Author Archive | Benett Kessler

New Administrator Jim Tatum and Mayor Jim Ellis

Tatum voted in as administrator

After leaving his position as Director of the Tri-County Fairgrounds, Jim Tatum took on the job of Inyo County Deputy Public Works Director. As of Monday night, Tatum now has a new job. The Bishop City Council unanimously approved a contract with Tatum for City Administrator.   When current Administrator Keith Caldwell announced he would […]

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Austin Shedd, 13

Update: Missing boy found in the Sierra

UPDATE:  Found Hiker Airlifted from Kings Canyon National Park and Reunited with Family Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, CA –Hiker Austin Shedd, who was reported yesterday as missing, was airlifted from the Bench Lake area of Kings Canyon National Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 10:03 a.m. Before transport, a Parkmedic** evaluated Shedd and […]

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APCD director explains Ormat decision

Mammoth Community Water District officials issued a press release this week to say that Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade had moved ahead to certify the EIR on Ormat Geothermal’s expansion plans in the Mammoth area. In an email to both sides, Schade explains that he tried to get the geothermal people and water […]

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Missing hiker, Gregg Hein

Sequoia and Kings Canyon in search of hiker

  HEIGHT: 6’2” WEIGHT: 165 lbs. AGE: 33-years-old HAIR: Brown EYES: Blue RACE: White INTENDED ITINERARY: Florence Lake to Mt. Goddard and back from Thursday, July 3, to Monday, July 7, 2014 IDENTIFYING FEATURES: Has a beard (“Soul Patch”), may have a black backpack with yellow piping or trim, believed to be traveling alone HAVE […]

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Closed negotiations over Boulaalam

A year ago, a man driving through Mono County on a vacation was stopped by Sheriff’s Deputies. The Court found there was no probable cause to stop Youssef Boulaalam in the first place. A weapons case against him was dismissed. At the first of the year, attorneys for Boulaalam filed a claim against Mono County […]

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Water for ranch leases still questionable

While there has been no help for water in the Bishop Creek drainage, questions also remain about leases for Department of Water and Power ranchers. In late March, Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington wrote a letter to Department of Water and Power Manager Jim Yannotta to say that new ranch leases give less water and […]

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Rudolph Construction gets animal shelter bid

With a quick move, the Inyo Public Works Department presented a bid award for construction of the new Animal Shelter to the Supervisors Tuesday. The low bid went to Rudolph Construction at $699,960. Deputy Public Works Director Jim Tatum said the organization ICARE would provide $416,000 of that money and the County, $375,000. Later, the […]

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Administrator talks “structural deficit”

Depending on how you look at things, Inyo County could be a total of $6.3 million in the hole in what the County Administrator called a “structural deficit” when he reported to the Board on Tuesday. CAO Kevin Carunchio said the $6.3 million could be a “hard number”. He added that department revenues could also […]

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Inyo Supervisors: two more on pay raises and debt

A question on the mind of Inyo citizens – Why did the Supervisors approve $2 million in pay hikes without the money to cover it? Now we go on to two more Supervisors – Mark Tillemans and Rick Pucci. We have already reported on comments from Matt Kingsley and Jeff Griffiths. Those comments are now on […]

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Former Mono County Deputy Jon Madrid

Madrid keeps Mono County in federal suit

Former Mono County Deputy Jon Madrid, subject of a highly publicized termination and an arbitration and court hearing which ruled in his favor, has succeeded in keeping Mono County government locked in a federal court fight over his First Amendment rights. Defendants in Madrid’s US District Court case include Mono County government, former Sheriff Rick […]

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Why did Inyo Board OK raises they couldn’t pay for?

Why did the Inyo Supervisors vote for raises that added up to $2 million without the money to pay for them? That’s the puzzler for many people as the Board and Administrator drag through cuts that sharply offend citizens and Department heads. Sierra Wave Media talked to four supervisors about why they okayed raises without […]

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