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August 29th, 2011

Final report on Center Fire now in Inyo D.A.’s hands

August 29, 2011

CalFire has completed its final report on the Center Fire in Big Pine and is awaiting a decision by the District Attorney’s Office before it can be released to the public.
According to CalFire Public Information Officer Bill Peters, “we are not going to release the report until the District Attorney decides what he wants to do with it.”
The final report on the fire will contain the cost of damages and cause of the blaze, as well as details on fire units that responded to the blaze.

Caldwell named interim city manager

August 29, 2011

For the second time in less than a year, the City of Bishop has a new administrator.
The City Council voted unanimously Monday to have Community Services Director Keith Caldwell step into the shoes of recently resigned Jim Southworth – albeit on an interim basis.
However, according to a press release sent out Tuesday morning, Caldwell’s temporary appointment – not to exceed six months – may be used as a trial run to gauge how well he’d handle the job on a permanent basis.

ESTA rolling out fare and route changes

August 29, 2011

Amid reduced funding and rising fuel and insurance costs, the Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is announcing fare increases and a change to some of its routes. The fares go up Thursday, Sept. 1 and the route changes won’t go into effect until Tuesday, Sept. 6 following the Labor Day holiday.
The popular Nite Rider service in Bishop was spared the axe because the public spoke out to save it.

August 25th

Search for resident comes to grim end

August 25, 2011

Local authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Lone Pine woman’s death on Tuesday, not long after failing to return from a morning walk.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, Jenny Salado, 63, was reported missing Tuesday afternoon after failing to meet up with her companion after a “routine walk” near the Narrow Gauge Road area northeast of Lone Pine.
Members of Inyo County Search and Rescue reportedly located Salado’s body at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening near the Narrow Gauge Road area where she had reportedly been bottle hunting.

Tragedy claims life of Half Dome climber

August 25, 2011

While preparing to climb the north face of Half Dome, two local climbers witnessed a man fall down the 2,000-foot precipice Monday evening.
According to a press release from Yosemite National Park, Ryan Leeder, 23, of Los Gatos, fell to his death at approximately 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. The cause is still under investigation.
Yosemite Emergency Communication Center received a call of a person falling off the face of Half Dome, but due to the late hour, Yosemite National Park Rangers were unable to initiate search efforts Monday night, according to the press release.

9/11 memorial event planned in Big Pine

August 25, 2011

In the decade since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001, wars are still being fought – one the longest in U.S. history – at a cost of trillions of dollars and thousands dead.
The community of Big Pine will be holding a day of remembrance for those who perished on 9/11 in the armed conflicts since, as well as to give thanks to those who stepped up during the town’s catastrophic Center Fire. The event at Mendenhall Park starts at 6 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11.

County repeals solar amendment under threat of Sierra Club suit

August 25, 2011

Under the threat of a lawsuit, Inyo County was forced to repeal a General Plan Amendment identifying suitable areas for renewable energy projects Tuesday.
Upon hearing of the General Plan amendment, the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming that an Environmental Impact Report is necessary before the county can include preferred sites for renewable energy development in the General Plan.

Another supermarket strike imminent?

August 25, 2011

Workers for the local Vons stores, along with 62,000 other employees, voted by a 90 percent margin this week to strike if contract demands are not met. Negotiations between the workers’ union and Safeway – Vons’ parent corporation – have been ongoing since March when the current contract expired.
Negotiations between union workers at Albertsons, Ralphs and Vons and their parent companies will begin Aug. 29 with a federal mediator.

August 24th

Briefs

August 24, 2011

Last Early Registration for Gymnastics
This Saturday, Aug. 27, is the last early registration for the City of Bishop’s Gymnastics classes beginning the first week of September.
There will be an Open Gymnastics session in the City Auditorium from 9-11 a.m., $5 per child. Parents can register at this time from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is not available at City Hall.

Lone Pine Volleyball Indian Taco Sale Fundraiser
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles Volleyball Indian taco sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Lone Pine VFW, 481 S. Main St.

We’re on the eve of Destruction

August 24, 2011

The Tri-County Fair’s Destruction Derby looks like anger management gone very wrong, or the San Diego Freeway at rush hour. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.
Buckled hoods, accordioned trunks, bumpers dangling by thin membranes, steam spewing from fractured radiators; it’s all great fun and the major fundraiser for the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department for the last 35 years.

Summary and Trail Report Highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s with afternoon cloud cover...
The following are the last of the Bishop results from the June 20-22 Bishop Invitational Swim Meet...
Bishop barrel racer Kayla Inderbieten finished her first go at the National High School Rodeo...

 

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