March 6th, 2012
As part of its mission to support and boost tourism and retail efforts, the Bishop Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau has announced ongoing, multifaceted plans which include revitalizing Bishopâs economy, attracting new businesses, being a presence at major seasonal trade shows, upgrading the Bishop Visitors Bureau and even sprucing up vacant storefront windows.
In addition, four new businesses have opened in Bishop this month alone and mainstays such as Bar-B-Que Billâs, Taco Bell, Paiute Palace Casino and many hotels and motels are investing in facility upgrades and repairs.
With the visible scars of last yearâs Center Fire still evident, residents of Big Pine took the first step toward forming a Fire Safe Council last Thursday night.
Representatives from CalFire, the Bureau of Land Management and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power held meetings last week to discuss the advantages of establishing the community-driven councils in both Independence and Big Pine.
Civic leadersâ reputation for fiscal conservatism was on display again in recent days as they took steps to ensure measured growth to the City of Bishopâs workforce.
At the request of City Administrator Keith Caldwell, the City Council agreed Feb. 27 to extend Bishopâs hiring freeze for the remainder of current Fiscal Year 2011-12 and through FYs 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Margaret Ann Frazer
Born Jan. 7, 1924 in Bishop, to Laura Francis McKeen and Roy Caldron Lyon, Margaret Ann Frazer passed away Jan. 15, 2012 in Shasta Lake. She was 88.
County leaders are at odds when it comes to the idea of constructing a consolidated office building in Bishop to house county services.
While four members of the Board of Supervisors are willing to delve deeper into the details of the project, Fifth District Supervisor Richard Cervantes is passionately opposed to the idea and would rather see it go away than continue to weigh the costs and benefit.
Teachers, students and administrators throughout the Bishop Unified School District are launching a campaign this month to raise funds for and awareness of leukemia and other cancers.
At the heart of the campaign is a little boy whose battle with leukemia has provided the inspiration for two major fundraising events.
Adventurer-turned-author Aron Ralston will be in Bishop Tuesday to discuss his book, harrowing story of survival and answer questions from residents.
Ralstonâs autobiographical âBetween a Rock and A Hard Placeâ is the subject of this yearâs Community Reads Program.
Community Reads is an effort to get everyone in Inyo County on the same page by reading a single book.
Consuelo ‘Connie’ G. Valdez
Consuelo “Connie” G. Valdez was born in Laws on Feb. 3, 1922. She moved to Keeler a year later. She received her schooling in Keeler and at Lone Pine High School.
She was married in 1941 to Lorenzo “Val” Valdez then moved to Lone Pine and had two sons, Luis and Tom.
She participated in many community clubs and events.
She enjoyed family reunions, friends, fishing Crowley Lake and a few slots.
Walter Svetich, 81, of Chalfant passed away Feb. 25, 2012 at home. Born Oct. 11, 1930 in Dillon, Mont. to John and Caroline Svetich, he was the third of five children. He grew up in Dillon where during and after high school, he cowboyed on local ranches. Walt enlisted in the Navy in 1950. He was a seaman on the USS Windham Bay for two years during the Korean War. After the service, he cowboyed from Montana to Mexico on various ranches.
James R. McNally