March 18th, 2014
Richard David âDickâ Finch
Richard David âDickâ Finch died March 4, 2014, in Bishop. He was 91.
He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in LaMoure, N.D., to Clarence L. and Bertha Simonson Finch. The family later moved to Bozeman, Mont., where Richard graduated from high school. He received a bachelorâs degree in engineering physics from the University of Montana, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46, including a tour of duty in the Philippines.
He married Kristine Hoverson on Sept. 29, 1945, in Bozeman and they enjoyed 67 happy years together. She died Oct. 1, 2012.
The Lone Pine FFA Blue and Gold Grapes & Grains Western Mixer fundraiser, held at the Lone Pine Film History Museum on Friday, March 7, was a tremendous success, raising close to $20,000 in support of the agriculture students in the Future Farmers of America Program at Lone Pine High School.
The film museumâs director, Bob Sigman, and the museumâs Board of Directors have been very supportive of the FFA over the past few years by allowing them to use the museum as the venue for this very popular annual event.
Another standing-room-only crowd is expected at the County Administrative Center in Independence today â this time as residents gather to witness and weigh in on a presentation from the Inyo County Planning Department on its controversial General Plan amendment.
While digging into the history of the Saline Valley Salt Mine and Tram, brothers Tim and Brian Waag uncovered what they consider a forgotten gem: pioneer photographer A.A. Forbes.
Sandra Vernon Bright
Sandi passed away unexpectedly, following a long illness, at her home in Big Pine on Feb. 28, 2014. Sandi was an avid outdoor enthusiast who loved camping, hiking, scuba diving and long rides. She enjoyed travel, fine dining, sunsets and piÃ±a coladas on the beach at her vacation spot in Mexico. Sandi had many bird feeders on her porch and loved watching the birds return in the spring.
Lynn Bunn of Lone Pine has been selected for the U.S. Air Forceâs Honorary Command program to serve as a liaison between local communities and Edwards Airforce Base, which often uses Eastern Sierra airspace for training and other operations.
As Inyo Countyâs Honorary Commander, Bunn has been paired with Lt. Col. Ryan Osteroos of Edwards Airforce Baseâs 412th Operations and Support Squadron. Through the program, Osteroos will be tasked with maintaining open lines of communication with Bunn, who has been invited to participate in a number of events at the base.
In what Inyo County Supervisors called ânot the best alternative, but a good one,â the board agreed at Tuesdayâs meeting to support a negotiated solution to get water to the Lone Pine High Schoolâs FFA farm.
Top Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials made a trip to the Owens Valley this week, just days after the Inyo County Board of Supervisors reached out to the utility for an update on the status of its controversial solar project.
But Assistant Director of Power System Planning and Development Michael Webster and Yamen Nanne, an engineer on the solar project, werenât here to meet with county officials. Rather, they were on a two-day public relations junket filled with meetings with local chambers of commerce, tribes, school officials and National Park Service representatives.
FRIDAY, 4:15 p.m. âââ Forest Service are currently responding to a half-acre blaze in the Blackrock area of Inyo County.
This fire, according to Inyo National Forest, is visible along U.S. Highway 395 along Division Creek near Sawmill Meadow.
A helicopter has been ordered. There is no threat to life or property at this time, a spokesperson said.
Owens Valley School District in Independence is putting on a show tonight and inviting the community to come watch.
Missoula Children's Theatre's "Cinderella" will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in the Owens Valley School gym, 202 S. Clay St. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 18 and under.
Dozens of students in grades K-12 have been cast in the play, and spent the past week rehearsing for several hours each day after school in preparation for tonight's performance.
The community is invited to attend and support the students' theatrical endeavor.