January 7th, 2013
Stretching from Tioga Pass south to Olancha, taking in every peak in the Sierra between, the giant Inyo National Forest pretty much dominates everything that does â and does not â happen in the southern half of the Eastern Sierra.
Last week, this land of granite peaks and mile-high meadows lost one of its most familiar and constant voices when Public Affairs Officer Nancy Upham retired Jan. 3.
For 28 years, Upham was in the middle of every single decision â beloved, hated, or often, both at once â rendered by the forestâs revolving door of supervisors.
The local hospital facility is adding a new piece of equipment designed to provide women with a more accurate breast cancer detection screening modality.
Northern Inyo Hospitalâs Board of Directors recently said yes to Radiologist Dr. Stuart Soudersâ request to add a state-of-the-art somoâąV Platinum Automated Breast Ultrasound System to NIHâs breast cancer prevention arsenal.
The McGraw family of Bishop, including mom Beau and dad Aaron, welcome baby girl Piper DeAnn McGraw. Born at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Northern Inyo Hospital, Piper is not only the latest addition to the McGraw family but also the first baby born in 2013 in Inyo County. The newborn weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long. Welcome to the world, Piper!
Beatrice ‘Betty’ Miller-Bever
In offering recent year-end reviews of 2012 county operations, more than a dozen department heads and elected officials spotlighted accomplishments that ranged from seemingly small victories to major realignments to simply continuing to deliver a high level of services and programs in the face of tight budgets.
Their reports were delivered during the last Board of Supervisors meeting of 2012, when they discussed what they said were the âhighlightsâ of the year in their departments.
Just three days into the new year and state officials say a healthy-looking Sierra snowpack â with above-average stores of water west of Bishop â could mean an ample water supply for millions of Californians this spring and summer.
An abundant snow year in the Sierra generally translates to increased visitation at Mammoth Mountain, which, in turn, means increased traffic (and business transactions) along U.S. 395. A promising spring runoff for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power might not be out of the question, either.
Home Room had a vague function years ago: a place to study, or not, and to get brief notices from school administrators. That ancient definition of Home Room is far from what Bishop Union High School students will be involved in beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The 30-minute period had been referred to as a âflex periodâ or an âadvisory period,â but will be officially Home Room with a flexible function exceeding the traditional concept.
Since 1985, a group of concerned local business leaders in Bishop have worked to support the educational needs of Bishop Union High School. According to the groupâs president, Wendy Duncan, for the past 27 years the Foundation for Excellence has worked hard, with the support of the community, to raise funds to benefit the needs of the teachers and students at the school.
According to Duncan, the work of the foundation is especially important today.
There were plenty of highlights in Inyo County government during 2012, ranging from seemingly small victories to major realignments to simply continuing to deliver a high level of services and programs in the face of tight budgets.
Travelers journeying along U.S. 395, their eyes inevitably drawn to the imposing escarpment of the Eastern Sierra, now have a unique opportunity to glimpse the seldom-seen bighorn that dwell in the most rugged terrain of the mountains. At the south end of the town of Independence, motorists encounter the first in a series of four âMigrating Muralsâ planned for the highway corridor, which tells the story of the migratory and endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the need to protect them.