August 18th, 2014
Local educator Jan Rhoades recently fulfilled a long-held dream when she spent more than one year, covering more than 4,000 miles of U.S. roadways on a coast-to-coast tour bicycle.
The trip had been âa long-standing dream,â Rhoades said. âI thought, if I never do this, it will be a regret when Iâm on my deathbed. The trip got under my skin and itâs a beautiful way to see the world at eight miles per hoursâ â a great title âif I ever write a book.â
Read the full story in the Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.
Highlights of this day in history: Mongol ruler Genghis Khan dies; Women in U.S. clinch right to vote; James Meredith graduates from Univ. of Miss.; Vladimir Nabokov's 'Lolita' published in U.S.; Actor-director Robert Redford born.
A massive fire at the Vagabond Hotel in Bishop displaced more than 60 visitors, caused a six-hour closure of North Main Street and drew a lot of attention from curious residents and visitors Thursday.
According to Bishop Police Public Information Officer Katie Coffman, the cause of the fire is under investigation by CalFire, but is not believed to have been intentional. She added that there were three reported injuries. Two people were treated and released at the scene, and a third was transported to Northern Inyo Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and a hand injury.
With many accomplishments and much praise, City Administrator Keith Caldwell will end his seven-year tenure with the City of Bishop at the end of this month.
Caldwell, whose last day on the job will be Friday, Aug. 29, and his wife, Vicky, will return to their hometown of Winder, Georgia next month. âItâs going back to family. Thatâs big for us. Iâm going back to my other home,â said Caldwell, where his children and grandchildren live.
Whitney Portal Road was on the agenda twice at Tuesdayâs Inyo County Board of Supervisors Meeting. Public Works Director Clint Quilter discussed the seasonal closure of Whitney Portal Road and asked for direction from the Board as to whether it should be a âsoftâ or âhardâ closure.
The discussion that followed was in regards to a road closure schedule needed for reconstruction of approximately 11 miles road from Tuttle Creek Road to the parking lot at the Whitney Portal Store.
A fire broke out at the Vagabond Inn at 1030 North Main Street in Bishop, prompting an evacuation of the hotel, nearby businesses, and a closure of Main Street from Wye Road to Sierra streets shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Officials at the scene said Main Street would likely be closed for much of the morning.
The Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Big Pine Volunteer Fire Department, Independence Volunteer Fire Department, CalFire, Inyo County Sheriff's Office and Bishop Police Department all responded.
Halfway around the world in the high Himalayan mountains, a brand new school built by Eastern Sierra, Korean and Nepalese residents broke ground this spring, just three short years after Mammoth resident Wangdowa Sherpa first dreamed such a thing was possible in his home village.
âI was expecting it to happen eventually, but I did not expect it to happen so soon,â he said. âI am pleased and proud and honored and I thank all of the Eastern Sierran people who helped make this happen.â
The Chamber of Commerce in Lone Pine announced the first through third place winners for this yearâs Inyo County Photo Contest and thanked everyone for their entries. The photographs are used by the chamber to advertise Inyo County.
First place was awarded to Bert Dennison of Bishop. His photograph of âStorm over Aqueduct,â taken just outside of Pleasant Valley Reservoir on Mustang Mesa. He won $300 for his entry. The photograph is a perfect blend of stormy Eastern Sierra weather and water flowing through the valley floor.
Singers of Inyo, Mono and Alpine counties have the chance to compete for bragging rights, prizes and a donation to their favorite charity during the Inyo, Mono, Alpine Idol Contest at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair on Thursday, Aug. 28.
The IMA Idol contest is a new feature at the fair that will have the best singers from the Tri-County area performing one or two songs on the MGD stage. The event is free for spectators with the price of admission to the Fair. Spectators will also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite performer.
Inyo County Search and Rescue recovered the body of a 27-year-old Chicago resident Wednesday evening. The SAR team determined the climber died from injuries suffered in a 500-foot fall.
The Inyo County Sheriffâs Office was contacted on Aug. 6 by a local packer who reported finding an abandoned campsite near Third Lake in the North Fork of Big Pine Creek. Deputies learned that the camp was that of Brenton Wright. Officers learned that Wright had been in the Eastern Sierra for a month solo climbing various mountain routes.