Archive - Jan 2014
Gregory Joseph Turner
Longtime Bishop resident Gregory Joseph Turner passed away from cancer at the Veterans Medical Center in Reno on Nov. 26, 2013 at the age of 64.
Bishop native Sky Mote, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines, was posthumously awarded one of the Marine Corps highest honor, the Navy Cross, last week for his heroic actions and sacrifice in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Marine Corps, Mote, 27, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded during an âinsider attackâ . Despite his wounds, he âexposed himself to more gunfire in an attempt to draw attention away from his fellow Marines and distract the shooter.â
A recent Earth to Sky Calculus research balloon flight provided panoramic visuals of the effects of the drought plaguing the Sierraâs natural environment and local communities.
On Jan. 8, Bishop Union High School student members of the Earth to Sky science club launched a balloon into the stratosphere âto investigate a solar radiation storm.Â At the apex of the flight we took some beautiful pictures of the Sierra, which look remarkably brown for this time in year because of the severe drought,â club advisor Dr. Tony Phillips said.
City Council, the City of Bishop and Administrative Office of the Courts staff are making some headway on plans for a new Inyo County Court Building to be located near City Hall.
With a potential site selected and several preliminary studies begun, construction of the proposed building could begin during the first quarter of 2017, said AOC Office of Court Construction and Management staff at their first-ever presentation to City Council on Jan. 13.
Bishopâs elected officials are considering leaving primetime.
The City Council has proposed changing its meeting times from the evening to the afternoons as part of yet another cost-saving measure.
âItâs just one of many things we are discussing, looking at ways to save money,â said Councilman David Stottlemyre, who floated the idea at the councilâs Dec. 11 budget workshop.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of drought emergency for California Friday, asking residents to cut their water use by at least 20 percent.
Locally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Inyo and Mono are among dozens of California and Nevada counties that have been designated primary natural disaster areas due to drought.
Farmers and ranchers in the affected counties qualify for natural disaster assistance as of Jan. 15.
Mule Days has some surprises in store for attendees this year, as it continues an effort begun in 2013 to return to its Western heritage.
With a nod to its roots, the Bishop Mule Days Celebration has tapped award-winning cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey to headline the 2014 concert, with nationally-known cowboy poet Baxter Black serving as the opening act.
Wild Iris Family Counseling and Crisis Center has moved to a new and improved Main Street location, where it will continue to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Wild Iris is now offering its clients more room and greater confidentiality at 148-150 N. Main St., just northeast of West Line Street.
âAfter 30-plus years, we have gone from a private home, one rotary phone and one client to an office on Main Street, a 24-hour hotlineâ and a client base numbering in the hundreds, Executive Director Lisa Reel said.
Winter has been a blast for Home Street. A lot of preparation for spring and upcoming events are taking place right as you read this.
Coming soon is our first-ever Drama Club production, âThe Monsters are Due on Maple Street,â from the âTwilight Zone.â This performance will be held in the Multi-purpose Room at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets for the show will be sold at the door for a cost of $2 per person.
Gail Eileen Salley
Gail Salley, age 71, passed away Dec. 2, 2013 at Reno.
She was born in Los Angeles and has resided the last 15 years in Bishop.
Gail is survived by her husband of 54 years, Ron; son, Scott Salley; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and David Chavez; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Gail will be truly missed.