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March 11th, 2011

Ina June Raworth

March 11, 2011

Ina June Raworth
1924-2011

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Hemet for Ina June Raworth
Born in Victor, Colo. on Oct. 1, 1924, June died Feb. 24, 2011. She was 86.
June graduated from Manitou Springs High School in Colorado. She worked as a dental assistant and later at Hope School for the Handicapped for 14 years.

County trying to dig up input on dump deficit options

March 11, 2011

Inyo County Integrated Waste is facing a half-million dollar operating deficit this year and is looking for residents to help decide how to solve the budget shortfall.
During an almost empty public meeting in Lone Pine on Wednesday, Jeff Ahlstrom, managing landfill engineer, laid out six plans that would close the projected $592,874 gap. Those plans include three basic strategies to save on costs and generate more revenue, ranging from fee hikes to layoffs to reductions in services.

Suspected bank robber nabbed outside of Bishop

March 11, 2011

A routine traffic stop outside of Bishop earlier this week led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber wanted by the FBI.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, Charles R. Leighton was arrested Thursday night after being identified as the suspect in a Nevada bank robbery.
Cleland said a CHP officer initiated a stop on the 43-year-old for “a mechanical violation” at about noon Thursday on U.S. 395 near Pine Creek.

New art center gives Tribal youth a place to ‘stand up’ for their future

March 11, 2011

The Bishop Paiute Reservation has a new place for all youths, teens and young adults to “wünüt” or “stand up” – be creative, constructive and learn skills they will take with them for the rest for their lives.
The WünüT Novi Youth Media Arts and Infoshop was born out of the loss of young people to violence and drugs and alcohol. Still in its infancy, the program is seeking more volunteers and donations that will allow the center to stay open longer and offer more to the community.

March 10th

J. Patrick Farrell

March 10, 2011

J. Patrick Farrell
1934-2011

No funeral services have been announced for J. Patrick Farrell.
Born Jan. 25, 1934 to Gertrude and William Brian-Jennings Farrell, Pat died March 5, 2011.

Margaret Jane McMurtrie Lay Carrington

March 10, 2011

Margaret Jane McMurtrie Lay Carrington
1932-2011

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10 at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 600 Hobson St., in Bishop for Margaret Jane McMurtrie Lay Carrington. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.
Born Dec. 23, 1932, long-time Bishop resident Janie Carrington died March 5, 2011 at her home surrounded by her family.

BIA directs Timbisha to hold a new election

March 10, 2011

After more than two years of controversy, complaints and appeals to federal authorities, the Timbisha-Shoshone Tribe will have its day at the polls to elect a new tribal government.
Friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year, creating a dispute about which Tribal Council is the recognized body.

Proposed cuts threaten local services

March 10, 2011

The budget crunch in Washington may soon be felt locally with the Obama Administration’s proposed cuts to social programs.
On the chopping block are grants that help fund food banks and housing programs that will be cut in half if the budget proposal passes.
Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action is the local organization that provides these social services, and has been holding a series of town hall meetings throughout the area to discuss the proposed cuts and their implications. The meetings will also offer suggestions for action to those who want to speak up for these services.

Suspected repeat sex offender behind bars

March 10, 2011

Thomas Michael “Mikey” Tharp, a 38-year-old Bishop resident, is in custody at the Inyo County Jail on allegations of child molestation.
Tharp is facing one felony and one misdemeanor charge of molestation and an additional misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a sex offender.
According to Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “investigators became aware of Tharp after the parents of two alleged victims came forward.”

Griffiths, Ellis take city seats

March 10, 2011

Voters of the City of Bishop exercised their constitutional rights on Tuesday electing Jeff Griffiths and Jim Ellis to serve on the City Council for the next four years.
The final tally had incumbent Griffiths with 430 votes, newcomer Ellis with 350 and incumbent Bruce Dishion with 315 out of a total of 673 ballots cast.
The final numbers were preceded by a suspenseful 30 minutes of numbers slowly dribbling in after the polls from the city’s two precincts closed at 8 p.m.

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