Archive - Mar 2014
County leaders on Tuesday agreed to postpone a March 18 vote on a General Plan amendment that many fear will open the flood gates to large-scale, industrial solar and wind renewable energy development.
Any decision by the Board of Supervisors on whether to approve the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment has been put on hold until April 1, in favor of a presentation on March 18 by the Planning Department.
Sunny with a high of 67 degrees â€“ thatâ€™s the weather forecast for this Saturdayâ€™s 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby held at Pleasant Valley Reservoir.
The elderly gentlemanâ€™s eyes sparkle a bit while a smile crosses his lips as he talks about moving carefully over the barbed wire fence under the cover of darkness, being careful not to drop his homemade fishing pole and tackle. He relates how he and other fisherman were sneaking out of the Manzanar War Relocation Center so they could breathe the fresh, free air of the towering Sierra Nevada mountains and enjoy the simple pleasures that come from fishing for trout in high country streams and lakes.Â
Six years ago, the sound of construction came to a stop in the city of Bishop. With the U.S. economy slipping into recession, general contractors found themselves sitting on their hands as money stopped circulating. â€śThere was not a lot of work and a lot of contractors were going out of business,â€ť said Dan Stone, a co-founder of the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
Michele Helen Smith
On Sunday, March 2, 2014 Michele (Grazide) Smith died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Michele was the family matriarch who was deeply loved by her doting children and grandchildren.
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Jana (Bartley) Barnes, a beloved mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter and friend.
Jana left us unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 23 as a result of a brain aneurysm. She is fondly remembered by her family and friends as a vivacious spirit who was well known for her zest for life, always infusing a sense of joy, humor and celebration wherever she went.
Jana spent the last several years of her life devoted to raising her children and caring for her mother with the same joyful energy she brought to all things in life.
Joanne Louise Barton
Joanne Louise Barton, 79 of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. passed away March 2, 2014 at her home in Lake Havasu City.
She was born on April 22, 1934 in Oakland to Francis (Frank) P. Butterworth and Olive L. Veale Butterworth.
Joanne grew up in Northern California where she enjoyed family vacations at the beach. She met her husband Floyd in South Lake Tahoe and they raised their family in beautiful Inyo County. Joanne worked for the Inyo County Recorderâ€™s Office for many years. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and traveling with her husband.
In a plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, resident Howard Walters pleaded guilty to one charge of misdemeanor vandalism and was ordered to pay $3,823 in restitution to the Bureau of Land Management after he damaged a cultural site in the Chalfant area.
Law enforcement rangers and archaeological staff from the BLM Bishop Field Office opened an investigation into the damage of a cultural resource site in the Chalfant Valley in January after rangers received a report of a man digging in the area.
The economic benefits for communities located near national parks and other recreation and scenic hot spots are significant â€“ as long as access to those areas is preserved.
A recent report released by the National Park Service concludes that, nationwide, the countryâ€™s parks have contributed more than $14.7 billion to gateway communities in 2012. A separate report suggests that 2013â€™s numbers will tell a different story due to the 16-day government shutdown in October.
Community members have invested more than just time and labor in planning this Saturdayâ€™s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night.
Numerous individuals, families and business owners have donated approximately $10,000 worth of products, services and other auction items in an effort to help United Methodist Church re-invest those donations back into the community.
Live and silent auctions will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Methodist Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Appetizers, dessert and beverages will be served at no charge.