June 15th, 2011
The greenery of spring and summer has popped up among the acres blackened and scorched by the Center Fire in Big Pine, March 18. However, that does not mean things are going back to normal for the small community or the 20 families that lost their homes to a blaze that, fueled by strong winds, seemed to cut through the community like a laser beam.
âThe relief efforts are on-going,â said the Reverend Dr. Karen Moore of the Big Pine Methodist Church on June 6. Moore was accepting donations from the Bishop Youth Football League and Bishop Waste Disposal.
Robert H. Goodell
Bob Goodell passed away May 30, 2011 at 68 years of age. Born in San Mateo, Bob grew up in Anaheim. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton and later moved to June Lake where he owned and operated Resort Refuse Waste Disposal from 1980 to 1994.
Upon retirement Bob moved to Bishop to concentrate on perfecting his golf swing. He had a great love of animals – especially his kitties.
Dorothy DeLand, 92, passed away peacefully on June 10, 2011 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop, Calif. after a brief illness. She had been a resident of Bishop for more than a decade.
Stephen Douglas Jorgensen, Jr.
Stephen Douglas Jorgensen, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He had a big impact on many lives. He will be missed dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at Millpond July 9, 2011. All friends are welcome to attend. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a dish.
The after-effects of the multi-vehicle crash that killed four and injured 15 on Aug. 11, 2010 are still being felt. But now, much deserved honors are being bestowed upon an Inyo County sheriffâs deputy for what many are calling courageous and heroic actions.
Shane Scott, recently promoted to investigator, was reportedly the first responder on the scene of the accident, and with little regard for his own safety, entered a burning vehicle to save the life of a 22-year-old college student, Drew Constantine Delis.
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.