February 22nd, 2013
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck
Eugene âGrumpyâ Hornbeck, age 83, a 14-year Big Pine resident, was born in Elgin, Ill. on May 10, 1929 and passed away on Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:30 a.m.
Geneâs life did not truly begin until 1945 when he first saw Dolores. It was not love at first sight like you would expect. When they first met they both were dating someone else. They actually went on a double date that had them sitting next to one another in a movie theater with their dates on opposite sides. Somehow that night Geneâs hand found itâs way in to Doloresâ and he never let it go.
Margarita H. Valenzuela passed peacefully in her home on Feb. 15, 2013, surrounded by loved ones. Margarita was 102 years and eight months of age. She is now reunited with her beloved husband, Catalino Valenzuela, who passed into Eternal Life in 1979.
Margarita was born June 10, 1910, in Tepic, Mexico, and has resided in Bishop for more than 50 years. She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. Margarita has many beloved friends and family who will celebrate her life and mourn her passing.
La Rae Lyman
La Rae Lyman passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2013 at home surrounded by her family. La Rae was born in Utah and lived in Idaho until she settled in Bishop in 1957. She lived, worked and played here, fully experiencing life. She enjoyed her family, many friends and coworkers from her various jobs at The Copper Kettle, Southern California Edison and Dr. William Talbott, D.D.S.
David H. Brodsky
David was born May 18, 1963 in Los Angeles and passed away Feb. 14, 2013 at home with his family, as was his wish.
David was preceded in death by his father, Martin H. Brodsky.
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.