Author Archive | Charles James


Homeless living in cars provided safe parking at old Kmart parking lot

Driving down Main Street in Bishop, you might have noticed some activity taking place in the parking lot in front of the old Kmart building. What you are witnessing is Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA), with a supporting role played by Inyo County Health and Human Services, providing a suitable place to implement […]

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Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration and it is TODAY!

Cinco de Mayo is NOT the celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day. That would be El Grito de la Indepedencia (The Cry of Independence), which is held annually on Sept. 16 in honor of Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule in 1810. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the country’s freedom from a different oppressive European empire: France. The date is […]

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The “Reopen Bishop” Protest was “interesting,” but will it make a difference?

MAGA hats, flags and protest signs were prominent at the “Reopen Bishop” rally held last Friday in front of Bishop Park. While there were cars with horns honking in support as they passed, there were also a few drivers giving thumbs up or down, and some giving the occasional “finger,” (a.k.a. the “California salute” or […]

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Mono County Public Health Department Orders Mandatory Face Masks in Public

While this action on Friday, May 1st, by the Public Health Department in Mono County has been widely anticipated, it will be interesting to see if this public health order, that “face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals while in public spaces in Mono County,” will be respected by all, much less […]

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Dr. Kevin Flanigan Dismissed as CEO by NIHD Board

Originally intended to serve as the Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Chief Medical, Chief Operations and Chief Information Officer, Dr.Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, was named Acting CEO in September of 2015 following the departure of former CEO Victoria Alexander-Lane. He then served for five months as the Interim CEO on Oct. 21, 2015, before being […]

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NO…do not drink bleach to disinfect your body from the Coronavirus!

(Article revised 4/30/2020) You would think that no one would seriously contemplate drinking chlorine bleach, but after a U.S. President’s remarks at a COVID-19 press conference at the White House, some did*  hundreds reportedly called states’ COVID-19 Helplines asking about it. No, it does not cure the coronavirus, or cure autism or cancer. It is […]

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The Child Nutrition Program Meal Service funded by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is continuing to provide funding for meals during the Coronavirus Pandemic. The USDA FNS approved a  COVID-19 Nationwide Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Meals for Children, infants through 18 years old. The Bishop Unified School District was […]

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Is Coronavirus causing any delays with Bishop Airport Passenger Service?

So, what’s Happening with the Bishop Airport During the Coronavirus Pandemic? Sierra Wave has been wondering the same thing that many of our listeners and readers might be wondering: Is this coronavirus pandemic slowing down the progress towards to provide passenger air service at the Bishop Airport by November 2020? The short answer is “no” […]

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Mountain Lion Kills Several Goats in Big Pine

For a while now the Big Pine 411 Facebook group has been reporting several sightings of a mountain lion in and around town, and near the Bakers Creek campground area. One homeowner posted security camera footage captured of a mountain lion in their back yard and there have been reports of a mountain lion sighting […]

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NIHD CFO Terminating Consulting Agreement & CEO Situation Unresolved

APRIL 16, 2020 At its Wednesday, April 15 regular monthly meeting, the Northern Inyo Healthcare District Board of Directors met in closed session to continue work on the performance evaluations for Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, and Chief Financial Officer John Tremble. On return to the open session, the Board reported that […]

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