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Doomed liquid amber in front of the County Water Department office on Jackson.

Independence trees get a reprieve

By Deb Murphy You don’t mess with the Independence tree people. They remember when the community had a lot of trees and are determined to protect those that are left. Tuesday, they joined forces to protect seven liquid ambers whose heads were on the block. The tree people succeeded, steering the Inyo Board of Supervisors […]

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Bishop Airport a topic for ESCOG

By Deb Murphy Mammoth Lakes Tourism will be looking to Bishop Airport for reliable air service to bring the legions of skiers and nature-seekers to its mountains. John Urdi, executive director, told last Friday’s meeting of the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments the Mammoth Airport had a 14.5-percent cancellation rate last winter. The hope is […]

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OVGA awating decision from Department of Water Resources

By Deb Murphy The tentative low priority status of the Owens Valley groundwater basin has only heightened the complexity of the Owens Valley Groundwater Authority’s meetings, not lowered them. The current nine board members opted to hold off on additional meetings until the state Department of Water Resources issues its final decision. The delay will […]

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Doomed liquid amber in front of the County Water Department office on Jackson.

Inyo Supervisors face more tree issues

By Deb Murphy Seven Independence liquid ambers are looking at an uncertain future as the Inyo Supervisors discussed, then postponed, action on whether the trees, all planted in County rights-of-way, stay, or go. All seven were deemed inappropriate for their location, according to arborist Rochelle Hair with Eastern Sierra Tree Service. The Indy Seven are […]

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August is Child Support Awareness Month

Press release Eastern Sierra Department of Child Support Services is reaching out to the community and sharing information about its services through many activities in August. These activities are part of the annual national celebration of Child Support Awareness Month, or CSAM, in August. CSAM highlights the crucial role that child support services play in […]

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No charges filed by Inyo DA in Solorio investigation

Inyo County District Attorney news release Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy announced today that, having carefully evaluated the information from the Bishop Police Department’s supplemental investigation, no criminal charges will be filed against Eugenio Solorio. Mr. Solorio was arrested by the Bishop Police Department on April 22, 2019 on charges relating to committing lewd acts […]

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Update: Navy pilot died in crash in Death Valley

UPDATE The pilot of an FA-18E Super Hornet died after the fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Death Valley National Park, the U.S. Navy reported Thursday. The U.S. Navy confirmed the death of the pilot just before 12:40 p.m. Thursday saying, “The Navy has confirmed that the pilot of the FA-18E died in the crash. In accordance with DoD […]

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Christopher Libby

Man arrested on felony sexual charges; police believe there may be more victims

Mono County District Attorney news release On July 22, 2019, Mammoth Lakes Police and Mono County District Attorney Investigators arrested Christopher Adams Libby, 61, for three felony counts of sexual acts with a child under the age of 14. In accordance with the applicable statute of limitations, Mr. Libby is alleged to have had substantial sexual conduct […]

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Notes from RCRC

By Deb Murphy Since the Eastern Sierra has two county supervisors on Rural County Representatives of California’s executive committee, Chair Matt Kingsley from Inyo and Second Chair Stacy Corless from Mono, it seemed appropriate to share legislative updates that flow out of RCRC’s public information office. First, Senator Diane Feinstein has introduced a bill, the […]

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BCC gets first shot at ESCOG’s JPA

By Deb Murphy The Joint Powers Authority establishing the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments as a legal entity got its first test at Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting. The document was approved, with a significant change requested by Councilmember Stephen Muchovej. With its new status, ESCOG will require funding for administrative staff and other services. […]

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Mono, Inyo counties observe Probation Services Week

Mono County news release Pretrial Probation Parole Supervision Week July 21-27, 2019 is Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week – a time for the nation and Mono County to recognize the men and women who work each and every day to supervise offenders in our communities, but also who provide support mechanisms to assist the […]

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Mono County appoints Steve Barwick as CAO

Mono County news release Bridgeport, Calif. — At a special meeting of the Mono County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, the Mono County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Steven Barwick as the new County Administrative Officer (CAO). The CAO is the chief administrative officer overseeing all county operations, in Mono County. After a nationwide executive search by […]

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