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January 10th, 2011

Hugelman wins case against Town of Mammoth Lakes

January 10, 2011

Former Mammoth Lakes Police Department Sergeant Eric Hugelman won a decisive judgment against the Town last week.
Hearing Officer Roberto Morales ruled that Hugelman’s termination a year-and-a-half ago was unjustified and ruled that he should be reinstated.
Morales ruled that Hugelman should have been suspended for three weeks, at most.
Now the question is whether Hugelman will, in fact, rejoin the force and how much back pay he is entitled to.
The Town Council took up the matter in closed session after Wednesday night’s regular meeting, but no decision came out of the session.

Local Native dancers take fancy footwork, culture to Rose Parade

January 10, 2011

Seven Owens Valley residents made the trip down to Pasadena last week to participate in the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.
Led by Sage Romero, the Aka-Mya dance group was featured in the RFD-TV parade entry with a “One Nation” theme.
According to Romero, RFD-TV “originally had a vision of having a representative for each of the 552 tribes in the U.S., but I guess they didn’t get too much of a response, and ended up bringing the list down to 40.”

January 6th

David Charles Forsberg

January 6, 2011

David Charles Forsberg
1950-2010

The life of David Forsberg will be celebrated at his sister’s residence on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Lake Elsinore
Born July 5, 1950 in Long Beach, David died Dec. 30, 2010 in Bishop.
David was a beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and dear friend to many.

Health benefit costs rise for non-union county employees

January 6, 2011

Beginning this week, county department heads and employees who are not represented by unions or special associations will begin paying part of their own health insurance.
The change is a move on the part of county leaders hoping to save money during challenging fiscal times by having about 70 employees pick up the difference of increased insurance costs.
Traditionally, Inyo County has paid the monthly cost of insurance for its employees.

Flood damage in Southeast Inyo still being assessed

January 6, 2011

There was an island in the desert over the Christmas holiday weekend, but it was no mirage and no paradise. The small hamlet of Tecopa in remote southeast Inyo County was cut off from the rest of the world when, on Dec. 22, floods took over the three paved arteries that are the only means in or out of the town.

January 4th

Josephine ‘Jo’ Keefe

January 4, 2011

Josephine ‘Jo’ Keefe
1947-2010

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 22-year Inyokern resident Josephine “Jo” Keefe. Father John Gracey of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will officiate.
Born in Lone Pine on Dec. 8, 1947, Jo died Dec. 13, 2010 at Ridgecrest Community Hospital. She was 63.

Joy Kizer

January 4, 2011

Joy Kizer
1942-2010

Memorial services for Joy Kizer will be announced at a later date.
Born Sept. 15, 1942 in Fort Wayne, Ind., Joy died Dec. 16, 2010 after living a fruitful and wonderful life.
It was in Fort Wayne that she attended grammar school and high school, where, in her sophomore year, she met her future husband, Richard Kizer.

Donald C. Sebastian

January 4, 2011

Donald C. Sebastian
1928-2010

No funeral services have been announced for Donald C. Sebastian.
Born March 2, 1928 in Wallace, Idaho, Donald died Nov. 27, 2010 in Reno. He was 82.
Donald served in the Marine Corp. his work career was spent in the aircraft and space industry. He worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. and North American Rockwell as well as Northorp Grumman Co.

David S. Scott

January 4, 2011

David S. Scott
1925-2010

A celebration of live will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the community center in Dyer, Nev. for Big Pine native David S. Scott.
Born Nov. 1, 1925 in Big Pine, David died Dec. 10, 2010 at the Bishop Care Center. He was 85.
David was a resident of Dyer for 26 years.
He and his wife Lucille were married for 64 years.
David was well loved and respected by his community.

City’s newest leader keeping close eye on budget in 2011

January 4, 2011

Keeping with the City of Bishop’s motto, “100 Years of Service,” new City Administrator Jim Southworth said he plans on making sure those services, such as public safety and infrastructure improvements, are still available through the dark financial days that lie ahead.
Southworth, who has more than 30 years of administration under his belt, said in a recent interview that he will try and maintain the economically conservative nature of the city’s administration, while recognizing room for growth and meeting generational expectations.

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