Author Archive | Deb Murphy

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SILVER PEAKS HOUSING PROJECT UPDATE

  The Silver Peaks affordable-housing project is nearing the end of the first step. That’s a more electrifying lead than it sounds. It’s taken ten years to get to this point. The project, located at McIver and Spruce, will provide 70 units of affordable housing, divided into one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The late Bishop […]

 
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MONO COUNTY SUPERVISORS CONSIDER GENERATORS TO DEAL WITH PUBLIC SAFETY POWER SHUT-OFFS

  Given the rash of Public Safety Power Shut-offs in the past months, checking generator viability is a good idea. That was Mono County’s Parks and Facilities Superintendent Joe Blanchard’s job. What he found was $47,500 worth of generators was necessary to keep critical functions functioning. His report was presented at Tuesday’s County Board of […]

 
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THE EASTERN SIERRA NEEDS ‘A LITTLE MORE LOVE’

State Park staffing at Mono Lake fell off when California hit hard times in 2011 through 2013. While the economy has come back in spades, funding for park rangers at the site hasn’t and the area has suffered from the neglect and vandalism. Former park staff and representatives from the Mono Lake Committee and Friends […]

 
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LADWP, INYO AGREE TO TEST RUN ON WELL 385

Photo by Deb Murphy With a legal settlement on the horizon, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is set to turn on Well 385, in the Five Bridges area, for a two-month test. On the surface, this seems like no big deal. But, the dispute of pumping a well that was permanently shut […]

 
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INYO SUPES OPT FOR DARK SKY RECOMMENDATIONS

A year and a half ago, advocates for dark sky ordinances brought their case before the Inyo Board of Supervisors. After a series of public workshops and research, the Planning Department came back with recommendations at the Board’s November 26 meeting. The Board opted to go with “recommendations” rather than regulations and easing the new […]

 
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What’s with Showing ID to Recycle?

This is not a deep state attempt to track empty beer cans back to their owners. According to the staff at Brown’s, California’s recycling pay-outs are higher than those in Nevada. Recycling centers are perfectly willing take in Nevada’s contributions, but will pay Nevada rates to Nevada residents and California rates to California residents.  

 
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What’s that Plane Doing Parked on Poleta?

Inyo’s Public Works Director Mike Errante cleared up the mystery of the bi-plane at the corner of Poleta Roads near Laws at last Tuesday’s Supervisors’ meeting. The bi-plane had to make an emergency landing October 22. It was towed to the intersection and, apparently, decided to stay put. And stay-put it may stay. The owner […]

 
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PRIMROSE LANE APARTMENT UPDATE after votes by City of Bishop and Inyo County

PRIMROSE LANE APARTMENT UPDATE Both the City of Bishop and the Inyo County approved emergency ordinances to keep the remaining residents of Primrose Lane Apartments in their homes. Or at least that’s what both entities thought. The latest wrinkle in this story: Primrose resident Nick Bartlett went to Bishop Realty, the property manager, Wednesday to […]

 
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INYO SUPERVISORS HAVE A SPLIT VOTE

The Inyo Board of Supervisors was the first of four entities to vote on the Joint Powers Authority that would elevate the status of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments. The Board approved the move with a rare 3-2 split following a discussion focusing on another “layer of government.” The switch to an Authority resulted […]

 
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MAMMOTH MAN TAKES PLEA DEAL

Jorge Espitia of Mammoth Lakes accepted a plea deal from the Mono County District Attorney on 19 charges ranging from selling methamphetamines to minors and conducting sexual acts with minors. Under the agreement, Espitia will plead guilty to 12 felonies and one misdemeanor and serve 25 years in prison. Espitia was arrested last May by […]

 
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