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, 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.
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.
Eastern Sierra Land Trustâ€™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 Mossâ€™ 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.
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.
Professional stargazers and their toys have discovered a planet in a Goldilocks Zone with many similarities to Earth and possibly containing life. The planet, Kepler-22b, is 600 light years away and would take a space shuttle 22 million years to travel to the planet.
To study the potentially water- and life-bearing planet, some researchers and scientists are not expected to travel quite that far, but perhaps as far as Big Pine.
Over the weekend local law enforcement officials teamed to help 22 young citizens tackle Christmas to-do lists that might otherwise have gone unfinished.
For the first year ever, the Inyo County Deputy Sheriffâ€™s Association and Bishop Police Officers Association partnered with their Mono County counterparts, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officerâ€™s Association and Mono County Deputyâ€™s Association, and the California Highway Patrol to give a group of hand-picked youngsters a Christmas shopping spree.
Each year the Wish Tree program provides a way for generous souls to help make local childrenâ€™s holiday wishes come true. The deadline to help fulfill those dreams this Christmas is approaching fast â€“ Monday â€“ and there are still plenty of children in need.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Wish Trees around Inyo County were still filled with bulbs, actually ornament-shaped slips of paper with a childâ€™s age and gender along with a small wish list from income-eligible families and children.
Film and television commercial producers continue to pump money into the local economy thanks to Inyo Countyâ€™s unique and not-so-unique surroundings.
Mule Days organizers have signed veteran country music star Terri Clark to headline the eventâ€™s 2012 concert.
Clark is set to follow in the footsteps of country-music legends and past Mule Days entertainers Neal McCoy, the late Chris Ledoux, Michael Martin Murphy and Blake Shelton when she takes the stage in the Mike Boothe Memorial Arena at the Tri-County Fairgrounds this May.
The concert is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, May 24.
Tickets for the concert and all Mule Days events go on sale at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Bishop Mule Days Office, 1141 N. Main St.