November 18th, 2010
Local tribal members are waiting to hear if the Bureau of Indian Affairs will certify an election from last week.
According to tribal members, friction between two factions of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, which has members spread throughout the country, has created a situation where two separate tribal elections are held each year.
In the past, the BIA has refused to certify either elections, telling tribal members that they must hold one consolidated election.
The seemingly tireless efforts of Superior Court Judge Dean Stout to build a better community have caught the attention of a statewide committee.
Currently the presiding judge of the Inyo County Juvenile Court, Stout has been appointed co-chair for the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Family and Juvenile Law.
He was named â€śJuvenile Court Judge of the Yearâ€ť by the Juvenile Court Judges Association in 2006.
Before making any final decisions regarding the future of Owens Valley School, local leaders have decided to take a close look at the possibility of consolidating the Independence school district with another local school.
Owens Valley is facing lapsation, or closure, due to declining enrollment.
The Inyo County Committee on School District Organization, comprised of members of the Inyo County Board of Education, decided Tuesday to perform a unification study that will answer questions about staffing and funding a unified district.
Bishop AYSO teams won six of their age-level division championships at the Kit Carson Area F soccer tournament in Carson City, Nov. 6-7.
â€śBishop AYSO has spent the past five years developing their youth soccer training programs beginning at U5 level,â€ť said Joe Griego, AYSO regional referee administrator. â€śThe depth of young talent has produced great success across all age groups. For the first time, Bishop teams have won championships for both boys and girls Sierra division at U12, U15, and U19 levels.â€ť
The Big Pine Warriors advance to the second round of CIF playoffs with a 34-20 win over the Calvary Baptist Cougars Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars played tough, meeting the Warriors TD for TD. With a 21-20 fourth-quarter score, Ryan Carringtonâ€™s interception turned the tide, kicking the Warriors into high gear.
â€śIâ€™m very pleased with the outcome,â€ť said coach Mark Tilleman. â€śThe kids put themselves in this position (in the playoffs) and they came through.â€ť
Local law enforcement is trying to contact every household in the county to be sure it has the means to notify all residents of disasters or emergencies in their communities.
The Inyo County Sheriffâ€™s Department tested its CodeRED Emergency Notification System Nov. 4, and is now asking any resident who did not receive an automated call to contact the Sheriffâ€™s Department and have their phone number added to the system.
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 yearâ€™s event, scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19 in the American Legion Hall in Independence.
Complementing the 2010 theme, â€śAmericaâ€™s Got Fruitcakeâ€ť 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 Sheriffâ€™s 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.