February 7th, 2012
Margaret M. Karaffa
Margaret M. Karaffa (81), resident of Bishop, Calif. for 36 years, born in Detroit, Mich. on June 27, 1930, passed away on Feb. 1, 2012 at Bishop Care Center.
Margaret worked many jobs as she followed her husband across America. She was a phone operator in Michigan, a front-office employee for churches in Detroit, Sarasota, Fla., and in Bishop. She also worked for J.C. Penney’s for many years in the catalogue department.
J.P. ‘Sierra Phantom’ Glover
J.P. Glover died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 at the Bishop Care Center. He was 85.
Those who knew Glover did not call him by his birth name – most never knew it. He was known as the Sierra Phantom, a nickname earned after living 50 years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
A conservation project in the west Chalfant area on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Managementâs Bishop Field Office is nearing completion.
The project involves converting BLM motorized routes to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use and constructing a new motorized route to maintain recreational access.
BLM Recreation Planner Richard Williams said the agency is eliminating some redundant motorized routes to create other recreational opportunities without preventing OHV users from accessing the area.
Families at the Marine Warfare Training Center outside of Coleville are recovering after a deadly explosion late last week that claimed the life of one resident and sent two others to the hospital.
On Friday, Feb. 3, at approximately 8:53 p.m., the Mono County Sheriffâs Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding an explosion and a residential structure that was on fire at the MWTC off-base housing.
It was later reported that the fire started after an explosion caused by a propane leak in the residential area of the MWTC.
County leaders will be returning to business today after a two-week hiatus in late January.
The Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. in the County Administrative Center in Independence to discuss three requests from department heads to hire new employees, a waste tire amnesty event and a new planning ordinance.
The board is also scheduled to discuss potential uses for funding that is available through the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Districtâs Clean Air Projects program.
The Bishop Lady Broncos basketball squad had a spectacular first half against the Kern Valley Broncs on the road Friday, but fell in the final quarter, losing by 2 points.
Bishop pulled out to an 18-14 lead in the first quarter, then extended the lead 35-25 by the half.
The Broncos cooled off in the third, letting Kern Valley back in the game. KV seriously outscored Bishop, 9-18, to draw to within 1 point going into the final quarter.
The Broncos and the Broncs exchanged the lead through the fourth.
The Broncos basketball team lost, 48-40, in Kern Valley Friday.
After a strong 3-0 start in High Desert League, the Broncos have hit a rough patch on the road.
Injuries havenât helped.Qui Barlow went out in mid-season with a knee injury and 6-foot-5 Darren Spoonhunter broke his hand in practice two days before the Kern Valley game.
Bishopâs defense against KV was strong in the second half, but the teamâs offense never really kicked in.
Kern Valley went ahead 15-0 with Bishopâs first point, a free throw from Jerry Castillo, coming with two minutes left in the quarter.
The Big Pine Lady Warriors ended a rough season Saturday night with a 52-40 loss to the Hi-Lo League-leading Baker Braves.
The Warriors have been in every league game this season, but have had difficulty maintaining momentum through all four quarters.
The loss of Alicia Peterson to injury reduced the team to six players.
âIâm proud of the way we played this game and others throughout the season,â said coach Dave Mettam. âThis teamâs character is to never quit in the face of adversity. They played tough, with class and good sportsmanship.â
The Big Pine Warriors basketball team clinched the Hi-Lo League championship with an apocalyptic, 81-41, win over the Baker Braves Saturday night, avenging the teamâs only league loss, by 2 points, early last month.
âWeâre coming together at the right time,â said coach Darrin Chirrick. âThe kids knew what they wanted (the league championship) and theyâve been relentless. Theyâve worked hard and given an incredible effort. Iâm happy for them.â
The stateâs finances are in trouble, again, or, more accurately, in constant trouble. Local representative, Republican State Assemblywoman Connie Conway, has expressed her contempt for some proposals by Democratic legislators to fix the problem with another prison shift.