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June 6th, 2011

Nadine Francis Taylor

June 6, 2011

Nadine Francis Taylor
1933-2011

Born Jan. 11, 1933 in Tuttle, Okla. to Ethel and John Cullen Knight.
She is survived by son, Gary Standridge and wife Joan, of Big Pine; daughter, Sherry and husband Rick Monson of Norman, Okla.; plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For years Nadine owned and operated Bishop Dry Cleaners and loved meeting and talking with her customers. She was also an excellent seamstress and very handy with alterations.

John Paul Miller

June 6, 2011

John Paul Miller
1941-2011

Inez Avitia

June 6, 2011

Inez Avitia
1932-2011

Longtime Bishop resident Inez Avitia passed away Friday, May 27, 2011. Inez was born Dec. 15, 1932 in Durango, Mexico. She was 78.
Inez was a wonderful example of love and devotion to her family and friends as well as a great cook and smart business woman. She owned and operated El Charro Avitia for 24 years in Bishop.

Drunken ‘car surfing’ ends in injury, arrest

June 6, 2011

A 23-year old Orange resident is behind bars this week after allegedly drinking and driving and running over a friend Sunday night.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Chris D. Meyer was driving a 1994 Chevy Blazer northbound on Movie Road in Lone Pine at about 12 a.m. Sunday with Greg W. Dischner, 23, of Orange in the passenger seat. A third person, Justin M. Parillo, 28, of Orange, was allegedly “car surfing on the hood.”
According to the CHP, Parillo apparently fell off the hood and was “partially run over by the vehicle, sustaining major injuries.”

A mending wall: Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Bishop

June 6, 2011

There have been famous and infamous walls throughout history such as the Great Wall of China, the Walls of Troy, Hadrian’s Wall and the Walls of Jericho. Some were built to keep foreign invaders out while another, such as the Berlin Wall, was to keep those seeking freedom from escaping.
A well-known poem, “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, metaphorically addresses the pointlessness of a wall along which two neighbors walk every year, congenially talking and “mending” the wall’s fallen stones as they move along.

Ruth Marie Stewart

June 6, 2011

Ruth Marie Stewart
1924-2011

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 4 at the residence of Keith and Connie Dyer, 2801 Roxanne, Ct., Sacramento, CA 95826, for Ruth Marie Stewart. A reception will immediately follow.
Born Sept. 3, 1924, our beloved Ruth passed away peacefully on May 19, 2011 at the age of 86.
Ruth was born in Vista, Wash. and passed away in Sacramento.

Local youth reaching for the stars with help of science

June 6, 2011

A select group of Bishop Union High School students are taking to the sky, skimming the upper atmosphere, taking pictures and experimenting with possible Martian life forms.
The students’ cosmic adventures are possible due to a father with a Doctorate in Astronomy who started teaching his curious daughter and her friends calculus in fifth grade; they’ve stayed together conducting experiments and having fun with science ever since.

DWP defends its latest pump plan

June 6, 2011

Officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are objecting to recent allegations that they are out to grab as much water from the Owens Valley as possible this year.
In February, the LADWP announced that, with an Eastern Sierra snowpack runoff forecast to be 616,900 acre-feet, or 150 percent of average, it anticipates pumping about 91,000 acre-feet of groundwater during the runoff year.

Friendship Ctr. relying on kindness of strangers

June 6, 2011

With no financial help from state or federal government agencies, the local Alzheimer’s day care and advocacy group is looking for outside donations to keep the doors open and to continue services to the community.
The Friendship Center in Bishop is currently only seeing clients one day a week and is open one additional day a week to host a support group. The center is hoping the raffling of an original oil painting of Devil’s Postpile by former local artist, Carol Lucas, will help it stay above water.

Time to get ready for the runoff

June 6, 2011

With a heavy snowpack lingering in the Sierra, residents in Inyo County are being advised to clear their ditches and ponds to prepare for the inevitable influx of water as summer temperatures begin to creep into the Owens Valley.
According to Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Public Information Officer Chris Plakos, the department is doing its part, with crews working daily to ensure ditches are ready for the runoff.

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