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Sinkholes force road closures in Bald Mountain area

USFS news release Bald Mountain roads near Crater Loop affected The Inyo National Forest has temporarily closed roads in the Bald Mountain area due to sinkholes that have made travel dangerous. This area is popular for off highway vehicle (OHV) recreation. The Bald Mountain Road (01S05) remains open. However, Roads 01S131, 01S131a and 01S131b are […]

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Cerro Gordo set to come back to life

By Deb Murphy The old mining town of Cerro Gordo, seven miles east of Keeler, closed escrow last Friday, passing to new owners and eventually a new life as a “lively hospitality destination,” according to a write-up in The Real Deal real estate website. Jake Rasmussen of Bishop Real Estate closed the deal above the […]

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Caltrans’ Bishop ADA Project stops short

By Deb Murphy In the next six to eight weeks, Spectrum, the contractor on Cal Trans’ downtown Bishop project will have completed the Line Street portion. Work on Main Street will be postponed. Initially, the project was to bring curbs, sidewalks and driveways into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, stretching from west of […]

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Mono County releases Grand Jury Final Report

RELEASE OF 2017-2018 GRAND JURY FINAL REPORT (News release) The Superior Court of California for Mono County has released the 2017-2018 Grand Jury Final Report. There were five major subjects of this year’s Final Report. The first was an investigation of the Town of Mammoth Lakes (TOML), in particular the Mammoth Lakes Tourism (MLT). The […]

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Phillip Edward ‘Pep’ Partridge: 1927-2018

Long time resident of the Owens Valley, Philip Edward “Pep” Partridge passed away Monday, July 9 at his home on Bishop Creek. He was 91 and the last of 9 siblings in a local pioneering family. Pep Partridge was born to Charles A. and Lena Partridge on March 12, 1927 in Bishop, California. He grew […]

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OVGA meetings get interesting

By Deb Murphy Owens Valley Groundwater Authority meetings are a little like watching a chess match. Not really adrenaline inducing, but there’s a lot going on between moves. Last Thursday’s meeting is a good example. The question before the 11-member board dealt with the re-prioritization of the Owens Valley basin from medium to high—a new […]

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Another busy week for Caltrans

Lane Closure Report for the week of 7/16/18 – 7/20/18  Inyo, Mono & Eastern Kern Counties – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) would like to alert the traveling public to be careful of workers on the Highway, to Slow for the Cone Zone and Move Over where possible.   The scheduled lane closures for the […]

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Community focuses on downtown Bishop

By Deb Murphy The issue of empty storefronts in Bishop’s downtown core has been a talking point since the city went through its economic development update to the General Plan in 2015. The level of concern and range of options to help fix the problem seemed to peak at Wednesday evening’s community meeting. “The turnout […]

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Inyo National Forest enters into fire restrictions

News release Inyo National Forest is implementing fire restrictions effective on all Inyo National Forest lands. The forest is basing this decision on national level fire activity, local fire activity, and the availability of firefighters for response. Effective July 14th, and until further notice, the following restrictions will be in effect: No campfires, briquette barbeques, […]

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Caltrans to host workshops on Lee Vining rehab project

News release Bishop – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 9 has scheduled two workshops for the Lee Vining Rehabilitation Project. The project will consist of a comprehensive pavement rehabilitation project on US 395, through the town of Lee Vining. The project will be constructed from the junction of State Route 120 West (Yosemite […]

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YARTS, ESTA receive grants from Caltrans

Caltrans news release SACRAMENTO – Caltrans announced that 152 local projects received nearly $97 million in funding from the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program. These projects continue California’s effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the sustainability of public transportation systems around the state. More than 130 projects totaling $87 million will specifically benefit […]

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