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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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Bishop Police has a new service to better track cell phone 9-1-1 callers

Speaking to the Bishop City Council on Monday Night, March 22, Acting Police Chief Josh Ellsworth previewed a new service the department is using, called RapidSOS, to keep better, more accurate information while on 4-1-1 and 9-1-1 calls coming  from cell phones for law enforcement dispatchers. It is provided as a free service to dispatch […]

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Bishop Housing Element Update Virtual Community Workshop on Wednesday

Housing Element Update Virtual Community Workshop The City of Bishop is hosting a Virtual Community Workshop on Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 pm as part of the 2021 – 2029 Housing Element Update. Participants can join the virtual workshop to learn more about the Housing Element Update and provide their input on proposed strategies for ensuring equitable and […]

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City of Bishop Sends Letter to State Requesting Lowering Covid-19 Standards for Rural Counties

The Bishop City Council is asking Governor Gavin Newsom to consider relaxing the standards for rural counties under the Level-1, Purple Tier, Widespread category, pointing out that the current standard is unrealistic for a county that encompasses 10,000 square miles. The claim is that the “matter is exacerbated when you take into account that our […]

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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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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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Bishop City Council Passes Vacant Building Nuisance Ordinance But Balks at Registry

Bishop’s City Council approved the much-discussed nuisance ordinance addressing vacant property at its Monday meeting. But, when it came to a formal registry of vacant buildings along with related requirements and fees, the Council balked, noting some improvement already in the downtown corridor. The nuisance issue is two-fold: sad-looking empty storefronts in the immediate downtown […]

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Bishop Police Make Two Vehicle Theft Arrests in Two Days

This report came to Sierra Wave News courtesy of the Bishop Police Department on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Apparently, some local residents from Bishop and Mammoth Lakes have decided that stealing vehicles in Los Angeles and then driving them back up here to where they live is a good way to get around? Let’s hope […]

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Vote on Holiday Light Displays Sponsored by the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and City of Bishop

It’s time to take a drive around Bishop to see all of the beautiful holiday light displays! The Bishop Chamber of Commerce and City of Bishop are sponsoring a contest and you get to choose the winners. Visit or the Bishop Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page for a list of participating locations and to […]

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Operation Santa update! Wednesday, December 23rd at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, December 23rd, starting at 5:30pm, Santa Claus will be visiting the Bishop area during “Operation Santa.” He won’t be in his sleigh or with his reindeer. Instead, Bishop Police Officers, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputies and Bishop Fire Fighters will escort Santa through the streets of Bishop for a quick tour of our communities […]

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Resident tells Bishop City Council that, “Speeding cars in Bishop dangerous.”

There is no such thing as “defensive driving” when you are sitting at home and a car plows into your house. It’s not as if houses are generally sitting or idling out in the middle of the street…unless you are driving a motorhome. Yet cars plowing into houses happens, and it has happened several times […]

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And the survey says…Bishop City Council approves of Downtown Plan

The City of Bishop has been mulling over significant changes to the downtown corridor since 2015 with surveys, workshops, and discussions at City Council meetings. All that came to a head at this week’s Council meeting with a consensus for medium density, a signage ordinance and mixed use, or more specifically a residential/commercial mix, brought […]

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