Duane Norman Thackeray
In a continuing effort to prevent New Yearâs 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 Hospitalâs slogan is âPeople You Know Caring for People You Love,â 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 CHPâs 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.
Excuses for not keeping one of the most common new yearâs resolutions are rapidly dwindling with the advent of Bishopâs new, free-of-charge community gym in 2013.
In fact, said Toiyabe Indian Health Projectâs 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 Bishopâs 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 cityâs 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.