April 27th, 2011
The annual Manzanar Pilgrimage is a time to remember and honor the past and those who fought and died for civil rights, and a time to reflect upon the future. This weekend marks the 42nd annual pilgrimage to the site, an internment camp complete with gun turrets and barbed-wire fence south of Independence that was the relocated home to more than 10,000 Japanese Americans during World War II.
Testimony from the Louis LePlat murder trial, now in the jury deliberation phase, is revealing more than details about the case.
According to the defense attorney for LePlat, the testimony is also drudging up details about a complex web of questionable behavior by the Inyo County District Attorneyâ€™s Office, involving deals with jailhouse informants, reliance on â€śshadyâ€ť witnesses and political sabotage.
District Attorney Art Maillet was unavailable for comment, and has refused to respond to media inquiries for months.
County leaders decided last week to opt out of a Transportation Enhancement Activities grant request it began working on in 2004 to create a Transportation Wing of the Eastern California Museum.
When the project was first brought before the Board of Supervisors in October 2004, the Carson and Colorado Railway Society proposed applying for the TEA grant to construct a facility to restore and eventually house Engine No. 18.
Southern Inyo community members continue to cut and clear fields in and around Lone Pine to protect the townâ€™s people and property from wildfires.
Utilizing a 2009 U.S. Forest Service grant, the Lone Pine Fire Safe Council has targeted more than 140 acres of vacant, overgrown land for fire management work this year.
Mildred Mary Roberts
No funeral services have been announced for five-year Bishop resident Mildred Mary Roberts.
Born Aug. 31, 1906 in Nebraska, Mildred died April 20, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 104.
Mildred loved gardening.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Don and Louise Roberts of Chalfant Valley; and grandchildren, Donald Roberts of Bishop and Lora Roberts of Chalfant Valley.
Robbie Perry Smith
A celebration of life for Mammoth resident Robbie Perry Smith is planned for 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the McGee Creek Inn on Crowley Lake Drive.
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.
James Michael Shoshone
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Allen Spoonhunter Memorial Gym in Big Pine for Big Pine resident James Michael Shoshone.
Born Dec. 28, 1970 in Shurz, Nev. to Marion Spratt and Benny Shoshone, James died Saturday, April 16 in Big Pine.
Warren LeRoy Morefield
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Independence Cemetery for 45-year Inyo County resident Warren LeRoy Morefield. Pastor Erin McPhee will officiate.
Born June 11, 1921 in St. Louis, Mo. to Arthur and Francis Morefield, Warren died April 10, 2011 at Sterling Heights in Bishop. He was 89.
Warren moved to Los Angeles with his mother, father and brother, Lloyd, during the Depression.
Southern California Edison and the Forest Service have made additional information available concerning upcoming South Lake dam work and access.
A press release dated Wednesday, April 13 states, â€śSouthern California Edison and the Forest Service would like to take this opportunity to clarify issues of access to South Lake while the upgrade work to the dam is occurring this spring and summer.
Wild Wild West Run in Alabama Hills
The 33rd Wild Wild West run through the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, Saturday, May 7 starts at Tuttle Creek Campground at 6 a.m. and ends at the Lone Pine Park.
The event includes a 50 K, a marathon, a 10-mile, a 3-mile fun run, and, to celebrate 30 years, a 15-mile run.
Fees, which include a goody bag and T-shirt, are: 50K, $75; Marathon, $70; 10-mile, $60. The cost for the 3-mile fun run is $10 but does not include the shirt.
The award ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Lone Pine Park.