February 9th, 2012
County leaders endorsed three proposals for Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District grants Tuesday.
The Inyo County Planning and Public Works departments are each planning to submit applications for the Clean Air Projects Program grants, while a grant application of the Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action now has the support of the county behind it.
According to Darren Malloy of IMACA, the non-profit agency is currently offering assistance to residents who wish to replace old, inefficient wood-burning stoves with modern heaters that result in less pollutants.
A Bishop man is being held in county jail this week for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child â€“ 17 years after being convicted on similar charges.
Deputies with the Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department arrested Richard Ferrell Andreas, Sr. on Friday, Feb. 3 for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14.
The 51-year-old Andreas, a resident of the Bishop Paiute Reservation, was transported to Inyo County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.
Bishop City Councilman Jim Ellis is recovering in a Nevada hospital from a serious head injury suffered over the weekend on an annual fishing trip.
Ellis was airlifted to Las Vegas for emergency medical treatment Friday evening after falling from a moving vehicle, striking his head on the ground and losing consciousness.
According to family and Bishop Police Chief Chris Carter, who was with Ellis at the time of the accident, the City Council member and married father of six is expected to make a full â€“ if slow â€“ recovery.
Margaret M. Karaffa
Margaret M. Karaffa (81), resident of Bishop, Calif. for 36 years, born in Detroit, Mich. on June 27, 1930, passed away on Feb. 1, 2012 at Bishop Care Center.
Margaret worked many jobs as she followed her husband across America. She was a phone operator in Michigan, a front-office employee for churches in Detroit, Sarasota, Fla., and in Bishop. She also worked for J.C. Penney’s for many years in the catalogue department.
J.P. ‘Sierra Phantom’ Glover
J.P. Glover died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at the Bishop Care Center. He was 85.
Those who knew Glover did not call him by his birth name – most never knew it. He was known as the Sierra Phantom, a nickname earned after living 50 years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
A conservation project in the west Chalfant area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managementâ€™s Bishop Field Office is nearing completion.
The project involves converting BLM motorized routes to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use and constructing a new motorized route to maintain recreational access.
BLM Recreation Planner Richard Williams said the agency is eliminating some redundant motorized routes to create other recreational opportunities without preventing OHV users from accessing the area.
Families at the Marine Warfare Training Center outside of Coleville are recovering after a deadly explosion late last week that claimed the life of one resident and sent two others to the hospital.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding an explosion and a residential structure that was on fire at the MWTC off-base housing.
It was later reported that the fire started after an explosion caused by a propane leak in the residential area of the MWTC.
County leaders will be returning to business today after a two-week hiatus in late January.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss three requests from department heads to hire new employees, a waste tire amnesty event and a new planning ordinance.
The board is also scheduled to discuss potential uses for funding that is available through the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districtâ€™s Clean Air Projects program.
The Bishop Lady Broncos basketball squad had a spectacular first half against the Kern Valley Broncs on the road Friday, but fell in the final quarter, losing by 2 points.
Bishop pulled out to an 18-14 lead in the first quarter, then extended the lead 35-25 by the half.
The Broncos cooled off in the third, letting Kern Valley back in the game. KV seriously outscored Bishop, 9-18, to draw to within 1 point going into the final quarter.
The Broncos and the Broncs exchanged the lead through the fourth.
The Broncos basketball team lost, 48-40, in Kern Valley Friday.
After a strong 3-0 start in High Desert League, the Broncos have hit a rough patch on the road.
Injuries havenâ€™t helped.Qui Barlow went out in mid-season with a knee injury and 6-foot-5 Darren Spoonhunter broke his hand in practice two days before the Kern Valley game.
Bishopâ€™s defense against KV was strong in the second half, but the teamâ€™s offense never really kicked in.
Kern Valley went ahead 15-0 with Bishopâ€™s first point, a free throw from Jerry Castillo, coming with two minutes left in the quarter.