April 14th, 2011
New life and hope are the themes this year in Independence, where committed residents, working together with Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action, Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, and Owens Valley Unified School District, have come together to create an oasis in the midst of the desert â or in this case, a garden in the midst of what has been in past years a parking lot and a baseball field.
A zoning move taken by the City of Bishop earlier this week sparked concern from residents over the potential opening of homeless shelters in their neighborhoods.
As mandated by state law, the city must allow zoning for emergency shelters within the city limits. Although there are no plans to develop any such facility, citizens expressed trepidation that the city was giving a greenlight to the development of homeless shelters.
Jorge Luis Esparza
A viewing and funeral mass was held in Rockford, Ill, on April 1 and April 2 for Rockford resident Jorge Luis Esparza. The family will hold a memorial and be releasing balloons in his memory at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the back of the Bishop City Park. Family and friends who wish to attend and send condolences to the family in Rockford are invited to attend.
Charlotte Suzanne (Ward) Bryant
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for Charlotte Suzanne (Ward) Bryant. A reception will follow at the Bryant residence in Bishop.
Born July 23, 1940 in Battle Creek, Mich. to Laurence Alton Ward and Gertrude May (Hix) Ward, Charlotte died unexpectedly on March 31, 2011.
Charlotte was the youngest of four children.
Local authorities have positively identified one of three sets of human remains located in southeast Inyo County in the past several months.
Deputy Coroner Jeff Mullenhour announced last week that remains located in the Badwater region of Death Valley are those of Carson City resident Norman Cox.
Cox was reported missing in August of 2010 after his family received a suicide note posted from Death Valley.
Local law enforcement conducted a search of the Death Valley area in August of that year, but was unable to locate any signs of Cox and eventually called off the search.
Bishop police officers arrested an Arizona man on felony drug charges last week after following up on reports of someone smoking marijuana in public.
Rex Alan Hornbaker, 56, was arrested on Monday, April 4 for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.
Police officers made a traffic stop on Hornbakerâs vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. after a concerned resident reported witnessing a man smoking marijuana near Josephâs Bi-Rite Market on Main Street.
Residents of and visitors to Bishop are invited to celebrate Earth Day next Saturday at a first-ever event geared toward bringing both fun and awareness to downtown Bishop.
According to organizers, the Earth Day event will be a way to celebrate the environment, as well as boost awareness of local businesses.
There will be live music, food vendors, artisans and craftsmen, fun for the kids and more than 40 educational, informational and non-profit booths.
Sally Margaret Tice
No funeral services have been announced for Sally Margaret Tice.
Born Oct. 24, 1924 in Delrose, Tenn. to Mary Patricia Archer and Frank Stone, Sally died April 1, 2011 in hospice in Parker, Colo.
Sally lived most of her life in California and attended the Mono Lake School. She lived in Lee Vining and Cane Ranch from 1931 to 1940, returning to work as the rural mail carrier in 1946, delivering mail to Bodie.
Colleen Margaret Tillemans
Graveside services will be held today, Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at the Big Pine Cemetery for 40-year Big Pine resident Colleen Margaret Tillemans. Father John Gracey will officiate.
Born June 23, 1948 in Santa Monica, Colleen died April 6, 2011 at her home in Big Pine. She was 62.
A recent survey ranking the health conditions of U.S. counties reveals mixed results for Inyo.
In the same study, titled âCounty Health Rankings,â Inyo is ranked second for âclinical careâ and âphysical environmentâ but 50th out of 56 counties for âhealth outcomes.â
Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson said this yearâs rankings will be compared to last yearâs rankings to see what can be gleaned from the information.