June 10th, 2014
This Saturday is a 15-year- old, time-honored tradition for families in the Eastern Sierra and beyond: the Independence Fishing Derby traditionally held on Fatherâ€™s Day Eve.
With the Derby falling on Flag Day, June 14, participants sporting the flag will get a special prize to commemorate the day.
With California enduring its third consecutive drought year, two water-related bills that may impact the Owens Valley are being pushed through the state legislative process.
According to Inyo Water Director Bob Harrington the Water Bond legislation will likely bring money to the area to the area for regional water management planning, water system funding and watershed restoration projects. However, the more controversial, and more â€ścomplicatedâ€ť measure, Harrington said, is the statewide Groundwater Management legislation.
Who better to help another person with their problems than one who has the same or similar problems?
Two local veterans, Steven Canter and Dan Stone, both of whom suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, have stepped up to provide that help in the Bishop area.
The two decided to start a local group for veterans suffering from PTSD offering them a place to turn, in a group setting, to discuss their problems stemming from the disorder.
Not even the arts are immune from Americaâ€™s economic downturn, which has hit many local businesses and individuals.
Last week, Playhouse wrapped up a successful 50/50 raffle at Bishop Mule Days, and is kicking off its annual membership drive this week to ensure that the show can indeed go on.
According to Playhouse Treasurer Stan Conger, the all-volunteer community theater group struggled through the recession only to find that after three good, but financially disappointing events in a row, the group is extremely low on operating capital.
While the West Bishop area still suffers from a water table gone wild, the area water association came to two agreements at Tuesday eveningâ€™s packed meeting: Rock Baker is the new board member and lawyers seem to have gummed up the effort to keep water in the ditches through the year.
Though the mountain yellow legged frogs and Yosemite toad have been listed as endangered and threatened, respectively, the controversial critical habitat designation associated with those listings is still up in the air.
The Inyo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, outlining local concerns about the habitat proposals and how they will impact residents and visitors to the area and requesting that popular recreation areas remain accessible to residents and visitors.
Alice Piper, a local Native American heroine, was celebrated in Big Pine with a new memorial statue unveiled Monday, June 2 on the lawn outside the Big Pine High School. The full-size bronze statue is the work of Matt Glenn of Big Statues of Provo, Utah.
It was 90 years ago, in 1923, that this 15-year-old from Fish Lake Valley was denied entry to the newly built Big Pine High School on the basis of her race.
UPDATE 4:30 PM: Unofficial, final election results have Dan Totheroh winning election to the Inyo County Board of Supervisors by the slimmest of margins.
According to Clerk-Recorder Kammi Foote, a hand count of the remaining provisional ballots on Thursday afternoon gave Totheroh an additional six votes, bringing his total share of the District 1 vote to 50 percent plus 1-and-a-half. In races where there are more than two people running, a candidate must garner at least 50 percent plus 1 to win; otherwise, the top two vote-getters advance to a runoff in the next election.
Larry Kent Peckham
Larry passed away unexpectedly in Southern Inyo Hospital on April 29, 2014 due to complications of pneumonia. He lived in Independence for 67 years, moving there with his parents Howard and Evelyn Peckham and his little sister, Janet, when he was 5 years old.
James David Boling
James (Jimmy) David Boling died at his home in Big Pine on May 27, 2014. Jimmy, who was also known by many as â€śBones,â€ť was born on Oct. 22, 1950 in Pomona to James Harvey and Mary Katherine Boling. Jimmy, his older sister and three younger siblings moved to Aberdeen Resort with his mother and step-father, Warren, and Mary Katherine Mann in 1963. Jimmy attended school in both Big Pine and Independence, graduating from Owens Valley High School in 1969. Jimmy lived most of his life in the Owens Valley and worked for the County of Inyo for a total of 18 years.