April 19th, 2011
The 2011 wildflower season is at its peak in Death Valley and Southern Inyo. Reports are that this is not the most prolific year for petals and color, but the flowers are out and theyâre going fast.
Chief of Interpretation for Death Valley National Park Terry Baldino reported at the end of March that the flowers are small but abundant.
âIf people want to see the flowers this year theyâre going to have to get out of the car and look around,â Baldino said.
Years of cooperative effort between Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power paid off this week with a lease signing that gives local government greater control over the land it uses at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport.
During a presentation Monday at the airport, L.A. Department of Water and Power signed a lease agreement with the county for more than 600 acres at the airport in Bishop thatâs valid âin perpetuity.â
Residents in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties have an opportunity to tell Internet providers what kinds of service they receive, if any, and what kinds of services they would like to see in the area.
The Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council recently launched an Eastern Sierra Connect broadband survey. The survey aims to help identify the unserved and underserved communities in Inyo, Mono and Eastern Kern counties that need broadband Internet connectivity and the broadband technologies that might be appropriate and affordable to residents and businesses.
Robbie Perry Smith
A celebration of life for Mammoth resident Robbie Perry Smith is planned for Saturday, April 30 at a location that will be announced in the near future.
Born Nov. 22, 1949 in Hollywood to Helen Beuscher and Robert C. Smith, Robbie died Sunday, April 10, 2011 from complications of a long-standing illness.
His illness could not diminish his kind, funny and generous spirit. Robbie’s sweet nature and gentle personality will remain forever in the hearts of those who loved him.
Fire officials continue to interview witnesses and investigate the origin and path of the Center Fire in Big Pine, hoping to release a final report on their findings in the near future.
According to Lead CalFire Investigator Bart Chambers, âeverything plays into our investigation, we have to get statements from witnesses, from the first responders on scene, look at the burn indicatorsâ and compile all that information into one coherent report.
The Bishop City Council was busy at its regular meeting on Monday with awards, presentations and department head reports.
The cityâs elected leaders started the meeting off with a presentation of its Quarterly Council Citizen Award to Leland Campbell, affectionately known the âSierra Street Waver.â Campbell can be seen most days sitting on a scooter at the corner of Sierra and Main streets with his dog, âKing,â waving and smiling at every passing motorist.
From its humble and passionate beginnings in 1969, the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage has become more than just a way to honor those who were interned at the camp. It has also become a way to honor those who continue to fight for reparations and civil rights, and those who are committed to preserving the memory of the World War II Japanese internment camps that serve as an example of how fragile civil rights in America are.
The match-up between the Bishop Lady Broncos softball squad and the Rosamond Lady Roadrunners was a 10-inning epic played out at home Friday afternoon.
Tied 9-9 at the end of seven innings, it took three more to determine the winner. The Roadrunners pulled ahead in the 10th for a 10-14 win.
âThe girls played hard,â said coach Stacy Van Nest. âThey never gave up. The score and our league record (0-3) do not reflect all that our girls have accomplished. They played two ranked teams this week and challenged both.â
The Bishop Broncos beat the Rosamond Roadrunners by a score of 3-1 Friday.
No, it wasnât a soccer game, it was baseball in what amounted to a defensive battle. Broncos Doug Watterson and Tanner Kruse won that battle by a margin not reflected in the score, combining for 15 strikeouts against Rosamondâs Matt Francoâs three.
The win catapults Bishop ahead of Rosamond for the top High Desert League spot with a 3-0 record in league, 11-2 overall.
Inyo officials are preparing to decide how to deal with a $600,000 deficit for county integrated waste management.
Inyo County Integrated Waste hosted three public meetings in February, one each in Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, to discuss the possibility of raising fees or reducing hours at local landfills to help close the budget gap. The meetings were met with little, and in some cases, zero interest from citizens,