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December 6th

City and county to combine elections?

December 6, 2011

The City of Bishop is looking into the possibility of consolidating its General Municipal Elections held in March of odd years with Inyo County General Elections held in November of even years.
Bishop primarily only holds elections for City Council, meaning a consolidation would cause a four-month reduction to some council member terms. And, according to some opposing arguments to the consolidation, it may mean focus on local council members and measures may get lost in the hyperbole of a presidential election, when local candidates accompany national candidates on a ballot.

December 2nd

‘Nutcracker:’ More than meets the eye

December 2, 2011

Local dance instructor Dennis Wayne is planning a revolutionized rendition of one of the holiday season’s most famous and well-known ballets, which he hopes will become a hometown tradition for years to come.
Wayne will be presenting the classic “Nutcracker” story with a modern twist Dec. 16-18 at the Bishop High School Auditorium.

Grant programs take aim at improving air quality

December 2, 2011

A local environmental watchdog group and a local community advocacy group are working together toward cleaner air and warmer homes in the Owens Valley.
Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has nearly $5 million to put toward air pollution reduction. And, the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action has been awarded $500,000 by Great Basin to replace residents’ inefficient fire places and old wood stoves. IMACA will start in the southern part of Inyo County and work its way north.

Stuff-A-Bus food drive event in Bishop today

December 2, 2011

Eastern Sierra Transit Authority is seeking charitable people who care about the communities in the Eastern Sierra to help “Stuff-A-Bus” with non-perishable food items to support the Salvation Army food pantry.
Food collected during the Stuff-A-Bus campaign will be distributed to families in need this holiday season.
ESTA currently has donation boxes on each bus in the Bishop, Lone Pine and Mammoth areas to collect non-perishable food items from riders and has teamed up with KIBS/KBOV for a live remote broadcast from the Kmart parking lot today from 1-3 p.m.

Jack Dean Waggoner

December 2, 2011

Jack Dean Waggoner

Jack Dean Waggoner of Tehachapi passed away Nov. 12, 2011 at his home in Golden Hills, with his family by his side.
Jack was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on May 25, 1926, to John Bryan (Barney) and Mable Waggoner, who preceded him in death along with one sister, Voncil.

Mary Jane Graves

December 2, 2011

Mary Jane Graves

With the passing of time, our loved one’s move on to knowing they will be able to join their first amazing love, ready with hand out to be able to hold forever again.
Born in Scottsbluff, Neb. on May 4, 1923, Mary Jane passed peacefully in her sleep on Nov. 22, 2011.

December 1st

High winds prompt burn ban, health advisories

December 1, 2011

CalFire and air quality control officials are on full alert this week due to extreme winds that began hammering the Eastern Sierra yesterday.
The state fire agency suspended all burn permits on state responsibility lands within Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties, while Great Basin Air Pollution Control District issued health advisories related to blowing dust.

Class helps students help town’s economy

December 1, 2011

A new class at Big Pine High School aims to teach students marketable skills while at the same time trying to boost the town’s commerce and visibility.
The town lacks a Chamber of Commerce so the Inyo County Office of Education has prepared an accredited course for students that will also fill the void left from by the lack of a chamber.

K-9 officer credited with early Saturday drug bust

December 1, 2011

It was either a bathroom break for X-Ray, Bishop’s K-9 police officer, or an “area check” that led to the weekend arrest of a 23-year-old Bishop resident for alleged possession of illegal narcotics.
According to a Bishop PD press release, Officer Brent Gillespie “conducted an area check” in a parking lot between Willow Street and Whitney Alley, “allowing his canine partner, X-Ray, to check the parking lot” at about 2:05 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.
The parking lot is not far from a local saloon and used by patrons of that establishment.

Ellen Amalia White

December 1, 2011

Ellen Amalia White

Ellen Amalia White, 96, died Nov. 22, 2011 in Rancho Mirage of natural causes.  She was born at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles on March 17, 1915, to Herbert and Amalia (Mollie) Munz Clotts and grew up in Los Angeles and Chevy Chase, Md.

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