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March 8th, 2013

Fire off Five Bridges

March 8, 2013

The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire and crews from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power responded to a wind-driven fire off Five Bridges Road north of Bishop at about 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crews were able to contain the fire to a few acres, but a stiff breeze caused spot fires to break out downwind of the main blaze. Shortly before noon it appeared firefighters had beaten the burn into submission. Crews remained on the fire to ensure no hot spots flared up. No other information was available at press time.

March 6th

John Kennedy

March 6, 2013

John Kennedy
1915-2013

John Kennedy, 93-plus years old, a resident of Oasis in Fish Lake Valley for the past 26 years, born in Death Valley between 1915 and 1919, passed away Feb. 12, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family.

Marie E. Spor

March 6, 2013

Marie E. Spor
1930-2013

Marie E. Spor was called home to heaven on Feb. 18, 2013 in Bishop at Northern Inyo Hospital.
She was born in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Nov. 15, 1930 to Orvis and Isabelle Myers where she grew up and attended Our Lady of Victory Catholic Academy.

James Lee Ditty

March 6, 2013

James Lee Ditty
1935-2013

A memorial mass is scheduled for James Lee Ditty at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with an interment at East Line Street Cemetery followed by a potluck at his home at 2300 Loch Lomond. Bring your favorite dish and share a story about our wonderful father.

Mario G. Barsi

March 6, 2013

Mario G. Barsi
1930-2013

Mario G. Barsi, a resident of Chalfant Valley for the past three-and-a-half years, born Dec. 4, 1930 in San Francisco, passed away March 1, 2013 at Northern Inyo Hospital with his daughter Gina and her husband Steve by his side.
Mario was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jan Barsi.
Mario and Jan owned the Lee Vining Market for many years. They resided in Lee Vining for 35 years.

Residents can help shape new Forest Plan

March 6, 2013

Residents are urged to take part in a series of meetings scheduled to begin Monday in Bishop to share with Inyo National Forest officials their vision for local public lands.
At the meetings, the Forest Service will be looking at resource trends on the INF in preparation for its Forest Plan Revision, a multi-year process that could change how officials manage the INF.

Author to tell his tale

March 6, 2013

An acclaimed cross-cultural writer will visit the Owens Valley as the fundamental event in this year’s Inyo County Community Reads agenda.
“Into the Beautiful North” author Luis Alberto Urrea will speak about his novel, his craft and his life journey – from “growing up on dirt streets in Tijuana to becoming a Pulitzer Prize finalist, beloved storyteller” and literature professor at numerous universities, said Trinity Ray, president of the Tuesday Agency, Urrea’s lecture agent.

PD asks citizens to report identity theft

March 6, 2013

By simply reporting identity theft when it happens, local residents have an opportunity to help reveal a pattern that could help investigators solve identity theft crimes.
Several Bishop residents have apparently been struck by identity thieves in the last week who were able to use either their debit or credit card numbers on purchases made out of the area.
But because these thefts and fraud attempts have not been reported to the Bishop Police Department, authorities are unable to establish a link between the victims that could help in tracking down the perpetrators.

Help is out there for Child Support issues

March 6, 2013

An upcoming workshop could help local residents who owe child support payments to the state find ways to help themselves, their families and the taxpaying public.
The workshop will focus on the state’s Compromise of Arrears Program, designed for eligible parents whose children were on public assistance and who cannot afford to pay their past due child support repayments to the state. COAP will help them pay in full or in part what they owe to the state – some of the amount due could even be forgiven.

March 4th

Albert Joe Balen

March 4, 2013

Albert Joe Balen
1938-2013

Albert Joe Balen, 74, of Yorba Linda, passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Diane Balen; children, Gregory Balen of Agoura Hill, Denise Freeze of Anaheim Hills and Timothy Balen of Moscow, Idaho; granddaughters, Laura and Erin Freeze and Natalie Balen; grandsons, John and Erik Balen; sister, Joanne Balen of Marietta, Ga.; as well as many friends considered family.

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