February 10th, 2011
High school students throughout Inyo County will be competing for the first year in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. Winners will go on to the nationâs capitol to compete for a chance at more than $20,000 in cash and prizes.
Poetry Out Loud challenges thousands of students in the U.S. to interpret, memorize and recite famous poetry. The class competitions have already been completed or are about to commence at high schools in Bishop, Independence, Lone Pine and Big Pine.
A series of town hall meetings will be held in March to gather input on the needs of low-income families throughout Inyo and Mono counties.
Jane McDonald of Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action said IMACA holds these meetings every two years to adjust its Community Action Plan, and attempt to meet the changing needs of the community. McDonald explained that this is a way for the group “to keep the finger on the pulse” of the community.
The meetings are also a way for IMACA to plan ahead, financially, in trying to meet demands.
Horace Willis Higgs
A celebration of life for Horace Willis Higgs will be held later this summer in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Born March 27, 1918 in Salt Lake City to Horace H. Higgs and Myrtle Perkins Higgs, Will died Jan. 28, 2011.
Rich ‘Chief’ Richardson
Funeral services will be held at 1 a.m. today at Brune Mortuary Chapel in Bishop for 48-year Bishop resident Rich “Chief” Richardson. The Rev. Caddy Jackson will officiate. Burial will be at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.
Born Feb. 9, 1918 in Long Beach, Chief died Feb. 1, 2011 in Bishop. He was 93.
Chief served 24 years in the U.S. Navy, then 15 years with Contel Telephone Company in Bishop.
Bishop bocce ball beginners and experts now have a place to practice.
The Bishop Bocce Association and city Parks and Recreation officials recently completed construction of Bishopâs first bocce course at the City Park.
The $1,000 project began last year with fundraising efforts by the Bishop Bocce Club, and culminated Wednesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Mayor Jeff Griffiths throwing the first official ball.
The Inyo County Water Department is accepting comments on the Coso/Hay Ranch Groundwater Transfer Project evaluation. The project has completed its first year of operation and has been evaluated and recalibrated by a third-party consulting firm.
The Conditional Use Permit for the project allows Coso Operating Company to pump water from its Hay Ranch property for use at its geothermal power plant. The Hay Ranch sits atop the Rose Valley aquifer.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Methodist Church in Big Pine, 150 S. School St. in Big Pine, for Howard Boyd.
Born Nov. 4, 1952, Howard died peacefully at his home in Big Pine on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. He was 58.
Elizabeth May Bailey
No services are planned for Elizabeth May Bailey.
Born Feb. 10, 1932 in Lone Pine to John (Jack) and Zelma Partridge, Elizabeth, better known to her friends as Betty or Betsie, died at the home of her friend, Michele D. Hanson, Jan. 15, 2011. She was 78.
Inyo is among six northern California counties to benefit next from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement strategy to use biometrics to identify and remove aliens convicted of a crime
Inyo and five other northern California counties, including Amador, Calaveras, Glenn, Modoc and San Benito, became the latest in the state to benefit from an ICE federal information-sharing capability this week.
What were once serious allegations concerning stolen valor, have now been confirmed.
The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday that Bill Wenzel, one-time candidate for Fifth District Supervisor and former commander of the Lone Pine Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8036, pleaded guilty to a single charge of âfalsely altering military discharge certificatesâ and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service on Oct. 15, 2010. The community service was in lieu of a $500 fine.