April 3rd, 2012
Getting a driverâs license may be longed-for rite of passage for many teenagers, but for 16-year-old Wesley Blum, it is ânot a priority.â
Blum has set his sights high, planning to earn his international pilotâs license by passing the Federal Aviation Administrationâs written, practical and oral tests in 2013.
Blum has come a long way since his first flight with family friend George Batchelder four years ago. While the young man isnât exactly sure when he caught the flying bug, Blum recalled that he âwatched (the movie) âTop Gunâ every single day as a kid.â
The scarred landscape was the first to recover after the Center Fire blew through Big Pine just over a year ago.
Mert Stewartâs pasture, blackened from fence line to fence line, sprouted green shoots within weeks. The skeletal trees above grazing land south of Baker Creek Road are shrouded in a pale green haze after lying dormant for the past year. Nature has a way of healing itself and so, to an extent, do the people who spent the night of March 18, 2011 wondering what they would come back to the next morning.
Lone Pine is inviting the community to save the date of April 14 for the communityâs first annual Alabama Hills Day, hosted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group.
The Stewardship Group has planned a full day worth of tours in the Hills, lectures on local history at the Lone Pine Museum of Film History and information sharing between different user groups who love the Hills.
Alabama Hills Day will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday afternoon was not a bright spot for Lone Pine Golden Eaglesâ fans.
The Boron Lady Bobcats leveled the Lady Eagles softball team 3-14. The baseball match-up wasnât much better with a 9-15 loss for Lone Pine.
The combination of strong Boron teams and errors from Lone Pine was fatal.
âOur offense was good,â said baseball coach Chris Riesen, âwe just have to work on our pitching and defense. Weâre a competitive team but not an overpowering team. We canât make mistakes. We had too many walks and too many errors.â
Despite strong winds and tough terrain, the Bishop Broncos golf team came away from Desert Highâs home course with a win.
Brendon Shibley medaled with a 79, followed by Raimundo Huarte in second with an 82.
Bishopâs team score, 423, was 95 strokes below second-place Kern Valley and 101 strokes below host Desert.
âConditions were windy,â said coach Shirley Ono, âwith tough pin placements and sloping greens. Short or spinning approach shots onto the many elevated greens were unforgiving and punitive.
âThe Broncos played well and displayed smart shot-making given the conditions.â
The Bishop JV softball team took on the Lee Vining varsity Lady Tigers last Thursday in a lop-sided 0-10 loss.
âWe had to adjust our defense and offense due to injuries and illnesses,â said coach Patty Cummings. The timing couldnât have been worse as Lee Vining always fields strong teams.
âTailer Marks did a great job at shortstop as did Tiarney Andreas at catcher and Tamia Shoshone on the mound,â Cummings said.
Shoshone struck out six, had two walks; the Broncos defense committed four errors.
Hunter Safety Course
A hunter safety course will be co-hosted by Bill Eddy, local game warden Shane Dishion and the City of Bishop.
The class will be offered April 16-19 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Home Street Middle School.
For more information, or to register, call (760) 873-6973.
Blind Bogey/Trout Derby Fundraiser for Ryker
Saturday, April 14 is the day for the Ryker Carr Blind Bogey/Trout Derby Dinner and Raffle to be held at the Bishop Elks Lodge.
The derby runs from sun-up until dinner at 6:30 p.m. with the weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m.
Calvin Eugene ‘Gene’ Shields
Calvin Eugene “Gene” Shields went to be with our Lord and Savior on March 11, 2012. He was 68 years old. He was a resident of Bishop for more than 40 years and passed away in Carson City, Nev. following a short illness. Gene was a long time member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bishop and was a faithful member of the congregation. Gene had a successful janitorial business which he ran for 25 years.
Katherine Ellen Caplinger
Katherine Ellen Caplinger, 79, resident of Silver Springs, Nev. for one year, born in Syracuse, N.Y. on Aug. 10, 1932, passed away on March 25, 2012 at her daughter’s residence in Bishop.
A former Bishop resident and former longtime resident of Topaz Ranch Estates, Katherine was a loving wife and mother. She told her children she lived a long, full life.
Commercial stock packers have found themselves, again, between a rock and hard place.
In response to a lawsuit filed by the High Sierra Hikers Association, the federal court has curtailed permits for commercial stock operators in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and that ruling may extend to all commercial uses of designated Wilderness areas within the Park.
âThe economic impact would be devastating,â said Craig London of Mt. Whitney Pack Trains and Rock Creek Pack Station. âIf packers are shut out of the Park for a year or two, we canât recover. This is a business, not a hobby.â