Archive - Feb 2014
Russell H. Forsyth
Russell H. Forsyth, age 101, a resident of Big Pine for 35 years, born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1912, passed away Feb. 7, 2014 in Bishop.
Russell worked for the same company for 47 years, retired and moved to Big Pine with his wife Norma. They traveled 125,000 miles through 49 of the 50 states stopping to play his favorite sports: golfing and fishing. He loved life, his family and fishing Big Pine Creek.
With a vote pending to set in motion a change of its meeting times from evening to afternoon, the Bishop City Council on Monday instead abandoned the proposal at the behest of concerned constituents.
A second reading of an ordinance and subsequent adoption of that ordinance would have made the councilâ€™s proposal official, and effective in 30 days. For the foreseeable future, the City Council will continue to meet at 7 p.m., allowing for the largest segment of the local population to continue to be able to attend council meetings outside of working hours.
Big Pine High School senior Robert Hamilton took first place in last weekâ€™s 2014 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Finals and is expected to represent the county in the Sacramento state finals poetry battle this spring.
This year, the Big Pine Civic Club hopes to attract new blood, engaging more townsfolk in their own community, with a new theme â€“ â€śThe Civic Club is the heartbeat of Big Pine.â€ť
So said Club President Sandy Lund, who along with Vice PresidentÂ Howard Walker, Secretary Uncle Bud Jasper, Treasurer Cindy Schlick, Corresponding Secretary Rick Fields and Historian Valerie Hart encourage all the townsfolk to attend monthly club meetings. Citizens can make a difference in the character of the town by getting actively involved, Lund explained.
ICARE of the Eastern Sierra is postponing its annual dinner fundraiser this spring to focus its attention and resources on the task at hand â€“ raising the final $100,000 needed to begin work on a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
ICARE President Ted Schade said the annual dinner is a popular fundraiser and is one of the biggest single dinners in the Eastern Sierra each year. But it also takes an â€śenormousâ€ť amount of effort on the part of a small group of volunteers who are currently busy with the â€śRaise the Roof â€“ A Cause for Pawsâ€ť shelter fundraiser.
PRESS RELEASE â€“ On Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, work was stopped in a Dust Control Area of the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project.Â This work was stopped by Kathy Bancroft,Â the Tribal Monitor on site and Tribal Historic Preservation officer representing the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation.Â
Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.
Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.
The Lone Pine High School FFA farm will have its 10 acres of grazing land, just not on the FFA farm. Discussion on the issue took more than an hour at Fridayâ€™s Standing Committee meeting in Independence and ended with ag instructor Brenda Lacey accepting a proposal by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, a proposal she called ludicrous. It may have been ludicrous, but at least it ended what amounted to a stand-off between Los Angeles and Inyo County committee members.
As of yesterday, local political hopefuls can now take steps to become official candidates in the upcoming June Primary.
Monday, Feb. 10 marked the start of the formal nomination period required of residents before their names can make it to the ballot. By this stage, most hopefuls have already filed what are known as Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees, a water-testing phase and the first step in becoming a certified candidate.
The Bridgeport California Highway Patrol Office and Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Department were kept busy with traffic incidents this past weekend.
Just past midnight on Saturday morning, Mono County sheriffâ€™s officers alerted CHP to a solo, non-injury vehicle accident near Walker/Coleville with the driver possibly under the influence of alcohol.