SWEARING IN FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS
Dates have been announced for the swearing in of several newly elected officials in Inyo County. According to Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of voters Kammi Foote, there will be a ceremony on January 3rd to swear in recently elected 2nd District Supervisor Jeff Griffiths, 4th District Supervisor Mark Tillemans, and 5th District Supervisor Matt Kingsley. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon at Independence’s Historic Courthouse Courtroom, at the top floor. For more information call 760-878-0222.
NIHD Board of Directors Seats New Members
November election winners Phil Hartz, Mary Mae Kilpatrick and Dr. John Ungersma took their seats as members of the Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Board of Directors during last Wednesday evening’s regular monthly NIHD Board meeting.
According to Barbara Laughon at NIHD, this past Wednesday marked the first board meeting since they took the oath of office. Each will serve a four-year term, ending in November 2020. They join MC Hubbard and Pete Watercott to complete the five-member governing board.
At the start of the meeting Dr. Flanigan, CEO of the District, congratulated each of the three newly elected members noting how pleased he is that the District had its first competitive election in a number of years.
Phil Hartz won election as the Zone 2 director in November. Hartz is a retired social worker, counselor, and educator whose previous public service includes a term on the Inyo County Grand Jury.
Mary Mae Kilpatrick, a retired Bishop Area educator and school administrator, stood for election as the Zone 4 representative after completing an 11-month appointment to the board. She was unopposed in the election.
Dr. Ungersma, a retired Naval officer and orthopedic surgeon, won re-election as the Zone 1 director. He was named state Healthcare District Trustee of the Year by the Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) in 2015.
U.S. EPA SET TO HELP BISHOP
According to a press release from the EPA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that 25 communities across the nation will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. In California, the City of Bishop will receive assistance for identifying strategies and tools to attract redevelopment to the town’s center.
EPA will assist the city in identifying specific opportunities to update its municipal code to allow for increased residential densities and mixed use development to revitalize Bishop’s downtown. The EPA will also help explore incentives for property owners to invest in improvements, encouraging redevelopment of vacant and underutilized parcels, promoting infill, and optimize parking requirements. To support the implementation of these strategies, the City of Bishop will receive the Agency’s technical assistance, engage with the community members, meet housing needs for different ages and incomes, and fund efficient public infrastructure and operations.
Since 2011, the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program has provided assistance to 130 communities in 41 states. As a result of this assistance, community groups, local governments, and tribal governments across the nation have increased their capacity to successfully implement smart growth and sustainable approaches that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs, expand economic opportunity, prepare for the effects of climate change, and improve overall quality of life.
Charlotte Walecke was born October
28th 1918 in northern Ontario Canada in the area of Monteith Iroquois Falls to Parents Dominic & Alice McAndrew who’s occupation was running the Family Farm which consisted of mostly sheep and other domestics wool was shipped out by train and spare time was knitting plus other the other working of farm life.
Her pre deceased immediate family were her SisterEthal Renwick, brother Robert McAndrew, Sister Easter Johnson, Brother’s Patrick McAndrew, Rollande McAndrew, Charlie McAndrew. Charlotte Married her loving Husband Joesph Walecke Valentines Day 1941
In Monteith Ontario Canada eventually they set up home in Northbay Ontario started there family with Daughter’s Brenda Fischer(Jim) Diane Bailey(Mike) & Gary Walecke
They eventual moved to California around 1962 Having Joesphs oldest Brother Herman Walecki residing in California’s southern climate in the LosAngeles area, moving to Orange California were Her Husband spent his working years with St Joesph Hospital previous working in Canada were mining and building sewer plants etc for the company Smith & Nelson. Charlotte’ workings consisted of Service work, seamstress, helping community, and later working in the Elderly care facilities. She has Grand Children Chris Bailey
& Michael Walecke. Retirement years were spent Snow birding from there home at the shore of Lake Nippissing. In NorthBay and other travels, eventually moving to the Bishop Area to be closer to Family in there older years, her husband past away in 2003 Charlotte spent her last two years with her Son at his home in Lee Vining CA pasted away peacefully in sleep on the evening of Dec 5, 2016 at home as she wished under her Sons care. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop, Tuesday, December 13, 2016.
HSMS NOVEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
According to Brenda Kiddoo, Home Street Middle School is proud to announce their November Students of the Month. Selections are based on academic success or improvement, community service, effort, positive attitude, or excellent citizenship. The following students will be presented with a certificate to be displayed on the Wall of Fame.
Students of the Month
- Juliana Garcia
- Jordan Pritchard
- Shania Womack
- Zoey Dailey
- Izayah Fimbres
- Annabelle Hollon
- Jenna Kiddoo
- Jacee Carpenter
- Cian Smith
- Fatima Becerra
- Andy Jimenez
- Cinthia Laguna
- Beatriz Garibay-Solorio
- Gisell Mora
- Nelson Chavez
Congratulations Home Street Middle Schools Students of the Month!
