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March 6th, 2013

James Lee Ditty

March 6, 2013

James Lee Ditty
1935-2013

A memorial mass is scheduled for James Lee Ditty at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with an interment at East Line Street Cemetery followed by a potluck at his home at 2300 Loch Lomond. Bring your favorite dish and share a story about our wonderful father.

Mario G. Barsi

March 6, 2013

Mario G. Barsi
1930-2013

Mario G. Barsi, a resident of Chalfant Valley for the past three-and-a-half years, born Dec. 4, 1930 in San Francisco, passed away March 1, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital with his daughter Gina and her husband Steve by his side.
Mario was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jan Barsi.
Mario and Jan owned the Lee Vining Market for many years. They resided in Lee Vining for 35 years.

Residents can help shape new Forest Plan

March 6, 2013

Residents are urged to take part in a series of meetings scheduled to begin Monday in Bishop to share with Inyo National Forest officials their vision for local public lands.
At the meetings, the Forest Service will be looking at resource trends on the INF in preparation for its Forest Plan Revision, a multi-year process that could change how officials manage the INF.

Author to tell his tale

March 6, 2013

An acclaimed cross-cultural writer will visit the Owens Valley as the fundamental event in this year’s Inyo County Community Reads agenda.
“Into the Beautiful North” author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak about his novel, his craft and his life journey – from “growing up on dirt streets in Tijuana to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist, beloved storyteller” and literature professor at numerous universities, said Trinity Ray, president of the Tuesday Agency, Urrea’s lecture agent.

PD asks citizens to report identity theft

March 6, 2013

By simply reporting identity theft when it happens, local residents have an opportunity to help reveal a pattern that could help investigators solve identity theft crimes.
Several Bishop residents have apparently been struck by identity thieves in the last week who were able to use either their debit or credit card numbers on purchases made out of the area.
But because these thefts and fraud attempts have not been reported to the Bishop Police Department, authorities are unable to establish a link between the victims that could help in tracking down the perpetrators.

Help is out there for Child Support issues

March 6, 2013

An upcoming workshop could help local residents who owe child support payments to the state find ways to help themselves, their families and the taxpaying public.
The workshop will focus on the state’s Compromise of Arrears Program, designed for eligible parents whose children were on public assistance and who cannot afford to pay their past due child support repayments to the state. COAP will help them pay in full or in part what they owe to the state – some of the amount due could even be forgiven.

March 4th

Albert Joe Balen

March 4, 2013

Albert Joe Balen
1938-2013

Albert Joe Balen, 74, of Yorba Linda, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Diane Balen; children, Gregory Balen of Agoura Hill, Denise Freeze of Anaheim Hills and Timothy Balen of Moscow, Idaho; granddaughters, Laura and Erin Freeze and Natalie Balen; grandsons, John and Erik Balen; sister, Joanne Balen of Marietta, Ga.; as well as many friends considered family.

PD continues investigation into theft of welfare funds

March 4, 2013

Detectives with the Bishop Police Department continue looking into the alleged embezzlement of an undisclosed amount of money from the welfare division of Inyo County Health and Human Services.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that no arrests have been made in the case, and no new information is available.
The last update from the PD regarding its investigation into the theft came in late January, when the PD issued a search warrant for the home of Bishop resident Dondee Rossy, 46, an Inyo County HHS manager who was named as “a person of interest” in the case.

NIH eyeing Hospice building for clinic expansion

March 4, 2013

The recent, overall merger of Pioneer Home Health Care and Hospice of the Owens Valley has gone smoothly but there are still a few loose ends.
Right now, the biggest still-to-do on the list concerns an ongoing negotiation over the disposition of Hospice’s former home at 155 Pioneer Ln. in Bishop.
NIH, which owns the building and property, is eyeing the facility for a future Rural Health Clinic expansion. However, since Hospice raised all the money to pay for the building’s construction, the hospital district is trying to find a way to compensate Hospice.

Anticipation building for 46th Annual Blake Jones

March 4, 2013

A dearly-loved spring tradition will be drawing anglers to High Sierra waterways again this month for pre-season fishing, competitions and prizes.
The 46th Annual Blake Jones Trout Derby will be held at the Pleasant Valley Reservoir and nearby Owens River Saturday, March 16.
“Since the event lands the day before Saint Patrick’s Day this year, (we) hope to have “good luck putting on the biggest and best derby yet,” said Tawni Thomson, executive director of Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, which is hosting the derby.

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