March 1st, 2013
Wilford Thomas âBuddyâ Summers
Wilford Thomas âBuddyâ Summers was born Dec. 7, 1932 in Round Valley on the Arcularius Ranch and passed away quietly at his home in Bishop on Feb. 25, 2013 with his loved ones by his side. He was 80 years old. Buddy was a lifetime resident of the Owenâs Valley. He was the youngest of five children born to Marjorie and Tom Summers.
Betty Jean Bush
Betty has gone to her final home with the Lord. She was born in Shinnston, W.V. Aug. 7, 1950 to David and Amy Bush. She attended college before going into the Army in 1970 where she was a Podiatry Tech at William Beaumont and Walter Reed Hospitals.
After the military, she moved to Oxnard in 1978. She got into the Civil Service at Port Hueneme Naval Base as a financial analyst and retired in 2003.
Construction crews continue to be a regular fixture at Cottonwood Plaza in Bishop and local officials say the project is moving along at its own pace.
While no updates on the high-profile property or plans involving possible tenants have been forthcoming from the owners in months, Bishop Public Works Director Dave Grah said improvements have been ongoing at the site at the corner of North Main and Yaney streets.
A Bishop resident was arrested in Riverside early Tuesday morning in connection with what officials are calling a strange string of crimes.
Shannon Lynn Jones, 25, was arrested by the Riverside Police Department at about 2 a.m. on charges of attempted murder, home invasion robbery, burglary, animal cruelty and vehicle theft.
More than 300 local and state firefighters responded to a wind-driven blaze east of Lone Pine Sunday morning.
The River Fire, which remains under investigation, burned a narrow strip of about 250 acres near the Lower Owens River between Narrow Gauge Road to the north and State Route 136 to the east.
According to CalFire Information Officer Bill Peters, the blaze was about 40 percent contained Monday morning, with full control predicted for this evening.
Eleven California counties, including Inyo, could see delays in courthouse construction projects unless the state legislature sees fit to restore funding to the judicial branch.
The Judicial Council of California is meeting today to discuss future budgets and how state proposals may impact planned court facility projects.
According to one local bilingual healthcare professional, simple translation and healthcare interpreting are two vastly different skills that can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Northern Inyo Hospital Language Services Manager Jose Garcia knows that difference and was recently honored for it, NIH Director of Community Development, Marketing and Grant Writing Angie Aukee said.
With facilities ranging in age from 60 to 97 years old, Lone Pine Unified School District faces issues not uncommon to home owners with old houses and dated infrastructure.
Pipes burst and heating systems took a dive during a cold snap in mid-January at Lo-Inyo Elementary School and parts for a cracked boiler radiator had to be custom fabricated and are still in transit.
Less than a year after implementing an unpopular fee for rural fire suppression, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials are taking heat for misusing those funds.
CalFire is being accused of using the fees to prosecute arson suspects and seek restitution. More than $3.6 million in wildfire settlement money has been placed in an account kept by the California District Attorneyâs Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.
Two major local home healthcare providers have merged in the hopes of benefitting the community and streamlining operations.
Pioneer Home Health Care, Inc. and Hospice of The Owens Valley have joined forces under Pioneerâs roof and under its operational umbrella effective this month. The merger, according to both administrators, is expected to enhance both entities in a variety of ways.