July 11th, 2014
Voters throughout Inyo County will have a chance to redeem themselves this fall after the dismal turnout at the polls this past June.
With only one local race affecting voters of one district and close to a dozen incumbents running unchallenged for re-election, Inyo County saw one of the lowest voter turnout totals in recent history. According to the final results from the June 3 Primary, only 3,916 of the countyâs 9,506 registered voters participated in the election, for a 41.2 percent turnout.
The participation state wide was worse, with California recording a 24 percent voter turnout.
The body of British actor Dave Legeno, 50, was discovered in Death Valley Sunday.
Deputy Inyo County Coroner Jason Molinar said Thursday that Legeno died as a result of heat stroke in a remote area of the national park west of Zabriskie Point.
As of Friday morning, neither the Inyo County Coronerâs Office nor the public information officer with the Sheriffâs Department would confirm the Legeno discovered in Death Valley was the famed actor.
Sunshine (Sai) Santiago DeLos Santos
Sunshine (Sai) Santiago DeLos Santos was born in the Philippines on Oct. 8, 1978 to Deo and Marie DeLos Santos. She moved to the United States with her family as a young child and they eventually relocated to the Owens Valley in 1989. Over the years she followed her dreams to be near the ocean, living in Hawaii and eventually making her home with her son Kaden in Santa Barbara. Sunshine touched the lives of so many that she came into contact with along her journey, always embodying her name by being a shining light full of warmth and grace.
This coming Monday, July 14, most Inyo County residents will presumably be doing what they always do on Monday: going to work, spending time in the garden, going to the gym, having lunch with the spouse, hitting local trails, catching up on housework, doing the weekâs grocery shopping âŠ
Others might be starting or ending a long-awaited vacation, welcoming out-of-town guests, launching a massive home improvement project or floating the Owens River.
Whatever it is â from the seemingly bizarre to the supposedly mundane â The Inyo Register wants to hear about it.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors convened a workshop on Tuesday, July 1, to address the results of a fecal coliform bacteriological monitoring study of Bishop Creek conducted by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. The workshop was attended by representatives of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the City of Bishop, the Bishop Paiute Tribe, County of Inyo and other interested parties. Study findings showed frequently high levels of bacterial concentrations, exceeding both Water Board and US EPA water quality criteria, at some locations of Bishop Creek.
Inyo County Planning Director Josh Hart proposed several fee changes in his department report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in an effort to generate new revenue or at least break even on some department responsibilities.
Hart proposed fee increases for mine evaluations, appeals and for the Lone Pine Architectural Design Review Board. He also proposed legalizing and taxing the use of vacation homes in residential areas, and a switch to online notices for the Planning Commission agenda.
An afternoon contact between Inyo County sheriffâs deputies and an alleged kidnapper resulted in the fatal shooting of a local residentâs dog Monday.
During the incident, Raymond Denver, 42, was arrested for alleged kidnapping, assault and other felony and misdemeanor charges.
Deputies had been looking for Denver since July 6, just before 11 p.m., when someone reported to the Sheriffâs Office that âDenver had been witnessed forcing a female into his vehicle following a domestic dispute,â a Sheriffâs Office press release states.
Rhonda Kolene Rothchild
Rhonda Kolene Rothchild, born Feb. 11, 1960, lived in Bishop since the 1980s. She died June 22, 2014.
She is survived by her sister, mother and wife, Barbara Briggs.
She was crazy at times, but a good person with an awesome sense of humor.
Frances Rowan passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014 in Camarillo. She was born Dec. 29, 1925 in Johnson City, Tenn.
She and her husband Kenneth Rowan were married 67 years and lived in Grand Junction, Colo. before moving to Bishop in 1970.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; four children, Janice, Fred, Dan and Don; five grandchildren; and 10 great- grandchildren.
Born April 6, 1950 in Oakland, Dennis Hubartt passed away June 21, 2014 in Carson City.
He was preceded in death by both parents, John and Ruth Hubartt; and his eldest son, John Joseph Hubartt.
Dennis retired from Bishop Elementary School District in September 2004 after serving 25 years in the grounds/maintenance department.
He met his wife Patricia in high school their freshman year. They were married in 1969 and have been married 45 years.