February 26th, 2014
Cooler temps and cloudy skies forecast for this weekend â after weeks of unseasonably warm weather two months into the Eastern Sierra new year â could be a blessing in disguise for anyone planning to take advantage of the Southern Inyo Early Trout Opener.
Local leaders are re-designing the way Inyo County Integrated Waste does business in an effort to close a $300,000 budget gap and meet state mandates for waste diversion and recycling.
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to approve a temporary transfer of two equipment operators from the Solid Waste Department to the Road Department to fill two equipment operator vacancies.
According to Deputy County Administrator Pam Hennarty, this move will save the Solid Waste Department about $160,000 a year in salaries without the county having to lay off any employees.
Dennis Ray Wiley
Dennis Ray Wiley was gracefully drafted up to pitch with the Heavenly Angels on Feb. 16, 2014, at home with family by his side after a short battle with esophageal cancer. He was 60 years of age.
A celebration of Dennisâs life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Calvary Chapel, 210 E. Springer in Ridgecrest. Pastor Billy Phipps from RCA will officiate and reception to follow. Softball attire/casual wear is highly encouraged as this is what Dennis would want.
Marie Louise Taylor
Marie Louise (Swenson) Taylor passed in her sleep on Feb. 16, 2014 at her home in Round Valley.
Marie was born in Stockholm, Sweden and moved to the United States with her adopted parents, Mary and Bruno Swenson, at the age of 4. They entered through Ellis Island, N.Y. and made their residence in the East Bay Area of California.
Marie began her education in the public schools of San Leandro, Calif. When she entered school she did not speak English.
Margaret Ann Trexler Prewitt
Born June 16, 1930 in Davidson County, N.C., Margaret Ann Trexler Prewitt passed away Feb. 15, 2014.
Margaret graduated from Ashebore High School and served in the U.S. Navy from June 1951 through June 1953. She married Robert Lee Prewitt May 5, 1957.
After settling in Lone Pine, she worked as a nurse at the local hospital until she retired in 1972. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
James W.H. Charlton
James W.H. Charlton, also known as âBill,â was born Feb. 29, 1916 in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada. In 1922, his family was flooded out and moved to Riverside. Bill spent his school years, kindergarten through Riverside Junior College, in Riverside. From 1936 to 1938 Bill went to U.C. Berkeley and received his Bachelorâs degree in Forestry. He went to work for the U.S. Forest Service on the Cleveland National Forrest.
Lynelle Jo Romero
Born April 26, 1950 in Coalinga, Lynelle Jo Romero, 63, passed away Feb. 14, 2014 at Riverside Community Hospital.
Lynelle was preceded in death by her father, Virgil Oyster.
Lynelle was a teacher who had taught in numerous places in her 38 years of teaching at Utah, Big Pine, Owens Valley High School and Lone Pine High School. She loved spending time with her sons and grandchildren. She loved to read books and travel with her mother and sons. She had a heart of gold and will be truly missed by all.
Ruth Marie Barney
County planners will meet Wednesday to discuss the future of solar development in Inyo County and exactly where any new, large-scale solar or wind farms should be located if more developers set their sights on Inyo County.
In the wake of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power proposing a widely unpopular 1,200-acre solar ranch east of U.S. Highway 395 across from Manzanar, the Inyo Planning Department is moving forward with a General Plan amendment that will identify areas of the county that local leaders feel are appropriate for renewable energy development.
While the national news media has been promoting the 2014 election as âThe Year of the Womanâ in politics, it doesnât appear to be the case in Inyo County.
When it comes to the Board of Supervisors, the countyâs top political decision-making body, as of yesterday not a single woman has filed for the available seats in either District 1 or District 3, according to the County Clerk-Recorderâs Office.