Death Valley Hosted 820,000 Visitors in 2020 | Half of Usual Total Due to Stay at Home Order

DEATH VALLEY, CA – About 820,000 people visited Death Valley National Park in 2020. This was about half the number of people that visited the park the previous year. Breaking down the figures by season illustrates the impact of the coronavirus pandemic over time. Winter: The year started out strong. The park had its third-busiest […]

NIHD Rural Health Clinic Car Clinic team, Dr. Helvie recognized as COVID heroes

In a month known for strong hearts, Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s Medical Staff could not have made better selections for its COVID-19 Heroes honors. Recognized this month are the Rural Health Car Clinic team, who found themselves at the heart of the coronavirus battle; and, Dr. Charlotte Helvie, the lion-hearted pediatrician whose steadfast leadership united […]

Inyo County Covid-19 Community Testing Changes: Still Free!

INYO COUNTY, CA, February 26, 2021 – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) contract for free community COVID testing in Inyo County is transitioning to a new test provider as of February 28, 2021. Under the new contract, testing days and times in Bishop and Lone Pine will change. Please see the information below […]

Dennis Mattinson’s Weather Forecast for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

WEATHER FORECAST: The Owens Valley / The Town of Mammoth Lakes  FRI FEB 26 2021 4:02 AM PST  SYNOPSIS: High pressure over the EPAC gets nudged Westward by an approaching upper trough from the PACNW Saturday. It will drop South into S. Nevada / Utah Saturday before getting cut off over Arizona Sunday. What does that mean […]

Bishop Planning Commission Gets a Look at Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

The Bishop City Council’s four-year history with commercial cannabis operations may take a different turn in the near future. Wednesday evening, the city’s Planning Commission got its first look at a draft ordinance. While the Commission didn’t give the draft the go-ahead, it did ask for more information from staff and a second run at […]

Dennis Mattinson’s Weather Forecast for Thursday and Friday

WEATHER FORECAST: The Owens Valley / The Town of Mammoth Lakes  THU FEB 25 2021 4:09 AM PST  SYNOPSIS: Winds Advisory issued for the Owens Valley from 4 pm yesterday to 4 am today. Brief shortwave ridging then takes hold today, with warmer temperatures and reduced winds. Late tonight through Friday an inside slider drops SE from the N. Rockies […]

[Latest Update] Murder in Benton reported by Mono County Sheriff – Suspect Arrested

FEB. 25,2021 UPDATE #2: The victim has been identified as Elizabeth Ann Copeland, age 58, from Benton, Calif. FEB. 21, 2021 UPDATE: William Ralph Wilson, Jr., age 65, arrested for Murder in Benton, Calif.   [Original Post] On February 19, 2021, at 9:33 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Dispatch received a call regarding a […]

Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senate Democrats and Republicans Add $7.6 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Funding

Governor Gavin Newsom, State Senate Democrats and Republicans Add $7.6 Billion in Coronavirus Relief Funding to ‘Keep California Working’ Struggling small businesses and non-profits received a much-needed boost today from  a bi-partisan effort yesterday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday that will give at least $600 one-time payments […]

Mammoth Town Council Approves Community Rec Center

Mammoth Town Council approved the contract for the Community Recreation Center last week with a 3-2 vote, ending a seven year process to put a roof over an ice rink. The contract for just under $9 million goes to Hamel Construction. The Town will purchase the sprung structure and related equipment and costs for a […]

NIHD readies for new Electronic Health Record

Northern Inyo Healthcare District has teamed up with Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to transform its Electronic Health Record (EHR). NIHD will move to an updated electronic system that supports physicians, nurses, and clinicians to share data across the District’s multiple offices. Patients can expect a new patient portal this May. The […]