June 9th, 2011
Residents are being offered an up-close and personal view this weekend of what one group is calling irresponsible land management practices.
Members of the California Native Plant Society will be leading a field trip in the Eight-Mile Ranch and Blackrock Springs area between Independence and Big Pine this weekend to visit a âdegraded alkali meadow habitat.â
The degradation, according to the Bristlecone Chapter of the CNPS, is the direct result of too much groundwater pumping on the part of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and complicity on the part of the County of Inyo.
âIt keeps us out of trouble,â Lefty Irwin said Tuesday after completing yet another set of handicapped-accessible stairs for an Inyo County resident.
Irwin and his band of fellow Lions Club members have been installing ramps and stairs for local handicapped or otherwise mobility challenged residents for more than 20 years.
The one built on Tuesday was the milestone 100th such creation that helps those with walkers and wheelchairs get out of their homes and get mobile.
Inyo County Agricultural Commissioner George Milovich says the Eastern Sierraâs agricultural ventures are on the upswing.
During his annual Ag. Report to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Milovich said that livestock, field crops and apiary industries generated more money in 2010 than they did in 2009.
In total, Inyoâs agricultural industry brought in $2,419,420 more than the previous year.
Nearly two years to the day after being arrested, 20-year-old Louis LePlat has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder of 23-year-old Bishop resident James Eric Rambeau, Jr.
A Ventura County jury found LePlat guilty of second-degree murder on April 29.
LePlat was arrested for Rambeauâs death June 19, 2009 following a report of a stabbing on Winuba Lane, west of Bishop.
Edgardo F. De Lucas
Ed was born to the late Eugenio B. De Lucas and Guadalupe F. De Lucas on Oct. 17, 1920 in Douglas, Ariz., Ed graduated from Douglas High School in 1938. In 1940 he traveled to Los Angeles to attend Woodbury College. He married Josephine Cruz, of Bishop, in 1948.
Robert Eugene ‘Gene’ Brown
Gene Brown peacefully passed away at the age of 79 with his wife and sons by his side on May, 16, 2011 at Renown Regional Hospital in Reno, Nev.
Gene was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in the town of Westville, Ill. to the late Odbert and Leatha Brown.
After meeting on a blind date, at the Rosemead Moose Lodge, Gene and Sharon Elizabeth courted for 11 long weeks before they married on Sept. 5, 1970 in Montebello, Calif.
Inyo County will be the first area in the state to get an Adventure Trails System that allows off-highway vehicles to travel a limited distance on surface roads to reach recreational areas or amenities such as food and fuel.
The California State Assembly approved AB 628, which was sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, last week.
A local man has been caught digging for Native American artifacts near Lone Pine and, through a plea agreement, is now banned for life from entering certain lands in that area. However, this is reportedly just one of 30-40 acts of looting allegedly committed by Norman E. Starks of Lone Pine.
Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said that Starks has been seen digging in other areas since the January 2011 court decision. Starks could not be reached for comment.
At 60 years old, and having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years, Mike Barker of Ahwahnee knows that it is too late to die young, so he is making the best of the time he has left.
Not only is Barker living his life to the fullest, but he hopes that he can lead others by example and encourage them to do the same.
âI follow my dreams, and if Iâm going to give advice, Iâd say follow your dreams, life is too short,â said Barker on Thursday on the tarmac of the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, as he set next to a plane that he just flew, without the use of his legs or right arm.
Josephine Veenker, wife of deceased Louis F. Veenker, died Sunday May 29, 2011 shortly after her 94th birthday in Lindon, Utah at her son Lawrence Veenker’s residence. Veenker, a long time resident of June Lake and Bishop, was known for her exemplary service at the June Lake Library, the June Lake Womens Club, the Bishop Women’s Improvement Club, Inyo Friends of Library Oral History Project, and the Presbyterian Church in Bishop.