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Archive - Apr 2011


April 11th

BHS track quickens the pace

April 11, 2011

Track is a sport of personal bests and incremental improvement, with success measured in fractions of a second.
Despite Bishop’s loss to Rosamond, April 1, both the boys and girls teams have shown that incremental improvement in the three weeks since the season opener at California City.
The Broncos boys team had their share of event winners.
Tim McMullen took first in hurdles in 18.48 seconds. The team of McMullen, Ryan Davis, Trevor Beck and Tim Pejsa won the 4x100 relay.

April 7th

Financial aid sought for terminal cancer patient

April 7, 2011

Local cancer patient Sandra “Sandee” Dohnel Moore never needed help before, her friends explained, and it was even harder for her to ask for it. So her friends are doing it for her.
Moore has terminal breast cancer and her doctors have told her she only has a short time to live. To make matters worse, her friends said, Moore is having trouble paying the bills, let alone setting anything aside – as grim as it sounds – for inevitable funeral costs she doesn’t want to burden loved ones with.

County fireworks ban shot down

April 7, 2011

Inyo leaders rejected a suggestion Tuesday to implement heightened regulations on fireworks in the county.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney brought a request to the board in hopes of banning the use of fireworks in areas of the county that do not have fire protection districts. The use of fireworks within fire protection districts would have been allowed at the discretion of local fire chiefs.

Feds step in with disaster loans for BP

April 7, 2011

The financial cavalry has arrived for victims of the Center Fire.
Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration set up shop in Big Pine at noon on Tuesday to assist community members in applying for federal disaster relief loans.

April 5th

Verdict reached in murder case

April 5, 2011

A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young man’s future will be decided for his alleged role in the death of a relative.
After a month-long trial, Bishop resident Edward Keller, Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Inyo County jury on Friday.
Keller was charged with killing his 29-year-old cousin, James Eugene Williams, at a party on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Attorney Thomas Hardy acted as Keller’s public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Retired county clerk honored with lasting gift

April 5, 2011

Mary Roper may have retired from public service in January, but her presence will be felt in the county seat for decades to come, thanks to the planting of a tree in her honor last week.
Former colleagues and friends gathered on the lawn of the historic Inyo County Courthouse Friday to plant a young Colorado Spruce in recognition of the retired county clerk-recorder’s many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.

Investigators working to ID remains found in Death Valley

April 5, 2011

County officials are working to positively identify three different sets of human remains found in remote areas of southeast Inyo County over the past five months.
Assistant Coroner Jeff Mullenhour has been collaborating with local and out-of-the area forensics experts to match DNA and dental records of the remains to missing persons reports.
Mullenhour is investigating a set of bones located in the Anvil Springs Canyon area, believed to belong to one of four missing German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley in 1996.

Herbert London

April 5, 2011

Herbert London

Alta L. Gillespie

April 5, 2011

Alta L. Gillespie

A celebration of life will be held at a later date for 36-year Bishop resident Alta L. Gillespie. Burial will be at the West Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.
Born Sept. 26, 1919 in Crested Butte, Colo., Alta died March 31, 2011. She was 91.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1996.
She is survived by her nieces, Roberta English, Lynette Belding and Frances Cummings.

Margaret Border Gibford

April 5, 2011

Margaret Border Gibford

No funeral services are scheduled at this time for Margaret Border Gibford.
Born Sept. 23, 1914 in Bozeman, Mont. to Frank and Anna Rentchler, Margaret, the youngest of seven children, died March 30, 2011 in Bishop.
Margaret grew up in Bozeman and graduated from Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with a degree in nursing in 1935.
She nursed in Montana and California since before World War II and ended her career retiring from the Inyo County Sanatorium in 1978.

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