November 28th, 2012
Virginia ‘Jeannie’ M. Anderson
Disneyland is supposed to be the âhappiest place on Earth.â But in the Owens Valley, that title has to go to the Tri-County Fairgrounds, or at least thatâs the image Jim Tatum had in mind, without the rodents with oversized heads, when he took the job of Chief Executive Officer 20 years ago.
âNinety-eight percent of the fairground events are for fun,â he said. âEven the wakes turn into parties. You just walk around the Fair, as small as our community is, you see relationships rekindled. Thatâs why every tree has a bench around it. The Fair is a social event.â
Six young ladies will be putting their wit, poise, talent and yes, beauty, to the test this week in Bishopâs first-ever, area-wide beauty pageant.
Charismatic and confident, the contestants have survived an intensive six-week pageant preparation class and a challenging judges interview, said Kristina Roberts, a Parks and Recreation staff member, former pageant contestant and now the City of Bishop pageant founder and coordinator.
Last-minute notification on state permit requirements, and an inability to meet those requirements in the timeframe given, has the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce feeling like the Grinch just stole the townâs Christmas.
The status of the annual Lone Pine Christmas Parade is in question â and at one point was said this week to be canceled altogether â because organizers were not aware of requirements Caltrans is enforcing for approving road closures and detours.
Lady Warriors overwhelm
The Big Pine Lady Warriors clobbered the Mammoth Huskies on home court Tuesday night, skating to a decisive 52-25 win.
Junior Sheyanne Wilder led the scoring with 43 points, nearly twice the total Husky effort. The Warriorsâ defense was aggressive; Wilder shared big rebound numbers with Kaity Barlow at 20 and 15 respectively.
Independence churches and community members got together to celebrate Thanksgiving in the holidayâs original tradition of giving and helping without expectation of personal reward.
The traditional holiday dinner was served to more than 100 locals at the annual Independence Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 in the Owens Valley School multi-purpose room.
As federal land managers continue investigating the theft of several priceless, Native American artifacts from an area north of Bishop, residents have an opportunity to help protect culturally sensitive sites in the future and possibly even help capture those responsible for the recent crimes.
The Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association announced it is accepting donations that can be used for a number of projects, from ongoing monitoring to apprehending the thieves who used rock saws and pry bars to steal several prehistoric works of art from the Volcanic Tablelands north of Bishop.
With Thanksgiving left-overs wrapped up in the fridge, Inyo County residents can now turn their attention to a cornucopia of Christmas-related community events being held this weekend through Dec. 24.
The Bishop Broncos soccer squads started pre-league play Monday, Nov. 19 at Littlerock, north of Palmdale, with mixed results.
The Lady Broncos JV trounced the Lobos, 7-0; the varsity won, 1-0.
The Broncos had a rough start with the JV squad dropping the game 1-3 and the varsity doing the same 0-4.
Varsity coach John McGurke lost six starters from a strong 2011-12 team and is still in the process of reconfiguring his 2012-13 squad.