Self-confessed Schulman Grove Visitors Center arsonist John Thomas Christiana is preparing to serve as his own counsel in Inyo County Superior Court.
Christiana recently appealed court orders that he is incompetent to stand trial and that he be subject to involuntarily administration of anti-psychotic medication. On Dec. 10, the court rejected the first contention but reversed the order authorizing the medication. There is no word of when Christiana will be standing trial.
Manzanar National Historic Site is preparing to open a new interpretive exhibit and to conduct more interviews with former internees, camp staff and local residents.
Paying for the new features at the historic site is the Friends of Manzanar, which recently received $58,833 in grant money from the National Park Service.
According to Manzanar Chief of Interpretation Alisa Lynch, staff will utilize the grant money to review archives and find information to put on display at the newly refurbished mess hall.
In remembrance, and as a possible inspiration for others to donate, fellow quilter and friend of the sisters Cathryn Cotler of Smith Valley, Nev. has donated a quilt to the cause. The winner of the quilt will be chosen at random from those who have donated to the Jeff and Alie McKee Family Fund. That fund is set up at The Santa Lucia Bank, P.O. Box 6047, Atascadero CA 93423. The winner of the quilt will be chosen on Jan. 31. No tickets are being sold. The quilt measures 61 inches by 61 inches and is machine-pieced and machine-quilted.