Donald Ben Nikolaus
Bishop Union High School sophomore Sabrina Stone stands with her grandmothers last Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Bishop Tribal Chambers after being sworn in as the new Miss Bishop Paiute Tribe. She is wearing a crown beaded by Tammy Andrade. Stone was appointed to the post by the Tribal Council, which has been filling the position either by appointment or pageant since 1993. Stone will be the Tribeâ€™s representative at various local, state and national tribal and cultural events, and will be coordinating a community service project focusing on a reading program for tribal youth.
The local and even international climbing communities have joined the effort to bring attention to the recent thefts and vandalism of ancient, irreplaceable rock art, and hopefully bring those responsible to justice.
Bay Area resident and climbing enthusiast MaryKate Meyerhoffer created a Facebook page dedicated in part to raising money to supplement the reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for stealing and permanently damaging several Bishop-area petroglyphs.
Lone Pine resident â€śRattlesnakeâ€ť Dave Haas saw a need in the community and took it upon himself to meet that need by purchasing a long-vacant building and pouring his own resources into it to create a community center.
In what has been described as Haasâ€™ typical no-nonsense, philanthropic style, he purchased the old Schatâ€™s Bakkery building at the northwest corner of Main and Holt streets in Lone Pine this spring and has been working to renovate the building into a facility that can be used for a number of different events.
Community members in Lone Pine have rallied together to ensure that Santa Claus comes to town for the communityâ€™s annual Christmas Parade.
The Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, Healthy Communities of Southern Inyo and Caltrans District 9 are currently working to get all their ducks in a row to ensure the Lone Pine Christmas Parade comes to fruition, albeit a week later than originally scheduled, Saturday, Dec. 15, on Main Street.
An upcoming water and sewer rate study for the City of Bishop is expected to provide rate equity for residential and business customers and help establish rates for the next eight years.
About one month after raising rates on tenants at the city-owned Sunrise Mobile Home Park in Bishop, elected officials voted last week to lower rates for some residents in the park.
Last Monday, the Bishop City Council unanimously voted (with Councilmember Jeff Griffiths absent) to lower rent by $25, from $250 to $225 a month, for Sunrise residents who own their own mobile homes.
The first-ever Miss Teen and Miss City of Bishop were crowned Friday evening at the inaugural City of Bishop Beauty Pageant at Whiskey Creek. Of the two contestants for Miss City of Bishop, and four contestants for Miss Teen Bishop, Kristina Blum (far right) was crowned Miss City of Bishop and Indica Morganstein (third from left) was crowned Miss Teen Bishop. Both Blum and Morganstein will represent the city at a number of community and out-of-the-area events throughout the year, starting with the Bishop Christmas Parade this weekend.
The past few days have been painfully quiet in terms of Owens Valley high school sports.
The Bishop Broncosâ€™ match-up with the Mojave Mustangs, scheduled for this past Friday, was cancelled when high winds closed U.S. 395 to high-profile vehicles, which included the Mustangsâ€™ bus.
The balance of area athletes were on the road honing their skills in tournament play.
Bishopâ€™s basketball squads are on the road to Mineral County today. The end of this week, both varsity teams will be participating in tournament action.