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Report from Deb Murphy – Bishop City Council Approve Grants in Support

      Eleven Bishop-area non-profits are officially recipients of the City’s Grants in Support. The list was formally approved at last week’s City Council meeting. The projects range from education, restoration and recreation with the focus split between young people and the arts community. The grants total $68,900. Initially, the plan was to limit […]

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Eastside Election Results, Take 2 From Deb Murphy

    For political wonks, this election season may never end, as the cable news channels are explaining the outcome, ad infinitum. Fortunately, for Eastern Sierra voters, the final results are relatively clear. Technically, all the results as of Thursday evening are still preliminary. The final certification takes place November 23. The Mono County Registrar […]

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Preliminary Election Results for Local Inyo and Mono Counties

Very preliminary results in what seems like the longest election season, ever, are in for Inyo and Mono Counties. With less than 40-percent of the total votes tallied by midnight Tuesday, the final results will be tallied and certified within the next two weeks, according to Mono County’s Registrar of Voters office. Inyo County’s Registrar […]

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Short Term Rentals Back on Inyo Supervisors’ Agenda – Report From Deb Murphy

Inyo County’s wide open spaces, allure to tourists and lack of affordable housing have created a conundrum when it comes to Short Term Rentals (STRs). What could have been a no-brainer continues to be a headache. The Board of Supervisors dealt with the latest headache at last week’s meeting. On the table now are the […]

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FROM DEB MURPHY – Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District Takes a New Approach in Legal Battle with LADWP

  The Superior Court ruling last month did not mark the end of the dispute between Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power over dust controls on Owens Lake. The beat goes on. From a simplified, but confirmed, interpretation of the ruling, the penalties levied by […]

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Human-Wildlife Conflict in Mono Bears Discussion; Ordinance May be a Solution

    For locals who grew up with Winnie the Pooh or Yogi Bear, reality bites. Daniel Taylor with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife delivered the reality of the bear/human relationship at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors. His message was simple: they were here long before we were but they’re not to be encouraged […]

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Inyo Supervisorial District 3 Candidates Forum – Meet the Candidates

  The final candidate forum held at Cerro Coso College Thursday evening featured the 3 rd District candidates Kody Jaeger and Scott Marcellin. Both are multi-generational residents of Bishop. Jaeger is a member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe with an Associate Degree in general education and Bachelor’s in criminal justice. Marcellin, with a degree in […]

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Inyo Board of Supervisors District 1 Candidates Discuss the Issues

    Wednesday’s candidate forum held at Cerro Coso Community College featured District 1 Inyo Board of Superviors candidates Jeff Gabriel, Executive Director of the Eastern Sierra Interpretative Center, and small business owner Trina Orrill, currently a Bishop Unified School District board member. The forum started with brief introductions and the answer to the question “why […]

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Mono County Wants a Seat at the Table Regarding Reservation Passes over Tioga Pass to Yosemite

  Earlier this summer, Yosemite National Park initiated a reservation system to enter the park during peak hours, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. That may seem reasonable, unless you’re a tourism-related business on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The reservation requirement also impacts pass-through travelers, locals or visitors whose sole reason to […]

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Owens Valley School Board Forum for Candidates Held October 8th

  Four candidates are vying for three seats on Independence’s Owens Valley School Board. They had their chance to make their case last Saturday to a packed crowd in the American Legion Hall. Incumbents Allie Whisler, Nina Weisman and Joey Peterson want to keep their seats; Alisa Lynch is the challenger. Peterson was absent due […]

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LADWP/GBUAPC – Dueling Press Releases? No, Just Two Truths

  Here’s a little background on the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power vs Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District (GBUAPC) legal battle the end result of which is a win/win, or lose/lose, depending on one’s point of view. GBUAPC identified an area on the Owens Lake shore that required dust controls. The […]

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