November 17th, 2011
County leaders approved $100,000 worth of Community Project Sponsorship Grants to help promote tourism Tuesday.
According to County Museum Services Director Jon Klusmire, who administers the grant, there were 30 applications seeking funding for various community events submitted by local chambers of commerce and community groups.
Of the 30 applications, only 22 received funding.
Information gleaned from a retail analysis of Bishop businesses done earlier this year is still pertinent and valuable to local commerce, said members of both the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and the Owens Valley Contractors and Vendors Association.
The chamber and OVCVA will be holding a series of workshops in January and February 2012 to discuss the report completed by The Retail Coach and other ways to boost business in town. Questionnaires are being sent out in anticipation of the workshops, asking business owners and retailers what information they want to hear.
Tribal leaders and the Big Pine Tribal Development Corporation have plans to stimulate the local economy and create at least 40 new jobs.
Mark Tillemans, director of the Tribal Development Corp., said he is working with the tribe to construct a truck stop at the intersection of U.S. 395 and Butcher Lane in Big Pine.
The truck stop would feature a 2,500 square-foot casino, four commercial fueling islands, six passenger vehicle fueling islands, a 6,000 square-foot convenience store, a 1,750 square-foot dining area and a lounge, laundry facilities and showers for long-haul truckers.
Daniel F. Farris
Daniel F. Farris, age 77, resident of Bishop for 29 years, born in Tulare on March 22, 1934, passed away Nov. 6, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital.
Dan was a third generation Californian and mule packer of the Sierra Nevada Western Slope in the Sequoia Park area and packed and guided folks into the wilderness out of the Mammoth Lakes area since 1964.
Preceded in death by Patsy Ann Farris; brother, Phillip Austin; and stepson, Bobby Farris.
Dr. (Pastor) Timothy Daniel Treadwell
Dr. (Pastor) Timothy Daniel Treadwell was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1935. He went to be with his savior on Nov. 2, 2011.
Tomorrow evening two Owens Valley high school football squads will take one more step in the CIF playoffs.
The Bishop Broncos have been there before and as the number one seed in the Northeast Division are expected to go far in the bracket. They start that process against Viewport (7-3) at 6:30 p.m. in John Schwab Stadium.
The Bishop Broncos Junior Varsity football team scored their second consecutive High Desert League championship last Thursday against the Desert Scorpions in what spectators have described as â€śthe game of the century.â€ť
Both teams were undefeated in league, so the championship title hinged on the outcome. The Broncos staged a comeback in the fourth quarter but the victory came down to a blocked field goal attempt by the Scorpions.
Bishop went up 6-0 on a TD by Jose Jimenez in the first quarter but was behind 6-14 at the half.
The local branch of the Salvation Army is in the eye of the Thanksgiving tornado â€“ gathering donations, swirling turkeys, pies and stuffing into gift baskets and organizing the whirlwind of basket deliveries to families in need from Walker to Lone Pine and beyond next Monday.
And, in the midst of the Thanksgiving rush, the Salvation Army is preparing for the Christmas holiday which will include distributing more food baskets along with clothes and gifts to needy families.
There is an empty bit of privately owned land in northern Inyo County thatâ€™s ready for housing development â€“ if only the water were turned on.
According to the owners of the plot located behind Value Sports in Bishop, they are hoping to join the Meadowcreek Mutual Water Company in order to proceed with a development thatâ€™s been stalled for the past six years.
The narrow strip of property at the corner of North Barlow Lane and North Sierra Highway has come to be known as the â€śArborsâ€ť â€“ the name of the original project that included 22 town homes at the busy intersection.
Several hikers were rescued from the wilds of Death Valley late last week after becoming lost and then stranded.
Inyo County Search and Rescue personnel along with Death Valley National Park rangers headed up a successful search effort Friday that resulted in the return of five young adults to safety from the area of Telescope Peak.