March 1st, 2012
Inyo County approved a resolution Tuesday to consolidate the City of Bishop General Election with the statewide General Election held on the first Tuesday of November on even-numbered years.
With approval from the Board of Supervisors, the city will now hold its General Election Nov. 6, 2012.
The approval of the consolidation means that in November, residents will be voting for president, state and federal officials and city council members, as well as Board of Supervisors members, should the June Primary result in run-offs for those county seats.
Plans to refurbish, revitalize and eventually reopen the long-defunct Cottonwood Plaza shopping center in Bishop will be moving forward.
A press release issued by the current owners reiterates the property holdersâ€™ commitment to both their commercial enterprise and the community â€“ despite recent, and even tragic, setbacks.
Ray and Liz Eslamiyeh had vowed to get the shopping center opened to businesses as soon as possible upon closing escrow on the property last summer.
County leaders have a full day scheduled for the Board of Supervisors this week as the board has opted to cancel its regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday, March 6.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss consolidating the Bishop municipal election with the Statewide General Election, county office space needs, building upgrades and road rehabilitation.
A mid-May deadline looms for residents interested in voting in the June 5 Primary election.
Anyone not previously registered to vote, or who needs to change party affiliation, must register or re-register by Monday, May 21.
According to Inyo County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, changing party affiliation â€“ and thus re-registering â€“ may be necessary this election cycle because of an exemption to Proposition 14, also known as the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act.
Hundreds of new, full-time jobs are in the process of being added to the Eastern Sierra workforce as progress continues on the Digital 395 broadband project.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the Stimulus Act, the project involves building a fiber-optic backbone along a 583-mile stretch of U.S. 395 through the Eastern Sierra.
By the time project leaders break ground this spring, they estimate they will have hired close to 300 laborers, professionals and tradesmen from local communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.
Laura F. Covington
Lora F. Covington, born Aug. 2, 1942, passed away Feb. 10, 2012.
Born in Fresno, Lora came to Bishop in 1970. She worked at Erik Schat’s Bakkery as a cashier for 17 years.
She is survived by her children, Russell and Balery Covington of Bishop, Rob A. and Jen Covington of Round Mountain, Nev. and Edward and Teresa Merchant of Bishop; and two grandchildren, Robert M. Covington and Sierra Dawn Merchant, both of Bishop.
Charles Alfred ‘Chuck’ Sedgwick
The East Side lost a good man. Charles Alfred “Chuck” Sedgwick died suddenly on Jan. 5, 2012. Chuck and Judy, his wife of 56 years, have been hiking in the Sierras and living along the Eastern Sierra for the last 40 years.
Virginia Lee Perry
Virginia Lee Perry was born in Santa Monica on April 16, 1936. She was the only child of Charles and Alice Perry. She attended school in Santa Monica. At age 19 while visiting her father who lived in Bishop at the time, she fell in love with the Owens Valley and decided to stay and worked as an operator for the phone company. In 1956 she married Robert Shunkwiler and they had two children, Dorothy and Robert.
Lester Robert ‘Les’ Messner
Lester Robert “Les” Messner, 83, passed peacefully away in his Klamath Falls home on Feb. 16, 2012. Les was born May 7, 1928, in Birdsboro, Penn., the youngest of six children of Harry and Martha (Griffith) Messner.
As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District debate the future of dust mitigation on Owens Lake, another issue has come to light that may delay projects currently in the works.
Kathy Bancroft, historical preservation officer for the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, said Owens Lake and its surrounding area are home to a number of historical sites with tribal significance.