October 22nd, 2010
Velma M. Axford
No services will be held for Velma M. Axford.
Born May 12, 1916 Velma deid Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 in her home in Topaz, where she has lived for 22 years. She was 94.
Velma and her husband Frank have had many businesses together, starting in 1958 in Bishop, they then moved to Mammoth where they opened a hardware store and two mini markets along with their plumbing contracting business.
In response to claims that it violated the Brown Act, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday that it could have worded an agenda item from its Aug. 24 meeting better, but voted not to change its stance on the Big Pine Re-Greening Project at this time.
The board did agree to revisit the scoping document at the next Inyo-County Los Angeles Standing Committee meeting to review a new alternative for the project that will prevent the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power from activating a well that the Big Pine Tribe says will deplete its water table.
Two groups of hikers were stranded in the Sierra Nevada near Lone Pine caught in the October storms. One group made its way out of the Meysan Lakes area, but ended up more than 50 miles off course while the other group was stuck on top of Mount Whitney.
Despite a hard-fought match, the Bishop High Lady Broncos volleyball team fell in straight sets to the Desert Scorpions Tuesday.
The Broncosâ€™ ball control, serving and aggression at the net would have defeated a lesser team, but the Scorpionsâ€™ brick wall at the net was the deciding factor.
â€śWe played hard, we played strong,â€ť said coach Sheri Sonke. â€śIâ€™m proud of the effort, this was our best game as a team yet.â€ť
Bishop got off to a strong start in Game 1. The teams were blow for blow until the Scorpions turned on their after-burners, pulling away to the 15-25 finish.
With the Tungsten Hills as a backdrop, the Broncos Cross Country squads dominated the Desert Scorpions, winning in both the boys and girls three-mile races Tuesday.
Also invited to participate, but not compete, were Mam-moth High; Mammoth Middle School and Home St. Middle School running two-mile courses.
â€śWeâ€™re very pleased with the runnersâ€™ steady improvement,â€ť said coach Jeff Perry. â€śThis victory was needed to keep us in reach of the CIF preliminaries,â€ť added coach Tracy Lawrence.
Earl Raymond Duarte
Funeral services will be held for 13-year Lone Pine resident Earl R. Duarte at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Turner Barnes VFW Post 8036 on Gene Autry Lane in Lone Pine. Burial will be private at Mt. Whitney Cemetery.
Born in Long Beach on Aug. 6, 1935, Earl died Oct. 15, 2010 at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. He was 75.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church at 105 N. Mt. Whitney Dr. in Lone Pine for Ralph Voetberg.
Born July 25, 1927 in La Grande, Ore., Ralph died at the Bishop Care Center on Oct. 10, 2010, after suffering a severe stroke on Father’s Day, June 20, 2010. He was 83.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for former Bishop resident Donald Everett Redmon of Mountain Home, Ark.
Born Sept. 25, 1922 in Santa Rosa, Donald died Oct. 13, 2010. He was 88.
Don and his wife Jaylyle relocated from Bishop to Mountain Home in 2003.
After years of financial challenges and concerns about displacing an endangered species, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors appears to have solved the Tecopa sewer pond problem and will soon have a contractor working on repairs.
Tuesday, the board awarded the $793,370 contract for repairs at the sewer lagoon to Prominent Systems, Inc. of Industry.
Inyo County Parks and Recreation is currently responsible for maintenance and operations at the Tecopa Hot Springs Park and campground, which is located on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management.
A 1911 postcard touting the â€śFirst Annual Harvest Festival, Bishop Ca.â€ť promised attendees â€śa day of jollificationâ€ť and celebration in â€śthe Owens Valley, the land of plenty.â€ť
Now, 99 years later, the Eastern California Museum in Independence will try to provide the public another â€śday of jollificationâ€ť during its first annual Harvest Heritage Day on Saturday, Oct. 23. The â€śjollificationâ€ť will commence at 1 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m., at the Eastern California Museum, 155 N. Grant St., in Independence (three blocks west of the historic courthouse).