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January 12th, 2015

County campsite fees increased

January 12, 2015

County leaders voted last week to adjust the fees charged at county-operated campsites, boat launches, storage facilities and parks. This is the first time those fees have been adjusted in 13 years.
At Tuesday’s Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, Senior Deputy County Administrator Pam Foster explained that Inyo County has two conflicting ordinances on the books that outline how to handle fees charged at county-operated recreation areas.

Pro Football Playoff Recap

January 12, 2015

1/10/15
Seattle 31 (13-4) vs
Carolina 17 (8-9-1)

January 9th

Award-winning taxidermist leaving Eastern Sierra

January 9, 2015

Local taxidermy legend Tony Davidson, of Davidson Taxidermy, has decided to say goodbye to the Eastern Sierra after 28 years.
Davidson and his wife, Sharon, will be heading back to his home state of Louisiana in the near future to open up a slightly different business than the one they’ve operated in Inyo County for so long.
It was 1986 when Davidson first went into business as a taxidermist in Ridgecrest. As a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman, Davidson was just 11 years old when he realized his calling.

County takes a look at code enforcement

January 9, 2015

Local leaders have approved a new policy that relies on residents to be the eyes and ears of local departments charged with enforcing building, electrical and planning codes.
Inyo County voted Tuesday to enact Title 22, which amends Inyo County codes, at its meeting on Tuesday.
According to the Inyo County Planning Department, the new ordinance approved this week provides a comprehensive, countywide guideline for processing code violations, which could be anything from remodeling without a permit to illegally operating a home business.

Unseated incumbents seeking appointment to City Council

January 9, 2015

City Council will convene Monday night to appoint a member to former councilman Dave Stottlemyre’s empty seat. The vacancy comes by way of Stottlemyre being elected as Inyo County auditor.
Due to budget concerns expressed by members, City Council has chosen to appoint a new member to the seat rather than hold a special election.
In regards to the decision against holding a special election, Mayor Pat Gardner said, “It was the recommendation of the administrator (Jim Tatum) that it would strain the budget if we decided to go that way.”

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Things to Know for Today

January 9, 2015

Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month. Obama administration officials are not providing any details about the proposal to give every American student two years of community college for free... no word on where the money would come to pay for it.

January 8th

‘Sarg’ Snyder

January 8, 2015

‘Sarg’ Snyder
1925-2014

“Sarg” Snyder, age 89, a resident of Bishop for 67 years, was born in Los Angeles on May 11, 1925 and passed away on Dec. 29, 2014 in Bishop.

Rodney Ernest Keener

January 8, 2015

Rodney Ernest Keener
1952-2014

Born in Lone Pine on July 7, 1952, Rodney Ernest Keener passed suddenly on Dec 22, 2014 at home in Lone Pine.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Everett Keener; sons, Travis, Ethan, Jonathan and Harrison Keener; his mother, Betty Keener; and sister, Kristy Keener.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Keener; and son, Douglas Keener.
Rod had many friends and many stories to tell. He was a welder, mechanic, cowboy and carpenter – a man of many talents, always ready to lend a hand.

Curtis Eugene ‘Nick’ Charles

January 8, 2015

Curtis Eugene ‘Nick’ Charles
1946-2014

Curtis Eugene “Nick” Charles, age 68, died at home on Dec. 29, 2014.  
Born to Russell and Faye Charles in Franklin, Ohio on Nov. 2, 1946, he lived in Garden Grove before settling in Bishop in 1988.  He worked as a printer and was an active member of the Lions Club before retiring in 2010.  
Survivors include his wife, Lynda; his sons, Robert and Russel; daughter-in-law, Alicia; and grandchildren, Trevor and Troy Charles.
No services will be held at the request of the deceased.

January 7th

Search is on for new deputy CAO

January 7, 2015

Inyo County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio is in the market for a new Number 2, as current Deputy CAO Pam Foster (formerly Hennarty) plans to resign Dec. 15.
Foster is planning to take a position as Inyo County Superior Court’s Executive Officer of the Courts, meaning the county will need to find a new manager to oversee the Parks and Recreation and Integrated Solid Waste departments and oversee several other projects and programs.
The CAO’s office is authorized to employ a Deputy CAO and a Senior CAO or Assistant CAO.

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