Phillip Dean Smith
Louisa V. Marquez
Ace T. Bengochia
Duane Norman Thackeray
In a continuing effort to prevent New Yearâ€™s revelers from driving while intoxicated, public and private enterprises are offering free or affordable rides home Dec. 31 for residents and visitors who have had too much to drink.
The Automobile Club of Southern California will be offering its Tipsy Tow service for the 16th consecutive year and Eastern Sierra Transit Authority will be running its Dial-a-Ride services in Bishop and the trolley in Mammoth until 2 a.m.
Northern Inyo Hospitalâ€™s slogan is â€śPeople You Know Caring for People You Love,â€ť but many of its staff, past and present, are not feeling cared for or loved due to a recent, unannounced change in the way it enforces its employee medical leave policy.
With new snow on the ground and plenty more on the way, residents and visitors alike are looking forward to a variety of winter recreation opportunities available on the Inyo National Forest â€“ including June Mountain Ski Area.
Residents interested in a career in law enforcement have a three-day window to apply for a position with the California Highway Patrol next month.
The CHP will be accepting applications from Jan. 3 through Jan. 5. Andrea Witmer, captain of the CHPâ€™s Bishop Field Office, said this is the first time in three years the CHP will be accepting applications for officer positions.
Thomas D. Gerhart
The Owens Valley got its Christmas snow, all right. It just waited until mid-evening â€“ about 9 p.m. â€“ to show up, surprising most weather forecasters and torturing holiday motorists. Residents were greeted Wednesday morning with chain or 4-wheel drive with snow tire requirements on U.S. 395 from south of Olancha to the Nevada border as 3-6 inches of snow blanketed the valley just in time for the morning commute. A 20 percent chance of snow continued into Wednesday evening, followed by a week of cold and dry with a typical winter mix of clouds and sun.