April 5th, 2011
A high-profile, emotionally charged murder case is about to enter the sentencing phase, where a young manâ€™s future will be decided for his alleged role in the death of a relative.
After a month-long trial, Bishop resident Edward Keller, Jr. was found guilty of second-degree murder by an Inyo County jury on Friday.
Keller was charged with killing his 29-year-old cousin, James Eugene Williams, at a party on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Attorney Thomas Hardy acted as Kellerâ€™s public defender and Joel Samuels prosecuted the case for the District Attorneyâ€™s Office.
Mary Roper may have retired from public service in January, but her presence will be felt in the county seat for decades to come, thanks to the planting of a tree in her honor last week.
Former colleagues and friends gathered on the lawn of the historic Inyo County Courthouse Friday to plant a young Colorado Spruce in recognition of the retired county clerk-recorderâ€™s many years of service to Inyo and its citizens.
County officials are working to positively identify three different sets of human remains found in remote areas of southeast Inyo County over the past five months.
Assistant Coroner Jeff Mullenhour has been collaborating with local and out-of-the area forensics experts to match DNA and dental records of the remains to missing persons reports.
Mullenhour is investigating a set of bones located in the Anvil Springs Canyon area, believed to belong to one of four missing German tourists who disappeared in Death Valley in 1996.
Alta L. Gillespie
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for 36-year Bishop resident Alta L. Gillespie. Burial will be at the West Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.
Born Sept. 26, 1919 in Crested Butte, Colo., Alta died March 31, 2011. She was 91.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1996.
She is survived by her nieces, Roberta English, Lynette Belding and Frances Cummings.
Margaret Border Gibford
No funeral services are scheduled at this time for Margaret Border Gibford.
Born Sept. 23, 1914 in Bozeman, Mont. to Frank and Anna Rentchler, Margaret, the youngest of seven children, died March 30, 2011 in Bishop.
Margaret grew up in Bozeman and graduated from Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with a degree in nursing in 1935.
She nursed in Montana and California since before World War II and ended her career retiring from the Inyo County Sanatorium in 1978.
Kathrin Eleanore Wilbur
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for Kathrin Eleanore Wilbur. A celebration of her life will follow at the Bishop Elks Lodge, 151 E. Lone St. in Bishop.
Born in March 30, 1925 in San Pedro to Rosanna Laura Henley and Davis Robert Henley, Kathy died peacefully in her sleep with her son David in a bedroom nearby on March 27, 2011 after a courageous, years long battle with emphysema.
Harris Lester Riggins
No funeral services have been announced for 54-year Chalfant resident Harris Lester Riggins. His ashes will be spread by his family.
Born Dec. 22, 1927 to Walter and Dorothy Riggins in Brawley, Harris died of complications from prostate surgery on March 15, 2011. He was 83.
Barbara Ann Bellamak
A celebration of life with an open potluck party will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in the Olancha School Gymnasium for Olancha resident Barbara Ann Bellmak. Further information can be found at barbiebellamak.com.
Born Sept. 29, 1953, Barbie died March 22, 2011. She was 57.
Inyo County will get its first taste of a craft beer festival this spring.
Bishop will play host to its first microbrew festival Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 in conjunction with the annual Bishop Home Show and Laws Railroad Museum Choo Choo Swap Meet.
Bishop Mikro Bier Fest organizers are currently looking for local residents and businesses who would like to volunteer or sponsor the event.
Currently, event organizer Britta Wichers is working with the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Manor Market to attract more breweries and out-of-the-area residents who follow trade beer events.