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May 16th, 2014

Sidewalks coming to outlying areas of Inyo

May 16, 2014

Inyo County and Caltrans are partnering to apply for state funds to improve pedestrian safety and promote foot travel in three local communities.
Local leaders hope to harness more than $4.5 million in state Active Transportation Program grants to build sidewalks adjacent to U.S. Highway 395 in Lone Pine and Bishop, and to build a bike lane in Big Pine.

City makes move for transparency, greater efficiency

May 16, 2014

Granicus, the computer program city officials mentioned earlier this year during deliberations about whether to move nighttime council meetings to the afternoon, will soon be up and running on the City of Bishop website.
After at least seven months of discussions and even demonstrations and training sessions from Granicus representatives, the council unanimously approved spending $16,198 in start-up costs and $10,188 a year over at least the next three years to add the web-based program to city operations. The program will be launched in late August or early September.

May 15th

Carol ‘Jeannie’ Rurup

May 15, 2014

Carol ‘Jeannie’ Rurup
1936-2014

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 for 41-year Bishop resident Carol “Jeannie” Rurup with Rev. Samuel Gullixson officiating.
Born in Seward, Neb. on Oct. 14, 1936, Jeannie passed away peacefully on April 27, 2014 in Bishop – the town she dearly loved – at age 77.

May 14th

County Oks new shelter plans

May 14, 2014

Inyo County has taken one more step towards the construction of a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
On Tuesday, the board approved plans and specifications and declared that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment before authorizing Public Works Director Clint Quilter to seek bids for the construction project.
The proposed animal shelter will be located just west of the existing shelter, a converted dairy barn that was built in the 1920s, on County Road in Big Pine.

Students working in waterways collecting data

May 14, 2014

In the field on Home Street, where Bishop Creek runs through town, some of Mr. Holland’s sixth-grade science class from Home Street Elementary school could be seen holding cut up milk cartons, nets, tape measures, charts and other tools recently.
For the past 12 years Co-Coordinators of the Eastern Sierra Watershed Project Katie Quinlin and Leigh Parmentor, along with volunteer docents, have been helping to educate many elementary school children with the watershed project, giving students a chance to see their home in the Owens Valley as a living laboratory.

Rotary club keeping the highway clean

May 14, 2014

Clean minded Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Bishop hit the road last month to help clean up the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 395 by Millk Creek, just south of the Pine Creek turn-off.
The work crew was assigned two miles of the highway on Tuesday, April 29, and collected several bags of trash. 
The Bishop Club has participated in this project for almost 20 years.  Robert Atlee, who is in charge of the clean-up project this year, Josh Ingram, DeEtte Johnston, Corene Seaver and Andria Witmer all volunteered their time to clean the highway. 

May 12th

Larry Kent Peckham

May 12, 2014

Larry Kent Peckham
1942-2014

Larry passed away unexpectedly in Southern Inyo Hospital on April 29, 2014 due to complications of pneumonia. He lived in Independence for 67 years, moving there with his parents Howard and Evelyn Peckham and his little sister, Janet, when he was 5 years old.

LADWP proposes conservative pumping plan for 2014-15

May 12, 2014

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be pumping approximately 65,000 acre-feet during the 2014 runoff year.
The figure represents nearly half the volume – 134,411 acre-feet – that the Inyo-L.A. Long Term Water Agreement identifies as being available for pumping. Runoff for this year is forecast to be 42 or 43 percent of normal, down from last year’s forecast of 46 percent of normal when LADWP pumped about 70,000 acre-feet of groundwater. The utility pumped 88,681 acre-feet in 2012-13.

Sewer pond discovery launches investigation

May 12, 2014

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information that could tell investigators how a fetus ended up in the Rovana Sewer Ponds last week.
According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Jeff Hollowell, an employee working at the sewer ponds noticed the tiny remains on Friday, May 9 and notified law enforcement.
Deputy Coroner Bill Stinnett said a pathologist has examined the fetus and determined it was between 12 and 18 weeks old.

Searles gets serious

May 12, 2014

In the face of the third drought spring in a row, Mammoth’s wildlife specialist and “Bear Whisperer” Steve Searles recently made it clear that the party for people who repeatedly leave dumpsters unlocked or otherwise feed Mammoth’s bears and wildlife is over.
“It’s always been voluntary but this year, if you live here, you’ve been warned. I am going to write you a ticket,” he said at a recent Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting.
He didn’t arrive at that decision lightly, however.
It’s been a long process that started more than 20 years ago, he said later in an interview.

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