March 21st, 2011
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.
Increasing concern about Japanâs unfolding nuclear disaster has reached the Eastern Sierra.
However, concerns about potential impacts from a nuclear meltdown 5,000 miles away are, at least for the time being, unwarranted.
While the situation in Japan is constantly changing, Inyo-Mono Public Health Officer Dr. Rick Johnson, said that there is still no threat to those living in Inyo or Mono counties. Johnson is offering advice on what local citizens can do as well as putting the situation into perspective.
Avo Irene ‘Ava’ Hancock
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 14 at Green Acres Memorial Garden Chapel in Bloomington for Avo Irene “Ava” Hancock.
Born Feb. 27, 1924 in Monroe County, Ken. to William and Pearl Stewart, Ava died peacefully at Renown Medical Center in Reno on March 1, 2011 with her family by her side. She was 87.
Ava married Robert Winston Hancock on Nov. 14, 1942; he preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1966.
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.
Carol Lee MacDonald
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.