November 21st, 2011
High winds and blowing dust are responsible for three different collisions on U.S. 395 Friday that prompted the closure of the highway for a short time.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, high winds blew a dust storm over U.S. 395 between Independence and Big Pine, creating unsafe driving conditions that led to the collisions.
The first collision occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when Michael Quinn, 68, was traveling northbound in a 1990 Dodge Ram.
With the Adventure Trails dual-use route system process moving along, county leaders met with Public Works staff to decide how it will handle its responsibilities in approving county roads in the system.
The Adventure Trails system aims to allow green-sticker off-highway vehicle users to travel up to 10 miles on county roads to access in-town amenities, such as food and fuel, and off-road destinations. To complete the system, the Board of Supervisors will be required to review and approve each selected route that will be on a county road.
Brent Kennedy likes to say there are a thousand ways to ruin a good cup of coffee.
He should know.
For the past 15 years, the Owens Valley native and Bishop High School graduate has been evolving from a self-described heavy-on-the-cream-and-sugar guy to one of the most respected roast masters in the country.
The Bishop City Council heard from an unexpected guest while discussing an agenda item on Monday, the annexation process of approximately 15 acres near Hanby Street to the city.
The parcel is owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and scheduled for eventual release under the Long-Term Water Agreement, but not âscheduled for releaseâ as written in the agenda item, said Inyo County Second District Supervisor Susan Cash.
Inyo County residents have an opportunity to get in the giving spirit next week by making a local youngsterâs Christmas wish come true.
The 16th Annual Wish Tree program will kick off Wednesday when Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action sets up Wish Trees at The Inyo Register, Mountain Light Gallery, AltaOne and Studio 27 in Bishop; Hi-Country Market and Hardware in Big Pine; at Jennyâs Cafe in Independence; and at El Dorado Savings and the Espresso Parlor in Lone Pine.
Myrtle Ileen Leimbach
Private funeral services will be held at a later date for 26-year Bishop resident Myrtle Ileen Leimbach.
Born Oct. 18, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio, Myrtle passed away Nov. 5, 2011 at her home in Bishop. She was 79.
Myrtle was born in Toledo during the Depression. Her family moved to California for work, settling in Chino, where she graduated high school.
Myrtle married and raised two children, later moving to the San Luis Obispo area with her husband, Wayne Yarolimek.
County leaders approved $100,000 worth of Community Project Sponsorship Grants to help promote tourism Tuesday.
According to County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant, there were 30 applications seeking funding for various community events submitted by local chambers of commerce and community groups.
Of the 30 applications, only 22 received funding.
Information gleaned from a retail analysis of Bishop businesses done earlier this year is still pertinent and valuable to local commerce, said members of both the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
The chamber and OVCVA will be holding a series of workshops in January and February 2012 to discuss the report completed by The Retail Coach and other ways to boost business in town. Questionnaires are being sent out in anticipation of the workshops, asking business owners and retailers what information they want to hear.
Tribal leaders and the Big Pine Tribal Development Corporation have plans to stimulate the local economy and create at least 40 new jobs.
Mark Tillemans, director of the Tribal Development Corp., said he is working with the tribe to construct a truck stop at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Butcher Lane in Big Pine.
The truck stop would feature a 2,500 square-foot casino, four commercial fueling islands, six passenger vehicle fueling islands, a 6,000 square-foot convenience store, a 1,750 square-foot dining area and a lounge, laundry facilities and showers for long-haul truckers.
Daniel F. Farris
Daniel F. Farris, age 77, resident of Bishop for 29 years, born in Tulare on March 22, 1934, passed away Nov. 6, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
Dan was a third generation Californian and mule packer of the Sierra Nevada Western Slope in the Sequoia Park area and packed and guided folks into the wilderness out of the Mammoth Lakes area since 1964.
Preceded in death by Patsy Ann Farris; brother, Phillip Austin; and stepson, Bobby Farris.