March 1st, 2012
Consuelo ‘Connie’ G. Valdez
Consuelo “Connie” G. Valdez was born in Laws on Feb. 3, 1922. She moved to Keeler a year later. She received her schooling in Keeler and at Lone Pine High School.
She was married in 1941 to Lorenzo “Val” Valdez then moved to Lone Pine and had two sons, Luis and Tom.
She participated in many community clubs and events.
She enjoyed family reunions, friends, fishing Crowley Lake and a few slots.
Walter Svetich, 81, of Chalfant passed away Feb. 25, 2012 at home. Born Oct. 11, 1930 in Dillon, Mont. to John and Caroline Svetich, he was the third of five children. He grew up in Dillon where during and after high school, he cowboyed on local ranches. Walt enlisted in the Navy in 1950. He was a seaman on the USS Windham Bay for two years during the Korean War. After the service, he cowboyed from Montana to Mexico on various ranches.
James R. McNally
Eileen (Ellis) Leslie
Eileen was born in Silverton, Colo. on June 13, 1929 and passed away peacefully Feb. 16, 2012 at her home in Barstow. She was the oldest of seven girls born to Forest (Frosty) and Dora Ellis. She graduated from Bishop High School in 1948 and married Gene Leslie the same year. They moved to Barstow in 1965 when she went to work for California Interstate Telephone Company. After retiring, they returned to Barstow.
She loved fishing, quilting, scrounging and her family.
A generally receptive and supportive crowd received a presentation of the Lower Owens River Project Recreation Use Plan Friday evening, Feb. 24, at the Boulder Creek Club House in Lone Pine.
Consultant Dean Apostol of MIG previewed the results of the plan which includes three levels of options for offering recreational opportunities in and around the revitalized river.
Inyo County approved a resolution Tuesday to consolidate the City of Bishop General Election with the statewide General Election held on the first Tuesday of November on even-numbered years.
With approval from the Board of Supervisors, the city will now hold its General Election Nov. 6, 2012.
The approval of the consolidation means that in November, residents will be voting for president, state and federal officials and city council members, as well as Board of Supervisors members, should the June Primary result in run-offs for those county seats.
Plans to refurbish, revitalize and eventually reopen the long-defunct Cottonwood Plaza shopping center in Bishop will be moving forward.
A press release issued by the current owners reiterates the property holdersâ€™ commitment to both their commercial enterprise and the community â€“ despite recent, and even tragic, setbacks.
Ray and Liz Eslamiyeh had vowed to get the shopping center opened to businesses as soon as possible upon closing escrow on the property last summer.
County leaders have a full day scheduled for the Board of Supervisors this week as the board has opted to cancel its regularly scheduled meeting of Tuesday, March 6.
The board will meet at 9 a.m. today in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss consolidating the Bishop municipal election with the Statewide General Election, county office space needs, building upgrades and road rehabilitation.
A mid-May deadline looms for residents interested in voting in the June 5 Primary election.
Anyone not previously registered to vote, or who needs to change party affiliation, must register or re-register by Monday, May 21.
According to Inyo County Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, changing party affiliation â€“ and thus re-registering â€“ may be necessary this election cycle because of an exemption to Proposition 14, also known as the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Act.
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.