January 3rd, 2012
Those who resolve to read more in the coming year can get a little help in the form of accountability thanks to the Inyo County Community Reads program.
Community Reads aims to encourage literacy by selecting one book for everyone in the county to read, from the school-aged to retired, and everyone in between.
This yearâs Community Reads Program is unique because Inyo and Mono counties are teaming up and have invited a celebrity author to speak about whatâs been called his empowering true story.
A bevy of new laws will go into effect in California in 2012. Several of the new laws address homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues while others deal with carrying a handgun, illegal immigration and Internet sales tax. In all, more than 750 new laws are slated to go into effect on Jan. 1 or July 1.
Through the generosity of volunteers and donors, the Bishop Senior Center offered up another Christmas dinner, its 23rd in a row, and set a record by serving more than 600 local residents â most of those meals being home deliveries. But, with budget cuts and the rising cost of food, this may be the last Christmas dinner the center can afford to offer.
December 30th, 2011
Someone once said that the message of Christmas is that we are never alone.
Certainly this was the case at the Owens Valley Indian Housing Authority annual Christmas celebration held on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Lone Pine Tribeâs Gymnasium. Offered as part of the OVIHAâs Community Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program, dozens of families attended to hear the message from Rick Frey on the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse on their community.
A local Rotarian will be walking in the 123rd Annual Rose Parade in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 2. Patricia Ellis of Bishop will be one of 15 Rotarians chosen to be an âoutwalkerâ with this yearâs Rotary Rose Parade Float.
Ellis, secretary for the local district, was chosen after Bishop won a fundraiser raffle, according to Rotary Club of Bishop President Dr. Leo Pisculli.
Investigators with the Inyo County District Attorneyâs Office are asking every individual who lost property in the Center Fire to contact them.
Investigator Lewis Roberts said the D.A.âs Office has a list of 20-30 fire victims from its initial investigation, and is hoping to verify those numbers before potentially filing criminal charges against those believed to be responsible for the late-March blaze.
A total of 19 homes were destroyed in the 800-acre fire. Estimates put the cost of damages from the fire at $4.5 million.
Allison Mae VerHoef
On Dec. 24 at 5:15 p.m., with her daughter by her side, Allison Mae VerHoef took her last breath of life. Just as she lived her life, she departed this world with a great deal of dignity and grace.
She had a very strong faith in the Lord, which sustained her throughout her life. She will forever be remembered by those who knew her for her generosity and loving nature.
Our family is deeply saddened by the passing of our mom, Dorothy Helene (Wyman) Vandervalk, on Dec. 22, 2011 at the age of 87.
Dorothy was cared for during the past six months by the exceptional staff at the Bishop Care Center. Prior to that, she spent her life caring for others. She had two wonderful husbands, Don Wyman and Nick Vandervalk, both deceased.
Brenda Lee McLaughlin
Brenda Lee McLaughlin passed away peacefully surrounded by family Nov. 13, 2011. Brenda was an avid fisherwoman and loved the outdoors. She loved being involved in her community and serving those around her.
She is survived by her longtime companion, Gary LaDeux; her children, Ryan McLaughlin of Gardnerville, Nev., Robert McLaughlin of Gilmer, Texas, Rusty McLaughlin of Dayton, Nev. and Ericka McLaughlin of Carson City, Nev.; and five grandchildren, all who will miss her dearly.
Kevin James Jarvis
Kevin James Jarvis age 26 resident of Bishop, Calif. for his entire life, born June 23, 1985, passed away on Dec. 26, 2011 in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.