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.
Excuses for not keeping one of the most common new yearâ€™s resolutions are rapidly dwindling with the advent of Bishopâ€™s new, free-of-charge community gym in 2013.
In fact, said Toiyabe Indian Health Projectâ€™s Director of Preventive Medicine Rick Frey, the new 20-piece workout station, outdoor exercise equipment in the Bishop City Park on Park Avenue, south of Bishop Senior Center, is a gift to the entire community from the Bishop Paiute Tribe.
Local leaders are giving the public an opportunity to get more information on the City of Bishopâ€™s financial picture by providing a snapshot of the budget online.
Acting on a request from Bishop Councilmember David Stottlemyre, on Dec. 10 the City Council unanimously approved a month-to-month contract with the Delphi company to provide an Internet service that will provide residents with an inside look at the cityâ€™s finances.
Stottlemyre said he attended an Eastern Sierra Council of Governments meeting where representatives from Delphi discussed the program and its benefits to citizens.
The 2012-13 Mammoth Lady Huskies basketball team is young; with the experience gained during what is developing into a rough season, they could be a force to be reckoned with in coming years.
This is a polite way of leading into a recap of the Huskiesâ€™ cataclysmic loss to the Lone Pine Lady Golden Eagles Tuesday, Dec. 18.
The Eagles have had a deadly defense all season and the Huskies got a strong taste of that ferocity in Lone Pine. With the exception of senior point guard Desarae Coats, the offense has been tentative. But not Tuesday night.
As Inyo County residents and visitors gather today and tomorrow to enjoy the warmth of family and crackling fires, hundreds of men and women are on the job this Christmas, ensuring that the streets are safe, the electricity is on and the roads are clear.
Each year, local law enforcement personnel patrol the streets, Public Works employees plow the roads and doctors and nurses staff local hospitals so everyone else can enjoy a merry Christmas. Hundreds more residents keep their cell phones and handheld radio nearby in an on-call capacity in case of an emergency.
Local quilters once again covered the nationâ€™s troops with love from home by sending another Quilts of Valor care package to soldiers overseas.
Several members of the Calico Quilters Guild recently made quilts for wounded service members being treated at an Army base in Germany as part of their desire to let the troops know people at home still care.
The quilters have been providing this service for more than a decade.
The iconic American image of Christmas morning is covered in snow â€“ not the scraped, shoveled, heavily trodden, 2-day-old grey slush, but a pristine, freshly-fallen blanket of pure white.
It doesnâ€™t matter if those Christmas cards or Lifetime movie versions are on display in Florida or Los Angeles; snow would provide the final touch to the holiday â€“ the insulator from all the last-minute shopping, the long lines and longer lists, all the clutter of Christmas.
Phillip Dean Smith
Kern County Superior Court ruled this week that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power must pay more than $1 million in fees to the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District.
According to the courts, the fees were withheld by the LADWP as it contested orders for mitigation work on Owens Lake.
Great Basin said the $1.1 million the courts ordered the department to pay will be used to pay for legal costs incurred by the Air Pollution Control District in its legal battle with the LADWP over the utilityâ€™s obligation to prevent dust from blowing off Owens Lake.
Local officials have put together a plan to help home-based food entrepreneurs set up businesses making and selling their culinary specialties in 2013.