March 4th, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Richard Orrill at the age of 89. Richard passed away Feb. 24, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.
Harold Carmical Jr.
Harold Carmical Jr., age 66, passed away Feb. 24, 2014. He was a native of Harlan, Ky. but lived in Rutherford County, Tenn. the last few years.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Carmical Sr. and Rosalie Carmical; and brother, Roger Carmical.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Carmical; daughter, Michelle (Bill) Cravens of Murfreesboro; brother, Damon Carmical of Corbin, Ky. and Robert Carmical of Virginia; sister, Kathy Dutta of Frankfort, Ky. and Jamie Carmical of Frankfort, Ky.; and grandson, Tyler Vandagriff Cravens.
With the Inyo County Board of Supervisors scheduled to make a final ruling on the controversial proposed Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment at its Tuesday, March 18 meeting, a number of community members and organizations are publicly opposing the amendment.
Recent storms that washed through the Owens Valley provided as much as a half inch to three-quarters of an inch of rain on the Owens Valley floor and 36-48 inches of snow in the Mammoth area.
That was enough moisture for state fire officials to lift a burn suspension that has been in place since the beginning of the year.
CalFire Public Information Officer Elizabeth Brown said Monday the burn suspension was lifted in both Inyo and San Bernardino counties as of 6 a.m. Monday morning. The burn suspension in Mono County was lifted in January.
From the perspective of the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the current drought has had little impact on visitation or local events and promotions.
At the Feb. 24 City Council meeting, Chamber Executive Director Tawni Thomson painted an optimistic picture of what the agency âhas been up to,â including local and Southern California events, a new hiking publication, an international TV spot and upcoming public mixers and meetings.
MARCH 1 âââ Like a lot of residents, Iâm perplexed by the actions of the Inyo County Planning Commission this week. More than that, Iâm outraged.
Iâve observed and reported on local government and its agents for the past 14 years. What Iâve witnessed, for the most part, is democracy in action: citizens providing guidance to their elected leaders or volunteers appointed to digest that input on the elected officialsâ behalf and pass it on in the form of a policy recommendation.
The public comments from some of the 70-plus residents present at Wednesdayâs Planning Commission meeting in Independence showed overwhelming disapproval of the draft General Plan amendment on renewable energy.
All but one of the 32 speakers offering public comments over three hours strongly opposed the Inyo County
Planning Departmentâs request for approval to send the draft Renewable Energy General Plan Amendment to the county Board of Supervisors for adoption.
Newly appointed Fairgrounds CEO Sally Symons, a longtime community volunteer, is preparing to begin work at the fairgrounds this Monday.
Symons is a Bishop native who has volunteered her time to do everything from serve on civic boards and committees, to mentor local youngsters interested in agriculture. Now, she said she is looking forward to earning a living doing the things she has always volunteered to do.
Tri-County Fair Board President Maria Kemp said the board felt Symonsâ local roots and passion for the community made her a perfect candidate for the position of Fairgrounds CEO.
Bishopâs First United Methodist Church is inviting residents to an evening of fun and fundraising in support of its numerous social services programs.
The churchâs Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 at the FUMC Community Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Proceeds from the evening â via a silent and live auction and any additional donations collected â will assist FUMC in its efforts to provide aid to vulnerable community members.
Marie Louise Taylor
Marie Louise (Swenson) Taylor passed in her sleep on Feb. 16, 2014 at her home in Round Valley.
Marie was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the United States with her adopted parents, Mary and Bruno Swenson, at the age of 4. They entered through Ellis Island, N.Y. and made their residence in the East Bay Area of California.
Marie began her education in the public schools of San Leandro, Calif. When she entered school she did not speak English.