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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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Inyo Supervisors Get Updates On Edison Power Shutdowns and Lahontan’s List of Impaired Waters

Southern California Edison’s public information officer had some reassuring words for Inyo County. While public safety power shutoffs are a possibility during the year-long fire season, the utility is making an effort to avoid them. Robert Stein ran through those efforts at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor meeting. Describing the three elements that contribute to wildland […]

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Lamb Slammed

Inyo County’s Judge Brian Lamb has been publicly admonished by the Commission on Judicial Performance for “failing to timely act in three cases and by signing two false salary affidavits.” The Commission has a tiered system of discipline according to Gregory Dresser, the Commission’s chief counsel. This was Lamb’s third strike for similar conduct. He […]

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The County of Inyo, Sheriff Jeff Hollowell, District Attorney Tom Hardy, and Bishop Paiute Tribe today announce that a settlement agreement has been approved in relation to the lawsuit filed by the Tribe against the County, Sheriff, and District Attorney. The settlement agreement provides for the dismissal of the legal action filed against the defendants […]

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Update: BLM, CAL FIRE suspend burn permits

BLM news release BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office has issued seasonal fire restrictions for BLM-managed public lands in the Eastern Sierra effective Monday, July 1, due to increased wildland fire danger in the region. The restrictions will remain in effect until November 1, or until wildland fire conditions on […]

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Reds Meadow to open Thursday

USFS news release The United States Forest Service will be opening the gate to Reds Meadow with access to valley destinations and the Devils Postpile National Monument on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The extraordinary past winter that saw a snowpack of 170% above average, presented many operational challenges for the opening of the Reds Meadow […]

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Mono County 2018-2019 Grand Jury report released

Mono County news release The Superior Court of California for Mono County has released the 2018-2019 Grand Jury Final Report. There were four major subjects of this year’s Final Report. The first was an investigation of the Hilton Creek Community Services District, a Special District located in the Crowley Lake area. The second investigation was […]

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Wilson and Mill: A tale of two creeks

By Deb Murphy Public, private and advocacy groups came to the Mono County Board of Supervisors last week, some with hope the County had the wisdom and power of Solomon to solve the issue of water in Wilson and Mill creeks. The Board didn’t have that power or will. The only real solution to maintaining […]

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