February 15th, 2013
Community members, students and school administrators gathered at Big Pine School last week to celebrate the completion of a long-awaited solar project that will cut utility costs at the school and allow the district to protect a part of Big Pine‚Äôs history.
To preserve ‚Äúthe heart‚ÄĚ of its community, Big Pine Unified School District will create a fund to maintain the district‚Äôs nearly 100-year-old Big Pine High School building with savings from SolarCity‚Äôs installation of more than 800 solar panels on the district‚Äôs new parking lot shade structures.
The hub of the wheel that is city hall will soon be replaced when the current city clerk retires at the end of the month.
Executive Secretary/Assistant City Clerk Denise Gillespie‚Äôs official title gives some indication of the extensiveness her duties. She has executed them so deftly for the last 15 years that Public Works Director David Grah said, ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs been the heart of the city.‚ÄĚ
The High Desert League Bishop Broncos got skunked in the first round of CIF basketball playoffs, losing to seventh ranked Campbell Hall, 76-35.
Edward Vernon Hunter
Born June 12, 1942, Edward Vernon Hunter passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 70. A cry dance will be held this Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. at his home at 994 Bowers Rd. in Big Pine. A celebration of life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Alan Spoonhunter Memorial Gymnasium on the Big Pine Paiute Reservation.
Mark Robert Felton
Fifty-nine-year-old Independence resident Mark Robert Felton passed away in Reno at Renown Medical Center on Dec. 18, 2012.
Mark is survived by his wife of 39 years, Peggy Lee Felton and his three children, Faith and husband, Robert Mcalister, CK and his fiance, Tracy Mike and his youngest son, Charles. Also his five grandchildren, Marky and Michael Mcalister, Robert Hunter ‚ÄúBubba‚ÄĚ and Braydyn and Colton Felton. He had two siblings, Dennis Felton who lives in Ventura and Laurie Lindsey that lives in St. Johns, Ariz.
Bishop resident Keith Glidewell is the city‚Äôs newest council member.
The City Council voted Monday night to appoint Glidewell to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Griffiths when he resigned to serve on the Inyo County Board of Supervisors effective Jan. 1.
Glidewell will be serving out the remainder of Griffiths‚Äô term on the council, which expires in November 2014.
‚ÄúI am looking forward to participating in all aspects of the council and to contributing as much as I possibly can to the council and to our community,‚ÄĚ Glidewell said Wednesday.
There are changes coming to local schools that will include improvements to campus safety and an opportunity for young students to get acquainted with popular technology.
Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Terry McAteer addressed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, updating the county leaders on progress local schools are making on technology upgrades and safety issues, as well as ideas to improve programs and address funding issues that may impact local districts.
An ongoing, ‚Äúnew Main Street‚ÄĚ project has passed the environmental study stage which determined it will not have a negative impact on the downtown community.
At its meeting this past Monday, the Bishop City Council approved Public Works Department Director David Grah‚Äôs recommendation to adopt a Negative Declaration for the Warren Street Improvement Project. The Negative Declaration essentially and officially declared the project free of adverse environmental impacts.
Fay Lenbek Hirst
Fay Lenbek Hirst, the last of the Manzanar Lenbeks, passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes. She resided at the Silvergate Retirement Home in Fallbrook.
Close were her two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay Leahy, Bill Van Valkenburg and Charlene and Glenn Payne. Fay had three grandsons; two granddaughters; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Fay was loved by all and will be dearly missed.
The century-long relationship between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley was described by one city official as a tempestuous, long-distance marriage that has had some problems, but still needs to be nurtured and can be improved.
The two regions‚Äô shared history and the need to work together to improve their relationship was a reoccurring theme outlined by upper-level officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power during a program marking the Los Angeles Aqueduct Intake Centennial, 1913-2013, last Friday inside the Eastern California Museum in Independence.