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May 20th

Gil Brownshields

May 20, 2014

Gil Brownshields
1951-2014

Born May 25, 1951 in Montana, 24-year Big Pine resident Gil Brownshields passed away April 26, 2014 in Bishop. He was 62.
Gil is survived by Nodugwa and children and grandchildren, Alex, Hateya, Jordan and Jess Ray.
Gil’s family would like to thank the Pentecostal Light House Church and Pastor Linda Spratt for all their support, as well as Jan Barron and all the donations that made this possible, including donations from family.

May 19th

Flashy Piner wins the Derby

May 19, 2014

Steve Coburn moved with his family to Big Pine in the 1960s around the age of 7. He still has family here, his sister Wahnema Coburn, and roots in the little community, people who still remember him. But as of May 3, he and his horse, California Chrome, have become the buzz of the town.

District 1 election drawing close

May 19, 2014

In two weeks, residents of the First District of Inyo County will head to the polls to select a new supervisor for the first time in 24 years.
With six-time incumbent Linda Arcularius deciding not to run for re-election, three newcomers threw their hats in the ring for the open seat – one of five on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and one of two seats up for election in the June 3 Primary.
Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci ended up running for a second term unopposed.

Try Mule Days for inexpensive family fun

May 19, 2014

Everyone in Inyo County is aware that Bishop is celebrating Mule Days this week with traditional rodeo events, food and lots of family fun. What many residents may not know, however, is that many Mule Days activities are free and open to all.
Mule Days officially kicks off today with morning and afternoon shows in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena, shops and vendors selling wares at the fairgrounds and demonstrations from veteran cowboys and cowgirls.

School band wins championship

May 19, 2014

Home Street Middle School’s music students earned a huge victory May 2 in Placentia and Anaheim, earning top honors in a competition against 40 other schools from across the U.S.
The school’s jazz band and the concert band each won the title of Best Overall Junior High/Middle School band at the May 2 Music in the Parks competition in Placentia. Awards ceremonies were held at Disneyland.
Home street students competed in the single A category, which includes schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. However, there were a number of Double A schools competing.

May 16th

School board agrees on value of Career Choices

May 16, 2014

The Bishop Unified School District’s trustees were unanimous in their support of Career Choices as a requirement for incoming freshman, but split on the future of geography as a required course.
The trustees voted 3-2 on the motion made by Trina Orrill to replace geography with Career Choices but keep geography in the curriculum as a one-semester elective.
The decision was made at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting after a debate that picked up where it left off at the special meeting held Monday.

Sidewalks coming to outlying areas of Inyo

May 16, 2014

Inyo County and Caltrans are partnering to apply for state funds to improve pedestrian safety and promote foot travel in three local communities.
Local leaders hope to harness more than $4.5 million in state Active Transportation Program grants to build sidewalks adjacent to U.S. Highway 395 in Lone Pine and Bishop, and to build a bike lane in Big Pine.

City makes move for transparency, greater efficiency

May 16, 2014

Granicus, the computer program city officials mentioned earlier this year during deliberations about whether to move nighttime council meetings to the afternoon, will soon be up and running on the City of Bishop website.
After at least seven months of discussions and even demonstrations and training sessions from Granicus representatives, the council unanimously approved spending $16,198 in start-up costs and $10,188 a year over at least the next three years to add the web-based program to city operations. The program will be launched in late August or early September.

May 15th

Carol ‘Jeannie’ Rurup

May 15, 2014

Carol ‘Jeannie’ Rurup
1936-2014

Memorial services will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 for 41-year Bishop resident Carol “Jeannie” Rurup with Rev. Samuel Gullixson officiating.
Born in Seward, Neb. on Oct. 14, 1936, Jeannie passed away peacefully on April 27, 2014 in Bishop – the town she dearly loved – at age 77.

May 14th

County Oks new shelter plans

May 14, 2014

Inyo County has taken one more step towards the construction of a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
On Tuesday, the board approved plans and specifications and declared that the project will not have a significant impact on the environment before authorizing Public Works Director Clint Quilter to seek bids for the construction project.
The proposed animal shelter will be located just west of the existing shelter, a converted dairy barn that was built in the 1920s, on County Road in Big Pine.

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