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March 6th, 2012

John ‘Mike’ Schell

March 6, 2012

John ‘Mike’ Schell

John “Mike” Schell born in Oildale, Dec. 10, 1946,, passed away at Carson-Tahoe Medical Center on March 1, 2012. He was 65.
Mike lived in the Owens Valley for 30 years and worked for many years at the Union Carbide Mine.
He is survived by his daughter, Brandy Park of Bishop; son, Eric J. Schell of Arkansas; stepson, Eugene C. Lopez of Bakersfield; father, J.C. Ramay of Bakersfield; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ellen Wilmoth

March 6, 2012

Ellen Wilmoth

Ellen Wilmoth, 73, was born in Detroit, Mich., and passed away Friday, March 2 at Northern Inyo Hospital after a long battle with Lung Cancer.

Chamber points to optimism among Bishop biz community

March 6, 2012

As part of its mission to support and boost tourism and retail efforts, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced ongoing, multifaceted plans which include revitalizing Bishop’s economy, attracting new businesses, being a presence at major seasonal trade shows, upgrading the Bishop Visitors Bureau and even sprucing up vacant storefront windows.
In addition, four new businesses have opened in Bishop this month alone and mainstays such as Bar-B-Que Bill’s, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.

Efforts under way to create a fire-safe Big Pine

March 6, 2012

With the visible scars of last year’s Center Fire still evident, residents of Big Pine took the first step toward forming a Fire Safe Council last Thursday night.
Representatives from CalFire, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held meetings last week to discuss the advantages of establishing the community-driven councils in both Independence and Big Pine.

Prudent policy produces healthy bottom line for city

March 6, 2012

Civic leaders’ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishop’s workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishop’s hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.

March 5th

Margaret Ann Frazer

March 5, 2012

Margaret Ann Frazer

Born Jan. 7, 1924 in Bishop, to Laura Francis McKeen and Roy Caldron Lyon, Margaret Ann Frazer passed away Jan. 15, 2012 in Shasta Lake. She was 88.

Supes split on idea of office consolidation

March 5, 2012

County leaders are at odds when it comes to the idea of constructing a consolidated office building in Bishop to house county services.
While four members of the Board of Supervisors are willing to delve deeper into the details of the project, Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes is passionately opposed to the idea and would rather see it go away than continue to weigh the costs and benefit.

Putting a face on the fight against cancer

March 5, 2012

Teachers, students and administrators throughout the Bishop Unified School District are launching a campaign this month to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia and other cancers.
At the heart of the campaign is a little boy whose battle with leukemia has provided the inspiration for two major fundraising events.

Ralston to tell tale of survival Tuesday

March 5, 2012

Adventurer-turned-author Aron Ralston will be in Bishop Tuesday to discuss his book, harrowing story of survival and answer questions from residents.
Ralston’s autobiographical “Between a Rock and A Hard Place” is the subject of this year’s Community Reads Program.
Community Reads is an effort to get everyone in Inyo County on the same page by reading a single book.

March 1st

Consuelo ‘Connie’ G. Valdez

March 1, 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.


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