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April 12th, 2011

Traffic stop yields pounds of pot

April 12, 2011

Bishop police officers arrested an Arizona man on felony drug charges last week after following up on reports of someone smoking marijuana in public.
Rex Alan Hornbaker, 56, was arrested on Monday, April 4 for possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.
Police officers made a traffic stop on Hornbaker’s vehicle at about 6:30 p.m. after a concerned resident reported witnessing a man smoking marijuana near Joseph’s Bi-Rite Market on Main Street.

Earth Day fete to focus on a self-sustaining Bishop

April 12, 2011

Residents of and visitors to Bishop are invited to celebrate Earth Day next Saturday at a first-ever event geared toward bringing both fun and awareness to downtown Bishop.
According to organizers, the Earth Day event will be a way to celebrate the environment, as well as boost awareness of local businesses.
There will be live music, food vendors, artisans and craftsmen, fun for the kids and more than 40 educational, informational and non-profit booths.

April 11th

Nationwide health rankings a ‘tool’ for IDing local problems

April 11, 2011

A recent survey ranking the health conditions of U.S. counties reveals mixed results for Inyo.
In the same study, titled “County Health Rankings,” Inyo is ranked second for “clinical care” and “physical environment” but 50th out of 56 counties for “health outcomes.”
Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson said this year’s rankings will be compared to last year’s rankings to see what can be gleaned from the information.

April 7th

Financial aid sought for terminal cancer patient

April 7, 2011

Local cancer patient Sandra “Sandee” Dohnel Moore never needed help before, her friends explained, and it was even harder for her to ask for it. So her friends are doing it for her.
Moore has terminal breast cancer and her doctors have told her she only has a short time to live. To make matters worse, her friends said, Moore is having trouble paying the bills, let alone setting anything aside – as grim as it sounds – for inevitable funeral costs she doesn’t want to burden loved ones with.

County fireworks ban shot down

April 7, 2011

Inyo leaders rejected a suggestion Tuesday to implement heightened regulations on fireworks in the county.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney brought a request to the board in hopes of banning the use of fireworks in areas of the county that do not have fire protection districts. The use of fireworks within fire protection districts would have been allowed at the discretion of local fire chiefs.

Feds step in with disaster loans for BP

April 7, 2011

The financial cavalry has arrived for victims of the Center Fire.
Representatives of the U.S. Small Business Administration set up shop in Big Pine at noon on Tuesday to assist community members in applying for federal disaster relief loans.

April 5th

Verdict reached in murder case

April 5, 2011

A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young man’s future will be decided for his alleged role in the death of a relative.
After a month-long trial, Bishop resident Edward Keller, Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Inyo County jury on Friday.
Keller was charged with killing his 29-year-old cousin, James Eugene Williams, at a party on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Attorney Thomas Hardy acted as Keller’s public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

Retired county clerk honored with lasting gift

April 5, 2011

Mary Roper may have retired from public service in January, but her presence will be felt in the county seat for decades to come, thanks to the planting of a tree in her honor last week.
Former colleagues and friends gathered on the lawn of the historic Inyo County Courthouse Friday to plant a young Colorado Spruce in recognition of the retired county clerk-recorder’s many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.

Investigators working to ID remains found in Death Valley

April 5, 2011

County officials are working to positively identify three different sets of human remains found in remote areas of southeast Inyo County over the past five months.
Assistant Coroner Jeff Mullenhour has been collaborating with local and out-of-the area forensics experts to match DNA and dental records of the remains to missing persons reports.
Mullenhour is investigating a set of bones located in the Anvil Springs Canyon area, believed to belong to one of four missing German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley in 1996.

April 4th

First-ever beer fest coming to Bishop

April 4, 2011

Inyo County will get its first taste of a craft beer festival this spring.
Bishop will play host to its first microbrew festival Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 in conjunction with the annual Bishop Home Show and Laws Railroad Museum Choo Choo Swap Meet.
Bishop Mikro Bier Fest organizers are currently looking for local residents and businesses who would like to volunteer or sponsor the event.
Currently, event organizer Britta Wichers is working with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Manor Market to attract more breweries and out-of-the-area residents who follow trade beer events.

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