March 15th, 2013
After nearly two years of negotiations, county leaders have come to an accord with BrightSource Energy regarding financial compensation for impacts that will be created by a tax-exempt 250-megawatt solar facility BrightSource wants to build.
BrightSource proposes constructing the 5.1 square-mile solar plant in remote Southeast Inyo, just west of the Nevada border near Charleston View. Local leaders, including Inyo County Sheriff Bill Lutze, have said that impacts created by the project will increase costs to the county.
When faced with a choice between two entities vying for grant funding through the city to pay for community projects, Bishop leaders on Monday chose to back local seniors.
The City Council unanimously voted to apply for a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the Inyo-Mono Advocates For Community Action in its efforts to improve living conditions at the Valley Apartments on Clarke Street. The council said it was a âhard decisionâ to back IMACA over Mammoth Lakes Housing, which was requesting funds to continue its first-time homebuyers program.
The Pink Ladies are always busy anyway but right now they are in the midst of a flurry of activities aimed at bolstering their continued contributions to the local hospital.
The Northern Inyo Hospitalâs Auxiliaryâs affectionately nicknamed the Pink Ladies are beefing up their membership, spiffing up their gift shop inventory, amping up their fundraising â and, oh yes, planning the upcoming blood drive it helps organize for United Blood Services. All of this is, as always, in service of NIH and its patients.
Local immigrant youth are starting to take advantage of a fast-track immigration program that could successfully net them a work permit, driverâs licence and other documentation.
One local youth has taken advantage of a recent governmental immigration policy change to get legitimate U.S. residency and continue with his education here. Although he declined to give his name, he reports that his experience is âa positive thingâ though stressful, and that he is currently obtaining a driverâs licence and Social Security card.
William E. âBillâ Wright, Jr.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at St. Timothyâs Anglican Church in Bishop, for long-time Owens Valley resident William E. âBillâ Wright, Jr. Burial will be at East Line Street Cemetery, followed by a reception at St. Timothyâs Church.
Harry LeRoy Whitman
The Lord chose Sunday, March 3, 2013 to quietly and peacefully bring Harry home after a year-long battle with cancer. The Lord had placed Harry on this sod on Feb. 17, 1948 to spend some time raising a beautiful family and doing a few things that God had planned for his life, including two years of service to our country in the U.S. Army.
Darlis Shirley Nakken, age 77 and long time resident of Bishop, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the Renown Medical Center in Reno.
Shirley was born in Grass Valley on Aug. 25, 1935 to Floyd and Dorothy (Lutz) Dorrell and was the oldest of three children. A 59-year marriage began Jan. 17, 1954 when Shirley and John eloped to Reno. They moved to Bishop in 1965.
Shirley enjoyed gardening, was an avid bowler and served as secretary of the Wednesday night bowling league for more than three decades. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Lillian (Jo) Lavell
Lillian (Jo) Lavell, 72, of Gridley, Calif., passed away on March 11, 2013 in Chico. She was born April 6, 1940 in Loma Linda to Gene and Florence Stockman.
Itâs no secret that there will be a big party with nibbles, noshes and music at the grand opening of a local eatery this weekend.
The Secret Sandwich Society owners Kymberlee Nalumaluhia and her husband have joined forces with associates Kate Clarke and Sterling Schat to expand the business to include The Yard Sale CafĂ©, a new, sit-down, mid-day eatery in Bishop. Everyone is invited to join the grand opening from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday, March 16 at 124 S. Main St. behind Spellbinder Books.
Even local law enforcement were not immune to the recent rash of credit-card fraud that reportedly victimized hundreds of Bishop residents through sophisticated cybercrime techniques.
Police Chief Chris Carter said Monday that his bank account had also been illegally accessed by a thief or thieves who had remotely and electronically obtained his credit or debit card number.
According to the chief, he was among as many as 200 local residents whose card numbers had been illegally used.