February 20th, 2014
Bonnie Lucille Wallis
Bonnie Lucille Wallis, age 84 died peacefully on Feb. 13, at her home in Bishop. Bonnie was born Oct. 19, 1929 in Ringling, Okla. She was preceded in death by her significant other of 35 years, Gene Black, of Bishop.
Bonnie retired from Contel Telephone Company (now known as Verizon) in 1986, at which time she relocated from Victorville to Bishop. She also lived many years in Barstow where she raised her three children.
Francis â€˜Frankâ€™ J. Byrne
Francis passed away Jan. 16, 2014 in Arizona. He grew up in Bishop during the â€™30s and early â€™40s with his four brothers and sister. They lived on North Home Street for many years with their parents, John and Agnes.
Frank and his brother Tom were great athletes, particularly in football and were on many championship teams in California.
With an eye toward further economic development of the North Sierra Highway corridor, the Bishop City Council recently approved Inyo Countyâ€™s request for city partnership in applying for a $750,000 Sustainable Communities Planning Grant.
As winter starts winding down, itâ€™s time to get wound up about the upcoming spring and summer seasons. Local chambers of commerce and nonprofit groups are preparing for a busy March, while spring will see a continued emphasis on local and regional promotional efforts.
The Lone Pine Unified School District opened up a discussion with the community on how best to use its resources under the new state school funding process.
Efforts to preserve a culturally sensitive site on Owens Lake have resulted in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power agreeing to halt work on the site for the next week.
Between now and Feb. 24, Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District and the LADWP will work to determine if the site should be considered culturally sensitive and reviewed by a cultural resources task force that was created by an agreement between the two agencies last year.
Inyo County and the City of Bishop will benefit from newly-allocated California Transportation Commission funds which will allow several Public Works projects to move forward.
The CTC recently allocated $138 million in new funding to 32 projects aimed at improving infrastructure such as highways, bridges and passenger rail, while also strengthening the stateâ€™s economy, according to a Jan. 31 Caltrans news release.
High winds on U.S. Highway 395 caused one big rig rollover that prompted the California Highway Patrol to begin escorting vehicles along the main corridor over the weekend.
While conducting escorts, the winds were so strong that one officer reported blowing rocks and sand broke the window of his patrol vehicle Saturday.
According to a press release, the CHP received reports of a single-vehicle big rig rollover about a quarter-mile north of State Route 167 north of Lee Vining at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday.
Northern Inyo Hospital Dr. Kristin Collins has returned from Haiti with a continued passion for the service and rewards she experiences from practicing pediatric medicine abroad.
Like Bishop, Deschapelles, Haiti is a small town nestled in a valley between two mountain ranges. Like Bishop, the wide-spread population depends heavily on its rural hospital. Deschapelles is home to Hospital Albert Schweitzer where Collins spent May 2013 giving of her medical skill set and learning more about how to upgrade medical care in simple but profoundly effective ways.
PUBLISHED FEB. 15, 2014 â€“â€“ Taking potshots at the Olympics is easier than having Ole Einar Bjoerndalen shoot fish in a barrel. Actually, since heâ€™s the 10K Sprint Biathlon gold-medalist from Norway, itâ€™s more like shooting pickled herring in a hot tub. Which would look like fish soup.