February 13th, 2014
The smile of Ronald Walton (more affectionately known as Ronnie, Ron-boy and Smiley) beamed from Feb. 11, 1960 until Feb. 3, 2014, and will continue to shine in the memories of the many who loved him. He was a good and generous friend to all and an inspiration to many.
Michele Urquhart (Pinizzotto)
We are sad to announce the passing of our sister, aunt and friend, Michele Urquhart (Pinizzotto), on the morning of Feb. 4, 2014 at Renown Medical Center in Reno. Michele left us unexpectedly after a brief illness.
Brenda (Larson) Mack
Brenda (Larson) Mack, 53, beloved educator and wife of Louis J. Mack, died peacefully at home in her sleep on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, after a long battle with cancer.
Born in Weaverville in 1960, she grew up in Northern California. She graduated from Yreka High School in 1978. While attending College of the Siskiyous, she met Louis Mack, and together they attended Humboldt University, graduating in 1982. The same year, Brenda and Louis were married in Yreka.
Russell H. Forsyth
Russell H. Forsyth, age 101, a resident of Big Pine for 35 years, born in Los Angeles on June 29, 1912, passed away Feb. 7, 2014 in Bishop.
Russell worked for the same company for 47 years, retired and moved to Big Pine with his wife Norma. They traveled 125,000 miles through 49 of the 50 states stopping to play his favorite sports: golfing and fishing. He loved life, his family and fishing Big Pine Creek.
With a vote pending to set in motion a change of its meeting times from evening to afternoon, the Bishop City Council on Monday instead abandoned the proposal at the behest of concerned constituents.
A second reading of an ordinance and subsequent adoption of that ordinance would have made the councilâs proposal official, and effective in 30 days. For the foreseeable future, the City Council will continue to meet at 7 p.m., allowing for the largest segment of the local population to continue to be able to attend council meetings outside of working hours.
Big Pine High School senior Robert Hamilton took first place in last weekâs 2014 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Finals and is expected to represent the county in the Sacramento state finals poetry battle this spring.
This year, the Big Pine Civic Club hopes to attract new blood, engaging more townsfolk in their own community, with a new theme â âThe Civic Club is the heartbeat of Big Pine.â
So said Club President Sandy Lund, who along with Vice PresidentÂ Howard Walker, Secretary Uncle Bud Jasper, Treasurer Cindy Schlick, Corresponding Secretary Rick Fields and Historian Valerie Hart encourage all the townsfolk to attend monthly club meetings. Citizens can make a difference in the character of the town by getting actively involved, Lund explained.
ICARE of the Eastern Sierra is postponing its annual dinner fundraiser this spring to focus its attention and resources on the task at hand â raising the final $100,000 needed to begin work on a new animal shelter in Big Pine.
ICARE President Ted Schade said the annual dinner is a popular fundraiser and is one of the biggest single dinners in the Eastern Sierra each year. But it also takes an âenormousâ amount of effort on the part of a small group of volunteers who are currently busy with the âRaise the Roof â A Cause for Pawsâ shelter fundraiser.
PRESS RELEASE â On Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, work was stopped in a Dust Control Area of the Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project.Â This work was stopped by Kathy Bancroft,Â the Tribal Monitor on site and Tribal Historic Preservation officer representing the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation.Â
Owens Valley tribal members and other residents are attempting to halt work on a section of the latest Owens Lake dust mitigation project because they fear the work will destroy a culturally sensitive site.
Lone Pine Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said Monday that she feels one section of the current dust mitigation project (Phase 7a) should be ruled a culturally sensitive site.