January 5th, 2015
Benett Kessler, one of the most recognized and respected journalists in the Eastern Sierra for a generation, has died. She was 65.
Kessler died Jan. 2 in Northern Inyo Hospital after battling cancer for more than three years, her close friend Scott Clark, a physician at the Bishop facility, said.
Kessler, the majority owner of Sierra Broadcasters, LLC in Independence, was a daily presence in Owens Valley and Mono County homes, delivering news reports and opinion pieces on television, radio, online and in print for 38 years about the most controversial issues in the region.
Last year ended on a high note for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, which received word Dec. 31 that dust mitigation on Owens Lake should be completed in the next two years.
Sacramento Superior Court issued a stipulated judgement against the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lawsuit that claims that dust mitigation is a waste of water that requires dust mitigation work to be completed.
Longtime Inyo County sheriffâs deputy Jeff Hollowell has been promoted to Inyo County Undersheiff.
Hollowell was sworn in by Sheriff Bill Lutze Monday, and immediately began work in his new position.
With years of experience with the Sheriffâs Department, Lutze said Monday that Hollowell was the obvious choice to fill the shoes of Keith Hardcastle, who retired as undersheriff at the end of last month.
As undersheriff, Lutze said Hollowell is the number two man in the department, responsible for overseeing virtually all aspects of the operation, from budgeting to personnel matters.
Next Weekâs Matchups:
Dallas @ Green Bay
What to watch for:
Dallas will travel to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and their dynamic offense. Green Bay has not lost at Lambeau Field yet this year. Dallas matches up well with Green Bay because they have a strong running game that can keep the clock running and keep the ball out of Green Bayâs hands. The weather might get the best out of Dallas as it is likely to be extremely cold. Green Bayâs offense will be looking to feast on a weak Dallas secondary.
Pick: Green Bay 31-24
Carolina @ Seattle
What to watch for:
Carolina (8-8-1) 27 vs
Arizona (11-6) 16
Geraldine (nee Ellis) Kerley
Geraldine (nee Ellis) Kerley, born July 1, 1933 in Silverton, Colo. to the late Frosty and Dora Ellis, passed away Dec. 12, 2014.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Edgar Kerley; her parents; and eldest sister, Eileen Leslie.
Survivors include siblings, Norma Samari, Avis Godown, Carol and husband Richard Nichols, Barbara Webster and Pat Mathieu; brother-in-law, Gene Leslie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
LeRoy Gordon Prentice
LeRoy Gordon Prentice, âRed,sA002-INYâ of Bishop, passed away on Dec. 13, 2014 in Reno Nev.
Red was born Dec. 20, 1933 in San Pedro. He was in construction all of his life. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed golfing, fishing and his family.
He is survived by a brother, four children and four grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of life at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 at the Bishop Golf Course. Please join friends and family for food and fond memories.
December 31st, 2014
Inyo County District Attorney Tom Hardy is preparing for a busy January, with several cases on the docket.
Hardy said Wednesday that a settlement conference for the case against Bishop residents Dawndee and Ken Rossy, who are accused of embezzlement of public assistant funds from Inyo County Health and Human Services, has been set for Jan. 8.
Hardy said a trial date may be set during that conference. If that happens, he expects the trial will be set for late spring or early summer.
After discovering damage to the Ibex Dunes in Death Valley, the National Park Service is warning that âa few bad applesâ can spoil the fun for everyone.
The Ibex Dunes in Death Valley National Park are a refuge of natural quiet; a dramatic contrast to the wild fun of Dumont Dunes, the popular off-highway vehicle area on nearby BLM lands.
âUnfortunately, a few âbad applesâ are flaunting the law and giving a bad reputation to all of the law-abiding off-road enthusiasts,â a press release issued by Death Valley National Park on Christmas Eve states.
More than 900 new laws were approved last year in California, running the gamut from health, employment and medical benefits to criminal penalties, law enforcement procedures and motor vehicle rules, to education, pet care and childrenâs welfare.
Many of the new laws become enforceable today, Thursday, Jan. 1.