February 20th, 2013
The nationwide, flu-viruses epidemic continues to take its toll locally.
As of late February, the Eastern Sierra is still seeing widespread levels of influenza and a sharp increase in the stomach flu bug â with medical visits to match.
âClinics, doctorâs offices and emergency departments are still showing an increased number of visits for respiratory illness,â Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson said. There have been âhalf a dozen hospitalizations between Mono and Inyo counties,â he added, âbut no deaths.â
New, reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates could adversely affect patient treatment and even threaten the very existence of a local hospital district.
Like many critical access hospitals, Southern Inyo Healthcare District and its skilled nursing facility are in danger of closing if drastically-reduced Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates are retroactively enforced effective January 2013, SIHD Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer Lee Barron said.
Ideas for economic development in the Eastern Sierra have been the subject of a number of studies, and now one group is hoping to put hammer to nail and get some work done.
The Eastern Sierra Regional Broadband Consortium is inviting residents to attend the next meeting of the Desert Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council to help get economic development rolling in Inyo County.
As the Inyo National Forest moves forward with a revision of its Forest Plan, officials are asking those who know the forest best to help them identify areas that can be improved.
Residents and visitors are being asked to help identify trends associated with forest resources, such as fishing, hiking and climbing, and help analyze the current condition of the forest resources.
INF officials will be collecting this information at a series of meetings in Bishop and Mammoth next month.
Reaganâs Sporting Goods opened the weekend of the Blake Jones Trout Derby in March of last year. Nearing his first anniversary, owner Reagan Slee is about to more than double the size of the store on Main Street to make room for more hunting and camping gear.
Bishopâs Quarterly Citizen Award was presented to a beloved, local teacher in the very same City Hall room in which she began her teaching career 50 years ago.
Friends and family from far and near gathered at the Feb. 11 City Council meeting to surprise Bishop Elementary School kindergarten teacher Valerie Needham. They included four generations of family; out-of-town friends; current and former colleagues, aides and classroom volunteers; and many former students â notably, Ira Bradley, who was a student in Needhamâs first class in 1963.
A seven-hour standoff in Bishopâs Shady Rest Trailer Park between a suicidal man and police came to an end Sunday night with the resident being taken down with a beanbag round.
Arnold Patzkowski, 56, was taken to Northern Inyo Hospital for evaluation and placed under arrest. He is being charged with allegedly making criminal threats and making criminal threats against a police officer.
The end of the standoff also ended a road closure for Yaney and Hanby streets and a mandatory evacuation order for the other residents of Shady Rest.
Carmelo âCarlâ Terrano
Carmelo âCarlâ Terrano, Jr., 97, passed away on January 30, 2013, at Southern Inyo Hospitalâs skilled nursing facility in Lone Pine.
He is survived by his daughter, Dianne of Minden Nev., one niece and six nephews throughout the United States. Carmelo was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Vera, who passed away in 2001.
Gerald (Jerry) Richardson
An honorable Navy Veteran, Jerry, as most people knew him, resided in Cartago and was a very much liked and respected resident of Inyo County for about 25 years. Jerry unexpectedly passed away at Riverside Community Hospital.
He was predeceased in death by his wife of 30 years, Dorothy; and son, Joe Turgeon.
Jerryâs friendly smile and happy personality was a great joy to all who crossed his path. He had a great love of fishing and loved sightseeing.
Donald Lee Kothman
Donald Lee Kothman, born July 10, 1930, in Red Bluff, passed away at home in Bishop on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. He was 82 years old. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Grace Lutheran, 711 N. Fowler St. in Bishop. Pastor Kenton Puls will officiate.