July 3rd, 2014
If youâre looking for an excellent hike to an isolated lake basin with grand scenery that offers one of the best chances for quiet seclusion in Bishop Creek Canyon, the hike to the Tyee Lakes is for you.
The trail begins less than two miles from South Lake on the west side of South Lake Road. Take Highway 168 west from downtown Bishop to South Lake Road and then look for the Tyee Lakes information board at the trailhead, where thereâs a bridge over the South Fork Bishop Creek.
County leaders agreed Tuesday to move forward with a reorganization of the Inyo County Library system and Museum Services Department, with the caveat that things can change if the new system doesnât work out.
The board voted unanimously to allow the Library to hire a new, part-time employee. The Eastern California Museumâs current part-time employee will now split time between the Museum and the Library (though, an exact schedule of when the employee will be working at each department has not been identified).
The Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office is preparing for an Oct. 6, 2014 trial in the case against Dawndee and Ken Rossy, the Bishop couple who stand accused of embezzling more than $1.5 million from Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Dawndee allegedly stole the funds over an eight-year period from HHSâ Public Assistance Program, where she worked until last year.
Last month, an Inyo County Superior Court judge denied a request from Dawndeeâs attorney to suppress statements she made to law enforcement during the investigation.
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.