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Fourth of July Fireworks Are Planned in Bishop at City Park

Bishop’s fantastic 4th of July fireworks show will be back and better than ever for 2021. Since it’s no longer possible to hold the event at the airport, the Bishop Volunteer Fire Department will host this year’s festivities at the Bishop City Park. This venue allows for expanded events to create a full day of […]

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Josh Ellsworth appointed new Bishop interim chief of police

Did Bishop City Council “Diss” the Current Interim Police Chief?

Did the Bishop City Council “Diss” the current Interim Police Chief, Josh Ellsworth, when it announced its intentions to offer the job to an “Outsider?” At the last Bishop City Council meeting, in a letter sent by Bishop Sgt. Dan Nolan, a 20-year police department veteran, the Council’s decision to offer the currently position, opened […]

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Bishop City Council Offers Chief of Police Position to Richard Standridge from Porterville Police Department

In late 2020, the City of Bishop initiated a comprehensive search for a Chief of Police following the retirement of former Chief Ted Stec. [SWM Background Note – Chief Stec announced his retirement after 5 years of service with the Bishop Police Department.] The extremely successful recruitment process was facilitated by the Executive Search Firm, Ralph […]

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Commercial Cannabis Ordinance on Monday’s Bishop City Council Agenda

Nobody can claim Bishop rushed into allowing commercial cannabis operations within town limits. But, four years after Prop. 64 legalized commercial marijuana in California, the Bishop City Council will get its first look at a town ordinance allowing and regulating commercial operations. Here are the highlights of that ordinance, reflecting two passes through the Bishop […]

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Summary of this week’s (5/11) Bishop City Council Meeting topics

We have this report from reporter Deb Murphy on the Tuesday’s May 11th Bishop City Council Meeting. Kevin Bigham, Mule Days president, reported in on this year’s Mule Days preparation. It’s a go, with limitations: no parade, concert, dance or opening supper—all events with close contact and/or indoors. Under the current state restrictions under the […]

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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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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 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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