July 2nd, 2014
This yearâs Independence Fourth of July grand marshals are John K. and Tansy Smith, long-time Independence community members.
Tansy moved to Independence with her mother and stepfather in the 1930s. She and John met in college. The two married during World War II, while John was in the Navy on the East Coast. They returned together, as soon as they could, to the Owens Valley, where they operated the Independence Dairy and ranched.
Merwyn âJimâ Paul Merrick Jr.
Merwyn âJimâ Paul Merrick Jr. passed away Thursday, June 12 in his home of 58 years. It was just eight days after his 89th birthday.
He was an only child born June 4, 1925 in Los Angeles, at the Good Samaritan Hospital to Merywn Sr. and Margaret âFernâ Merrick.
Edwin âRockyâ Curtis Rockwell Jr.
Born Sept. 19, 1920 to Edwin âNedâ Curtis Rockwell and Jessie Guild Rockwell at the New York City Hospital. He lived there until the age of 2. The family then moved to Brandon, Vt. where Rocky would learn the joy of hiking, photography, and being a prankster. He spent countless hours in the woods hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter. He would always have a camera or two with him. After graduating from Brandon High School, he attended Kimball Union Academy for a year and then entered the University of Maine to study Forestry.
June A. Sauser
June A. Sauser passed away June 22, 2014 in Mammoth Lakes of natural causes. She was born July 24, 1920 in Burlington, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy; and brother, Leonard.
Joan Evans passed away on May 30, 2014, two months shy of her 80th birthday. The Lord took her home two weeks after a heart attack and bypass surgery. She spent her last moments at her daughterâs house in Reno, surrounded by her family and friends.
Joan was born on July 25, 1934 to Joseph and Pauline Mack and was married to Bill Evans for 60 years. Bill and Joan have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and were long-time residents of Bishop.
From Bishop to the county seat, residents and visitors will come together this Friday for community celebrations in honor of Independence Day.
In Independence, the Civic Club, Lions Club and other groups are teaming to host another of their famous day-long July 4 festivals.
Big Pineâs Volunteer Fire Department will once again host a variety of festivities that include exercise and lots of food. Farther north, the City of Bishop is also encouraging outdoor activities via its Big Day in the Park.
Following are details about each communitiesâ planned celebrations.
Looks like the Inyo County Free Library and Eastern California Museum might be allowed to continue operating with their two, respective managers in place.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled today to consider approval of a budget plan for the library that will create a library/museum assistant position and allow for staff flexibility between the two departments.
Read the full story in the Tuesday, July 1, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.
About 70 interested members of the public attended the Forest Plan workshop, including three Inyo County Supervisors, held from 5-8 p.m. June 19 at Cerro Coso Community College in Bishop. The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on the Inyo Forestâs âUpdated Need to Changeâ document.
Bishopâs City Council recently acknowledged Joe Polliniâs decades of contribution to the community by awarding him the cityâs Quarterly Citizenâs Award at the June 23 City Council meeting.
âHe has a passion, an amazing commitment to sharing this area, not just with outsiders, but also with people who live here,â Councilmember Laura Smith said of Pollini. âHe loves to see other people experience the grandeur and beauty here, all the Sierra has to offer.â
Read the full story in teh Tuesday, July 1, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.
Kayla Inderbieten, an incoming senior at Bishop Union High School, and Torrie Johnston, a recent BUHS graduate, have done themselves and the Eastern Sierra proud.
But outcompeting several hundred other rodeo contestants across the state for a chance at National High School Rodeo Association Finals was only the first hurdle to realizing their rodeo dreams.
Raising the funds to get to the big show in Wyoming is the second. As word of their need spreads through the community, donations are coming in from groups such as the Lions Club, Sunrise Rotary and Altrusa.