65th ANNUAL INYO COUNTY SPEECH CONTEST
By Seth Conners
The 65th Annual Inyo County Speech Contest took place last night. Sponsored by Coldwell Banker, in conjunction with Inyo County Superintendent of Schools, the contest saw kids from all over Inyo County tackle the tough subject of “What problem do you most desire to fix in the world and how can you use lessons and examples from a historical hero of change to guide you in solving this problem”? The goal of the contest was to cultivate effective public speaking skills, create confidence and an earned sense of achievement, and leadership. The students were actually finalists from speech contest preliminaries held at each school in the county where one or two top performers were chosen to compete in last nights contest. A panel of three judges were chosen to critique the speakers and judge them on the basis of content, effectiveness, delivery, poise, presentation, and audience appeal. The winners are:
- 1st place: Samantha Burns from Seventh Day Adventist School
- 2nd place: Isabel Rodriguez from Seventh Day Adventist School
- 3rd place: Jacob Gilbert from Round Valley School
- Runner-up: Brooke Winzenread from Homestreet Middle School
An awards ceremony was help after the contest to hand out prizes that included trophies and monetary scholarships. Congratulations to Samantha Burns, the 2016-2017 Inyo Speech Champion.
TESTING CONTINUES FOR CARTAGO’S DRINKING WATER
By Seth Conners
Residents of Cartago will continue to enjoy clean drinking water. At a recent Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting, Bob Harrington told the board that he had attended a meeting hosted by the planning department, and Supervisor Matt Kingsley in Olancha. According to Harrington, at the meeting, preliminary results were given from a Lahonton Quality Control Board investigation into an unpermitted arsenic disposal pond at the Crystal Geyser Roxannes Water Bottling Plant. To fill Lohontans investigative requirements, Crystal Geyser was to hire a consultant to study, among other things, the areas ground water flow, to determine if there was any danger or arsenic contaminants entering the residents of Cartago’s water well systems. Roxannes Crystal Geyser hired the globally known Geo Synthetic Consultants to preform the tests. The test ultimately revealed the areas groundwater to be flowing upward which meant arsenic is staying at the surface instead of working it’s way into the aquifier. Also, concentrations of arsenic levels were found to be highly variable and were found to be highly variable and were highest by dry lake which according to Harrington, were typically over 10,000 parts per billion which is extremely high compared to the microscopic 0-10 parts per billion which is acceptable for drinking water. According to Harrington, more tests need to be done but initial test conclusions revealed the arsenic would move literally and not towards any domestic wells in Cartago.
EFFORT TO SAVE ROVANA VILLAGE FROM POSSIBLE CLOSURE
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors will consider tomorrow, throwing its support behind an effort to save Rovana village from possible closure, which could result in the eviction of 86 households.
According to the planning department, the owner of the village, John Hooper, was told by State Water Resources Control Board Staff that the wastewater treatment plant serving the housing development needed to be a Grade III or higher – a directive that the owner says will cost him an estimated $200,000 a year. He says the added cost would have to be passed on to renters in the form of a $200 a month increase, which he believes the current tenants of his 86 units cannot afford. Hooper also says it is unlikely he will be able to find new tenants to replace the ones who have to move out, and would have no other option but to shut down the village.
Planning Department staff estimates losing Rovana Village would eliminate about 5% of Inyo County’s total rental housing – what they called, ” a significant depletion,” in rental housing available at a moderate price.
Hooper has petitioned the State Water Resources Control Board to allow staff to consider amending regulations so he can continue using a less costly wastewater treatment plant operator. Both he and First District Supervisor Dan Totheroh are asking for the Board of Supervisors’ support of the petition, which may include asking for help from Assemblyman Devin Mathis and State Senator Tom Berryhill.
Planning staff cautioned that whatever the Board does decide, time is of the essence – since Hooper must have all documentation into the state by january 2nd.
REMINDER FROM MONO COUNTY ANIMAL CONTROL
The Mono County Animal Control Department would like to remind the community that all animals not wearing a current dog license will be impounded at the applicable animal shelter. Animals running loose in a “Leash Law” area will also be impounded regardless as to whether they are wearing a current license or not.
Cats are not applicable for licensing but may be impounded if they are trapped due to nuisance issues. To see if your missing dog or cat is at the local shelter, please call (760) 932-5582 ASAP.
If your companion pet is missing and is not at the animal shelter, they will fill out a missing pet report, which goes on file until the animal is found. Please call the shelter as soon as your pet comes home.
If you have found an animal please call any of the shelters so Animal Control can file a report, they will pick up the animal if requested.
For missing/found animals it is also suggested that you contact your local newspaper or radio station – KIBS/KBOV Radio’s Kennel Corner can help you with that.
You may wish to contact shelters outside Mono County to inquire about missing or found animals.
ICSOS’ ONE MILLION ACTS OF KINDNESS PROGRAM
By Seth Conners
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lisa Fontana has introduced the ICSOS’ One Million Acts of Kindness Program. She said that the idea is to recognize acts of kindness seen all over the county. There were three motivating factors for the program she said:
- She has met the kindest people since moving here in July.
- A high school student said she has experience hate at her school.
- A plea from the State level to promote harmony, because schools are seeing an uptick in bullying of minorities since the presidential election.
Fontana said residents are encouraged to record acts of kindness by visiting www.inyokindness.us and clicking a button. The goal is to shine a spotlight on local students, staff, community members, and partner organizations who display simple acts of kindness everyday. It is also their desire to encourage even more kindness and civility as they strive to log One Million Acts of Kindness by the end of this school year.