February 16th, 2012
Thomas (Tom) Joseph Spoonhunter
Thomas (Tom) Joseph Spoonhunter, age 67, passed away Feb. 9, 2012 at his home in Bishop, Calif. due to illness. Thomas was a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe.
He was born June 24, 1945 in Ft. Washakie, Wyo, on the Windriver Reservation to Isaac and Angela Spoonhunter Andreas. The family moved to Bishop in 1952 where Tom grew up and graduated from Bishop Union High School.
Local high school graduate Jesse Steele is making good on his dream of working in the movies in L.A. and recently celebrated the premier of his first feature film.
Steele has been somewhat of a local celebrity, working on his own television program, â€śGet Real with Jesse Steeleâ€ť when he was still in high school and moving on to theater productions put on by the Inyo Council for the Arts and Playhouse 395.
About two years ago, Steele moved to Southern California in an effort to further his career.
Halfway through the fiscal year, and Inyo County seems to be doing better than many California counties â€“ at least according to initial reports from department heads.
â€śThe crystal ball is very murky,â€ť County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio said, â€śthe budget is far from being in the red at this juncture. Things are looking pretty good, but thereâ€™s still a lot of uncertainty.â€ť
Carunchio said much of that uncertainty comes from instability at the state level.
County leaders will meet today to discuss mid-year budget updates and consider potential raises for staff at the Coronerâ€™s Office.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence.
The board is scheduled to discuss the mid-year financial report and approve specific budget action items and recommendations discussed in the report.
The discussion is scheduled to take place at 9:15 a.m.
The latest in a series of brief winter storms dumped eight inches of snow at the Mono County resort since Saturday, bringing the base at the mountain to an estimated 3-5 feet â€“ above the ski areaâ€™s dismal levels earlier this winter (1.5-2.5 feet) but still far below where it was this time last winter (8.5-14.5 feet). Ski area prognosticators expected another seven inches of the white stuff before the day was over Monday, but according to other forecasts, that could be all she wrote for the rest of the week.
Feb. 14 may be Valentineâ€™s Day, but in this election year, it also brings one more milestone along the road to the June 5 Primary.
Today marks the opening of the official filing period for Declaration of Candidacy papers, the next step in a political hopeful guaranteeing his or herself a spot on the June ballot.
The opening of the candidacy period may also signal the start of races for seats on the Inyo County Board of Education and both the Democratic and Republican central committees.
CalFire and the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council are joining forces to protect residents from wildfire danger.
The two agencies are planning to take advantage of recent winter moisture to complete a series of burn projects this week.
â€śThese projects are necessary to reduce the overgrowth of decadent vegetation that has occurred in that area which will help in protecting the watershed while reducing the fire threat to Lone Pine,â€ť a press release from CalFire states.
After losing to the Boron Bobcats in their last league game Friday night, the Lone Pine Eagles have at least one more shot on the basketball court.
Both the girls and boysâ€™ teams are on their way to the CIF playoffs: the Lady Eagles by virtue of a third-place finish in the Desert Mountain League; the Eagles, as an at-large school.
Bishop Lady Broncos Basketball
The Broncos, third in High Desert League at 6-4, head to San Bernardino to take on the Aquinas Falcons Thursday at 7 p.m. The Falcons ended the season with an 11-3 record, second in the Ambassador League.
The Falcons have two double-digit scorers: 5-foot-9 freshman Lindsey Ybarra and 5-foot-3 Corinna Smith. The Broncos have two as well in Shiloh Smith and Tamia Shoshone. But, Katelyne Lent and Brooke Callahan put up impressive numbers toward the end of the season.
Inyo Country is mourning the loss of one of its most inspiring residents and a pillar of the community.
Jill Kinmont Boothe, born Feb. 16, 1936, passed away from complications related to surgery Thursday, Feb. 9.
Boothe was born in Los Angles but grew up in Bishop, skiing and racing at Mammoth Mountain and earning herself a spot in the 1956 Winter Olympic Games. And even when that dream was cut short by a tragic accident, Boothe proved resilient and unstoppable â€“ carving out for herself a legacy of fearlessness, compassion, determination, generosity, success and gentle spirit.