Author Archive | Deb Murphy


Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Turns its Monitors to Wildfire Smoke

  With extensive protocols to control wind-blown dust off the Owens Lake, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District’s attention, and monitors, are now turned toward tracking wildland fire smoke impacts across Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties. So far this fire season, which now is pretty much 12 months out of the year, those impacts […]

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Sterling Heights Conversion Gets Nod of Approval for Parking Solutions from Bishop Planning Commission

With Bishop’s housing problems escalating into staffing problems, Aaron Schat presented a potential solution, or at least a partial solution, to the city’s conundrum—convert Sterling Heights, the former assisted living facility on Pine Street, to a 69-unit apartment building. The concept itself wasn’t under scrutiny. What to do with the vehicles of those inhabiting the […]

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Bishop City Council Approves Commercial Cannabis Operations

Following a long discussion, the Bishop City Council approved, with some clarifications and modifications, an ordinance allowing commercial cannabis businesses within its city limits. The vote was 4-1 with Karen Kong the hold-out. During the election, both Kong and Jose Garcia were not supportive of commercial operations. However, during the discussion Garcia’s was position was […]

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Great Basin Unified Air Polution Control District Requests State Hearing On Conditions on Mono Lake

    With declining water levels on Mono Lake and an increase in airborne dust, the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District has formally requested a hearing before the State Water Resources Control Board. The request, approved at the GBUAPCD board meeting on June 7, cites the Water Board’s 1994 Decision 1631 setting the […]

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Inyo County Election Results Numbers Are In; Supervisors Will Certify Tuesday July 12 2022

  Inyo County’s ballots from the June 7 primary are close to certification. That final step will be taken at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. The numbers are consistent with the initial count: Jeff Gabriel (37.92-percent) and Trina Orrill (32.21-percent) will face off in the November general election for the 1st District Supervisorial seat; Scott […]

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Two Gigs Coming to Inyo County

  Frontier Communications is committed to getting 2-gigabyte internet service to Bishop by the end of this year. That was the message delivered to the Bishop City Council and Inyo Board of Supervisors meetings this week by Doug McAllister, Frontier’s vice president of external affairs. McAllister used his home base in Murrieta and the COVID […]

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Inyo Supervisors Take a Look at Water Use at Fish Springs Fish Hatchery

    Tuesday’s Inyo County Board of Supervisors’ meeting reconvened from the administration building in Independence to Fish Springs Fish Hatchery to get a first-hand look at the impact ofpumping on what was once a source of native fish for the Big Pine Paiute Tribe. The Supervisors, staff, tribal members and interested locals headed to […]

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Bishop Airport Aces its First Year of Full Service

  Last December, the first United Express began air service to the Bishop Airport. This past week, John Urdi, executive director of Mammoth Tourism, and Ashley Helms, Inyo Public Works deputy director, had the opportunity to report a nearly flawless six months of service. With this successful ski-season flight schedule, Urdi is exploring new markets. […]

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Inyo County Election Update as of June 14, 2022

Inyo Election Update With roughly half of the June 7 ballots counted, leaders haven’t changed in the two Supervisorial or Sheriff elections, but the margins have. District 1 has the highest number of tallied voters at 59-percent. Jeff Gabriel, executive director of the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association, leads with 37.98-percent, followed by Trini Orrill, a […]

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Inyo and Mono Counties Preliminary Results for Primary Elections of June 7, 2022

      Despite an assumption that Inyo and Mono county residents are polar opposites, politically, the differences started disappearing last election and continued during Tuesday’s primary elections. Here are the preliminary results as of midnight. Both counties went with Gavin Newsom in the governor’s race, Kermit Jones for the House of Representative seat and […]

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