March 28th, 2011
After a 25-year absence, the Return of a Classic Event will make its debut in California City with the running of the California City Gran Prix, April 15-17.
This event was once a major attraction in the deserts of Southern California, but then it went away. The then promoter decided to retire and requirements surrounding the desert became even more difficult to meet.
in CIF All-Star Game
Christian Hernandez, representing the Bishop soccer team in the All-Star CIF senior game, scored the only goal for the Div. 6/7 squad as they took on the Div. 5 All Stars.
Hernandezâs finish was a beautifully placed header from the penalty spot over the keeper late in the first half. The Div. 5 team ended up winning 3-1 but Hernandez played well in his last game as a high school student.
Big Pine Warrior Marissa Lemus and Lone Pine Golden Eagle Nicole Tweedy were named All-CIF in girls basketball in their respective divisions.
The Bishop High track teams got a split decision at their first dual meet at California City, March 10. The girls pulled off a decisive 61-33 win over 10 events. The Cal City Ravensâ boys team snuck past the Broncos, winning the meet 68-59.
The Lady Broncos recorded a win in each of their events.
The Broncos took firsts in the 400-meter, 300-meter and 100-meter hurdles, long jump and shot put.
1st: Michelle Case, Natalia Gonzalez, Katie Shipkey, Mandy Fuller, 56.12
1st: Dana Grevenkamp, Mandy Fuller, Katie Shipkey, Shelby Dolim, 4:56.0
Bishopâs snow sport teams came back from the state finals at Northstar with South Division II championship banners.
The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation brought together 32 teams to the Lake Tahoe ski area, March 7-11.
Bishop was on top of league standings at the end of the four-meet season at Mammoth Mountain; the Division II championships were the icing on that cake.
Four Broncos snowboarders competed in the menâs championship slalom and giant slalom races.
âShow Big Pine home is where the heart is,â Sherri Newman of Jakeâs Saloon said in a press release announcing its own benefit fundraiser for victims of the Center Fire. âThe time is now to show our support at home. Bring it in, bring it big, bring it for Big Pine.â
Relief efforts for victims of the blaze continue to be organized, locally and throughout the state. There are fundraisers and clean-ups of all sorts planned for the days and weeks ahead.
With more high winds forecast this week, firefighters remain in Big Pine monitoring the burn area left by the Center Fire that destroyed 19 homes on Friday.
CalFire investigators are also on scene, assessing damages, the path of destruction and the blazeâs point of origin near the Bernasconi Education Center as they determine a cause.
âThe fire was called at 100 percent contained at 18:00 (6 p.m.) Sunday, but we still have resources on scene mopping up and looking for hot spots,â said CalFire Battalion Chief Mike Smith.
Sheâs been called dynamic, determined, gracious, fierce, compassionate, resourceful, even rebellious.
Sheâs been labeled a firebrand, a trailblazer, a pioneer, an activist, a do-gooder and a go-getter.
At heart, sheâs a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and by trade a retired laboratory technologist and politician.
In reality, Bishop resident Betty Denton is a woman who defies description; someone whoâs spent a life pursuing myriad dreams and goals, helping others to achieve theirs, and affecting lasting change for the good of the community.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. April 9 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop for 20-year Bishop resident Danielle Naquin. The Rev. Peter Thomsen will officiate. Burial will be private.
Born May 12, 1944 in Electra, Texas to Geraldine and James Robeson, Danielle Naquin died March 19, 2011 at her home in Bishop. She was 66. Her stepfather was George Serjent.
God loved Danielle. He silenced her enemies and shut the mouths of devouring lions. She is with her lord.
No funeral services have been announced for 30-plus-year Bishop resident Dennis Jones.
Dennis died March 14, 2011 after a long, three-year battle with a rare spinal bone cancer. He was 61.
Dennis is the son of Marvin and Nora Jones.
He went to high school in Bishop and married and had two sons, Jade and Dania Jones.
Dennis also served his country in the U.S. Army, serving a tour in Vietnam as a combat engineer, receiving medals and citations.
Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam)
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the First Baptist Church in Big Pine for Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam).
Born Aug. 13, 1922 in Palos Verdes to Warren B Haslam and Edna D. Robinson Haslam, Ila, a beloved grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, died March 20, 2011.
Ila was the last survivor of seven children.