May 24th, 2011
Eastern Sierra residents are going digital, thereâs no doubt about it, but how and where a new fiber-optic cable will be utilized is up to local residents.
Digital 395, a project that will provide a new 583-mile, fiber-optic network following U.S. 395 from Barstow to the Nevada border, will bring high-speed Internet and broadband capabilities to remote areas of Inyo County that donât currently have service.
Itâs âLights! Cameras! Action!â at the Lone Pine Film Festival as the 22nd edition of the world-famous event rolls into the little Eastern Sierra, high desert town Oct. 7-9.
The themes of this yearâs action-packed celebration of films made in Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra include Roy Rogersâ 100th birthday, the excitement of live stunts and plenty of interactive activities, music and even live performances.
For Festival veterans, there are many new events.
Klondike Lake will be opening to the public this Friday and will remain open seven days a week through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
Access to the lake will be limited and those planning to take boats or jet skis onto the water will still be required to have their vessels inspected for invasive quagga mussels.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power began instituting mandatory quagga mussel inspections on every body of water they own three years ago to ensure that the quagga mussels do not hitchhike their way into Eastern Sierra waters.
Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers)
Memorial services to be held at a later date for 38-year Bishop and Mammoth Lakes resident Darlene Minnie Benson (Lamfers).
From Belmond, IA, Darlene was born Sept. 5, 1947 and passed away on May 17, 2011 at Bishop Care Center after a battle with cancer. She was 63.
Two Bishop Union High School seniors will be going to Maryland in June to compete in the National History Day Finals.
Amelia Koske-Phillips won in the exhibit category for her project titled âMono Lake: Finding Balance Through Debate And Diplomacy.â
Laura Stickells won in the exhibit category for her project titled âThe Berlin Wall: From Failed Diplomacy to Diplomatic Evolution.â
The two students won finals in the Senior Division in San Jose among 1,000 fellow student competitors and will advance to the National Finals, June 12-16.
A trial date has been set for a lawsuit against the Bishop Care Center, its parent corporation, Horizon West Healthcare, Inc., and five employees that alleges reckless, neglectful and abusive treatment of a patient.
The trial is scheduled to begin March 9, 2012. Judge Dean Stout will be presiding.
According to a complaint filed in Inyo County Superior Court, the victim, then 77, was admitted to the Bishop Care Center in 2005 after suffering a small stroke.
Jewel Rita Pennington
Memorial services will be held at noon Sunday, May 22 at the Really Good Beef Jerky Store at 508 S. U.S. 395 in Olancha for five-year Ridgecrest resident Jewel Rita Pennington.
Born Aug. 20, 1932 in Detroit, Mich., Jewel died April 6, 2011 at Kindred Hospital in Ontario. She was 78.
Jewel was a Probation Department receptionist for a number of years.
She is survived by her daughter, Ashel Hester of Kennewick, Wash.
David Fred Morris Holmes
A Celebration of Life Service will be held for David Fred Morris Holmes, Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. The service will be held at Bishop Creek Community Church, 251 Sierra St. (behind Starbucks), with Pastor Kelly Larson officiating.
David loved the Owens Valley and spent his final years here. He passed away at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. after a brief illness on Feb. 22, 2011 when his heavenly Father called him home.
Terrel J. Garner
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the Mt. Whitney Cemetery in Lone Pine for Terry Garner.
Born Dec. 31, 1939 in Big Pine to Pete and Lillian Garner, Terry passed peacefully May 14, 2011 at his home in Canyon Country.
Memorial services for Manuel Rivera will be held at noon on Saturday, May 21 at Mt. Whitney Funeral Home, 220 E. Post St., Lone Pine. Interment will be private.
Manuel was born in Mexico on May 31, 1926 and passed away on May 13, 2011 in Lone Pine.
Manuel lived in Inyo County since the late 1960s, worked at Dolomite and lived in Keeler for more than 30 years. He has many friends in Keeler and Lone Pine, and was a loving father and husband.