June 14th, 2011
Originally planned to help a church in the Sendai Prefecture, a small group of local students and chaperones is in Japan helping to clean up after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Nine residents are part of the local Calvary Baptist Church group that had planned, as early as November, to go to Japan. Following the natural disaster of March 11, those plans have had to be altered slightly. Steve Stutler, leader of the group, said travel and other restrictions have been lifted only in the past few weeks and the group is still excited to go.
With summer here, Big Pine School is hoping to harness the sun to power the campus.
Last year, voters approved two bond measures that the school will be using to construct a solar array in the school parking lot.
According to Superintendent Pamela Jones, the project is expected to produce 200 kilowatts of energy per day and will cover approximately 80 percent of the schoolâs energy use.
In addition to the savings on energy costs, the school will also be eligible for rebates through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Jones said the rebates could total $500,000.
The Bishop Broncos baseball team capped off a strong season with an awards ceremony acknowledging players and the entire team effort that lead to an undefeated High Desert League season and a run in the CIF playoffs.
Most Valuable Player: Aaron Puls
MVP, Offense: Keith Tatum
MVP, Pitcher: Tanner Kruse
MVP, Defense: Schain Thomson, Chance Callahan
MVP, Utility: Doug Watterson
MVP, Outfielder: Taylor Neubauer
Most Improved: Nate Coakley
Most Inspirational: Cole Means
MVP, Assât. Manager: Aaron Lamb
May 3 found the Bishop Country Club Ladies playing a Par 3s and 5s tournament, where only those specific holes counted, using half handicap.
First flight winners were Carolyn Poindexter in first with a 29.5, Sue Stavlo with a 33 in second. Second flight was carded wtih Diane Hoffman in first place at 31 and Del McDaniel in second also with a 31.Third flight winners were Shirley Bement in first with a 30 and Marilyn Hoijer in second with a 31.
Andrea OâConnell from Mammoth was welcomed as a new member and captured least putt honors with 30 putts for her debut.
Nearly 70 athletes swam, biked and ran their way around Bishop City Park Saturday morning, all to benefit the Bishop Swim Team.
The event, organized by team coach Mel Beard, was divided into four categories. Sprint competitors swam 20 laps, or 500 yards, biked a 12-mile loop and finished off with a 3.7-mile run.
The âKids Full Distanceâ event included a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike race and 1-mile run. âKids Miniâ competition included a 100-yard swim, 1-mile ride and 1/2-mile run. The smallest of athletes opted for the Xtra Mini: 50-yard swim, 1/2-mile bike ride and 1/4-mile run.
First Go, 9 a.m.
Tie Down Roping
First Go, 7 p.m.
Tie Down Roping
* Goat Tying, Emily Cleland, No. 63
* Bareback Riding, Chase Bowen, No. 182
First Go, 7 a.m.
First Go, 9 a.m.
* Barrel Racing, Haley Oney, No. 33
* Team Roping, Bodie Kruse, No. 181 with Timothy Robinson, No. 87
Tie Down Roping
Questions about the involvement of alleged embezzler Daniel Casteel in a recent high-profile murder case, and exactly what Casteel got in return for his disputed testimony, continue to go unanswered as the Bishop man prepares for a court appearance next week.
Casteel is scheduled to appear in Inyo County Superior Court Tuesday, according to the Court Clerkâs Office, for a settlement conference â related to what, exactly, is unclear.
County leaders decided earlier this week that in order to maintain services at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, airport users will have to pay higher fees.
But those airport users, many of whom were at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, say theyâll be paying higher fees for services they donât even need.
The county currently charges fees for a variety of services, including fuel, hangers and tie-downs. The last time the fees at the airport were raised was in 2005.
Residents are being offered an up-close and personal view this weekend of what one group is calling irresponsible land management practices.
Members of the California Native Plant Society will be leading a field trip in the Eight-Mile Ranch and Blackrock Springs area between Independence and Big Pine this weekend to visit a âdegraded alkali meadow habitat.â
The degradation, according to the Bristlecone Chapter of the CNPS, is the direct result of too much groundwater pumping on the part of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and complicity on the part of the County of Inyo.
âIt keeps us out of trouble,â Lefty Irwin said Tuesday after completing yet another set of handicapped-accessible stairs for an Inyo County resident.
Irwin and his band of fellow Lions Club members have been installing ramps and stairs for local handicapped or otherwise mobility challenged residents for more than 20 years.
The one built on Tuesday was the milestone 100th such creation that helps those with walkers and wheelchairs get out of their homes and get mobile.