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April 5th, 2011
A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young manâs 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 Kellerâs public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorneyâs Office.
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-recorderâs many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.
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.
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.
A routine traffic stop Monday on U.S. 395 near Manzanar led to the arrest of two Southern California residents on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine through Inyo County on their way to Carson City.
According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, California Highway Patrol officers clocked Victoria Wood, 38, and her passenger Joseph Navetta, 41, both of the Long Beach area, traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in a silver Jaguar sedan at about 7 a.m. Monday.
Itâs that time of year in the Golden State when legislators argue about how to divvy up dwindling revenues against the wall of a multi-billion dollar deficit.
While legislators propose to raise or lower taxes, schools must still prepare budgets.
Volunteer numbers for the Inyo County Mentor Program continue to rise thanks to efforts by Inyo County Health and Human Services to raise awareness of local youth in need of guidance from older role models.
Health and Human Services is planning an appreciation dinner for the five adult volunteers who are working with or training to work with local youth. The county is also asking anyone who would like to volunteer with the program to sign up for the program.
Local men and woman who have devoted themselves to caring for one of the Eastern Sierraâs most precious landscapes have been recognized by the Sierra Business Council with a 2011 Vision Award.
Announced earlier this month, the Sierra Vision Award is being accepted by the Alabama Hills Stewardship Program as both a validation of the groupâs blood, sweat and tears and a source of inspiration as they continue their efforts to preserve and protect the public lands west of Lone Pine.
âShow Big Pine home is where the heart is,â Sherri Newman of Jakeâs Saloon said in a press release announcing its own benefit fundraiser for victims of the Center Fire. âThe time is now to show our support at home. Bring it in, bring it big, bring it for Big Pine.â
Relief efforts for victims of the blaze continue to be organized, locally and throughout the state. There are fundraisers and clean-ups of all sorts planned for the days and weeks ahead.
With more high winds forecast this week, firefighters remain in Big Pine monitoring the burn area left by the Center Fire that destroyed 19 homes on Friday.
CalFire investigators are also on scene, assessing damages, the path of destruction and the blazeâs point of origin near the Bernasconi Education Center as they determine a cause.
âThe fire was called at 100 percent contained at 18:00 (6 p.m.) Sunday, but we still have resources on scene mopping up and looking for hot spots,â said CalFire Battalion Chief Mike Smith.