September 19th, 2014
With smoke pouring into the Owens Valley Friday morning and prompting an air quality warning, officials managing the June Fire reported that the blaze had grown to 65 acres and was 65 percent contained.
Investigators have determined that the June Fire was human-caused. An employee of June Mountain was operating heavy equipment on June Mountain Ski Area when the fire ignited.
With orders in hand, company commanders with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment briefed their Marines on specific objectives and began planning during the final field training portion of Mountain Exercise 2014 in Bridgeport on Sept. 7.
This culminating event would test the Marines on skills they have learned at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center over the past month.
(Following is the first of three articles profiling local schoolsâ new administrators. âEd.)
While new students filed into classrooms in the Owens Valley last month, administrators were also filing into new offices.
The retirement of Joel Hampton, Owens Valley Unified School District superintendent, and the resignation of Lone Pine Unified School District Superintendent Victor Hopper to take over a superintendentâs position in the Central Valley, initiated a shift of administrators from points north in the Eastern Sierra, south.
Longtime director of Caltrans District 9 Tom Hallenbeck has accepted a promotion and will begin work as the Caltrans Chief of Traffic and Operations in Sacramento Oct. 1.
Hallenbeck said he got word of the promotion earlier this week.
Over his 17-year career as District 9 Director, Hallenbeck has overseen a number of high-profile highway improvement projects, including the Blackrock and Manzanar four-lane projects and restorations of every rest area in the massive district, which runs from Mojave to Lee Vining.
Andrea J. Garrison-Erickson
Andrea J. Garrison- Erickson, 62, of Coleville, passed away on Sept. 10, 2014 at her home on the Garrison Ranch in Antelope Valley, Coleville. Andrea was born Jan. 7, 1952 in Schurz, Nev. to Andrew âAndyâ Garrison and Gertrude Tom-Garrison of Coleville.
From a very early age Andrea was the picture of strength and determination. After recovering from childhood arthritis, she went on to lead the typical life of a child growing up on a ranch; horseback riding, playing in the fields and keeping her siblings in line.
The 23rd Annual Millpond Music Festival comes to Bishop Friday evening, kicking off a weekend that promises an incredible line-up of Grammy-nominated musicians, up-close time with the performers in the Workshop Tent, great food and handcrafted art from local skilled artisans â all in the magical, Eastern Sierra venue known as Millpond.
Over the past weeks, Millpond performers have been highlighted, giving local readers a brief glimpse of what to expect, music-wise, this year at Millpond. Here are three more talented performers taking the stage this weekend:
Bishop Lions Club was recently recognized for the myriad ways in which it continues to enrich the community by giving of its time, service, sponsorship and donations.
Lions Club member Stephen Winzenread accepted the Quarterly Citizens Award on behalf of the service organization at the Sept. 8 City Council meeting.
Councilman Dave Stottlemyre began the presentation, saying, âBy no means is this list of activities that the Lions Club have done over the year complete; not even close.â He then read a list of activities and projects in which the club has participated.
CAUTION: There is strong language in this video that may not be appropriate for all audiences.
WEDNESDAY â A 50-acre fire near June Lake erupted Tuesday afternoon, threatening structures at the June Lake ski area, and promoting evacuations and a closure of State Route 158.
The June Fire started at the base of June Mountain and, as of Wednesday morning, was zero percent contained.
According to officials, fire behavior includes torching, spotting, and active runs.