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March 17th, 2011

Local land trust earns national recognition

March 17, 2011

Ten years after its formation, Eastern Sierra Land Trust is celebrating both its birthday and national accreditation.
With a seal of approval from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, Eastern Sierra Land Trust hopes it can gain more credibility with grant providers and potential land owners and members.

March 15th

Carol Lee MacDonald

March 15, 2011

Carol Lee MacDonald
1937-2011

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 15, at the East Line Street Cemetery for 28-year Bishop resident Carol Lee MacDonald.
Born in Bennett, Neb. on Dec. 25, 1937, Carol died March 11, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 73.
Carol was a loving mother whose main concern in life were her children. Being born on Christmas Day made her extra special. She will be greatly missed.

Florence M. (Barlow) Phillips

March 15, 2011

Florence M. (Barlow) Phillips
1921-2011

Funeral services for lifelong Bishop resident Florence M. (Barlow) Phillips will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Brune Mortuary Chapel. Gretchen Hess will officiate. Burial will be at the East Line Street Cemetery.
Born to Ben and Irene Barlow on Aug. 8, 1921 in Bishop, Florence died March 11, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 89.

Jacqueline Mary Jackson

March 15, 2011

Jacqueline Mary Jackson
1929-2011

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Bishop for Jacqueline Mary Jackson. Burial will follow at the East Line Street Cemetery. The Reverend Barbara Crockett will officiate.
Born March 27, 1929 to Earl and Agnes Milner in Detroit, Mich., Jackie – a mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend – died March 7, 2011 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 81.

New forest boss selected

March 15, 2011

The third time appears to be the charm for Inyo National Forest, which announced last week that Ed Armenta of Arizona is slated to become its next head honcho.
Armenta, currently the district ranger of the Payson District of the Tonto National Forest, will be the third Forest Service employee to step into the forest supervisor post vacated by Jim Upchurch in September 2010.
Upchurch transferred to Coronado National Forest and two temporary replacements had filled the position until a permanent replacement – Armenta – could be named.

Eastern Sierra tradition returns for 44th year

March 15, 2011

With the Southern Inyo Early Opener Trout Derby in the books, anglers’ attention has now turned to the Eastern Sierra’s other major pre-season fishing tradition: The Blake Jones Trout Derby.
Named for a beloved longtime local resident and angling promoter, the annual derby returns this Saturday to Pleasant Valley Reservoir, where the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau gives fishermen yet another chance to compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights – or simply gather the family to cast a line in prime Eastern Sierra waters – well in advance of the regular fishing season.

March 11th

J. Patrick Farrell, Sr.

March 11, 2011

J. Patrick Farrell, Sr.
1934-2011

Graveside memorial services for J. Patrick Farrell, Sr. will be held at noon today, Saturday, March 12 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop. Pastor Chris Costello will officiate.
Born Jan. 25, 1934 to Gertrude and William Brian-Jennings Farrell, Pat died March 5, 2011.

Ina June Raworth

March 11, 2011

Ina June Raworth
1924-2011

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 19 at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Hemet for Ina June Raworth
Born in Victor, Colo. on Oct. 1, 1924, June died Feb. 24, 2011. She was 86.
June graduated from Manitou Springs High School in Colorado. She worked as a dental assistant and later at Hope School for the Handicapped for 14 years.

County trying to dig up input on dump deficit options

March 11, 2011

Inyo County Integrated Waste is facing a half-million dollar operating deficit this year and is looking for residents to help decide how to solve the budget shortfall.
During an almost empty public meeting in Lone Pine on Wednesday, Jeff Ahlstrom, managing landfill engineer, laid out six plans that would close the projected $592,874 gap. Those plans include three basic strategies to save on costs and generate more revenue, ranging from fee hikes to layoffs to reductions in services.

Suspected bank robber nabbed outside of Bishop

March 11, 2011

A routine traffic stop outside of Bishop earlier this week led to the arrest of a suspected bank robber wanted by the FBI.
According to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Dennis Cleland, Charles R. Leighton was arrested Thursday night after being identified as the suspect in a Nevada bank robbery.
Cleland said a CHP officer initiated a stop on the 43-year-old for “a mechanical violation” at about noon Thursday on U.S. 395 near Pine Creek.

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