April 18th, 2011
Fire officials continue to interview witnesses and investigate the origin and path of the Center Fire in Big Pine, hoping to release a final report on their findings in the near future.
According to Lead CalFire Investigator Bart Chambers, ‚Äúeverything plays into our investigation, we have to get statements from witnesses, from the first responders on scene, look at the burn indicators‚ÄĚ and compile all that information into one coherent report.
The Bishop City Council was busy at its regular meeting on Monday with awards, presentations and department head reports.
The city‚Äôs elected leaders started the meeting off with a presentation of its Quarterly Council Citizen Award to Leland Campbell, affectionately known the ‚ÄúSierra Street Waver.‚ÄĚ Campbell can be seen most days sitting on a scooter at the corner of Sierra and Main streets with his dog, ‚ÄúKing,‚ÄĚ waving and smiling at every passing motorist.
From its humble and passionate beginnings in 1969, the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage has become more than just a way to honor those who were interned at the camp. It has also become a way to honor those who continue to fight for reparations and civil rights, and those who are committed to preserving the memory of the World War II Japanese internment camps that serve as an example of how fragile civil rights in America are.
The match-up between the Bishop Lady Broncos softball squad and the Rosamond Lady Roadrunners was a 10-inning epic played out at home Friday afternoon.
Tied 9-9 at the end of seven innings, it took three more to determine the winner. The Roadrunners pulled ahead in the 10th for a 10-14 win.
‚ÄúThe girls played hard,‚ÄĚ said coach Stacy Van Nest. ‚ÄúThey never gave up. The score and our league record (0-3) do not reflect all that our girls have accomplished. They played two ranked teams this week and challenged both.‚ÄĚ
The Bishop Broncos beat the Rosamond Roadrunners by a score of 3-1 Friday.
No, it wasn‚Äôt a soccer game, it was baseball in what amounted to a defensive battle. Broncos Doug Watterson and Tanner Kruse won that battle by a margin not reflected in the score, combining for 15 strikeouts against Rosamond‚Äôs Matt Franco‚Äôs three.
The win catapults Bishop ahead of Rosamond for the top High Desert League spot with a 3-0 record in league, 11-2 overall.
Inyo officials are preparing to decide how to deal with a $600,000 deficit for county integrated waste management.
Inyo County Integrated Waste hosted three public meetings in February, one each in Bishop, Independence and Lone Pine, to discuss the possibility of raising fees or reducing hours at local landfills to help close the budget gap. The meetings were met with little, and in some cases, zero interest from citizens,
New life and hope are the themes this year in Independence, where committed residents, working together with Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action, Pioneer Memorial United Methodist Church, and Owens Valley Unified School District, have come together to create an oasis in the midst of the desert ‚Äď or in this case, a garden in the midst of what has been in past years a parking lot and a baseball field.
A zoning move taken by the City of Bishop earlier this week sparked concern from residents over the potential opening of homeless shelters in their neighborhoods.
As mandated by state law, the city must allow zoning for emergency shelters within the city limits. Although there are no plans to develop any such facility, citizens expressed trepidation that the city was giving a greenlight to the development of homeless shelters.
Jorge Luis Esparza
A viewing and funeral mass was held in Rockford, Ill, on April 1 and April 2 for Rockford resident Jorge Luis Esparza. The family will hold a memorial and be releasing balloons in his memory at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at the back of the Bishop City Park. Family and friends who wish to attend and send condolences to the family in Rockford are invited to attend.
Charlotte Suzanne (Ward) Bryant
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for Charlotte Suzanne (Ward) Bryant. A reception will follow at the Bryant residence in Bishop.
Born July 23, 1940 in Battle Creek, Mich. to Laurence Alton Ward and Gertrude May (Hix) Ward, Charlotte died unexpectedly on March 31, 2011.
Charlotte was the youngest of four children.