CITY SUBMITS LETTER TO LADWP
By Seth Conners
City Leaders met Monday night in Bishop. At the meeting, the City Council approved sending a letter to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commissioners, outlining some needs and concerns regarding lease agreements in the Owens Valley, and specifically, the town of Bishop. For the last twelve months, the City of Bishop has acted as an informal Liaison between DWP and local lease holders, concerning the lack of lease transfer-ability and a desire from locals to purchase properties owned but not being used by DWP and Los Angeles. It’s felt by many in the community that longstanding agreement practices between LADWP and locals in Bishop have worked well in the past, but are now being tossed aside because they’re considered to be at odds with competitive bidding requirements in the Los Angeles City Charter. The letter addresses and outlines several key issues deemed crucial by locals to help develop more comprehensive land use policies that support the people of the Owens Valley and the economy of Inyo County moving forward. To view a draft of the letter, click on the link below.
New Years day service will be closed except in Mammoth Lakes.
By Seth Conners
According to Jill Batchelder at ESTA, Eastern Sierra Transit will be offering “Night Rider” service in Bishop on New Years weekend, Friday and Saturday nights. Night Rider service will be in operation until 2 am for a fare of $4.20 within the Bishop area. Call 760 872 1901 extension 22 to schedule a ride.
On Sunday all services will be closed except for those within the town of mammoth lakes. And on Monday January 2nd Eastern sierra transit will be operating on a reduced schedule with the following routes in operation:
395 route North to Reno and South to Lancaster
Lone Pine to Bishop 6:15 am and 5:00 pm
Bishop to Lone Pine 1:15 pm and 6:30 pm
Bishop to Mammoth 6:50 am and 6:10 pm
Mammoth to Bishop 7:50 am and 7:00 pm
And Bishop Dial a Ride will offer limited service 8 am and 5:30 pm with priority given to Seniors and Disabled Persons. All services in the town of Mammoth lakes will be in operation on Monday January 2nd.
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COATS FOR KIDS DRIVE – BISHOP KMART!
Join our very own Claiborne at Bishop Kmart this Saturday from 10:00 – 12 noon! KIBS and KBOV Radio and the Bishop Kmart are once again teaming up with the Salvation Army for the 13th Annual “Coats for Kids” donation drive! Please donate both new or gently used coats for kids of all ages at the Bishop Kmart. With each donation, enter free drawings, no purchase necessary. Other coat drop offs include the Suddenlink office, Bishop Nursery, and Carl’s Jr. in Lone Pine and Mammoth Lakes. No child should suffer from the cold…please donate to the 13th annual KIBS-KBOV Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” drive today!
Silver Lake Boat Launch Closure for Construction
The Inyo National Forest, under a grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways, will begin the re-construction of the Silver Lake Boat Launch.
Crews will demolish existing concrete left over from the old dock and replace it for a new low free board boarding float, which will be installed in the spring of 2017.
This area will re-open for recreationists after the work this fall is completed.
BISHOP RESIDENT CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE ACCOUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY
Yesterday morning law enforcement officers with the Bishop Police Department, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office, and District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant at the office of Karl Chang – Massage Therapy and Acupuncture – on High School St. in Bishop.
The investigation and search warrant was in response to allegations by more than one patient of inappropriate conduct during scheduled therapy sessions. Mr. Chang was subsequently arrested and booked into the Inyo County Jail charged with multiple counts of sexual battery (243.4 PC). The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about these allegations or this investigation is encouraged to contact the Bishop Police Department in person or by telephoning (760) 873-5866.
ESTA ROUTE EXPANSION & FARE REDUCTION
Eastern Sierra Transit is making travel between Lone Pine and Bishop a little easier. According to Transit Analyst Jill Batchelder, starting Monday, October 31st, there will be an additional run on the Lone Pine Express route to accommodate those who wish to spend a half a day in Bishop. Three days per week, (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) the bus will depart Lone Pine McDonalds at 11:45 a.m. with stops in Independence at 12:00 p.m., Big Pine at 12:35 p.m. and arriving in Bishop at 12:55 p.m.
There are now four departure times from McDonalds in Lone pine north to Bishop:
Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:45 a.m.
There will be three departure times from Vons/Kmart in Bishop south to Lone Pine:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Commuting with EST is very economical with 50% off the 10 punch pass. The 10 punch passes have one rate for all passengers including adults, senior, youth, and disabled. The new pass price will go into effect October 31st, through June 30th, 2017.
Smoke continues to come across the Sierra Crest into Lone Pine. It’s due to the Jacobson fire which was discovered on Thursday, October, 20th at 5 p.m. As of last night, the Jacobson fire located in Sequoia National Forrest, in the Golden Trout wilderness, had burned nearly 1300 acres and is still at 0% containment.
Fire managers continue to evaluate the best fire suppression management tactics while ensuring firefighter and public safety. Crews plan to use Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST), using old burn areas, rock outcroppings, existing trails, and open areas of sparse fuels to confine and contain the Jacobson Fire.
To protect Forest visitors, The Sequoia National Forest has issued a Closure Order for trails in the immediate area of the Jacobson Fire.
- Trails south of Wet Meadows and Coyote Pass
- The Summit Trail (31E14) is closed from Summit trailhead to Sheep Mtn.
- The area north of the Wilderness boundary is closed between the Summit trailhead and just west of Trout Meadows.
- The trail that leads west of Trout Meadow to Coyote Lake is also closed
Backpackers who plan to obtain a wilderness permit for an overnight stay in the Golden Trout Wilderness north of Summit Trailhead should contact the Western Divide Ranger District 559-539-2607 (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) for assistance.
MMSA CORNICE CAFE FIRE INCIDENT
According to Thom Heller, the Fire Marshall/Division Chief for Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, shortly after midnight on October 13th, the Mammoth Lakes Police Departments, and Mono County Paramedics were dispatched to an alarm of water flowing from the automatic fire suppression system on the 3rd floor of the Main Lodge at Mammoth Mountain Ski Lodge. Shortly before arriving, Mono County Dispatch relayed a message from MMSA Security that there was a moderate amount of smoke in the Cornice Cafe and that the fire sprinkler system had been activated.
When crews arrived, the smoke layer was three feet down from the ceiling and there was water spraying from a single sprinkler head in the vicinity of several display cases, Further investigation revealed that a fire from an electrical component within a display case had developed sufficient heat to activate the fire sprinkler head and the fire was contained to the display case. There was minimal damage to the wall behind the case and to the electrical outlet that served the display case. Repairs will be made and the lodge will be open for the start of the ski season without delay. Luckily, there were no injuries due to this incident.
For more information, please contact the Mammoth Lakes Fire Department at 760-934-2300.
TIOGA PASS CLOSED DUE TO FALLING BOULDERS
Tioga Pass will remain closed for awhile. Approximately 5 miles east of the Highway 395 Junction, State Route 120 has been closed due to large truck sized boulders that broke off the mountain due to heavy rain fall this past weekend. CalTrans is working diligently to get the road reopened. Also, due to snowfall over the weekend, State Route 120 is closed at the Yosemite State Park entrance. No time table had been set for the reopening of the park entrance.