March 17th, 2011
Increasing concern about Japanâ€™s unfolding nuclear disaster has reached the Eastern Sierra.
However, concerns about potential impacts from a nuclear meltdown 5,000 miles away are, at least for the time being, unwarranted.
While the situation in Japan is constantly changing, Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson, said that there is still no threat to those living in Inyo or Mono counties. Johnson is offering advice on what local citizens can do as well as putting the situation into perspective.
Avo Irene ‘Ava’ Hancock
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14 at Green Acres Memorial Garden Chapel in Bloomington for Avo Irene “Ava” Hancock.
Born Feb. 27, 1924 in Monroe County, Ken. to William and Pearl Stewart, Ava died peacefully at Renown Medical Center in Reno on March 1, 2011 with her family by her side. She was 87.
Ava married Robert Winston Hancock on Nov. 14, 1942; he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1966.
Ten years after its formation, Eastern Sierra Land Trust is celebrating both its birthday and national accreditation.
With a seal of approval from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, Eastern Sierra Land Trust hopes it can gain more credibility with grant providers and potential land owners and members.
Carol Lee MacDonald
Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 15, at the East Line Street Cemetery for 28-year Bishop resident Carol Lee MacDonald.
Born in Bennett, Neb. on Dec. 25, 1937, Carol died March 11, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 73.
Carol was a loving mother whose main concern in life were her children. Being born on Christmas Day made her extra special. She will be greatly missed.
Florence M. (Barlow) Phillips
Funeral services for lifelong Bishop resident Florence M. (Barlow) Phillips will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Brune Mortuary Chapel. Gretchen Hess will officiate. Burial will be at the East Line Street Cemetery.
Born to Ben and Irene Barlow on Aug. 8, 1921 in Bishop, Florence died March 11, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 89.
Jacqueline Mary Jackson
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Bishop for Jacqueline Mary Jackson. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery. The Reverend Barbara Crockett will officiate.
Born March 27, 1929 to Earl and Agnes Milner in Detroit, Mich., Jackie – a mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend – died March 7, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 81.
The third time appears to be the charm for Inyo National Forest, which announced last week that Ed Armenta of Arizona is slated to become its next head honcho.
Armenta, currently the district ranger of the Payson District of the Tonto National Forest, will be the third Forest Service employee to step into the forest supervisor post vacated by Jim Upchurch in September 2010.
Upchurch transferred to Coronado National Forest and two temporary replacements had filled the position until a permanent replacement â€“ Armenta â€“ could be named.
With the Southern Inyo Early Opener Trout Derby in the books, anglersâ€™ attention has now turned to the Eastern Sierraâ€™s other major pre-season fishing tradition: The Blake Jones Trout Derby.
Named for a beloved longtime local resident and angling promoter, the annual derby returns this Saturday to Pleasant Valley Reservoir, where the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau gives fishermen yet another chance to compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights â€“ or simply gather the family to cast a line in prime Eastern Sierra waters â€“ well in advance of the regular fishing season.
J. Patrick Farrell, Sr.
Graveside memorial services for J. Patrick Farrell, Sr. will be held at noon today, Saturday, March 12 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop. Pastor Chris Costello will officiate.
Born Jan. 25, 1934 to Gertrude and William Brian-Jennings Farrell, Pat died March 5, 2011.
Ina June Raworth
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Hemet for Ina June Raworth
Born in Victor, Colo. on Oct. 1, 1924, June died Feb. 24, 2011. She was 86.
June graduated from Manitou Springs High School in Colorado. She worked as a dental assistant and later at Hope School for the Handicapped for 14 years.