March 8th, 2012
In another sign of the depressed economic and increased environmental awareness times, the Clean Air Projects Program recently announced that it received 49 proposals requesting $16.5 million in funding for âclean air projectsâ throughout the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, with includes Alpine, Inyo and Mono counties.
With a budget of $5 million, it was noted that CAPP administration and the Air Districtâs proposal review committee âundeniably have their work cut outâ as they cull a majority of the requests and select the best of the proposal crop.
Patricia ‘Pat’ Mae Pettet
Pat Pettet was born on Sept. 24, 1937 to Theo Beth (Stark) and William Merton Hill. Pat Pettet left the world at age 74 on Feb. 24, 2012. She went to be with the Lord in Pomona and was transported back to Bishop where she lived all her life.
John ‘Mike’ Schell
John “Mike” Schell born in Oildale, Dec. 10, 1946,, passed away at Carson-Tahoe Medical Center on March 1, 2012. He was 65.
Mike lived in the Owens Valley for 30 years and worked for many years at the Union Carbide Mine.
He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Park of Bishop; son, Eric J. Schell of Arkansas; stepson, Eugene C. Lopez of Bakersfield; father, J.C. Ramay of Bakersfield; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ellen Wilmoth, 73, was born in Detroit, Mich., and passed away Friday, March 2 at Northern Inyo Hospital after a long battle with Lung Cancer.
As part of its mission to support and boost tourism and retail efforts, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced ongoing, multifaceted plans which include revitalizing Bishopâs economy, attracting new businesses, being a presence at major seasonal trade shows, upgrading the Bishop Visitors Bureau and even sprucing up vacant storefront windows.
In addition, four new businesses have opened in Bishop this month alone and mainstays such as Bar-B-Que Billâs, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.
With the visible scars of last yearâs Center Fire still evident, residents of Big Pine took the first step toward forming a Fire Safe Council last Thursday night.
Representatives from CalFire, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held meetings last week to discuss the advantages of establishing the community-driven councils in both Independence and Big Pine.
Civic leadersâ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishopâs workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishopâs hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Margaret Ann Frazer
Born Jan. 7, 1924 in Bishop, to Laura Francis McKeen and Roy Caldron Lyon, Margaret Ann Frazer passed away Jan. 15, 2012 in Shasta Lake. She was 88.
County leaders are at odds when it comes to the idea of constructing a consolidated office building in Bishop to house county services.
While four members of the Board of Supervisors are willing to delve deeper into the details of the project, Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes is passionately opposed to the idea and would rather see it go away than continue to weigh the costs and benefit.
Teachers, students and administrators throughout the Bishop Unified School District are launching a campaign this month to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia and other cancers.
At the heart of the campaign is a little boy whose battle with leukemia has provided the inspiration for two major fundraising events.