June 23rd, 2011
Inyoâs county seat of Independence is not only appropriately named for Fourth of July celebrations, but the residents there work overtime to make sure the Southern Inyo town is the place to celebrate Americaâs birthday.
That extra effort results each year in patriotic and otherwise July 4-themed action from morning through the night with a flag-raising, parade, barbecue, kids games, arts and crafts fair, a marathon and a pyrotechnics display at the Independence Airport.
In a county where only 2 percent of the land is owned by private citizens, finding a large parcel of property for development can be a difficult task.
Grace Speakman raced her way into first place in the Youth Womenâs Overall division at The 100âs MC Classic dirt bike race May 28 in Spangler Hills. The Bishop 13-year-old comes from a long line of desert racers and has been competing for two years. Her 2010-11 seasons include top fives in every race she entered.
Itâs not too late to sign up for this weekendâs One-Pitch Tournament held at Bishop City Park this Saturday and Sunday.
Proceeds from the tournament will go towards memberships at the Bishop Bullpen for underprivileged athletes.
The format on Saturday is a round robin. Sunday is a single-elimination run for tournament champion. Each team is guaranteed four shots at the gold.
Play starts at 8 a.m. each day. Saturday ends at midnight; Sunday action will go until 2 or 3 p.m.
Teams interested in participating, call Willy Pasquel at (760) 937-2019.
Families turned out in droves for the annual Independence Fishing Derby last Saturday.
The day started on the water and ended in Dehy Park for the weigh-in, a silent auction and music, followed by prizes for big trout and bigger stringers.
1st â Matt Sanchez (El Cajon), 3 lbs.
2nd â Schuyler Gingrich (Covina), 2 lbs., 9 ozs.
3rd â Tracey Dallarosa (Coronado), 2 lbs., 5 oz.
1st â Shane Hansen, 2 lbs., 14 oz.
2nd â Mitch Mandic (Moorpark), 1lb., 11 oz.
The game may not have counted, but that didnât stop Bad Company and Red Thunder from going at it Tuesday night in the City of Bishop Softball League, Co-ed B Division.
Red Thunder forfeited the game for lack of enough women in the line-up. According to protocol, there was no winner. But, unofficially, Thunder rained on Bad Companyâs parade with a strong comeback in the open seventh inning.
Bad Company jumped out to an early lead when Mike McDonald hit a 2 RBI single off Red Thunder pitcher Rodney Barlow.
Inyo County will be watched by a new set of eyes when the 2011-12 Grand Jurors is sworn in on July 5.
The group of 11 residents commits an entire year to working on an annual report, a summary of investigations of departments and functions in the county and the cities and towns therein, brought to their attention by citizens.
The jurorsâ mission statement states it âwill act as the publicâs âwatchdogâ by investigating the affairs of governmentâ and â(w)ill judiciously investigate all allegations against and misconduct by public officials.â
Today marks the first day of summer and organizers at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair already have many of the logistics ironed out for this yearâs much-anticipated event.
Officials have confirmed that the popular Russell Brotherâs Circus and Discovering Science shows will be returning and flavors for various cooking and baking contests have been selected.
The theme for this yearâs event is âHappy Days are Yours and Mine,â and event organizers are planning a â50s theme reflecting the good old days of the hit TV show âHappy Days.â
Mary Caroline ‘Pat’ Coles
Pat Coles was born in Fort Logan, Colo. on July 24, 1908, and passed away in Bishop on June 15, 2011, just shy of her 103rd birthday.
As a young girl, Pat’s family moved to Vancouver, Wash. where she grew up and went to school. In 1925 she moved with her family to San Francisco. She worked for AT&T for 11 years, then Standard Oil in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and for Hammer Shipping Merchant Marine during the last of the war years.
Residents are being asked to weigh in on the fate of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep as officials consider a new monitoring program that includes helicopters and radio tracking devices.
The National Park Service, in cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Forest Service-Inyo National Forest, is seeking public comments about a proposal to conduct population monitoring, research and translocation of federally endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.