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February 22nd, 2011

Gabriel Navar Avitia

February 22, 2011

Gabriel Navar Avitia
1935-2011

A Rosary Mass was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Brune Chapel for 42-year Ridgecrest resident Gabriel Navar Avita. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 19, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop. Father John Gracey will officiate. Burial will be at the East Line Street Cemetery.
Born Sept. 12, 1935 in San Jose De La Boca, Mexico, Gabriel died Feb. 15, 2011 at his home in Ridgecrest. He was 75.

Accused arsonist sentenced to time served, 5 years of probation

February 22, 2011

Inyo County Superior Court judges passed down sentencing on one high-profile defendant and set trial dates for two others.
The Bay Area man charged with torching the Schulman Grove Visitor’s Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in September 2008 has been sentenced to time served and five years formal probation.

Accused arsonist sentenced to time served, 5 years of probation

February 22, 2011

Inyo County Superior Court judges passed down sentencing on one high-profile defendant and set trial dates for two others.
The Bay Area man charged with torching the Schulman Grove Visitor’s Center in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in September 2008 has been sentenced to time served and five years formal probation.

February 17th

Jim Gooch

February 17, 2011

Jim Gooch
1936-2011

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at Grace Lutheran Church, 711 N. Fowler St., in Bishop for James “Jim” Harvey Gooch. Pastor Kent Puls will officiate.
Born June 6, 1941 in Holtville, Jim died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011 at Ridgecrest Healthcare Center. He was 69.
Jim spent his early years in Brawley and moved to Modesto while in high school. Jim and Pat were married in 1963 and had two girls, Suzanne and Julie.

Kenneth ‘Don’ Donald Traver

February 17, 2011

Kenneth ‘Don’ Donald Traver
1928-2011

Funeral services will be private for Kenneth, “Don” Donald Traver.
Born Jan. 10, 1028, Don died the morning of Feb. 6, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center.
Don was a loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle who is dearly midsed by his family and friends.

Irma Tibbets

February 17, 2011

Irma Tibbets
1926-2011

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Big Pine Communty United Methodist Church for lifelong Big Pine resident Irma Tibbetts. The Rev. Dr. Karen Moore. Burial will be at the Woodmen Cemetery in Big Pine.
Born June 30, 1926 in Big Pine, Irma died Feb. 10, 2011 at the Bihsop Care Center. She was 84.

Team effort led to new rodeo contract

February 17, 2011

The words of poets past and present filled the room last Friday evening at Inyo Council for the Arts, as eight anxious yet excited students from local high schools recited the poems they had chosen for the county finals of the Poetry Out Loud program.
The first-place winner, Tyler Holt, a senior at Big Pine High School, impressed the audience with his recitation of Lord Alfred Tennyson’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” and his second poem, “Ways of Talking,” by the contemporary Chinese poet, Ha Jin.

Human remains found in desert near Nevada

February 17, 2011

A grim discovery in a remote region of southeastern Inyo County has authorities searching for answers.
Sheriff’s investigators are attempting to piece together clues that may lead to a positive ID and possibly even cause of death for a body found late last week near Pahrump, Nev.
An individual recreating in the desert last Friday located what are said to be skeletal remains in a remote area west of Pahrump.
According to Inyo County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Carma Roper, “the remains were fairly deteriorated, so they could have been out there for months.”

High profile cases return to court

February 17, 2011

Three high-profile criminal cases will be returning to Inyo County Superior Court today. Murder suspects Louis LePlat and Edward Keller, Jr. along with self-confessed arsonist John Christiana will appear before a judge today in Independence.
Christiana was scheduled to appear for sentencing Tuesday, Feb. 8 but, according to the Court Clerk’s Office, his date was pushed back due to a long calendar that day. The office also said he is acting as his own counsel, or pro per.

February 10th

Thomas L. Cone

February 10, 2011

Thomas L. Cone
1930-2011

Graveside services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 11 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop, followed by a reception at the VFW at 2 p.m. for Thomas L. Cone.
Born June 4, 1930 in Lubbock, Texas to Thomas Fowler Cone and Maggie Bloys Cone, Thomas died Feb. 7, 2011. He was 80.

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