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April 19th, 2011

Audrey F. Chapdelaine

April 19, 2011

Audrey F. Chapdelaine
1928-2011

Graveside services will be announced at a later date for 15-year Big Pine resident Audrey F. Chapdelaine.
Born Oct. 24, 1928 in Norfolk, Va., Audrey died at her home in Big Pine on April 14, 2011. She was 82.
Audrey was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family dearly and loved her animals as well. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Death Valley wildflowers at their peak

April 19, 2011

The 2011 wildflower season is at its peak in Death Valley and Southern Inyo. Reports are that this is not the most prolific year for petals and color, but the flowers are out and they’re going fast.
Chief of Interpretation for Death Valley National Park Terry Baldino reported at the end of March that the flowers are small but abundant.
“If people want to see the flowers this year they’re going to have to get out of the car and look around,” Baldino said.

County, LADWP celebrate long-awaited airport lease

April 19, 2011

Years of cooperative effort between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power paid off this week with a lease signing that gives local government greater control over the land it uses at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
During a presentation Monday at the airport, L.A. Department of Water and Power signed a lease agreement with the county for more than 600 acres at the airport in Bishop that’s valid “in perpetuity.”

Survey targets local Internet use, needs

April 19, 2011

Residents in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties have an opportunity to tell Internet providers what kinds of service they receive, if any, and what kinds of services they would like to see in the area.
The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently launched an Eastern Sierra Connect broadband survey. The survey aims to help identify the unserved and underserved communities in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties that need broadband Internet connectivity and the broadband technologies that might be appropriate and affordable to residents and businesses.

April 18th

Robbie Perry Smith

April 18, 2011

Robbie Perry Smith
1949-2011

A celebration of life for Mammoth resident Robbie Perry Smith is planned for Saturday, April 30 at a location that will be announced in the near future.
Born Nov. 22, 1949 in Hollywood to Helen Beuscher and Robert C. Smith, Robbie died Sunday, April 10, 2011 from complications of a long-standing illness.
His illness could not diminish his kind, funny and generous spirit. Robbie’s sweet nature and gentle personality will remain forever in the hearts of those who loved him.

Center Fire probe continues

April 18, 2011

Fire officials continue to interview witnesses and investigate the origin and path of the Center Fire in Big Pine, hoping to release a final report on their findings in the near future.
According to Lead CalFire Investigator Bart Chambers, “everything plays into our investigation, we have to get statements from witnesses, from the first responders on scene, look at the burn indicators” and compile all that information into one coherent report.

Council honors Bishop treasure, hears from AAPL

April 18, 2011

The Bishop City Council was busy at its regular meeting on Monday with awards, presentations and department head reports.
The city’s elected leaders started the meeting off with a presentation of its Quarterly Council Citizen Award to Leland Campbell, affectionately known the “Sierra Street Waver.” Campbell can be seen most days sitting on a scooter at the corner of Sierra and Main streets with his dog, “King,” waving and smiling at every passing motorist.

Pilgrimage to honor civil rights pioneers

April 18, 2011

From its humble and passionate beginnings in 1969, the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage has become more than just a way to honor those who were interned at the camp. It has also become a way to honor those who continue to fight for reparations and civil rights, and those who are committed to preserving the memory of the World War II Japanese internment camps that serve as an example of how fragile civil rights in America are.

Lady Broncos go 10 innings against Roadrunners

April 18, 2011

The match-up between the Bishop Lady Broncos softball squad and the Rosamond Lady Roadrunners was a 10-inning epic played out at home Friday afternoon.
Tied 9-9 at the end of seven innings, it took three more to determine the winner. The Roadrunners pulled ahead in the 10th for a 10-14 win.
“The girls played hard,” said coach Stacy Van Nest. “They never gave up. The score and our league record (0-3) do not reflect all that our girls have accomplished. They played two ranked teams this week and challenged both.”

Bishop goes 3-0 in HDL with win over Rosamond

April 18, 2011

The Bishop Broncos beat the Rosamond Roadrunners by a score of 3-1 Friday.
No, it wasn’t a soccer game, it was baseball in what amounted to a defensive battle. Broncos Doug Watterson and Tanner Kruse won that battle by a margin not reflected in the score, combining for 15 strikeouts against Rosamond’s Matt Franco’s three.
The win catapults Bishop ahead of Rosamond for the top High Desert League spot with a 3-0 record in league, 11-2 overall.

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