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February 25th, 2013

Inyo’s courthouse project facing another delay

February 25, 2013

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.

Local interpreter to lead state association

February 25, 2013

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.

LP School District needs money for repairs, upgrades

February 25, 2013

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.

February 22nd

Was fee collected for rural fire suppression misused?

February 22, 2013

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 Attorney’s Association.
Much of that money has also been used to purchase equipment for CalFire, including radio scanners and digital cameras.

Hospice merging with Pioneer Home Health

February 22, 2013

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 Pioneer’s 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.

County extends contract for office building for sixth time

February 22, 2013

Plans for Inyo County’s new consolidated office building in Bishop are taking a little longer to draft than anticipated, but local leaders are determined to see what the building could look like.
County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said another extension of an exclusive negotiation contract with Joseph Enterprises, LLC became necessary due to a busy schedule for county staff.

New leader at helm of Home Show

February 22, 2013

This year’s new spring Home Show planners are in the process of applying a fresh coat of paint to the event by combining a new focus with its traditional format.
There are all sorts of changes in the offing, Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association President Dan Stone said: Tri-County Fair planned the first 17 Home Shows – now it’s OVCVA’s baby. The show’s new name is Home, Garden and Recreation Show. And, the event is striving to be a bit more family-friendly, he said.

Kenneth Snell

February 22, 2013

Kenneth Snell

Kenneth Snell, 72, of Big Pine, Calif. passed away at St. Jude in Fullerton on Feb. 10, 2013.
Kenneth served nine years in the Navy.
He married Helen Gail Mitts on Feb. 16, 1964 in Sundance, Wyo.
He is survived by his wife of Big Pine; daughter, Rebecca Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two grandcsons, Kyle and Cole Tietel of Fullerton, Calif.; two brothers, Sam and Paul Snell; and nieces and nephews.
There will be no services. Burial will be at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.

Lois Van Skike

February 22, 2013

Lois Van Skike

Lois Van Skike passed away on Feb. 12, 2013.
She lived in Shelton, Wash. with her daughter, Kathryn and her husband, William.
Lois was preceded in death by her husband Charles N. Van Skike.
She is survived by three children, Julius Van Skike and Karyl (Whitney) Van Skike, in Ritzville, Wash., Toby Van Skike and Suzanne (Cushing) Van Skike in Benson, Ariz. and Kathryn (Van Skike) Sundquist and William Sundquist in Shelton. Lois also had nine grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

La Rae Lyman

February 22, 2013

La Rae Lyman

La Rae Lyman passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. La Rae was born in Utah and lived in Idaho until she settled in Bishop in 1957. She lived, worked and played here, fully experiencing life. She enjoyed her family, many friends and coworkers from her various jobs at The Copper Kettle, Southern California Edison and Dr. William Talbott, D.D.S.

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