January 9th, 2012
By order of the U.S. Supreme Court, California must reduce its prison population starting this year. A solution by Governor Jerry Brown and state Legislators will be to send low-level, non-violent felony convicts to county jail rather than state prison.
Dubbed âinmate realignment,â the program will also reduce the population at fire camps and crews like the Owens Valley Conservation Camp. The reduction statewide could be as many as 1,500 fewer inmates annually, down from 4,300.
Bart Chambers, Battalion Chief at the Owens Valley camp was unavailable for comments at press time.
A pump malfunction at Fish Springs Hatchery between Big Pine and Independence is being blamed for the death of approximately 40,000 trout.
According to Department of Fish and Game Public Information Officer Andrew Hughan, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had shut off a pump that supplies the hatchery with water Wednesday morning. For some reason, the back-up pump for the facility was unable to supply enough water to one of the large holding ponds to keep the water circulating, which resulted in the death of the fish.
Murder suspect Harlan Dewey is scheduled for a settlement conference, or further case management on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Inyo County Superior Court in Independence. Dewey has pleaded not guilty to two felonies, one count for murder and one of manslaughter.
A legal settlement has been reached to curtail groundwater pumping at Blackrock, the area between Independence and Big Pine. The settlement may also help raise the water table in Big Pine.
County leaders Tuesday decided not to support or oppose two separate but similar state ballot measure proposals that aim to raise taxes to fund realignment and other state and local programs.
The California State Association of Counties and Governor Jerry Brown are proposing similar measures to help balance the state budget.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed that either measure would meet the countyâs needs, and chose not to endorse either at this time.
Charles Joseph Van De Voorde
Charles Joseph Van De Voorde, age 57, resident of Bishop for 15 years, born May 12, 1954 in Palo Alto, passed away Dec. 25, 2011 in Bishop.
Charlie worked for the High Sierra Distribution Company for more than 15 years and achieved countless awards. He was a loyal and true friend to all who met him. His passion was to ride motorcycles with the Prospectors Club, and he enjoyed fishing until the sun went down.
Samuel P. Taliaferro, Jr.
Born July 12 1920 and passed away of natural causes Dec. 29 2011.
He is survived by his two sons, Hal and Wayne; his sister, Gloria Van Blarcom and her sons, Jay and Jeff; granddaughter, Tanya Vomacka and her sons, Spencer and Dylan.
He is preceded in death by his father, Samuel P. Taliaferro; his mother, Alice F. Taliaferro; and his brother, George Taliaferro.
Janet Oakley Moberly
At her request, no services will be held for Bishop resident Janet O. Moberly.
Born March 21, 1921 in Seattle, Wash to the late Alexander G. and Mary Elizabeth Oakley, Janet passed away Jan. 2, 2012 at Sterling Heights assisted living center following a courageous fight against a long illness.
A weak economy and state budget cuts have taken a chunk out of state libraries, prisons and education and now, local science and research.
The White Mountain Research Station, a staple of high-altitude related research and of the Owens Valley since 1950, has announced plans for a partial closure of some of its facilities.
Some year-round employees are being laid off for the winter and some full-time staff will be reduced to 50 percent, according to WMRS personnel.
The well attended Thursday night lecture series and the Barcroft Open House may be on the chopping block as well.