Archive - 2011
Congress recently renewed a tax incentive for private landowners â€“ especially working family farmers and ranchers â€“ who protect their land with a voluntary conservation agreement.
The incentive, which had expired at the end of 2009, helped Eastern Sierra Land Trust work with willing landowners to preserve 635 acres of natural areas between 2006 and 2009.
Some light is being shed on the dark incidents of Christmas Day when two local women were shot to death while visiting in San Luis Obispo County.
Owens Valley residents and sisters Beverly Reilly and Kathy Yeager were murdered Dec. 25 while visiting relatives for the holidays at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch.
The Eastern Sierra unit of the Backcountry Horsemen of California will be holding its annual dinner and fundraiser with musical accompaniment by a band featuring Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter.
The horsemen (and women) are the folks on the mountain trails in early summer clearing away snow and debris, opening the way for every traveler. The unit donates more than $120,000 a year in trail support. The group also offers free equestrian first-aid and packing classes.
Barbara Helen Collins
No funeral services will be held for Barbara Helen Collins.
Born July 9, 1928, Barbara died Dec. 29, 2010 at her home in Fallon, Nev. after a brief illness.
Barbara graduated from Owens Valley High School in Independence where she met and married her husband Jack.
They lived and worked in Independence, Bishop and Big Pine.
High school rodeo brought Barbara and Jack many happy times as grandparents.
With hopes of generous donations from locals, donation boxes for â€śSocks and Slippers of Loveâ€ť will be set up at several locations in Bishop today.
Depending on how well the boxes are filled, many Bishop area senior citizens could be sporting new, warm and cozy footwear for Valentineâ€™s Day.
Sponsored by the Inyo County Superintendent of Schools and its Special Education Department, the fundraiser of sorts is asking for new footwear â€“ menâ€™s and womenâ€™s â€“ to brighten the spirits and warm the toes of seniors in the cityâ€™s care center facilities for the heart-shaped holiday in February.
It seems to be something that most people have forgotten.
In all the brouhaha over the airport lawsuit appeal, the Town of Mammoth wasnâ€™t the only town challenging the Bridgeport juryâ€™s finding that the Town is liable for $30 million in damages.
Far from it.
In fact, every city and county in the state of California sided with the Town, as â€śfriends of the courtâ€ť or â€śamici curiae.â€ť The appellate judgesâ€™ decision is rattling municipal nerves across the state.
Bishopâ€™s office of the California Highway Patrol has a new leader at the helm, one who hopes to carry the area office through tough financial times and bring a little stability to the local command.
The first designated sober living spaces on the Bishop Paiute Reservation are nearing completion.
Ground was broken in November 2008 on the Coyote Mountain Apartments. Since then, homegrown labor and local contractors have been the primary muscle at the site, and will see the project through to a projected completion date of March 1.
Robert Vance, director of the Bishop Paiute Community Development Department and lead planner for the project, said the estimated finish date for the six, two-story buildings is still on track â€śas long as the weather holds.â€ť
For the second year in a row, the Bishop VFW and Auxiliary Post will be sending a local student to Sacramento to participate in the Voice of Democracy, and for the second year in a row, a member of the Blum family will be making the trip.
The Voice of Democracy invites high school students statewide to write an essay and give a three- to five-minute audio presentation of the speech on a theme selected by the VFW. The winners from each VFW post go on to district judging, and the winner from that contest advances to the state level.
Billy Herman Lorimor
No funeral services have been announced for Billy Herman Lorimor.
Born April 6, 1936 in Collbran, Colo. to Paul and Myrtle Lorimor, Billy, a resident of Fort Collins, Colo., died Jan. 6, 2011. He was 74.
He was married to Joanne on Aug. 28, 1982 in Carson City, Nevada.