February 28th, 2012
Hundreds of new, full-time jobs are in the process of being added to the Eastern Sierra workforce as progress continues on the Digital 395 broadband project.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly referred to as the Stimulus Act, the project involves building a fiber-optic backbone along a 583-mile stretch of U.S. 395 through the Eastern Sierra.
By the time project leaders break ground this spring, they estimate they will have hired close to 300 laborers, professionals and tradesmen from local communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.
Laura F. Covington
Lora F. Covington, born Aug. 2, 1942, passed away Feb. 10, 2012.
Born in Fresno, Lora came to Bishop in 1970. She worked at Erik Schat’s Bakkery as a cashier for 17 years.
She is survived by her children, Russell and Balery Covington of Bishop, Rob A. and Jen Covington of Round Mountain, Nev. and Edward and Teresa Merchant of Bishop; and two grandchildren, Robert M. Covington and Sierra Dawn Merchant, both of Bishop.
Charles Alfred ‘Chuck’ Sedgwick
The East Side lost a good man. Charles Alfred “Chuck” Sedgwick died suddenly on Jan. 5, 2012. Chuck and Judy, his wife of 56 years, have been hiking in the Sierras and living along the Eastern Sierra for the last 40 years.
Virginia Lee Perry
Virginia Lee Perry was born in Santa Monica on April 16, 1936. She was the only child of Charles and Alice Perry. She attended school in Santa Monica. At age 19 while visiting her father who lived in Bishop at the time, she fell in love with the Owens Valley and decided to stay and worked as an operator for the phone company. In 1956 she married Robert Shunkwiler and they had two children, Dorothy and Robert.
Lester Robert ‘Les’ Messner
Lester Robert “Les” Messner, 83, passed peacefully away in his Klamath Falls home on Feb. 16, 2012. Les was born May 7, 1928, in Birdsboro, Penn., the youngest of six children of Harry and Martha (Griffith) Messner.
As the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District debate the future of dust mitigation on Owens Lake, another issue has come to light that may delay projects currently in the works.
Kathy Bancroft, historical preservation officer for the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, said Owens Lake and its surrounding area are home to a number of historical sites with tribal significance.
Law enforcement officials in Utah are searching for a man with ties to Inyo County who they say may be armed and dangerous.
Troy James Knapp, 44, has been identified as a long-sought suspect in the burglaries of more than two dozen remote cabins in the wilderness near Zion National Park.
Knappâs story is reminiscent of the infamous Ballarat Bandit of Inyo County, who eluded police for years while preying upon the campsites and remote dwellings in small, southeast Inyo County and western Nevada towns.
A telephone scam preying on residentsâ fears, sympathies and familial instincts has reared its head once again in the Owens Valley.
Commonly known as the âGrandparents Scam,â the scheme appears to be recirculating through the Bishop area, where at least one resident was cheated out of an undisclosed, but substantial amount of money.
According to the Bishop Police Department, the victim had wired the money to an address in Mexico City, where she thought the funds would be used to bail her family member out of jail.
Inyo County took another step this week towards separating its senior programs from Mono Countyâs.
Inyo County Health and Human Services, earlier this week, submitted a letter to the California Department of Aging expressing interest in becoming the designated Area Agency on Aging for Inyo County.
Last year, Inyo County sent a request to Mono County, asking them to pitch more money into the joint program to help cover administrative costs (which Inyo County has traditionally funded).
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is saying it has fulfilled its legal obligation to mitigate impacts of dust blowing off Owens Lake.
In a presentation to Great Basin last week, the LADWP said that it is not solely responsible for dust blowing off the lake and that dust was an issue in the Owens Valley long before the Southern California utility began exporting water from the area.
In short, the LADWP said it believes it has done all it is required to on the lake.
Great Basin Air Pollution Control District Director Ted Schade said the LADWPâs position is ânonsense.â