May 12th, 2014
In the face of the third drought spring in a row, Mammothâ€™s wildlife specialist and â€śBear Whispererâ€ť Steve Searles recently made it clear that the party for people who repeatedly leave dumpsters unlocked or otherwise feed Mammothâ€™s bears and wildlife is over.
â€śItâ€™s always been voluntary but this year, if you live here, youâ€™ve been warned. I am going to write you a ticket,â€ť he said at a recent Mammoth Lakes Town Council meeting.
He didnâ€™t arrive at that decision lightly, however.
Itâ€™s been a long process that started more than 20 years ago, he said later in an interview.
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 Sheriffâ€™s deputies at the scene said nobody was injured. The cause of the collision is under investigation.
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, â€śTalking Stone,â€ť at the Bishop Union High School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22.
Inyo County is exploring the idea of partnering with the City of Bishop to raise the countyâ€™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 doesnâ€™t have an interest in raising the TUT county-wide, the city could pursue a Bishop-specific increase.
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.
Itâ€™s nearly impossible to ruin one of those mushy, sentimental Motherâ€™s Day cards, but it can be done if you also use the card to give Mom a little written â€śupdateâ€ť about your life or otherwise â€ścatch up on a few things.â€ť (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 Motherâ€™s Day.
Donald G. Plummer
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
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.
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 â€śMoeâ€ť 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. â€śHe is known to have a .45 caliber pistol and a .25 caliber pistol that are unaccounted for,â€ť a wanted poster issued by the Sacramento County Sheriffâ€™s Department states.
Thanks to the input of dozens of residents â€“ and even some visitors â€“ 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.