June 27th, 2014
Bishop Area California Highway Patrol Captain Andria Witmer announced this week that she will be retiring at the end of the month.
Witmer said Thursday that her successor, Lt. Tim Noyes, of Riverside, will be promoted to captain and begin work at the Bishop office of the CHP Sept. 1. In the interim, she said area CHP sergeants will be handling day-to-day operations.
Witmer has been an officer with the CHP for nearly 30 years. She came to Bishop from Southern California on Dec. 2, 2010.
The Blackrock 94 dispute was officially laid to rest Tuesday with the Inyo County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ formal approval of the resolution worked out between the County Water Department and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff.
Local agencies are closing area roads for safety reasons during the July 4th holiday.
In an effort to enhance public safety while encouraging safe and responsible 4th of July recreating, the Bishop Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, California Highway Patrol, Inyo County Road Department, Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Office and Bishop Fire have developed a cohesive enforcement and operations plan for the citizens and visitors of Bishop.
Effective on July 4, the following areas of Bishop will have enforced, temporary no parking zones:
James Harley Eaton
Born Aug. 26, 1962 to Ed & Barbara Eaton. Jim passed away peacefully at home in Lone Pine on June 10, 2014 after a lengthy illness.
Jim had a good heart and was known around Lone Pine for being a kind-hearted soul who was always willing to help out others.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ed, in 2000.
He is survived by his mother, Barbara; sisters, Phyllis Weinberg and Debbie Shafer; his brother, Frank Eaton; numerous nieces and nephews; and his many friends in Lone Pine.
Buna Lurlene Browne Drew
On June 15, 2014, longtime Independence and Owens Valley resident Buna Lurlene Browne Drew passed away. Lurlene was born in Kenton, Tenn. on Aug. 10, 1928.Â She was one of 11 children in the Browne family.Â As a child, Lurlene moved west with her family, eventually settling in the Owens Valley.
The Inyo County Office of Education officially cut both the â€śstringsâ€ť attached to its offer of funds to the Lone Pine Unified School District and the offer itself.
The Lone Pine board made no final decision in response to the countyâ€™s offer of funding for facility improvements in exchange for a number of conditions at its June 18 special meeting, deferring action until this eveningâ€™s board meeting.
A decades-old dispute between Bishop Tribal member Ron Napoles and the Bishop Paiute Tribe escalated earlier this month, with assault charges filed against tribal employees, and trespassing citations issued to Napoles and his family members.
Napoles and the tribe have been at odds for years over the ownership of two land allotments on North Pa Ha Lane, south of the Paiute Palace Casino. Recently, the dispute has gone public, with protests, petitions and op-ed pieces in the newspaper.
Paul Alan Martin
Born April 22, 1929 in St. Louis Park, Minn., Paul Alan Martin, age 85, a resident of Bishop for 48 years passed away on June 10, 2014 at Renown Hospital in Reno.
After growing up in the Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs, Paul served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean conflict in the early 1950â€™s. Originally stationed near Denver, Colo., his unit was reassigned to the atomic testing being carried out near Mercury, Nev.
Harry William Andreas III
Born May 26, 1988, Harry William Andreas III, age 26, resident of Bishop for 26 years, passed away June 16, 2014 at his home in Bishop.
Harry is survived by his parents, Harry Andreas, Jr. and Clarice Andreas; brother, Jeffrey; sisters, Marnie and Jordan Andreas; grandparents Harry Sr. and Doris Andreas, and the late Francis and Pearl Allen all of Bishop; and numerous family and friends.
A traditional Cry Dance ceremony will be held at dusk on Friday, June 20, 2014 at the Andreas residence 665 Sewaye Ln.
Residents and visitors are invited to head over to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds this weekend to help with the final fundraising push for a new Inyo County Animal Shelter.
Just last week, Inyo County released a request for bids for the new shelter in Big Pine. Thus far, there have been three responses, ranging from $700,000 to $767,000 for the construction of the project, which will also require about $100,000 worth of site grading work.
To date, ICARE has raised between $750,000 and $770,000 for the new shelter.