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April 1st, 2013

High fire danger levels return to Owens Valley

April 1, 2013

Spring has sprung and with warmer temperatures and longer days come some hazards for recreators.
Local officials are warning of avalanche danger in higher elevations caused by melting snowpack and of fire hazards in the Owens Valley caused by a drier-than-normal conditions.
Bishop Fire Chief Ray Seguine conducted a live fire training exercise just east of Bishop Saturday morning and said dry conditions on the valley floor are something residents should be aware and cautious of.

BLM still deciding future of recovered ancient artifactsv

April 1, 2013

The investigation into the theft of six priceless artifacts chiseled from the rocks of a local petroglyph site continues, as the pieces of ancient artwork sit in evidence storage at the Bureau of Land Management.
BLM Field Manager Bernadette Lovato said last week that no official plans have been made for the six petroglyph panels that were stolen late last year and anonymously returned in late January.
“For now, they have to stay in evidence, and there’s not a lot we can do with them until further down the road,” Lovato said. “Then we will work with the tribes on what to do with them.”

New bill bolsters fight against Medi-Cal cuts

April 1, 2013

A new state bill has been introduced to combat the devastating effects of impending Medi-Cal cuts on small rural skilled nursing facilities and the community is being called upon to spring into immediate action to support it.
The California Hospital Association continues to challenge implementation of AB97’s “devastating” Medi-Cal cuts which affect rural long-term care patients as well as the districts and facilities that serve them, including Southern Inyo Hospital and its Skilled Nursing Unit.

March 29th

PD turns embezzlement probe over to D.A.’s Office

March 29, 2013

The Inyo County District Attorney’s Office announced this week it is taking over the Bishop Police Department’s investigation of alleged embezzlement at Health and Human Services.
Police Chief Chris Carter has turned the case over to D.A. Art Maillet after a 2.5-month investigation. The chief has also informed the D.A. that his department will go no further with the investigation “due to the lack of resources.”

LADWP developing long-term dry lake plan

March 29, 2013

With ongoing litigation tying up the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s mitigation work on Owens Lake, the utility is hoping to take the initiative and develop a long-term solution to dust blowing off the lake.
The LADWP issued a statement earlier this week telling members of the Owens Lake Master Plan Committee that it will begin working on a project design that would incorporate elements that it hopes will meet the needs and goals of each member agency.

Cops to crack down on distracted driving

March 29, 2013

Text messaging and talking on cell phones have proven to be as dangerous as drunk driving and local law enforcement will be cracking down on both this coming month.
The Bishop Police Department is joining the nationwide Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign starting April 1. BPD will show “zero tolerance” to drivers who put themselves and others at risk by texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving, said Chief Chris Carter.

Wye Road Improvements Project could start by fall

March 29, 2013

There is light at the end of a tunnel for a City of Bishop Public Works project that will renovate an intersection which has been the site of a higher-than-average number of collisions over the years.
The Wye Road Intersection Improvements Project is intended to reconfigure the Wye Road-North Main Street/U.S. 6 intersection, which lies west of the Kmart/Vons area, thereby creating a throughway that is more clearly and safely navigable.

Joan Simone Toles Darrel Turner

March 29, 2013

Joan Simone Toles Darrel Turner
1937-2013

Joan Simone Toles Darrel Turner passed away quietly in her sleep at NNRH in Elko, Nev. on March 13, 2013.
Born to Herbert Leroy Toles and Josephine Marie Toles in Grand Junction, Colo. on Aug. 22, 1937, she was raised in Death Valley Junction/Amargosa Clay Camp area from 1937-1952, moving to Ridgecrest/Homestead and later to Bishop.

Ewen ‘Jack’ Rendell

March 29, 2013

Ewen ‘Jack’ Rendell
1928-2013

Private services for Ewen “Jack” Rendell will be held Saturday with Howard Lehwald officiating. Burial will be at East Line Street Cemetery.
Jack was born Oct. 7, 1928 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. He died March 23, 2013 at home in Big Pine.
At six weeks of age, Jack’s family moved to Pasadena where he grew up as a United States citizen. He worked in construction as a plaster foreman from 1946-1952, then entered the Army and served in Korea until 1954. When back home, he was in the Army Reserve until he was Honorably Discharged in 1960.

March 27th

Tom William McCrary

March 27, 2013

Tom William McCrary
1934-2013

Tom W. McCrary went home to be with the Lord on March 13, 2013 at his home in Bishop. He fought a short, tough battle with lung cancer. He was 78.
Tom was born in Rapid City, S.D. on Nov. 17, 1934 to Thomas and Pauline (Peck) McCrary. Tom grew up in Rapid City. He graduated from Rapid City High School in 1953, and attended Florida Technological University in Orlando, Fla. where he received a B.A. in Math-Education.

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