June 6th, 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.
William S. ‘Bill’ Hoffman
Memorial services are pending at this time for William S. “Bill” Hoffman, 84, of Lone Pine.
Born in Pasadena on Sept. 2, 1926, Bill passed away of natural causes Thursday, May 12, 2011.
Bill was married to his late wife, Helen Hoffman, for 51 years.
Bill was a self employed building contractor in Lone Pine for more than 30 years. He retired in 1986 and enjoyed flying model airplanes during his retirement.
The Special Rodeo is a rodeo within a rodeo.
Scheduled for Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m., in the middle of the California High School Rodeo Associationâs state finals week at the Tri-County Fairgrounds, the Special Rodeo focuses on giving cowboys and cowgirls with special needs a chance to compete in modified rodeo events.
The CHSRAâs Special Rodeo allows high school rodeo athletes to work one on one with children in a rodeo where all contestants become champions.
More than 290 runners registered for the 18th annual Bishop High Sierra Ultra-marathons, held on May 21, beginning and finishing at the Millpond Recreational Park.
Runners travelled from all over the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia to participate in the 20-mile Fun Run, 50K, 50-mile and 100K events.
Proceeds from the race benefit the Northern Inyo Hospital Foundation, which will be very involved in projects at the new Hospital building. This yearâs donation will bring the total funds raised from the last 16 races to over $105,000.
A fire broke out on the north side of McGee Creek in the Buttermilk Boulder area west of Bishop shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, trapping several campers behind the fireline.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department and other state, federal and local fire agencies immediately responded to the blaze, but moderate winds and the rugged, sloping hills of the Buttermilk area and a number of unattended camp sites made evacuations and fire suppression efforts a difficult task.
Eastern Sierra residents are going digital, thereâs no doubt about it, but how and where a new fiber-optic cable will be utilized is up to local residents.
Digital 395, a project that will provide a new 583-mile, fiber-optic network following U.S. 395 from Barstow to the Nevada border, will bring high-speed Internet and broadband capabilities to remote areas of Inyo County that donât currently have service.
Itâs âLights! Cameras! Action!â at the Lone Pine Film Festival as the 22nd edition of the world-famous event rolls into the little Eastern Sierra, high desert town Oct. 7-9.
The themes of this yearâs action-packed celebration of films made in Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra include Roy Rogersâ 100th birthday, the excitement of live stunts and plenty of interactive activities, music and even live performances.
For Festival veterans, there are many new events.
Klondike Lake will be opening to the public this Friday and will remain open seven days a week through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Access to the lake will be limited and those planning to take boats or jet skis onto the water will still be required to have their vessels inspected for invasive quagga mussels.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began instituting mandatory quagga mussel inspections on every body of water they own three years ago to ensure that the quagga mussels do not hitchhike their way into Eastern Sierra waters.
Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers)
Memorial services to be held at a later date for 38-year Bishop and Mammoth Lakes resident Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers).
From Belmond, IA, Darlene was born Sept. 5, 1947 and passed away on May 17, 2011 at Bishop Care Center after a battle with cancer. She was 63.