September 20th, 2011
Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Investigator Shane Scott was among 13 first responders to receive the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor, Californiaâ€™s highest public safety award, for their bravery and commitment to the people of California. Above, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (l) joins Governor Jerry Brown (r) in presenting the award to Scott on Sept. 14 in Sacramento. Scott has received many commendations following his selfless act of pulling 22-year-old Derek Thomas from a burning vehicle on Aug. 9, 2010.
Federal officials are considering closing the Tecopa Post Office while residents in that community fight to keep it.
The U.S. Postal Service has posted a notice to customers in Tecopa that it is proposing to close the local office and consolidate operations with Baker 50 miles away.
â€śWeâ€™re studying it right now, looking at the advantages, disadvantages and savings, so it is important for customers there to speak up,â€ť U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Eva Jackson said.
Road construction will soon start in and around Fort Independence. The work will include the building of a new, full-access semi-truck-friendly entrance into the Winnedumah Winnâ€™s Casino and resurfacing of roads on the Fort Independence Reservation proper.
There have been concerns from some tribal members and land owners that the project will disturb Native American archaeological and burial sites. Fort Independence Indian Community of Paiute Indians Chairperson Israel Naylor said through a spokesperson he â€śensuresâ€ť that all measures have been taken not to disturb any archaeological sites.
Inyo and Mono counties are dividing more than $1 million in state funds for seven on-the-ground water projects in the Eastern Sierra.
The program is managed by the Inyo-Mono Regional Water Management Group, consisting of 17 voting member agencies and dozens more participants.
The IRWM includes Inyo and Mono counties, local tribes and community service districts.
Carol Walters Cole
Carol was born Sept. 18, 1934 in Lovelock, Nev. to Mona Gracey and Carl H. “Bud” Walters of Independence and passed in Reno on Sept. 1, 2011 with family members at her side. The Walters family were an old pioneer family having settled at Camp Independence in 1869, and the Gracey family arriving in Independence in the early 1900s.
Harold Everett Woodson
In honor of his request, there will be no services for Harold Everett.
Woodson, known fondly as “Woody,” age 92, resident of Bishop for 38 years, passed away Aug. 25, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center after greeting one of the staff with a “Good Morning.” Woody was born July 22, 1919 in Hampton, Iowa to the late Loretta Hagan and Everett Woodson, the third of six children. The family moved to Ladonia, Mo. in 1922.
LaWanda Marie Shoshone
LaWanda was born Feb. 26, 1963 in Bishop, Calif. and passed away Sept. 6, 2011 at home in Cathedral City, Calif. at the age of 48. She was the daughter of the late Alverna M. Piper of Bishop, Calif. and the late Robert S. Saubel of Banning, Calif.
A bill designed to attract tourism to Inyo County is one step closer to be signed into law.
Assembly Bill 628, known locally as the Adventure Trails System that will allow green-sticker off-highway vehicles to travel a short distance on county roads, has been approved in the Senate and Assembly and is awaiting approval from the governor.
Caltransâ€™ decision to construct a bypass around two Southern Inyo communities not only doesnâ€™t disregard the publicâ€™s wishes, as alleged, but was made with the publicâ€™s best interests in mind, according to the agency.
District 9 officials said this week that public input was carefully considered and local groups were heavily involved in the process used to select a preferred route for the Olancha/Cartago Four-Lane Project.
Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.