October 17th, 2011
Mary Dorothy Daughtry-Payne
Mary Daughtry-Payne, better known as Dottie, passed away peacefully at her home, on the evening of Oct. 7, 2011. She will be remembered for her warm heart and kind smile by all who knew her. Dottie was born April 11, 1930 in Mobile, Ala. to Nicholas and Regina Desmond. She was one of eight children and shared special bonds with all her siblings.
From food banks to housing assistance to weatherizing homes for energy-efficiency to help with paying the bills for low-income residents, the Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. helps whomever they can, however they can.
IMACA also provides residents in need with holiday food baskets and runs the popular Wish Tree program at Christmas that provides local low income kids with gifts to open on Dec. 25.
Inyo County law enforcement is conducting a search of the Buttermilk area for a man last seen in July.
The man, 64-year-old Richard John Malten of Oregon House, Calif., was reported missing earlier this week, according to Inyo Sheriffâs Public Information Officer Carma Roper, leading investigators to his abandoned vehicle along McGee Creek west of Bishop.
That vehicle, so far, is the only lead investigators have on Maltenâs whereabouts.
Local leaders at the city and county level took some time this week to recognize local volunteer firefighters who are willing to train year-round for an opportunity to serve the community.
In honor of Fire Prevention Week, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors honored Assistant Bishop Fire Chief Pat OâNeil as Firefighter of the Year.
A few hours later, the Bishop City Council, meeting on Tuesday due to the Columbus Day holiday, elected to honor the entire Bishop Volunteer Fire Department as the Citizen of the Quarter, an honor the council gives out every four months.
The Bishop Lady Broncos tennis team faced the Kern Valley Broncs, Thursday, and came away with another tight loss, 10-8.
The Broncosâ singles and doubles both took four matches.
Doubles team of Hope McIndoo and Tara Gardner, once again, kept it exciting with two tie-breakers, losing both by 3-7, but coming back to win their final match 7-5.
âHope and Tara have taken a match to a tie-breaker against every school we have played,â said coach Patty Cummings. âThey really battle.â
Final scores for McIndoo and Gardner against Kern: 7-5, 6-7, 6-7.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles volleyball squad got bitten by the Boron Bobcats at home Thursday, losing 1-3 (8-25, 25-23, 21-25, 19-25)
âBoronâs strong serving and stingy defense kept us rattled throughout the match,â said coach Mel Joseph. âWe lacked the inspiration and desire to push points when the opportunity was there. Everyone had moments of greatness, just not at the same time and Boron took at advantage.â
Lone Pine served 95 percent as a team.
The Bishop Lady Broncos volleyball team scored a High Desert League win Thursday, taking down the Rosamond Roadrunners 3-1.
âIt felt great to get a win,â said coach Sherri Sonke. âThe girls were excited, they played well.â
Game scores: 25-17, 25-19, 18-25 and 26-24
The JV squad swept the Roadrunners, 25-16, 25-6. Jessica Borin had an 18-point run from the service line.
Next week, the Broncos have a home stand, taking on Desert on Tuesday and California City on Thursday. JV games start at 4 p.m., followed by varsity.
Tara Baiano: 3 kills
This has, undoubtedly, been a busy season for search and rescue personnel.
In the past 12 days alone, Inyo County Search and Rescue responded to nine separate calls, from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9. From overdue hikers to a hiker who perished from suspected high altitude sickness, SAR has been beating the trails and assisting folks in the backcountry from Mt. Whitney to Bishop Pass.
Inyo County signed off on a new draft pumping plan by Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that addresses concerns local officials had about potential over-pumping.
The LADWP released a draft pumping plan this spring that called for pumping levels in the Independence Blackrock area that the Board of Supervisors and Inyo County Water Department said were unacceptable.
In response, the LADWP presented a new, modified draft pumping plan that would reduce activity in the Independence Blackrock well field, but increase pumping at the Laws and Independence Oak well fields.
Consistently ranked as one of the nationâs toughest colleges to get into, Deep Springs has recently doubled its number of possible applicants.
The college, founded in 1917, will no longer have an all-male student body. After brief pilot and summer programs with coeducation, the trustees of the remote college/working ranch voted 10-2 in September to begin accepting female applicants.