January 6th, 2011
Beginning this week, county department heads and employees who are not represented by unions or special associations will begin paying part of their own health insurance.
The change is a move on the part of county leaders hoping to save money during challenging fiscal times by having about 70 employees pick up the difference of increased insurance costs.
Traditionally, Inyo County has paid the monthly cost of insurance for its employees.
There was an island in the desert over the Christmas holiday weekend, but it was no mirage and no paradise. The small hamlet of Tecopa in remote southeast Inyo County was cut off from the rest of the world when, on Dec. 22, floods took over the three paved arteries that are the only means in or out of the town.
Josephine ‘Jo’ Keefe
Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 at the East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop for 22-year Inyokern resident Josephine “Jo” Keefe. Father John Gracey of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will officiate.
Born in Lone Pine on Dec. 8, 1947, Jo died Dec. 13, 2010 at Ridgecrest Community Hospital. She was 63.
Memorial services for Joy Kizer will be announced at a later date.
Born Sept. 15, 1942 in Fort Wayne, Ind., Joy died Dec. 16, 2010 after living a fruitful and wonderful life.
It was in Fort Wayne that she attended grammar school and high school, where, in her sophomore year, she met her future husband, Richard Kizer.
Donald C. Sebastian
No funeral services have been announced for Donald C. Sebastian.
Born March 2, 1928 in Wallace, Idaho, Donald died Nov. 27, 2010 in Reno. He was 82.
Donald served in the Marine Corp. his work career was spent in the aircraft and space industry. He worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. and North American Rockwell as well as Northorp Grumman Co.
David S. Scott
A celebration of live will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 15 at the community center in Dyer, Nev. for Big Pine native David S. Scott.
Born Nov. 1, 1925 in Big Pine, David died Dec. 10, 2010 at the Bishop Care Center. He was 85.
David was a resident of Dyer for 26 years.
He and his wife Lucille were married for 64 years.
David was well loved and respected by his community.
Keeping with the City of Bishop‚Äôs motto, ‚Äú100 Years of Service,‚ÄĚ new City Administrator Jim Southworth said he plans on making sure those services, such as public safety and infrastructure improvements, are still available through the dark financial days that lie ahead.
Southworth, who has more than 30 years of administration under his belt, said in a recent interview that he will try and maintain the economically conservative nature of the city‚Äôs administration, while recognizing room for growth and meeting generational expectations.
Self-confessed Schulman Grove Visitors Center arsonist John Thomas Christiana is preparing to serve as his own counsel in Inyo County Superior Court.
Christiana recently appealed court orders that he is incompetent to stand trial and that he be subject to involuntarily administration of anti-psychotic medication. On Dec. 10, the court rejected the first contention but reversed the order authorizing the medication. There is no word of when Christiana will be standing trial.
Manzanar National Historic Site is preparing to open a new interpretive exhibit and to conduct more interviews with former internees, camp staff and local residents.
Paying for the new features at the historic site is the Friends of Manzanar, which recently received $58,833 in grant money from the National Park Service.
According to Manzanar Chief of Interpretation Alisa Lynch, staff will utilize the grant money to review archives and find information to put on display at the newly refurbished mess hall.
A celebration of life for Kathy Yeager will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at the Boulder Creek RV Resort in Lone Pine.
Born Dec. 17, 1949, Kathy Yeager, 61, of Independence, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010.
Sadly, she is joined in death by her much loved sister, Beverly Reilly. Kathy was not only a great mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, but such a dear friend to so many.