furthered by community feedback, said Director of Public Works David Grah. â€śPublic input is a continuous process.â€ť
Inyo officials are beginning an effort to locate and catalogue every physical address in the county this week.
The Sheriffâ€™s Department, utilizing a 2011 Homeland Security Grant, has contracted with Geographic Technologies Group to verify addresses throughout the county.
According to Sheriffâ€™s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, crews from GTG will be out and about for the next month to ensure that every building in Inyo has a physical address that is correctly recorded in county documents.
Jane Elizabeth Distler
Local authorities are continuing a search for a missing hiker from Pacific Palisades who has been in the backcountry for more than 10 days.
Authorities launched a massive search effort last Wednesday after the hiker failed to return from a planned three-day hike in the Inyo National Forest.
An effort is under way to remove fear about and break down barriers surrounding annual mammogram breast cancer screenings. As part of that effort, local women are being given financial and informational support to educate and encourage them to be proactive on behalf of their own health care and even to save their own lives.
Julia Lee Houser
Four of the five candidates for Bishop City Council met with an audience of about 30 residents Thursday evening to discuss local businesses and what they would do, if elected, to help Bishop’s economy.