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June 7th, 2011

LePlat given 15 years to life for Rambeau murder

June 7, 2011

Nearly two years to the day after being arrested, 20-year-old Louis LePlat has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the murder of 23-year-old Bishop resident James Eric Rambeau, Jr.
A Ventura County jury found LePlat guilty of second-degree murder on April 29.
LePlat was arrested for Rambeau’s death June 19, 2009 following a report of a stabbing on Winuba Lane, west of Bishop.

June 6th

Edgardo F. De Lucas

June 6, 2011

Edgardo F. De Lucas
1920-2011

Ed was born to the late Eugenio B. De Lucas and Guadalupe F. De Lucas on Oct. 17, 1920 in Douglas, Ariz., Ed graduated from Douglas High School in 1938. In 1940 he traveled to Los Angeles to attend Woodbury College. He married Josephine Cruz, of Bishop, in 1948.

Robert Eugene ‘Gene’ Brown

June 6, 2011

Robert Eugene ‘Gene’ Brown
1931-2011

Gene Brown peacefully passed away at the age of 79 with his wife and sons by his side on May, 16, 2011 at Renown Regional Hospital in Reno, Nev.
Gene was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in the town of Westville, Ill. to the late Odbert and Leatha Brown.
 After meeting on a blind date, at the Rosemead Moose Lodge, Gene and Sharon Elizabeth courted for 11 long weeks before they married on Sept. 5, 1970 in Montebello, Calif.

Trails system moving along

June 6, 2011

Inyo County will be the first area in the state to get an Adventure Trails System that allows off-highway vehicles to travel a limited distance on surface roads to reach recreational areas or amenities such as food and fuel.
The California State Assembly approved AB 628, which was sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare, last week.

Lone Pine man busted for looting ancient site

June 6, 2011

A local man has been caught digging for Native American artifacts near Lone Pine and, through a plea agreement, is now banned for life from entering certain lands in that area. However, this is reportedly just one of 30-40 acts of looting allegedly committed by Norman E. Starks of Lone Pine.
Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation Tribal Preservation Officer Kathy Bancroft said that Starks has been seen digging in other areas since the January 2011 court decision. Starks could not be reached for comment.

In pursuit of his dreams

June 6, 2011

At 60 years old, and having lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 16 years, Mike Barker of Ahwahnee knows that it is too late to die young, so he is making the best of the time he has left.
Not only is Barker living his life to the fullest, but he hopes that he can lead others by example and encourage them to do the same.
“I follow my dreams, and if I’m going to give advice, I’d say follow your dreams, life is too short,” said Barker on Thursday on the tarmac of the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport, as he set next to a plane that he just flew, without the use of his legs or right arm.

Josephine Veenker

June 6, 2011

Josephine Veenker
1917-2011

Josephine Veenker, wife of deceased Louis F. Veenker, died Sunday May 29, 2011 shortly after her 94th birthday in Lindon, Utah at her son Lawrence Veenker’s residence. Veenker, a long time resident of June Lake and Bishop, was known for her exemplary service at the June Lake Library, the June Lake Womens Club, the Bishop Women’s Improvement Club, Inyo Friends of Library Oral History Project, and the Presbyterian Church in Bishop.

Nadine Francis Taylor

June 6, 2011

Nadine Francis Taylor
1933-2011

Born Jan. 11, 1933 in Tuttle, Okla. to Ethel and John Cullen Knight.
She is survived by son, Gary Standridge and wife Joan, of Big Pine; daughter, Sherry and husband Rick Monson of Norman, Okla.; plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
For years Nadine owned and operated Bishop Dry Cleaners and loved meeting and talking with her customers. She was also an excellent seamstress and very handy with alterations.

John Paul Miller

June 6, 2011

John Paul Miller
1941-2011

Inez Avitia

June 6, 2011

Inez Avitia
1932-2011

Longtime Bishop resident Inez Avitia passed away Friday, May 27, 2011. Inez was born Dec. 15, 1932 in Durango, Mexico. She was 78.
Inez was a wonderful example of love and devotion to her family and friends as well as a great cook and smart business woman. She owned and operated El Charro Avitia for 24 years in Bishop.

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