Author Archive | Benett Kessler

Schat released; hearing pending

On Monday, a visiting judge denied a request from Sean Singleton to change custody and visitation orders regarding his and Angel Schat’s 4-year-old son. Authorities had issued an Amber Alert last week, alleging that Ms. Schat had abducted her own son. This was apparently based on a call from the father, Sean Singleton, who claimed […]

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MLPD chief recruitment underway

After some reported pressure from the Town Council, Town Manager Dan Holler has moved ahead with recruitment of a new Police Chief. Chief Dan Watson had much earlier announced he would retire at the end of December. Holler said he was working on a process and a recruitment brochure. He said he believes three months […]

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Multiple units respond to brush fire south of Bishop

A brush fire ignited Wednesday afternoon causing closure of part of Highway 395 between Big Pine and Bishop. According to the Inyo Sheriff’s dispatch, the fire burned a mile south of Keoughs on the west side of Highway 395 and moved to the north. Keoughs was not in danger. Initial voluntary evacuations were lifted. Inyo […]

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Vagabond – a total loss

  The smoke and fire that devastated the Bishop Vagabond Inn has cleared. What remains is a burned out shell which a fire investigator believes is a total loss. It was Thursday morning when ferocious flames leaped out of the back of the Inn. Unconfirmed reports said some guests jumped from the top floor to […]

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Fire hits Vagabond Inn

UPDATE:  North backside of Vagabond completely destroyed.   UPDATE: Fire still actively burning in crawl space of motel at 1:30 pm – Before 9am this morning, the fire siren rang out in Bishop. After receiving numerous 911 calls, the Fire Department sent units to north Main Street where smoke was visible from the Vagabond Inn. […]

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Buckingham chosen as City Manager of Morro Bay

On Monday, when the Bishop City Council agreed to pay David Buckingham $38,000 to avoid litigation over the City Administrator’s job, Buckingham was accepting another job as City Manager of Morro Bay. He was one of 50 applicants for the position and the number one choice. As we have reported, sources confirmed that Buckingham signed […]

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Counter-offer pending in Boulaalam case

Attorney Allen Berrey, who represents a man who was stopped and searched by Mono Sheriff’s officers last year, tried to explain that case to the Mono Supervisors this week in public comment. A closed session on the case was scheduled for the Board and their lawyers. Attorney Berrey now awaits word on the Board’s decision […]

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Bishop’s Settlement Agreement with Colonel (with updates)

Update:  To public questions about the City Council vote on the Settlement Agreement, public record reveals that Attorney Tracy stated that Councilman Stottlemyre made the motion to approve the Agreement and the vote was unanimous in favor. Update:  David Buckingham has been appointed as the Morro Bay City Manager, effective September 29th. Monday night, the […]

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City Council pays $38,000 to avoid litigation

After a closed session labelled potential litigation during their afternoon Study Session, the Bishop City Council came out and their attorney offered an announcement. Peter Tracy was sitting in as counsel. According to observers, he said, in effect, that the Council had considered hiring retired Colonel David Buckingham as City Administrator and that he claimed […]

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Joint effort to fight wildfire?

With three droughts in a row and fire danger very high, what can counties in the Sierra Nevada area do? The Sierra County Supervisors believe the 22 counties in question should pull together and ask the State and Federal governments for help with fire protection and fuel reduction. The Mono Supervisors will consider Sierra County […]

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CAO will reveal his budget recommendations

It’s no secret that Inyo County has a nearly $2 million budget shortfall. The unknown remains how they will make up that lack of money. When the Supervisors meet this week, County Administrator Kevin Carunchio will talk about this issue. Agenda item number 20, immediately after the consent agenda, says the Administrator will talk about […]

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