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December 19th

Helping seniors this holiday season

December 19, 2011

While the holiday season comes with parties and gatherings, presents for the kids and charitable endeavors to assist the less fortunate, according to local health care and social service advocates, it can also bring on feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression and desertion – especially for the mobility-challenged senior citizen population.

LADWP says river project meeting mandates, goals

December 19, 2011

Officials with the City of Los Angeles say the city is meeting its obligations for water flow down the Lower Owens River, but there is room for improvement in the surrounding areas.
In accordance with the Inyo-L.A. Long-Term Water Agreement, the Los Amgeles Department of Water and Power released its annual Lower Owens River draft report earlier this month, outlining efforts in the past year to restore the river and surrounding habitat.

Contract award brings Digital 395 closer to reality

December 19, 2011

Another step has been completed in the project aimed at supplying high-speed Internet access to communities along the U.S. 395 corridor.
Jensen Precast, of Sparks, Nev., has been awarded the subcontract to build hundreds of concrete barrel vaults that will be buried underground at various locations along the 583-mile project.

December 15th

Homicide suspected in Bishop death

December 15, 2011

A death on the Bishop Paiute Reservation on Tuesday night may be the result of foul play and a local resident has been taken into custody in connection to the case.
Details are scant and the investigation is still under way, but law enforcement sources said Wednesday afternoon that officials are hoping that releasing what information is available now may help with the investigation.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Daniel Barlow, 45, of Bishop was pronounced dead at Northern Inyo Hospital on Tuesday evening.

Proposed RC track kicks up conflicting views

December 15, 2011

Remote control car racing is gaining in popularity and the sport’s local enthusiasts are hoping to build a track at the Bishop Park. The track would be free and open to the public.
A public hearing was held on the initial environmental study of the proposal at Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting. There were many vocal opponents of the project, and ultimately the city’s elected leaders decided to review the study again and address some of the concerns raised.
But, the majority of the council supported the track idea and hoped it would not be scrapped.

Youth keep Inyo spellbound

December 15, 2011

Inyo County Superintendent of Schools Terry McAteer and Assistant Superintendent Pamela Jones have crowned the 2011 Spelling champions.
Forty-one students from nine local elementary, middle and high schools participated in the 2011 competition, held at Jill Kinmont Boothe School.
Thirty-one students made it to the final rounds.

Rick Schlichting

December 15, 2011

Rick Schlichting
1936-2011

Rick Schlichting, 75, of Bishop passed away Dec. 8, 2011 of a massive stroke. At his request no service will be held, rather he wanted his friends to gather at a later date to celebrate his life.
Not only did Rick teach high school for 40 years, but he coached basketball, football, track and his championship Cypress High School Cheerleading squads that he took to international competitions. Rick finished his teaching career at Bishop Union High School.

December 13th

Joyce Schwinn

December 13, 2011

Joyce Schwinn
1935-2011

In memory of our loving mother, Joyce Schwinn, who fell asleep in death on Nov. 11, 2011. We loved her very much and she will not be forgotten.
She holds a special place in all our hearts, married to Frank Schwinn.
The Schwinn girls, all are fine.
Joyce is survived by Debby, Cathey and Alica. Joyce and Frank Schwinn were blessed with 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
John 5: 28, 29; Revelation 21: Isaiah 25:8.

Land Trust strikes another deal to preserve acreage

December 13, 2011

Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s latest conservation project is a local farm tucked under the towering White Mountains, north of Bishop. Richard Moss and his wife Barbara have preserved their organic alfalfa farm, known as Cinnamon Ranch, in the Hammil Valley.
The Moss’ purchased the 602-acre ranch in 1970, making alfalfa hay the primary agricultural product from the ranch.
As part of the agreement, the long-time landowners retain title and management of their property, while designating how their land may be used now and in the future.

Inyo to part ways with bi-county senior services

December 13, 2011

County leaders learned Tuesday that Mono County is not willing to help cover more of the administrative cost of running the Inyo Mono Area Agency on Aging program.
In response, the Board of Supervisors directed staff to notify the state that it would be opting out of the regional program in favor of Inyo County administering its own senior work.
Health and Human Services Director Jean Turner said the transition will not impact senior services locally, as the county is only dealing with the cost of administration, and not the programs themselves.

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