February 13th, 2013
There are changes coming to local schools that will include improvements to campus safety and an opportunity for young students to get acquainted with popular technology.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer addressed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, updating the county leaders on progress local schools are making on technology upgrades and safety issues, as well as ideas to improve programs and address funding issues that may impact local districts.
An ongoing, ânew Main Streetâ project has passed the environmental study stage which determined it will not have a negative impact on the downtown community.
At its meeting this past Monday, the Bishop City Council approved Public Works Department Director David Grahâs recommendation to adopt a Negative Declaration for the Warren Street Improvement Project. The Negative Declaration essentially and officially declared the project free of adverse environmental impacts.
Fay Lenbek Hirst
Fay Lenbek Hirst, the last of the Manzanar Lenbeks, passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes. She resided at the Silvergate Retirement Home in Fallbrook.
Close were her two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay Leahy, Bill Van Valkenburg and Charlene and Glenn Payne. Fay had three grandsons; two granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Fay was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
The century-long relationship between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley was described by one city official as a tempestuous, long-distance marriage that has had some problems, but still needs to be nurtured and can be improved.
The two regionsâ shared history and the need to work together to improve their relationship was a reoccurring theme outlined by upper-level officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during a program marking the Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake Centennial, 1913-2013, last Friday inside the Eastern California Museum in Independence.
This winter started off with a big, snowy bang and raised hopes that it would compensate for last yearâs drought conditions, but a dry January and a so-far dry February are tempering expectations for this winterâs snowpack.
The first snowpack survey of the Sierra was completed at the beginning of the month and it puts the Sierra at about 55 percent of normal for the whole winter, according to state data.
Detectives with the Bishop Police Department are continuing their investigation into the alleged embezzlement of funds from the Inyo County Health and Human Services Department welfare division.
Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter said there have been no new developments in the investigation, but ensured residents that the department is continuing to look into the case.
The PD, in cooperation with the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office served a search warrant for the home of Health and Human Services Supervisor Dondee Rossy, 46, of Bishop, in connection with the case Jan. 25.
Potential employees met dozens of employers and employment services professionals at a recent two-county job fair, where opportunities ranged from entry- to professional-level and local to global.
Many job openings were posted at Career Connections 2013 this past Thursday, but education and career track development was the main focus of the job fair. Two hundred-plus attendees and 27 employers and agencies mingled at the Cerro Coso Community College Bishop campus.
Sean Gary Morris
Sean Gary Morris, 42, passed away at his home in Apple Valley on Dec. 26, 2012 after a long illness. Sean lived in the Owens Valley from 1979â1987. He attended school in Independence and Bishop. He enjoyed exploring and fishing with his father and brother. He is survived by his loving father, Gary, stepmother, Christine, and, brother, Scott.
Muriel H. Heald
Muriel H. Heald of Big Pine passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. She was born April 19, 1924 in Dixon, S.D. to Joseph and Flora Hudson.
Muriel was a longtime resident of the Owens Valley and loved the outdoors. She also enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, knitting, crocheting, cooking and, above all, bingo.
She was a woman of faith and loved to spend time with her family. She touched the hearts of all those she came in contact with and her legacy will live on in the memories she created.
Daisy Mae Johnson
Daisy Mae Johnson was born May 31, 1921 in Gladstone, Ore. to Lillian Bertha (Moore) Aitken and George Mitchell Aitken. Daisy passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 in Reno, Nev. She was 91 years of age.
Private burial took place Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at the Cambria District Cemetery, Cambria, Calif. A celebration of Daisyâs life will be held at a date and place to be announced.