Archive - Jun 2011
Neel Thornton Bell, Jr.
A graveside service will be held at the Independence Cemetery by Winnedumah Masonic Lodge No. 287 at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.
Born July 20, 1945 in Inglewood, Calif. to Neel and Enid Bell of Inglewood, Calif. Neel passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, Calif. from complications of colon cancer. He also suffered from multiple sclerosis.
County leaders decided how they would spend more than $2 million in state road funding last week.
Inyo is eligible for $2,188,192 in Prop 1B road funds for the 2009-10 funding cycle, but, in order to receive those funds, the county is required to develop a project list and include those projects in a budget that has been adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
In accordance with Prop 1B funding, the county will be reimbursed for the road work once it is completed.
Mondayâ€™s Bishop City Council meeting was an eclectic mix of air tanks, Farmerâ€™s Market bureaucracy, the skate community, parking on Short Street and the Beatles.
Newly-sworn Eagle Scout Giacomo Timbrello was recognized by the council with a commendation for his accomplishments. Timbrello in turn wanted to thank the council with a rendition of â€śBlackbirdâ€ť by the Beatles. His solo guitar strumming and vocals brought smiles to many, if not all, in the audience. He was there with his family, including his little sister, Anastasia. â€śSheâ€™s radical,â€ť Timbrello told the council.
The greenery of spring and summer has popped up among the acres blackened and scorched by the Center Fire in Big Pine, March 18. However, that does not mean things are going back to normal for the small community or the 20 families that lost their homes to a blaze that, fueled by strong winds, seemed to cut through the community like a laser beam.
â€śThe relief efforts are on-going,â€ť said the Reverend Dr. Karen Moore of the Big Pine Methodist Church on June 6. Moore was accepting donations from the Bishop Youth Football League and Bishop Waste Disposal.
Robert H. Goodell
Bob Goodell passed away May 30, 2011 at 68 years of age. Born in San Mateo, Bob grew up in Anaheim. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton and later moved to June Lake where he owned and operated Resort Refuse Waste Disposal from 1980 to 1994.
Upon retirement Bob moved to Bishop to concentrate on perfecting his golf swing. He had a great love of animals – especially his kitties.
Dorothy DeLand, 92, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, Calif. after a brief illness. She had been a resident of Bishop for more than a decade.
Stephen Douglas Jorgensen, Jr.
Stephen Douglas Jorgensen, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He had a big impact on many lives. He will be missed dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at Millpond July 9, 2011. All friends are welcome to attend. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a dish.
The after-effects of the multi-vehicle crash that killed four and injured 15 on Aug. 11, 2010 are still being felt. But now, much deserved honors are being bestowed upon an Inyo County sheriffâ€™s deputy for what many are calling courageous and heroic actions.
Shane Scott, recently promoted to investigator, was reportedly the first responder on the scene of the accident, and with little regard for his own safety, entered a burning vehicle to save the life of a 22-year-old college student, Drew Constantine Delis.
Originally planned to help a church in the Sendai Prefecture, a small group of local students and chaperones is in Japan helping to clean up after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Nine residents are part of the local Calvary Baptist Church group that had planned, as early as November, to go to Japan. Following the natural disaster of March 11, those plans have had to be altered slightly. Steve Stutler, leader of the group, said travel and other restrictions have been lifted only in the past few weeks and the group is still excited to go.
With summer here, Big Pine School is hoping to harness the sun to power the campus.
Last year, voters approved two bond measures that the school will be using to construct a solar array in the school parking lot.
According to Superintendent Pamela Jones, the project is expected to produce 200 kilowatts of energy per day and will cover approximately 80 percent of the schoolâ€™s energy use.
In addition to the savings on energy costs, the school will also be eligible for rebates through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jones said the rebates could total $500,000.