April 23rd, 2014
The landscape of the Owens Valley has just as many stories to tell as its people, alternately flourishing and suffering with the seasons and symptoms of progress â witness to the doings of men and mother nature alike.
In todayâs hi-tech, high-speed, hi-definition, fast food, instant gratification-seeking society, it is easy to see how oneâs world can get out of balance and essential needs can fall by the wayside.
Qwina and Irma West believe that the ability to reach harmony and balance in our daily existence stems from a complete balancing of the body, mind and spirit.
âWe look for wellness and health, collectively. Thatâs what we do. Hence the name, Healings, Mind, Body and Spirit,â Irma said, âand spirituality comes before everything else.â
Former Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office Manager Bernadette Lovato is returning to the Owens Valley this summer to take over leadership at Manzanar National Historic Site.
Lovato has been selected as the new superintendent for Manzanar National Historic Site and is scheduled to step into her new position there this June, replacing retired Superintendent Les Inafuku.
Mark Hunter McFarland
Mark Hunter McFarland, resident of Bishop, born April 7, 1962 in Long Beach, passed away at his home in Bishop on April 16, 2014. Mark moved to Bishop with his family in 1971. He graduated from Bishop Union High School in 1980. He attended West Hills College in Coalinga and returned to Bishop in 1982. Mark worked for Value Sports in Bishop.
He was preceded in death by his father, William McFarland.
Survived by his mother, Geraldine McFarland of Bishop; and brother, Mike McFarland of Las Vegas, Nev.
Local authorities have completed an investigation into the embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a local business and have recommended that the U.S. Attorney Generalâs Office file charges.
The PD has recommended that multiple counts of burglary, grand theft, embezzlement, concealing stolen property, forgery, and making false record entries be filed against Dolores Kay âLolaâ Marsh, a former employee of Inyo-Mono Body Shop. The PD has also requested that the charges be filed in Inyo County Court.
A fire, believed to be caused by an abandoned campfire, scorched 113 acres northeast of Bishop over the weekend.
The call came into CalFire dispatch just before 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The fire started near 5 Bridges Road, north of U.S. Highway 6.
According to the CalFire information office, 20 fire engines, two fire crews, two bulldozers as well as two air tankers responded to the fire.
Inyo residents had an opportunity to respond to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powerâs Solar Ranch proposal at Tuesdayâs Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting.
Representatives of the LADWP met with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the necessity for an industrial-scale solar facility in the Owens Valley and local residents responded, saying simply and clearly that the project is not wanted.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 - A fire near the Owens River north of Bishop broke out late Saturday afternoon, prompting a closure of Five Bridges Road.
As of Saturday evening, the fire was not threatening structures, but fire officials did call in air tankers to battle the blaze from the sky.
For more details, see the Tuesday, April 22, 2014 edition of The Inyo Register.
Tuesdayâs meeting of the Technical Group was eerily similar to the preceding Fridayâs meeting.
With the Blackrock 94 dispute still on the table, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Inyo County Water Department staff remain in disagreement over the cause and significance of the degradation of vegetation in the 330-acre parcel. Blackrock will be handed over to the Standing Committee, scheduled to meet in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 22. Fridayâs meeting was a procedural requirement of the arbitration process.
The statue of Alice Piper will be unveiled on June 2, the 90th anniversary of the California Supreme Court case that carries her name, in front of the Big Pine High School.