June 1st, 2011
A fire broke out on the north side of McGee Creek in the Buttermilk Boulder area west of Bishop shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, trapping several campers behind the fireline.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department and other state, federal and local fire agencies immediately responded to the blaze, but moderate winds and the rugged, sloping hills of the Buttermilk area and a number of unattended camp sites made evacuations and fire suppression efforts a difficult task.
Eastern Sierra residents are going digital, thereâs no doubt about it, but how and where a new fiber-optic cable will be utilized is up to local residents.
Digital 395, a project that will provide a new 583-mile, fiber-optic network following U.S. 395 from Barstow to the Nevada border, will bring high-speed Internet and broadband capabilities to remote areas of Inyo County that donât currently have service.
Itâs âLights! Cameras! Action!â at the Lone Pine Film Festival as the 22nd edition of the world-famous event rolls into the little Eastern Sierra, high desert town Oct. 7-9.
The themes of this yearâs action-packed celebration of films made in Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra include Roy Rogersâ 100th birthday, the excitement of live stunts and plenty of interactive activities, music and even live performances.
For Festival veterans, there are many new events.
Klondike Lake will be opening to the public this Friday and will remain open seven days a week through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Access to the lake will be limited and those planning to take boats or jet skis onto the water will still be required to have their vessels inspected for invasive quagga mussels.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began instituting mandatory quagga mussel inspections on every body of water they own three years ago to ensure that the quagga mussels do not hitchhike their way into Eastern Sierra waters.
Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers)
Memorial services to be held at a later date for 38-year Bishop and Mammoth Lakes resident Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers).
From Belmond, IA, Darlene was born Sept. 5, 1947 and passed away on May 17, 2011 at Bishop Care Center after a battle with cancer. She was 63.
Two Bishop Union High School seniors will be going to Maryland in June to compete in the National History Day Finals.
Amelia Koske-Phillips won in the exhibit category for her project titled âMono Lake: Finding Balance Through Debate And Diplomacy.â
Laura Stickells won in the exhibit category for her project titled âThe Berlin Wall: From Failed Diplomacy to Diplomatic Evolution.â
The two students won finals in the Senior Division in San Jose among 1,000 fellow student competitors and will advance to the National Finals, June 12-16.
A trial date has been set for a lawsuit against the Bishop Care Center, its parent corporation, Horizon West Healthcare, Inc., and five employees that alleges reckless, neglectful and abusive treatment of a patient.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 9, 2012. Judge Dean Stout will be presiding.
According to a complaint filed in Inyo County Superior Court, the victim, then 77, was admitted to the Bishop Care Center in 2005 after suffering a small stroke.
Jewel Rita Pennington
Memorial services will be held at noon Sunday, May 22 at the Really Good Beef Jerky Store at 508 S. U.S. 395 in Olancha for five-year Ridgecrest resident Jewel Rita Pennington.
Born Aug. 20, 1932 in Detroit, Mich., Jewel died April 6, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Ontario. She was 78.
Jewel was a Probation Department receptionist for a number of years.
She is survived by her daughter, Ashel Hester of Kennewick, Wash.
David Fred Morris Holmes
A Celebration of Life Service will be held for David Fred Morris Holmes, Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. The service will be held at Bishop Creek Community Church, 251 Sierra St. (behind Starbucks), with Pastor Kelly Larson officiating.
David loved the Owens Valley and spent his final years here. He passed away at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. after a brief illness on Feb. 22, 2011 when his heavenly Father called him home.
Terrel J. Garner
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Mt. Whitney Cemetery in Lone Pine for Terry Garner.
Born Dec. 31, 1939 in Big Pine to Pete and Lillian Garner, Terry passed peacefully May 14, 2011 at his home in Canyon Country.