February 21st, 2014
As the hope of a rainy February fades, information on grant and loan assistance for those in Inyo County financially impacted by the third year of drought is starting to drizzle in, even if the clouds fail to release any moisture.
Both the county and the Inyo/Mono Agriculture Commissionerâ€™s Office are getting the information out as quickly as it becomes available.
This yearâ€™s record-breaking lack of rain follows two consecutive low-rain, low-snowpack years, forcing ranchers, farmers and area residents to make some tough decisions.
Earlene Wright passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 11, 2014. She was 80 years old.
She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, William; brother, Bud (Maurine) of Bakersfield; son, Randy (SharonLea) of Bishop; daughters, Pam (David Kim) of Sparks, Nev. and Tam (Mike, deceased) of Oroville; five grandchildren, Chris, Bryan, Melissa, Mandy and Kelsey; and four great-grandchildren, Jack, Henry, Cameron and Kylie.
An arrest has been made in connection with an embezzlement investigation launched at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds last August.
Rebecca Bragdon a former employee of the Tri-County Fair Administration Office, was arrested this morning on charges of felony grand theft and misdemeanor embezzlement and booked into Inyo County Jail. Bail has been set at $150,000.
The California Highway Patrol has forwarded its report on the investigation to the Inyo District Attorney's Office.
Leslie Barbara Crellin
Lone Pine resident Leslie B. Crellin, 67, born in San Mateo on Oct. 20, 1946 passed away Feb. 10, 2014.
Leslie is survived by her brother, Kevin Ernst; sister, Meredith Crellin Langley; uncle, Tom Crellin; and her cat, Beckham.
At her request, no memorial services will be held.
Any donations should be sent to her favorite charity, ICARE â€“ New Animal Shelter Fund, Box 76, Bishop, CA. 93515, in her memory.
Bonnie Lucille Wallis
Bonnie Lucille Wallis, age 84 died peacefully on Feb. 13, at her home in Bishop. Bonnie was born Oct. 19, 1929 in Ringling, Okla. She was preceded in death by her significant other of 35 years, Gene Black, of Bishop.
Bonnie retired from Contel Telephone Company (now known as Verizon) in 1986, at which time she relocated from Victorville to Bishop. She also lived many years in Barstow where she raised her three children.
Francis â€˜Frankâ€™ J. Byrne
Francis passed away Jan. 16, 2014 in Arizona. He grew up in Bishop during the â€™30s and early â€™40s with his four brothers and sister. They lived on North Home Street for many years with their parents, John and Agnes.
Frank and his brother Tom were great athletes, particularly in football and were on many championship teams in California.
With an eye toward further economic development of the North Sierra Highway corridor, the Bishop City Council recently approved Inyo Countyâ€™s request for city partnership in applying for a $750,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.
As winter starts winding down, itâ€™s time to get wound up about the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Local chambers of commerce and nonprofit groups are preparing for a busy March, while spring will see a continued emphasis on local and regional promotional efforts.
The Lone Pine Unified School District opened up a discussion with the community on how best to use its resources under the new state school funding process.
Efforts to preserve a culturally sensitive site on Owens Lake have resulted in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agreeing to halt work on the site for the next week.
Between now and Feb. 24, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the LADWP will work to determine if the site should be considered culturally sensitive and reviewed by a cultural resources task force that was created by an agreement between the two agencies last year.