May 20th, 2014
Crystal Lynn Davenport
Crystal Lynn Davenport of Bishop passed away May 4, 2014 at Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop.
Born in Louisville, Ky. on Feb. 17, 1957, she came to Bishop in 1970. She attended Bishop High School and resided in Chalfant Valley for 37 years.
Crystal is survived by her mother, Anna Brennan, two daughters, Amber Davenport and Reanna Davenport; son, Nathan Williams; two sisters, Pamela Davis and Janice Friedline; and two brothers, Greg Davenport and Ray Hailey.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Davenport; and her brother, Richard Hailey.
Jamie Marie Johnston (Riggins)
Jamie Marie Johnston (Riggins), age 51, a resident of Bishop her entire life, born Aug. 8, 1962, passed away May 8, 2014 at Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine.
She was a free spirit who lived in the moment and touched the lives of others around her. Jamie was happy in the Valley collecting artifacts and antiques, and swimming with her children and grandchildren. She had a great love of dogs.
Born May 25, 1951 in Montana, 24-year Big Pine resident Gil Brownshields passed away April 26, 2014 in Bishop. He was 62.
Gil is survived by Nodugwa and children and grandchildren, Alex, Hateya, Jordan and Jess Ray.
Gilâ€™s family would like to thank the Pentecostal Light House Church and Pastor Linda Spratt for all their support, as well as Jan Barron and all the donations that made this possible, including donations from family.
Steve Coburn moved with his family to Big Pine in the 1960s around the age of 7. He still has family here, his sister Wahnema Coburn, and roots in the little community, people who still remember him. But as of May 3, he and his horse, California Chrome, have become the buzz of the town.
In two weeks, residents of the First District of Inyo County will head to the polls to select a new supervisor for the first time in 24 years.
With six-time incumbent Linda Arcularius deciding not to run for re-election, three newcomers threw their hats in the ring for the open seat â€“ one of five on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and one of two seats up for election in the June 3 Primary.
Third District Supervisor Rick Pucci ended up running for a second term unopposed.
Everyone in Inyo County is aware that Bishop is celebrating Mule Days this week with traditional rodeo events, food and lots of family fun. What many residents may not know, however, is that many Mule Days activities are free and open to all.
Mule Days officially kicks off today with morning and afternoon shows in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena, shops and vendors selling wares at the fairgrounds and demonstrations from veteran cowboys and cowgirls.
Home Street Middle Schoolâ€™s music students earned a huge victory May 2 in Placentia and Anaheim, earning top honors in a competition against 40 other schools from across the U.S.
The schoolâ€™s jazz band and the concert band each won the title of Best Overall Junior High/Middle School band at the May 2 Music in the Parks competition in Placentia. Awards ceremonies were held at Disneyland.
Home street students competed in the single A category, which includes schools with an enrollment of 750 students or less. However, there were a number of Double A schools competing.
The Bishop Unified School Districtâ€™s trustees were unanimous in their support of Career Choices as a requirement for incoming freshman, but split on the future of geography as a required course.
The trustees voted 3-2 on the motion made by Trina Orrill to replace geography with Career Choices but keep geography in the curriculum as a one-semester elective.
The decision was made at Thursdayâ€™s Board of Trustees meeting after a debate that picked up where it left off at the special meeting held Monday.
Inyo County and Caltrans are partnering to apply for state funds to improve pedestrian safety and promote foot travel in three local communities.
Local leaders hope to harness more than $4.5 million in state Active Transportation Program grants to build sidewalks adjacent to U.S. Highway 395 in Lone Pine and Bishop, and to build a bike lane in Big Pine.
Granicus, the computer program city officials mentioned earlier this year during deliberations about whether to move nighttime council meetings to the afternoon, will soon be up and running on the City of Bishop website.
After at least seven months of discussions and even demonstrations and training sessions from Granicus representatives, the council unanimously approved spending $16,198 in start-up costs and $10,188 a year over at least the next three years to add the web-based program to city operations. The program will be launched in late August or early September.