Author Archive | Benett Kessler

No layoffs in Inyo budget

The threat of layoffs has lingered over Inyo County government for several months as the County Administrator warned of a $2 million shortfall. Department heads searched for ways to save money. The CAO recommended budget goes to the Supervisors in budget hearings Wednesday starting at 9am in the boardroom. The CAO’s budget does not include […]

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Labraque plea agreement goes to court

Former Northern Inyo Hospital employee, Cherie Labraque, was scheduled for court Wednesday with a possible plea agreement on charges of accessing confidential medical records without permission. In January, District Attorney Tom Hardy filed a complaint naming 32 instances of violation of the State Penal Code. The complaint said Cherie Labraque of Bishop, who was then […]

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Inyo-Mono water conservation rules

The severe drought in California prompted the State to set down water conservation rules and to require county and city jurisdictions to adopt their own plans. Mammoth Community Water District continues to ask customers to conform to Revised Level 1 Water Restrictions. These rules say even numbered addresses should irrigate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. […]

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Truck hits phone line

(CHP Press Release) On Thursday, August 28, 2014, at approximately 6:45 P.M, a 2009, Kenworth truck, with flatbed trailer combination, was traveling southbound on US Hwy 395, south of Bridgeport near Jack Sawyer Road, when it struck a low hanging telephone wire that crosses the highway.  This resulted in a brief loss in power to the […]

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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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