January 3rd, 2014
Jesse Ray Smith
Jesse Ray Smith, born Sept. 1, 1931, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.
Born in Wewoka, Okla., Jesse served bravely in the Army during the Korean War. In 1964, while working at Helms Bakery, he met Jeanne St. Pierre and on Feb. 13, 1965 they were married.
He lived in Big Pine and owned and operated Mammoth Liquor from 1978 until retiring in 2004.
Blanche Bonham Comino
Blanche Willetta Bonham Comino, 72, of Paso Robles, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2013. She was born to the late William McLane Bonham and Marie Bernice Bonham on March 11, 1941 in Lone Pine.
Blanche attended Sacred Heart High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Lone Pine High School in 1959. Blanche went on to attend Los Angeles Trade Tech and later earned her Pharmacy Tech license. After 15 years as a Pharmacy Tech, she achieved her degree in Business Management and a Masterâs in Early Childhood Development from the University of Redlands.
Dolores Ann Warbington
Dolores Ann Warbington, born Oct. 12, 1926 in Gary, Okla. to Eugene Gobel and Agnes Kelly Gobel, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Nov. 24, 2013. She was 87.
Kenneth âKatmanâ Howell
Kenneth âKatmanâ Howell left his body on Thanksgiving morning at home with his family by his side.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland on Sept. 28, 1945, his mother brought him to California on the Queen Mary when he was 8 months old. His childhood was spent in the San Gabriel Valley.
He joined the Air Force when he was 18 and afterwards traveled extensively. He drove his Porsche to Alaska, drove a double-decker bus in Glasgow and made several trips driving a van full of travellers from Amsterdam to Katmandu.
Lester Leon Bell
Lester Leon Bell, born in Oklahoma on Aug. 2, 1920, to Fred and Nettie Bell, passed away Nov. 28, 2013 peacefully at his home in Bishop. He was 93.
Lester graduated from Wasco High School where his family was in the oil business. Lester served in the U.S. Army. He married Betty McCall in 1942; they had known each other since childhood. They embarked on a lifetime of adventures together. They had three children, Lonnie, Pam and Dan.
December 31st, 2013
Last time we closed with Wyattâs statement at the end of âEasy Rider,â saying, âWe blew it.â
Federal officials have reviewed the Owens Valley Indian Housing Authorityâs use of several federal grants, and have put the organization on notice.
The OVIHA has been given until Feb. 1 to correct several serious accounting discrepancies and program deficiencies or face having to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Bishop area elected officials and community leaders are in the process of gauging the retail sectorâs reaction to a possible statewide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags.
An online survey created by the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau asks merchants, among other questions, whether such a ban would create a financial burden and if so, whether they would pass that expense on to the customer.
Citizens interested in weighing in on proposed City of Bishop water and sewer rate changes must do so by the first week in February.
The City Council approved the Notice of Public Hearing and proposed water and sewer fees presented by Public Works Director David Grah on Dec. 9. That same week, notice of the upcoming public hearing went out to 1,232 property owners and ratepayers, Public Works Secretary Michelle Thomas said. The hearing is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 in the Council Chambers at 377 W. Line St.
Traditional first-of-the-year recaps of new laws that go into effect either on the first day of each year, or shortly thereafter, generally exemplify good-news/bad-news.
For instance, the minimum wage in California will go up July 1, good news for minimum wage service workers, bad news for their employers. The distance motorists must allow when passing a cyclist has been codified at three feet; good news for cyclists, bad news for motorists caught behind a cyclist. And, the list goes on, though not each and every one of the approximately 1,000 bills signed into law in 2013 is covered.