Archive - Feb 22, 2013
Less than a year after implementing an unpopular fee for rural fire suppression, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials are taking heat for misusing those funds.
CalFire is being accused of using the fees to prosecute arson suspects and seek restitution. More than $3.6 million in wildfire settlement money has been placed in an account kept by the California District Attorneyâs Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.
Two major local home healthcare providers have merged in the hopes of benefitting the community and streamlining operations.
Pioneer Home Health Care, Inc. and Hospice of The Owens Valley have joined forces under Pioneerâs roof and under its operational umbrella effective this month. The merger, according to both administrators, is expected to enhance both entities in a variety of ways.
Plans for Inyo Countyâs new consolidated office building in Bishop are taking a little longer to draft than anticipated, but local leaders are determined to see what the building could look like.
County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said another extension of an exclusive negotiation contract with Joseph Enterprises, LLC became necessary due to a busy schedule for county staff.
This yearâs new spring Home Show planners are in the process of applying a fresh coat of paint to the event by combining a new focus with its traditional format.
There are all sorts of changes in the offing, Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association President Dan Stone said: Tri-County Fair planned the first 17 Home Shows â now itâs OVCVAâs baby. The showâs new name is Home, Garden and Recreation Show. And, the event is striving to be a bit more family-friendly, he said.
Kenneth Snell, 72, of Big Pine, Calif. passed away at St. Jude in Fullerton on Feb. 10, 2013.
Kenneth served nine years in the Navy.
He married Helen Gail Mitts on Feb. 16, 1964 in Sundance, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of Big Pine; daughter, Rebecca Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two grandcsons, Kyle and Cole Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two brothers, Sam and Paul Snell; and nieces and nephews.
There will be no services. Burial will be at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Lois Van Skike
Lois Van Skike passed away on Feb. 12, 2013.
She lived in Shelton, Wash. with her daughter, Kathryn and her husband, William.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Charles N. Van Skike.
She is survived by three children, Julius Van Skike and Karyl (Whitney) Van Skike, in Ritzville, Wash., Toby Van Skike and Suzanne (Cushing) Van Skike in Benson, Ariz. and Kathryn (Van Skike) Sundquist and William Sundquist in Shelton. Lois also had nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
La Rae Lyman
La Rae Lyman passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. La Rae was born in Utah and lived in Idaho until she settled in Bishop in 1957. She lived, worked and played here, fully experiencing life. She enjoyed her family, many friends and coworkers from her various jobs at The Copper Kettle, Southern California Edison and Dr. William Talbott, D.D.S.
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck, age 83, a 14-year Big Pine resident, was born in Elgin, Ill. on May 10, 1929 and passed away on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.
Geneâs life did not truly begin until 1945 when he first saw Dolores. It was not love at first sight like you would expect. When they first met they both were dating someone else. They actually went on a double date that had them sitting next to one another in a movie theater with their dates on opposite sides. Somehow that night Geneâs hand found itâs way in to Doloresâ and he never let it go.