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September 16th, 2011

Big Pine fire contained at 5,000-plus acres

September 16, 2011

Hundreds of firefighters spent the last several days battling the John Fire south of Big Pine, which burned 5,353 acres along the foothills of the Sierra.
According to CalFire, the lead agency in charge of suppression efforts, the fire was 97 percent contained as of 4 p.m. Thursday and full containment was expected yesterday morning.
Two firefighters were injured Wednesday while battling the blaze, but according to CalFire, their injuries were minor. No damage to any structures or vehicles has been reported.

September 15th

Fire scorches 2,000 acres south of Big Pine

September 15, 2011

A fire south of Big Pine had burned 2,000 acres as of Wednesday morning and was reportedly 15 percent contained. While there have been no reports of any lightning in the area at the time the blaze broke out Tuesday afternoon, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
More than 500 personnel have been assigned to the help fight the fire.
There is a standing evacuation advisory in place for residents who live in southwest Big Pine and several roads remained closed, including Crocker/Glacier Lodge west of West Street, Pole Line Road and McMurry Meadows Road.

Blood drive in Bishop

September 15, 2011

Less than a week after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, which spurred the country’s most profuse blood donations in recent memory, United Blood Services is asking residents to support its fall blood drive.
United Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
According to Donor Recruitment Representative Jan McKee, “we’ve only gotten two appointments scheduled for the drive, but we’re hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.”

Millpond Music Festival kicks off 20th year Friday

September 15, 2011

Live, eclectic music and cultural connections will be set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada this weekend at the 20th annual Millpond Music Festival.
In addition to musical acts including the Marc Atkinson Trio, Incendio, The Bills, the Joe Craven Trio and world famous Los Lobos, this year’s festival will feature food and art vendors, kids crafts and two authentic cultural villages.

City: truck route one of several ideas

September 15, 2011

A large contingency of citizens opposed to a truck route around the city of Bishop showed up at Monday’s City Council meeting to voice their concerns. Many citizens admitted they were under the impression there would not be another chance to comment on the matter and others said they thought the idea was a scheduled project to be completed in the near future.
A truck route is not on any project list nor was the subject on the council’s agenda.

Harold Everett Woodson

September 15, 2011

Harold Everett Woodson

In honor if his request, there will be no services for Harold Everett.
Woodson, known fondly as “Woody,” age 92, resident of Bishop for 38 years, passed away Aug. 25, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center after greeting one of the staff with a “Good Morning.” Woody was born July 22, 1919 in Hampton, Iowa to the late Loretta Hagan and Everett Woodson, the third of six children. The family moved to Ladonia, Mo. in 1922.

Carol Walters Cole

September 15, 2011

Carol Walters Cole

Carol was born Sept. 18, 1934 in Lovelock, Nev. to Mona Gracey and Carl H. “Bud” Walters of Independence and passed in Reno on Sept. 1, 2011 with family members at her side. The Walters family were an old pioneer family having settled at Camp Independence in 1869, and the Gracey family arriving in Independence in the early 1900’s.

Theodore Edward ‘Ted’ Higle

September 15, 2011

Theodore Edward ‘Ted’ Higle

Theodore Edward “Ted” Higle, a 50-year resident of the Owens Valley, passed away on Sept. 1, 2011 in Northern Inyo Hospital in Bishop. Born on March 28, 1939 to Ted Evert Higle and Bertha Bromley in Jamestown, Kan.,

LaWanda Marie Shoshone

September 15, 2011

LaWanda Marie Shoshone

LaWanda was born Feb. 26, 1963 in Bishop, Calif. and passed away Sept. 6, 2011 at home in Cathedral City, Calif. at the age of 48. She was the daughter of the late Alverna M. Piper of Bishop, Calif. and the late Robert S. Saubel of Banning, Calif.

September 13th

A safer community, but with no commerce?

September 13, 2011

Local reaction to a Caltrans Highway Project that would bypass parts of Olancha/Cartago has been mixed, with some saying the project will make the communities safer and others claiming a bypass will kill local businesses that rely on through-traffic.
One southern Inyo County property owner is speaking out against a proposed highway project, claiming that Caltrans ignored the wishes of citizens and the local government.

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