October 21st, 2011
Bill Charles Sweat
Bill Sweat, 81, passed away Oct. 6, 2011 with his wife of 46 years, Margo, at his side in Medford, Ore. Bill was born to Laura Mae and Jasper Newton Sweat on Jan. 9, 1930 in Hartshorn, Okla. Bill moved with his family to Shafter in 1939. After three years the family moved to Lone Pine. At an early age Bill started repairing cars. In 1949 he married Caroline Hancock. From that marriage came three children, Susan, Bill and Shari.
CalFire has a new leader overseeing operations in the Owens Valley.
Division Chief Bart Chambers, who took his post in May, is now overseeing more than 200 inmate firefighters in the Owens Valley and Fenner Conservation camps and dozens of state firefighters, ensuring they are well trained and prepared to respond to local, state and national disasters.
As division chief, Chambers works with two battalion chiefs for the area, which stretches from the Eastern Sierra to San Bernardino.
Inyo County and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are having a hard time agreeing on protocol when it comes to the LADWPâs annual operations report.
During Mondayâs Inyo County-Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting, the two entities discussed whether section IV.8 of the Long-Term Water Agreement and Section I.C of the Green Book apply when the county contests the LADWP operations plan, as it did this year.
Inyo County Water Director Bob Harrington says no, those sections do not apply, while the LADWP claims they do.
Local educators are offering parents the incentive of free technology to get involved in their childâs academic career.
According to Superintendent Terry McAteer, his office is introducing a new program that provides incentives for Latino families designed to get parents more active with academics and reward those who do with computers or other items that can be used as a family resource.
In the process of improving parental involvement, McAteer also hopes to bridge a growing technology gap and open lines of communication with an at-risk segment of the community.
Ardis A. Whitaker
Ardis A. Whitaker, 83, passed away Oct. 13, 2011 in Carson City. Ardis was born Jan. 16, 1928 in Longview, Wash. to Harry and Susan Cameron. She has been residing in Fallon, Nev. since 2009, moving there from Bishop.
The Fourth Annual Ultimate Cowboy Trail Challenge enjoyed much improved weather this year but sunshine did not diminish the challenging nature of the course.
Horses, mules and donkeys competed in the event put on the weekend of Oct. 8-9 by Linda Laird of the Double L in Bishop and Kris Keeler of JKK Performance out of San Dimas.
Of the top 10 riders, six were locals.
Jay Joseph from Santa Barbara took the championship on his 7-year-old Belgium cross gelding Stout, with a near-perfect ride.
Joseph won $1,000, a hand-crafted photo album, bridle, trophy and the coveted blue ribbon.
Broncos JV takes down Ravens, 34-8
The Bishop Broncos JV football squad came home from Cal City with a 34-8 win to start High Desert League play at 1-0.
The JV teamâs overall record is 5-1.
âOur defense was outstanding,â said coach Arnie Palu. The D accounted for two of the teamâs TDs: Ryan Lent returned one interception for a touchdown and went on to pick-off two more Ravens passes. Noah Stevens also returned a pick for a 95-yard score.
David Tanksley pulled down the fifth interception.
Other scoring drives: Carl Olsen, Clyde McCoy and Thomas Montoya.
Rosemary Elizabeth Bruce
Per her request, there will be no services held.
In an effort to promote tourism and community events, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors approved the distribution of $115,000 in grants last week to local organizations.
The countyâs Grants-in-Support Program aims to promote social, cultural, recreational and performing arts organizations as well as area service agencies that contribute to the local quality of life.
Historically, the GIS program has provided financial support to the California Indian Legal Services, Child Care Connection, the Inyo Council for the Arts, Wild Iris, Laws Railroad Museum and Ombudsman.
Community members are eager to hear what the U.S. Senate has to say on a local effort to obtain a federal designation for the popular Alabama Hills.
Representatives from the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group met with a new staff member of Senator Dianne Feinsteinâs office yesterday to acquaint themselves with the new pointman and keep the lines of communication of open.