Archive - 2013
Itâs hard to match the physical scale and impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, but walking 100 mules along the length of the aqueduct, from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles, might match the aqueduct for sheer audacity and could top the 100-year-old structure when it comes to creating a landscape-scale artwork.
The mule caravan will also likely be the most visible, unique and, in some situations, unavoidable event marking the 100-year anniversary of the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, which started bringing water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 1913.
Bishop Mayor Laura Smith showered the Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles with several well-received, meaningful gifts during her recent goodwill visit that she says yielded promised talks about local land releases.
At the June 28 City and County Liaison Committee meeting, city council members hit upon the idea of a mayor-to-mayor visit âto introduce ourselves to the new mayor of Los Angeles, (Eric Garcetti), congratulate him on his election and possibly breach the topic of (Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) land releases in our area,â Smith said.
Inyo County has lost not only its Citizen of the Year, but also a beloved community leader, philanthropist and friend to virtually anyone in need.
Those are the words being used to describe Lone Pineâs âRattlesnakeâ Dave Haas, who died early Tuesday morning with friends and family by his side. He was 78.
Haas will be remembered for his many philanthropic endeavors, not the least of which is the refurbishing of âThe Buildingâ to serve as a community center in Lone Pine, or his many hours at the grill or skillet as he cooked up fundraiser breakfasts and dinners.
TUESDAY, JULY 30 âââ Inyo County sheriffâs officials said an Orange County family is lucky to be alive after a single-engine airplane carrying them home from Mammoth Lakes had to make an emergency landing in a field south of Lone Pine.
According to Sheriffâs Public Information Officer Carma Roper, pilot Sohail Simjee and three passengers, all of Orange County, flew out of the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday in a small Bonanza aircraft.
TUESDAY, JULY 30 âââ A 21-year-old Los Angeles resident started his Monday morning by allegedly brandishing a weapon at a jogger and ended it in Inyo County Jail, held without bail on multiple charges.
Tommy Courtney is being charged with armed robbery, brandishing a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, evading and parole violation.
According to a press release from the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, Courtney was driving a red Mini Cooper about 6:30 a.m. when he passed a
THURSDAY, AUG. 1 ââ Great Basin Air Pollution Control District issued a Stage 1 health advisory this morning for northern Inyo County â the first time itâs had to do so since the Aspen Fire broke out in Sierra National Forest July 22.
Smoke from the fire, which grew another 2,000 acres overnight, has been plaguing Mammoth, Crowley Lake and Bishop for the past nine days â obscuring views and contributing to elevated air pollution levels.
Margaret âPeggyâ Steffen
Margaret âPeggyâ Steffen, age 91, resident of Bishop for 12 years, born in Long Beach, on May 11, 1922, passed away July 21, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
She is survived by her son, Patrick Hannah; and daughter-in-law Jhom.
An open house/memorial gathering of family and friends will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Peggyâs home.
Mary Ellen Mayfield
Mary Ellen Mayfield passed away July 3, 2013 at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. Mary Ellen was born in Bartlett on May 10, 1938. She was a graduate of Lone Pine High School.
Mary Ellen worked at the Bank of America Lone Pine branch for 11 years before going to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she retired with 28 years of service. After her retirement, she and Jim moved to Ridgecrest.
He had one of the most recognizable voices in the Eastern Sierra â a voice he used for more than two decades to greet listeners each morning with their favorite songs, humorous anecdotes, congratulations on milestones and achievements, event announcements and summaries of the important news of the day.
Chances are better than good that if you lived, worked or grew up in the Owens Valley during the 1980s or â90s, at some point â if not on a regular basis â you started your day with John Young.
Sow it, grow it and show it at this yearâs Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 1.
The Tri-County Fair Board and staff at the fairgrounds have released the 2013 Exhibitorâs Guidebook, available at the Fair office and online at www.tricountyfair.com, and have announced the flavors for this yearâs contests and the line-up of entertainers for the annual Labor Day weekend event.