Archive - 2011
Inyo County residents have an opportunity to get in the giving spirit next week by making a local youngsterâ€™s Christmas wish come true.
The 16th Annual Wish Tree program will kick off Wednesday when Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action sets up Wish Trees at The Inyo Register, Mountain Light Gallery, AltaOne and Studio 27 in Bishop; Hi-Country Market and Hardware in Big Pine; at Jennyâ€™s Cafe in Independence; and at El Dorado Savings and the Espresso Parlor in Lone Pine.
Myrtle Ileen Leimbach
Private funeral services will be held at a later date for 26-year Bishop resident Myrtle Ileen Leimbach.
Born Oct. 18, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio, Myrtle passed away Nov. 5, 2011 at her home in Bishop. She was 79.
Myrtle was born in Toledo during the Depression. Her family moved to California for work, settling in Chino, where she graduated high school.
Myrtle married and raised two children, later moving to the San Luis Obispo area with her husband, Wayne Yarolimek.
County leaders approved $100,000 worth of Community Project Sponsorship Grants to help promote tourism Tuesday.
According to County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant, there were 30 applications seeking funding for various community events submitted by local chambers of commerce and community groups.
Of the 30 applications, only 22 received funding.
Information gleaned from a retail analysis of Bishop businesses done earlier this year is still pertinent and valuable to local commerce, said members of both the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
The chamber and OVCVA will be holding a series of workshops in January and February 2012 to discuss the report completed by The Retail Coach and other ways to boost business in town. Questionnaires are being sent out in anticipation of the workshops, asking business owners and retailers what information they want to hear.
Tribal leaders and the Big Pine Tribal Development Corporation have plans to stimulate the local economy and create at least 40 new jobs.
Mark Tillemans, director of the Tribal Development Corp., said he is working with the tribe to construct a truck stop at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Butcher Lane in Big Pine.
The truck stop would feature a 2,500 square-foot casino, four commercial fueling islands, six passenger vehicle fueling islands, a 6,000 square-foot convenience store, a 1,750 square-foot dining area and a lounge, laundry facilities and showers for long-haul truckers.
Daniel F. Farris
Daniel F. Farris, age 77, resident of Bishop for 29 years, born in Tulare on March 22, 1934, passed away Nov. 6, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
Dan was a third generation Californian and mule packer of the Sierra Nevada Western Slope in the Sequoia Park area and packed and guided folks into the wilderness out of the Mammoth Lakes area since 1964.
Preceded in death by Patsy Ann Farris; brother, Phillip Austin; and stepson, Bobby Farris.
Dr. (Pastor) Timothy Daniel Treadwell
Dr. (Pastor) Timothy Daniel Treadwell was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1935. He went to be with his savior on Nov. 2, 2011.
Tomorrow evening two Owens Valley high school football squads will take one more step in the CIF playoffs.
The Bishop Broncos have been there before and as the number one seed in the Northeast Division are expected to go far in the bracket. They start that process against Viewport (7-3) at 6:30 p.m. in John Schwab Stadium.
The Bishop Broncos Junior Varsity football team scored their second consecutive High Desert League championship last Thursday against the Desert Scorpions in what spectators have described as â€śthe game of the century.â€ť
Both teams were undefeated in league, so the championship title hinged on the outcome. The Broncos staged a comeback in the fourth quarter but the victory came down to a blocked field goal attempt by the Scorpions.
Bishop went up 6-0 on a TD by Jose Jimenez in the first quarter but was behind 6-14 at the half.
The local branch of the Salvation Army is in the eye of the Thanksgiving tornado â€“ gathering donations, swirling turkeys, pies and stuffing into gift baskets and organizing the whirlwind of basket deliveries to families in need from Walker to Lone Pine and beyond next Monday.
And, in the midst of the Thanksgiving rush, the Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas holiday which will include distributing more food baskets along with clothes and gifts to needy families.