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January 12th

Joseph Mikalowsky

January 12, 2012

Joseph Mikalowsky
1938-2011

Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and died in Lone Pine, California at age 73.
Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in May 1957, served proudly for 28 years including tours in Vietnam and Korea and then retired to Lone Pine.
During his 26 years in Lone Pine, Joe served as the VFW Post Commander, manager of the Mt. Whitney Golf Club and helped Ernie Laskey at Ernie’s Tin Roof by Diaz Lake.
Joe was well known and liked by many, he will be greatly missed.

Kermit Douglas Greer

January 12, 2012

Kermit Douglas Greer
1955-2012

Kermit Douglas Greer, born Jan. 3, 1955 in Orange County, Calif. at St. Joseph’s Hospital, passed away Jan. 9, 2012.
Kermit had a true passion for life and conversation. He loved being involved in the Native American culture. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and all the neighbor kids. He had a passion for hiking, biking, golfing, camping and especially learning.

Roy Wayne Brown

January 12, 2012

Roy Wayne Brown
1929-2012

Roy Brown of Bakersfield passed away in Bakersfield Memorial Hospital from pneumonia after surgery on a broken leg.
Roy was born Dec. 22, 1929 to Sanford Jonah and Hazel Brown in Texola, Okla. The family moved to California when Roy was 7 years old and settled in Delano where he went to school and graduated from Delano High School in 1947.

January 10th

Pauline L. Hair

January 10, 2012

Pauline L. Hair
1923-2012

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 at Brune Mortuary Chapel in Bishop for 24-year Big Pine resident Pauline L. Hair. Rev. Kathleen Puntar of First United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be at the East Line Street Cemetery.
Born Nov. 8, 1923 in Teague, Texas, Pauline passed away Jan. 4, 2012 at her residence after an extended illness. She was 88.

LADWP sues Mammoth over disputed water rights

January 10, 2012

Years of meetings and discussion could not bring a solution to water rights issues between the Mammoth Community Water District and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Now the matter is going to the courts as DWP is pursuing legal action to protect its water rights.
Cooperative efforts between the two agencies have been in the works for more than six years. The issue is over the water needed by the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the City of Los Angeles for future growth. According to LADWP, it has water rights that the district is “infringing” upon.

Bishop courthouse gets green light from state

January 10, 2012

State court officials recently completed a recommendation on how to proceed with court construction and maintenance projects in the midst of a struggling economy.
The Judicial Council endorsed several cost-cutting measures for court construction while green-lighting much-needed improvements in the judicial branch’s statewide infrastructure in December.
The council approved recommendations from the Court Facilities Working Group to cancel two construction projects in small counties and to seek cost-savings on others.

Mule Days volunteers are in short supply

January 10, 2012

The calendar says January, but for some local folks it is perpetually Memorial Day weekend and Mule Days. Those folks at the Mule Days office are looking for a few good men or women to volunteer with arena events for this year’s 42nd annual mule festival.
The Mule Days Committee and office have put the word out that volunteers are in short supply this year and extra hands are welcome. Kim Craft, executive director of Mule Days, said the local Saddle Club are unable to volunteer this year and so a gap of about 30 volunteers needs to be filled.

January 9th

Teen sex scandal shakes Mammoth community

January 9, 2012

Two Mammoth men, one of them a member of the Mammoth Unified School District school board, were arrested Wednesday in connection with their alleged sexual involvement with a 14-year-old Santa Barbara girl.
Dr. Andrew C. Bourne, 46, a recent chief of staff at Mammoth Hospital and head of vascular surgery, and Joseph T. Walker, 48, are being held on $1 million bail each.

State program to reduce local inmate fire crews

January 9, 2012

By order of the U.S. Supreme Court, California must reduce its prison population starting this year. A solution by Governor Jerry Brown and state Legislators will be to send low-level, non-violent felony convicts to county jail rather than state prison.
Dubbed “inmate realignment,” the program will also reduce the population at fire camps and crews like the Owens Valley Conservation Camp. The reduction statewide could be as many as 1,500 fewer inmates annually, down from 4,300.
Bart Chambers, Battalion Chief at the Owens Valley camp was unavailable for comments at press time.

Thousands of fish dead at Fish Springs

January 9, 2012

A pump malfunction at Fish Springs Hatchery between Big Pine and Independence is being blamed for the death of approximately 40,000 trout.
According to Department of Fish and Game Public Information Officer Andrew Hughan, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power had shut off a pump that supplies the hatchery with water Wednesday morning. For some reason, the back-up pump for the facility was unable to supply enough water to one of the large holding ponds to keep the water circulating, which resulted in the death of the fish.

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