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May 12th, 2014

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.

Sound Shoppe rocked

May 12, 2014

Local law enforcement responded to a vehicle-versus-building collision at Radio Shack and The Sound Shoppe in the Bishop Plaza at 1373 Rocking W Dr. in Bishop shortly before 4:30 p.m. Monday. Above, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine inspects the vehicle for potential danger after the collision as Radio Shack owner Bill Robinson and his son, Zachary Robinson, who also works at the store, survey the damage. Inyo County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene said nobody was injured. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

May 9th

Fundraiser launched to help restore stolen artifacts

May 9, 2014

As the community prepares to dive into Mule Days later this month, the Bishop Paiute Tribe is offering another kind of look into the history of the West with a documentary screening fundraiser later this month.
The goal is to raise money to replace six ancient petroglyph panels that were stolen from a site north of Bishop in October 2012.
The tribe is partnering with the nonprofit statewide petroglyph conservation organization the California Rock Art Foundation to present a documentary, “Talking Stone,” at the Bishop Union High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

County will explore city’s sales tax increase proposal

May 9, 2014

Inyo County is exploring the idea of partnering with the City of Bishop to raise the county’s Transaction and Use Tax from .05 percent to 1 percent to increase revenue for public services.
Bishop City Administrator Keith Caldwell went before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to discuss the potential partnership. Caldwell also said that if the county doesn’t have an interest in raising the TUT county-wide, the city could pursue a Bishop-specific increase.

Farewell to a true Eastside champion

May 9, 2014

Eastern Sierra Land Trust is deeply saddened to report that late in March one of our dearest friends and supporters, ESLT Board Member Sid Tyler, passed away as a result of injuries he received in a biking accident near his home in Pasadena.
His death is intensely felt by all of us who knew him, and our hearts go out to Betsey, his wife of 60 years, and to his four grown children.

May 8th

Significant Details: Advice in advance of Mother’s Day

May 8, 2014

It’s nearly impossible to ruin one of those mushy, sentimental Mother’s Day cards, but it can be done if you also use the card to give Mom a little written “update” about your life or otherwise “catch up on a few things.” (Heaven forbid that you pick up the phone and call your mother.)
So, here are a few things that absolutely do not, repeat, do not belong on the inside flap of the mush missive you deliver to Mom on Mother’s Day.

Donald G. Plummer

May 8, 2014

Donald G. Plummer
1937-2014

Donald G. Plummer, 77, of Gridley, passed away on April 22, 2014 at the Gridley Health Care & Wellness Center where he had resided for the last few years due to declining health.

Dorothy Jean Cornwell

May 8, 2014

Dorothy Jean Cornwell
1928-2014

Dorothy Jean Cornwell of Independence passed away on May 1, 2014 in Bishop. She was born Aug. 2, 1928 in Inyo County. Dorothy was an active member of the Pioneer Methodist Church in Independence. Dorothy worked for the Justice Court at the courthouse in Independence.

Murder suspect known to frequent the Sierra

May 8, 2014

Local authorities have issued a be-on-the-lookout for a suspected murderer out of Sacramento who is known to frequent the Sierra Mountains and may be in Inyo or Mono counties.
Orville “Moe” Fleming is a CalFire battalion chief and is wanted for the May 1, 2014 murder of his girlfriend, Sarah Douglas, 26. According to law enforcement authorities, Fleming is considered armed and dangerous. “He is known to have a .45 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber pistol that are unaccounted for,” a wanted poster issued by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department states.

May 7th

Further-scaled-down REGPA OK’d by county

May 7, 2014

Thanks to the input of dozens of residents – and even some visitors – Inyo County is ready to complete a policy on renewable energy development.
County leaders approved a new, updated Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment this week, and directed county Planning staff to move forward with a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report on the amendment.
As approved, the REGPA prohibits wind energy development projects and significantly limits the acreage available for large-scale solar power developments.

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