January 28th, 2014
Lois Anna Broady
Born April 14, 1915 in Long Beach, Lois Anna (Smith) Broady died Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 98 and had lived in Big Pine for 87 years.
Her father, Frank W. âSkeetâ Smith, brought his family to Big Pine in 1926, where they happily fell into the country life of the Owens Valley. His wife, Lois Wells Smith, nurtured Lois and her sisters Eleanor and Dorothy into homemaking, gardening, art, music, community service and other talents like fishing, at which Lois excelled nearly her entire life.
Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes
Dr. Suzanne A. M. Stokes, beloved mother, grandmother of three, great-grandmother of seven, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014 from injuries suffered in a car accident.
Born Sept. 18, 1953 in Melrose, Mass., eight-year Bishop resident Stephen Johnson passed way at home with his family by his side on Jan. 20, 2014.
Tiana Leigh Hooper
Tiana Leigh Hooper was born on July 31,1987 in Bishop. She passed away Jan. 16, 2014 in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
A perfect storm of circumstances led to the unexpected closure of the Whiskey Creek restaurants in Mammoth and Bishop this past Friday, but the reaction from shocked community members just may have saved the Bishop eatery.
Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander said Monday that an outpouring of support from local residents on Friday and over the weekend reinforced a passion to overcome the challenges heâs facing and re-open the Bishop mainstay.
Amidst one of the worst droughts in Californiaâs recorded history, state officials have issued a burn suspension in Inyo and Mono counties due to âextremeâ potential for wildfires.
Firefighters across the state are preparing for what may turn out to be one of the earliest and hardest fire seasons in recent memory by fully manning fire stations and educating the public on the hazards wildfires could pose.
A recent effort to put a Transient Occupancy Tax increase ballot measure before voters in June was abandoned due to non-support by several county supervisory boards. The increase was intended to benefit fire protection district services countywide.
Inyo County fire chiefs for the Southern Inyo, Lone Pine, Independence, Olancha, Big Pine and Bishop fire districts met on Jan. 23 to decide whether to place one-percent county TOT increase measure on the June 2014 primary supervisory election ballot, Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine said.
Local Bishop High School students took top honors at a free flight competition for model airplanes held in Eloy, Ariz. two weekends ago.
A newcomer to the event, sophomore Garrett Tremayne placed first; junior Logan Tetrick, third. The wins placed both boys in the top three in the United States. Both qualified for the World Championships Model Airplane held in Solanta, Romania this July where they will compete with entries from 16 countries. The international event is held every two years.
The Whiskey Creek restaurants in Bishop (above) and Mammoth closed Friday, possibly for good. The Bishop restaurant had a sign on the door apologizing for any inconvenience caused by the âtemporaryâ closure. Whiskey Creek owner Greg Alexander, who could not be reached for comment, told another local media outlet this week that the closures are the result of lease issues paired with slow business due to three consecutive dry winters. An employee at the Bishop restaurant said staff was âlet goâ Friday morning. Whiskey Creek is the second local longtime eatery to shutter its doors this winter.
Federal prosecutors announced earlier this week that the first of several subjects arrested in association with a large-scale marijuana grow northwest of Lone Pine last year has pleaded guilty.
On Tuesday, Javier Rios Morales, 25, of Jalisco, Mexico, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 3,405 marijuana plants and 350 pounds of processed marijuana seized from a grow site in the Inyo National Forest, announced United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner.