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February 17th, 2011

Jim Gooch

February 17, 2011

Jim Gooch
1936-2011

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church, 711 N. Fowler St., in Bishop for James “Jim” Harvey Gooch. Pastor Kent Puls will officiate.
Born June 6, 1941 in Holtville, Jim died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Ridgecrest Healthcare Center. He was 69.
Jim spent his early years in Brawley and moved to Modesto while in high school. Jim and Pat were married in 1963 and had two girls, Suzanne and Julie.

Kenneth ‘Don’ Donald Traver

February 17, 2011

Kenneth ‘Don’ Donald Traver
1928-2011

Funeral services will be private for Kenneth, “Don” Donald Traver.
Born Jan. 10, 1028, Don died the morning of Feb. 6, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center.
Don was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle who is dearly midsed by his family and friends.

Irma Tibbets

February 17, 2011

Irma Tibbets
1926-2011

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Big Pine Communty United Methodist Church for lifelong Big Pine resident Irma Tibbetts. The Rev. Dr. Karen Moore. Burial will be at the Woodmen Cemetery in Big Pine.
Born June 30, 1926 in Big Pine, Irma died Feb. 10, 2011 at the Bihsop Care Center. She was 84.

Team effort led to new rodeo contract

February 17, 2011

The words of poets past and present filled the room last Friday evening at Inyo Council for the Arts, as eight anxious yet excited students from local high schools recited the poems they had chosen for the county finals of the Poetry Out Loud program.
The first-place winner, Tyler Holt, a senior at Big Pine High School, impressed the audience with his recitation of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” and his second poem, “Ways of Talking,” by the contemporary Chinese poet, Ha Jin.

Human remains found in desert near Nevada

February 17, 2011

A grim discovery in a remote region of southeastern Inyo County has authorities searching for answers.
Sheriff’s investigators are attempting to piece together clues that may lead to a positive ID and possibly even cause of death for a body found late last week near Pahrump, Nev.
An individual recreating in the desert last Friday located what are said to be skeletal remains in a remote area west of Pahrump.
According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “the remains were fairly deteriorated, so they could have been out there for months.”

High profile cases return to court

February 17, 2011

Three high-profile criminal cases will be returning to Inyo County Superior Court today. Murder suspects Louis LePlat and Edward Keller, Jr. along with self-confessed arsonist John Christiana will appear before a judge today in Independence.
Christiana was scheduled to appear for sentencing Tuesday, Feb. 8 but, according to the Court Clerk’s Office, his date was pushed back due to a long calendar that day. The office also said he is acting as his own counsel, or pro per.

February 10th

Thomas L. Cone

February 10, 2011

Thomas L. Cone
1930-2011

Graveside services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 11 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop, followed by a reception at the VFW at 2 p.m. for Thomas L. Cone.
Born June 4, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas to Thomas Fowler Cone and Maggie Bloys Cone, Thomas died Feb. 7, 2011. He was 80.

John Charles Bodine, Sr. 1944-2011

February 10, 2011

John Charles Bodine, Sr.
1944-2011

Burial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Pioneer Cemetery in Bishop for long-time Bishop resident John Charles Bodine, Sr. The Rev. Caddy Jackson will officiate. A memorial service will follow from 1-4 p.m. at the Highlands Mobile Home Park Senior Center in Bishop.
Born June 24, 1944 to John A. and Chris T. Bodine in Bell, John died Feb. 2, 2011 at Olive View Hospital in Sylmar. He was 66.

American Legion ‘adopts’ local veterans

February 10, 2011

Members of the Big Pine American Legion are pooling their resources to honor and help local veterans.
Through its new Adopt-A-Vet program, the post has found a way to pay special tribute to community members deserving of recognition for their service to this country.
In 2011, the Big Pine Legion has selected Robert Cox and Robin Sparks, both of Big Pine, for adoption. To show the post’s appreciation, the Legion recently presented Cox with a Big Pine Warriors Jacket and Sparks with a $50 gift certificate for Kmart.

Students giving voice to centuries’ old library of literary treasures

February 10, 2011

High school students throughout Inyo County will be competing for the first year in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. Winners will go on to the nation’s capitol to compete for a chance at more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.
Poetry Out Loud challenges thousands of students in the U.S. to interpret, memorize and recite famous poetry. The class competitions have already been completed or are about to commence at high schools in Bishop, Independence, Lone Pine and Big Pine.

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