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January 18th, 2011

Child care specialists spearhead effort to aid local senior citizens

January 18, 2011

With hopes of generous donations from locals, donation boxes for “Socks and Slippers of Love” will be set up at several locations in Bishop today.
Depending on how well the boxes are filled, many Bishop area senior citizens could be sporting new, warm and cozy footwear for Valentine’s Day.
Sponsored by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and its Special Education Department, the fundraiser of sorts is asking for new footwear – men’s and women’s – to brighten the spirits and warm the toes of seniors in the city’s care center facilities for the heart-shaped holiday in February.

Mammoth not alone in its dismay over court decision

January 18, 2011

It seems to be something that most people have forgotten.
In all the brouhaha over the airport lawsuit appeal, the Town of Mammoth wasn’t the only town challenging the Bridgeport jury’s finding that the Town is liable for $30 million in damages.
Far from it.
In fact, every city and county in the state of California sided with the Town, as “friends of the court” or “amici curiae.” The appellate judges’ decision is rattling municipal nerves across the state.

January 13th

Andria Witmer takes wheel at Bishop CHP

January 13, 2011

Bishop’s office of the California Highway Patrol has a new leader at the helm, one who hopes to carry the area office through tough financial times and bring a little stability to the local command.

Bishop Reservation housing project nearing completion

January 13, 2011

The first designated sober living spaces on the Bishop Paiute Reservation are nearing completion.
Ground was broken in November 2008 on the Coyote Mountain Apartments. Since then, homegrown labor and local contractors have been the primary muscle at the site, and will see the project through to a projected completion date of March 1.
Robert Vance, director of the Bishop Paiute Community Development Department and lead planner for the project, said the estimated finish date for the six, two-story buildings is still on track “as long as the weather holds.”

Blum – Wesley this time – headed for Sacramento

January 13, 2011

For the second year in a row, the Bishop VFW and Auxiliary Post will be sending a local student to Sacramento to participate in the Voice of Democracy, and for the second year in a row, a member of the Blum family will be making the trip.
The Voice of Democracy invites high school students statewide to write an essay and give a three- to five-minute audio presentation of the speech on a theme selected by the VFW. The winners from each VFW post go on to district judging, and the winner from that contest advances to the state level.

January 11th

Billy Herman Lorimor

January 11, 2011

Billy Herman Lorimor

No funeral services have been announced for Billy Herman Lorimor.
Born April 6, 1936 in Collbran, Colo. to Paul and Myrtle Lorimor,  Billy, a resident of Fort Collins, Colo., died Jan. 6, 2011. He was 74.
He was married to Joanne on Aug. 28, 1982 in Carson City, Nevada.  

Former city administrator easing into role as county supervisor

January 11, 2011

Following a 30-year career in city government, serving as administrator for the City of Bishop, Rick Pucci stepped into a new, although not unfamiliar role last week.
Retired from his post at the local municipality and having successfully won a bid for Third District Inyo County Supervisor in June, Pucci took his seat on Jan. 4 at the dais alongside other members of the Board of Supervisors.

Town of Mammoth lands in hot water with loss of Hot Creek appeal

January 11, 2011

A travesty of justice?
The California Third Appellate District Court sure didn’t think so.
The three-member panel unanimously upheld a $30 million judgment against the Town of Mammoth Lakes in the Hot Creek Aviation litigation.
It wasn’t even close.
Thus ends the litigation in a dispute that began in 1997. Now begin the myriad questions facing the town and what it’s going to do about them.

Third Annual Community Reads kicks off Thursday

January 11, 2011

The first year centered around Manzanar and Japanese-American internees, in 2010 it was all about Jill Kinmont Booth and this year the focus will be Native Americans. These have been the various topics of discussion that accompany the annual Community Reads event in Inyo County.

January 10th

Coso completes first year of Hay Ranch pumping

January 10, 2011

Coso Operating Company has completed its first year of pumping water from its Hay Ranch site to its geothermal power plant, and it’s time to check the numbers.
Coso started pumping 1,860 gallons per minute of water on Dec. 25, 2009 and as part of the Conditional Use Permit allowing it to do so, the project has to be monitored, recalibrated and potentially changed due to any harmful environmental impacts. The CUP issued by Inyo County stated that the project would have to be evaluated and recalibrated prior to the one-year benchmark before further pumping would be allowed.

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