March 24th, 2011
Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam)
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at the First Baptist Church in Big Pine for Ila Bessie Connell (Haslam).
Born Aug. 13, 1922 in Palos Verdes to Warren B Haslam and Edna D. Robinson Haslam, Ila, a beloved grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, died March 20, 2011.
Ila was the last survivor of seven children.
Elinor Mae Miller
A private family gathering was held on March 13 in memory of 40-year Keeler resident Elinor Mae Miller. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Born March 21, 1933 in Iowa, Elinor died March 10, 2011 at the Southern Inyo Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 77.
Elinor will be missed greatly.
Patricia A. ‘Pat’ Hall
Per her wishes, services for Patricia A. “Pat” Hall will be held at a later date for the immediate family to spread her ashes off the Southern California coast to join those of her husband Jim.
Born April 5, 1929 in Detroit, Mich., Patricia died peacefully on March 19, 2011. She was 81.
John Shirly Allred
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 45-year Bishop resident John Shirly Allred. Winnedumah Masonic Lodge No. 827 will officiate. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bishop with Pastor Randy Skoretz officiating. Visitation will be from noon-5 p.m. Friday, March 25 at Brune Mortuary in Bishop.
Just days after the Center Fire in Big Pine destroyed 19 homes, the community and local service agencies are stepping up to provide aid to those displaced. Preliminary estimates put the damage caused by the blaze at more than $4.5 million.
There are also reports of the amazing community tenor of the tiny town.
âItâs worth emphasizing the supportive community spirit,â said Mary Chasin, Red Cross supervisor of Health Services for the Los Angeles region. âItâs never easy after a disaster but this community is very resilient.â
While many residents were able to return to their homes in Big Pine Saturday morning, the homecoming was bittersweet as some found they had no homes to return to, their residences and worldly possessions destroyed during the night by the 800-acre Center Fire.
A total of 19 homes were destroyed in the fire, which broke out at about 3:30 p.m. Friday near the Bernasconi Center west of town. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Preliminary estimates put the cost of damages from the fire at $4.5 million.
A fire that broke out west of Big Pine prompted wide-spread mandatory evacuation orders Friday evening.
Details on the movement of the fire are scarce. The blaze was first reported shortly before 4 p.m. California Highway Patrol officers at the scene at about 5 p.m. reported that the Bernasconi Center had not been damaged, but a wood shed at Palisade Glacier High School had been burned.
By 6 p.m. Friday, U.S. 395 was closed from Bishop to Independence with reports of the fire threatening to jump County Road west of the highway.
Soccer has been described in terms of elegance and beauty, a chess game in constant motion. Soccer is primarily a playersâ game rather than a coachesâ game. It requires an almost intuitive sense of team â no huddles, no plays called in by a coach, Itâs all up to the players.
Maybe it was that characteristic of the game that helped foster this yearâs junior varsity girls soccer teamâs spirit. The JV Lady Broncos, all 28 of them, attracted the attention of opposing teams, coaches and tournament directors during the season for their enthusiasm and spirit.
The Lone Pine Golden Eagles ended last weekendâs baseball tournament at Yerington, Nev. with a split decision: two wins on Friday and two losses to Wittle High, the 2010 Nevada state champions on Saturday.
Greg Green was the winning pitcher in the Eaglesâ 8-2 victory over Smith Valley, striking out six.
On the hitting side, Michael Palsrok went 2 for 2 with 3 runs; Michael Cappello was 2 for 2 with a triple, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Umberto Romero was also perfect at the plate with 3 for 3.
The conditions were cold and windy for Wednesdayâs league golf match.
Despite the conditions, Lone Pineâs Casey Sullivan came in with the low score, a 73 on the par 71 Bishop Country Club course.
The Bishop Broncos topped the seven-team match with a 389, 64 strokes below second place Frazier Mountain.
Bronco Brendon Shibley placed second with a 76; Ryan Church, third with a 77; Daniel Johnson, fourth, 78; Ben Ono and Joey Medora, tied for fifth with 79; Matt Ono finished 15th with a 91.
Lone Pineâs Neil Bhakta placed eighth, shooting an 83.