January 9th, 2015
Some of the stories that will be talked about today: House Republicans are on track to pass legislation to authorize the construction of the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline. It's still not immediately clear even within the Obama administration whether rogue hackers or other governments disrupted North Korea's networks last month. Obama administration officials are not providing any details about the proposal to give every American student two years of community college for free... no word on where the money would come to pay for it.
âSargâ Snyder, age 89, a resident of Bishop for 67 years, was born in Los Angeles on May 11, 1925 and passed away on Dec. 29, 2014 in Bishop.
Rodney Ernest Keener
Born in Lone Pine on July 7, 1952, Rodney Ernest Keener passed suddenly on Dec 22, 2014 at home in Lone Pine.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Everett Keener; sons, Travis, Ethan, Jonathan and Harrison Keener; his mother, Betty Keener; and sister, Kristy Keener.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Keener; and son, Douglas Keener.
Rod had many friends and many stories to tell. He was a welder, mechanic, cowboy and carpenter â a man of many talents, always ready to lend a hand.
Curtis Eugene âNickâ Charles
Curtis Eugene âNickâ Charles, age 68, died at home on Dec. 29, 2014. Â
Born to Russell and Faye Charles in Franklin, Ohio on Nov. 2, 1946, he lived in Garden Grove before settling in Bishop in 1988.Â He worked as a printer and was an active member of the Lions Club before retiring in 2010. Â
Survivors include his wife, Lynda; his sons, Robert and Russel; daughter-in-law, Alicia; and grandchildren, Trevor and Troy Charles.
No services will be held at the request of the deceased.
Inyo County Administrative Officer Kevin Carunchio is in the market for a new Number 2, as current Deputy CAO Pam Foster (formerly Hennarty) plans to resign Dec. 15.
Foster is planning to take a position as Inyo County Superior Courtâs Executive Officer of the Courts, meaning the county will need to find a new manager to oversee the Parks and Recreation and Integrated Solid Waste departments and oversee several other projects and programs.
The CAOâs office is authorized to employ a Deputy CAO and a Senior CAO or Assistant CAO.
âComing Soonâ read the sign on the store front window at 192 W. Line St., Bishop. What was to be shortly arriving to the former Holmes Health Haven location was the question.
Blue Lupine Health Goods, another health food store, is the answer.
After Holmes Health Haven closed its doors in the summer of 2014, longtime employee Gale Lober went to work revamping the store in her own image.
Some positive changes have been taking place in The Inyo Registerâs newsroom, culminating in the hire of a new general assignment reporter.
Justin Hoover, 32, has officially joined the Register news team, which this past winter has consisted of only senior reporter Mike Gervais and editor Darcy Ellis.
As always, the small staff will share and rotate âbeatsâ and assignments when necessary, but Hoover will be covering some specific news areas: issues and projects related to the City of Bishop, Northern Inyo Hospital, law enforcement, education, outdoor recreation and new businesses.
Dale âJugâ Watterson
Dale âJugâ Watterson, 64, of Bishop, passed away Dec. 21, 2014 in his home surrounded by loved ones.Â Â
Jug was born in Bishop to Pearl Watterson on Sept. 14, 1950.Â He spent his childhood hunting and fishing with his Gramps, brothers and cousins. He joined the Army in 1969. He then met the love of his life, Patti Macklin, and on Aug. 14, 1976, made her a Watterson and together they raised two beautiful daughters.
Benett Kessler, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Eastern Sierra for a generation, has died. She was 65.
Kessler died Jan. 2 in Northern Inyo Hospital after battling cancer for more than three years, her close friend Scott Clark, a physician at the Bishop facility, said.
Kessler, the majority owner of Sierra Broadcasters, LLC in Independence, was a daily presence in Owens Valley and Mono County homes, delivering news reports and opinion pieces on television, radio, online and in print for 38 years about the most controversial issues in the region.
Last year ended on a high note for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, which received word Dec. 31 that dust mitigation on Owens Lake should be completed in the next two years.
Sacramento Superior Court issued a stipulated judgement against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuit that claims that dust mitigation is a waste of water that requires dust mitigation work to be completed.