November 16th, 2010
With the advent of the holiday season comes the approach of the internationally acclaimed Independence Fruitcake Festival.
In addition to hosting and showcasing dozens of homemade fruitcakes and eggnog selections, organizers have added a new spin to this yearâs event, scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 in the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Complementing the 2010 theme, âAmericaâs Got Fruitcakeâ theme, organizers are inviting all Fruitcake Festival attendees to showcase their talents.
By Mike Bodine
A series of small brush fires in the Bishop area over the weekend and past couple weeks have been attributed to arson. According to the Inyo County Sheriffâs Department, three residents linked to the crimes were taken into custody Sunday.
The suspects charged with alleged arson and conspiracy to commit arson are Thomas Stone, 18, Jared Manga, 18, and one 16-year-old juvenile, all three from Bishop. Bail for Stone and Manga has been set at $250,000.
A celebration of life barbecue and party will be held in the spring of 2011 at Elks Park in Bishop for Andrea Stanowski.
Born on Nov. 30, 1948 in Detroit, Mich., Andrea died Nov. 4, 2010 at home in Bishop.
Andrea was an animal caretaker and cook for Rock Creek Pack Station.
Marlene Anne Miller
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 36-year Bishop resident Marlene Anne Miller. A reception will follow, with details to be announced at the conclusion of the service.
Born Aug. 1, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa, Marlene died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 at the Bishop Care Center. She was 79.
Officials in Los Angeles are considering two different locations on the Owens Dry Lake that may suit its needs for a proposed 1,600-acre, 200 megawatt solar ranch.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recently released a Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Impact Report that will determine which site is most suitable for the project, and what impacts the solar ranch will have on the surrounding environment and the community of Lone Pine.
There is a shortage of trained, volunteer first responders in the area. From firefighters to emergency medical technicians, Inyo County needs more able-bodied people to help out, and it needs a way to keep the ones it has.
But, as stressed by more than one local leader, âIf someone calls 911, someone will answer that call â the ambulance will still arrive.â
Merlin ‘Moe’ Fletcher
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at Mt. Whitney Baptist Church in Lone Pine for Merlin Edgar “Moe” Fletcher. A luncheon will be provided at the church following burial at the Mt Whitney Cemetery.
Born to Harry Carlisle Fletcher and Louise (Mossbacher) Fletcher on Sept. 9, 1923 in Los Angeles, one of three children, Moe died Nov. 1, 2010 at Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine.
Frances Jane Falck
A graveside gathering to honor Frances Jane Falck will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 6 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.
Born in Columbus, Ohio on May 22, 1918, Jane died Oct. 29, 2010 in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Norma Cyrus Spratt
Funeral services for Norma Spratt will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Big Pine; private burial will follow. Viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8 for family and close friends at Brune Mortuary in Bishop.
A lifelong resident of Big Pine born in Fish Springs on March 14, 1927, Norma died in Bishop on Nov. 3, 2010. She was 83.
The Big Pine Warriors topped their season with a win over the Tigers and the Hi-Lo League championship Saturday afternoon at Lee Vining.
With the score 10-23 in favor of the Tigers at the half, this was not your typical Big Pine get-out-in-front-early rout. The Warriors waited until the second half to rack up the points, for a final score of 49-37.
âWhat else could we ask for,â said coach Mark Tillemans, âto win the title on the last game of the season.â