March 8th, 2011
Students throughout Inyo County will soon be getting mandatory vaccines in response to what state health officials are calling the worst outbreak of whooping cough in five decades.
According to Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Richard Johnson, California experienced the most cases of Pertussis ‚Äď whooping cough ‚Äď in 2010 than it has seen in 52 years.
Johnson noted that, as in the rest of the state, Inyo County ‚Äúhad several cases‚ÄĚ of Pertussis among school-age children.
The first fruits of the long-term lease for the Bishop City Park will be celebrated this week with the ground breaking of a long-awaited arboretum.
The arboretum will represent the ecosystems and flora of the area ‚Äď the Sierra Nevada, the valley floor and the White-Inyo Range.
In conjunction with the statewide Arbor Week, March 7-14, the city plans to celebrate with a formal dedication of the Children‚Äôs Christmas Tree, a 16-foot Giant Sequoia that will serve as the gateway to the arboretum, or tree museum.
Today, voters of the City of Bishop will decide who will occupy two top leadership positions for the next four years.
Jim Ellis, Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion are the three candidates citizens will be casting their votes for today on the March 8 General Municipal Election ballots.
The single polling place, the City Hall Auditorium at 377 W. Line St., will open at 7 a.m. Mail-in and absentee ballots can also be dropped off but must be received by the close of polls at 8 p.m. to be counted.
Bishop Police Department has named its new lieutenant: two-decade veteran of the force Fred Gomez. Chief Chris Carter made the announcement to the Bishop City Council at its Feb. 28 meeting.
The position is the second- in-command post at the department and one Gomez has risen to, from patrol officer in 1991, to detective in 2003, then to sergeant in 2006.
‚ÄúThe job wasn‚Äôt just handed to me,‚ÄĚ Gomez said. ‚ÄúI tested for it like everybody else.‚ÄĚ
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation and familiarity will make way for groundbreaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierra‚Äôs most popular fundraisers returns to Lone Pine.
‚ÄúThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this year‚Äôs Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,‚ÄĚ Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.
Recent controlled burns in the Owens Valley have sparked concern in at least one local resident who fears using fire for forest management will negatively impact residents and businesses.
When local resident Liz O‚ÄôSullivan saw smoke lingering in the air earlier this week due to a series of controlled burns conducted by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, she filed a formal complaint in hopes of getting the crews to stop burning until the smoke had dissipated.
Ralph David Niewald
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5 at the First Presbyterian Church in Bishop for 40-year Bishop resident Ralph David Niewald. Pastor Peter Thomsen will officiate. Burial will be private.
Born in 1934 in Levenworth, Kan., Ralph died Feb. 27, 2011 at Renown Hospital in Reno. He was 77.
Ralph was a 22-year postal service employee and lifetime fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arthur ‘Jack’ Long, Jr.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date fir Arthur “Jack” Long. Family and friends are invited to sign his online guest book and leave a message at www.FRFH.net.
Born Nov. 26, 1934 in Grass Valley to Arthur and Edna Long, Arthur died at his home in Yerington, Nev. on Friday morning, Feb. 25, 2011 after a brief illness. He was 76.
Jack married Patricia Webb on Feb. 8, 1968 in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
A group of Southern Inyo residents hope to boost the Lone Pine economy and quality of life by building a brand new multi-purpose community center in Spainhower Park.
The Lone Pine Community Center Planning Committee appeared before the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to request support for a plan to build the 200-person capacity center, using funds donated by local philanthropist Dave Haas.
After three months of door-to-door campaigning, increasing yard signage and glossy fliers appearing in mailboxes, the race for two Bishop City Council seats will be soon be decided.
Once the polls close Tuesday, March 8, the three candidates vying for those two seats – newcomer Jim Ellis and incumbents Jeff Griffiths and Bruce Dishion – will also know their political fates.