Author Archive | Deb Murphy

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Johnson And Johnson Covid-19 Vaccines Being Paused

Both Inyo and Mono County Boards of Supervisors heard an update today at their regular virtual meetings on the issues with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine which have prompted the temporary suspension of its use. The recommendations came from the Federal Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. The New York Times reported […]

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Bishop Planning Commission Gets Back into The Weed

Bishop’s Planning Commission finished a lengthy second review of a draft commercial cannabis ordinance this past week. The review focused on changes requested at the Commission’s February meeting. Now it will be up to the City Council to decide if it’s ready to join all the other Eastern Sierra entities and allow pot shops and […]

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Some thoughts on the “On-Going Legal Battle over LADWP Long Valley Leases” in Mono County

March 27, 2021: Deb Murphy  Our reporter Deb Murphy has long covered water issues here in the Owens Valley and Eastern Sierra. We asked her for some perspective on the latest news about Mono County and the Sierra Club’s successful lawsuit against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over Long Valley’s and Round […]

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Bishop Fire Department Moves Toward Agreement with Symons on EMS Calls

Bishop Fire Department is working toward for the town and surrounding communities through a mutual aid agreement with Symons. That was Chief Joe Dell’s presentation at this week’s Bishop City Council meeting. “We’ve been informally assisting Symons,” Dell said. “An MOU (memorandum of understanding) will just formalize” the relationship. Last weekend, there were four EMS […]

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Inyo County Looks at Housing Issue

Living in Inyo County may be paradise to some but finding a place to live in paradise is an exceptionally tough nut to crack. With grant funding, County Planner Catherine Richards and consultants accepted the challenge and brought the results to the Board of Supervisors last week. Surrounded by open land owned and managed by […]

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Bishop Planning Commission Gets a Look at Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

The Bishop City Council’s four-year history with commercial cannabis operations may take a different turn in the near future. Wednesday evening, the city’s Planning Commission got its first look at a draft ordinance. While the Commission didn’t give the draft the go-ahead, it did ask for more information from staff and a second run at […]

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State Fish and Wildlife Reinstate “Fishmas” Trout Opener Dates in Eastern Sierra | Year-Round fishing for rest of State

While California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife haven’t set the new schedule in stone as yet, it has, tentatively, given “Fishmas,” the Eastern Sierra’s chambers of commerce business marketing plan, back to businesses in the Eastern Sierra. It’s a little more complicated than that though. As reported to the Mono County Board of Supervisors last […]

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Revised IMACA Safe Parking Project Has Strong Support But Objections Override Compassion: Nimbyism carries the day

Pre-COVID, IMACA’s Housing and Planning Director Larry Emerson had plans for a safe parking project for the homeless living out of their vehicles at the Nazarene Church on West Line Street in Bishop. The plans were turned down yesterday, February 16, by the Inyo Board of Supervisors. The major issue was the fact the Church […]

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