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March 4th, 2011

PD’s new second-in- command a familiar face

March 4, 2011

Bishop Police Department has named its new lieutenant: two-decade veteran of the force Fred Gomez. Chief Chris Carter made the announcement to the Bishop City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The position is the second- in-command post at the department and one Gomez has risen to, from patrol officer in 1991, to detective in 2003, then to sergeant in 2006.
“The job wasn’t just handed to me,” Gomez said. “I tested for it like everybody else.”

Museum lines up acclaimed act for annual fete

March 4, 2011

The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation and familiarity will make way for groundbreaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierra’s most popular fundraisers returns to Lone Pine.
“There is something very different and exciting about the music for this year’s Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,” Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.

Where there’s smoke … there are complaints

March 4, 2011

Recent controlled burns in the Owens Valley have sparked concern in at least one local resident who fears using fire for forest management will negatively impact residents and businesses.
When local resident Liz O’Sullivan saw smoke lingering in the air earlier this week due to a series of controlled burns conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she filed a formal complaint in hopes of getting the crews to stop burning until the smoke had dissipated.

March 3rd

Ralph David Niewald

March 3, 2011

Ralph David Niewald
1934-2011

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop for 40-year Bishop resident Ralph David Niewald. Pastor Peter Thomsen will officiate. Burial will be private.
Born in 1934 in Levenworth, Kan., Ralph died Feb. 27, 2011 at Renown Hospital in Reno. He was 77.
Ralph was a 22-year postal service employee and lifetime fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Arthur ‘Jack’ Long, Jr.

March 3, 2011

Arthur ‘Jack’ Long, Jr.
1934-2011

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date fir Arthur “Jack” Long. Family and friends are invited to sign his online guest book and leave a message at www.FRFH.net.
Born Nov. 26, 1934 in Grass Valley to Arthur and Edna Long, Arthur died at his home in Yerington, Nev. on Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2011 after a brief illness. He was 76.
Jack married Patricia Webb on Feb. 8, 1968 in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

New community center in offing for LP?

March 3, 2011

A group of Southern Inyo residents hope to boost the Lone Pine economy and quality of life by building a brand new multi-purpose community center in Spainhower Park.
The Lone Pine Community Center Planning Committee appeared before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request support for a plan to build the 200-person capacity center, using funds donated by local philanthropist Dave Haas.

Council candidates make final appeal

March 3, 2011

After three months of door-to-door campaigning, increasing yard signage and glossy fliers appearing in mailboxes, the race for two Bishop City Council seats will be soon be decided.
Once the polls close Tuesday, March 8, the three candidates vying for those two seats – newcomer Jim Ellis and incumbents Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion  – will also know their political fates.

March 1st

Study examines OV School’s lapsation options

March 1, 2011

With the fate of Owens Valley School up in the air due to declining enrollment, a recent study has shined some light on options for educating youth in Independence.
A study committee made up of representatives from Lone Pine, Owens Valley and Big Pine school districts released its consolidation study regarding the future of Owens Valley School as it faces lapsation.
Owens Valley School District will lapse if it falls below the state-mandated 12 students.
It currently has 11 kids enrolled.

Surveying the Sierra snowpack

March 1, 2011

The air is crisp at Tom’s Place at 8 a.m. The slight breeze blows around ice crystals, dazzling in the sun light, tiny floating prisms. Drips of coffee freeze to the side of the mug.
“Do you have extra clothes? Bring all you’ve got,” says snow-surveyor Brian Norris, “It’s cold up there.”
It only takes a few minutes outside of the car to numb fingers, cheeks and nose and there’s still another 3,000 feet to go up to the first survey spot.

February 26th

Donna Jean Loge

February 26, 2011

Donna Jean Loge
1945-2011
A celebration of life will be held from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Bishop VFW Post at 484 Short St. for 26-year Bishop resident Donna Jean Loge.
Born Aug. 30, 1945 in Portland, Ore., Donna died Feb. 16, 2011 at Carson Tahoe Hospital. She was 65.
Donna was a very caring person, always putting others before herself. She did nursing and home healthcare.
Summer was always fun for Donna and her friends because it was swimming and barbecue time. She was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Bishop VFW Post No. 8988.

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