County leaders said last week that they support a proposal for a large solar energy plant in southeast Inyo County, but only if the project proponent can guarantee that it wonâ€™t cost the county.
BrightSource Energy is proposing to build two 250-megawatt solar thermal power plants on a 5.1 square-mile site in the area north of Old Spanish Trail Highway, just west of the Nevada border in Charleston View.
Inyo County District Attorney Art Maillet announced Monday what he calls successful resolutions to three different criminal cases, two of which involved the deaths of residents.
According to Maillet, Bishop resident Harlan Dewey, Jr., 41, pleaded no contest Dec. 7 to felony involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Jan. 13, 2011 death of Daniel Barlow.
Dewey will be sentenced Jan. 11, 2013. Maillet said Dewey is facing a maximum sentence of three years.
Authorities are searching for the driver who crashed into another motorist Tuesday night on Sherwin Grade and then fled the scene.
The other motorist, 57-year-old Charles Baviera of Crowley Lake, suffered moderate injuries when his truck rolled off the highway and down an embankment. According to the California Highway Patrol, Baviera was able to climb out of his truck and walk back up to U.S. 395 where he flagged down a passing motorist for assistance. The driver of the vehicle who caused the collision had driven away, meanwhile.
Local law enforcement officials partnered up with dozens of local youngsters Saturday to help the kids shop for Christmas presents for their families. Law enforcement agencies from virtually every community in the Eastern Sierra, using money from their own Peace Officersâ€™ Associations, provided $200 to each youngster participating in the annual Shop With a Cop event at Kmart in Bishop. The morning kicked off with breakfast at Whiskey Creek in Bishop before the youngsters got to go on a ride-along, with lights and sirens blazing, down Main Street.
New recruits will be fighting a live brush fire in Bishop as part of a training exercised designed to give the volunteers some much-needed experience.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said the volunteer fire department is planning to ignite a fire in the vacant lot on the northwest corner of the intersection Yaney and Spruce streets to simulate a wildland fire, something the new recruits will likely experience this spring.
Seguine said a wildland fire experience cannot be simulated at the departmentâ€™s training facility on East Line Street.
As the nation comes to grips with Fridayâ€™s deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., local law enforcement is showing a more visible presence at school campuses.
On Monday, uniformed personnel from the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Bishop Police Department and California Highway Patrol were making their presence known as students arrived at and left school campuses from Bishop to Lone Pine.
The public is invited to enjoy a hearty holiday Christmas Day menu, complimented by heaping helpings of caroling and conviviality at the 23rd Annual Community Christmas Dinner, hosted by the United Methodist Social Services Soup Kitchen.
Soup Kitchen Supervisor Laura Smith said everyone is invited to dinner from 12:30-3 p.m. on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 at Bishop United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler St. Need is not an issue, she added. â€śWe just want everyone who wants to come to have the opportunity to be there.â€ť
The Bishop Broncos basketball teams laid waste to the Tonopah Muckers Friday night. The Lady Broncos ran away with a 54-26 win while the Broncos battled to a 61-59 victory.
The first quarter of the Lady Broncos game was close, ending with a 9-4 lead by Bishop. Once the team warmed up, the Broncos hit nearly 50 percent of their second-half shots to pull away from the Muckers.
â€śIt was another night of unselfish play,â€ť said coach Brian Pennington. â€śThe ladies dished out 15 assists for the 25 baskets made from the field.â€ť
For the boysâ€™ team, Cy Scott led the scoring effort with 31 points.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles corralled the Vasquez Mustangs Friday night with a 85-61 win.
The Eagles basketball team is now 2-0 in Desert Mountain League play, hoping to go 3-0 tonight at home against the Mammoth Huskies.
Mike Cappello led the Eagles with 30 points, followed by the Greene brothers, Seth and Brad, with 18 each.
Kishan Bhakta: 2 pts.
Ryan Cappello: 7 pts.
Mike Cappello: 30 pts.
Alec Garcia: 8 pts.
Brad Greene: 18 pts.
Greg Greene: 18 pts.
Garrett Sullivan: 2 pts.
Lowthorp Orthodontics 7
Gannon Daugherty and Marty Tiernan, 40 saves of 44
Dufort Construction 4
Dustin Waasdorp, 30/37
Troy Cauldwell Paint & Stucco 4
Owen Richman, 28/29
Eric Richman Optometry 1
Daniel Klemincic, 45/49
Sierra Auto Body 8
Lane Frechette, 14/21
Bill Carter DDS 7
Chase Cortez, 28/37
Mountain Apparel 12
Harrison Greer, 22/30
Hunter Allen, 24/36
Skip Wise Home Services 5
Michael Bragdon, 25/27
Nora Cimino, 23/28
Pee Wee Division
Mahogany Smoked Meats 8
Nora Cinimo 20/25